6 July 2015

Falling Away - Review

Falling Away - Fall Away #3
by Penelope Douglas

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What they say: Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid.

K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away....

K.C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As the bond between them grows, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…

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What I say: I read this ages ago but it took me awhile to decide how I felt about the ending... 

*There may be spoilers from the previous Fall Away books!* If you've read any of the other books in Penelope Douglas's Fall Away series then you'll probably remember Jaxon 'Jax' Trent is Jared's younger half-brother, and K.C is Tate's friend. I'd been looking forward to getting Jax's story because I felt as though he's always been a bit on the periphery of the series. Yes, we've had certain insights into his troubled past, and we know that he's fab with computers, but we don't know much more about him. He's a weird combination of hot and scary. K.C aka Juliet has always been something of a mystery - why did she treat Tate like she did? Why stay with Liam?

I was hoping that that we'd get to know the real Jax, but I have to admit when I read the Prologue and first couple of chapters, I was slightly concerned we may face another Jared bullying Tate scenario. As much I appreciate their relationship I didn't want to see it rehashed for Jax and Juliet. Thankfully this doesn't happen as we get to see Jax's extreme loyalty to his friends and family. Although there were a couple of times when I was irrationally angry with him, I loved how he pushed K.C to be Juliet. 

After her actions in Bully I really wasn't expecting to like Juliet, but once I understood more about her I realised why she does what she does and I found myself feeling genuine empathy for her. 

I think this is why Jax and Juliet work so well together. They bring out the best in each other by representing something good that neither of them have had before. Jax's backstory was even more traumatic than I had imagined. It was interesting to see his well hidden insecurities coming into play. 

The good thing about focusing on different linked couples throughout the series is that we get to catch up with previous couples and see what they are up to now. I have to admit the sneaky insight into Aflame did make me want to to hide in the corner with my kindle for a while because I felt as though Jared and Tate had suffered enough, but after reading Penelope Douglas's explanation I understand why that section is included and why we get more from them. I did however save reading Falling Away until after Aflame had been published because I knew about the Jared and Tate cliffy and wanted to be able to start their story straight away!

4 Stars in my Sky!


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