Series Report: Devil’s Night by Penelope Douglas

Posted December 28, 2020 by Angie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Before even discussing what I thought about this series, we need to cover the content warnings. These books contain sex, violence, sexual abuse, child abuse, incest, rape, attempted rape, death, murder, attempted murder, stalking, domestic abuse, underage drinking and drug use, substance abuse, coercion, and I’m sure other stuff that I’m forgetting. Basically, this series is going to be extremely triggering for some people, or just off-putting to others. You have been warned.

If you’re still with me, Devil’s Night is a New Adult Romantic Suspense series following a group of young men known as the Four Horsemen. Not very original, I know. In fact, the entire premise of this series is completely over-the-top, ridiculous, and just plain dumb if you think about it too closely. And yet, I could not stop reading these books. Aside from each book developing a romance between one of the Horsemen and a young woman, it all centers around one Devil’s Night that went wrong several years ago.

And what is Devil’s Night, you may be wondering. Well, one of the love interests sums it up quite nicely in Nightfall.

“It’s an annual festival of sorts, but it basically boils down to local rich kids basking in the gloriousness of their privilege.”

So yes, this is a series about rich white boys getting away with murder. Literally in some cases. These boys in question did go to prison, and the series picks up with their release and their revenge! I love revenge! Which is likely why I was so hooked on these books. Oh, and there’s a lot of sex.

There’s the standard guy-girl pairings, girl-girl, guy-guy, threesomes, group sex, voyeurism, dubious consent, revenge sex, healing sex, basically all of the sex. It’s pretty hot, sometimes random, but it’s quite varied. I liked it. Although the first book is the best, in my opinion.

Do I think you should read these books? Probably not, unless you’re a weirdo like me, then absolutely.

About Each Book

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Series Report: Devil’s Night by Penelope DouglasCorrupt (Devil's Night, #1) by Penelope Douglas
Published by Self Published on November 15, 2015
Genres: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Format: eBook (461 pages)
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Erika
I was told that dreams were our heart's desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend's older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He's handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college's basketball team and now gone pro, he's more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid... For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I've graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven't stopped watching Michael. He's bad, and the dirt I've seen isn't content to stay in my head anymore.

Because he's finally noticed me.

Michael
Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother's girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven't had her body, I know that I have her mind. That's all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.

Unprotected.

The opportunity is too good to be true, as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they're out.

We've waited. We've been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

four-half-stars

Series Report: Devil’s Night by Penelope DouglasHideaway (Devil's Night, ) by Penelope Douglas
Published by Self Published on October 1, 2017
Genres: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Format: eBook (437 pages)
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BANKS

Buried in the shadows of the city, there's a hotel called The Pope. Ailing, empty, and dark, it sits abandoned and surrounded by a forgotten mystery.

But you think it's true, don't you, Kai Mori? The story about the hidden twelfth floor. The mystery of the dark guest who never checked in and never checks out. You think I can help you find that secret hideaway and get to him, don't you?

You and your friends can try to scare me. You can try to push me. Because even though I struggle to hide everything I feel when you look at me--and have ever since I was a girl--I think maybe what you seek is so much closer than you'll ever realize.

I will never betray him.

So sit tight.

On Devil's Night, the hunt will be coming to you.

KAI

You have no idea what I seek, Little One. You don't know what I had to become to survive three years in prison for a crime I would gladly commit again.

No one can know what I've turned into.

I want that hotel, I want to find him, and I want this over.

I want my life back.

But the more I'm around you, the more I realize this new me is exactly who I was meant to be.

So come on, kid. Don't chicken out. My house is on the hill. So many ways in, and good luck finding your way out.

I've seen your hideaway. Time to see mine.

four-stars

Series Report: Devil’s Night by Penelope DouglasKill Switch (Devil's Night, ) by Penelope Douglas
Published by Self Published on February 9, 2019
Genres: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Format: eBook (509 pages)
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"I've done far worse than what I went to prison for. She has no idea how bad this can get."

WINTER

Sending him to prison was the worst thing I could've done. It didn't matter that he did the crime or that I wished he was dead. Perhaps I thought I'd have time to disappear before he got out or he'd cool off in jail and be anything but the horror he was.

But I was wrong. Three years came and went too fast, and now he's anything but calm. Prison only gave him time to plan.

And while I anticipated his vengeance, I didn't expect this.

He doesn't want to make me hurt. He wants to make everything hurt.

DAMON

First thing's first. Get rid of her daddy. He told them I forced her. He told them his little girl was a victim, but I was a kid, too, and she wanted it just as much as I did.

Step two... Give her, her sister, and her mother nowhere to run and no fuel to escape. The Ashby women are alone now and desperate for a knight in shining armor.

But that's not what's coming.

No, it's time I listened to my father and took control of my future. It's time I showed them all--my family, her family, my friends--that I will never change and that I have no other ambition than to be the nightmare of their lives.

Starting with her.

She'll be so scared, she won't even be safe in her own head by the time I'm done with her. And the best part is I won't have to break into her home to do it.

As the new man of the house I have all the keys.

three-stars

Series Report: Devil’s Night by Penelope DouglasConclave (Devil's Night, ) by Penelope Douglas
Published by Self Published on November 22, 2019
Genres: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Format: eBook (97 pages)
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“Do you know what a papal conclave is?”

DAMON

Will is gone. He hasn’t been seen in months, and the texts coming from his phone are almost certainly forged. Something’s wrong. We need to act now.

Michael is ready to tear down The Cove, Rika’s hiding something, Evans Crist is a threat, and Winter’s father is still out there.

Everyone is off in a million directions, and we’re vulnerable.It’s time to do this.

It’s time to claim our place.

RIKA

A few years ago, I never thought I’d be here. On board Pithom. Miles out at sea. At a table with Michael Crist, Kai Mori, and Damon Torrance—men I now consider family.

We’ve locked ourselves on this yacht for however long it takes to address our agenda, and we won’t leave until everything is on the table.

Even things I don’t want to talk about. Things Michael doesn’t know.

We will find Will. We will solidify our plans, and we will remove any threats.

If we survive Conclave.

two-stars

Series Report: Devil’s Night by Penelope DouglasNightfall (Devil's Night, ) by Penelope Douglas
Published by Self Published on July 24, 2020
Genres: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Format: eBook (680 pages)
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What happens when it's five against one and nowhere to run?

EMORY

They call it Blackchurch. A secluded mansion in a remote, undisclosed location where the wealthy and powerful send their misbehaving sons to cool off away from prying eyes.

Will Grayson has always been an animal, though. Reckless, wild, and someone who was never bound by a single rule other than to do exactly what he wanted. There was no way his grandfather was going risk him humiliating the family again.

Not that the last time was entirely his fault. He might’ve enjoyed backing me into corners in high school when no one was looking, so they wouldn’t catch on that Mr. Popular actually wanted a piece of that quiet, little nerd he loved to torture so much, but…

He could also be warm. And fierce in keeping me safe.

The truth is… He has a right to hate me.

It’s all my fault. Everything.

Devils Night. The videos. The arrests.

I’m to blame for all of it.

And I regret nothing.

WILL

I never minded being locked up. I learned a long time ago that being treated like an animal gives you permission to act like one. No one has ever looked at me any other way.

Their only mistake is believing anything I do is an accident. I can sit in this house with no Internet, television, liquor, or girls, but I’ll come out of here with something far more frightening to my enemies.

A plan.

And a new pack of wolves.

I just didn’t expect one of my enemies to come to me.

I don’t know who smuggled her in or if they meant to leave her here, but I can smell her hiding in the house. She’s here.

And as the security detail leaves the supplies, the gates close, and the door to my gilded cage opens, giving me free reign of the house and grounds for another unsupervised month, I remember with a smile…

Blackchurch houses five prisoners. I’m only one of her problems.

three-stars

Series Report: Devil’s Night by Penelope DouglasFire Night (Devil's Night, ) by Penelope Douglas
Published by Self Published on December 5, 2020
Genres: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Format: eBook (98 pages)
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"Nothing, not even Devil's Night, was more magical, because tonight was the longest night of the year. It was special."

The clock at St. Killian’s chimes as whispers float in the dark staircase above.

Snow falls from the black sky beyond the windows, and candles glow, the flames lighting up the longest night of the year.⁣

Devil’s Night isn’t the only holiday we celebrate. Tonight, we’re pulling on a different mask.⁣

Some call it Midwinter.⁣

Others call it Yule.⁣

We call it Fire Night.⁣

three-stars

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