Book Review Aflame by Penelope Douglas

Mar 052019

Aflame Blurb:

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.

Title: Aflame
Author: Penelope Douglas
Publication Date: April 21st, 2015
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (262 pages)
Rating: 10/10

Aflame was the most intense book from this series for me.

Here’s one thing about me, I don’t usually cry when reading books. I often feel very emotional, and my throat hurts, just like it did start when reading Aflame. That heartbreak was very emotional since I experimented a lot during the 3 books with Jared and Tate. I cannot fuss enough on how brilliant Penelope Douglas is when she thought making a continuance for them. It is bloody cruel and loving at the same time, because they still love each other, but they have to reconnect again. Furthermore, the end brings some future references on their kids, and let me make myself clear how brilliant I foresee the next generation to be. Even if we know little of them, there is chemistry among them, love and hate, and so much questions we need answers to.

“At ten years old, Jared was my friend. At fourteen, my enemy; at eighteen, my lover; and at twenty, my heartbreak. I’d known him more than half my life, and although the roles had changed, his impact was always all consuming.

Aflame changes the game for Tate and Jared, since they spent 2 years apart. They both tried to move on, unsuccessfully. It is strange I felt mad when I read about them with other people, because their connection is that strong to me. Even if it breaks my heart that Jared do came back after only 6 months, he came to a desperate hope that got shattered by seeing Tate trying to move on. But on the bright side, they now own who they are, have had time to figure their place in the world and managed to realize that their life belongs together.

“I’m never letting you go again, Tate,” I whispered, almost desperate. “I’m your friend forever, and if that’s all I get, then that’s what I’m taking, because only when you’re here”—I took her hand and placed it on my heart—“do I feel like my life is worth a damn.”

I kind of hate and love Penelope at the same time for having me feeling such emotions in a book.

“As my friend, I liked you,” I whispered. “As my enemy, I craved you. As a fighter, I loved you, and as my wife”—I slid the ring the rest of the way on—“I keep you.” I squeezed her hand. “Forever,” I promised.”

Thank you,
Your always kind reader

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