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)