#repeatworthy “Corrupt” by Penelope Douglas

IMG_1372My musings…

My repeat worthy post focuses on a line or lines from a story that affected me and stayed with me long past the conclusion of the story.  So, when selecting my first repeat worthy post, I first had to select a book that I loved, and then I scanned my annotations to identify lines that I highlighted.  This led to my first first quote from Corrupt written by Penelope Douglas.

“…I learned to breathe fire. I learned to walk as if the path were carved for me and me alone, and to treat the world as if it should know I was coming.”

There were so many lines from this book that I loved, but ultimately I felt like this idea spoke of confidence, which is a motif that ran throughout the book.  The four horsemen of this novel teach Erika to act with such aplomb that she won’t concede to anyone, not even them.  This line also speaks to the growth Rika goes through as the plot develops.  She learns through their torture how strong she is and begins to play her own games with them.  By the end of the novel, she has become their equal and has forged her own path to create the life she wants with the people she wants in it.

This idea that a person should own who they are without apology, and act in such a way that the world has no choice but to cave to their demands is an incredibly enticing idea.  With Corrupt, Penelope Douglas became one of my favorite authors, and I quickly consumed the rest of her books.  If you have not yet read Corrupt this needs to be resolved quickly.  You are missing out on a twisted, action-packed, romance!

P.S. There is a sequel to Corrupt releasing later this year, Hideaway, and features Kai, one of the four horsemen from the Corrupt.

Corrupt

Synopsis: 

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.

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Happy reading,

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