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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

5* #Review #Interview Toxic by @authorkimkarr @RSofRomance



Will they or won’t they?  #ToxicLove
Meet Phoebe & Jeremy in this second chance romance!


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RELEASE DATE: July 7th, 2015


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?
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Interview with Kim Karr

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Were you inspired by a specific book or piece of literature?
Ever since I was young, I have entertained myself with daydreams. I daydreamed very vividly, and when I got a good one going, I could hang out alone for hours simply enjoying it. As I got older, and my daydreams became even more elaborate and more focused. That was when I decided they might be just as entertaining as many of the books I read or movies I watch. It is such a pleasurable rush for me to take my daydreams and shape them into books. 

When it comes to being an author, who is your greatest role model?
Good role models are imperative. They give us something to aspire to, and someone to look up to. They can motivate us to do great work. As for an author, I think Hemingway does the most perfect job with the structure of a book. His sentences work amazing well. When I was in high school I used to type  out his books, yes on a typewriter, just to learn how the sentences flowed together. If you read a Farewell to Arms you’ll see exactly what I mean. It has the most perfect sentences. Very direct, smooth rivers, clear water over granite, no sinkholes. Devine.

Of all of the books you've written, which is your favorite?
All of them. I can’t play favorites. They are like my children. 

What is your process from writing? Do you outline, keep notes, just let it flow, etc?
I do a little of all of that. 

What was your inspiration for Toxic?
I’d read an article about underground nightclubs and thought it was such a cool idea. People show up in the oddest of places to party and then move to another. That transformed into Jeremy’s business in a more legit way. As for Phoebe and friends, I wanted to create a group that was somewhat against the grain of how we think of socialites.

Who/what book(s) are you currently obsessing over?
How about a list. I’m always obsessing!
Orange Theory Fitness
Chris Pine and Star Trek 3
And if I should cut my hair

If you could partner up with any author to co-write a book, who would it be?
SC Stephens. I love, love, love her. 

Is there a book concept that you are just dying to write?
Something about social media. Hashtags, likes, following, sharing, signing on. What the internet know about each of us is scary.

Who is your favorite Disney character? ;) 

Cinderella, she gets her Prince Charming!!!!
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Review - 5 Stars
This book is intense. I don’t think there was a moment when I could just sit back and breathe, the emotions, good or bad were always churning. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just something you should prepare for. The angst and emotional turmoil is heavy and at times, I wondered if I should take a break and recover. But, I couldn’t. I had to see where the story was going, I needed to see Phoebe and Jeremy reach their happy ending.
            There is something that just isn’t quite “right” throughout the book. It kept my attention, always wondering what it was and when I would discover it. Phoebe and Jeremy’s relationship has been fraught with misunderstanding, overreactions, and a little stupidity. On the flip side, these strong emotions and reactions are what make their passion and love burn so bright and hot. The chemistry between these two is explosive and I was fanning myself quite frequently when they were steaming up the book.
            Jeremey is a complete contradiction. Like everyone, he fights the darkness within, but when he sees Phoebe again, he is determined to eradicate it completely. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done and those demons keep making an appearance, especially when it involves the sins of his past. I truly loved Jeremy and his dedication to making things with Phoebe work. His need for her to believe in him, to trust him causes a lot of friction but it stemmed from such a sad place that I couldn’t help experiencing the pain and yearning along with him.
            Phoebe was harder to accept. She shows bouts of strength, but even when she does, she constantly second guesses herself. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of her fears behind Jeremy’s motivations are completely justified. However, things wouldn’t have blown up quite so much if she didn’t make some thoughtless decisions. The whole situation with Dawson was a little hard to swallow. I don’t care how confused and hurt you are, letting your ex “comfort” you, especially when you know he wants you back, was just ridiculous. She gains a stronger sense of self in many situations, particularly in regards to her job. But, when it comes to Jeremy, she is whole with him, and broken without.
            Some people might look at that as a crutch, a negative personality trait. They would think she is weak and has no sense of self. However, I disagree. I think when you’ve found that kind of love, you become one. So, why wouldn’t you break if you lose your other half? They are strongest together. Would Phoebe have been able to pick up the pieces and go one with her life? I think so. But, I can understand not wanting to, the devastation that would always keep her a little bit fractured.
            There are some really interesting dynamics with the secondary characters in this book. Some of them are quite essential to the story line and so following their journey’s kept it even more interesting. I just loved Jamie, he is that true friend, the one who love and supports you, but respects the boundaries laid down by having a boyfriend/girlfriend. Even more, that he became good friends with Jeremy, it says so much about his character, beyond what he lets the world see. I would have loved to read a book about him.
            The story wraps up in some expected and some really rather unexpected ways. The tale the author weaves is complex, but I was never lost, just uninformed, as was the point. I have to say, the epilogue was PERFECT. After such intensity, it opened up the window and I could breathe, basking in their happiness and putting down the book with a smile.
            I am a big fan of Kim Karr and I highly recommend you add this book to your collection. 5 sexy and intense stars!

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About the Author:
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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.

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