Finally, the day has come! I have been dying to talk to you about Corrupt Me. If you take a look at my reviews, you won’t find romance. I like it in TV shows as long as they don’t overdo it, but I like my books with only small touches of love. I easily get bored reading about characters being in love. I need more. Well, Corrupt Me gave me more, a lot more than I expected.
Title: Corrupt Me (Book 1 in the Philly Corruption series)
Author: Jillian Quinn
Publisher: Penn Publishing
Release date: January 17th 2017
Izzie Rinaldi has everything going for her. All she has to do is make it through her senior year of college, and then she’ll be off to law school, one step closer to assuming her position at the head of her family’s empire. After a chance encounter with the campus bad boy, Izzie can’t get him out of her head.
Luca Marchese, the smooth-talking son of the most notorious man in Philadelphia, is used to getting what he wants. He hasn’t forgotten the girl he knew as a child, and now that he has Izzie’s attention, Luca will stop at nothing to have her.
Luca’s defiance of the law turns Izzie on more than she cares to admit. She wants Luca to corrupt her in every way possible, despite his reputation as the king of one-night stands. Their attraction is undeniable, but their desire for one another isn’t enough for Izzie to overlook visits from federal agents and the potential ruin of her family.
Linked to Luca and a criminal underworld, Izzie discovers she’s more like him than she thought. But a future with Luca could mean swapping her diamond bracelets for a pair of handcuffs.
New Adult and Romance. Two worlds I don’t venture into a lot. I need action and an actual plot to enjoy a story and I always associated romance with my grandmother’s awfully maudlin and boring love stories. I don’t want to read about a vulnerable but oh so pretty girl falling for a prince. Princes don’t exist and pretty girls are whiny. I can’t lose any reading time on two hundred pages about feelings. We can assume it would take a lot to open this narrow-minded spirit of mine to actually like a romance book. Well, Jillian Quinn unlocked the romance lover in me. Let me tell you how she did this.
#1 No prince!
Luca is not a prince. He is much too cool for this. Luca Marchese, with a name as yummy as a caramel ice cream melting on your tongue, is the son of a very powerful family. Because of this, you can imagine Luca is a bit of a womanizer. Why shouldn’t he be? He is handsome enough and his family name is able to open many doors and legs. But there is more to Luca than meets the eye. While his situation satisfies him in many ways, he is looking for more…
#2 No whiny pretty girl!
Izzie is pretty. Gorgeous even. But you won’t find her sniveling away if a boy doesn’t want to take her to a party. Izzie is a hard-boiled heir to a gigantic empire, unafraid to speak her mind and live her life. Witty, loud and delicious, Izzie wants to make the best of things, but there’s one limit she won’t cross…
#3 But an explosive duo!
Both main characters surprised me in so many ways. I did not know what to expect when I first started the book. I did not know the rules of the genre or the usual pairs you can find. But from the first paragraph I knew I was in for something good. Izzie and Luca literally bump into each other, in more ways than one. Yes, they are both looking hot and would probably would have made me jealous at university, but what I love the most about them are their personalities. There’s not a dull moment with those two! From their encounter to the very last page, you never know what you’re getting. The balance is good enough so that you never feel you’re reading a bit fat cliché. Beyond their looks, they both touched me.
Izzie is strong, for sure, and she has her eyes on the future, on her position, on her family business. She can’t let them down, and I simply adored the way she handled everything to stay true to herself despite the distraction offered by Luca’s abs and everything that comes with them. She doesn’t let him change her, forget all she is and wants and become that smiley pinkie happy girlfriend. Thanks for that!
I have an announcement to make. Luca is my first real book boyfriend. I am not one for bad boys. I root for the good guys and hope for a cute pie to sweep me off my feet. But Luca blurred the lines a little. You can’t really be the son of a Mafia family without being a little bad. But Luca is not just “the son”, or “the womanizer”. He is a real guy with a lot of different layers, a mama’s boy who can make breakfast so much more interesting and delicious. You can feel very early on that there’s something different in him. After all, he never forgot the first girl he kissed years ago, a storm named Izzie. Isn’t that cute and romantic? But he’s not a wimp either. Luca is a guy’s guy and a girl’s fantasy. A real piece of meat you want to devour. Or cuddle. Or both.
Reading about those two fighting with and for their feelings made me laugh, moved me, and had me hiding my blushing cheeks behind my kindle when I read a couple of hot scenes in public!
4# A team to root for!
With two intense main characters, you would think there is no need for a great supporting cast. Well, it is needed, and it is present in this book! From Silvia to Luca’s Ma, you are in to meet an entire little world buzzing with life. Enter at your own risks, you’re very likely to fall for someone!
#4 And an actual plot!
Now back to my second issue with romance. I was afraid of pages and pages of “why can’t you love me?”, “let’s run away” and all sorts of kisses and dresses and blah blah blah. But the author did not fall for that. She threw her characters in the middle of a mafia world, where things are neither white nor black. Everything is grey, everything is dangerous, anything can bring you down in a second. With each of them in a different bubble, I was eager to discover if there was a chance for our two sexy shots to find a way to be happy. Because, yes, I have a heart and I really rooted for them. While a little rushed towards the end, the mafia storyline added an engrossing edge to an original love story.
Served by a unique writing, Corrupt Me delivers on everything you want a romance book to be. Steamy scenes, plenty of tension, great dialogue, danger, and a wild ride through beautiful Philadelphia are waiting for you!
I would like to thank Jillian Quinn for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I feel the need to add that this review is solely based on my experience with the story and was in no way biased by my friendship with the author.
On a personal note, I would like to thank you, Jill, for including me in your journey to publication. Let’s keep the fun going.
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