Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Book Blitz: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas + Review, Giveaway and an Excerpt

This is a Book Blitz post about the book Corrupt by Penelope Douglas. There's an excerpt, a review and an INTERNATIONAL giveaway below so check it out and you just might like it. I absolutely did! 

Title: Corrupt
Series: N/A
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: Dark, Erotica, Contemporary Romance
Publication date: November 17, 2015
Goodreads link: Click here!
Purchase links: Amazon
Synopsis(provided by the author):
Erika
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.
 

Michael
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.
Unprotected.
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.


Meet the Author

Penelope Douglas is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Fall Away series. 
She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and believes there is too much blood in her Coca Cola stream. Or too much Coca Cola in her blood stream. Or...
You know what? It doesn't matter. She loves Coke. Now you know.
She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter.

Author contact links:
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Excerpt:

I turned and stalked off, taking a left down the hallway toward the elevator. The doors opened as soon as I pushed the button, and I stepped inside, trying to calm my racing heart.
They still intimidated me.
And excited me. And challenged me. And knotted me up.
I’d kind of wanted to go to a party but not with them.
The doors started closing, but just then a hand shot into the elevator, and I jumped, seeing the doors re-open. I sucked in a breath, staring wide-eyed as Michael reached in, grabbed my shirt by the collar with one hand, and pulled me out.
“Michael!” I shouted.
I stumbled into him, and before I knew what was happening, he grabbed my wrists and locked them behind my back, walking into me and forcing me backward, back down the hall toward the kitchen.
“Let me go!” I demanded, my lips brushing the tip of his chin.
“I don’t know, guys,” he teased over my head, “she still seems pretty fucking easy to push around. What do you think?”
Laughter greeted me as he forced me back into the living area.
Every muscle in my body was on fire, and the tips of my toes kept getting caught under his sneakers.
I twisted my body, trying to break his hold. “What the hell are you doing?”
I pushed against his chest and jerked my body to the left, tearing out of his hold with every muscle I could muster.
I stumbled, losing my balance, and fell backward, crashing to the floor. Pain shot through my ass, running down my legs as the fall knocked the wind out me.
Shit!
Shooting my hands behind me, I pushed myself up and bent my knees, looking up at him as he advanced.
He stalked over and then stopped, towering over me.  I immediately moved my hands and feet, crawling backward, away from him.
But then I felt something at my back, and I halted. I twisted my head, seeing a dark pant leg, and I didn’t know if it was Damon, Will, or Kai, but it didn’t matter. I was closed in.
Oh, no. I slowly raised my eyes, seeing Michael’s lips tilt in a devious smile. I stopped breathing, seeing him lower his body to the floor, planting his knees between my bent legs, and his hands at my sides.
My neck arched back as his face hovered over mine, but I tried to keep myself up as much as possible, no matter how close his body got.
“I thought you were one of us,” his whispered, his breath caressing my lips. “I thought you could play.”
I stilled, staring into his eyes.
You’re one of us now. Will had said that to me on that night so long ago.
Michael’s amber eyes searched mine and then dropped to my mouth, his breathing growing heavy as he stared at me like he was about to take a bite.
I wanted to cry. What the hell was going on?
Three years ago was nearly the happiest night of my life, and it quickly became the worst. And ever since then, Michael not only acted as if I didn’t exist, but also, at times, as if he wished I didn’t.
Now the guys were free, and they were all back together again. What did I have to do with any of this? What did he want with me?
“I don’t know this game,” I told him, barely audible.
He stared into my eyes, thinning his own as if studying me. “All you need to know,” he finally answered, “is that you can’t tap out.”

 

Review:


Where do I even begin?
The media room! That scene!!!! Oh God, that scene, and everything that followed!

Corrupt is now probably one of my most favorite books for this year! I was not sure what to expect going it and at the beginning I had so many questions but as the story progressed everything started to fit together and it was amazing. It was perfect really!
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that had me experience such range of emotions. It’s a darker story than anything I’ve read before but it was so thrilling and exciting. It was definitely an emotional rollercoaster.
The characters were also very interesting and complex. And because this isn’t just the story about a boy and a girl, there were more characters that the story focused on.
On one side we have Erika ‘Rika’ Fane. A quiet girl from a rich family that lives in a rich community around rich and entitled people. She was a golden girl. Everyone loved her because she is genuinely good but deep inside she has secret desires that no one can see. Except him.

"They all though I was a good girl, Michael."
"But there's so many bad things I want to do." 

Michael Crist. One of Thunder Bay’s bad boy, and one of the four Horseman that everyone loves to watch. A bad boy though and though. Dark and dangerous. Quiet and calculating. Controlling! He is simply free. He doesn’t care about anyone’s judgment or opinion and he does what he wants when he wants it. Who’s going to stop him?
These two have a very complicated relationship for many reasons. You'll find out when you read the book but it's not your typical love story.

"They tell us that what we want is wrong and that freedom is dirty. They see chaos, madness, and fucking as ugly, and the older you get, the smaller that box gets. You feel it closing in already, don't you?"

Rika has had a crush on him since forever but he wouldn’t so much as look at her. In her mind she was invisible for him. Until one night she wasn’t. The night that changes everything.
Then there are Kai, Will and Damon. The other three Horseman. Each and every one of them more complex than others. You can’t really tell which side of them you are going to get at any given moment. And as sons to very powerful man, these guys do what they want, always!


Kai seemed like the good one, the one that would go too far, until he wasn’t that person anymore.
Will is still a mystery to me. I never could figure him out.
And Damon… oh there is so much to say about that one. So dark. I had hoped things turned out differently with him and I was not happy with how his storyline progressed but I have to trust Penelope Douglas that she knows what she was doing while writing the story.  I really like his character!

"Run all you want, Little Monster," he said, sounding like a threat. "We're faster."

Okay so I know I’m pretty much giving you what the summary and some of the teasers have already said but I don’t want to give you any more because it will ruin the experience.
This book is a game of fate and trust. The emotional ups and downs were overwhelming but they just made the story that much better. It was easy to put yourself in Rika’s shoes and feel what she felt. I would get excited and then I would feel like I had plunged into ice water. Reading this book was a thrilling experience and I LOVED every second of it.
You never knew where the story would take you. I was so sure I had it all figured out but then so many things happened. It is most definitely not your usual love story but it’s one of the hottest most emotionally thrilling books I’ve ever read. It get's me all warm and tingly just thinking about it! It was HOT! And then there was the panic! Oh that felt nice too!

"When we used to wear the masks, you liked it, didn't you? It scared you, but it turned you on."
"Say it," he breather out, holding my hips with both hands now. "It turned you on."  

 
I don’t have the right words to express myself right now and that is frustrating so the only thing I can say is that you NEED to read this book. It is a must! The challenges these characters had to face, the road to self-discovery and every enormous passionate moment in between had me laughing, panting and/or crying and I was pretty much glued to the screen of my phone the entire day. I simply could NOT stop reading it until it was all finished.
I’m sad that it’s over though. I would definitely enjoy some more of these characters!

Giveaway: 

(3) Signed copy of Corrupt (Intl)
(2) $20 Amazon or B&N gift card, winner's choice (Intl)

This post is part of  the Corrupt Book Blitz organized by As the Pages Turn

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