Review: Toxic by Kim Karr

Posted July 7, 2015 by Holly in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Toxic by Kim KarrToxic by Kim Karr
on July 7, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Format: eARC
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New York Times bestselling author Kim Karr turns up the heat in a smoking hot, emotionally compelling romance that takes you into the world of Manhattan's elite. Meet Jeremy McQueen, a sexy, intense, brooding entrepreneur who goes after what he wants, and Phoebe St. Claire, a socialite-turned-CEO who's been drifting through life searching for something she thought she'd never find again--the right man to share her future.

Phoebe St. Claire has devoted herself to saving her family's hotel empire--but her best efforts have not been good enough. With her whole world in turmoil, the tenacious go-getter turns to the once love of her life. Far from innocent, Jeremy McQueen was the guy from the wrong side of the tracks who her parents would never have approved of. Their years apart have only made the sexy bad boy more irresistible than ever--and their reunion is explosive.

When she asks Jeremy to help her salvage her family business, he agrees immediately, with only one condition--he wants her in his bed.

But soon surprising circumstances leave Phoebe reeling. Was this fairy tale romance just too good to be true? Will Jeremy's secrets pull them apart all over again?


I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Angst lovers rejoice! Toxic was HELLA angsty and completely unputdownable. I devoured it on Sunday in one sitting refusing to leave my house until I was done. I tried to leave, but I found myself trying to get presentable with my Kindle in my lap so I could keep reading. I finally gave up and realized Jeremy and Phoebe’s fate was more important than me going to Target. Kim’s writing sucked me right in to the high-class world of the Upper East Side, the Hamptons, and the world of VIP. She had my stomach in knots and, at times, in my throat with the delicious back and forth drama and angsty goodness. Every time I thought Phoebe and Jeremy finally got to a good place, WHAM I was hit with a twist! I loved the two of them together and I couldn’t stand the thought of them not working through their jealousy and trust issues. I will admit, at times I did want to crawl into my Kindle and shake the ever loving crap out of them, but that only goes to show how invested, personally, I became in their future. All of the characters were well written, realistically flawed, and I really liked seeing all of them evolve into smarter, more mature versions of themselves as the story progressed. Except for Dawson and Avery, they were shady and underhanded and made perfect villians. Toxic was a superb blend of nail biting angst and swoony second chance romance that incited a happy sigh when I finished.

About Kim Karr

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 on their way, 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.


About Holly

I'm a born and raised Jersey girl (not as seen on TV) who loves escaping in books. I Google everything and I hate rain. I have a deep love for Starbucks, shopping, and HEAs. Stay as long as you'd like. Stalking is highly encouraged :-)

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