Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads’ Book Description:
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.
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Writing this review/experience is incredibly bittersweet. I love this series to pieces, so seeing it come to an end is heartbreaking. I will say that this book was the perfect end to phenomenal series filled with authentic voices and extraordinary romance.
This time around, Jared decides that he needs to venture out of Shelburne Falls and find some sort of purpose in his life. I wholeheartedly understand why Jared was feeling the need to escape; his entire life up until that point had revolved around Tatum Brandt.
Tate knew what she wanted out of life and she knew how she was going to get there. What she didn’t realize was that having Jared by her side might not be a part of that process.
“I didn’t understand why he needed to leave me to feel whole.”
I both hated and loved Jared for going off to do his own thing. You could feel how much anguish he felt over leaving Tate, but Jared needed to have some of his own space where he could grow without bringing her down.
“I don’t want a life without Tate. I don’t want anything without her.”
Jared comes back to Shelburne Falls, but what he doesn’t expect is a newer version of Tate. She’s fearless, in control, and won’t take shit from anyone. I could tell her heart had hardened from Jared’s departure.
What AFLAME gives you is an inside look on how these characters—and all of my favorite secondary characters—matured over the years. They aren’t the same people they were in high school and I love that they all played a huge role in tying the end of this story together.
The moral of this ending—or at least what I believe you take from AFLAME—is said perfectly by Oscar Wilde: “I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.”
Penelope Douglas nailed it. She delivered an exceptional story about second chances, redemption, growing up and learning how to navigate the scary parts of being in love.
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Before reading AFLAME, get the first four books in the Fall Away series!
BULLY: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | GoodreadsUNTIL YOU: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | GoodreadsRIVAL: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | GoodreadsFALLING AWAY: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads
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