Falling Away by Penelope Douglas

Falling AwayFall Away, 3Penelope DouglasNA Contemporary RomancePenguin Group (USA), LLCJanuary 6, 2015Kindle429

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 the bond between them grows, 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 enjoyed this story as much as the last one. I liked Jaxon, and I felt better about K.C. even though I still don’t like how she kind of stabbed Tate in the back in Bully.

I think they work well as a couple, and that’s really all I can ask with this series, given how I don’t particularly think any of the relationships in this series are healthy.

The side characters all seemed distracting, and I found myself wanting them to move out of the way quickly so I could return to the main story. The mother was overbearing, and I found myself wishing Tate (alone) spent more time with K.C. because she’s my favorite character in the series. Also, Jared and Jaxon’s dad needed to die, like, before this series started. I hate the man with every fiber of my being. And I never thought I’d say this, I liked Jared more. He actually does have a heart, when it comes to his half-brother, and that was as pleasing as surprising for me to discover.

What I like most about this story is that it kind of brings the whole gang together, and there’s something very satisfying for me about checking in with characters in a series after their specific book is done.

But now that everyone I know in the series is paired up, I’m calling it quits (despite there being more books coming). I just am choosing to read romances with characters I like and plots that make me happy by the end, or at least happy I read an interesting story.

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