Toxic by kim karr
Published by NAL on July 7, 2015
Genres: Contemp Romance
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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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?


Kim Karr delivers a deliciously alluring romance with her new novel, Toxic.
I was intrigued by this story with the high society New York setting and the characters. Phoebe was raised in this upper class, highly privileged setting, but don’t worry readers, she’s not a snob!  I love that Phoebe works so hard and she has a good head on her shoulders.  I really enjoyed her character, despite the fact that her trust issues cause her to run and create havoc in her personal life.  I enjoyed Jeremy as well, but the man has a temper and a huge chip on his shoulder.  The chemistry between Jeremy and Phoebe is HOT!  But the pair of them ride that up-and-down/ on-off roller-coaster that is so common in contemporary romance.  By the end of the book, I just wanted to shake the characters and knock some sense into both of them.  That’s when I realized how into this book I was, I was completely invested.

I absolutely loved the setting.  I love the storylines from the affluent society-types in New York.  Kim Karr did a fabulous job writing the characters, each with their own quirks.  Toxic is a stand alone novel, which was quite refreshing to be able to finish a story in one book!  I do hope that Kim Karr writes future novels with other characters introduced in Toxic, I would definitely pick them up and read.  Toxic lured me in with the setting, hooked me with the characters, and kept me completely engaged with the well-written plot and sizzling romance.