Friday 14 March 2014

Review - Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken

Title: Toxic (#2 The Ruin Series)
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: March 4, 2014

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?

***6 Breathtakingly beautiful stars***

Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken was simply breathtakingly beautiful. I absolutely love this book. I couldn’t put this book down and the only time I did was to wipe all the tears shed. Toxic was of those books that consumed and owned me.  If you haven’t read Ruin, I highly recommend you do.  In Ruin, readers were introduced to a Gabe, who was fun, protective, loving, and happy. But in Toxic, we are introduced to a different Gabe. He is still protective, funny, and loving but this time we get to see another side:  Broken, depressed, remorseful, and secretive.


Gabe’s story left me a beautiful mess. My heart ached. Many tears were shed. I really don’t want to say much but his story will make you FEEL and it’s one of those stories that must be read and experienced to understand Gabe’s  pain, heartbreak, anguish, shame, guilt, and love. When his secrets begins to unravel and truths are finally revealed, my heart broke.  If I had to describe Toxic with a song it would have to be The Passenger  “Let Her Go.”  

Staring at the bottom of your glass
Hoping one day you'll make a dream last
But dreams come slow and they go so fast

You see her when you close your eyes
Maybe one day you'll understand why
Everything you touch surely dies

But you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go



Ms. Van Dyken took her readers on a roller-coaster ride of emotions filled with so many twist and turns. So many tears were shed when it came to Saylor and Gabe.  This couple especially Gabe literally gutted my heart. I felt every ounce of their pain, heartbreak, love, and happiness. If there was ever a couple that I wholeheartedly rooted for, it would have to be Saylor and Gabe. Each moment they were together, you could feel how much they loved each other. Every kissed, touched, music played and words exchanged were so heartfelt and meaningful. The last 15 chapters, my heart was breaking and I was left a blubbering mess. Tears were streaming down the face that I had to take a moment to calm myself since there were times I couldn’t see the words in my kindle.  What I truly love about this book was the overall message, Love Heals.   There are not enough words to express how much I loved and highly recommend this book. Toxic is definitely in my list of 2014 favorites. Toxic literally broke my heart, twisted it, shattered it to pieces, and slowly piece by piece taped it back together.  Be prepared to fall, live, love, and breathe.


~ Review by Michelle

#1 Ruin
#2 Toxic
#2.5 Fearless


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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!    

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