TOXIC by Kim Karr-Review ,Book Tour and Giveaway
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 7, 2015
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not…
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?
REVIEW: TOXIC is the latest stand alone contemporary, adult, erotic romance storyline from Kim Karr. This is billionaire business owner Jeremy McQueen and CEO of TSC (The Saint Corporation) Phoebe St. Claire’s storyline-a second chance at love for two people torn apart by lies and deceit. There is a slight cross over with Kim’s The 27 Club when the exclusive Miami ‘The Estate’ –a private BDSM club-is mentioned as a business investment and potential source of betrayal.
Told from first person point of view (Phoebe) with an epilogue from Jeremy’s POV, TOXIC follows the rebuilding of a relationship between Phoebe and Jeremy. At twenty-one years of age, Phoebe and Jeremy had a summer fling, fell in love, and all but destroyed one another’s lives. Fast forward five years where Phoebe’s controlled life begins to spiral out of control: the TSC is weeks from filing bankruptcy; she dumped her fiancé days before the wedding; and the man who stole her heart five years earlier, has returned with a dark and dangerous plan. Jeremy is a man on a mission, and Phoebe is ripe for the picking. The $ex scenes are erotic, passionate and emotional. Jeremy and Phoebe will consume one another with their wants and needs.
TOXIC focuses on a second chance at love for Jeremy and Phoebe but their relationship is mired in lies, deceit, secrets and betrayal. Families have been destroyed by the sins of the past; and the future is an unknown entity when the truth is finally revealed. Jealousy, miscommunication and the need to run play a major role in our couple’s inability to move forward. There is always someone waiting to destroy what little hold Jeremy and Phoebe have on their relationship, and it only takes a few words to push Phoebe over the edge-time and time again. Destroyed by her parent’s unfaithful marriage, and the memories of the summer she fell in love, Phoebe is unable to let go of the pain and heartbreak, and in this, she questions every action and movement as another potential source of deceit and lies.
TOXIC is a bit of a slow read, or perhaps more of a slow build, with a large ensemble cast of characters whose actions play a significant role in our couple’s toxic and volatile relationship. I am hoping Kim Karr has future plans for a number of the supporting characters. Jeremy and Phoebe have a history of lies and betrayal that are fueled by innuendo, mistaken beliefs, and threats from outside sources including a series of ex lovers who are determined to win back or destroy Phoebe and Jeremy respectively.
Kim Karr invites the reader into an intense storyline awash in an emotional roller coaster of lies, manipulation and deception. The twists and turns reveal a backstory befitting the rich and infamous where the pretense of the public face masks a multitude of sins and betrayals behind the scenes. The heroine’s emotional fall out is angst ridden and not without some cringe-worthy moments of concern: there were times I wanted to smack her upside the head for her Oscar worthy, drama queen tirades.
TOXIC is a story about two people whose lives are interconnected far deeper than they could have ever imagined. The premise is intriguing and dramatic; the characters colorful and charismatic; the love story intense, heartbreaking and profound. Kim Karr is a story teller with a vivid imagination and a passionate grasp of what her readers want to see.
Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.
Reviewed by Sandy
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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