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Fall Away Series – Book 4

By Penelope Douglas

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Synopsis

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Bully, Until You, Rival, and Falling Away comes the sizzling conclusion to the Fall Away series.

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

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5Star

Michel’s Review

The Fall Away series by Penelope Douglas has come to an end.  Although it breaks my heart to say goodbye to all of the beloved characters in this series, it also made my heart explode with happiness on how it ended.  The series has come full circle and once again the readers got to experience the love/hate relationship between Jared and Tate.  This time they are older and ready to handle all the hiccups that life throws at them.

In the previous book, Falling Away, at the ending Jared and Tate broke up.  They were the couple that all of the characters looked up to .  They were the couple that overcame a very difficult relationship that should of ended before it began.  Jared was a BULLY.  Tate was a VICTIM.  Somehow these two found a way to put aside the animosity and find the true meaning of love.  They graduated high school in a loving relationship.  They spent the first two years of college building a future.  Somewhere along the way something went wrong once again.  It wasn’t their relationship that was wrong, it was life.  Tate was growing as an individual.  She had solid goals that she was working towards.  She was pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor.  Jared was in limbo.  Although he was attending college and was successful in the ROTC, it was not his dream.  He didn’t know what he wanted to do in his future.  He didn’t really have goals or dreams to build upon.  The only thing he was sure of was his love for Tate.  He was also smart enough to recognize that if they continued on the path they were on that somewhere along the way they would end up resenting each other.  His misery would cause resentments.  Her ambitions would cause resentments.  Rather than continue on their mapped out course, Jared chose a new road. He had to take a break in their relationship to find himself.  He had to find where his passions lied, what he could do, and how to become a better man for Tate.  His intentions were to only take a break until he could come back with self respect and real ambitions.  But Tate saw things differently.  She saw the break as a break up.  She saw it as an ending rather than a beginning.  She was through with Jared once and for all.

After two years of separation, Jared is forced to come home because of family.  He has been avoiding his family and friends once he realized that he and Tate were over for good. Jared has built a solid career and has found his true calling.  At times it seems meaningless because he no longer has Tate in his life.  But now he has to prove that he has become a better man and face the music.  He has to face Tate.  He has to face his family.  He has to show them he has become something better.

During Jared’s two year absence Tate has changed.  She has become bitter, emotionless, and resentful.  Their friends have stayed by her side and supported her through her heartbreak at the cost of their relationship with Jared.  She has to finally face Jared and let go of all the resentments before she can move forward in life.

The push and pull between Jared and Tate is just as strong as it has always been.  These two have been a very important piece of the other all their lives.  Now it’s time to put the pieces together and form one unit.

Penelope Douglas wrote a very powerful ending for the Fall Away series.  She allowed her characters to grow, become true adults with real adult problems, and allowed them to experience the hardships that come along with maturity.  In the end they all learned the true meaning of love, respect, and hope.

The Fall Away Series will always be one of my absolute favorite series.

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bullyBully – Book 1

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Penelope Douglas delivers an unforgettable New Adult romance that toes the fine line between love and hate….

My name is Tate.

He doesn’t call me that, though. He’ll barely refer to me at all, and he’ll hardly ever speak to me.

But he still won’t leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I’ve been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got worse as time wore on. I even went to Europe for a year, just to avoid him.

But I’m done hiding from him now, and there’s no way I’ll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have.

It’s time to fight back.

When one brave young woman stands up to her best friend Jared, now tormenter, the consequences go beyond anything either of them ever would have imagined….

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Until YouUntil You – Book 1.5

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Penelope Douglas comes a companion novel to Bully.
This is Jared’s story.
Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or numb to all emotions? 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. I hate that I can’t let her go. 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. She centers me. Engaging her, challenging her, pushing her—it’s the one last part of me that feels anything anymore.

But then she went and screwed everything up. She left for a year and came back a different girl. Now, when I push, she pushes back…and I’m not sure either one of us will ever be the same.

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RivalRival – Book 2

Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…

She’s back.

For the two years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.

I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…

I’m back.

Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.

But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….

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Falling AwayFalling Away – Book 3

From the New Adult sensation and New York Times bestselling author of Rival

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.…

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AflameAflame – Book 4

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Bully, Until You, Rival, and Falling Away comes the sizzling conclusion to the Fall Away series.

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

Buy: Amazon / B & N / ITunes / Kobo / Google Play

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About Penelope Douglas

Penelope DouglasPenelope 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 got tipsy and 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 Originals, and she shops at Target almost daily.

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