Review| Lessons in Corruption – Giana Darling

I really should be ashamed, haha. I read this book in December and wrote the whole review and totally forgot that I had finished it. I am lucky I did though, because it’s five months later. I do remember a lot about this book, but some details have gotten fuzzy. Better late than never I guess? A book with a teacher/student romance. I am totally against them, but while I didn’t mind the one on Pretty Little Liars, did I like it in this book? Did the writer pull it off?



The cover definitely grabs my attention. The model on the cover looks tough. I think the title jumps out at us! A definite match for this book.

Plot & Characters

I loved the description of this story and was very intrigued. It’s definitely a different story than I’m used to, because I don’t think I’ve ever really read a story with a teacher/student romantic relationship.
Cressida is in a relationship she isn’t happy with. Her husband is older than she is and her parents basically handed her over when she was 18. She has always tried being the good girl, but she just can’t take it anymore. This is when she takes a chance and wants a divorce. Cressida takes a job as a teacher and is enjoying her new freedom. She sees King outside one afternoon and is instantly charmed by him. Cressida doesn’t want to be, but she can’t help it. When she finally gives in, she finds out he’s her student. Even though she’s only 8 years older it’s still very wrong. She is having a hard time letting herself be with him and try and keep her job. It’s also hard, because King is pretty bossy and she finally has her freedom and doesn’t want to give that up. Cressida falls hard though.
King is the son of the leader of a MC and is pretty mature for only being 18. He knows what he wants and doesn’t take no for an answer. To be honest this annoyed me in the beginning. I can’t stand it when the male character thinks he is the only one who can decide things. Along the way you realize he is a bit sweeter than you realize, but it took me a little while to warm up to him. He is a lot smarter than people think and King doesn’t know what he wants in life yet.
They have their ups and downs, but can their love survive the hard world?
I loved seeing Cressida grow during this book. She became her own person after being stuck in a marriage she didn’t want for many years. I couldn’t stand her parents. How can you do that to your child? The MC was very interesting. They were tough, but definitely a family and they took care of each other. I loved Zeus, haha. He was funny to me.
One of the only reasons I didn’t give this book five stars was that the action at the end of the book came a little late for me. It happened fast and was over really fast. I think it would’ve been interesting to read about that in more detail. And the other reason was the language at times. I’m all for the rough and tough, but some of the terms just aren’t my thing. But that’s just a personal opinion and I still really enjoyed this book. Even though I’m not a fan of the idea of teachers and students being together I can kind of get it in this case, haha. I am definitely looking forward to see what happens to these characters after this book ends!

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This book was definitely different than I expected. Even the big tough leader of the MC in this book, was still really sweet. Once again proof that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. What was the last book that surprised you?

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One thought on “Review| Lessons in Corruption – Giana Darling

  1. all I can say is I should be “banging my head against the wall” for not reading her sooner. I had no idea that this book would just pull me in like this. I was completely hooked on this when reading it and read it in one sitting. That doesn’t always happen but her writing just sold me completely. I honestly haven’t read an MC romance in a while but this one really packed a punch. Now, this does have a forbidden theme to it which is a teacher-student romance and I KNOW how that sounds. But Giana Darling really handled it well and somehow it worked for me. But you should know that going into it.

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