Review – Toxic by Rachel VanDyken


Book Description:

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?

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Tracy’s Review –

We have a sexy guy and a piano… What else do you need?
But this book had a lot more.  Gabe was 2 people wrapped in 1.  The face he showed and then the one he kept hidden.  His guilt and past kept him from a life he didn’t think he deserved.  Then comes Saylor… She knows music, she loves music, but she needs to learn to put the passion in her music.
When she encounters Gabe she hears the passion he plays, but confusion becomes the name of the game; start picking off the petals and saying he loves me, he loves me not…
This story is both heart breaking and consuming.  Most of the time I just wanted to give Gabe a hug.

Gabe~ “Because when I say love – I meant I bled for you.  When the word love actually leaves my lips – I’m speaking it into existence. I’m empowering my soul – I’m joining with yours.”

Toxic is a dual point of view which I love and it also has NO cliffhanger!
Although not saying that I wouldn’t love to read more about Gabe and Saylor, so another book would be welcome.
The question of whether to reread Ruin before you read this book often comes up.  You do not have to reread Ruin to fall in love with this book, but there were time I wish I had the refresher of Gabe and Lisa (Gabe’s cousin) from the first book.

Rebecca’s Review –

This book was heart breaking, but breathtakingly beautiful. Gabe and Saylor’s story was amazing! I was unsure Rachel could top the emotional turmoil of Ruin, but she did! I do not want to post tons of information about the book. This is one of those books a reader should just go into blind, the less known the better. However, I highly recommend reading Ruin first, in order to fully understand all the characters and their relationships.

Disclaimer: I LOVE Rachel Van Dyken. She is one of a few authors I will 1-click without even knowing what the book is about. She is a phenomenal story teller and this book is no exception to her amazing abilities.

** I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review**


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