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Review: ‘Corrupt’ by Penelope Douglas #romanceopoly

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: ‘Corrupt’ by Penelope Douglas #romanceopoly


by Penelope Douglas
Series: Devil's Night #1
Published by Self-Published on November 17, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance
Pages: 461
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Douglas comes a new dark romance...

ErikaI was told that dreams were our heart's desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.
His name is Michael Crist.
My boyfriend's older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He's handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college's basketball team and now gone pro, he's more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.
But I noticed him.
I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid... For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.
Now, I've graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven't stopped watching Michael. He's bad, and the dirt I've seen isn't content to stay in my head anymore.
Because he's finally noticed me.
MichaelHer name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.
My brother's girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven't had her body, I know that I have her mind. That's all I really want anyway.
Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.
In my city.
The opportunity is too good to be true, as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they're out.
We've waited. We've been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.
*Corrupt is a STANDALONE dark romance with no cliffhanger. It is suitable for ages 18+.

Corrupt is not the first book I’ve read from author Penelope Douglas. The first book I read was Bully, and I had a hard time putting down that book. I was hesitant reading this book, though, since it had many triggers/elements in it that I’m usually not very comfortable within a book. Dark Romance has not been my favorite genre, but for some reason, Penelope Douglas writing is addicting to read. I should despise Michael’s male character in this book and how he treated the female character. He’s a real JERK! (I would spell out A-hole, but trying not to curse too much due to posting my review to Amazon later on.) Although, for some reason, after getting his POV in the story, I couldn’t hate him.

Here’s the gist of the story without giving too much away. Erika has known Michael for quite some time and has had a crush on him for a while. Unfortunately, he’s older and doesn’t want anything to do with her. His brother, Trevor, though, is all about hooking up with Erika. Erika ends up hanging out with Michael during Devil’s Night with his three other buddies. Things happened, and now three out of four of them went to jail. Years later, Erika is now off to college and getting away from her boyfriend, Trevor, and his family, who try to control her. Michael and his friends who are now out of jail want to get revenge for what happened years ago, and soon Erika doesn’t have anyone to protect her. Erika is about to find out that Michael is what she seemed to be back when she first met him.

This book involves a lot of dark elements in it. Check out the Tropes/Elements below on trigger warnings that will go over some of them. If you don’t feel comfortable with any of them, then maybe this book is not for you. I was hesitant at first with this book, but I read other Corrupt reviews and gave it a chance. I also read another book by Penelope and had already loved that book. Well, here is the reason why I enjoyed this book. The suspense in it is what kept me reading. I had a funny feeling all along who told on Michael’s friends and how they ended up in jail, but I couldn’t place who it was until it was revealed at the end. I was also not expecting the book the conclude the way it did. Holy Moly! This book had me on the edge of my seat for everything that Erika went through with not only Michael’s tactics but also his friends and what they put her through, especially at the end. Holy Crap! There was also steamy scenes between Michael and Erika. Yup, very steamy! The one in the steam/locker room was beyond steamy. Be prepared for some steamy moments.

One of the buddies, though, Damon, was ultra scary in this book. I don’t know if I want to read his book and find out who he ends up with because that girl will need a strong stomach and heart with him. Although, I can tell he has a back story that needs to be said to understand him. I want to find out more about the other guys, though, so I will continue reading these books by Penelope Douglas. If you are a fan of Dark Romance with some powerful trigger elements, I highly recommend it.

Story Rating: 5 stars
Steaminess Rating: 5 stars
Standalone or part of series: Part of Devil’s Night series and I recommend reading in order, but this can be read as a standalone.
Do I recommend this book? Yes, if you are a fan of Romantic Suspense and Dark Romance. Forewarning, there are trigger warnings in the book that I mention below.
Will I read other books from the author? Yes.
Tropes/Elements: Bad Boy Romance; Dark Romance; (Trigger Warnings: Rape; Attempted Rape; Violence; Drugs; Animal Cruelty; Kidnapping; Death; Child Abuse (Emotional/Physical)); M-F-M (menage)

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About Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devils Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, Birthday Girl, and Credence. Please look for Tryst Six Venom and Motel, as well as the Hellbent series, coming next.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.


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