Tuesday 7 July 2015

♡ TOXIC ♡ Kim Karr ♡

© Bianca Janeane


• release date: 7 July 2015
• 368 pages
• stand-alone erotic Dramance

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 againthe 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 dark side.

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.

  , 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.


is the story of Phoebe and Jeremy.
And what a story it is.
We don't meet Jeremy until Phoebe has told us a little about her life. Her life after Jeremy.
She's from a rich hotel family (who might be in financial trouble very soon, due to her father being in prison!) she's more or less happily engaged to Dawson, but she's not happy. She keeps thinking and daydreaming about Jeremy...Questioning her life and decisions...
A few weeks after she ends things with her fiancé, Jeremey is the one who rescues her in a club, where some idiot tries to molest her....
And then we go back in time, to the summer in the Hamptons five years ago, when she first met Jeremy.

 I couldn't stop myself from going back to when we'd first met.
It was the day I came alive.

Instant attraction on both sides.
The other instant thing is an instant mistake she makes - in not telling him that she's one of those rich Hamptons blue bloods that he seems to hate so much :/ That lie might later come back to haunt her...

They start seeing each other, but always with that little lie hanging in the background.
But they spent a few amazing weeks together - moments that no lie, no mistrust and not even time itself can ever erase...

The book switches between the present and five years ago...
They had a very bad break-up - both sides were at fault back then. And now that he's back in her life, they could finally talk about everything and maybe start again. But there are still too many secrets and problems in their way. Like both their trust issues, Phoebe's ex fiancé, who wants her back, his best friend Kat, who might have destroyed what they had back then, and Phoebe's troubled family business....
We can only hope that they can somehow find their way back to each other.
Because from everything we read in those five-years-ago scenes - they were perfect for each other!

He was crazy. I was crazy with him.
I loved it. I loved him.


NOPE . . .
I'm not telling you

I don't want to spoil anything....
But nope - no Cliffhanger - it's a standalone Romance!


I wasn't really sure what to expect - but it was amazing.

Jeremy is such an amazingly hot and great guy - and Phoebe is great too.

When we read about the past, we soooo want them to get back together - they seemed to be so perfect for each other. Even though their backgrounds couldn't be more different, they just clicked. They fell in love at first sight and everything could've been perfect. But those little lies and trust-issues and misunderstandings and business problems and whatnots got in the way :(

TOXIC is a beautiful story. Full of sad moments, thoughtful moments, but also funny and adorable and LOTS OF SEXY MOMENTS ☺

I loved every second of the book. You just can't stop reading, you have to know if and how those two will get to their happy end!

We also have lots of side characters like Jamie and Lily et cetera .... I wouldn't mind to get to hear their stories too one day.

TOXIC was an amazingly erotic & moving & adorable Romance about second chances!
I totally fell in love with Jeremy McQueen!!!


ARC received for an honest review

A new Kim Karr novel - yes please!

I was not sure what to expect when I started reading Toxic, but being a Kim Karr book, I knew I was going to enjoy it.

And when I did start reading, I did not want to put it down.

I mean, who doesn't love a second chance romance?

Jeremy McQueen and Phoebe St Claire sure had some history - not all of it great.  And you just know that if they ever meet up again, things are going to be explosive.

And when they do meet up again 5 years later - BOOM!  In spite of their difference,  they seemed to be perfect for each other back then, and in the present, all I wanted to was for them to get back together and start up where they left off.

But secrets, lies, betrayal - they all play a big part in Toxic.

There were so many times that I just wanted to smack Jeremy and Phoebe's heads together, make them get their sh!t together, and to stop making them same mistakes, over and over and over again.

There was also one character - I wont tell you who - who really needed this to happen to him 
Does that give you a bit of an idea how much I didn't like him?

The title Toxic really is the only way to describe Jeremy and Phoebe's relationship most of the time.   As I read, I just kept hoping that they would find their way to what their relationship really could be, to be each other's one, as deep down they both knew that was what they really were.
So, did they make it to their HEA?  Or is there too much water under the bridge for that?
Nope, you are going to have to read for yourself.
You are going to absolutely fall in love with Jeremy.  Though he has his faults, I couldn't help but adore him.
There are plenty of sensual and erotic moments in Toxic, and those just steam up the kindle screen.

There are some great secondary characters in Toxic that I would love to read more about in the future - please Ms Karr?

© 2015 by Kim Karr
Published by the Penguin Group
Phoebe St. Claire
Feeling a bit drunk and overwhelmed with so many and so few choices at the same time, I needed some time alone and snuck off toward the beach path.
I ran toward the ocean and twirled in the sand as the wind blew around me. Once I started to feel dizzy from twirling, I still wasn’t ready to head back to the party, so I took the path that would lead me to the large Olympic-sized pool. I tugged my sandals off with thoughts of putting my feet in the water to rinse the mud and sand away. As I approached the pool, I noticed how it glowed like it was lit by small pale fires. Lost in the enchantment of it, the sudden movement beneath the surface startled me.
A fair-haired boy emerged from the water. He pulled himself up and out so quickly that I was momentarily stunned. And then when he drank me in with his eyes, I shuddered.
I couldn’t help it, the way he looked at me just made me shiver. No one had ever looked at me like that before and I found myself gazing back into his intense eyes.
He was utterly beautiful. His bare chest was sculpted but not overly bulky like Danny or Jamie. They worked out every day pumping obnoxious amounts of iron to look the way they did. In contrast, the boy standing before me had a swimmer’s build.
He stood stoic and a cautious look crossed his face. He was long and lean in a pair of bright green neon swim trunks.
Right away I could tell he didn’t care what anyone thought about him.
I loved the idea of that.
So I smiled at him.
He shook his head and his hair fell into his eyes.
I wanted to reach out and push it away. It wasn’t long, but it wasn’t short. It was perfect.
“Hey,” he said, grabbing a towel off the ground.
It didn’t belong to the club. It was small, beige, and a bit worn—not the large hunter-green fluffy ones monogrammed in white I’d always gotten when I used to come here to swim as a kid.
“Hey,” I said back, swinging my sandals nervously.
He grabbed a pair of jeans that lay next to where the towel had been and walked right by me.
I turned to watch him as he strode into one of the cabanas and dropped his trunks. I froze and squeezed my eyes shut, thinking I shouldn’t be watching him but then opened them quickly when I couldn’t resist maybe catching a glimpse.
“Didn’t your parents ever tell you it isn’t polite to stare?” His voice was low and sexy, and it tugged me out of my own head.
I put my hands on my hips. “Didn’t your parents ever teach you not to undress in mixed company?”
He pulled his jeans on and laughed. “My mother might have mentioned that once or twice but I’ve never been good at following the rules.”
And it didn’t escape my notice that he didn’t put any underwear on first.
Hot. Totally and completely hot.
I didn’t see anything I shouldn’t have seen, it was too dark, but something inside me electrified at the thought of seeing him naked and I stepped closer. That’s when I noticed the scuffed-up black work boots on one of the lounges with a T-shirt thrown next to them.
I raised a brow. “Is this your changing room?”
He laughed again but this time added a smile and put his hands up. “Okay you caught me. I better get out of here before anyone else does.”
He was adorable and charming and my heart skipped a beat or two.
Then I stepped even closer and entered the cabana entrance, effectively blocking his way. “Why? You’re not doing anything wrong.”
He shrugged but he didn’t try to move around me. “I usually swim in the ocean but when the water is too rough, like tonight, I come here.”
I bit my lip in contemplation before speaking. “Does it really matter if you get caught?”
He crossed his arms over his bare chest. “Let’s just say it’s not just the swimming. It’s more that I’ve been caught doing a few too many things that I shouldn’t have been doing in the past.”
A bad boy.
The thought made my pulse thunder. “So you’re not a member at this club?”
He cleared his throat and shifted from foot to foot. “No,” he laughed but his laugh was anything but genuine. “Are you?”
I hesitated as I considered my answer. “No, I was just walking the beach and wanted to rinse my feet. I’m Phoebe,” I said extending my hand. Technically, I wasn’t lying. I wasn’t a member, my parents were. I hadn’t even been here in years. And I was out for a walk.
Amusement danced in his blue eyes. “Jeremy,” he said back.
When I chewed on my lower lip, I noticed how his eyes focused on it.
Mine focused on the entirety of his mouth—his strong, firm jaw, his sensuous lips, and his tongue that had snuck out to lick his lips.
That mouth.
It was almost too much.


 If you haven't read any of Kim's other books - try the Connections series!

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5 FLAWED late 2015
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6 PERFECTED (title will be changed) ealy 2016
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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.

I wear a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of the family. However, I always find time to read. One of my favorite family outings use to be taking my kids to the bookstore or the library. Today, my oldest child is in college and my twins are juniors so they no longer go with me on these outings. And although I don't need to go to the actual store anymore because I have the greatest device ever invented—a Kindle, I still do. There's nothing like a paperback. So now my four year old and I make dates out of going to the bookstore--it's time I love and cherish.

I like to believe in soulmates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. I love to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart. <3