#Review “Bully” by Penelope Douglas

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Bully (Fall Away #1)
by Penelope Douglas

Aundi’s Musings…

5 Bully CROWNS

I utterly devoured this story. If you have a thing for bully romances than look no further this book is it. Penelope created a wonderful story with an intriguing plot and genuine characters. You become obsessed with Jared and finding out what went wrong between him and Tate. This was the first book by Penelope I’ve read, I know I’m super late to the game. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read more by her. 

I had loved Jared once, but now I knew without a doubt, that “my Jared” was gone.

This first thing I liked about this story was that it drops you right into their world. Page one brings you face to face with Jared and Tate and what their relationship has become. I loved this because it draws you in from the start. Penelope pulls you into this world and does not let you go until the last page. 

Jared is a complete ass to Tate literally from the beginning. You slowly learn all these things he’s been doing to her throughout the years, some she knew about and some she didn’t. You want to hate him for all he’s done to her, but you can’t. Penelope wrote him in such a way that you know something happened that turned him this way. You need to find out what made him change how he feels about Tate so abruptly. He’s so beautifully damaged that you can’t help but want to get to know him and find out all his demons to help heal him. 

“You were my tempest, my thunder cloud, my tree in the downpour. I loved all of 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.”

Tate goes through a lot from essentially the beginning of high school. You feel for her and you want her to become stronger from what’s happened. And in the beginning, you think she does. She does something to Maddoc on more than one occasion and you think yes this is it she’s got her backbone don’t back down. But than she kind of loses it as the story goes on. This didn’t diminish the story in anyway for me I just wish she had held onto that strength.

The slow burn build-up was pure fire. You could feel the passion pouring from the pages even when they hated each other, maybe even more so. As the story goes on you can see the possessive nature that Jared has for Tate. But not only on his side, I loved the parts where Tate became possessive of Jared and blasted anyone in her way. But also, the deep searing connection that they’ve had since they were kids can be felt throughout. 

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

I absolutely adored this story. I loved watching the connection between Jared and Tate grow and come back around to what it always should have been. Seeing Jared grow throughout and come to terms with some of what was going on with him, was amazing to see. You want to love him from the beginning and as he continues to grow you love him even more. This story will keep you utterly captivated from the start and you won’t be able to put it down. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series and see where these wonderful character’s go from here. I highly recommend this book, especially if you’re a Penelope Douglas newbie like me, and love your bullies sexy, possessive, with a side of he’s such a dick. 

Bully (The Fall Away Series Book 1) by [Douglas, Penelope]Synopsis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Penelope Douglas delivers an unforgettable New Adult romance that toes the fine line between love and hate…

My name is Tate. He doesn’t call me that, though. He would never refer to me by a friendly nickname. No, he’ll barely even speak to me. But he still won’t leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I was humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got worse as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went away for a year just to avoid him.

But I’m done hiding from him now, and there’s no way I’ll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have. It’s time to fight back.


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About Penelope:

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), available now.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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Happy reading,


  1. Love the review. I’m a newbie to her work too and your review definitely had me one-clicking!

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