TOXIC reviewed - A Novel By Rachel Van Dyken.

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?

Meet author Rachel Van Dyken.....

When I was little–I was forced to be the evil step mother, the prince, the ugly stepsister, the dragon with dragon breath (FOR REAL), if there was a villain, I played it.
So really, we can all blame my sister for forcing me to write my own stories. If she hadn’t made me the wicked witch of the West when I was little–I may not be where I am today ;)
I write in every genre, but my passion is New Adult and Historical Romance! I’ve decided that the New Adult bad boy is basically the same thing as a regency rake and one day I will, I WILL write a time travel series that brings both worlds together. It will probably only sell one copy, and that one copy will be bought by my Grandma, but still. A girl can dream ;)
I love wine.
Butterflies (only the pretty ones, dont judge me)
Skipping in the rain
jumping in puddles
Talking to fans
Watching Christmas movies
And Traveling
I’m a hybrid author…so I’m both traditionally published and self published. Sometimes I think i’m crazy because I talk to my characters like they’re real, which, in my head, they are.
I LOVE talking to readers so please hit me up on social media and we can have a nice long chat on why romance novels should take over the world and why the Seahawks deserve to go to the Superbowl.
In 2011 I had my first book published. I cried, jumped up and down, and called everyone I knew!
I can only say I wake up wanting to do nothing but fall to my knees in thanks to God for his many blessings.
I was told one time by a very wise person to sit and think about your childhood. About the dreams that you had, the fantasies you wanted to come to life…by digging in your past it’s often found that you can decide what your destiny is.
I was a prince, a toad, a monster, the evil step-mother, and sometimes the slave girl waiting to be rescued.
So now, I’m an author.

Sounds about right…
Rachel Van Dyken on the Web:

Rachel Van Dyken's TOXIC reviewed by Maria Perry Mohan

Powerful..moving...contemporary...these are just a few words with which I’m trying to describe the book I’ve just read.  Rachel Van Dyken’s TOXIC isn’t so much a read as an experience.  A powerful, moving experience.  So much feeling, so much emotion, several unforgettable characters which stamp themselves indelibly on the mind of a reader.   It’s Gabe’s story.  It’s Saylor’s story too.  You can take your pick, which way you see it.  

Gabe could be described in a few short, well chosen words, none of them too flattering.  He cuts a swathe through the women at his college and barely recognises his lovers the next morning.  He looks like the archetypal bad boy, but he can coax heavenly sounds from a piano keyboard.  Saylor’s a nice girl, making her way through college, coming from a somewhat disadvantaged background.  When Gabe and Saylor meet, the sparks fly and not exactly in a positive manner.

But their paths are destined to cross.  And Gabe and Saylor find themselves attracted to each other.  But Gabe has a secret, a truly terrible one.  What will Saylor do when she discovers that he has a fiancée?  To whom he’s devoted until the death?  Well, what would you do?

No, it isn’t an easy read, but heck, I couldn’t leave that book.  Total value for money and it had more affect on my emotions than many a film I’ve seen.  Rachel Van Dyken has been very prolific lately, bringing out books as fast as a reader can read them.  Long may she continue to be so.  I can’t get enough of her immensely readable, human stories.  She had me glued to my e reader.
Just get this book.

TOXIC is dedicated to the memory of Rachel Van Dyken's uncle, Jobob, who passed away recently.


  1. That's what I call a glowing review. Congrats, Rachel!


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