Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Review: Until You (Fall Away #1.5) by Penelope Douglas

I absolutely love when an author writes a companion novel from the male's POV. Some people are hesitant for fear that it will just be a regurgitation of the first book, but I promise you that is not the case with Until You. In this book, we finally get inside of Jared's complex head to find out what motivated him to be so cruel to Tate for so long. He pissed me off so much in Bully and he finally got the redemption I don't feel he had gotten or earned by the end of the first book. Getting a first hand account of what went down the summer he spent with his father was heartbreaking. The new insight that we get into Jared helped me to understand why he did what he did. I am not saying I agree with his actions, because I definitely don't, but I get it. There are points where you can tell he doesn't really like hurting Tate, or when we can sense a hint of regret, but he can't stop himself.

I found Until You to be a bit steamier than Bully, and more steam is always a huge plus in my book. It is expected to have a bit more focus on sex, we are in the head of a teenage boy after all. And all of the sex scenes that we have already experienced through Tate's eyes are ten times more sexy from Jared's perspective. Oh so hot.

I was throbbing so hard. I needed to get inside of her, but I damn well gave a fuck about Tate, and I wasn't going to take her. i wanted her coming back for seconds, thirds, and forever.

Until You is the perfect male POV book to compliment the original story. If you can believe it, it is even more emotional that the first as we experience all of Jared's pain. And as much as I enjoyed Bully, Until You was even better. If you haven't read Bully yet, please read that first. It will make Jared's story that much better and more meaningful.

Madoc's story is up next sometime in 2014 and I am really looking forward to this one. 

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Series Reading Order
#1 - Bully: Review | Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords
#1.5 - Until You
#2 - Rival: coming 2014
#3 - Native: coming 2014

Title: Until You
Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #1.5
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Book Blurb:
Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.

Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don't care about anything or anyone.

Except Tatum.

I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn't trust her or anyone else.

So I hurt her. I pushed her away.

But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her...they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.

But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.

Now, when I push, she pushes back.


About the Author
Penelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to "just get the degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, the show Sons of Anarchy, and she shops at Target almost daily.

Twitter: @PenDouglas
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