Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling

August 18, 2020

Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling

Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling

My rating: ★★★


Standalone - The Fallen Men #1
Release: November 29, 2017
Heroine POV: 1st person
Genre: MC Romance
Trope: Age gap/forbidden/student-teacher
Heat: 4
Length: 406 pages

He was eighteen.
The heir to a notorious, criminal MC.
And my student.

There was no way I could get involved.
No way I could stay involved.
Then, no way I could get out alive.

A MC student/teacher romance with an age gap. A standalone novel in The Fallen Men Series.

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There were three reasons for why I picked this book up:
1. That cover


2. So many people were talking about it


3. It's an age gap student/teacher trope


And for the most part, it lived up to expectations. King was sexy AF, young and confident, and he knew what he wanted. He was unlike any other 18 year old I've ever met. His father was the the Prez of The Fallen and King was no stranger to danger and mayhem. But he was smart. He was going places. And he wanted to take his teacher with him.

Cressida was that teacher. She was a sanctimonious, condescending, boring piece of work. She really thought she was above it all and took every chance to show it. When her eyes took in all that was King, she completely obliterated her life. She left her husband, she bought a rundown cottage, and she lusted after the guy who got away. And yet he shows up all the time. See, King wants her and she wants him. But she keeps playing hard to get. Things get worse when she realizes he's her student. She keeps playing games with his heart. Cruel and heartless. This guy, legit the way he's described he's the hottest guy ever, is made to look like a constant fool. It got tired.

So here's why I liked but did not love this story...
- I'm Canadian. I know what we sound like. And I have never met anyone in my country who sounds like these characters. I live in Toronto y'all. There are a ton of different dialects and lingos and slangs in this one city that I love. Born and raised here and I've never heard someone talk like this. It was reminiscent of KA books in that sense, especially with the chin lifts and girls trying hard to be 'biker cool'. Hi-freaking-larious.
- the entire story was told from Cressida's perspective. Seeing as how she wasn't the most personable character and I didn't really like her, it made for difficult reading.
- although I'm a fan of age gap stories, I'm not the hugest fan of older women/younger men stories. Sometimes they work, but the fact that Cress was more immature than the young man chasing her had me thinking some messed up thoughts.

I will definitely be reading the next book in the series, Welcome to the Dark Side. Come on, it's a 19 year age gap and King's dad, Zeus, already sounded hella hot in this book. I'm so freaking ready!!


Giana Darling is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Top 40 Amazon Best Selling Canadian romance writer who specializes in the taboo and angsty side of love and romance. She currently lives in beautiful British Columbia where she spends time riding on the back of her man’s bike, baking pies, and reading snuggled up with her cat Persephone.

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