Monday, June 20, 2016

Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Review



Title: Toxic (Ruin #2)

Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Length: 340 pages
Publisher: Indie
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Source: Self-Purchased
Rating: 4
Heat Rating: 2
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Everyone has a secret...

Gabe Hyde is on borrowed time. He's been hiding his identity for over four years-hidden from the world that used to adore him--obsess over him--driven to the edge of insanity by one poor choice. But that one choice, altered the course of his life forever.
Pretending isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when pretending means hiding your real self from the people that care about you the most. But if anyone ever discovered the truth it wouldn't just be his life at risk--but hers.

Saylor doesn't hate men.
Just Gabe.
Only Gabe.
He's a reckless, happy-go-lucky, silver spoon fed pain in her ass. Everything about him makes her more and more confused. Unfortunately they both donate time at the same Group Home. If she wasn't afraid of flunking, she'd be long gone. She hates that she's attracted to him almost as much as he hates that he's attracted to her--and she can tell, especially since their first encounter ended up making her knees so weak she couldn't form coherent sentences for weeks afterwards. But the closer she gets to him, the more confused she becomes. He isn't who he says he is, and he's hiding something big.

What happen when two worlds collide? Two worlds that never should have met in the first place? Some secrets are too big to be hidden forever--the only question? Will his destroy everyone he loves? Or finally bring about the redemption he's been craving for the past four years?

Everyone has a secret...What's yours?
 Gabe is the sort-of bad boy that you just have to love. The tortured soul with a heart of gold. He was quite a different character in this book than he was in Ruin. I got to experience a side other than the best-friend Gabe. I got to experience the man running from his past and doing anything to make it right again.

I really loved Saylor. She was such a breath of fresh air. I loved how she stood up to Gabe and his bad attitude. She was such a sweetheart. But he was not very nice to her - he makes her cry. But when he tries to make it up to her, I thought I was going to cry because it was just so awesome.

Gabe's story is quite a hard one. Once we find out all of what he's running from, you will totally understand his actions and why he feels like he does. Lots of amazing dialog, and we get some more Wisdom from Wes (I really love that guy).

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