ARC Review: Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn (Philly Corruption #1)



Genre: New Adult, Romance
Setting: Modern day Philadelphia

*** I received an eARC copy of Corrupt Me from the author, Jillian Quinn, in exchange for an honest review ***

Review: Fun and surprising, but not really my genre to read.

Corrupt Me is written by one of my fellow blogger buddies, Jill, who blogs at Rant and Rave About Books. She’s always supportive and kind, and when she was looking for reviewers of her new book, I jumped at the chance to give some publicity to a great asset in the book blogging community and joined her blog tour!

Corrupt Me is told from the point of view from our two main characters, Izzie and Luca. Izzie Rinaldi is a senior at Strickland University in Philadelphia, and is heir to the billion-dollar Rinaldi Holdings business, which may or may not have ties to the Marchese crime family. Luca Marchese is also a student at Strickland, and is a member of that crime family. Luca and Izzie’s relationship goes way back, as they liked each other as kids, but then circumstances got in their way and they lost touch.

Since this is a romance, the main plot point here is, will Izzie and Luca get together and stay together? I did like their relationship, and I liked both of the characters by themselves, too. The ending of the book was a bit surprising, with a twist on the mafia angle, and I liked the twist. It fit the characters.

Character wise, Izzie was smart and strong, and Luca was also smart, but sadly, he didn’t corrupt me. Luca is an arrogant, beautiful womanizer, and much of the book has him hanging out at a frat house with his frat buddies, and these types of guys have zero appeal to me. I do think that I would’ve liked Luca and his relationship with Izzie more had the two been aged up a bit. They seemed a bit young (twenty-one) for their circumstances, and I didn’t quite buy Izzie’s rise within the company at such a young age. Her rise was necessary for the plot, but I just wish they had been twenty-five or so. It would’ve been more believable.

One of the things that I really enjoyed about Corrupt Me was the setting. Jill excels at placing the reader in modern day Philadelphia, and I could smell the pizza cooking, and really felt that I was transported to Philadelphia. This book made me so hungry for pizza and pasta and all things Italian!

Corrupt Me is a book in the New Adult genre, and I haven’t read anything in the genre prior to this book. From what I can tell, New Adult has characters finding their place in the world, and this one had a focus on romance. I’m not sure I’ll go on to read more New Adult books. I’m not really a fan of sex scenes in books, and Corrupt Me certainly had its share of sexy times! (Which you can certainly tell from the cover!) It’s fine if you like reading those types of scenes, it’s just not really my thing, and there were a lot of sex scenes in the book. I think that those who enjoy the New Adult and Romance genres will really love Corrupt Me. Smart characters, a leading male who many ladies will swoon over, and an interesting setting, makes Corrupt Me extremely readable and a quick, fun read.

A big thanks to Jill for the copy of the book!

Bottom Line: Fun and smart. An enjoyable romp, but not really my genre.


Are you a fan of the New Adult genre? Have you read Corrupt Me? Does Luca make you go all weak in the knees?

Links to Corrupt Me on  Amazon   and   Goodreads

And here’s a link to the author’s website!



18 thoughts on “ARC Review: Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn (Philly Corruption #1)

    1. 🙂 Yeah, the New Adult genre was fun! It’s not really my thing, but I’m glad that I tried something new!
      Glad that you loved Corrupt Me so much – I really think this will be popular with those who love the genre.

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  1. Great post. I also reviewed this book but I really liked Luca. I felt that his macho womaniser image was all just a show and I felt he had really deep feelings for Izzie. Interesting to see how people assimilate things differently.

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    1. Thanks! I did think that Luca and Izzie were perfect for each other. They were both strong characters. I loved the twist at the end. I think I just didn’t fall for Luca because of the frat guy thing – I’m just not really into that type of guy. 🙂 I did love it when he was cooking though!


    1. Thanks! Yeah, I’ve just been to Philly a couple times for one or two day trips so haven’t really experienced the city as it should be experienced, and this book took me right there, wanting to go back! The food sounded sooo good!

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    1. You’re welcome! 🙂 I had fun with this book, and it even got me to post on instagram – I’ve been so bad lately!
      Oh my word the food was everywhere in the book! I want Luca’s tomato sauce recipe… maybe you should do a companion cookbook! I really liked Luca when he was cooking – that was a great scene 🙂

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      1. I’ve also tried to get back into Instagram lately. I have to feel the inspiration to get into taking pics again. Haha! I’m writing Totally Corrupt now and even Mario’s first POV chapter opens with food. 🙂 The sauce recipe Luca makes at the apartment is a recipe from my friend’s grandmother that I’ve been making for close to 15 years now. My best friend is Italian so I learned a lot of recipes over the years over Sunday dinners. I can write down a couple of my recipes and add them to blog posts. I also have one for gourmet meatballs. Maybe I’ll add that into one of the books at the back. 🙂 The meatball recipe is half my friend’s grandmother’s and half mine. I got so comfortable making Italian that after a while I started to put my own spin on them.

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        1. Yeah, I haven’t been inspired much for Instagram lately.
          I really loved all the food parts in the book. And with all your personal history with the food mentioned makes the book more real and authentic – I think that is why the food scenes worked so well, and perhaps why you hadn’t realized they were in there so much! Those recipes sound so yummy – I’d love to see them on a blog post or added to the back of the book.
          And every time they went to Broad Street Beans I kept wanting coffee… so really excellent job with the food and the atmosphere of the book 🙂

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  2. Great, well-balanced review! It’s always harder to review a book when you know the author, and harder still to be honest about the things that didn’t appeal as well as the things that did. You did a great job! 🙂

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