I’m excited that my first official Blog Tour is for Jillian Quinn’s debut New Adult romance, Corrupt Me. Rant and Rave About Books was one of the first blogs I discovered after creating Birdie Bookworm, and I’m so happy I had the opportunity to read her novel.
Today I’m sharing my review on Corrupt Me, and join me next week, on the 17th, when Jillian stops by for a guest post!
I don’t read a lot of NA, and I’m also really picky when it comes to Contemporary Romance’s. I decided to read Corrupt Me because I was intrigued by both main character’s mafia connections. For all the NA and CR I have read, I haven’t picked up a book about the mob and that was what hooked me.
So, I should admit here that I don’t have a lot of experience with mob stories, but I thought the tie between the Marchese family and the Rinaldi family was interesting. We all know you can be legitimate and still straddle that line, especially when your friend is the don. I’ve never seen The Godfather, but I think that the tone in Corrupt Me felt right, which I imagine is a hard thing to accomplish.
There were a couple plot twists that I wasn’t sure I believed, but to get into it would be to talk spoilers and I refuse to go there. Instead, let’s talk about the romance.
The relationship between the two main characters felt more aggressive than any love story I’d read previously. Izzie was bold and brash, attacking life voraciously. She was an intimidating kind of girl, but at the same time I admire her for taking the world by the pants and getting what she wants. Izzie doesn’t accept what life hands her, she makes life give in to her demands.
Luka was built similarly. He was the top dog of his frat, the school, and his friends. The only person who made an attempt at dominating him (not so much in that way) was Izzie. When it came to cajones, Luka and Izzie were evenly matched. They both gave as good as they got, particularly to each other, and both of them loved how dynamic the other was. Their characters were well suited, and it led to super hot sexy times in the bedroom.
My only character critique was that I found very little I could relate to. I’m the kind of reader who likes to see little hints of myself in the characters, a way to understand their motivation. I couldn’t, but at the same time I’m not surprised. I’m a shy quiet girl that was raised by a family of hippies and not a mafia princess with a buttload of money.
Finally, I can’t possibly end this review without talking about food. This is the kind of book that will make your mouth water with cravings. I can’t even eat tomato sauce and I wanted every single meal prepared in Corrupt Me. I’ll tell you what, the next time we try to decide where to eat out I know where my vote is going. Authentic Italian!
Thanks you to the author for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.