Review: Corrupt (Devil’s Night #1) by Penelope Douglas

CorruptTitle: Corrupt
Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: Devil’s Night #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance


I was told that dreams were our heartโ€™s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriendโ€™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 collegeโ€™s basketball team and now gone pro, heโ€™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 hidโ€ฆFor years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, Iโ€™ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I havenโ€™t stopped watching Michael. Heโ€™s bad, and the dirt Iโ€™ve seen isnโ€™t content to stay in my head anymore.

Because heโ€™s finally noticed me.


Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brotherโ€™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 havenโ€™t had her body, I know that I have her mind. Thatโ€™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 theyโ€™re out.

Weโ€™ve waited. Weโ€™ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

***Corrupt can be read as a stand-alone. No cliffhanger.

My Review:
Actual Rating – 4.5 Stars

Michael and Rika have danced around one another for years – but everything came to a head three years ago when the events of one fateful night set the future in motion.

This well-written book contained plenty of dark and steamy moments and it’s definitely not a light-hearted read, but it was immensely addictive and entertaining. The characters are some of the most complex I’ve read about and I came to love/hate them. I grew hot and cold on Michael a lot – but, in the end, he did the right thing and proved that Rika’s faith in him wasn’t misguided.

Rika was a good character and I enjoyed her progression, even if some of her actions weren’t very believable. The chemistry between our two was off the charts and the push-and-pull nature of it only added to the tension and conflict.
The other Horsemen were intriguing too. Trevor was a bit one-dimensional and I wasn’t shocked at all by his behavior.

Corrupt definitely has the shock factor down pat and there were tons of “OMG” moments. And that threesome – seriously hot! It was a very entertaining story if a little sick at times. Lol.

I did overlook some issues with the plot that wouldn’t hold up to scrutiny and it’s the reason I knocked a half star off my rating.

This book will not be for everyone but I thoroughly enjoyed it and Penelope Douglas is definitely on my fav author list now.

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