Bully by Penelope Douglas

Bully (Fall Away, #1)

by Penelope Douglas

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've been 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 to France for a year, just to avoid him.

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

For fans of Abbi Glines and Colleen Hoover comes the next big name in New Adult romance

Praise for Bully:

'Penelope creates incredible tension between their characters in this best friends to enemies to lovers romance. It touches on the trauma of high school relationships, first loves, and broken hearts, and most importantly, how to be with someone without losing yourself' Helena Hunting, author of The Good Luck Charm

'A wonderfully addictive read that kept my heart racing from start to finish. I could not put it down!' Aesta's Book Blog

'A heated and passionate novel, full of feeling and intensity that will appeal to the reader seeking an emotional rush' IndieReader.com

Reviewed by Molly J(Cover To Cover Cafe) on

4 of 5 stars

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Holy smokes! I have NEVER read a Penelope Douglas book before and I don’t know why. She is phenomenal! This book. How do I write this review? I loved it. I hated it. I hated to love it. I loved to hate it.

I absolutely loved Jared. I absolutely loved Tate. They were incredibly chiseled. The pain and embarrassment that Tate felt was often my own and I cried. The Bully that was Jared was absolutely beautiful. His emotions rolled off the pages and became a part of me. I didn’t want to love him. I cussed at him, I yelled at him, I cried for him. It was brilliant. I can’t wait to go into his POV and see more of him. Feel more of him. Love him all over again.

I will tell you, this isn’t an easy read. It’s emotional, it’s powerful, it’s friggin fantastic but if you want a sweet, non angst read, this isn’t it. If you want a 4 star worthy read that will knock the breath from you, that will leave you reeling and ready for more, then absolutely pick this up. Fantastic job, Ms. Douglas. Fantastic job!

*I purchased this book for my own collection. All opinions, negative or positive, are my own.*

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