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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Toxic is a story that will have you tingling from head to toe. With the exploration of a love that transcends through time, we are taken on a journey where the past and the present meet. A collision that will shatter hearts into a million emotions, will leave you on the edge of your seat immersed in drama that will tear you apart. Kim Karr’s books have always highlighted the magic of soul mates and love at first sight and with her emotive writing and passionate characters she succeeds in highlighting ‘Insta-Love” like no other.

Toxic is a story about passion, heat, lies, deceit, love and redemption. The reader is introduced to Phoebe St. Clair a young woman; daughter of the rich and pretentious. Entering the world of adulthood Phoebe is struggling to come to terms with the direction of her life. Pondering ways to not turn into her parents, she meets Jeremy McQueen.

Jeremy McQueen has a chip on his shoulder. Hating everything the world of money and power represents he is determined to not indulge in a world of the pompous and ostentatious. Coincidentally meeting, Jeremy and Phoebe embark on a passionate ride, falling fast Phoebe, is determined to keep her identity a secret. As Phoebe battles her own insecurities about the truth, it seems that Jeremy may have other ideas. In a misunderstanding of massive proportions the possibility of a future is nowhere to be seen.

With years and failed relationships passing, Jeremy and Phoebe reconnect. It is evident that the fire still burns but their insecurities are still lighting the match.

With Toxic, Karr embodies all the negativity that plagues the beauty of passionate love. Showing off the way that venom can seep into your skin, consume your thoughts and kill you from the inside out. Karr allows the reader to witness the destructive side of love and the heartache of realizing you are your own worst enemy. The journey taken in this book will be a war between hopelessness and determination, one where you are left hoping, in the end every body is left in one piece.

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kim karr bio

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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