by Nicole Blanchard
Publication Date: August 22, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance
“John Doe” was just another patient. A criminal.
As a prison nurse, I knew the rules: do my job, don’t get involved, and never let a prisoner get under my skin.
I broke all three.
My passion, my obsession, my addiction. I risked my entire life so we could be together.
I thought helping him escape from prison would be the hard part.
It turns out when you fall in love with a villain, you also turn into one.
Just a quick warning, this book can contain triggers for some. Dark reads are my thing, if it says contains dark matter that means I’m guaranteed to read. Toxic is fast paced and it’s plot and characters are dark. That’s how I’m summing this read – dark. I absolutely loved the book and as soon as started reading it was impossible for me to put it down. This is not your average love story, it’s filled with more lows than highs but the end game is worth it.
Tessa’s home life is dangerous, abusive and degrading, but so is her life as an RN in a prison. Tessa has been beaten down and at first we see that side of her. A mouse scared of every move she makes but if you been around victims of abuse you know that’s how their lives are. So when her job brings her into the path of Gracin all the rules get broken.
Gracin is tough, hardened and unapologetic, let’s not mention HOT! Gracin notices something in Tessa and immediately is drawn to her. He notices her bruises and her resigned attitude to life and doesn’t like it.
Tessa finds self worth and a new attitude under Gracin ’ s talented fingers () and gets a back bone of sorts. Gracin is a man of many secrets and Tessa learns first hand that he takes what he wants and doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process. This book had so many twists and turns. It had me clutching my Kindle more times than not. Gracin is a wealthy and vicious criminal. His life style is fast and bloody and full of debts to be paid. Tessa changes throughout this book and I’m not sure how I feel about that.
I adored how the author brings Gracin’s true nature out in this book. At first glance I was taking in by his rough nature but there is so much more to his character. We see the battle and banter evolve between the characters and see a new side to both. Being a victim for so long has changed Tessa’s attitude, she no longer is willing to sit by and be another pawn or punching bag for any man. And I really loved seeing her become a lot stronger.
I enjoyed the plot and character development throughout the book and this storyline kept me on my toes. If you like dark reads this is right up your alley.
About Nicole Blanchard
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Blanchard lives in Mississippi with her family and their menagerie of animals. She chooses each day to chase her own fairy tale even if they contain their fair share of dragons. She is married to her best friend and owns her own business.
Nicole survives on a diet of too many books and substantial amounts of root beer and slim jims. When not reading, she’s lavishing attention on her family or inhaling every episode of The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory.