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quote 2018-05-02 05:56
Time passes by you like a bullet,” he says, “and fear gives you the excuses you’re craving to not do the things you know you should. Don’t doubt yourself, don’t second-guess, don’t let fear hold you back, don’t be lazy, and don’t base your decisions on how happy it will make others. Just go for it, okay?”"
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review 2017-05-16 05:01
The Next Flame (Fall Away #4 & 4.5) by Penelope Douglas





Author: Penelope Douglas

Title: The Next Flame

Series: Fall Away

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Next to Never
Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn Caruthers has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood still holds her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man, and knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.

But years ago, Lucas left town and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.

Until a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn her world upside down. She’s never asked about the path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.

As she starts to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.

Tatum Brandt finally has everything she wants. Acceptance to medical school, a circle of friends she would never replace, and contentment that every day is now hers.

All through high school, Jared Trent called the shots. He decided if she would be happy or sad, fearful or free. He owned her heart, and he played with it like one of his cars.

Never again.

Two years ago, Jared left town, and Tate’s life is exactly where she wants it to be. Or that’s what she tells herself…

Because two years ago, her heart also stopped beating, and no matter the success in school or the support of her friends, there’s only one time every week she can feel that same rush in her blood. Friday nights on the track.

That’s hers, not his, and to hell with anyone that gets in her way again.

Especially him.



The Douglas step-cest series continues or rather gives readers the novellas that ran between the installments so that readers of this series could have the "full series" in one whole physical set.

The Next Flame is actually just Aflame and Next to Never in one book its not really a new book. Its essentially a gathering of a story the same as she did for Until You, which fell between Bully and Rival when it was released in print. Same thing here.

If you haven't read this series yet I highly suggest not starting here. Fall Away is definitely a series you need to read from beginning to end to understand and even then it gets quite confusing on who is who. The whole parent marriage sibling marriage who is the other persons sister or brother and parent and friend gets even more interwoven until it kind of begins to feel like a giant family orgy of who is doing who without much why aside from how they shouldn't but do anyway.

Fall Away has never made a whole lot of sense to me as a reader but then again I've never been a big fan of the whole sibling sex craze that's going around but its well written and is actually a decent read when you take the non-cest/cest part out of it.




Until next time book lovers...



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review 2016-10-22 00:00
Punk 57
Punk 57 - Penelope Douglas
Punk 57 happens in the same world as Corrupt, but the stories are not connected. You don't have to have read Corrupt first. Misha and Ryen grew up writing to each other as pen pals. Over the years, they talked about everything. They're best friends and begin falling in love with each other. Even though they don't live very far apart, they have an agreement to never have interactions besides snail mail. After a tragedy, things domino effect causing them to be up close and personal, and neither is what the other expected. They must get past what has been done to them and recognize what they have done to others.

This author has proven before that she has a real knack for tapping into the emotions of teens. She does it again with Punk 57. The feelings of needing to fit in, bullying and being bullied are major themes. Problems such as trying to be perfect overachievers by using stimulants in order to have the energy to do it all are highlighted. Inhalants make an appearance. I think this is the first time I've seen them mentioned in a romance novel. Social media impact is shown a lot. When something happens, the characters blast it on Facebook. Absentee parenting plaques the cast. This story does a good job of pointing out real issues kids have these days. It's a coming of age romance with adult sexiness.

I just wanted to add that I always love this author's playlists so I was happy to see it included, but also she attached the lyrics for some of the songs the characters write in the books (Misha is in a band, and Ryen is his muse). I thought that was a great bonus.

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review 2016-09-05 00:00
Aflame - Penelope Douglas I love this series and these characters. Going back to it again after so long was a real treat for me. Seeing the changes and constants between them all over time was excellent for a Jared and Tate lover like me. I still love Jax too, and really I just love them all. Excellent conclusion.
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review 2016-03-23 15:59
Misconduct by Penelope Douglas
Misconduct - Penelope Douglas

Misconduct begins with Easton becoming a teacher after graduation. The problem is one of her student's dad is the man she's been thinking about for the last six months. He's very handsome, but there's a lot more complicated things about him than just that.

Tyler has a lot on his plate right now, and he shouldn't be intrigued by his son's teacher. But he can't help it, and when the attraction gets to be too much he ends up taking there relationship beyond what each of them imagined.

But Easton has secrets, and things she doesn't want to share. And Tyler is having a hard time prioritizing his life with his wants and needs. These two may not be able to make it together very long if they don't get their heads out of their asses.

I really liked this book. At first, it just sucked me in and I couldn't put it down. But then it got slightly boring. It felt like it was the same thing over and over again, and that grew frustrating.

Other than that I thought Tyler was a horrible father in the beginning, but he got better towards the end. And I enjoyed Tyler and Easton together.

The only other thing I didn't like was some of the stuff that happened with Easton's brother. It just felt like it wasn't really needed, and it really didn't go any where or have any sort of conclusion about it either. So, overall that felt somewhat pointless.

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