Published by NAL Trade on 7th July 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.
Reviewed by Kelly
*I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for a review*
Toxic was my first time reading a Kim Karr novel and it’s definitely made me want to read more. It’s even made itself at home on my ‘will re-read’ pile and that’s not an accolade that every book can claim.
Phoebe and Jeremy’s sexual chemistry was tangible, I could feel it jumping from the pages as I read. Hell, it was so hot it sizzled! Their love story was not an easy one, it definitely had its share of heartbreak and setbacks. I even started to wonder whether I should really be rooting for them, I almost didn’t want to become invested in them as a couple because of what was happening.
I loved the whole NY social scene element of the story. It had a real Gossip Girl feel to it and it made me feel like a socialite by proxy! To go along with the social scene, Phoebe had a gang of equally-as-well-heeled friends that were an important part of her life and indeed, the progression of the story. I think Jamie was definitely my favourite of the gang – seeing him with Lindsay made my heart happy.
Toxic had twists and turns galore and I was never quite sure who I could trust (athough I had my suspicions!) or how things would pan out for Phoebe and Jeremy. It got to the point where I just could not flip the pages fast enough.
This is a definite 5 star read for me and I’m looking forward to reading more from Kim Karr soon.