2020 · books · new adult · romance

All the things I hated about Corrupt by Penelope Douglas (Rant Review)

Title: Corrupt (Devil’s Night, #1)

Author: Penelope Douglas

Purchase: Amazon



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.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Me being a lover of bully romances and having read quite a few Penelope Douglas’ books, I was quite intrigued when I read the description of this. It was presented to me as a very dark romance. Unfortunately, it came out to be extremely problematic and I was not impressed. I do generally like books by this author so I’m hoping this one was just a bad batch. Before jumping into all the spicy details, let me tell you a bit more about the story.

If you’ve already read Punk 57 (a book I enjoyed quite a lot more) you should probably be familiar with one of the Four Horsemen, Will, who was actually Misha’s cousin (or something along those lines) who had just returned to the town after being in a prison for three years along with two of his friends, Damon and Kai. And they’re seeking revenge to the girl who is responsible for everything, Rika. But, Michael, the only one out of Four Horsemen who wasn’t arrested, is Rika’s teenage love and although he was always cold and cruel to her, he has always had feelings towards her. Unfortunately, bros before hoes applies here as well, so he will basically be the end of her.

This book started out so well and after a long reader’s block it was just what I needed. It’s interesting and fast paced and I liked the characters. The only reason why I gave it such high ratings is solely because of the beginning. To be honest, I really thought I would love this. However, as soon as the flashbacks to the high school started I was so done with it.

Here are all the problems I have with the book:

Extremely unbelievable. Devil’s Night is basically when four boys do all kinds of crime around the town. I’m talking about burning down buildings, fighting, stealing and having sex with mayor’s underage daughter. And they did it for so many years before getting arrested. It’s like Boys of Brayshaw High all over again just with different names…

Where are all the parents and do they not know how to control their children? A big part of this is set in high school and early college and even though all of these kids’ parents are rich and influential does that mean they don’t know what their children are doing.

Why wasn’t Michael arrested as well? I mean later you find out why exactly but still he’s as guilty as they are, he’s also done some shit back in his days. Also, why do they argue like they are innocent when they should’ve gotten even more time.

What’s with the abuse? I understand sadism and masochism but this is on a whole another level. It’s freaking abuse, both physical and mental, what boys are doing to Rika. And Michael is not innocent at all because he keeps throwing her around just as much as they do. Abuse is not okay and never will be so I don’t feel alright with the author glorifying it. When your partner hits you it shouldn’t feel like a kiss.

When will our man heroines woman up? Rika is another dumb protagonist who, although she says she takes matters in her own hands, still lets herself be pushed around like a doll. It’s 2020 and weak, innocent and fragile female characters who do as men tell them to are just not it anymore. I like stories about strong and independent women I can actually look up to.

What the heck was that threesome scene? I don’t think I’ll ever be comfortable with those in book (or anywhere), especially if it’s about a girl who tries to cure her friend’s post-jail depression with her magic lady parts… and the worst thing is, she succeeds.

The ending (and everything leading towards it) was a freaking mess! It’s only been an hour since I’ve finished this but if you asked me right now what exactly happened, I don’t think I could tell you. It was all over the place and all the conversations started getting pointless, the chapter were more and more boring and the ending was mild and sucked ass. I would compare it to the soap operas I’d watch when I was little, but at least they were entertaining.

The sex scenes are so cringy. Those Larry Stylinson fanfictions were way better than this book. The movie 365 Days was bad but I’d still take it over this book any time.

My general problem with most dark romances is that most of them are 18+ new adult. I wish some of them were just plain book with a bit o smut (maybe a scene or two) but I really do not need half the book with different ways of desribing people humping each other. If you do know about any book that is dark (enemies-to-lovers or along those lines) that is not erotica, I’m beginning you to let me know in the comments. I’m running out of choices.

Although this was bad I might still torture myself a little. While reading this a particular character caught my interest – Damon. He definitely is 50 shades of effed up but I do like reading from the villain’s perspective. I’m not interested in the sequel at all so would it be okay for me to just hop over to the third book?

I hope I didn’t trigger any of you Devil’s Night stans and even if you did love it, tell me why in the comments. I always love reading different opinions about the same thing. That’s why I always invite you to read the book even if I didn’t like it. It might turn out to be your fave, or you might hate it (that way we’ll have even more stuff to talk about together lol).

Happy reading!

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11 thoughts on “All the things I hated about Corrupt by Penelope Douglas (Rant Review)

  1. No. It’s a fair review. Nothing worse than putting down a review your not happy about.
    I always struggle with a bad review. So I try to put the pros and the cons down.


  2. lol, I can tell it’s a book I’d hate with a passion, as just reading the blurb, and then your review I know I’ll be too upset to read it. I hate these kinds of books. Tired, old, boring, abusive, and worst of all, romanticizing it. I hate it. I mean, just the beginning… she’s got a boyfriend. And she’s scared of his brother. The brother likes(?) her and wants to destroy her… at the same time, ish? And this is supposed to be some kind of romance too? Hell no. I’d throw that in the trash and burn it without turning the first page. XD Why can’t authors get into their heads it’s not cute with abuse and stalking and rape? I don’t get it.

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    1. She has actually broken up with her boyfriend (the guy’s brother), but I didn’t want to spoil the story too much by going into details. I do agree with everything you’ve said. Healthy relationship is a happy one 🙂

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      1. I see. That makes a bit more sense. But the rest still sucks. XD I mean, the fact that she’s scared stiff of the person she’s supposed to have a relationship with is just wrong. Unless he, during the story, changes a lot. Which he doesn’t apparently. I don’t know why this is such a common trope? I mean, why? Isn’t it enough with such crap in real life? Do we need to pretend it’s cute and nice too while real people suffer from stuff like this? It makes me so upset! XD Sorry for ranting. : )

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