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Crush (The Tainted Love Duet #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,270 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
Logan McPherson and Elle Sterling continue to thrill in this powerful conclusion to their tantalizing, provocative, and unexpected sizzling romance that began in Blow.

The danger isn’t over.
It’s only just begun.

Circumstances brought them together and their undeniable connection won’t let them part. But when the past and the present collide, emotions run high—things are sai
Published November 16th 2015
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S.M. West
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.75 STARS

This picks up right where book 1 ended and jumps right in with an answer the damn cliffy! Phew! Although, the cryptic message is solved rather quickly, in terms of "who", Elle and Logan's journey is nowhere near over.

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This was a quick and fast paced read. I enjoyed the intensity and connection between Elle and Logan. While it was insta-love in book 1, I felt they grew more in this one. Although it took a bit in the beginning with Logan trying to stay away from Elle to keep her safe. Se
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Okidoki - everything could've been all happy endish at the end of book #1 - all those mafia guys, like Tommy's Dad had just been arrested and they were hopeful that the cops would get Tommy too.
But then a note was delivered to Logan & Elle's hotel room.
A threat from Tommy against Elle's life.
And now Logan's only mission in life is to
Sybil aka Lala
GAH!! Pulse pounding action, delicious angst, protective alpha heroes, push and pull, secrets, spills , thrills and WTFs! Kim Karr brought it in the final instalment of The Tainted Love Duet.

You’ll want to keep your wits about you while reading this book. Seemingly inconsequential titbits are woven into this action packed and complex story and it will keep you guessing until the very end.

You’ll want to clear your schedule because with so much action at every turn you won’t be able to put this bo
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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A brilliantly captivating romantic suspense that has the prowess to blow our mind and crush our hearts. In this fast paced addicting read, Kim Karr has lured her readers as she intricately interweaves a complicated and explosive love story in the backdrops of danger, fourberie, deceit, and a complicated twist of fates. As the lives of Logan and Elle collide, can their passion and love unite and save them from revenge, hate, betrayal and lie
Dec 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


When I read book one, I was slightly torn in my review and ratings, finally settling on 3-3 1/2 stars. But, this book I am absolutely sure deserves a big fat goose egg -- 0 stars!

Book One

On one hand, the author created interesting characters and set them in a suspenseful plot. On the other, the author was EXTREMELY repetitive in telling readers about descriptions and character thoughts, and the middle of the book just stalled and spun in a mud puddle for a long time until the end offered
Chris- Bookaddict
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome end to an awesome couple. Kim blew this out of the water. The twists, the turns, the suspense of trying to figure it all out. Definitely a well written story.
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
Bent, but not broken…
I was seriously feeling strung out as I waited for my fix, Crush, to hit my kindle. The first book, Blow, was such a mind-bending experience, it still had me mentally running through possible scenarios long after I read the last page. I was very invested in the characters and the overwhelming obstacles standing in the way of their tainted love.

Crush picks up where Blow left off, right in the middle of WTF? While I wouldn't classify this book as dark, it is full of nail bitin
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"I pick you, Elle. I pick you over being cautious, being scared, or trying to figure things out alone. I pick you.”
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After Blow left us reeling with the delivered threat to Elle, Crush starts off at a fast pace with Logan's dilemma of how he can keep Elle safe from Tommy and her brother in law Michael. A lot is at stake with Elle scared that Michael will stop her seeing her niece Clementine.
Where is Lizzie Elle's sister, how deep is she in with the drug dealers and what is her relationship with Logan's cousin Tommy?

Lots of questions are answered in this book and it was so good to see the love and passion that
Kindle Crack Book Reviews Cheri
4.5 - 5.0 stars! What a kick ass sequel. Review to follow on release day. Bravo Kim!

Rating: 4.5 – 5.00 stars
Spoiler-free review
Title: Crush
Author: Kim Karr
Release Date: November 16, 2015
Cliffhanger: No

I loved Blow, but Crush was perfection. This sizzling hot sequel to Blow exceeded my expectations. Crush picked up where Blow left off without missing a beat. I loved all of the twists and turns that Kim skillfully embedded into this multilayered mafia suspense thriller. Crush had a few nail bitin
Cocktails and Books
CRUSH had me all over the place, trying to figure out just who was involved with the drug ring and if that was the same person out for Logan and Elle. I wasn't sure who had done what until the very end, but it was an exciting journey that ended in Logan and Elle grasping for that happily ever after and holding onto it. Full review to come.
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

4 – 4.5 Stars

The saga continues to unravel in Kim Karr’s Tainted Love Series finale, Crush.

I could not wait to get my hands on this sequel and glad when it quickly picked up, right where I was left dangling by my fingertips, over a cliff in Blow. Tensions escalated and ran sky high as Logan and Elle’s love and relationship strengthened despite unknown forces and past enemies working in a concerted effort to rip them apart.

There’s some push and pull drama at first as Logan struggles with his f
~*~ 4.5 STARS ~*~

WOW! What a RIDE! Kim Karr shattered our hearts only to skillfully put them back together again. BLOW & CRUSH was a sexy and suspenseful treat to every one of my senses. When it showed up on my iPad I was afraid to start it, knowing that once I finished that would be it! I wanted to savor it, relish it, put it on the shelf and just stare at it for hours. But alas, I realized I have absolutely NO patience whatsoever, so I finally picked it up and devoured the whole thing in o
Lydia H
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
YOU GUYS!!!!!!!! OMGGGGGGGGG!!!! I thought BLOW was amazing but holy fantastic book, Batman!! CRUSH was PHENOMENAL. Logan and Elle's story only got better!!!! Yes, you HAVE to read book 1, BLOW, before starting this one. This second installment is a continuation of their story. :) This will be a completely spoiler-free review, just in case you’ve not read either books.

“Worry controlled me. Fear owned me. If knowledge was dangerous, this was deadly information.”

Elle was now in danger and Logan wo
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars!!

“Together or apart–you choose. There is no in-between.”

“Everything about the two of us was gasoline and a match. One touch and we were on fire. Ablaze. Flames out of control, unable to be doused.”

What an amazing follow up to Blow! Crush picks up right where the last book left off and let me tell you, there was never a dull moment. This story pulls you in from the very first page and will keep you guessing right up until the very last second. There were so many delicious
Mary Mooney
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review. I wondered just how much pain and heartache Kim Karr was going to put Elle and Logan through even if they were not meant to be together in the end. But you never know what will happen when you are dealing with the mob, gangs, drug dealers, and addicts. And yes this story will have them all. This story is full of waiting for the drama to unfold. Just when you think you know who is behind all the drama, ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brief Rundown
Crush starts where Blow left off. Our male and female lead are threatened and scared. As the mystery begins to unfold, will love win out or will the darkness of their pasts keep them apart?

What did I think about this read?
The first 25% of the book provided too much summary of book 1 for me. I found myself skipping paragraphs of events and musings I just read about in the first half of the story. I dislike skipping! Despite this, I liked this story and I was appropriately pleased wi
Maree Repa
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There is more excitement, action, thrills and complete lust is this complete thriller of in this second novel to the amazing series, The Tainted Love Duet. After finishing the first book, Blow I just could wait one minute to start this story, Crush. Such another most wonderful romance.

Logan is back, and he knows who's done wrong. He is angry. And he wants to destroy all the danger from his past and especially the future. Tommy Flannigan has wronged and he will be destroyed. No one was safe near
Nancy's Romance Reads
Aug 21, 2015 marked it as to-read
CRUSH, book two in the upcoming duet series The Tainted Love Duet by Kim Karr!! Release day 16 Nov. :)
Kayla Ritenour (In Between The pages)

I want to send a huge thank you out to Kim Karr for sending out these ARC's and writing such an amazing book. Logan and Elle are now two of my favorite fictional people and I can't tell you enough how much it means to be able to read and review this book and the series in general. I've has a blast reading them and have had a lot of fun with the few tweets back and forth of me professing my love for them hehe


I mean seriously, this book was so so good. I wasn't sure Kim Kar
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing



✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯



The danger isn’t over.

It’s only just begun.

Circumstances brought them together and their undeniable connection won’t let them part. But when the past and the present collide, emotions run high—things are said, lines are crossed, and rules are broken. Both focused on crushing the enemy, the retribution is almost too much to bear. Still, there’s no undoing what has already been done, and every action has a consequence.

He loves her and she loves him, but love isn’t a shield.

Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the conclusion of Logan and Elle's story and begins right after the climactic ending in Blow. They are dealing with the multiple possible threats, issues, and are worried about their safety. They are in the midst of the fall out from various situations. Logan is trying to figure out what is best for Elle and how to most effectively protect her. Elle is dealing with her constantly changing world and worries about those she cares about. It is hard to know who to trust, who the real enemy i ...more
The Smutbrarians
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earc
Panty Scorching- 5
Angst- 5
Overall Rating- 5
Kindle eARC
Reviewed by Joanna

The wild ride continues…..

After I read BLOW, I was left wanting and NEEDING more and CRUSH delivers.

The saga between Logan and Elle continues and comes to a conclusion.

“Logan was everything I needed in my life and nothing I’d known I was looking for”

There is so much drama in their lives. Between the current issues with the MOB and the past
coming to haunt them.

With the murder, kidnapping, suicide,
Lauren R.
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Freaking awesome!! Omg omg omg.....what a roller coaster ride of mystery and emotions!

✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯

Logan, Logan, Logan….

Damn this book had me holding onto my Ipad Mini for dear

This book picks up right where it left off in BLOW. 

***IF you haven’t read BLOW yet, GO 1 click it and read it
because you are missing out BIG TIME!!!***

Man what a ride this story was.  It has mystery, drama, what if’s, hot sexy
scenes that will make you wish you h
Jenn of Rave and Rant about Raunch
I’m on a high… a Tainted Love high. I sit writing this review amped up from an adrenaline rush still flowing through my veins after finishing Crush by Kim Karr, that’s how intense this reading experience is. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Crush in exchange for an honest review and I can’t tell you how happy I was not to have to wait any extra days for this story to show up on my kindle!

All I could do was stare at her. She was broken, but not in the way she thought. Actually, I preferred
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book 1 was a 3 star read for me....I liked it, didn't love it. This book started off right where we ended in Book 1, and I was interested to see where we went because ultimately I did like Elle and Logan. However, this book didn't go any where. It was so much re-telling of stories and issues from Book 1, and just dragging on and on. This book was just okay...I skimmed alot and just wanted to get it over with.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, arcs, drugs, crime, suspense
Crush picks up right where the first book in the duet, Blow, left us hanging in suspense.
The dangerous journey Elle and Logan had been thrown into is just beginning.
They have to face the threats that are imposing on their lives, their futures, and their loved ones.

"if he didn't succeed in finding and stopping Tommy, he was going to leave me in order to save me. And crush my heart."

Logan was willing to stay away from Elle and break her heart in order to keep her safe.
At least until he could ge
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, read-in-2015
Crush is one amazing ride of mystery, suspense, and love. After the ending of Blow I needed Crush ASAP. I needed to see where Elle and Logan's story went and who was behind everything going on.

Crush starts up right where Blow ended, and Logan is doing everything he can to keep Elle safe, even if that means leaving her to protect her. Throughout this story we really get to see how truly in love Logan and Elle have fallen, and everything they would do to keep each other safe.

There is so much that
Red Cheeks Reads
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
We are thrown back int the whirlwind of Logan and Elle's love life. Elle has been threatened by Logan's nemesis and Logan will do anything to protect her while also battling the mob, drug rings and death itself so they can remain together. But maybe this time the only way for them both to be safe is to walk away....does true love really conquer all?

"Was everything that was falling apart around us fate telling me I should have known better than to think we could belong to each other?"

You must r
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
So, I'm a little torn on this one because I really loved the ending. I felt like the last 40% of the book was great. I guess, since it's the "most wonderful time of the year," I'll be generous and give it four stars.

Why the need for generosity? Well...why, f' why, do authors feel the need to have the characters constantly reiterate their feelings? I'm not an idiot, I do not need to re-read shit multiple times to grasp how soothing a touch is, or how much you love the man. Just because they chan
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