Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken

Toxic (The Ruin Series Book 2)


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?


First I just have to mention I think this is such a bad cover for this book. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but it is hard not to in practice. When I see a cover that is just not good I just think the book must not be that good. Luckily I know the authors other works or else I probably would have passed this book by. Something about the green color and the font I just don't like. Anyways, I enjoyed Toxic, but once again by the end I was a little disappointed. So let's see this is the story of Gabe and Saylor. Gabe is hurting. He is in a deep black hole of awfulness that he can't escape. He puts on his happy mask every day to try and hide how much pain he is in. You slowly learn what happened in his past and it is really sad. You just feel horrible for Gabe and how he blames himself for everything. I do love a tortured soul, and Gabe is definitely that.

Saylor looks sweet and innocent and like her life is perfect, which is far from the truth. She has hardships in her life just as Gabe does. Really she can relate to him more than he knows. When they first meet Gabe is a jerk to her, really the first two times. He feels something for her, which he hasn't felt anything in so long he doesn't know what to do with that. Suddenly he is everywhere she is and doesn't take long for them to start to come together. Of course there are obstacles they have to overcome, and lots of tears (of joy and sadness), but they work though it.

My issue with the book? It seemed too quick. It ended too fast. I didn't actually believe Gabe and Saylor were in love. Sure they liked each other and were attracted to each other, but I never got the love from them. Eventually I could see it turning into that, but not as quickly as it did in this book. It just seemed like it was rushed. It didn't go deep enough for me. It was just too quick. Good, but not amazing unfortunately. I wish it would have been longer and fleshed out more and it could have been great.

Rating: 3/5

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