Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Corrupt by Penelope Douglas: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway



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.

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A secret pool hid behind the falls, and the water glowed with neon blue light, much like the light in Michael’s penthouse. Off to the right lay a bank, of sorts, where you could lie down, sit, or people who weren’t swimming could walk in, stand, and see the beauty inside without getting wet.

The whole place was exactly like a cave. The rock walls and ceiling glittered with little white lights, probably to look like stars, and I couldn’t help the little groan that escaped as I tensed my thighs. I was turned on.

I wasn’t sure if it was just the place, the drinks, or Michael. My senses had been overwhelmed today.

I waded further in, enjoying the solace and the darkness, but then I saw Damon enter the cave and I stopped.

He’d walked straight through the falls, coming from the other side and was drenched. He pushed his wet, black hair over the top of his head, the wall of his chest, shoulders, and arms glistening with water. He must’ve either brought swim shorts with him or borrowed some, but I immediately took a step back, seeing that he was coming straight for me.

“I wish I could say I wasn’t used to that reaction from women,” he mused, noticing my retreat.

My hands fisted, and I licked my dry lips. “No, you don’t,” I contended. “I think you like it.”

His lips curled, and I fought not to back away again. He wanted me to be scared. He counted on it.

“I’m not scared of you.” I cocked my head, my heart racing despite my steel resolve.

The music blared outside, and between that and the waterfall, I doubt anyone would hear me if I screamed.

He stopped just in front of me, an inch between us. “Yeah, you are.”

And then he wrapped his arms around my waist like a steel band and lifted me off the ground.

I grunted, planting my hands on his shoulders and pushing away. “Damon.”

“I could tear you limb from limb,” he threatened, his breath falling across my face. “And I wouldn’t even break a sweat.”

I pressed my hands into him, pushing harder and twisting my body left and then right. “Knock it off. Let me go.”

“You know what I thought about in prison?” He took hold of my hair at the back of my scalp, and I gasped as he pulled my neck back, holding me tight and still with his lips only an inch from mine. “You…and our last night together,” he finished.

He kissed me, soft but possessive, dragging my bottom lip out with his teeth. I jerked away, digging my nails into his upper arms as my heart hammered in my chest.

“Damon, fuck off,” I bit out.

But he tightened his fist in my hair, brushing my lips with his. “Every time I was alone, I stroked my cock, seeing you in my head and taking it like a good girl.”

I darted out my hand and took his neck in my fingers, squeezing as hard as I could and trying to push him away from my mouth.

He laughed as if he didn’t notice. “You never told Michael what happened that night, did you?”

“How do you know I haven’t?” I growled, baring my teeth.

He pushed his head in closer. “Because he would’ve killed me already.”

I clenched my fingers around his neck, digging in my nails. “Then maybe I will tell him,” I threatened. 

About the Author:

Penelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to "just get the damn degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she HATED public administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked (yes, she was drunk at work)that his son was hot, and three years later she was married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, the show Sons of Anarchy, and she shops at Target almost daily.

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Review by Michelle:

As a lover of dark romance I have been giddy with anticipation for Corrupt since I first heard the whispered rumors of a whole new direction for a favorite author of mine, Penelope Douglas. I didn't know what to expect from the book except, of course, complex, intriguing, and compelling characters, a convoluted, anything-but-easy romance with an intense and passionate connection, and a different and absorbing storyline that will hold you captive from the very first page. My expectations may have been a bit high, but it turns out they were well founded as I was far from disappointed.

This book consumed me. After an eerie and enigmatic beginning that will have you clamoring to learn more about Michael, reveal more of Erika's past, and delve deeper into the mystery of the masked men, I was altogether unable to stop at just one more page or one last chapter. Corrupt will have you so wrapped up in knots, real life, sleep, and responsibilities are sure to be the furthest things from your mind.

If you think Jared Trent's mind games and relentless torture in Bully were something, allow me to introduce you to Michael Crist; a man who knows no bounds, a man willing to play the game no matter the personal cost, a man so determined to be strong and powerful and in control, he bends for no one. Or does he? Michael's cold demeanor, his underlying hatred, and thirst for vengeance was intimidating to say the least and even outright scary at times. He and his friends take the term bad boy to a whole new level. Yet there is something about him, some indefinable, magnetic piece that is fascinating and appealing and keeps you hooked no matter what the game or the torment inflicted.

I can't say I wasn't challenged by this book. I certainly can't say it didn't take me out of my comfort zone at times and I definitely didn't always know where things were going or agree with what was taking place, but in essence isn't that what good literature is all about? An escape, a way to expand your mind, broaden your horizons, get so lost in a story that the real world and all its problems no longer weigh you down, a way to experience outlooks and preferences, activities and proclivities that are outside of your everyday norm or frame of reference, things that you would otherwise never experience or perhaps even have knowledge of?

Corrupt is dark and twisty, gritty and raw. It is shocking and exciting with so many twists and turns you may very well walk away not even knowing which way is up. It is everything you have come to expect from a Penelope Douglas book with an edge, a mania, and a fervency like never before. An addiction that lingers in your mind long after you are finished and that can only be satisfied with the revelation of more horsemen.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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  1. I like a good dark romance: interesting characters and can keep my interest. Love the character names, especially "Erika Fane" and her nickname "Rika." Thanks for the chance :)

  2. I am looking forward to reading this book.

  3. Wow sounds so darn good. Love the sound of this book!

  4. The book sounds reallyyy good. Plus, the cover is very unique.

  5. Can't wait to read this book! It sounds very interesting.

    Thanks for the awesome chance :)

  6. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. This sounds really intriguing! Thanks!

  8. looking forward to read it!!!!!

  9. sounds wonderful!

  10. Thanks for the awesome giveaway, I'd love to read this book!

  11. She is an AWESOME writer/author . Crossing fingers ;)

  12. I wonder how Erika put those people in prison! Sounds like a great read!

  13. I've heard so many good things about that book, can't wait to read it!

  14. Corrupt sounds SO good! Can't wait to read!

  15. I love dark romances, sounds so good! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. This book sounds awesome. I can't wait to read it.

  17. Oh my gosh!! I been hearing about this book and how good it is. I love this cover. And I Loved your review, now I REALLY wanna read it! Lol. Ty for the chance at this awesome giveaway!

  18. Michael Crist sounds like a really interesting character..and the books sounds great!

  19. I love Penelope's books!! I'm sure this one will not disappoint!!! Thanks for the chance!

  20. I've been really wanting to read this book since I first saw the blurb. Everyone that I know that's read it has high praise for it! Thank you for the chance.