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(The Tainted Love Duet #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,602 ratings  ·  369 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Kim Karr kicks off a thrilling, high stakes story of self-discovery and forbidden love...

2 fatal sides.
1 epic love.
7 days to survive.

They met in the face of danger. They weren’t looking for love. They both knew better. But they couldn’t stay away, and they fell hard.

He is heart-stopping handsome, fearless—and haunted by deadly t
Published September 21st 2015 (first published August 31st 2015)
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Sakura No, it's part of a duet. The second & final book is set to release November 16th.…moreNo, it's part of a duet. The second & final book is set to release November 16th.(less)
Sakura Yep! The wait won't be too long though. The final book is set to release November 16th.

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Jennifer Kyle
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars


Kim Karr came up with one intricate and suspenseful story line! Gabrielle Sterling is helping her brother-in-law with her young niece, till he can figure out where her sister, Elizabeth has vanished to. Elizabeth seems to have stolen massive amounts of money from the Irish Mob and the mob wants it back.

”He’s giving O’Shea until next Friday. Seven days. If he doesn’t have the money, the drugs, and his wife by then, I’m to deliver a message.”


By chance, Logan meets Elle and is taken
S.M. West

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This was my first Kim Karr read and I must say, I liked it. Like Elle, the heroine, I was sucked into the dangerous situation of this story from the prologue without knowing all the facts and desperately wanted to figure it out.

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Elle and Logan were two broken souls, drawn to each other even though they should be running from each other, and together they take us on a wild, sexy and suspenseful journey.

This book takes place over 7 days and while some may say the days were lon
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4.5 ~ 5 Stars

Suspense, half-truths, lies and deceits – a tangled web of mysteries laced throughout a lust filled romance. Kim Karr captivated me within another riveting, hot and steamy love story whose plot twisted and turned, revealing it’s secrets layer by layer. Cleverly sprinkling hints and leaving a trail of breadcrumbs waiting to be pieced together, Karr created a world where mobsters, lawyers, and drug dealers collide. Tensions run high as Logan and Elle are coincidentally brought tog
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review


A brilliantly intriguing romantic suspense that will blow your mind and heart. In this fast-paced addicting read, Kim Karr intricately interweaves a complicated love story in the background of mobsters, suspense, murders, fourberie and a surprising twist of fates. When two lives collide, can passion, lust, and love unite and save them from revenge, hate, betrayal, and lies?



In this sexy, riveting tale Kim Karr takes her readers do
★★★ 2.5 Stars ★★★

I'll keep this review short, since it's not very positive. I started off enjoying this book, the writing was engaging, and there was a mystery that I wanted to solve. I think what put me off was the insta-love and the long drawn out days.

The book is told in the space of 7 days, and I was extremely frustrated at the heroines willingness to trust a man she had only just met, and who was involved in the Irish Mob.

Unfortunately, this book was not for me and I struggled to get to th
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Blow is a romantic suspense/mystery that took place over 7 days. There are enough secret revelation and twist to keep me hooked with the story, but the overall pacing was rather slow for me, especially the first half.

Logan is the third generation of the Irish Mob, who is also a lawyer and was back in Chicago to help out his father. But the fact is, Logan is not welcome into the city.

Elle is the girl who got caught up in her sister's illicit lifestyle and since her sister went missing, s

3.5 Stars
❝Blow, just blow, Gabby. Everything will be okay.❞

The prologue fascinated me. I was excited for the ride I was sure I was in for. With Blow, Kim Karr takes us on a 7 DAY journey between two people who are trying to solve the mystery of missing drugs and money as well as the whereabouts of Elle's sister. There is instant lust/attraction between Logan and Elle which combusted into an instant relationship. This normally bothers me and to be honest, it did here, too. But because this bo
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
☆ I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆


Blow teasers 1

Kim Karr’s writing is never black and white in this first part of an explosive two-part series duet. It’s diverse, transfixing, and mesmerizing to the point where you feel that you’re being led down the rabbit hole and brought to a point of no return.

Logan and Elle’s love story is not for the fickle and bleeds you dry. There’s a huge blur of suspense, there’s a lot of contemplation, twists and turns, as well as st
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Listening to 12 hours of audiobook, really mess me up. I want to rate this book 2 stars instead of 3. From the blurp, it is mob and romance. I am hoping for romeo and juliet that kind if story. But i got less that dramatic. Elle has been experiencing her mother death in the hand of her father abuse. It left a marks on her soul. She avoided intimate relationship. And.... here comes Logan. Her sex therapy. Well Logan is suppose to be manwhore lawyer who caught in mob war in boston. He experiencing ...more
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
This was a fast paced, exciting read (listen) for me. I listened to the audio version and found the narration really good. Looking forward to the second part of this duet.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This was good, and I would recommend it for a romantic suspense for readers that don't mind a little dark, somewhat heavy shit playing out in the character's backgrounds around a current-time romance and suspense.

This is one of those could've, should've, would've been a 4-5 star, but wasn't quite up to par IMHO. I felt it hit a sour note near the middle.

Superb characters. Developed easily and naturally. Charismatic. Easy to like, empathize with, and root for in their romantic and suspense plig
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
More than good stars...
As I started reading Blow, shaking my head and perfecting my WTF? look, I remember that this is one of the author's talents. I had a deja vu moment, thinking of my nail biting experience while reading her debut novel. Yup, it's like she's leading me down the path and while I'm gazing at the scenery she's leaving a trail of crumbs that I'll be looking for later. She drops clues, and then distracts me with something sexy. There are undercurrents, flashbacks, hidden messages,
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

Wow! What a crazy ride! I had no real idea what I was going into when I started this book, and let me just say, I am blown away!

Blow is one of those stories that will pull you in from the very beginning and keep you guessing the whole time. It’s thrilling, intriguing and captivating. I loved trying to figure out just what exactly was going on.

Blow follows the stroy of Logan & Elle and is told from dual points of view. Both Elle and Logan are caught in a world of danger,
Chris- Bookaddict
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh I freaking LOVED IT!!!!! Full review to come. I can not wait for Crush!!!!
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
Aug 19, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued from the very beginning. It had quite the mysterious start to it.
What's going on, who done it??

Then came the attraction between Logan and Elle.
Even with deadly danger hanging over their heads, their connection was too strong.

"Like magnets, we were drawn together."

The lust and need was palpable.
They were perfect for each other in every way.

But, they're both hiding secrets, they both have major hang ups.
Elle's childhood has skewed her views on relationships and sex.

And Log
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Blow (The Tainted Love Duet, #1) by Kim Karr Hot and dangerous

2 fatal sides. 1 epic love. 7 days to survive.

His eyes turned hungry as I circled the bed and a shiver danced down my spine.

"I want you" he whispered at the same time he lightly nipped my bottom lip "right now"

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Yes definitely hot, a plot filled with mystery, mafia madness, danger lust and love.

Great read, finished leaving you wanting more with cliffhanger leading to Crush.
The BookChick
Blow was a pulse-pounding 4★read for me. Full of twists and turns -- down was up, up was down, and the main characters didn't quite know who to trust, including each other. There is a lot happening in the story and you have to read every detail closely or you just might miss a critical piece of the puzzle. You will fall in love with Logan and Elle and hope that their epic love will conquer ALL that is thrown in their path. This story is like Romeo and Juliet meets Goodfellas on speed! You'll def ...more
Lydia H
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Kim Karr’s best book to date! OH MY GOSH! I am IN LOVE with BLOW!!!! IN.LOVE. Kim Karr has truly delivered an addictive story that had me hooked from the very first page! You need this book in your life. Trust me, you do.

“No matter what he said, I knew the truth – we were on opposite sides. And that meant there was no way we could be together.”

In true Kim Karr fashion nothing is what it seems. Yet knowing this, I still felt the rush and surprise with every turn of the page. Oh, the angst and su
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I am dangling off the cliff right now......

I am still reeling from the ending, so please bare with me as I try to get my act together here.

Blow – first off, I love this title! Perfect title for this book. And trust me, if you have not read the book, it’s not what you think. Read this book and you will be surprised.

Blow took me by surprise. I knew there was going to be some suspense in it. What I didn’t expect was the amount of layers in this clever plot. Kim wove an intricate puzzle and just kep
Beneath The Covers Blog
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, alison, 2015-reads
If you have never read a Kim Karr book get ready for a ride because she knows how keep you in suspense.

Logan McPherson grandson to the head of the Irish mod was destine to be better, greater than the life his grandfather was leading, until one night it change in an instant.

Elle was a very broken woman with a not so happy childhood. She prides herself on being a strong independent woman, but yet again her life gets turned upside down when her sister goes missing.

There is so much I want to say ab
Sultry Steamy Reading
I received an ARC of this book from TRSOR in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book's blog tour promotions.

I love Kim Karr's style of using only one-word titles for her books. But those one-word titles are really connected to the story. Like for Toxic, the love story there was really toxic where the hero and heroine couldn't seem to reach a place where they stopped hurting and doubting each other.

This book is really something that will blow you away, just as it seems to have blown
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-5-stars
Blow was an ok read for me. There were parts I enjoyed but there were also parts that were so boring I really didn't want to continue. I think the story would have been so much better if the author had either made this book shorter so she can continue the story in book 2 or just made this one longer and included the story from book 2. This story is suppose to take place over 7 days but it felt like a lifetime. I felt there was so much repetition and nothing happening. So many things were left ha ...more
Kayla Ritenour (In Between The pages)

Ok, I want to start this review out by saying thank you so much to Kim Karr for sending me an ARC of this book to review. I have loved all of the books she's written so far and could not wait to dig in to this baby.

I hope you check it out when it goes live on the 21st :D

Let me just give you a little of an idea of what I was going through when I finished this book. It was after 2 AM (This was the third night of this late night reading business with this book) and I may have considered throwing m
Mara De Guzman

5 Blow Stars
ARC received from TRSoR for an honest review
Review also posted on Mara's Bookshelf

"Somethings in life will just never make sense."

I have read every single book Kim Karr has written and I've loved them all, but I think she outdid herself with Blow! This is phenomenal story writing from her and I was simply blown away. This is a different Kim Karr work, although we have seen glimpses on how she builds up certain mysteries and suspense in her books, Logan and Elle's story is a f
OMG! I love love LOVED this book! It was epic, sexy, and suspenseful! It was adrenaline pumping! It made my heart race, my stomach flutter, and my heart drop. BLOW was absolutely unputdownable!

Oh there is so much going on in this book! From start to finish I couldn't take my eyes off of the pages. This is about a man torn between two worlds, when he meets this mystery woman and instantly connects with her on every single level. She sees through him and he's intrigued by her. Bringing her in to h
Maria "Rosie" Poli
Thrilling, exciting and VERY HOT!! This story has it all. The chemistry between Logan and Elle jumps off the pages. They should stay away from each other, but they can’t resist. Once they give in to their desire for each other, they can’t stop! It is HOT!! The story is told in alternating POV between Logan and Elle. Logan is a fierce protector. Elle is a fearless strong woman, but is caught in a dangerous web without knowing. Who can they trust? This story had me sitting on the edge. There is su ...more
Nancy's Romance Reads
Aug 21, 2015 marked it as to-read
Yay, a new book by Kim Karr!! BLOW is the first book in a duet series that will be released on 21 Sept. It sounds really good, can't wait! :D


2 fatal sides.
1 epic love.
7 days to survive.

They met in the face of danger. They weren’t looking for love. They both knew better. But they couldn’t stay away, and they fell hard.

He is heart-stopping handsome, fearless—and haunted by deadly ties.

She is breathtakingly beautiful, determined—and in harm’s way.

They should have parted. They didn't. They ne
Yelena Bosh
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Can't wait to share the review with you guys!!

Thank you for the ARC Kim Karr and the team, so freakin glad I delve into this story!

Too good not to get your ass up and order a copy ;)

Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
“I’ve taught you many things, Logan, but I think I neglected to teach you that you don’t decide when you fall in love. Love decides that for you.”
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Her romances are raw, real, and explosive.
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