Toxic (Ruin Series Book 2) [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...

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Toxic (Ruin Series Book 2)

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Overview

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?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045683289
  • Publisher: Rachel Van Dyken
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: Ruin , #2
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 3,595
  • File size: 332 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Loved!

    5 ?s

    "Sometimes when we think God has written the end, what he really means is the beginning."


    This book....I just finished it a couple of hours ago so I am going to try and get my thoughts in order. I'll probably just keep this review simple.

    I LOVED it! I started it out very confused. I had no idea what was going on. I thought about going back and rereading Ruin because I thought I missed something. I'm glad I didn't. A reread isn't necessary. It will all come together for you and pretty quickly, too. This story was heartbreaking and it was beautiful. It had me full on ugly crying. That is very rare for me. I tear up, I get sad but I usually don't ugly cry. I sincerely felt Gabe's pain.

    I loved Gabe. I am a sucker for the tatted up, sad musician. They're my weakness. I loved the chapter quotes at the beginning of each chapter title. I think I highlighted all of them. I thought they were beautiful and went with the story wonderfully.

    "Music without passion is merely noise. A life without passion? You may as well be dead."

    I do have a couple of complaints. I wish I had gotten to know Saylor more. I felt like I couldn't connect with her. I liked her just fine but I'm sure I would've loved her if we had gotten more about her. The story felt short. It was 240 pages but I could've read more. I wanted MORE! I would've also have liked more between Gabe and Saylor. I wanted more on their relationship. It seemed so fast. None of my complaints take away from the story any though. It was still beautiful. Hell, it had me ugly crying, it gets 5 stars for that alone.

    Again, I loved it. Loved it more than Ruin, actually. I am looking forward to reading more in this series. Go get this book!(Hell, it was only $1.00. I've read plenty of awful books that cost way more than this one) If you liked Ruin, you'll love this one.

    "Baring your soul to someone is like purposefully stabbing yourself in the heart and waiting for the person you love to stop the bleeding."

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

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    A beautiful mess. The story you would never forget. The wait fo

    A beautiful mess. The story you would never forget.

    The wait for this sequel was surely worth the wait. This is treasure! 

    Rachel Van Dyken did it again--- making readers cry. Yes, prepare boxes of Kleenex because one wouldn't be enough. You've been warned.

    This is not your ordinary romance story. This is the deepest of all deep. I hope you're up for all the heavy emotions that Toxic will bring. It is full of emotions and when you think you've cried enough, you've shed a lot of tears again, and again, and again. 

    The depth of the characters that you will find connection too. Wes, the best friend that will move mountains for Gabe; Saylor, who's strength and unconditional love knows no boundaries and Gabe... He is everything. He's a very messed up guy that will not make your heart squirm with all the cheesy lines, but will cut through your heart of his pain and the beauty behind it. And Princess? Yes, I love her. She's a secondary character that will make you cry, not sob, but cry. 

    The incorporation of music is perfect. As what Rachel told, she induced music into the story to explain the emotions the characters are going through. This beauty of music blended well with the emotions that were thrown in the story. And have I told you? Authors are the Taylor Swifts in the book world. Attention to any labels or artists to put melodies on Rachel's words!

    Rachel makes all her stories beautiful, but Toxic? Beautiful would be an understatement. Toxic will take you through life's difficulties and the rainbows after it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Love

    The love rachel allows gabe to show in this book is amazong and allowing saylor to love and support him was the best. If only everyone showed the same commitment. Cant wait for this series to continue...im hooked!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Great

    Love this series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Must Read

    What a fantastic story! I laughed and cried and cried some more. Gabe/Parker/Ashton is a tormented soul with a capacity to love that takes your breath away. The "Ruin" series just gets better! I can't wait for Lisa's story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Tears like waterfall

    Oh this book! First the editing wasn't perfect; the ages told in the book kept being off. First they were 16 in the hotel when "it" happened then he says they were 17. Other than that minor confusion, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I have never highlighted a book as much as I have this one, there was just so many touching and inspirational parts. I connected with Gage. I felt like I very nearly did bleed for him. This book is such a fantastic read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    5+++

    Great book. Loved all the characters. Definitely a different story. Thank you Rachel for writing such a beautiful book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Omg i loved this book

    This is the best book I have read. I cried, laughed, wanted to throw my nook but it was truly an amazing love story. When you think you have it bad just look around and I promise it is so much worse for others that u r not aware of......love this one forever

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Love!

    I have loved everything Rachel Van Dyken writes, and this one does not disappoint. Couldnt put it down...read it in one night.. Love Gabe and Saylor just as much as Wes and Kiersten....dont think about it...just buy it...you wont be disappointed

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

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    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars because it definitely deserves it.

    Gabe was one of my favorite secondary characters from Ruin so I was thrilled that he got his own book. Saylor is a new character and she reminds me of Kiersten. They both have a smart mouth and don't tend to take anything from anyone. Gabe tried to act tough but you can tell that he's hiding something big and boy oh boy is it big. Rachel throws in bits and pieces of Gabe's past but I was still thrown when it all came to light. There is so much that surprised me in Toxic and I still have a couple of questions - I'm curious about something that I read.

    Rachel Van Dyken always gives her readers her full attention and her full heart when she tells someone's story. The fact is that I don't honestly know too many authors who can tell a story quite the way that she does. She puts everything into and we, as readers, take it all and I'll admit that I definitely want more. I laughed and I cried and I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. Reading this ARC just so I wouldn't go to sleep wondering what would happen. This is a must read for everyone who is a fan of Rachel's books and I can't wait for Lisa's story and Fearless. Thanks Rachel for everything that you do and for caring about your readers as much as you do!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    ARC received for honest review. 5+ STARS Well, what an AM

    ARC received for honest review.


    5+ STARS
    Well, what an AMAZING book. This book is so worth more than 5 Stars!!!
    Rachel Van Dyken has done it again with her incredible talent for writing such emotional books. Her words, her characters, all make you feel a part of the story and when it ends, you want more…….
    TOXIC is the next book after RUIN and is Gabe and Saylor’s story. We still see Wes, Kiersten and Lisa, but reading about Gabe and his life story and his secrets is something I never imagined.
    We find out who he really is, how something from his past is still affecting his life in such a heartwrenching, profound way. We read about his “Princess” and the impact she had on love, life and the sadness behind it all. Gabe’s ability to mask his emotions, covering up the intense sadness he feels, is noticeable only to those closest to him. His battle to survive the everyday is hard at times and it’s great that Wes was able to help him, albeit in Wes’s ways they were rather extreme but got him over it. Wes has a heart of gold and you can’t help but love him.
    Saylor understood the need for Gabe to get his feelings out through music and that eventually worked both ways.
    At one point in the book, I was almost a blubbering mess…..but all in all..such a great read, you will need to read RUIN first, but make sure both books are on your TBR list. I would always recommend Rachel’s books, she has incredible talent.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Love the book.... love the series

    5 stars... i really like all of Rachel Van Dyken books. You like Gabe in ruin but you will fall in love with him in Toxic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Love

    Beautifil story

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

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    Emotionally touching!  Hurt, tragedy, guilt, pain are some of th

    Emotionally touching!  Hurt, tragedy, guilt, pain are some of the emotions swirling around this story but most of all it is one of Hope and a HEA!  A great second book of the Ruin series. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book in exchange fo

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    This is one of those books that is hard to review without giving away any spoilers, so I’ll do my best. Much like Ruin, Toxic is not your average fairy tale. It opens us to the world of Gabe, which I can promise you, is nothing like you would have expected. I was hooked from the Prologue. After reading that, I just could not get enough of Gabe and his story. I wanted, no – needed, to hear his story. I needed to know why he was the man that he was. 

    There is a major overall theme of the power of music in Toxic. As someone who is really healed through music, the words and the images they conjured really resonated with me. I loved that we got to see this side of Gabe that turned to instruments rather than girls when he was troubled. It completely changed my perspective of him from Ruin. I could totally see (and hear) him sitting down at the piano and letting every ounce of feeling flow from his fingertips releasing his pain. Just the thought brings me to chills from how moved I was at the experience of this book. 

    For those who were fans of Ruin, we do get a little of Wes, Kiersten, and Lisa. However, this is really about Gabe’s journey to where he is and who he is – so it’s not a ton of them. We are introduced to Saylor though who is probably one of my new favorite heroines. I was skeptical at first because of the name, but it makes for some cute banter and jokes! The way she is able to put all of her “stuff” aside in order to just be a source of strength and a friend is truly admirable. It’s a beautiful feeling to watch develop.

    Warning – this is a sad story, but it is a different type of sad story. When Rachel described it that way, I didn’t understand. After you read, you definitely will. You will absolutely be satisfied and completely fulfilled in the end – it’s just a ride to get there. Rachel has a beautiful way with words – she is truly gifted. Some of the things that she says is just so profound and inspiring that you can’t help but to reread it and take it to heart. I’ve never come across an author who is able to touch my soul with words the way that hers do. Now I’m just counting down until the novella, Fearless, where I get more of these amazing characters!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    T.O.X.I.C is another MUST READ BOOK! 5++++++ I don't think a 5 s

    T.O.X.I.C is another MUST READ BOOK!
    5++++++ I don't think a 5 star review could give justice to this book.
    Disclaimer: I am not a blogger, I suck in writing..all I have is a passion in reading and appreciation for the
    authors who are creating awesome books. and my review is not the typical review that you read because
    I always write based on my emotions after I've read the book.
    I first read Toxic last Feb.7..exactly 10 days after my I loss my DAD, I was having a a dry spell in reading...
    Then I received an ARC of this book.Gabe never appeal to me as Book Boyfriend Material, I am a self confessed Wes Michels girl
    (to those Rachel Van Dyken's fan I know you know what I am talking about;
    to those who are looking for a nice book..
    Ruin is the first book of Toxic BUT you can read these book as stand alone..
    RUIN is Wes Michels story and Toxic is Gabe's).
    Now that I've learned Gabe's story I have nothing but respect and admiration for him.
    I finished the ARC around 2:53 am..I just can't put it down..As always Rachel never fails to bring out different kinds of emotions over me through her gift in writing.TOXIC for me is another book that will hold a special place in my heart besides RUIN.W H Y?Because, TOXIC came to me during the time when I really needed it...
    The time when I am in the process of LETTING GO and HEALING.
    This book made me feel like I have a personal connection to the words written in it-
    as if the book is really made for me right in that moment that I am grieving and it helped me ease the pain.
    So no matter what this book will always be special to me.thank you Rachel for writing another magical masterpiece, I've read your Acknowledgements..and maybe the reason why this book fels close to home because we all deal with the emotions of losing someone we love and we all need to deal with the pain and all the process that have to got rough with it...so YOU definitely DID it and I thank you for that... For this book... Now it is time for me to Re read again...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Not to worry this aauthor did it again

    Great read!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Good

    Enjoyed the story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Rachel!!! Damn woman. you made me ugly cry. I thought I loved W

    Rachel!!!
    Damn woman. you made me ugly cry. I thought I loved Wes, but nope Gabe has my heart. He was just amazing in this story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2014

    Gabe is a total and complete surprise. I really thought he was j

    Gabe is a total and complete surprise. I really thought he was just a man-whore and really didn't care much about others. Boy was I wrong. I don't want to give away any of the amazing surprises to Gabe's story just know that you are in for one amazingly romantic journey as you get to know the real Gabe. Saylor, music major that Gabe literally runs into, is a breath of fresh air that Gabe really needs at this point in his life. Her passion for music rivals Gabe's so they have an immediate connection along with their explosive chemistry. If you loved Ruin, you will love Toxic. Rachel Van Dyken blows me away every time!

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