Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway: Falling Away by Penelope Douglas - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

This post contains affiliate links, meaning I’ll receive a small commission should you purchase using those links. All opinions expressed are my own. I receive no compensation for reviews.

Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway: Falling Away by Penelope Douglas

FALLING AWAY BANNER

I’m thrilled to share with you an exclusive excerpt as we count down to the next book in the Fall Away series by Penelope Douglas, Falling Away. This is K.C. and Jaxon’s story and it’s coming on January 6th!

✦ Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Books a Million ✦

Synopsis

Jan-06

From the New Adult sensation and New York Times bestselling author of Rival

Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid. K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away….

K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As they grow closer, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.

Chapter 5 Excerpt

“So, how did this happen?” I asked, holding the gauze on his skin, under the cuts, to catch the saline.

His abs flexed, probably from the cold fluid, since saline didn’t sting, as I poured it over the cuts, cleaning them.

He sucked in air through his teeth. “Some of the science kids have greenhouses on the roof,” he grunted, and I almost laughed out loud. “Masters asked me to go up and make sure the roofs were closed, but I slipped coming back down the stairs. Scraped myself on some bolts.”

Ouch.

I used the rest of the gauze to wipe up the solution, and then ripped open a package with a wet wipe and made sure the blood was cleared up.

“You should be using gloves,” he pointed out. “You know? Blood and all.”

“I thought any girl was safe with you,” I shot back, tearing open bandages. “Isn’t that what you told me?”

Jax was silent for a minute, narrowing his eyes farther and watching me as I placed three rectangular bandages on his stomach.

“I said any girlfriend of mine,” he finally clarified. “But you shouldn’t be so careless. Use gloves next time.”

I ignored him, feeling weird on the occasions he acted like this. Jax had a habit of scolding me, sometimes acting as though he was protecting me, and then following it all up with being an asshole. I finally figured out condescension was his way of gaining superiority. Making others feel stupid.

I sat back, looking him in the eye and changing the subject. “Is anything else hurt?”

He hesitated only a moment. And then folded his arm back, lifting his right elbow to reveal the scratches I’d noticed earlier.

Repeating the same procedure, I stood up and leaned over him, catching the saline wash as it cascaded over his wound and into the gauze.

He hissed, and I blinked.

“Blow on it,” he ordered.

“It doesn’t sting,” I scoffed, knowing damn well that saline didn’t hurt.

“K.C., Jesus,” he barked, wincing.

I rolled my eyes but gave in. Holding the underside of his arm—his hard triceps—I leaned down and released a slow, cool breeze over the scratches. Jax’s scent wafted over me again, and I desperately wanted to close my mouth so I could breathe him in through my nose.

But I didn’t. I could tell his eyes were on me.

“Why are you watching me?” I asked, wiping up the rest of the solution and blood.

I didn’t look at him, but I heard him swallow.

“This is just the first time you’ve ever made me feel good, is all,” he replied in probably the most candid way I’d ever heard him speak.

I pinched my eyebrows together.

The first time I’d ever made him feel good. I didn’t know what to say to that. Hell, I had nothing to say to that.

Keeping quiet, I finished applying his bandages as fast as I could and didn’t meet his eyes again. He’d tried to be nice to me in high school. He’d tried to be a friend. Maybe friends with benefits but still a friend. Now here I was, forcing my attention on him, and he probably had no patience for me anymore.

“Can I ask you a question?” I ventured.

“What?”

“That night you drove Liam home . . .” I swallowed, smoothing my fingers over the bandage I’d fixed to his arm. “You said you had tattoos. Too many.” I repeated his words, my eyes fixated on his forearm. “What did you mean?” I pressed, because clearly Jax didn’t sport any tattoos. His statement hadn’t made any sense.

Even though I hadn’t looked at him, I noticed his head turn away as he inhaled a slow, deep breath. Kind of as though he was getting ready to dive deep underwater and knew he wouldn’t be up for air for a while.

“Sorry,” I said quietly, straightening up and crumpling the bandage wrappers in my fist. “I just . . . I don’t know . . .” I trailed off. “I just want to understand.”

I finally met his eyes, and he studied me silently. I didn’t know if he was trying to figure out what to tell me or if he wanted to tell me anything at all. Funny thing was, I’d thought about what Jax said that night a lot over the years, and while I was curious, it wasn’t until I’d overheard his conversation with Jared today that I knew it had something to do with his childhood.

And I realized that I didn’t know Jaxon Trent at all.

He rubbed his forearm and narrowed his eyes briefly before relaxing. “If you could get a tattoo, what would it be?”

I blinked, shocked by his question. “Um.” I laughed softly, thinking. “I thought about a set of angel wings, I guess. With one of the wings broken,” I admitted.

“It has something to do with your past?”

I nodded. “Yes.”

“And it’s something you want to remember?” he pressed.

“Yes.”

“That’s why I don’t have any tattoos,” he concluded. “People get tattoos for all kinds of reasons, but they’re always badges of what has made them who they are. I don’t care to remember what and who made me this way. The people that gave me life. The people that brought me up . . .” He shook his head, defiant. “The places I’ve seen or anything I’ve done. It’s all in my head, anyway. I don’t want it on my body, too. I don’t care about anything that much.”

falling away graphic

Reading Order and Links
About Penelope

Penelope Douglas was born in Dubuque, Iowa and has a Masters of Science in Education from Loyola University in New Orleans. She lives with her family in Las Vegas.

Facebook | Twitter

Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

✦✦✦✦

Follow Vilma’s Book Blog: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Subscribe by Email

Subscribe for Updates:

Share This Post

2 Comments:


  1. Gloria said:

    I am so excited for this book!!! I love love love this series and Jax has always intrigued me!!!

    Reply

  2. Chele' Walker said:

    Omg I want this so badly but I’m on book suspension from my husband 🙁 he says it’s a expensive habit

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

On Facebook

SuperWebTricks Loading...

On Twitter

Anyone else reading or listening to 𝐐𝐔𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐎𝐅 𝐀𝐈𝐑 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐃𝐀𝐑𝐊𝐍𝐄𝐒𝐒 by @cassieclare?! This is one of my most anticipated of the year and so happy I’m finally back in this story, back in the… https://t.co/1onAVb6Xmx

RT @vilmairisblog: Read an excerpt from The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake! Second-chance historical romance! https://t.co/wGnnOrgxVL

Review + Top Rec: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by @christinalauren! https://t.co/3faFDjVmg3

Review: Hotshot Doc by @authorrsgrey! https://t.co/SA9VlLGHmM

Review + Top Rec: Verity by @ColleenHoover https://t.co/zZsZ94fI58

Read an excerpt from The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake! Second-chance historical romance! @StMartinsPress https://t.co/cfkWTr9RrZ

My Saturday morning: Kicking it old school with my VBB Christmas mug and reading Verity by @colleenhoover—on my bookbeau bean, no less. Has anyone finished it? Who’s reading it?… https://t.co/I5irGVLXJv

It’s a cold, rainy day 🌧 in Austin and I am fighting a migraine. Trying to work but seems like the kind of day I just want to snuggle under a blanket on the couch and close my eyes.… https://t.co/iUMyEbYoJE

I had so many requests for this particular gift guide, that I got it up a little early! 𝐆𝐈𝐅𝐓 𝐆𝐔𝐈𝐃𝐄 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐓𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐁𝐎𝐘𝐒 is #upontheblog! I know I struggled this year to find gifts for my boys and… https://t.co/E480tWWEql

Love in Suspense exclusive excerpt: Vilma Iris Gonzalez aka @vilmairisblog shares a sneak peek at stand-alone romantic thriller Verity by @colleenhoover, releasing on Dec. 18. https://t.co/vCqzY1bnBI

𝗘𝗫𝗖𝗟𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗘𝗫𝗖𝗘𝗥𝗣𝗧 + 𝗚𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗔𝗪𝗔𝗬 — It's a big day of blog posts and I'm so so excited to share an excerpt from 𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗬 by @colleenhoover! It's up on #usatoday #hea blog and you'll want to click… https://t.co/GbJka5i1US

Love in Suspense exclusive excerpt: Vilma Iris Gonzalez aka @vilmairisblog shares a sneak peek at stand-alone romantic thriller Verity by @colleenhoover, arriving Dec. 18. https://t.co/vCqzY1sYtg

#COVER #REVEAL! Check out the cover of my 1/7/19 release over at @vilmairisblog
.
See it here: https://t.co/7SILnQT00z
.
Pre-Order it here: https://t.co/UOftilvXa8
.
#prisonerofnight #BDBworld #comingsoon #soexcited #watchoutforthewaterfallshot @simonschuster @GalleryBooks

🗡 🗡 🗡 𝗘𝗫𝗖𝗟𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗥 𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗔𝗟 + 𝗘𝗫𝗖𝗘𝗥𝗣𝗧: 𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡𝗘𝗥 𝗢𝗙 𝗡𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧 🗡 🗡 🗡
Incredibly honored and excited to share the cover of the new #BlackDaggerBrotherhood book by the one and only @JRWard1!… https://t.co/ddQNmKk3tj

Exclusive Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Prisoner of Night by @jrward1!!! Go check it out now! @gallerybooks https://t.co/F9aMaFz3cw

Read an exclusive excerpt from Across The Horizon by @AlyMartinezAuth! https://t.co/BPYmhT3b1P

If you'd like to try my latest novel but are afraid it might suck, for this entire month you can buy the e-book version of BONE MUSIC from Amazon for only $1.99 https://t.co/QNOcq4vJLs

Thank you for all the kind thoughts and best wishes! We wouldn't have had such a great run without you. Mwahs for everyone! :) In the meantime, we'll still be here through the end of this month, so at least there's that.

Load More...