Falling Away by Penelope Douglas REVIEW

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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 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.

About the Author


Penelope Douglas is a writer living 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 damn degree!” She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she HATED public administration. One night, she told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later she was married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, The 100, and she shops at Target almost daily.

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