Thursday, May 22, 2014

Toxic: Logan's Story (Torn #4) by K.A. Robinson: Blog Tour Review & 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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Review by Michelle:

If you read the first three books in the Torn series by K.A. Robinson and didn't feel for Logan there is definitely something wrong with you. After suffering from unrequited love for his best friend for years, Logan finally gets his chance with Chloe only to find out that she has cheated on him not once but twice. This guy definitely deserves a happy ending. Toxic is a story all his own in which he finally has the opportunity to find closure, happiness, love and most importantly trust.

Poor Logan has a lot of baggage especially since the events that transpired in Torn, Twisted and Tainted and we soon find that he deals with these issues in completely uncharacteristic and unexpected ways. There is so much more to Logan than what we have previously seen which made Toxic somewhat surprising and extremely interesting.

It takes a tough persistent woman to be able to knock down Logan's walls, but if anyone could do it, it would be Jade. Jade has plenty of baggage of her own but her courage, strength, loyalty and perseverance are admirable and the support and the love that these two could only find with each other was truly heartwarming. Oh, and of course, I loved the female rock star twist.

The progression of the story was wonderful. The beginning dated back to high school when Logan first met Amber and Chloe and hit a couple of key events in Logan and Chloe's relationship along the way. It was very easy to overlook Logan's pain in the first books as Chloe and Drake's story was just so irresistible, but experiencing the heartbreak along with Logan instilled a whole new level of sympathy and respect for him. Toward the end, Logan finally starts to heal and find closure in all aspects of his life, not just romantically, and comes to terms with issues we were not even aware of before Toxic. I definitely would have liked to have been privy to a certain seven years, but I think K.A. Robinson mostly likes to torture her readers with some significant fast-forwarding and really the missing span of time isn't actually NEEDED for the story I just really WANTED it.

If you loved Drake and Chloe as much as I did there is just enough of the two of them in this story to remind us of what we loved so much about the first three books but still keep the focus on Logan, although I really don't think there could ever be too much Drake. Though I'm sure Logan would really hate me right now for saying that.

Toxic was exactly what I was hoping for after reading the first books. Not only do we learn more about Logan than anticipated, it made me so happy to see him finally get his turn and to hear his side of things. Logan's story is pretty heartbreaking and sometimes frustrating, but above all it is sweet and touching and went a long way towards the healing and emotional growth of both of these characters. This book has definitely also peaked my curiosity about several more of the characters within this group, especially Eric. If he happens to end up with a certain someone who already seems to be quite smitten with him, you certainly would not hear me complaining. I hope to see much more to come from this series.

Rating: 4 Stars

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