Will they or won’t they? #ToxicLove
Meet Phoebe & Jeremy in this second chance romance!
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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?
THIS IS A STANDALONE SECOND-CHANCE ROMANCE WITH NO CLIFFHANGER ENDING.
Published by the Penguin Group
Phoebe St. Claire
Feeling a bit drunk and overwhelmed with so many and so few choices at the same time, I needed some time alone and snuck off toward the beach path.
I ran toward the ocean and twirled in the sand as the wind blew around me. Once I started to feel dizzy from twirling, I still wasn’t ready to head back to the party, so I took the path that would lead me to the large Olympic-sized pool. I tugged my sandals off with thoughts of putting my feet in the water to rinse the mud and sand away. As I approached the pool, I noticed how it glowed like it was lit by small pale fires. Lost in the enchantment of it, the sudden movement beneath the surface startled me.
A fair-haired boy emerged from the water. He pulled himself up and out so quickly that I was momentarily stunned. And then when he drank me in with his eyes, I shuddered.
I couldn’t help it, the way he looked at me just made me shiver. No one had ever looked at me like that before and I found myself gazing back into his intense eyes.
He was utterly beautiful. His bare chest was sculpted but not overly bulky like Danny or Jamie. They worked out every day pumping obnoxious amounts of iron to look the way they did. In contrast, the boy standing before me had a swimmer’s build.
He stood stoic and a cautious look crossed his face. He was long and lean in a pair of bright green neon swim trunks.
Right away I could tell he didn’t care what anyone thought about him.
I loved the idea of that.
So I smiled at him.
He shook his head and his hair fell into his eyes.
“Hey,” he said, grabbing a towel off the ground.
It didn’t belong to the club. It was small, beige, and a bit worn—not the large hunter-green fluffy ones monogrammed in white I’d always gotten when I used to come here to swim as a kid.
“Hey,” I said back, swinging my sandals nervously.
He grabbed a pair of jeans that lay next to where the towel had been and walked right by me.
I turned to watch him as he strode into one of the cabanas and dropped his trunks. I froze and squeezed my eyes shut, thinking I shouldn’t be watching him but then opened them quickly when I couldn’t resist maybe catching a glimpse.
“Didn’t your parents ever tell you it isn’t polite to stare?” His voice was low and sexy, and it tugged me out of my own head.
I put my hands on my hips. “Didn’t your parents ever teach you not to undress in mixed company?”
He pulled his jeans on and laughed. “My mother might have mentioned that once or twice but I’ve never been good at following the rules.”
And it didn’t escape my notice that he didn’t put any underwear on first.
Hot. Totally and completely hot.
I didn’t see anything I shouldn’t have seen, it was too dark, but something inside me electrified at the thought of seeing him naked and I stepped closer. That’s when I noticed the scuffed-up black work boots on one of the lounges with a T-shirt thrown next to them.
I raised a brow. “Is this your changing room?”
He was adorable and charming and my heart skipped a beat or two.
Then I stepped even closer and entered the cabana entrance, effectively blocking his way. “Why? You’re not doing anything wrong.”
He shrugged but he didn’t try to move around me. “I usually swim in the ocean but when the water is too rough, like tonight, I come here.”
I bit my lip in contemplation before speaking. “Does it really matter if you get caught?”
He crossed his arms over his bare chest. “Let’s just say it’s not just the swimming. It’s more that I’ve been caught doing a few too many things that I shouldn’t have been doing in the past.”
A bad boy.
The thought made my pulse thunder. “So you’re not a member at this club?”
He cleared his throat and shifted from foot to foot. “No,” he laughed but his laugh was anything but genuine. “Are you?”
I hesitated as I considered my answer. “No, I was just walking the beach and wanted to rinse my feet. I’m Phoebe,” I said extending my hand. Technically, I wasn’t lying. I wasn’t a member, my parents were. I hadn’t even been here in years. And I was out for a walk.
Amusement danced in his blue eyes. “Jeremy,” he said back.
When I chewed on my lower lip, I noticed how his eyes focused on it.
Mine focused on the entirety of his mouth—his strong, firm jaw, his sensuous lips, and his tongue that had snuck out to lick his lips.
It was almost too much.
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.
Kim Carr has done it again! She has a way with romance that has me a one click addict for her books, I can say there are a few of books that I jump up and down for, and Toxic was one those books! There was good and bad, but with any book that makes them unique. No book ever written is perfect, but the feelings that the authors, such as Kim, can make us feel, those are perfect! Toxic was different for me, being The heroine was truing to save her family business and that makes this book so touching. That alone made me like this book. A women in power is not something to mess with.
- Second chance romance novel have to be one of my many favorite things to read. There is something about the hope, and devastation that can come along. People change over the years and this book shows how people can change in the course of time. It took time for past issues to resolve, pushing Phoebe and Jeremy to come to terms with things, and get their HEA.
- Phoebe to me, was……. I’m not sure the word I’m looking for, she was great by the end of the book but it took me a little time to truly come to like her. She is like any person out there. She had flaws and she weaknesses that made who she was. over time I was able to like her. She was dedicated, and worked hard for the things she wanted, I loved that about her. Her family business meant a lot to her.
- Oh Jeremy, Seeing past Jeremy I loved him right off the bat. he was a bad boy to the bone, but in the best way possible. over the years he became even better and had this amazing confidence about him, that made him that much more appealing!
- They had a relationship full of….. drama, but most relationships do. I’m glad that by the end of the book they were able to work thru everything and end up in a place that is happy, and drama free. They had to go up against a lot to get to the place that
- The secondary Characters were amazing, it was a great group of people who helped this book thrive to be an amazing book. I think if they wouldn’t have been in this book…. It might have made the book, all about DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA, and that would have been too much. I loved The great group of friends that Phoebe had. Her neighbor was also amazing! she had such an amazing neighbor. Read to learn more 🙂
- SEX SEX SEX, it was all amazing. I love when a box has the perfect mix of happiness, sadness, worry, and sexy times and this book had it all.
- There were a lot of people in this book that i didn’t like. The heroines ex. ya he was an idiot as simple as that, without giving too much away
Overall this book was amazing. I’m glad that I read it. It is a standalone and I loved that Epilogue. It wrapped up everything so nicely Read this book, it is full of twist and turns that you never see coming! This review is Vague because I don’t want to give stuff away that could be spoilers, with the twist this book had, it made the review hard to write 🙂