Contemporary Romance published July 7, 2015
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Synopsis from Goodreads
My Thoughts...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.
*******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.
This was my first Kim Karr book, but I loved it and I need to go add all her books to my "to read" list on Goodreads! This is a standalone novel that, for me, was fast paced and one that I didn't want to put down. This books is told from Phoebe's point of view and the timeline does flip back and forth a bit, but it's not at all hard to keep up with.
Phoebe is a girl who, on the outside, appears to have it all. She and her friends are in that elite Upper East Side group, they have money, they party in the Hamptons in the summer time and they are all primed to take over their family companies. Phoebe met Jeremy on her 21st birthday, when she broke away from the party and found him swimming in the country club pool after hours. He is one of the "working class", but she can't seem to stay away from him even when she finds out how much he hates her father. She just keeps quiet about who she really is and they have a whirlwind summer romance that ends when truths are revealed. Now it's been 5 or 6 years since she last saw him, she's engaged to another man, but she keeps seeing a mysterious stranger and she just can't help but think it's Jeremy.
Jeremy is not the same boy that fell in love with Phoebe all those years ago. He's no longer a worker, in fact he's made a name for himself and he's in the prime position to help Phoebe save her family's hotel empire. He just has to convince her that he's changed and that she can trust him, but there are so many obstacles that stand it their way. This story is full of secrets and lies and there are a lot of misunderstandings that they have to work through before they will find their way back to each other.
I felt like the pacing was spot on and the author did a great job building the characters and the story. There were just a few things that bothered me about it and they are really minor things. The main thing is that Phoebe is a socialite and a working woman who nearly always wears pantyhose! I don't know why this bothers me, but it does. There is nothing that will kill the romantic mood like a girl having to take off hose first...every single time. I guess I just don't find it very likely that she would always be wearing them! The only other thing that bothered me was how petty and unbelievable some of the misunderstandings were. She would jump to conclusions based on very little evidence, she would be so angry with him and then turn on a dime and forgive him so quickly. It went back and forth like this too many times for it to be believable to me.
I rated this 4 stars on Goodreads and I stand by that rating. I enjoyed the story and the characters. It does have an intense love story and there are a fair amount of descriptive love scenes. If you like a good steamy romance then pick this one up.
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*