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How steamy is it? Hot Damn

Publisher's Summary

She's back. For the two years she's been away at boarding school, and 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.

I'm back. 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.

©2014 Penelope Douglas (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"As gripping as it was sexy! Witty dialogue, great chemistry and a great plot make Rival a book you don't want to end." (Colleen Hoover, New York Times best-selling author)

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  • NikNakbzz
  • overland park, KS, United States
  • 09-02-14

oh the DRAMA

So many twists & turns.... a little "unreal" but makes for a wild story! It's amazing how much thought we put into things without ASKING what happened or what the deal is.

Loved Madoc! I thought he was hilarious & I loved Fallons no BS attitude. And of course appearances by Tate & Jared! I can't wait to hear Jax story!

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Madock's Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Rival to be better than the print version?

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What did you like best about this story?

Picks up where Bully left off. It tells the story of Madock and gives his character a more endearing depth.

What does Abby Craden and Nelson Hobbs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The Narration was perfect. I love that It was a his and hers narration.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

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Fantastic

Where does Rival rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

in the top 5!

What other book might you compare Rival to and why?

Penelope Douglas' other books were fabulous too.

Any additional comments?

I loved Bully and Until you - this book had the same love/hate to it as those books did. It was almost exactly the same which could have turned me off but it didn't.

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Loved this!!!

Loved this book! I want sure how I would feel after Bully. My attention was kept all throughout the book. Loved the explanation and the love story.

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Exquisitely beautiful main characters

Maddoc and Fallon ‘s love story is heartbreaking, fierce and sweet. A sophisticated, compelling and mature young romance.

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Distracting Female Narration

Good story, which I really wanted to get into, but there was a big problem for me personally. The narrator Abby has this distracting hitch of breathe after most of her lines. It got so annoying I considered not finishing the audiobook, but I really wanted to hear the story. Narrator Nelson was good. The story was engaging even if the leads spent the book being angry at each other. If you enjoy that type of storyline this book is a win.

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SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF

Hey! Decide to transfer mid semester to a highly competitive school like Northwestern - it could happen....No it can't.
Hey! Decide to blackmail someone with allegations of statutory rape, how about research the age of consent in the state you are writing about. Illinois 17 Indiana 16 no crime! If I stand to lose a mansion and millions of dollars you best believe I am going to do a quick google search or call my lawyer before signing over my life.
Hey! Decide to commit extortion in the full view and hearing of 8 people? Sure why not!
17 year old kid has NSA level computers, banks of monitors etc... what the heck does Karen do for work? Being a mistress must pay well.
So Madoc's dad, a bigshot lawyer, had an 18 year affair with Karen when she was a complete drunk and neglecting her son. Why was this millionaire having an 18 year affair with someone who wouldn't shower and wash her hair (I think in Bully Tatum said she smelled)?
I know criminal defense lawyers can make good money, but multiple mansions?
Skateboard chatter was googled…no depth
Great karaoke choice for this alternative edgy girl.
And why was it important for her to keep "it" chaste, but ok for him to sleep with anything in a skirt. Love the way the author back peddled saying yeah he slept with a lot of girls but not as much as everyone thinks.
Just lazy writing

I enjoyed Bully (book 1), although Jared's reasons for being an arse were contrived. This book was just plain sloppy.

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So good!

Normally I don’t write reviews but this book and this series is really good. Great easy story. The characters are great and grow. Highly recommend.

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Speechless

I don't know why but I connect so well with this author. She is such an amazing writer! I just can't enough.

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Best of the Series

Maddoc and Fallon come alive with these narrators. I laughed and cried during this one. RIVAL is the best of the series. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY