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Hideaway by Penelope Douglas – Book Review

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Title: Hideaway

Author: Penelope Douglas

2nd Book in the Devil’s Night Series

New Adult Romantic Suspense


The Story

29082755._UY2079_SS2079_DEVIL’S NIGHT is returning! Hiding places, chases, and all the games are back…


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.


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.


My Review

I’ve been anticipating this book ever since I read Corrupt (1st Book in the series) Yep! It has been that long, so when I finally got it…well, let me tell you it wasn’t pretty….


Anyway, back to the review…I love Penelope’s writing style, she has an amazing talent with complicated, dark, twisted, relationship and with the creepy, intense atmosphere …(you know they are wrong but the feel so good kind of thing) the chemistry, the anticipation, it’s a palpable thing…it hooks you and doesn’t let you go… The suspense, the twist and turns that will keep you saying What the hell?? All of that is present on this book.

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The horsemen are back, and we get more back story on them (particularly Kai and Damon) which allows us to know more about their motivations and why they are the way they are…We see things from Kai’s perspective (past and present like in Corrupt) Side note: this is another thing that’s wonderfully done the dual perspective and time frames, they are easy to follow and they won’t be confusing at all.. Kai was one of my favorite side characters in Corrupt so I was intrigued to say the least to learn more from him, and I did. It was actually surprising because he wasn’t quite as I expected him to be. He had a nice balance between intense darkness and honor and responsibility. He’s personality was quite the Paradox…I really liked that about him.

We’re only ever good, because there are consequences,” I told her. “Take those away, and everyone shows their true self. Kind of like taking off a mask.”

As for the rest of the crew, they all stay true to themselves and through out the story we get snipets of what is to come (Penelope Douglas is a master at leaving you wanting the next book just as soon as you finish the one you are reading) Another great surprise for me while reading was how empathetic I became of Damon’s wicked little self…I want to know more now…

“You feel it don’t you?”    

“I’m already inside you.” 

The relationship was as hot as I’ve come to expect with these books, it pushes your boundaries a bit, but the end result …it set the pages on fire (those scenes are hot). The mystery had a nice pacing to it, I really enjoy the mind games here and there between the characters, you weren’t quite sure who was playing with who at times…

“Open your shirt for me, little one. Let’s see if I like what I’m getting for my trouble.” 

As for the Downside, because sadly there is one (for me at least) It was Banks.. our female protagonist, she was clever and could certainly give any of the horsemen a run for their money which I really like but there were times when she had a sudden change in her personality that felt to me out of character… and this put me off a bit.

Overall this was a satisfying read, and I was nervous because when you anticipate a book so badly you might get disappointed easily when you do read it..This was not the case here, I’m hooked, and I cannot wait for Kill Switch to come out next year…

If you enjoy twisted romances filled with a lot of mystery and suspense give this series a try but read it in order, that’s my advice if you want to get the whole experience from it…

Have you read this?? Did you love or hate it?? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below..

As Always

Happy Reading


9 thoughts on “Hideaway by Penelope Douglas – Book Review

  1. Great review Michelle! I finished the book couple days ago but still not sure what to write for my review 🙂 I was waiting for this book since I finished Corrupt and now I cannot wait to read Kill Switch. I totally agree with you on Damon. Seeing parts of his pasts made it easier to understand his behavior. It was a great read.

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    1. She’s my Queen I’ve read every book by her and my favorites are Corrupt, Punk 57 and Bully… Hideaway was good and I love Kai to pieces but Corrupt is still my favorite and I cannot wait for the next one in the series…

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      1. To be honest once you begin reading it you hardly notice that… except when you need to for the purpose of the story… She really is a talented writer because I have read books with age differences before and often felt like cringing but not with this one… and I’m trying to be objective and not a fangirling mess…


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