Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: The Fall Away Series #4
Publisher by: Penguin
Published on: January 6, 2015
Genres: New Adult Romance
Related Books In Series: Aflame
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 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.
Falling Away was truly perfection. It gripped me from the very first page and I honestly did not want to put this book down. It was filled with raw angst, sexual tension, emotional revelations, and humor.
I admit I wasn’t sure if I was going to like K.C. in this novel. I still had harsh feelings towards her for her antics in Bully. What I knew of her I did not like but I quickly learned that K.C was not who she seemed. After an incident while she was away at college, K.C. is back home for the summer and living at Tate’s old house. She’s trying to get herself back on track as her life slowly unravels around her. K.C. is used to being a perfectionist but inside she is a mess. She does what people tell her to, always going with the flow, and keeps herself composed. The one person that truly riles her up and gets under her skin, is Jaxon Trent.
Jax has grown into a sexy, confident, and mysterious man. He has money, recognition, and he’s doing well for himself but the one thing that he has wanted the most is, K.C. On the outside they seem like complete opposites but they have much more in common. They have this intense, unwavering attraction for each other and it was palpable. Yet, if Jax, pushed, K.C. pulled back, he antagonized her, rattled her composure, and as much as she hates it, she loves it. Jax has looked out for her, cared for her from afar, but he wanted to see the true K.C, her true fire.
They knew each better than either one wanted to admit. It was sweet to see how much they cared about one another, even if neither wanted to admit it. It was a game of push and pull between them, but when they finally gave in, it was explosive.
Falling Away was so much more than just a love story. Both K.C and Jax are battling their own painful pasts. Neither felt worthy of the other and they each needed to shed the painful scars of their pasts. Reading the flashback of Jax’s childhood truly broke my heart. The pain and abuse he endured was beyond cruel. It made him feel dirty and as if he wasn’t good enough. Penelope Douglas wrote those scenes with vivid imagery and feeling. I was honestly shocked by K.C.’s painful home-life and it made me understand her so much more. It was hard to see them both struggle with their pain but it was amazing to see how hard they fought to find happiness.
There was intensity throughout this book that truly moved my heart. I experienced a range of emotions from frustration, to happiness, to sadness and the sexual tension and chemistry was explosive. Penelope Douglas wrote this with passion and fun and truly loved this installment of the series. A MUST read.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Aflame: A Fall Away Novella (Pre-Order, releasing April 21st)