I love a bit of angst, throw in some Love/Hate then I’m sold. This is the third couple that we have visited in the Fall Away series and follows K.C and Jax.
K.C was a shit friend to Tate in book 1 (Bully) and I have always wanted to know what it was about her that made Tate want to hang on to her as a friend. Jax is the tortured brother of Jared and is as intriguing as they come.
K.C is back in town for the summer and living next door to Jax after having been sentenced to complete community service for something she did in her college town of Arizona. They embark on a push and pull relationship, they hate each other but can’t seem to stay away.
Jax has been watching K.C since he was 15, now 19 and extremely successful- he knows he can never have the prim and proper girl that comes from a good family but little does he know that she is suffering too. He can’t help but be mean to her, he sees her as gutless and helpless but at the same time he knows that deep down she is bursting to reveal her true self.
Mostly, I enjoyed it. I thought the chemistry was great and the dynamics between the two kept me reading. Learning what it was that made them the people they were and hearing about their heartbreaking pasts was a pleasure to read.
What I didn’t like was that is wasn’t different enough from Bully, it was the same location (Jared & Tate’s house), same scenarios (loud parties next door) and too much of him pushing her up against the wall (this happened far too often). The way Jax dealt with the revelation that K.C had real feelings for him was completely uncalled for (kissing a girls neck to make K.C run a mile) and I could have done without that scene.
Also, as the author is leading us into her next book, Aflame, she decided to hint at the storyline which will involve Tate & Jared which sounds absolutely like unnecessary drama – I feel that this distracted us from the real story, which was K.C and Jax. It was their book and I think that it was out of place to throw this spanner in the words at the end of this book. It made me feel sad at what should have been a HEA.
Still, It was a good read and I am looking forward to see what else Penelope Douglas can write – I think maybe it’s time to let this series go.