[Review] Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

Title: Corrupt
Author: Penelope Douglas
Publication Date: November 15, 2015

I 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.

Her 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.

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Review: I’ve been turning more and more towards the darker, angsty romances lately, and Corrupt is no exception! While it is a romance, it’s also edgy and suspenseful as well. This story follows Rika who has never really felt she fit in anywhere until that one night three years ago on Devil’s Night when she joined the Four Horsemen for a night of debauchery. It ended with three of them getting locked up and one left to plan revenge on her. Rika doesn’t know what she’s in for until she moves into Michael’s building and her new life goes to hell. It’s basically a game of cat and mouse with poor Rika pitted against four men hellbent on vengeance. Overall, I did kind of have a love/hate relationship with it because of how dark it got, but I did appreciate the overall romance. This book is intense and features a ton of triggers, so be warned! If you enjoyed Vicious by L.J. Shen, I think you’re in for a treat.



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