Audiobook Review: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Corrupt by Penelope Douglas.

5 out of 5 Stars.


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. 


“Those who are patient, plan. And beware the man with a plan.”

The following ratings are out of 5:
Audio/Narration: 🎧🎧🎧
Romance: 💚💙💜🖤
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📘📗📕📙📘
World building: 🌏🌏🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😉😖🤨😤🥰

“I’ll be gentle,” he whispered against her cheek…
“I lied,” he said, baring his teeth next to her ear.
“I’m never gentle.”

The Hero: Michael Crist – brother to Trevor, who was the high school boyfriend of Rika. Michael is a Pro Basketball player. His three best friends just got out of Prison. It was Rika that put them their and all four want revenge on Rika.

The heroine: Erika Fane (a.k.a. Rika) – from a wealthy family, her father died a few years back in an accident in which she got a scar across her neck. Her mother has been an addict since then and Rika spent a lot of time at the Crist home.

The Love Story: Erika has always been attracted to Michael, but she was also a bit afraid of him. Michael and friends (The Four Horsemen) ruled the high school when he went to school there, they were a few years aheead of Rika and returned to the school one day to haze the current basketball team. Rika goes out with them for a wild night that ends in tragedy. The four horsemen saw what Rika did as a betrayal.

The Four Horsemen consist of Michael, Kai, Damon and William. Damon is the bad boy of the group, Rika has already been afraid of him, Kai is the good guy and moral compass of the four though prison changed him and William is just kind of there, but doesn’t play as big a part in this book as the others.

Damon was sent to prison for 33 months, while Kai and William were sentenced to 28 months each. Michael wasn’t arrested but felt guilt the entire time his friends were away, thinking it was his fault that Rika did what she did. They stayed strong while in prison by thinking of and planning their revenge.

The story was great and these four guys make great bullies. The romance between Rika and Michael is super steamy since they have been attracted to each other for years. Michael’s dilemma is terrible since he wants revenge against the one person he has always wanted.

As for the narration, I wasn’t too happy with the male narrator, I like a deep voice for the male narration. The guy who did narration for this one was good, but his voice seemed too gentle to be the pro basketball player that wants revenge. It wasn’t believable to me. Though the woman narration was just fine.


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