Review | Bully by Penelope Douglas

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BullyI told myself a hundred times today that he couldn’t be trusted. He was a liar. A bully. But his words were getting to me.

Published: February 18th, 2014

Publisher: Intermix

Pages: 312 (326 with extra content)

Series: Fall Away #1


5 Stars


We can be confused about what is good for us but not about what we truly want.


My name is Tate. He doesn’t call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. 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 more sadistic 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 my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It’s time to fight back.

I’m not going to let him bully me anymore.


My name is Cheyenne and I have a thing for anti-heros, diamonds in the rough, and general literary bad boys. Any new adult book with a bad-boy lead is basically my crack and I will devour it with giddiness. Basically, I swoon for the bad guys. Just needed to get that out there.

Anyway, it’ll come as no surprise to anyone that I loved this book. Now, this wasn’t my favorite book by her (I know for a lot of people this is her OG and most popular series) but I really really enjoyed it nonetheless. I’m more into the Horsemen and their trickery, but I was still obsessed with Jared and Tate’s story. It actually reminded me a lot of Punk 57 (review is linked!) with the friends to enemy to lovers thing, but since I love that sort of story I wasn’t mad about the extremely similar themes.

If I’m being honest, I’m still not sure how I feel about Tate. I really liked her in the first chapter with the way she punched Madoc and was a general bad ass, but I felt like she softened a lot throughout the book and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I like her to an extent, but I didn’t really love her the way I wanted to as the lead for this book. I didn’t really like K.C. (Tate’s best friend) at first either but she grew on me, same can be said for Madoc. I think the only person I liked right off the bat was Jared, but given my stance on bad boys that isn’t a surprise. I’m bummed that this book didn’t alternate view points because I love the male points of view, but given that Jared gets a whole book with Until You I can’t be that mad about it, and I’ll probably read that sometime in the future.

The plot of this book was great. I loved hearing about them as kids and how close they were, it was a much needed sweet element to a very heavy book. I had no idea why Jared started to hate Tate and I was dying to know the answer. Just when you started to learn something new it just raised more questions. The big twist at the end was perfect, too! This book had all the things I crave in a new adult romance; high drama, bad boys who like to fight, steamy sex scenes, tons of curse words and crude jokes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; no one does new adult quite like Penelope Douglas!

While the next two books in the series center on different characters, I know the final one revisits Tate and Jared and I’m not sure how I feel about that. This book does have a happily-ever-after (HEA) ending and I always feel uncomfortable when authors try to tinker with the sacred HEA. Reviews I’ve read for that final book sound very promising though, and if my favorite book bloggers liked it then I’m going to give it a try!

All in all, this isn’t my favorite from her but I still loved it! I’m lucky I have a lot of her books that I still need to read, I don’t know what I’m going to do when I’m stuck waiting for her new releases.

*In case you missed it, her new book just came out last week! Birthday Girl  is a taboo romance about a girl who falls for her boyfriend’s father. The reviews so far have been great and I bought it the day it released, I’ll for sure be reading it this Summer!


Happy reading


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The Fall Away Series




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