Book Review


Corrupt by Penelope Douglas
Release: November 17, 2015
Publisher: CreateSpace


Penelope Douglas, CORRUPTErika

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 is 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.

Penelope Douglas is an author I absolutely love. Her writing grabs me by the throat and doesn’t let go, her writing stays with me so long after I’ve finished the final word on the final page, her writing is simply amazing, and I will praise this woman.

She is an author I worship.

Now that I’ve gotten that out, let’s get started.

In Corrupt, we meet Erika “Rika” Fane, a girl of privilege heading out on her own for the first time for school. She leaves her hometown, gets an apartment – with an odd upgrade – and tries to live her life without any help. Rika’s tired of being needy and she’s ready to make a name for herself. But there’s Michael Crist, her ex-boyfriend’s older the brother, the main character of every fantasy she’s ever had, and her new neighbor. But there’s something Michael’s keeping from Rika – like his friend’s release from prison – the same friends Rika put there. And they need revenge because they all lost out on their dreams of playing basketball in college or professionally. Because of Rika, they lost out on a lot of things, and to them, Rika needs to pay and Michael’s going to help – no matter how much Rika intrigues him.

I devoured this. That is the only acceptable description for my reading of this book – devour. Corrupt is a dark romance, suspenseful, and I didn’t know I needed that in my life until this book.

The writing is stunning – the characters are thought provoking – the story is well thought out and detailed – and this world! Ah!

The writing grasps me from the pages, yanking me into the story – just the way I feel a story should be.

There are so many layers to these characters. I thought I knew who they were, why they did what they did, the reasons they did what they did, but every page brought new information and a lot of “Wait! But what?” There are so many twists and turns, my heart raced with every question of revenge plots against Rika, the tension between Michael and Rika – so thick, y’all.

The relationship between Rika and Michael is the thing you root for, the main focus. Despite everything he does to her, you hope they work out. With every discovery of why he does what he does, why he feels what he feels for her, your heart breaks, but every scene between them rebuilds it.

But while you hope for Michael and Rika you also see his friendship with the rest of the Horsemen, you see how much he cares for them, how much he hurts for them all the time they spent incarcerated, how guilty he feels.

There are so many elements to this story that break you and build you and there are so many things to completely suck you into this story, causing an addiction that only means you hold out for more. Penelope Douglas, I’m just going to wait patiently for Hideaway.


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