Tuesday, April 21, 2015

*Challenge Review* Aflame by Penelope Douglas

Genre: NA/Romance
Published: April 21, 2015
Pages: 262
Ages: 18+


From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of BullyUntil You, Rivaland Falling Away comes the sizzling conclusion to the Fall Away series.
The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…
Everyone wants to be me.
Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name. 
I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.
They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate? 
But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here. 
Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.


Penelope Douglas is the reason I am an indie book blogger now. When Bully was self-published and free on Amazon for a couple of days, a friend of mine recommended it to me because she knows Penelope and knows that I really love to read. At that time, I was not reading indie books at all, but decided to give it a shot and even maybe write a review for it on Amazon if I liked it, as if I'd be doing Ms. Douglas a huge favor simply by reading her book. I was a colossal ass! I realized that long before I finished reading Bully. When I saw at the end of the book that she had a Facebook page, I liked it immediately. At one point she posted something from a blog page that led to me entering tons of giveaways because I like winning stuff, and that led to my friend Courtney suggesting we start our own blog. 

Aflame is the 5th book in the Fall Away series, and I've devoured every single one of them. But this book is my favorite, even though it's the end of one of my favorite series. 

The interactions between Jared and Tate were intense, every single one of them. Madoc provided his usual comic relief with a side of sweet understanding. And Jax was his straight up, no nonsense self. Fallon and Juliet played their small roles too, but honestly, Tate didn't need quite as much pushing as Jared did from his boys. And Pasha was a great addition to the crew. Her snark had me in stitches. 

Penelope Douglas does intensity so well that you'll find yourself squealing, groaning, and frequently exclaiming "No!!!" You'll probably want to have some wine, chocolate, and tissues handy, and it might be a good idea to put your reading device in an Otterbox case for extra protection in case you throw it across the room. 

If you loved Jared and Tate in Bully and Until You, you're not going to want to miss this book. And if you haven't read Bully or Until You yet, you should read them first because this is the continuation of the story that started there. I also highly recommend reading Rival and Falling Away first as well, and you can find the covers and links for all four of these books further down on this post. I give Aflame 5 out of 5 stars.

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About the Author

Penelope Douglas is a writer living 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 damn degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she HATED public administration. One night, she told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later she was married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, The 100, and she shops at Target almost daily.

Other books by Penelope Douglas

Fall Away Book 1

Fall Away Book 1.5

Fall Away Book 2

 Fall Away Book 3

Coming in 2015

Coming December 1, 2015


I used Aflame to fulfill my contemporary requirement for my Book Bingo Challenge (it's set in modern day, so that counts right?) For the Popsugar reading challenge I used it to fulfill the Book with a one word title category. 

Other categories it would fulfill include:
A book published this year
A book by a female author
A book from an author I love that I hadn't read yet
A book that made me cry (once)

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