Lorraine stories are addictively dark literary crack. She continues to outdo herself with every fucking release, and the beginning of Nico and Bri’s story continues that streak. Absolute perfection wrapped in a “fuck that cliffhanger” bow.
Corrupt Knight is the first book in Nico and Bri’s trilogy, and I don’t think any other couple has had a more explosive start. Although, to be fair, Nico and Bri’s story began during the previous trilogy, until now we really didn’t have a clue what they had between them, and I don’t think they do either.
Bri is a firecracker, there’s no other way to describe her. She’s independent and comfortable with who she is, all while doing everything she can to become the person she wants to be. She has no intention of becoming a one-woman man, but it appears that every time she spends time with Nico, she loses a piece of herself to him, and he seems to be the only person that makes her second guess herself.
Nico is a bellend; it’s basically just at varying degrees. Which kind of makes him one of my favorites, but thankfully we aren’t here to talk about what the reason behind that might be. He was downright hateful at times; most often, it was directed at Bri, but it seemed nobody was off limits. He didn’t want to want Bri, and more than that, he didn’t want her to be the balm on his shattered soul, and because she was, although he would never admit it, he made her pay for it at every opportunity.
The chemistry between Nico and Bri is on another level. It’s as explosive as it is combustible, but because neither of them wants to consider what that might mean between their impassioned physical chemistry, the words between them are thrown at each other like toxic knives meant to cause the most damage. I’m not sure any of the other guys could compete with Nico in this little game. That obviously means he’s my new favorite because that mouth of his is 🔥🔥.
As always, Lorraine does an exploratory job portraying every emotion the characters feel. From the pain stemming from the loss Nico suffered to the way Nico and Bri’s words were tossed at one another like daggers. My heart was invested in their story long before I opened this book, but I never could have expected what was waiting for me.
There’s something that sets Nico and Bri apart from the previous couples, maybe because we had a little glimpse at their beginning or a million other reasons. There’s a darkness between these two that lurks on every page, keeping you completely enraptured from beginning to end.
Corrupt Knight is everything I love about Knight’s Ridge to the nth degree. An enrapturing blend of explosive chemistry, an absolute bellend alpha-hole, a strong heroine, feels, nonstop twists and heart pounding turns, many muttered “ffs” and “hfs,” with a side of “this mfer,” five-alarm fire steam, and a “wtf” cliffhanger that will have you tossing your kindle.
Lorraine’s words are woven together with literary crack, making it impossible to stop once you begin.
This series is about so much more than the couples; it’s the friendships between these characters that make it so much more than dark romance reads. The words “ride or die” are quite literal inside the Knight’s Ridge Empire world.