Saturday, May 31, 2014

Toxic by KA Robinson blog tour with review and giveaway

***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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Toxic: Logan's Story is Book Four of the Torn Series, but it can be read as a standalone. We all met Logan as Chloe's best friend in Torn. He was in love with her forever and he finally got her. But then Drake came in the picture and Logan was left heartbroken. Toxic gives us Logan's POV through his and Chloe's break up and shows us just how crushed he was.

"The one person I'd thought would never hurt me was the one who had ripped my heart to pieces." 

I can't imagine what Logan went though losing his best friend/girlfriend to a guy he despises, and I knew there was more behind him than what we got in the first three books. Logan was pissed at the world, depressed, and did i mention pissed? Logan resorted to drinking and sleeping around to deal with the hurt and pain of losing Chloe, and it hurt my heart to see the Logan that I loved so much transform into this person. I was really surprised to see the extent of his hurt, and how he continued hurting long after he claimed to be fine.

"I'm an asshole. I'm not the same guy you met when I was with Chloe. I'm bitter and angry and f***king self-destructive." 

Jade, Drake's band mate came along when Logan least expected it. She was there for him, no pressure to talk or do anything, she was just there. She's harbored feelings for Logan for a long time, and even she was surprised at how deep the hurt ran through Logan. Jade was so good for him. I loved learning about her and watching their relationship as friends develop, despite Logan's conflicting feelings. Jade confided in Logan about her past while Logan was able to open up and talk about Chloe.

After a few screw ups between the two of them, Logan and Jade set out for a summer on the road to confront Jade's past. This is where their relationship really picks up. Logan starts to let his guard down and they share some intimate moments. The time they spent together was sweet and we got to see the old Logan that I loved so much. 

"Look, I'm not good with words or relationships. I thought I was, but I'm not. I'm not saying that I want us to suddenly jump into something serious, but I've waited almost a year for you to come back to me. The things from before still get to me from time to time, but I want this somewhere with you. Is that what you want? Or am I making a fool of myself?"

I started at him in shock. He wanted an us? "I don't know what to say. No, that's a lie. I totally know what to say. I've wanted to be with you from the moment I saw you." 

Situations arise on this trip that will put them through the ultimate test. With both of them having insecurities can them make a relationship work or will it be TOXIC? Can they both move on and let go of the past or is this relationship doomed before it even starts?

I really loved reading Logan's story. KA Robinson did an amazing job of making the reader feel the emotions of the characters. This story is heartbreaking for both Logan and Jade, but it also makes you want to believe in fate...that everything happens for a reason. Im really hoping that Mrs. Robinson will continue the series, perhaps with Amber's story next. ;).  5 Stars

"Sometimes, fate steps in though. Sometimes, we're meant to have our happily ever after even if it's not with who we expected. Sometimes the most toxic events and emotions can lead us to where we belong."

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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Excerpt 1

I raised an eyebrow. “Why are you so determined to make sure that Jade and I end up together?” 

       “Because I want you both to be happy, and after all of this sorted out, I think you two could be really happy with each other. You both care a lot about each other. I’ve never seen Jade act the way she did when Drake called her. She was really upset. And you’ve been Mopey McMoperpants since you came home. It’s obvious that you’re both miserable without one another.” 

      “Do you really think that we’d be happy together? Honestly, I’m not so sure. I don’t exactly fit in with the rest of her world.” 

      “Why do you think that?” 

      “She’s a rock star, Chloe, and I’m just…I’m not into that scene. I don’t like the same things you guys do. I don’t look like any of the other guys she hangs out with. I’m not pierced or tattooed. I’m not…I don’t know what the fuck I’m trying to say here.”

     Chloe started to say something, but Drake cut her off, “Look, Logan, I’ve known Jade for a long time. I’ve watched her get hit on by tons of guys, and she’s never paid attention to any of them. She didn’t care that they were part of our scene. Truthfully, most of the guys we hang out with are womanizing assholes.” 

      “True story,” Chloe cut in, giving Drake a dirty look.

     “Hey, I haven’t been that way in a long time. Don’t glare at me like that. Anyway, my point is, just because she lives a certain way and has a certain profession doesn’t mean that she’s going to want a certain type of guy. She obviously likes you, so just go with it.” 

      “He’s right. Don’t doubt yourself because you two have different lives. You’re a good-looking guy, Logan. You don’t need tattoos or piercings for girls to notice you. Jade obviously likes you just the way you are.” 

      “I feel like I should pull the car over, so we can all hug. This is getting awkward,” Drake muttered. 

      Chloe laughed. “Don’t be jealous, Drake. I think you’re a goodlooking guy, too.”

     He rolled his eyes. “Thanks. I feel much more secure about our marriage now that you’ve admitted you’re attracted to me.


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