- File Size: 746 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publisher: Giana Darling (November 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077TKTVF4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Lessons In Corruption (The Fallen Men Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I am a newer reader to Giana Darling, having only discovered her when she was advertising for Bloggers to help promote the cover reveal to Lessons and I messaged her requesting a chance to review this book for her. The blurb had me intrigued enough to seek her out. As a blogger and Editor, I tend to pick books apart and it sometimes makes enjoying a good book challenging, even if you truly love to read. In reading Lessons in Corruption, I have to say, I found a million and one things that I loved about the book. From the characters-both primary and secondary, to the plot, to the twists that you absolutely don’t see coming, to the originality from other books in this subgenre, there was nothing to dislike. Even my lest favorite thing of all, the spelling and grammar to the syntax were better than a good number of the authors work I read – although I won’t lie, lately I seem to be on a winning streak and I’ve read several better than average stories! Giana obviously put her heart and soul into the story and whether you are a new (or old) fan to Giana works, I wouldn’t bother reading this review further, I would just one-click it immediately and start reading! If you’re inclined to see what I thought, well here goes…
Lessons in Corruption is the story of Cressinda and the life she’s decided to take back for herself…or make for herself on the wreckage of her past?! Living her whole life with a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other, both whispering to her about how she should live…what her life should be… Cressinda decides that after eight years she can no longer stomach her loveless marriage and leaves her husband. Months later, with few changes to her life, Cressinda takes a chance and accepts a ride on a motorcycle from a man she has only seen once before. That night changes her life forever. King Kyle Garro is the son to the President of a Motorcycle Club called The Fallen. He’s eighteen, but the first time he meets Cressinda, he’s as entranced by her as she is him and months later, without telling her of their connection he offers her a ride on the back of his bike. Only later, Cressinda discovers King is also her student. Can Cressinda be the Queen to King? Or will she walk away?
This story was beautiful and deep in a way I have not experienced in other MC romances. Obviously, Sons of Anarchy while certainly entertaining to many, isn’t a good representation of MC life as a whole. In Lessons In Corruption, Darling takes creative liberties to discuss SOA, and there is a small percentage of the book that does focus on action. The remainder of the book focuses on MC life as it surrounds the family like structure the club offers, and the way it affects the community. Darling uses John Milton’s Paradise Lost in a way I have never seen before. Obviously well versed in the Poem, Darling embeds its concepts into her plot to strengthen the story. I wouldn’t give away spoilers by saying how she does this, but her use of the Epic Poem was genius! It took considerable thought and someone who has read and understand much of Milton’s work in order to discuss it as she did in this context and I cannot commend her enough!
The storyline is fast moving and highly entertaining with some of the best sexy times I have read outside of outright Erotica. Also, while I usually find myself struggling to identify with a character whose POV is absent from a story, Darling shared King’s feelings masterfully through poem and simple communication… and subsequently, I didn’t experience this disconnect. Darling left no unwoven threads, had very little errors in the way of spelling and/or grammar, and overall provided readers a thoughtful romance that they can enjoy again and again. Her twists were top-notch, and I was completely blind-sided by them. Readers know that the relationship between Cress and King would turn sexual, but we had no idea how the story itself would transform. Bravo Giana Darling!
The characters were another well thought out move on Darlings part. It was obvious in her writing that she had taken time to develop them and explore who they would be to the story. This statement holds true for both primary and secondary characters and it is without doubt that readers will find themselves championing more then one person they wouldn’t have thought to. I personally LOVED King and regardless of the lack of duel perspective, he was my favorite character. However, I can’t say that definitively because I swear Darling took Cress right out of my own head. She is so very much like me the parallels were eerie.
I often try to pick lines out of an author’s work to highlight their abilities for a number of reasons. Sometimes its as simple as giving a taste of the sizzle an author is capable of, and others a taste of the sheer beauty of their words. Below you will find a combination of quotes I pulled out that I felt stuck with me, spoke to the story, and while in no particular order, will not give away spoilers to the plot.
“I wanna eat you until I’ve had my fill, and Cress, Babe, I’m a growing fu*kin’ boy and I’m starving.”
“He was leaning against the kitchen counter…in his school uniform minus the striped tie and navy blue blazer. It occurred to me that he should look like a schoolboy waiting for a ride to class. Instead, he looked like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a creature of violence and instincts and sex wrapped up in shiny packaging meant to make him innocent. Instead, it amplified his threat.”
“I’d been a married woman, lived enough years to control my baser instincts, especially after William had successfully cauterized them for so long.”
Overall, I truly can’t wait to read more of Giana Darling’s work, and I will for sure be begging her to keep me as part of any blogger team she may have. I hope that if you read through my review to its conclusion you don’t hesitate to buy Lessons in Corruption now. If you’re a new reader, I guarantee you’ll be as captivated as I was by King and Cress.
Recommended to me by one of my book babes I grabbed this book on Release Day and stayed up til almost 4am to finish this story. I could not turn the pages quickly enough. Talk about chemistry - the heat in this story just about melted my IPad.
King is EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING I want in a BBF. His confidence, his filthy mouth, his kindness and his poetry, yes I said poetry, all added up to the perfect alpha man. Way older than his age, he knew what he wanted and wasn't afraid to say it. I am officially in love!!! Swooning hard for this biker bad boy.
📚 "Never met a woman like you. Know I won’t again. You find somethin’ worth keepin’, you find a way to f@ckin’ keep it. Not gonna stop ... because I may be a man without a normal moral compass, but I’m a man who makes a woman a promise, and I’ll die before I break it.
Cressida is my favourite kind of female character. Smart, witty, kind and putting herself first after opening her eyes and realising she is worth a life full of love and passion.
📚 "I saw you in the parking lot and I fell in love with you in a way that I’ve never fallen in love with anything before. You changed my life, catastrophically and fundamentally, like a warm water hurricane..."
The dialogue in this story is some of the best I have read. Real. Raw. Honest. Emotions poured off the page and the love/passion between King and his Queen were so close to the surface you could genuinely feel it. And the filthy mouth on King, well that meant my hubby got a 3am wake up.
📚 “Grown women don’t get on their knees for boys, do they Cressida? So, you have a choice. You can tell me to get out or you can get on your knees for me now and I’ll show you how a real man treats his woman, starting by letting you worship my d#$k with that beautiful mouth of yours like I know you’re aching to.”
Add in great supporting characters (who I hope all get a story), plenty of laughs and action that feels integral to the story, not just added in like I feel in some stories and I found a book going straight into my favourite reads of 2017 & a new one click author.
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