Book Review: Corrupt

by Penelope Douglas


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

TeriLyn's thoughts: Ok. So. Corrupt. I kinda, sorta freaking really dug it. There were several times when I thought to myself - "TL, really?! You love this?!" - but I did. It was an interesting plot. It was a something different. The author hooked me from the very beginning. And I have the biggest crush on Michael Crist, the hero or um, anti-hero, of the story. The last couple chapters of the book were absolute perfection for me. I re-read them twice just to re-live them a bit before moving on. Erika Fane, the heroine, impressed me. She was quite intriguing and had qualities I really like in a heroine the biggest being she goes for what she wants in a big way. This book is all about games, manipulations, and at some points down right cruelty. The hero isn't the swoony, love-you-forever without some seriously selfish issues type hero. But me being me and liking the asshole, self-destructive, vindictive ones yet who still love fiercely type - yeah, totally dug him.

Why not five stars when I loved it? There's some major "mystery" in the story and I had it pegged early on. Predictability didn't deter me from reading but it kept the story from reaching an epic level. In addition, the "dark" parts of the story weren't all that dark. The effects of bullying, superiority, and a wonderment of where these characters are taking you inspire the feelings from the reader but the book never took me out of my comfort zone at all. If you're a lover of the dark and twisty this is mild, in my opinion. Fear is the kink and it's well done indeed but it's nothing too shocking.

With that said that, this book is most definitely worth reading. The author writes in first person from the points of view of both Michael and Erika toggling the reader between present and past. All the characters enhance the story and the plot keeps you captivated. I saw some great reviews for this from fellow GR readers and I'm so glad I spent the time in Penelope Douglas Corrupt world.

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