Author: Penelope Douglas

Princess Kelly Reviews: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

Princess Kelly Reviews: Punk 57 by Penelope DouglasPunk 57 by Penelope Douglas
Pages: 341
Buy on Amazon
5 Stars

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”
I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.
In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.
It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…
And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.
Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.
We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?
Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?
F*ck it. I need to meet her.
I just don’t expect to hate what I find.
He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.
Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.
He could be gone forever.
Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

Also by this author: Corrupt

I adored this book and I’m now fully initiating myself into the Pen Douglas fan club. I loved Corrupt and felt the burning need to jump into another book by this author, and after just finishing Punk 57, there is no denying that she can write contemporary romance with a good dose of twisted suspense. This book was a well formed, addictive and riveting read with a really important message.

This book highlights the trials of young people trying to find themselves, whilst trying to fit into a mould of the ever growing need of being popular. A fickle but necessary action of making the days go by easier, whilst losing a little part of your soul in the process.

Ryen Trevarrow never wanted to be branded as the mean cheerleader, and neither did she help herself in proving she could be better because self-preservation and a need to fit in outweighed the hurt and loneliness of being an outsider – yes… Welcome to the hell gates of high school.

However, persona can be an act but there is one person who knows a little more about the girl behind the mask and that is her accidentally paired pen pal, Misha Lare.

One guy, one girl, and seven years of lyrical exchanges, bouts of honesty and an unbreakable bond that these two faceless friends can be proud of, until one night everything changes…

And my goodness what an epic journey this was. Misha and Ryen are those characters that are riddled with faults, and at times not necessarily likeable but wow, did they feel real.

Every action was met with a burning undertone of sexual awareness, and the tension exploded in a cascade of lust, hate, admiration, and love, all wrapped together in a wicked package with a fabulous twist that I didn’t see coming until towards the end.

As a seasoned and more mature reader of contemporary romance, this book being set in high school worried me a little but I needn’t have been because this has made my best book list of 2017, because it was honest, raw and hotter than what should be branded legal, and I bloody loved it!!!

Give me the delinquent outsiders any day… this is my tribe!

5 crowns


Princess Kelly Reviews: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

Princess Kelly Reviews: Corrupt by Penelope DouglasCorrupt by Penelope Douglas
on November 17th 2015
Pages: 460
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5 Stars

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.
***Corrupt is a stand-alone dark romance with no Cliffy

Also by this author: Punk 57

‘Corrupt is a twisted romance packed with suspense and a twist of heated thriller. A killer of a read!’ ~ Kelly, Perusing Princesses

This book for all its intents and purposes not only satisfied my craving for something new, but it knocked it right out of the park and left me wanting more – not just from these intriguing, complicated characters but from Penelope Douglas because damn, this woman can write!

There were moments in this story when I didn’t think our heroine would actually survive, I was absolutely terrified for her. This is no easy romance, and from what I could tell in the earlier chapters, I was setting myself up for a dark capture story, yet the way the scenes flitter between past and present POV narrative starts to paint a very different picture, loving the fact that I had no idea what direction it would eventually go.

Some readers get frustrated with past and present tense as it can become a little complicated keeping up with the separate time frames, especially if you stop reading halfway through a chapter, but all I can say here is that it worked so well!

This story focuses on first love with the one you can’t have. A tale of rich kids who have it all, but are left bereft from loss or impossible parental aspirations that take the talented, rich and untouchable to dabble wholeheartedly in the adrenaline rush of rebellion. One Burns Night three years ago, friends Michael, Kai, Damon and Will take their pranks to a whole new level, and when they invite Erika ‘Rika’ Fane, the downtrodden girlfriend of Trevor Crist, Michael’s golden boy younger brother, things start to take a precarious turn.

What was supposed to be some harmless fun turns nightmare when a prank goes too far and there are serious repercussions as Michael says goodbye to Kai, Will and Damon as they are carted off to Prison. Three years they were incarcerated. Three years, Michael and his friends have been plotting their revenge and now the time has come to make good on those plans. Rika, now at college, alone, away from the security of Thunder Bay, has no idea that she’s about to become a key part of a sick and twisted game of cat and mouse, as everything she holds dear is about to be destroyed…

Complication comes in the way of Rika loving Michael since she can remember. Trevor was always a friend, one that promised a comfortable home and a loving heart but she was never content with just kissing her friend, she loves the danger, the monster that resides in the penthouse above her new apartment. She’s alone, not a threat but he looks at her like she’s the enemy, so why does she want nothing more than for him to see her? She never forgot his words he whispered to her that night three years ago as she let herself be free for those few hours; ‘own who you are.’ Yes, she wanted to own herself, own her actions, be the person she wants to be, and her heart is telling her that Michael should be a part of that… sleeping with the enemy can only go one way, and Rika is about to find out the hard way.

Corrupt had me literally hanging off my reading chair by the thread of my pants. This book touched on every conceivable emotion including fear. What I loved most though was the anticipation of what happens next. The sexual tension is electrifying and yes, the sex is fabulous with one steam room scene in particular that I just cannot seem to get out of my head, and trust me… I don’t actually want to.

I could scream about this book from the rooftops because I loved it that much, alas I will just implore you to read it. You can Corrupt me any time Penelope Douglas!

5 ‘Own who you are’ Crowns