About this book:
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.
*Corrupt Me is a standalone novel that is the first book in the Philly Corruption series.
Release Date: 17th January, 2017
What I think?
Ugh, OK I did not like this book. It bored me, and I just couldn’t connect with it.
Izzy was a strong female character? I guess she was, but I am not sure that I like her though. She was kind of superficial, and went on and on and on about herself, and her family. Trust me, I can remember details once I read, no need to mention it a hundred times in the book. Her family was rich, and powerful.
I get it.
Do I need a remainder in every chapter? And do you really want me to have pity for her? She wanted it- the money, the power, the position as CEO (which I’m still hard pressed to believe), and suddenly acting all oh-so-fragile makes no sense. I’m probably just complaining because I just in general did not like her.
And Luca, he was a crybaby, and just couldn’t man up till the very end of the book. I guess I’m just so used to these kind of books having a strong male character, that I had quite a high expectation from this book. He was a weak character. He wanted Izzy to see the “real” him? One that didn’t care about the money, and the power? One that did not want to be associated with a crime family? Explain to me why he was the ringmaster of a gambling circuit? Why he wouldn’t stop even after he was repeatedly warned by his father and Izzy?
The “real” him didn’t exist. I was bored and pissed that the author tried to convince me that it did. He was just a spoilt idiot used to getting his way, and when he did not, he went and fucked random chicks to make himself feel better.
As the story progressed, it did nothing to improve my view on it. The last few chapters when Luca was arrested and shit, it was so forced, like the author suddenly woke up and decided that “Oh! the book needs to have some sort of confrontation, so that my characters can slay the dragons and become heroes.”
Also, it took me 5 days to complete this book. Perhaps the longest it has taken me to finish a novel.
What does it tell you?
I was a provided an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Jillian is also a successful book blogger, dubbed by her followers as The Queen of Rants after making her blog, Rant and Rave About Books, a popular destination in the bookish community because of her honesty and passion for books.