Sunday, April 19, 2015

Review: Falling Away by Penelope Douglas

Hi all!

Again, I've disappeared for a long time, but hopefully, I will be able to discipline myself to write more in the future!

Title: Falling Away
Release date: 6th of January 2015
Series: Fall Away #3
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Published by: Piatkus
Pages: 434 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from for Kindle


Jaxon is the guy she's supposed to avoid . . .

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.

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

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 they grow closer, 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.


I absolutely loved the first two books in the series, I mean truly, honestly and completely, so this makes me even more shocked and leaves me puzzled on what actually went wrong with this one. Because something did go amiss, at least for me.

Again, all the components for a satisfying and awesome angsty, emotional, sizzling sexy and gripping story were all there. Moreover, I had been looking forward to seeing the limelight on the younger brother of Jared, who had previously come across as a mysterious, lone wolf kind of a bad boy with secrets and shady dealings. I was eager to find out more. While I wasn’t wild about the heroine due to her behavior in Tate's book, I was all open to have my mind changed. In the end, maybe sometimes it’s too much of a good thing, like when you eat too much cake it makes you sick, you still love cake, but for the moment it’s a no-no. Anyway, I’m still confused on what the main factor in me finding this story kind of dull, tiresome, not nearly as swoony and sensual as the previous ones and somewhat hard to finish was. I’m sure other readers are scratching their heads thinking what heck am I talking about, but it still doesn’t negate the fact that I wasn’t as content with this book as I hoped and should have been.

Maybe Jax was simply too much of a badass and kingpin in their town and, thus, I didn’t feel a bit that he was basically still a teenager, he simply felt too mature, was too in control and had almost everything he set his mind to in the palm of his hand. I would have liked to see someone more wild or immature or make many mistakes. He felt unrealistic due to that ultra alpha attitude and lifestyle.

I also felt that K.C. was too immature. I did clearly understand why she needed to rebel against all the chains that had held her with the secrets and burdens, but at the same time, her peculiar family situation was too hard to believe and slightly extreme, I didn't grasp why exactly she was made the victim, but this certainly explained her somewhat erratic behavior. Overall, I just didn’t connect with her and while she was more than an OK heroine, she couldn’t win me over to root for her with all my might.

I’d never thought I'd say this, but there was too much sexy time and it came across too perfect and hot and smooth and sensual and... it got boring quickly. I wasn't because there was too much repeat, they were well-written and imaginative scenes, but I didn’t feel that the build up was enough and the chemistry as strong as with the previous couples. Since the scenes felt too clinical then the love/feelings factor felt more raunchy than romantic.

There was too much fighting going on to quite extremes, with knives out and the fight burning at maximum, and then quickly making up or acting like nothing happened. Kiss-and-make-up happened too often, it got confusing at one point and seemed like a tired plot device to cause drama and keep the couple apart.

Otherwise, the reasons I love this series were all there, the great bantery will-they-won’t and push and pull romance, the spicy dialogue, all the games of love tag, a great romantic story, etc. It was also great to catch up with the pervious couples and it seems there’s more to come from there still and it’s not always smooth sailing after an happy end. The climax of the story I was quite fond of, because it had a strong family feel to it.


Yes, maybe I'm being to whiney and nit-picky, but this was definitely my least favorite from the series. Despite this, it's still one of the best New Adult series out there and I'm so on board for the next book, which is focused on the first couple Tate and Jared.

3 stars!



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