First the blurb:
From the New Adult sensation and New York Times bestselling author of Until You
Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…
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…
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….
In this week's fails, aka the books I've DNF'D this week, we have Rival by Penelope Douglas. Now, I did read Bully by this author, which I enjoyed, immensely, but this one--just, no.
It has the same stepbrother, stepsister romance scenario but right off the bat--we are met with combative characters--with this secret lingering past--that's not really discussed but assumptions can be made about what happened between our two MC's.
But they both left me with such a sour taste in my mouth and I only made it to about 50 pages. The girl--Fallon: She was supposed to be this tough bad ass, but in my opinion, she was just rude. She was combative, and nasty--and way too frisky, for what seemed like, no reason--none that I allowed to be explained--because I just couldn't do it anymore.
The guy--Madoc: What does Fallon see in him? He's not kind. I felt nothing for him, and I didn't like the way he dealt with the Fallon. He was far too cocky and a little bit rough. Just, ugh.
Now we know they hate each other pretty much right off the bat, even after the two year time jump--which we're greeted with pretty early on. Then they have this tumultuous sex that I was both expecting and not expecting. It was just too fast. I felt like there was time for a lot more buildup. Way more time. Especially considering their disdain for one another. I just, no.
This book although I had high hopes for it will gladly be making it's way back to my local library to be picked up by someone who will appreciate and love it, but that person is not me.