Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Falling Away (Fall Away, #3) by Penelope Douglas

Falling Away (Fall Away, #3)
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 6, 2015


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.…

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Falling Away - Chapter 9 Excerpt

Jax, I can’t,” she breathed, placing her hands on my chest. “I. . . ,” she stammered, “I don’t exactly dislike you anymore, but this isn’t a good idea. As much as I’d like to give in, I can’t be that girl.”
What girl?”
She stared at me. “A one-night stand.”
My fists tightened around her shirt. So that was what she thought I wanted?
My voice hardened. “What makes you think you’d be a one-night stand?”
Because you’re Jared Trent’s brother. Because you’re young. Why would you want more?” she asked, her tone light. “I’m not trying to be prissy, okay? You get to me. I like the way you feel. I’m just not ready for this.” Her lips pursed, and she started to rise, but I pulled her back down.
Ready for what?” I bit out, getting seriously fucking annoyed at her assumptions and the fact that she compared me to Jared. Two minutes ago she’d had her arms and legs wrapped around me.
Her eyebrows shot up, challenging me. “This,” she spat out, and dug into my pocket, pulling out my knife. “It’s been digging into the back of my thigh since I sat down. Why do you have so many computers? Why do the cops let you get away with anything? What do you do to make a living? And why do you carry a knife, Jax?”
My chest filled with delight at her anger. She was getting ballsier by the minute.
I shot her a smirk. “Because it’s quiet.”
And I almost laughed at her arched eyebrow. She was asking why I carried a knife, and I just answered why I carried a knife instead of a gun.
She averted her eyes, but I caught the annoyed expression as she raised the knife up to her face, studying it. She hit the button, and the blade shot out right between us.
I had only a moment to wonder what the hell she was doing before I reared back, seeing her jab the knife into my space.
You think you scare me, don’t you?” she taunted, holding the blade to my neck, playing with me.
I sucked in a few quick breaths and let out a startled laugh as my heart slammed against my ribs. Well, this was new.
I swallowed, meeting her triumphant little smile and leaning into the blade, feeling the sharp, cool steel bite into my neck. “You want to play? You don’t know how to play my games, Juliet.”
And I snatched the knife out of her scarred hand and brought it down to the hem of her shirt, slicing it up the middle.
Jax!” she screamed, fumbling with her now useless T-shirt as I threw the blade onto the floor. “What are you doing?”
Grabbing her around the waist, I stood up, whipped her around, and planted her in front of the window looking down onto the backyard full of partiers.
I wrapped my arms around her shaking body and growled into her ear from behind her, “God, Juliet. You think I just wanna fuck? You think I wanna keep myself hidden and mysterious, because it’s my play to get women into bed? Huh?” I pressed. “No, baby. I could fuck ten different girls tonight if I wanted to. I don’t want to do that.”
Her chest shook, and she squirmed against me, probably scared that we could be seen out the window.
So, what do you want?” she cried. “If not a one-night stand?”
I closed my burning eyes, and buried my lips in her hair. “I want to terrorize you,” I confessed. “I want to cut you without drawing blood. I want to break you.” I pulled her into me. “And then I want to fuck you.”
From the moment I laid eyes on her I had wanted to break her out of her shell. I wanted to see her undone, and I wanted to take her over. For how long, I didn’t know, but I knew it would be for more than one night.
I also knew it wouldn’t be forever.
Her breathing slowed, and she stilled, staring out the window. I straightened behind her and peeled off the T-shirt she was holding closed.
Jax,” she whimpered, turning her face to me. “They can see us.”
Reaching around, I turned her chin back toward the window. “They can’t see you. The window’s tinted.” The shirt, sliced up the front, fell down her arms and spilled to the floor. “But you can see them, Juliet,” I pointed out, gently running my hands up her bare arms. “They drink, they laugh, they have meaningless conversations about what’s trending on Twitter.” I paused and dug my fingers into her hips, pulling her ass into me and breathing into her ear, “And I’m so jacked up I want you so bad.”

5+++ Only. Ever. You. Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Blue Hell arched an eyebrow at me, and I deflated. Not a damn thing had changed. And yet everything had changed.
While I was away, Jaxon Trent had become a man.

Jaxon Trent has a dark past and many demons that no one knows about, not really. His brother Jared knows some, and so does his best friend Madoc, but he's never let anyone in enough to really know him, it's just safer that way – for everyone. He hides behind a mask of indifference and strives to completely control everything around him, he refuses to ever be that vulnerable little boy ever again. He had never met anyone who was able to shake him of that much needed control... until she walked into his life. He wanted her from the moment he saw her but her proper exterior made it clear that she was untouchable. He saw past her facade to the girl buried beneath trying to break free and wanted nothing more than to crash through her walls. She was a challenge he was more than willing to take on, no matter how much she fought him – in fact, the more she tried to keep him at arms length the harder her pushed. But would she ever be more than a challenge to him?

In the years I'd wanted her, I'd thought I was good enough. I thought she should thank her lucky stars that I even gave her the time of day.
But now...there was an ache in my chest and guilt in my heart. I had no right to her.

K.C. Carter left Shelburne Falls behind when she headed off to college and never looked back. She has spent her life buried under the weight of her mothers expectations and wants nothing more than to be the person she hides beneath the surface, but she's trapped. The last thing she ever wanted was to be returned under her mother's thumb, least of all shrouded in humiliation, but one mistake shook her carefully constructed life to it's core and she finds herself back home for the summer – sleeping right next door to the one guy she should be avoiding. She has always been drawn to Jax, no matter how much she tries to deny it. He lives his life the way she always wanted to – by his own rules, answering to no one – and he does things to her body that she has never experienced before... but he's dangerous for her heart. She knows she would never be more than just some fun for him, and she is just not that girl. Besides, they can't seem to be in the same room with each other for more than five minutes without it turning into a brawl. But Jax has set his sights on her and he is nothing if not persistent. How long will she be able to fight him off, and more importantly-does she really want to? What happens if she gives into the one guy that makes her heart race but makes it clear that there could never be a future for them?

You're going to be okay”
“I don't want to be okay. I want to be off the rails, Jax. I want to fight and scream and rage and lose myself. I want to be hungry. I want to be a mess. For once.”

I can admit that I entered this book a little cautiously. I LOVE Jax, but it is no secret that I have never been a fan of K.C.'s – the crap that she pulled on Tate in Bully just never sat well with me and the fact that she never even apologized for being such a shitty friend just made me look at her in a not-so-pretty light. But Penelope Douglas has never disappointed me and I figured if she could make me fall in love with Jared after all the garbage he pulled, than I would give K.C. a chance. So freakin glad I did. This series has never had a shortage of drama or tears, it is always emotionally charged and sexy-as-hell so I expected to be put through the ringer. I was not wrong and I can honestly say that my opinion of K.C. has definitely done a complete turn-around. There is just so much we never knew about her and it goes to show that you really don't know someone as well as you think you might until you really get in their head. Jax I already loved but finally getting a glimpse into his past made my heart bleed. They both have been through so much in their young lives that I just want to hug them and hide them from all their harsh realities. But, going through everything that they have is what made them the amazing people they are today – even if Jax managed to piss me off quite a bit at times. That stubborn Trent trait definitely runs through both brothers, they just handle things in vastly different ways. This book really pulled me in so many different directions emotionally, it took some turns I never saw coming, the pace was non-stop and my heart took a beating. I am so damn exhausted. But what really did my head in was the ending. Mind-blown. Gutted. Heart shattered. I am a hott-mess. I went from being blissfully happy to completely devastated in a matter of minutes. Don't take that to mean there was a cliffhanger-there wasn't... not for this book anyway. You just have to get this book to follow where I'm going here. I can tell you that my heart has been in my stomach ever since I finished that last page and I can't seem to shake the feeling of dread that has taken me over. BUT, Penelope has been sitting on top of my One-Click-Addiction List since book one for a reason and I'm trusting her to piece me back together.... eventually. Like I said before, she has never disappointed me and no one knows these characters better than she does. However, she is currently holding my sanity in her hands and that is where it will remain until April. In the end, if you haven't started this series yet than I wonder – Why the hell not?! These people will burrow their way under you skin and never leave, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Tell me what I want to hear”
You're driving me crazy”
“That's not what I want to hear.”
“You're an asshole?”
No. Say it.”
“Only. Ever. You. Jaxon Trent.”

K.C. ~ Give us a list of your TOP TEN Guilty Pleasure movies and why

Awesome! I loves my dance movies!
10. Magic Mike (strictly for the dancing)
9. Mary Poppins (Who doesn’t want to jump into chalk pictures, really? Hmm?)
8. Love Actually (I mean, how is that not on everyone’s top 10?)
7. Shall We Dance? (J. Lo. I just kind of like her. I don’t know why.)
6. Step Up 2 (Better than Step Up 1 #sorrynotsorry)
5. Starship Troopers (You said GUILTY pleasure, right?)
4. Footloose (Great music, even today)
3. Grease 2 (Motorcycles. Need I say more?)
2. Pitch Perfect (Every line is quote-able)
1. Hairspray (Great music and Zac Efron. Good Morning, Baltimore!)

Penelope Douglas is a writer 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 Originals, and she shops at Target almost daily.

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