Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Bully by Penelope Douglas

Bully by Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: June 17th 2013
Links: Ebook • Audible • Goodreads

My name is Tate. He doesn’t call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all.We’re neighbors, and once, we were best friends. But then, one summer, he turned on me and has made it his mission to screw up my life at every opportunity. I’ve been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to hide from him. I worried about what was around every corner and behind every door.

So I left.

I spent a year studying abroad and bathed in the freedom of life without Jared. Now I’m back to finish up high school and get the hell out of here forever. I’m hoping that after a year of breathing room, he’s moved on and forgotten all about me.

But even if he hasn’t changed, I have. I’m not interested in avoiding him or turning the other cheek anymore. We’re going to go head to head, because neither of us wants to back down.

Yesterday lasts forever.
Tomorrow comes never.
Until you.

Oh. My. God. I LOOOVED this book. Absolutely, whole-heartedly loved it! It was incredible! It made me smile and laugh and made my heart pound, and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it! Gosh, Penelope Douglas, you have written such a great romance. I fell in love and swoon so hard for Jared. Bad boys just can’t get any better than him 😉

I wasn’t sure how I would like a romance where the male lead is, well, a bully. And he truly is a bully. Jared is mean, cold and cruel to Tate. He laughs at her, taunts her, spreads rumors about her… So how did I find a way to look past his cruelness and fall in love with him? Well, to be honest, I’m not even sure! All I knew was that I never truly hated Jared for the way he treated Tate (and he was pretty horrible to her). I always thought in the back of my mind there had to be a reason for his cruelness. You just don’t go from being the best of friends when you were young, to practically enemies. Jared left Tate one summer to visit his father, and when he returned, gone was the sweet best friend. Only a bitter, cold-hearted boy came back. And all Tate can think is, What happened?

Tate used to let Jared’s cruelness get the best of her. She’d cry and run away, but the start of her senior year is different. She’s standing up for herself now, and standing against Jared. She’s not going to let him bully her anymore, and she sure as hell isn’t ever going to let him make her cry again.

“You’ve already made me cry countless times.” I raised my middle finger to him slowly, and asked, “Do you know what this is?” I took my middle finger and patted the corner of my eye with it. “It’s me, wiping away the last tear you’ll ever get.”

From that point on, when she said that, I totally loved this girl. Tate grows a backbone, and she’s so kickass. Sure, she goes a little over the top with the way she retaliates against Jared, but I thought it was completely warranted. After all, Jared did treat her like shit. But then she realizes that treating Jared as badly as he treated her isn’t the way to go. Plus, there’s that insanely strong attraction they have for one another. *fans self* Their sexual tension is off the charts! Holy hell, the way they react to each other, it’s just the. best. It’s sexy and exciting and so fun to read, because you never knew exactly when they’d blow and start kissing the crap out of each other 😉

My absolute favorite quote:

“You were my tempest, my thunder cloud, my tree in the downpour. I loved all those things, and I loved you. But now? You’re a fucking drought. I thought that all the assholes drove German cars, but it turns out that pricks in Mustangs can still leave scars.”

*Sigh* Tate is just too great. I loved her character. She and Jared are perfect.

Ahem. So, Jared. We all love stories about redemption. And Jared is the ultimate redemption story. He’s bad and makes no excuses for it. And how can Tate ever forgive him for the way he treated her? We start to see the other side of Jared, the part that’s not mean or cold or cruel. And, well… it’s hard not to fall in love with him after seeing him without the hard exterior. And Tate has a hard time not falling in love either.

“I want to touch you.” His words were against my lips now. “I want to feel what’s mine. What’s always been mine.”

Tate still misses her best friend, and when I kept reading (because I COULDN’T STOP) and found out why Jared changed, it broke my heart. I wanted them to have their HEA desperately, because they both deserved one, and they both deserved a happy ending together. Because they’re meant for each other, and always have. Their love is so sweet and heartfelt and romantic. *Sigh* It kept making me smile and clutch my heart, because they’re so good together.

The amount of angst in the book is perfect! My heart was going crazy for Jared and Tate. If you haven’t read this book, GO! It’s amazing. It’ll take you on a roller coaster of emotions.

And oh gosh, I’m SO ecstatic to read Until You, which is Jared’s POV of Bully. AH! Can’t wait to read it! It’s high up on my wishlist 🙂

5 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: Fall Away series

Bully by Penelope Douglas Until You by Penelope Douglas
Rival by Penelope Douglas Falling Away by Penelope Douglas Aflame by Penelope Douglas

#1 ~ Bully: Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Until You: My Review • Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Rival: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Falling Away: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Aflame: My Review • Ebook • Audible • Goodreads


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