Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: November 15, 2015
POV: dual first POV
Rating: 3 STARS
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Corrupt is a New Adult erotic, dark romance written by Penelope Douglas. It is the first book of the Devil’s Night series but can be read as a complete standalone since each book follows different couple.
What is the story about?
This story follows a nineteen-year-old girl named Rika who comes from a rich family and lives among rich people her entire life. Unknown to anybody she is actually lonely and dreaming of running away from the life she has been living. Her mother has been suffering a depression after losing her father and the only family she has is the Crist family. She doesn’t have many friends other than two boys she was growing up with: her ex-boyfriend Trevor, and his brother Michael, which she has had a crush on her entire life.
“The closer you got to anything beautiful, the less beautiful it became. Allure was in the mystery, not the appearance.”
After breaking up with Trevor she decides to move to a bigger city to attend college and avoid him who seems to have still not taken their breakup really well. To her surprise, Michael lives in the same apartment she does. In addition, his three friends who just got out of the prison lives in the same city as well. She tries her best to avoid them by focusing on her study and building a new life; however, they seem to be everywhere she goes and starts to become her nightmare when they start to threaten her for something she has completely no idea about.
Michael is a Hangmen—a group consisted of him and his three closest friends (Kai, Damon, and Will). They come from privileged families which give them the power to do anything they want in the little town they were growing up. They had a game they did every year that most teenagers enjoyed and teachers were powerless to put a stop until a terrible accident put them but Michael in jails for three years. They all blamed Rika for it and have planned a revenge on her ever since.
“Those who are patient, plan. And beware the man with a plan.”
Michael has always had a special feeling for Rika despite her being three years younger, but having given her up since the accident. His hatred for her increased when he knew she was dating his younger brother, Trevor. He has then tried his best to avoid her while planning the revenge on her with his best friends. When they’ve finally set her up according to their plan, he starts to get closer to her which sparks the old attraction they’d always had when they were near each other. However, at the end, he has to make a difficult decision: defend the girl he loves or the only people that have become his family for years—his best friends.
What did I think about this story? (Please, skip the following if you don’t want any spoilers)
I love and enjoy dark, erotic romances, however, this story is not my cup of tea. Let me tell you what I loved first.
I enjoyed the adrenaline rush this story was giving me. It felt like reading a mystery–intensely curious about what would happen to her and what she had done that had caused these boys hating her and planning on taking her down. It was an exciting feeling that I rarely felt these days. I enjoyed, craved, and was fully obsessed with the story in the beginning that I couldn’t put my iPad down even for a minute. However, when the past was presented, revealing all the reasons why they had so much hatred for her, I started to disconnect with the story.
The reasons for that was, first, I didn’t believe that these boys who were barely 20 at that time could have the POWER to do whatever they wanted that even their teachers had no power to go against them. Really? They interrupted classroom activities and no one says a word? Where was the police? Was there any police in the town? How could anyone in the town including the police were afraid of a bunch of spoiled, rich boys with their stupid games were downright ridiculous, absolutely unbelievable and did not make any sense to me.
The second was I did not feel any connection between them other than lust. The reason I finished this story by putting up with the ridiculousness the four boys were doing was to experience how their relationship evolved. I wanted to see the emotional connection between the main characters, which was the thing that I always craved. I wanted to connect with them as a couple. I’d never gotten to that point. This pains me to say but honestly, I felt like I was watching a porn whenever they were together. As I said, I love erotic romances and have had my fair share of favorites but pure physical connection without emotional one always turns me off.
The third one was the threesome–the scene that threw me miles away from the story. I could deal with it if it happened in the beginning before the main characters became exclusive, which was unfortunately not the case. It happened after they had their first heart to heart conversation, which was the moment I’d been waiting for the entire story to connect with them as a couple, and the reason why the heroine decided to do it was stupid and ridiculous. It did not make any sense whatsoever and made me lose any connection I had with her.
The bottom line is even though I love the push-all-the-boundaries kinds of stories, Corrupt is just not for me. My opinion is in the minority, though, since a lot of readers love this book, so don’t get discouraged if you’re planning to read this book especially if you are ok with the things I mentioned above. I respect and value different opinions and am glad if you give this book a try. 🙂
“Own who you are,” he commanded. “And don’t apologize. Do you understand? Own it or it will own you.”