Falling Away (Fall Away, #3) by Penelope Douglas @PenDouglas
Arc received from author in
exchange for an honest review
I was a little hesitant
going into “Falling Away” because I have to admit, I was not a fan of KC when
first introduced in “Bully”. What enticed me to dive in was my curiosity and
fascination with Jaxon’s character. There was just something about the way KC
handled the relationship with Jared and betraying her best friend Tate that left
an acrid taste in my mouth. Regardless, I jumped into this read trying to have
an open mind and soon discovered I was absolutely wrong. I shouldn’t have been
surprise in Penelope Douglas’ ability to turn my feelings towards KC around.
The more familiar I became
with KC’s life, her pain, her history and sorrow, the more I opened up my heart.
The real KC is a complex character that was truly misunderstood. Lost and
filled with deep seeded pain, her life started to slowly fall apart. But once
shedding the mask she wore to protect herself, KC shined. I championed her
struggle in rebuilding herself and adored the new loving, gentle and
tenderhearted KC/Juliette. A totally different side came through and I found
her to be my favorite heroine in this series.
Jax is the quintessential
bad boy. He’s hot, sexy, extremely domineering and likes to have total control
when it comes to sex. But he’s also…mean-spirited, more so than I found his
brother Jared and friend Madoc to be. For most of the read, he down right
pissed me off with how callous he was towards KC. But his charisma coupled with
his insatiable sexual appetite drew me to his character.
The deeper I was
pulled into the story, the more I understood Jax. He was broken and needed to
find himself as well. In all honesty, it was hard getting around his character
at times, but once I crawled inside his mind and saw his pain, the more I hoped
for his healing. It took some time, but I come to adore Jax because deep down
he truly loves KC, and has for years.
As far as steam, this read
was smoking hot – more so than the previous installments by far. Jax was full
on crazy when it came to passion. It was easy to forget how young these
characters were. Douglas has the knack of masking their youthfulness by
introducing a definite level of maturity within her characters, especially
during the hot monkey sex scenes. Holy cow, these two sizzle.
Jax and KC’s romance was by
no means an easy, lighthearted read. It was emotionally driven. This series is
known for it’s troublesome heroes/heroines and this couple certainly heads the
pack. Stirring an array of feelings within me - from frustration, to anger, to
compassion – Jax and KC’s broken souls pulled on my heartstrings. In the end,
Penelope Douglas penned another well-written intense story with just the right
mix of angst, lust, love and nail biting moments. Lots of push and pull type of
sexual tension that explodes once these two get together, and it was fantastic.
To top all this goodness off, a glimpse into the next installment where we
revisit Jared and Tate’s relationship. I personally am looking forward to more
of this couple and cannot wait to jump into their continuing saga.