I received this book for free from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Corruption by Leigh Lennon
Series: Dungeon Elite #2
on August 6, 2020
Cover Design: LKO Designs
Genres: Erotic Romance, BDSM, Contemporary, Age-Gap
Format: ARC, digital e-book
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His hands and his commanding nature are all I want in this life I’ve chosen for myself. Everyone thinks they know what’s best for me. I’m a preacher’s daughter, but it doesn’t mean I’m innocent. But, there’s only one man I want, and he doesn’t do long term relationships. When another shows interest in me, he fights for me. I want nothing more than to be his submissive. I will always submit to him because it’s Maddox—the only man I’ve ever wanted.
She’s a preacher’s daughter and innocent in every way that matters. When I take the very last of her innocence, I let her go because I don’t commit. But, she’s embedded herself into my heart, and I can’t let her go. When another threatens to take her from me, I do anything and everything in my power to make her mine. My heart was frozen solid until I met her—loving her has changed me because she’ll always be the exception to all my rules.
Erotic Romance, Age-Gap, BDSM, Contemporary
First Person, Dual-POV
This is book #2 of the Dungeon Elite series, even though in each book there is a different couple, I wouldn’t recommend it to be read as a standalone because I believe the guys and their friendship/partnership is important for the feel of the book .
Contains issues and situations some may find triggering.
Great BDSM story!!!
Lately I had been in a BDSM books funk. So, it had been a while I had read a series that involved the BDSM lifestyle. The life in dungeons and of D/s in a day-to-day life. Ms. Lennon has cured me from my funk. Really, her refreshing point-of-view gave this trope a new life for me.
Ms. Lennon’s take on submission is beautiful and almost poetic. I love how she portrayed in both books of the series the feelings of freedom and power with the subs. Yes, in all BDSM books we read that the sub got all the power, but here I not only felt the power, but mostly I felt the freedom that the subs got from submitting.
It must be so hard to accept that you can be a powerful, strong, woman and still be a submissive. I felt this struggle really well on the first book, and I saw it again here. At the same time, to have the need to dominate and control everything must be stifling. It must be hard to balance those needs and not be always seen as a controlling jerk. Again, the author has painted these Doms so beautifully that it all felt natural, real.
33/35 STARS – 4.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 4.5 Plot: 4.5 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 5
Action 2/5 Angst 5/5 Darkness 4/5 Humor 2/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 4/5
Would I recommend? Yes, for all readers of BDSM romance!
Would I re-read this book/series? Yes!
Would I read more from the author? Definitely!!!
Addictiveness: 5/5 This was a one-sitting read for me. Really easy to read, with perfect pace and characters that were easy to love and connect. As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Complex characters with interesting back stories that made the plot real and plausible.
Jewel was the best heroine 🙂 . Really, I can’t think of anything to dislike her. She was young, innocent and sweet. At the same time she was a warrior that went after what she wanted. For being so young, she really knew what was best for her and what would make her happy. She gave Maddox a good fight and she had me cheering for her from the beginning.
Maddox was a hot hero. He was hard, tough and hot. Maddox had a lot of depth and his back story was great. His need to control every outcome, could never deal with Jewel. She was really the hunter and he was her prey. He was the one corrupted in this story. 🙂
Secondary characters These guys… dreamy. I’m not even going to talk about Chadwick, but about all the other that are still to come. All characters seemed multidimensional with a lot to be explored. I’m intrigued by all this characters.
Villain/antagonists These are not stories of villains and antagonists. This series is all about self-discovery, self-acceptance and personal evolution. The struggles are within themselves mostly.
They were all easy to love, connect and understand!!!
Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, subtitle 5/5, background 5/5 buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I always try to be true to myself, I buy so many books because of the cover and I have skipped many because of not very appealing art. Covers are part of the experience for me and I do like to understand them.This series has personalized art which I love. I find meaning in everything at the cover. The color purple so meaningful in the story. The pet names used as the main art. The one word titles, so catchy and the subtitles very enticing. I only took half a star, because compared to the beautiful apple that I loved from the first book, the diamond was pretty, but not exceptional. I would buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb.
Freshness: 4.5/5 I know, BDSM, contemporary romance, so many out there… but here we got a refreshing view on it. The group of Doms are the main characters, but their subs steal their show and shine brighter than themselves. Very well done by the author. If felt fresh and unique. As fresh as mint tea when you are dealing with a bad cold!
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4/5, twists 4/5 Amazing opening with an incredible ending. Superb plot, with well written dialogues and intense pace. Great setting, a few really good subplots with ok twist. High level of enjoyment!
This plot is so well crafted that it doesn’t feel like “a bdsm story”. It was a self-journey into acceptance of who you are, of who and what you must leave behind to grow into the best version of yourself.
I have also loved the switch roles the author played in which the mature, older man, felt like the prey and the sweet virginal girl, felt like the hunter.
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 4/5, steam 4/5 Hot, sexy and sweet at the same time. Even though Maddox was intense, the way he wanted to take care of Jewel was always endearing and sweet. On the other side of the coin, Jewel was sexy in her innocence and was strong in her knowledge and acceptance of herself. Intense romance!
Writing Style: 5/5 Wonderful characters, refreshing plot, intense love story, good smut. What else could I want from a book? Work of a wordsmith !!!
Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really believe in perfection…
I love this series and I loved this story. The only thing that sometimes through me off was the language. I know, I can’t even really explain, but a bit too often it got too ornate, flowery for me. I didn’t feel like this in the first book, so I believe it was just for these particularly characters dialogues.
The door opens, and I’m sure it’s my number two again, who’s going to do Chadwick’s job for him and tell me to man up. I look up and meet the familiar eyes of the little girl I was with once. But she’s all woman as her bustier is showing me the cleavage my face has been between just once. This depravity was the lowest of lows to where I slunk. And I don’t have high standards as far as morality. Depravity never bothered me, not until I met her and had my way with this gem. She has done me in for any other woman.
“Are you avoiding me?” she asks.
I should kick her out. She isn’t collared, and even though many have tried to collar her, Jewel has her sights set on only one person. And she is looking at him.
“You know I am.” No reason to deny it.
“Yeah, I figured as much,” she purrs. “What can I do to change your mind?”
“You can’t.” I stand with such force, it startles her. Good, be afraid of me, be very afraid. I go through women like coffee filters. “Go back to your daddy, your church, and your little white steeple.”
Yep, this little minx who has her sights set on me is a preacher’s daughter. Worse, I’m the sick bastard who deflowered her. There aren’t many lines I won’t cross, but that would have been one of them if I had only known.
“You lied to me,” I explain.
She walks to the door, turns around, and leans over to give me a better view of her cleavage. “You know what they say. It’s better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” She shuts it behind her. It’s the nail in the coffin, and the pivotal moment when I know I can’t ever let go of Jewel Atkins. She’s the precious gem who has corrupted me.