Saturday, February 22, 2014

Toxic (Ruin #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Gabe Hyde has been hiding from his past for a few years. Only a few know his heartache.  At some point he was in love and he was famous. Now, he doesn't think he deserves anything and sleeping with a different girl every night is not helping. He decided to change after Wes got sick, which his friends are calling a "dry spell". Gabe has a lot of anger that he needs to unleash from time to time and a few of them targeted Saylor.

Saylor is only interested in her grades and getting through college with a good GPA but since the moment she meets "Sexy Stranger" and his friends, her perspective has been tampered with.

"I needed to stay the heck away from Gabe—he’d be toxic."

Gabe can be irritating and most of the time she wants to be upset at him but she is sure he needs help. The more time they spend together the more difficult it's to stay away.

“If beauty is pain—let me get lost in it. If you’re my salvation—I want to earn it. If love is all I have to give—then let me give it. You. It’s all for you.”

I was hoping that Rachel would write about Gabe after reading Ruin. Wes was amazing but I kept thinking how nice and loyal Gabe was. It took me by surprise that he was a darker character than he was in Ruin.
A couple of times he made me mad by pushing Saylor away but the story works and I'm extremely happy with where it went.
Saylor was very patient and supportive with Gabe's situation.  I liked that her mom was very supportive too.

"You're the final piece to the puzzle, the star on the top of the Christmas tree."

I have to mention how important Wes was to the story. He was always there to help Gabe.

"We always need Wes. He's like a superhero."

He was an awesome friend and I think he's truly perfect.

“I’m falling.” I shrugged. “Not fallen, as in I’ve already landed, but falling, in the process. I’m falling with you, not jumping after you. Don’t you think it’s about time you let someone share the load?”

"I'm falling for you too. I haven't fallen. Falling. As in still falling, still in the air, still trying to get used to the idea that I've just nose dived off a cliff with every intention on making sure landing doesn't break my fall."

4/5 Fangs


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