New Release Book Review: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas


Title:  Corrupt

Series: standalone

Author: Penelope Douglas

Publication Date: 11/15/2015

Genre:  Dark Romance


Rating:  5/5 stars


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Synopsis:   From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Douglas comes a new dark romance… 

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.

*Corrupt is a STANDALONE dark romance with no cliffhanger. It is suitable for ages 18+.


Review:  Penelope Douglas does dark romance like no other.  The author of the Fall Away series (Bully, Rival, Until You, Falling Away, and Aflame – if you haven’t read them, go do it…NOW…I’m serious!  Get your hands on those books…well, after you read this one.)


Corrupt is a dark romance…seriously, dark.  But oh, so good!!  Rika has secretly loved Michael for years, but was pushed together with his brother instead.  Michael shows no interest in Rika, until one night he takes her along with him and his friends for a night of mischief.  Michael and his friends are the town’s golden boys, practically untouchable.  Rika jumps at the chance, but things go badly.  Things happen (I can’t tell you what because I don’t want to spoil the mystery).  Three years pass and the boys return for revenge…on Rika.  What develops is a mysterious story of love, hate, misplaced blame and revenge…lots and lots of revenge.  Oh, and there is a deep, dark, forbidden romance, because it wouldn’t be a Penelope Douglas novel without a bit of dark romance and angry sex.


Warning…this is not a sweet, romantic book.  There are dark themes, borderline behavior and some steamy sex scenes.  I would not recommend this book for anyone under 18.

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