Review: Toxic by K.A. Robinson

Monday, June 2, 2014

***Toxic: Logan's Story is Book Four of the Torn Series, but it can be read as a standalone if desired.***

True love is forever. After years of chasing his best friend, Chloe, Logan finally managed to win her heart—or so he thought. His world crashes down around him when she confesses to cheating on him with a local rock star, Drake. Unable to let her go completely from his life, Logan reassumes his role of best friend while he watches Chloe find her happily ever after with another man. Each day, he sinks further and further into his depression, and the kind, caring Logan he once was dies. When Jade, a member of Drake’s band, inserts herself into his life, Logan never expects to fall for her. He’s too broken, too damaged.

Jade ran away from home when she was seventeen, desperate to escape her abusive stepfather and her controlling boyfriend, Mikey. The only regret she has is that she left behind her little sister, Bethaney. When Jade’s band, Breaking the Hunger, hits it big, she vows to go back to her hometown not only to reconnect with her little sister, but also to show her stepfather that she’s not worthless like he said.

The moment Jade saw Logan, she knew she wanted him. Unfortunately, he was with Chloe at the time. After his world falls apart, Jade steps in to comfort him, determined to bring back the Logan she once knew.

Sometimes, you find true love with the person you never least expect. Can Logan and Jade heal each other? Or will they forever be changed by their toxic pasts?

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Fall's Review
Rating: 4 glasses

This is the first book I have read in the Torn series. It is Logan's POV and can be read as a stand alone however, I think they story would have come together for me more if I had read the first 3. There were characters that are in this story that are also in the first three and it took me awhile to catch onto who they were and how they played into what was currently happening. 

Loagn is a passionate man. He loves fiercely, his friends and family. Logan is an "all in" type of man. He loves with everything he has. We see all types of alpha males in the books we read but when you get one that feels more real it pulls at your heartstrings and makes you want to fight for that character. Heart break, sadness, loneliness and love and redemption. Maybe a misunderstood sole who just wants his chance at love. 

Jade is a strong, brave, independent character. She stands by Logan when he needs a friend this most. She understands him and doesn't judge him when he was lost and lonely in heartbreak. Her feelings for Logan shine bright but, she doesn't take any bullshit from him, she refuses to be a rebound. She realizes that what Logan needs most is a friend and not more drama and heartache. Jade pushes her feelings aside for Logan's and that says something about a woman. She is one of the stronger female leads I have read and that is a huge turn on for me in a story. 

Their relationship is a heartwarming journey of two people carrying past hurts who form a friendship and find strength, love, and support from each other. When one heart is breaking can another help heal the wounds and fix the cracks. Sometimes our best friends are those who love us the most and can save us from ourselves. Although slightly confused at times this was a great book. I have a huge fan of K.A. Robinson and have read her Twisted series and loved it. I think now I need to go and read the beginning of the Torn series. I give Toxic by K.A. Robsinson 4 glasses of pinot! 

K.A. Robinson is the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author of The Torn Series and The Ties Series. She lives in a small town in West Virginia with her husband and toddler son. When she isn't writing, she is reading or listening to rock music.
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Chloe quickly turned away from us and headed across the parking lot to her car before either of us could say anything. We watched in silence as she pulled out of the parking lot and disappeared around the corner. Once she was out of sight, I turned my attention back to Drake. 

“You destroyed everything!” I shouted at him.
“Fuck this. I’m going back inside. As much fun as it would be to watch you two idiots beat the shit out of each other, it’s cold out here,” Adam muttered as he turned and walked back to the bar. 
 Eric and Jade watched us for a second before turning and following him. I didn’t miss the pity in Jade’s eyes, but I ignored it. I didn’t want anyone to feel pity for me.
“You think I don’t know that, asshole?” Drake said as he glared at me. “I know this is my fault.”
 “Then, why did you do it?” I shouted.
“Because I love her!” he shouted back, stopping me in my tracks. 
 Of all the responses I’d expected, that wasn’t one of them. Drake used women. He didn’t love them.
“You what?” I asked incredulously. 
“I love her. I’ve tried to ignore it—believe me, I’ve tried—but I can’t. I love her, and I don’t know what the fuck to do about it.”
 “You’re incapable of love, Drake. I’ve watched you screw every woman in sight for months!”
 “I haven’t touched another woman since I figured out how I felt about Chloe. I wouldn’t do that to her.”

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