Aflame by Penelope Douglas

Posted April 19, 2015 | 20 Comments

Aflame by Penelope DouglasAflame
Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #4
Published by: InterMix
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 262
Source: Publisher

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 still 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.

I’m pretty much addicted to this series, so I’m sad to see it end with Aflame. But, oh, what a way to go!

Jared and Tate have known each other since they were little, growing up right next door to each other. They went from best friends, to enemies, to lovers. Then Jared left. Aflame can sort of be looked at as a second chance romance, but c’mon, this is Tate and Jared we’re talking about here. The world just wouldn’t be right without these two together.

I was a little surprised when I discovered Tate and Jared were splitting up, but totally agreed with Jared and his need to get his shit together on his own. In fact, I was happy this happened because it was something they both needed. Yes, we want them to live happily ever after, but sometimes people need to find themselves before they can truly be with the person they love. I give props to Jared for wanting to make sure he was happy with himself and what he was doing in his life, so that he and Tate could have a healthy relationship in the long run. Did he handle breaking the news to her in the best way possible? No, but he’s learning. It’s all part of that growth we want to see on our characters.

Ah, and I was even happier with the woman Tate became. She had already changed quite a bit from the first book, but this is by far my favorite Tate. Instead of being explosive and giving the reactions Jared expects her to give, she’s stronger and colder. Her lack of reaction when he tries pushing her buttons unnerves him, and I love it!

I noticed that Aflame didn’t feel as angsty as the previous books, and I was glad for that. It stayed true to the fact that they were supposed to be maturing and going into a healthier relationship, instead of regressing. It was a lot of fun though, watching Tate and Jared have a little rivalry, especially when it came to the cars.

And of course, I love the secondary characters. Madoc, though, he has a tendency to outshine the others. He’s hilarious and can be a total goof, but he’s also very insightful and knows how to push his friends in just the right way. I was cracking up at the text messages between him and Tate!

One of my favorite things about this series is how it revolves around three couples, all friends and/or related in some way. They’re all very much in each other’s lives and spend a lot of time together. So when you start with the first book, you see the progress of all the characters and how they came into the picture. And if you are a fan of any of the couples, you’ll want to read Aflame. Trust me!

Also, I’ve mentioned before my love of music, so I get extra giddy when an author adds a playlist and incorporates it into the book. Douglas uses music I already love, so it makes me feel even more connected to the books and characters.

So yes, Aflame is a total win for me, and a fantastic ending to the series. I will miss this group of friends terribly.


20 responses to “Aflame by Penelope Douglas

  1. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book in this series, but really liked Madoc’s book. I’m not sure I want to read this one just yet, but I’m glad that Tate has grown. I like that she’s cold to the douche that is Jared (I realllly didn’t like him!)
    Great review, Christy!

  2. This releases TODAY?! I’m so excited to read it now, I loved the Bully series, the first book was actually my first NA book ever and it’s my all-time favorite. I’m glad you could enjoy this one, I’m still kind of annoyed the author added more drama to Tate and Jared’s story, they have been through enough already.. Although, it is cute to see that the series started with them and it ended with them.

    • Christy

      I had similar thoughts when I first heard about the book – drama for drama’s sake, but I was mostly glad for it if was going to show growth. Because to be honest, I wasn’t fully comfortable with how they came together in Bully and where they were. They definitely needed this. You definitely need to read it, especially if you enjoyed the other books too.

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  3. I’ve never read this series but I’ve been thinking about it…which is why when I heard about this new book and it concerns Jared and Tate’s break-up I was like whaaaaaat…wth?? But after reading your review, I get it. The couple got together in high school and for me, what the author did is realistic. These characters need to grow and sometimes, they need to be alone to do that. Hmmmm…less angsty. Maybe I’ll try this book first and then go down, a bit different but it might work out better for me 😉 Awesome review Christy!

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