Tuesday, July 7, 2015

TOXIC by Kim Karr


He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not...

New York Times bestselling author Kim Karr turns up the heat in a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new novel that takes you into the world of Manhattan’s elite.

In Toxic, Jeremy McQueen, a sexy, intense, sometimes brooding entrepreneur goes after what he wants—the woman he left behind years ago. Phoebe St. Claire, a put together, in control socialite-turned-CEO has been drifting through life searching for something she thought she'd never find again—the right man to share her future.

Our passion was boundless. Our lust untamed. And our desire endless. He was the only man who ever made me feel alive. Then, I betrayed him.

When he reappeared, I didn’t question it. Trust rarely survives the wrecking ball, so when he let me in back in—I didn’t hesitate.

Maybe I should have.

What began as a bid to save my family business, turned into a second chance at love. It felt so romantic. Working together, side by side, with the man I loved. My dream come true.

Nothing is as good as it seems.

We had our issues, but then again, every couple does. It wasn’t jealousy, or our too-hot sex life that I should have been worried about.

It was his darkside.

I never saw the end coming, until it slammed me in the face. The question is—did he?

Was revenge his plan all along?


Sometimes you have to wonder if your life is too good to be true.
Is it real or just an illusion?
Does the man lying beside you really love you like he says he does?
If the answer is yes, you’re meant to live happily ever after.
If the answer is no, you’re living my life, and nothing will ever be the same.

What you do about it—that’s up to you.

Me, I’m in too deep and there’s no getting out.

I’ll take whatever I can get for as long as I can because I know when it’s over…

I’ll never find another man like him.



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Kim Karr can write a second chance love story with the best of them. 

What happens when you meet someone you connect with like you never have and one of the first things you learn is he despises your family, more specifically your father?  What happens when you lie about who you are and you end up falling in love?  What happens when you find out the girl you've fallen for lied to you about who she is?  What happens when you are both from such different social circles your doomed from the beginning even if minus one lie you've been exactly who you are from the beginning?  What happens when you fall in love, really fall in love and everything is found out?  What happens is he will disappear from your life and never contact you.?

In Toxic meet Pheobe St Claire and Jeremy McQueen.  Pheobe and Jeremy meet at 21 in the Hamptons and she immediately feels a connection with him and from the first moment they spent every waking moment when Jeremy wasn't working together. But Phoebe lied to him she told him her name was Pheobe Saint because she knew he hated her family and also the rich and she was part of both of them. After a wonderful summer they had a misunderstanding and while Pheobe walked home Jeremy rode his bike there and someone unknowingly told him her real name. He left and never came back.  

Pheobe knew she was wrong but she just didn't know how to tell him.  So she kept pushing it off and spent the summer with him falling for him. And when he disappeared and lost herself. She tried contacting him, she tried finding him to no avail.  

She eventually meets Dawson and they get engaged but she knows she just doesn't have that chemistry she had before and while she loves him in the end she knows it's not enough and breaks their engagement off. However, Dawson believes it's just a break and he is all too willing to give her the time she needs to come back to him. He does everything he can to make sure he remains in her life. And with the guilt of hurting a good man lets him. 

One night Pheobe is out with friends and Dawson is at the same bar as her with his friends. One of his friends tries propositioning her and she is appalled and after a few minutes he gets aggressive.  Some gorgeous man in a leather coat comes over to save her and her life turns upside down because it's none other then Jeremy McQueen the love of her life.  And he knows her real name, she knows immediately why she never heard back from him. And while she assumed it his saying her name confirmed what she has believed the last 5 years, she blew it and she was solely responsible for the demise of their summer love affair. 

What she doesn't know at this point is that Jeremy has seen her prior, a few times actually? But once he speaks to her all of one minute his anger is gone and he sees the girl he's always known and loved. 

In Toxic we see so many emotions, jealousy and a lot of it on both sides, lies again on both sides, anger, resentment, so many insecurities and a lot of leaving when the going gets tough. This is where they are Toxic. 

I will not spoil the book but this book has the perfect amount of friendship, angst, steam factor and true undeniable love. I seriously loved Jeremey's dirty mouth. The sex was panty wetting good.  And as they grow and evoke through the book in each instance you see their love solidify. 

They both make bad decisions regarding their faith in each other, their faith in themselves and the faith in their relationship and when they learn this is what really is Toxic to their relationship they fix it and holy hell do we get a nice epilogue. 

I was back and forth throughout the book between 4 & 5 stars but the only reason was at points especially the beginning there was just too much inner dialogue and description but the truth is is the story is amazing and while the characters had me wanting to punch them at times they elicited many emotions for me and to me that makes for a great book so a solid 4.5 stars for this must read. 

Kim Karr is seriously a talented writer and you should read anything she has written it is well worth every second of the read.

This review was prepared by Heather McLaughlin. An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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