Series: Philly Corruption, #1
Author: Jillian Quinn
Publication Date: January 17, 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.
*Corrupt Me is a standalone novel that is the first book in the Philly Corruption series.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
Corrupt Me is a novel by one of my fellow bloggers, Jillian from Rant and Rave About Books. I love her blog, so I was very excited to read her novel. I was especially interested because it fell into my favorite romance genre, new adult.
I was very impressed with Jillian’s writing in Corrupt Me. Corrupt Me was a romance filled with deep layers. It wasn’t all about Izzie and Luca getting in bed together. Each had their own issues to deal with. The way their histories and futures overlapped was well done. Not all bloggers would be able to make the switch to writer so easily and well.
Izzie was a fierce character who had complete confidence in herself. She knew she had everything going to for herself, and she wasn’t afraid to stand up for what she wanted. Izzie had a plan for her life and she was doing everything she could to stick to it. Her only “fault” was giving into her attraction to Luca. The connection they shared was too hard to break…if even she had truly wanted to break it.
Luca was a typical fraternity womanizer — until he reconnected with the one woman he couldn’t live with out. He was willing to do anything to get her to let go with him. He wasn’t perfect, but he tried to be the perfect guy for Izzie.
Izzie and Luca’s relationship was a volatile one. There was a lot of “were they going to do this thing or weren’t they” throughout the story. It gave their relationship a slow burn feel, and cemented their bond to each other. There was only one moment in the story I was surprised their bond could survive. I wouldn’t have been as forgiving or lenient as Izzie was, not matter what their relationship status was. I didn’t quite believe her subdued reaction.
My favorite part of Corrupt Me was the game of cat and mouse that Izzie played with Luca before she was ready to give in to her feelings. Her hot and cold attitude was so much fun to read. I loved her feisty attitude when she turned it at the male members of the population. It was so much fun to read.
Corrupt Me was an interesting and fun multi-layered romance. Readers who are looking for a fun romance that delves into the mob life and family obligations are sure to be entertained by Corrupt Me.
About the Author:
Jillian Quinn was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently lives in sunny Cape Coral, Florida where she still pretends it’s okay to drink hot chocolate and curl up on the couch with a good book, even when it’s ninety degrees outside. From an early age, writing and storytelling have been her passion. In her spare time, she loves creating fictional worlds and living inside the minds of her characters as well as reading, art, and watching basketball and hockey.
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.
Corrupt Me is her first novel with other young adult and new adult titles to follow.