By Kim Karr
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?
TOXIC is the perfect name for this book as the relationship between Phoebe and Jeremy is pretty much nothing but toxic. They promise to be honest yet keep many secrets from each other, and every time one of those secrets is revealed, it tears them apart. They promise not to walk away from each other, to stay together when the going gets tough, but as soon as something happens, one is always walking away from the other. There’s also a lot of jealousy between the pair and yet both put themselves in a position to make the other jealous. Basically every time they get to a good place in their relationship, something happens that threatens the relationship. I’m sorry, but Phoebe and Jeremy didn’t win me over at all.
TOXIC is definitely suited to a younger audience or for those readers that love a lot of angst, jealousy, drama and pushing and pulling between the two lead characters. The characters in this book are all in their mid-twenties but come across as younger, so much so that it’s hard to believe they hold CEO and other equally powerful positions in their careers. I believe in justice and I like to see bad people punished, but in this book there are two men who did illegal things and not only did they get away with it, they weren’t even pursued.
I know I’ve pointed out nothing but negative, but the funny thing is that I could not put this book down and stayed up until 1.30 am just to finish it in one sitting. And it did come with a wonderful HEA that I really liked which slightly redeemed the book in the end.
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