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Blow (The Tainted Love Duet #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  2,368 Ratings  ·  361 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 ties
Published September 21st 2015 (first published August 31st 2015)
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Zandalee No, it's part of a duet. The second & final book is set to release November 16th.
Zandalee 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 Jennifer Kyle 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 wi
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 long, for
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Sep 03, 2015 Ang (Sizzling Pages) 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 togeth
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 down the ra
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
★★★ 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 Amanda 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 book
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Logan's grandpa number one was an irish mobster from Boston and grandpa number two is a rich New Yorker - rich as in MEGA-rich!

He grew up torn between those two worlds. The legal-money world and the not-so-legal-money hashtag criminal world.
And right now things with his Dad and the irish mob in Boston are very dangerous.

Enter Elle.
She's this mysterious girl he met in a lawyer's office.
And he can't stay away from her.
They shouldn't start something.
But they do - and it might just change both their
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!! ☆


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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
Nov 30, 2015 Ashleyjo 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
Jodi Bibliophile
Sep 16, 2015 Jodi Bibliophile marked it as to-read
I've never read anything by this author before but that cover....HOLY FUCK!!!

I'm really looking forward to this one!
Sep 20, 2015 AleJandra rated it really liked it
****4 STARS****

"Blow, just blow, Gabby. Everything will be okay.”

La historia no es nada nuevo, la misma formula de los libros de Mafia Romance:

Príncipe de la mafia + damisela en peligro + amor prohibido.

Lo que lo hace especial (al menos para mi), es que es de los pocos libros de Mafia Irlandesa que de verdad nos muestra un poco de la Cultura Irlandesa.

El protagonista, Logan me robo el corazón con su lado Irish. Todo lo que sufrió, todo lo que le toco sobrepasar, sus malas decisiones, sus err
Sep 10, 2015 Amy 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 dang
Chris- Bookaddict
Jan 07, 2015 Chris- Bookaddict rated it it was amazing
Ahhh I freaking LOVED IT!!!!! Full review to come. I can not wait for Crush!!!!
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,
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review
Aug 21, 2015 Judy 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 Logan
Sep 04, 2015 Jan 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 Lydia H 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 Courtney 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 Beneath The Covers Blog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alison, 2015-reads, arcs
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 Leigh 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 my
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 full b
This book is a romantic suspense. Our female lead, Elle, has recently moved to Boston to help care for her niece. While at her brother in law's place of business, she runs into our male lead, Logan. There is an immediate connection. Elle's sister is missing. Logan is wrapped up in his mob family drama. Is Elle's sister's disappearance connected? What is Elle hiding? Can a forbidden romance flourish? Will two lost souls be found?

What do I think about this read? I liked it a whole lot. The suspens
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 Nancy's Romance Reads 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
Sep 06, 2015 -C- 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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“Weren’t you lonely?” I shook my head and gave him a forced smile. “Isn’t everyone in their own way?” 1 likes
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