by Penelope Douglas
Genre: Dark, Erotica, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Organized by: As the Pages Turn
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.
I enjoyed the fright of not knowing what was coming and from where.
“When we used to wear the masks,” Michael said, dropping his voice to a near whisper, “you liked it, didn’t you? It scared you, but it turned you on.”
I raised my hesitant eyes and tried not to let out a laugh. What was I supposed to say? That the fact that they’d looked like monsters got me hot?
I shook my head clear and stood up, saying in a quiet voice. “I’m going to bed.”
I grabbed my phone and took a step, but Michael’s voice stopped me.
“Come here,” he said softly.
I turned my head, narrowing my eyes. Come here?
He sat up, resting his forearms on his knees and waiting, while I shifted on my feet.
He was always playing games. I didn’t trust him.
But the temptation to engage was too great. He was right. I was getting good at it, and I kind of liked it, too.
I took slow steps, holding up my chin to steel myself.
When I reached him, he placed a hand on my hip and pulled me in between his legs. I gasped as he fell back against the sofa again, pulling me in with him. I shot my hands out, planting them on both sides of his head on the back of the couch, keeping myself upright as I leaned into him.
“Say it,” he breathed out, holding my hips with both hands now. “It turned you on.”
I closed my mouth and shook my head, looking down at him with a challenge.
“I know it did,” he maintained, a fire in his eyes. “Did you think I couldn’t see how tense your body would get or how your nipples got hard through your shirt when you saw me wearing it? You’re a little twisted. Admit it.”
I folded my lips between my teeth, turning my head away.
But then he tipped his chin up and caught my nipple between his teeth through my tank top, and I closed my eyes, letting out a small cry.
The heat of his mouth swooped into my stomach as he released my nipple and then snatched it up again, dragging it out between his teeth.
“I’ve got the mask upstairs,” he taunted, kissing and nibbling on me through my shirt. “I can get it if you want me to.”
No. No, I wasn’t like that.
I pushed away from him, but he held me firm.
“Michael, let me go.”
But then I felt my phone vibrate in my hand, and I quickly glanced at the screen, seeing no name with the number. Reading the number, though, I noticed that it was his mother’s. That’s strange. I thought I had her number saved in my Contacts.
But I let it go, remembering that my mom was with her. I needed to take this call.
Planting my fists on Michael’s chest, I shoved him away. “Get off me. Your mom’s calling.”
All he did was laugh, though, and my face fell.
He grabbed my arm and threw me down onto my stomach and came down on my back, pinning me to the couch.
I breathed hard and fast, feeling his cock press against my ass as he snatched my phone out of my hand.
I stared wide-eyed as he placed it a few inches in front of me, his finger hovering over the green Answer button.
“Michael, no,” I rushed out, panic making my lungs ache.
But he swiped the screen anyway. The ringing stopped, and I heard silence as she waited for me to say something.
“Say hi,” he whispered in my ear.
★✩★✩★✩ 6 – Because 5 Just Isn't Enough – Stars ✩★✩★✩★
~this review MAY CONTAIN minor spoilers~
He didn't want to know me. He didn't like me.
And I wanted that fact to stop hurting. I was so sick of dreaming.
Sick of having forced a relationship with Trevor, because I believed he would set me straight, and sick of wanting a nightmare that treated me like a dog.
Sick of both of them.
Erika (Rika) Fane spent more time in the Crist Family house than her own for most of her life. Everyone always assumed she would end up with Trevor, they've been damn near inseparable since birth and even ended up dating for awhile, but she's always had her eyes on his older brother. Years of being ignored and looked past, glossed over and invisible, by the one man who has always had her attention hasn't lessened her feelings or the intense attraction that has only gotten worse through the years. But three years ago, for ONE NIGHT, he finally saw her. It was the best night of her life, before it all went to hell. For the first time in her life she is escaping the grip of her home town, transferring schools and moving to Meridian City – she is finally free and able to spread her wings a bit, or so she thought...
for three years, I'd been forced to look at her in my house, hear about her, and bide my time when all I wanted was to be her nightmare. She was her, and we were ready.
Michael Crist has always played by his own set of rules, answers to no one and does what he wants – consequences be damned. Along with his three best friends – Kai, Will & Damon – they made up what his small home town has come to call the Four Horsemen. Together they ruled the community, feared nothing and enjoyed the money and power they were born into – nothing got in their way and no one stopped them. Rika has always been in his life, a part of the scenery – sure he noticed her, but she has always been sort of off limits, not that he cared. Between his younger brother Trevor, and the three year age gap that had her hovering at just young enough to be too young, it was enough to keep him away – even if she's always right there. He would be lying if he said he didn't notice the fact that her eyes were always on him, or that he didn't get just a little thrill from tripping her up, making her nervous and seeing her reactions to him constantly ignoring her. Then ONE NIGHT everything changed. Three years ago, the Horsemen returned home from college for some Devil's Night havoc and debauchery, only this time, Michael decides to indulge little Rika and brings her along for the ride. He wants to see exactly what shes made of, how far he can push her and how well she can hang with the guys she's always idolized – and she betrays them.
All three of his friends get arrested.
But now there out and little Rika is in HIS CITY all alone....
They've been patient...
They've waited long enough...
Now it's time for their little monster to pay...
It couldn't be them.
But those masks. They were the only ones who wore those masks.
Why would they come here? After three years, why would they come here?
I have been a HUGE Pen Douglas fan ever since Bully landed on my kindle many many moons ago and have never looked back. Her writing, her characters, her stories, always pull me in, always hold me captive, and are always dirty, badass and rough with a whole lotta laughs and a little bit sweet. Many months ago, when she first announced she was taking her first step into the Dark Erotic Romance world (a MAJOR addiction of mine), I was all on board. When I first read the synopsis, I even drooled a little. When she started toying with us with excerpts, teasers and the Corrupt pinterest board, I got more than a little impatient and borderline psychotically excited as the days wore on. When my ARC landed on my kindle, I didn't sleep for days – I had to read it through TWICE before I tackled writing up a review. I can honestly say – She. NAILED. It. There isn't a thing I would change about this book, there isn't a thing I didn't love. Even as she had me cringing and preparing for the worst, I was still flipping through the pages dying for what was next. The anticipation, the tension, the fear, had me on edge the entire time. The surprises, the twists, caught me off guard every single time. The constant back and forth between past and present just added an edge – you were not only waiting to see what was coming in the now, you were also waiting to see just what the hell happened three years ago as that story slowly unfolded alongside the present. It was insane, a total mindfuck, scary and exciting and hott as hell. The guys were utterly captivating. Even as they were being evil and twisted, I held on just wondering how much farther they would take things and no matter what they did, I just couldn't hate them – even when I know I should have. Rika has set a new standard for badass female leads. Strong and independent, all she wanted was to break free and see where she could go on her own. No matter how hard the guys pushed her, she didn't crumble, no matter how far they backed her into a corner with no where to go and no one to turn to, she still came out swinging and refused to break. She was amazing. The pace was non-stop right from the start which is why I gave the book a second read – I was too anxious to find out what was coming to fully absorb what was happening the first time around. Now for the sex scenes... Hott. Damn. Steamy and dirty, rough and gritty – honestly, this was some of the hottest shit I've read in awhile. The catacombs, the cave, the sauna... scary movies will never be the same and my hubs thanks her for that!! This has become one of those books I could read over and over and over again and never get tired of it. I know this was slated as a standalone, and the ending wraps up quite nicely and totally in tune with the rest of the book – but that doesn't mean that I'm not holding out hopes for more from these people in the near or distant future. I would love to see the rest of the Horsemen get their stories told, and yes, that even includes Damon. In the end, if you like your dark romances with a dirty, sexy edge and a slew of some pretty amazing, if not disturbed, characters – then I HIGHLY recommend this book. And while your at it, pick up some of her other books as well, if you haven't already. Soooo worth your time and every last penny you pay for it.
They were in there.
And once...I was one of them. Once, I ran with them, kept up with them, and stood next to them. I wasn't their victim, and I had their attention. I'd learned how to fight.
This was on me, and while I wouldn't make it easy for them, I wouldn't run.
I would never run.
I was built for this.
Give us your TOP TEN inspirations behind Corrupt
1. News Story I saw on TV
2. Halloween movies (masks and Michael)
3. Devil’s Night movie
4. Mischief Night movie
5. My ABANDONED Pinterest board
6. Vengeful One by Disturbed
7. Deathbeds by Bring Me the Horizon
8. Hours on Pinterest
9. Hours on Pinterest
10. Hours on Pinterest
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.
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