And so to round out the year, who doesn’t enjoy a little nuttiness with their festive fare? You will verily get a well-written, genuinely intriguing, mysterious, sexy, and yes, somewhat crazypants ride in Penelope Douglas’ dark romance Corrupt.
Despite growing up amongst the wealthiest of families in a small but schmancy community, (E)Rika Fane has had her share of heartache – a pain exacerbated by the fact that she’s been in love with her former boyfriend’s older brother for as long as she can remember. Michael Crist is deeply sexy and very intimidating, but also harbours a secret of his own… Corrupt alternates between Rika and Michael’s perspectives, while also cleverly revealing an engrossing mystery that unfolded when their paths intimately crossed on a The Crow-style Devil’s Night outing when they were teenagers. What transpired then has lead them back to one another now, and someone –maybe more than one person – is very much out for revenge.
I haven’t read many erotic romances that also manage to pull off this level of intrigue, so much kudos to Ms Douglas. She successfully manages to ramp up the levels of mystery and confusion, while also making sure that the sexual tension – and release – between Rika and Michael remain smoking hot. As the story unfolds, admittedly, at times, the situations in which Rika finds herself are rather… unpleasant. But we never lose the sense of Rika as a character with a strong will. She’s a woman without a sense of victimhood, and that’s important in this type of story, I think.
If you’re looking to read something over the break that is gripping, engagingly written, sexy, and with a soupcon of cray like Mariah donning her Christmas Bunny ‘fit, this one is for you.
Cringe Factor 1/5
Is it Hot in Here? 4/5
For the Love of Feminism! 3.5/5
Overall Tasty Goodness 4/5