Corrupt by Penelope Douglas Review


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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.

***Corrupt is a stand-alone dark romance with no Cliffy


I have been wracking my brain trying to fire out what other book to compare this one to or how exactly to describe it and the truth is this book isn’t like anything I have read before but since I like books AND food, let’s go with food.  Corrupt is like a huge, thick, rich piece of chocolate cake.  It is thick in and rich in plot.  The sex is decadent in the most delicious way.  It has many layers that pretty much just leave you wanting more and more and when it is over, you feel satisfied and sated in the best possible way.

‘The closer you got to anything beautiful, the less beautiful it became.  Allure was in the mystery, not the appearance.’

I seriously had no idea what to expect with this book.  The synopsis is pretty vague and I have to tell you guys, that Penelope pretty much shocked the heck out of me.  I was floored and hooked from the very beginning.

Seriously, this book completely rocked my world.  I could not put it down.  I was so enveloped in this insane mystery that I pretty much stayed up all night reading it.  There are many things that I have come to expect from Penelope.  An angsty NA plot and smoking hot sex are two of those things and I completely love her books but she broke the mold with the mystery in this one.  Corrupt is, in one word, fantastic!

‘No, our scrapes and bruises, tattoos, scars, smiles, and wrinkles told our stories, and I didn’t want a pristine piece of wallpaper.’

I will not tell you one damn thing about this book.  Go in blind!  Experience the sex, mystery, intrigue, amazing writing with fabulous story all your own and then send me a message so we can talk and talk and talk about it!

‘He was always game.  And thanks to his tutelage, now so was I.  He’d corrupted me.’