I was told beforehand that Jared’s side of his and Tate’s story is not a replica of the first part of the series Fall away – Bully.
Frankly, I did not believe it at first as I started to read Until You by Penelope Douglas, but by the time the first two chapters were read (in a breeze may I add), I was convinced this book will leave me grasping for air, tilted upside down and blown away to Jared land.
I wasn’t wrong.
All Jared’s innermost aches, the secrets he fought so hard to hide from the world, spang to life in an unexpected manner in heartbreaking scenes. The suffering at the hands of his father in the summer when he was fourteen scarred him so deeply, he came back home and decided to shut himself out from the world, even from his soul mate that he loved more than life itself – Tate, by a twisted turn of events he misread in his troubled mind.
He decided to make Tate’s life hell to make sure he had control in one aspect of his life, even when the further along it progressed, it seemed the control was not in his court. The focus on Tate made her just as import to his piece of mind when tormenting her to no end as the encouragement and the love she showered on him before that fated summer.
The journey Jared is forced to take by the confrontation with Tate upon her return from France has made him whole again. Tate is the leathern in his life just as Jared’s leathern tatoo symbolises.
Of course reliving all the passionate love scenes and foreplay between Jared and Tate were a delight to read again with his point of view this time around.
I felt excited at the same parts as I was while reading Bully all over again. The kitchen scene was mind-blowing, well, both scenes (The one from Bully retold and the new one in Fall away…).
I cried at the same parts as well. The speech part was heart wrenching to witness from Jared side.
New scenes explained occurrences in Bully had complemented the story line to a lovey dovey end and then some. The heart to heart between Jared and his Mom at the lake had started a streak of tears that wouldn’t stop easily.
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Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or numb to all emotions? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between. Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don’t care about anything or anyone.
I love her so much that I hate her. I hate that I can’t let her go. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn’t trust her—or anyone else. So I hurt her. I pushed her away. But I still need her. She centers me. Engaging her, challenging her, pushing her—it’s the one last part of me that feels anything anymore.
But then she went and screwed everything up. She left for a year and came back a different girl. Now, when I push, she pushes back…and I’m not sure either one of us will ever be the same.