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Corrupt

Written by: Penelope Douglas
Series: Devil's Night, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Suspense
4.7 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Erika: His name is Michael Crist. My boyfriend's older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He's 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.

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. 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.

©2015 Penelope Douglas (P)2016 Tantor

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  • ImAlwaysApril
  • 2019-01-15

Ummm :/

Ok, sooooo this book gave me serious anxiety! If you are a victim of sexual assault, know of someone or have ever been kidnapped, have been robbed for all your worth, or any type of assault that you struggle with this book will give you serious PTSD you should avoid it. I LOVE THIS AUTHOR but this one is a definite no go for me. It was most certainly suspenseful though! Honestly, I probably would have shot them by the middle of the book. END!

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  • Mykal
  • 2018-02-20

Horrible.....just horrible

Could barely finish this one. This was a badly done psycho meets heathers book. There was not a single character I could relate to or didnt want to die in a firey death. (Spoiler Alert) the main character spent the whole book making excuses for the guys scaring her to the point of tears with threats of violence and rape. And in the end after all the bullshit, the MC gets together with one of them. SMH, sorry not my type of book. I like my MCs to have a backbone.

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  • Chocalicious
  • 2016-04-14

Captivating!

This book surprised me. In a good way. I mean, I DON'T read YA. Hardly ever. Too much contrived drama. Too much of a reminder of my kids and the college students I teach each semester, each day. I do enough eye rolling with my classes. A LOT OF EYE ROLLING. So, to read YA? No, thanks.

But this one had an interesting premise, so I decided to proceed cautiously. I was prepared to stop once I got bored. You see, this is my second book by Douglas. The first, Misconduct, was disappointing. It, too, had seemed interesting, but the plot was not engaging and the big reveal at the end fell flat. So, I wasn't sure if this one would be any better.

BUT it was! Oh yes, it was!

It had it all: interesting premise, complex characters, suspense, unpredictable plot, multi-layered themes, and solid secondary characters. It even had constant flashbacks and they weren't annoying. I was kept curious and guessing, wondering WHY.

I thought this showed expert plotting. Quite fascinating, actually. And oh, so erotic! Very. And dark. Very.

The male narrator? *sigh* Jeremy York has a yummy voice. And the female narrator? Must you ask? Tatiana Sokolov? It IS Tatiana! That goes without saying. She is second to none! NONE.

This was an overall superior experience. This is the quality of audiobook that spoils you. It wrecks you so that you can't endure audiobooks that aren't as well executed. It left me searching desperately for a similar listening experience.

So ... Kudos to Ms. Douglas!

Highly recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-08

really? a sociopath, anti-social megalomaniac

tortured a girl, using his friends and money to "destroy" her. and she shrugs it off and in 3 seconds forgives him and then has sex with him. I couldn't finish this. story continuity was a little off in places. and a Scooby-doo ending.... actually I didn't make it to the end but you can just see it coming. I need to go wash my brain out and I'll never get back the time I did waste on this book.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 2020-06-16

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First let me start by saying I listened to this book without ever reading the synopsis so I was very confused in the beginning. All I knew about it going into it was that Audible had is marked as erotica, well i'm not sure if I'd call it that just because there is some sex. Ericka is a strong girl who everyone thinks is a spoiled girl who needs everything done for her...They are wrong! This character grew a lot during this book to me. This book had me lost with the back and forth between the past & present but once the story started to unfold it was like a light bulb turned on and it made complete sense. This book is twisty & dark and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I know I will recommend this to all my friends who love a dark, twisty book for sure. The narration was good. Tatiana Sokolov was good even if I feel like she sounded older that the characters and at first I thought that Jeremy York's voice was a little "psycho creepy" but in the end it was perfect too!!!

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  • mommyof4
  • 2018-07-25

Caution this has spoilers

The story was a little slow to start. Once it got going there were numerous times I found myself wondering why Rika didn't throat punch Michael. Because trust me he deserved it. I didn't quite buy the idea that a man can steal your money, burn down your house and threaten you and your mother and still fall into his bed. This made it a bit hard to like the guy much less want him to end up with the girl. If anything you hope she files a lawsuit or get a restraining order against him.

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  • Jana
  • 2017-12-15

No

This is a crazy, screwed up story. The characters are not relatable. Vulgar and not at all romantic. The narrators sucked. The male narrator sounded like he should be narrating true crime stories. The female narrator's voice was so annoying and babyish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-14

There are no words for this.

In short, rich kids with no sense of consequences. These kids are untouchable by the law in such a stupid no logical way. IF this was paranormal, so much more of this would fly. The plot makes no sense, it's merely stitched together and barely holding. It feels like the author wrote down the first ideas and just didn't bother reading back to see if shit made sense. Dude characters in this book are soooo baaad, all the fricking time, there's not much redeeming them at all. Also stupid. Our heroine is suffering from stupid as well. I really wanted to like this book, and atm I'm about 75% finished with the book and every chapter I'm thinking "Surely it'll get better soon". But it just keeps coming with more stupid logic. I've read "birthday girl" by the same author and despite a slow start, I enjoyed that book. Back to struggling to finish this, I'm just glad this was part of the romance package and not something I bought.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2016-10-12

dos dark

Although I enjoyed this audio book, the author took us to a very dark place with low morals and questionable characters. I did not like this book as much as her previous works, however I found the narration to be spot on.

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  • SleepyMommy01
  • 2016-03-25

Not for me!

I'm glad that's over! All of the characters in this book were immature and idiotic to say the least. I didn't see the point of anything they did. Maybe it's because it was about bored rich kids who have to find something to do with their lives in order to feel anything! Maybe that's why I don't get it. Had such high hopes for this one since I love all of the other books by Penelope Douglas. This one was not for me.

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