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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.

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My Review

So I first have to say after reading the synopsis for this one I wasn’t sure what kind of adventure Kim was going to take us on in this book.  But since I have always enjoyed her stories I couldn’t wait to dig in.  I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly we jumped right into the story and got to the meat of things.  The beginning had a little bit of a past/present going on, and typically I don’t care for books that do that.  However this one had me intrigued big time and every time she left me off the past, I would be reading faster to get to the answers…

I really enjoyed the dynamic between the two main characters.  One a troubled soul seemingly from the wrong side of the tracks.  One a rich girl who could have it all and only wanted to really make something of herself on her own.  This is who we see when we meet Jeremy and Phoebe in the past.  It’s a stark contrast to who we know and see in the present.  We quickly learn how much opposites attract and how the right man could bring Phoebe out of her shell and give her the confidence to follow her dreams.  But alas sometimes the fairytale is not meant to be, and when Jeremy disappears Phoebe crawls back into her shell… It’s not until years later that all changes…

Now Phoebe is the acting CEO of her family’s hotel business, it’s failing, her father is in jail, and Phoebe is doing everything she can to save the floundering company.  Not only that but she’s dealing with the pressures from her fiance to set a date for a wedding that her heart just doesn’t seem to be into.  I have to say I did really like her fiancee…  At first… At the end I wanted to string him up and leave him for the coyotes!  But enough about the JERK!

When Jeremy suddenly reappears in Phoebe’s life it throws her life into a tailspin.  She has a brilliant plan to save her company, and he is the key to it’s success. But that means working side by side with him, and worry about blurring the lines between professional and personal becomes and issue for her.

Jeremy and Phoebe struggle with the past and the lies and deceptions at the hands of not just each other but their families.  They both kept secrets near and dear to their hearts and they made mistakes.  This journey is as much about learning to forgive and forget and learn how to trust, as it is about falling in love, and finding your soul mate.

There will be parts of this book that will make you want to throw the book across the room!  I was so furious at times with both of the main characters that I wanted to scream!  Phoebe’s friends were AMAZING influences and a fantastic support system throughout this read.  All except the JERK of course… He played at being a friend and someone Phoebe could trust but he was truly a wolf in sheep’s clothing!  I am still thinking about this story days after reading it and had a bit of a book hang over at the end.  There was a whole lot of angst wrapped up in these pages, as well as a steam factor that had me fanning myself at times.  Jeremy certainly is a book boyfriend contender in all the best ways!!!  My only issue was some of the monolog seemed to drag on a bit at times, but the plot was solid and the angst off the charts, which kept me reading and devouring every word!  If you love an angsty read with solid writing, characters and plot this one gets a solid 4 stars in each of those categories.  Pick this up today, I think you’ll enjoy it.


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About Kim Karr

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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.