Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Toxic by Kim Karr [Reivew]

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.

5 “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” STARS
OH MY GOD!!!!  What a Fantastic READ!!!! I love Kim Karr. I’ve read all of her books and I was SUPER excited with this one.  I love the cover, I love the blurb and I just simply LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!!!

It has all the elements you are looking for in a read. There’s LOVE, slight ANGST, CRAZY Plot and STEAMY scenes.


Phoebe and Jeremy had a crazy fling.  They were reckless, but had fun.  The only thing though, Phoebe kept a secret. Now, this usually makes me nervous. I don’t like “secrets” in books, but Kim did you good. This wasn’t the whole bases to the book. The beginning starts out how Phoebe and Jeremy meet and yes there are flashbacks, but I was completely into it.

I needed to know how passionate and crazy they were. How happy they were and how they wanted to continue the relationship. Something happens and they part ways. It was really dramatic and I was gobbling it up.

That was the thing with getting lost in someone; they were like a poison, making everything else around you become secondary.

Five years later Phoebe is engaged to Dawson and she doesn’t feel anything for him. She is going through the emotions, but she knows she doesn’t want to spend her life with him. Again, before you get nervous, it’s not what you think. THERE IS ZERO cheating in this book. In fact, Phoebe hates cheating, so don’t think this is a love triangle book. It’s not really and if it was, I would be pulling my hair out.

Phoebe runs into Jeremy again, but there’s something different about Jeremy. He’s not the same guy she knew five years ago. He’s older, richer and has connections. He’s a part of HER WORLD and she is just confused. She’s confused with her attraction to him and confused to where he’s been for the past five years.

The thing that really worked for me was the plot. Kim developed the plot so well, I was always gasping for what’s to come. So much happens and just when you think you figured something out, bam something else is thrown at you. It’s not a super major angst book. There’s enough tension to keep you interested, but really it’s simply about Jeremy and Phoebe. They both have SO MANY ISSUES and they try to work on them.
Mistrust was just so toxic.

I also loved the title of the book. It worked so well with the overall theme.  They both have trust issues and that plays a huge point in the book. I love reading how they reach a problem and try to work it out. It felt like a real relationship.

With you is the only place I want to be

Enamored, awed, consumed, ravenous, passionate, the list could go on for miles because those were just a few of the emotions I felt when he was near me.

Fair tales might not be real, but as I watched the way he moved, I knew then that my James Dean was my very own Prince Charming.

I couldn’t get enough of this read and believe me, the length is well worth it. I **GASP** even love this one more than the Connected series.

Toxic is a true modern-day romance.

An ARC was provided

Phoebe St. Claire
“Where are you?” he asked.
“I know. Where in your apartment are you?”
“On my bed.”
“Where are you?” I asked.
“Give me a minute.”
I heard stomping up some stairs and then a door closed.
“On my bed,” he said in that same husky tone.
I nearly stopped breathing.
“Are you still there?” he asked again.
“Yes,” my voice was raspy.
In a deep husky voice he said, “Tell me what you’re wearing under your clothes.”
Arousal overtook my mind and I answered quickly. “A bra and panties.”
“Take off your clothes and tell me what they look like.”
Flushing from head to toe I managed to say, “Jeremy!”
“Phoebe, I’ve seen you in your underwear. Christ, I’ve seen you naked. Just put your phone on speaker, dim the lights, and describe to me the lucky pieces of fabric covering your tits and pussy.”
Shock and desire swarmed through me in equal measure.
Memories of his dirty mouth came back in a flash.
I’d loved it so many years ago, loved when we were flesh to flesh. And this was different. I’d never had phone sex before. Had no idea how to, but I knew I was about to find out. I wasn’t going to turn him down. I wanted this.
The sexual tension that had blossomed between us was causing me to go insane. I was touching myself when I woke up in the middle of the night, and then in the shower before work, and last night and the night before after I hung up the phone with him. I’d been masturbating to the thought of him nonstop. Phone sex had to be so much better.
“Give me a minute,” I whispered needing to ease into the more intimate exchange that I knew was coming. I stripped out of my skirt and blouse and all but tore my hose pulling them off. The lights were already dimmed, so that wasn’t an issue. I heard his own mattress squeaking and wondered if he had started without me.
My phone beeped again and I looked down. This time it was an incoming call from Jamie. I ignored it. Then, I took a deep breath and a giant leap of faith as I sat on my bed in my underwear.
Just as I was thinking about what I could say, he spoke. “I have to be honest with you,” he said.
My heart sank. I didn’t like any conversation that started with those words.
With a heavy exhale, he said, “I’ve been hard all week just thinking about you and I have to admit, my wrist hasn’t been worked out this much in a long time.”
Picturing his hand, his cock, his hips, and the perfect choreographed movement of all three had me barely cognizant.
“I’m here,” I said in the raspiest tone. “Then I’ll be honest too. It’s possible that I’ve made myself come more times this week than I have in my entire life.”
I wasn’t exactly comfortable initiating a kinky conversation. But I could follow his lead.
“Jesus Phoebe, you can’t talk that way to me when I’m not near you.”
Something primal erupted within me. “And I want to do it again.”
I moaned at his use of the word fuck. It sounded entirely too delicious.
Equally as delicious was his sexy laugh that followed. “So what are we going to do about this dilemma?”
I sunk back into my pillows and pictured his face—his lips parted and his eyes heavy-lidded.
I knew what I wanted to do about it.
Did he want to do the same thing?
I hoped so.
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I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I've always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, I wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. I went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and full-time embracing one of my biggest passions—writing.  

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