Release Date: April 13, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
This is a Stand Alone
Disclaimer: I was asked by the author to beta read this book, which I gladly accepted the offer. This means that I read the book before it was published and provided feedback/suggestions on the story.
Rating: 4.5 – 5 stars
I’m an angst addict and I think I need to look into getting some help. My name is Kimberly and I am addicted to angst. I don’t know what it is but I love books that keep me on the edge of my seat. I love that feeling I get in the pit of my stomach while I’m waiting to see what will happen next. It’s a serious addiction and Toxic Girl was definitely toxic for me. It is the perfect book to read when you want a book that surprises you with its plot twists. Just when I thought I figured out what direction the story was going I found out I was completely wrong. This story was completely unpredictable.
I adored Paris. She is my kind of heroine. She’s strong, smart, and although she may be lacking in relationship experience, she knows who she is and what she wants and deserves. She is kind and caring and never once irritated me. I know that may sound like an odd compliment, but there are times when I am reading a book from the heroine’s POV where I get tired of the girl’s whining or stupidity or naivety. Paris had none of this. Her thoughts were clear, understandable and relatable. Even if I may not agree with her decisions, I completely understood where she was coming from and it just made sense. I loved her voice and it made reading this book so easy and enjoyable.
“If he thinks he’s going to get away with some evasive half-assed apology, he has another thing coming.”
Paris needed a fresh start and even though she is harboring a big secret, she is eager for a clean slate in a new city. With ever intention to keep her head down, get her degree and work off a debt that shouldn’t be even hers to repay, she is derailed the minute she meets Grayson Mills. With secrets of his own, he lays on the charm and goes full force in his quest to get Paris. After being worn down and not immune to his good looks, Paris caves and falls for Grayson. After a seemingly great start of a relationship, shit hits the fan! Thus begins a journey of confusion, secrets, revelations, surprises, heart break and love. Yup this book pretty much has everything and just when you think it can’t get any worse…something else pops up!
What I want to say is that no conflict in this book was thrown in just for the sake of having conflict. There was no stupidity and no drawn out issues that had you rolling your eyes at the characters. One of my favorite things about this book was that both characters, whether I agreed with them or not, they always explained themselves and their actions. They may have acted stupid, but I always understood why. I’m one of those readers that NEED ANSWERS. I want to know the what, where, when, why and how of every situation. And this book provided that all from me. I felt that after I finished it I really KNEW these characters.
“Why does he always try to comfort me from pain he’s caused? Why does he do this to me? I wanted honesty. I demanded it from him. My secret came out and now his has. Except I don’t know how to take it.”
It is hard to really say more about this book, without giving anything away. However, I do want to address a big reveal that happened on Grayson’s end. I’m not going to lie, I had a hard time swallowing that issue and I still do. Chantal handled it in the best possible way, but I didn’t love it even though it was explained and necessary. Because I am making a big deal out of this I will tell you that it does not involve cheating so rest assured it’s not that. However, all that being said, I was able to move past it, still enjoy the story and root for him and Paris. But let me be clear, I sometimes thought he was a complete asshole – but rest assured he redeemed himself for ever asshat thing he did and Paris made sure he paid for it too!
“What are you doing here?” I ask, fiddling with the hem of my short shorts.
He tenses. “I’m a paying customer.”
“Dance, Paris. Or should I say, Snow,” he says leaning back in the chair and eyeing me patiently. He wants a dance? He will get a fucking dance.
And then I hope I never see him again.
What I enjoy about Chantal’s books is that they are action-oriented. Meaning her stories are told through dialogue between the characters. She doesn’t rely on the heroine telling the story – instead she shows the story. She explains the emotions behind the dialogue and really lets the reader understand motivations behind conflicts. I love finishing a book where I have no question left unanswered and that’s what I know I can expect from Chantal.
If you love sexy, angst-y books that keep you on your toes, then this is the book for you!!