Genre: Romantic Suspense
Author: Penelope Douglas
Release Date: October 2nd, 2017
5 BLEW MY MIND CROWNS
I bow down to the queen of suspenseful romance! Hideaway by Penelope Douglas is absolutely every single thing I wanted from book 2 in the Devil’s Night Series: edge of my seat plot line, OH MY GOD revelations, a phenomenal heroine, more development of our beloved Kai, and steaminess galore. It is complete and utter perfection!
Kai has always been the quiet, almost reserved, and certainly the most kind of the Horsemen, and with Hideaway, we get to see that he has still retained all those attributes; we do, however, get to see more behind the man in the silver mask. Readers get to see what has really troubled his soul and mind since the events of Corrupt, we get to see what he grapples with internally, and we get to see him give chase to the woman he covets. The back and forth between the past and the present not only shines light on who he was in the past in relation to the present, but it also shows the development of his relationship with Banks over the course of their lives from the time of their first meeting. The use of flashbacks spliced with the present only enriches his character, and for the first time, readers truly get to see behind the figurative mask he wears, even around his closest friends. I can guarantee that readers will not be disappointed.
Banks, just like Rika, is this incredibly strong heroine, even though on the surface she seems to be weak. Although, I cannot relay her background information, because it is just too good and you need to find it out on your own, it makes everything she does make so much sense. Her desire to be loved, to be accepted, is what forms her sense of loyalty, and her choices are never around her desire and attraction to Kai but of her sense of loyalty to others. With her character, I found myself understanding her motivations, and she lends a humanity to certain characters within the story who may have been deemed inhumane and cold. Ultimately, readers will feel for her struggle and the dilemma she is in and be happy with who she becomes as her character evolves in the novel.
Seeing the Horseman together again is pure heaven. Michael, Will, Kai, and Damon are completely and utterly delectable, and the appearance of Rika and Alex only adds to the epicness of this novel and series. Seeing this group change and evolve not only as they age but also deal with the actions of Damon is phenomenal. Seeing Michael and Rika continue with their unique romance and Will struggle with betrayal and interact with Alex is great. It felt like coming home to a weirdly dysfunctional family you can’t help but love.
This story is everything I wanted for Kai and Banks. It is emotional, tumultuous, sexy (you have no idea what is in story for you), suspenseful, and although it is on the darker, more unconventional side of romance, there are always these incredibly sweet and intense moments between the hero and heroine. Throughout the novel, readers get to see them struggle in the past and present to embrace and fight their feelings for each other. We see them scheming and trying to out play each other, and we see them with the whole group trying to navigate the very difficult situation with Damon, the struggle of forgiving a friend who betrayed them all so horribly with getting retribution for everything he has done. The ending will absolutely have you on the edge of your seat and will break your heart, and while the main characters get that HEA we always seem to want as readers, there are two more books left in the series, so we know there are still unresolved plot issues with the overarching plot line of the series, dealing with the four Horseman and the betrayal that has rocked them to their core. I will tell you that the little tease Penelope Douglas shared with readers at the end of the book has me already salivating for 2018 and the release of Kill Switch.
We may have had to wait some time for Hideaway, but, as always, Penelope Douglas delivers another unforgettable read. It is worth every day of waiting, because it’s beautifully written, it showcases their darkest desires and demons, and beneath these characters we get a glimpse of ourselves. We get to see that the world isn’t black and white but gray, and we get to see the lines aren’t always so clear. And this is ultimately why I love Penelope Douglas’s stories; she isn’t afraid to show us the darker sides of humanity that we choose to suppress like Kai, embrace like Damon, control like Michael, or hide from like Will. This integration of romance with a glimpse of humanity is what entices readers not only to one-click her books but also to immerse themselves in her worlds, and this is world that will seduce you, making readers never want to leave.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
DEVIL’S NIGHT is returning! Hiding places, chases, and all the games are back…
Buried in the shadows of the city, there’s a hotel called The Pope. Ailing, empty, and dark—it sits abandoned and surrounded by a forgotten mystery.
But you think it’s true, don’t you, Kai Mori? The story about the hidden twelfth floor. The mystery of the dark guest who never checked in and never checks out. You think I can help you find that secret hideaway and get to him, don’t you?
You and your friends can try to scare me. You can try to push me. Because even though I struggle to hide everything I feel when you look at me—and have ever since I was a girl—I think that maybe what you seek is so much closer than you’ll ever realize.
I will never betray him.
So sit tight.
On Devil’s Night, the hunt will be coming to you.
You have no idea what I seek, Little One. You don’t know what I had to become to survive three years in prison for a crime I would gladly commit again.
No one can know what I’ve turned into.
I want that hotel, I want to find him, and I want this over.
I want my life back.
But the more I’m around you, the more I realize this new me is exactly who I was meant to be.
So come on, kid. Don’t chicken out. My house is on the hill. So many ways in, and good luck finding your way out.
I’ve seen your hideaway. Time to see mine.
*Hideaway is a romantic suspense suitable for ages 18+. While the romance is a stand-alone, the plot is a continuation of events that began in CORRUPT (Devil’s Night, #1). It is strongly recommended that you have read Corrupt prior to reading this. It is currently on sale for $0.99.
Check out the deleted scene from Hideaway!!!
*This scene originally took place after David, Lev, and Ilia took Banks home from the cemetery, before she goes to her room and climbs in bed.
“Those fuckin’ guys,” David cursed from the drivers’ seat, lighting a cigarette. “Little shits, all of ‘em.”
“Connected little shits,” Ilia added.
I sat behind him on the passenger’s side, staring out the window as they went on talking about people they didn’t know. In was common to have that animosity for the people they worked for. And I felt the same about the girls at the party, even though I shouldn’t have made assumptions.
But it was easy to be bitter when you knew you’d never have a chance to own the types of cars you were paid to wash every day. Or hate people who were simply winners of the birth lottery, lucky enough to be born into money and never knowing what it was like to work for anything.
But Kai was different. He was nice.
Part of me wanted to explain what actually happened when I was dropped into the grave, and hey, I could even turn it around and blame it on them, but…no. I didn’t feel like apologizing for something that wasn’t my fault and something I wasn’t sorry happened.
I had my first kiss at the bottom of an empty grave. I’d always remember that, wouldn’t I?
“Hey,” I heard David say.
I turned my head and looked up, seeing his eyes on me through the rearview mirror.
“Don’t think I don’t see that little smile on you like you think he’s gonna give you something good.” He shook his head once. “Not happening. Ever. Chances are, Damon will either bolts your knees together for the rest of your life, or you’ll be marrying one of us. That’s as good as you got to look forward to, Little Girl.”
The smile I didn’t realize I had fell, and I turned my eyes out the window again, somber as we passed the gates and left the cemetery.
There was no way I’d stay here and live this life forever.
“Lots of people come from nothing and make something of themselves,” I replied more to myself.
But Lev laughed next to me as he leaned back in the seat. “Yeah, like me. Look at me.”
“And totally, me, too,” Ilia chimed in.
“Yeah, we all came from nothing and made something of ourselves,” David mocked me in the rear view mirror. “I hold down three fucking jobs, including delivering pizza part-time at night to scratch together enough to get myself a fucking teacher education and change the world, right? I do my homework on the bus to city college every day. That’s me.”
I shook my head, averting his eyes.
“Yeah,” Lev joined in with a French accent. “I’m going to go to culinary school and make ze best dishes for all ze starving children in Ah-frica.”
He kissed his fingers. “Muah!”
“And me, I’ll just get a factory job,” Ilia played along, “a good, honest living to support my church-going wife and my kids, Betty Sue, Tommy, and Vlad.”
“Vlad?” Lev asked, perking up.
Ilia shrugged. “Should have at least one good Russian name in there.”
They all laughed as if I was so naïve. Like the idea of hope was a ridiculous waste of time. But they had to want more at one point, didn’t they? How did they become so jaded?
“Thing is, baby,” David said, and I met his eyes in the mirror, “when you got no money, life can just get too damn hard. Some people make it out. Most don’t.”
Lev sighed next to me. “Shit just gets too damn hard, and Gabriel pays.”
“And a month turns into two years really fast,” Ilia added.
I frowned, staring out into the night and the trees blowing past my window. The car was becoming suffocating, the air thicker and thicker.
No wonder they drank all the time.
No wonder they fought and did everything and anything they could to numb themselves. As far as they were concerned, it was all over already. Nothing would ever be better than it was right now.
And no wonder I’d been so smitten with Kai Mori. He was different.
And he was the only one, aside from Marina, who made me feel like the world could be bigger.
David pulled up to our gate, and it immediately opened, allowing him to pull through. Everyone remained quiet as he continued down the long driveway, and I peered up front to see the digital clock read just after ten p.m.
My brother wouldn’t be home until at least dawn. Was Kai still planning to go to the Pope tonight? He must’ve gotten that key after our conversation this morning, before he knew that he’d run into me again.
I didn’t like the idea of him there without me.
David parked around the back of the house and shut off the headlights, killing the car.
He looked at me over his shoulder. “Get to your room and stay there.”
Yeah, yeah…I pushed open my door, and we all got out, David, Lev, and Ilia heading toward the shop and their bunks, while I opened the back door, leading into the kitchen.
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Douglas comes a new dark romance…
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’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.
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.
*Corrupt is a STANDALONE dark romance with no cliffhanger. It is suitable for ages 18+.
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About the Author:
Penelope Douglas is a full-time writer living in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter. When she’s not writing or reading, she loves road-tripping, touring retired, old ships, and pinning anything not nailed down.
Her books include the Fall Away series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, Aflame, and Next to Never) and the Devil’s Night series (Corrupt and Hideaway (and Kill Switch and Nightfall–not yet released). Please look for her stand-alones Misconduct and Punk 57. Available now.
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