Corrupt Practices by Penelope L’Amoreaux
Publisher & Release: Self-published, March 26, 2015
Time and setting: Present Day, D.C.
Genre: Contemporary Political Thriller/Erotic Romance
Length: 119 pages
Heat Level: 3 Flames
Rating: 4 Gold Crowns
All she'd ever wanted was to work in politics. To make a difference. When Mariel lands her dream internship for Senator Roger Taylor, she knows life can't get better.
The she met him. Dallas Taylor. Brother to the Senator, her boss, and a complete ass. Working for him turns Mariel's dream into a nightmare-- and her attraction to him is salt in the wound.
Then Mariel discovers a dangerous scandal in the office that could ruin the Senator, she must risk everything to prove it to Dallas... including her heart.
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I received Corrupt Practices from the author in exchange for an honest review. I accepted it because the book description intrigued me. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I do not normally read thrillers, and certainly not political ones.
When Mariel Knowles arrived for her first day as an intern for Senator Roger Taylor, she is full of optimism for the opportunity to advance with his campaign team until she meets his brother, Dallas, her boss. He is arrogant and down right mean, insisting she’s late when her email clearly stated that she was supposed to start at nine o’clock, not eight.
After meeting the charismatic senator who is nothing like his brother, she discovers her office is nothing but a closet and her desk–one of those one piece jobs she used in high school–with no computer, no phone. Then to top it off, Dallas tells her to go make coffee and order lunch for all the workers in the office.
Although, she can’t stand Dallas’ attitude, she can’t keep her eyes from roaming over his fantastic body. When she discovers something that could lead to the senator’s downfall, she’s forced to work with Dallas to stop the sabotage. Can she handle being in his presence without succumbing to the desire that burns hotter every day?
Corrupt Practices is an easy and entertaining story, easily read on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The pacing keeps the story moving along, and the deliciously sexy chemistry between Mariel and Dallas kept me flipping the pages on my Kindle fast.
There is plenty of intrigue and action in this novella, making it an exciting read. I like Ms. L’Amoreaux’s smooth and flowing writing style and her sparkling dialogue between the hero and the heroine. For a shorter book, the plot and characters have surprising depth.
I loved how Mariel’s character turns lemons into lemonade when she quickly turns chaos into order within the office, earning the respect of her fellow c-workers even though Dallas treats her like in less than a flattering light. She is feisty and at times, snarky with Dallas.
Dallas is a hard character to truly like because he is such an ass to everyone, but as the story unfolds, and I saw his dedication to protecting his brother, it kept me from hating him as much. His softening attitude toward Mariel when they race to find the culprit helped as well.
If you like reading a story with plenty of spice and great suspense, along with unforgettable characters, then you will enjoy Corrupt Practices as much as I did. This is the first book in the Corrupt Trilogy, and I look forward to reading the next book. Happy reading!