Also by this author: Frayed, Toxic, Blow
Published by NAL on March 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance 18+, Erotic Romance
Pages: 447 pages
You don’t know when…
You don’t get to choose if…
When it’s time to join…you’ll know.
You might think you want to be a member—but trust me this is one club you don’t want to join. It’s not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.
The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. My brother was recently bestowed membership and joined many of our ancestors before him. I know I’m next. This is my destiny, and I was ready to yield.
But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate’s presence controls me. I’m overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.
Nate doesn’t believe in destiny.
But I do.
And if there’s a way to cheat it—I must.
Mari & Yesi’s Review
Maria: The premise and synopsis of this book intrigued me. It got my attention. I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Yesi: Yes, it most definitely peaked my interest . I immediately thought paranormal? Different, was the word that came to mind.
Maria: I agree. I thought paranormal too but it wasn’t. It was unique and different though. I like that author Kim Karr kept me guessing and checking my thoughts. That doesn’t happen often. It was a story about self-discovery, facing fears and daring to live in spite of them.
Yesi: I really liked the tone and the underlying message… fate, destiny, and living life to the fullest.
“Screw living life in the fast lane. How about: Live like you’re dying…” ~ Zach
Maria: Let’s talk characters. I liked Zach. Thought he was the hero at first. That quote gave me chills because the readers and Zach know why he says that, no one else.
Yesi: Not sure how I felt about him at first, but as we discover bits of his life, I think he was a good guy trying to do the best he could with what life handed him.
Maria: I agree. From what we learn about his relationships, he was a good guy. I liked how he cared for his sister, Zoey and his bromance with Nate.
Yesi: Nate, oh Nate… he ticked me off with his hot and cold, back and forth, wishy washiness, BUT, he also made me swoon with the little things he said and did. Zoey was a game changer in his life and little by little he made me fall for him.
Maria: Omg…me too. I found myself wanting to smack him or hug him. He had issues but I did love him most of the time. Nate was a mystery I wanted to solve. Thought he was hot but hiding something.
Yesi: Nate was definitely an enigma…loved him, hated him, wanted to hug him, repeat. I will say this…those sex scenes? HOLY SMOKES!! they were HOT!
Maria: Oh, HELL YES!! Four alarm fire HOT! Author Kim Karr can write a steamy,panty combusting scene!!
“I want you to own me. I want you to take me to places I’ve never gone.” ~ Zoey
Yesi: Overall, the book brought out different feelings in me. Intrigue, frustration, and sorrow, as well elation, lust, and happiness beyond belief. If one book can make me feel all of that then I commend the author.
Maria: I also felt sadness, all the loss and kind of giving up on life and love. Till Nate and Zoey meet. She was big on destiny and he was not at all. Yet, it was their destiny to save each other, to be what the other needed, without knowing it.
Yesi: Nate made Zoey feel alive and Zoey made Nate actually feel something, something foreign and not entirely unwelcome. Together, they brought out their deepest fears and were able to face them head on. Zoey learned not only about her brother’s real life but about how to live her life to the fullest because of him.
“I’m going to give you whatever you want. Whatever you need to feel; wild and free. I’m going to make this summer the best time in your life.” ~ Nate
Yesi: The whole 27 Club premise was intriguing…are we, our lives, really predestined or can we change the course of it all, if we fight hard enough?
Maria: Good question. Maybe not so much that we can change it by fighting it but more like our choices create our destiny and not the other way around.
Yesi: This book made me feel so many things…parts made me swoon, parts made me frustrated, parts made me hot and bothered, parts made me happy….
Maria: I agree…it had it all…steam, romance, mystery, angst…I do think at times, it felt like a lot was going on…maybe too much and it kind of took away from Nate and Zoey a little bit.
Yesi: Agreed. It felt slow at times and the sub plots didn’t seem really necessary to the main storyline. I think that if we hadn’t had so many other side stories to think about, I would have fully embraced this book.
Maria & Yesi’s final thought: We loved the characters, including Zach. We think that the characters rate a 4 but the overall story a 3.5. We think the plot would’ve flowed better if it moved a bit quicker. Overall, we really loved Nate, we really liked Zoey, and we enjoyed the tumultuous journey that eventually led them to the life they were both meant to live.
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My jaw practically hits the table.
The chocolate crêpe!
I can’t believe it.
Harnessing all of my willpower, I fight the sudden inclination I have to leap around the table and jump onto his lap. I always tell people I prefer dessert before a meal, but never has anyone taken me seriously.
Tension coils deep in my belly. Lust flows through my veins running faster and faster with each passing second. I look over at him and as soon as I see his face, I can feel myself coming unhinged. Urges I can’t deny surface. The need to know the taste of his lips, to feel his hard body,
to be able to lick the chocolate he just ordered off his chest, and to slide my tongue down his stomach so I can taste him.
Looking thoughtful, his return gaze slowly changes to one of concern. “Have you stopped planning for your future because you don’t think you have one?” he asks softly.
Remnants of our conversation must have been lingering in his mind. Slamming my eyes shut, all of the erotic images I had conjured up immediately disappear as I fight to breathe.
Suddenly the air becomes thick in my lungs and I can’t get it out. I take deep calming breaths. As the haze around me dissipates and I fight off the panic attack, I hear a fumbling in front of me. I force myself to lift my lids. Nate is attempting to open my clutch. “What are you doing?”
“Trying to get you your inhaler.” Panic seems to drown out the deep green of his eyes.
I push to my feet and give him a disbelieving look. “I’m not having an asthma attack.”
“You’re not?” He sounds uncertain.
Shaking my head, I set my napkin on the table. “Excuse me, I have to use the ladies room.” I walk inside the restaurant, realizing I have no idea where I’m going. Looking around, I find the bathrooms immediately.
Just as I pull the door open, a hand covers mine. “You’re upset.”
I drop my head. “No, I’m fine.”
Fierceness grips his voice. “You’re lying.”
Summoning all of my willpower, I raise my eyes.
Nate lifts my chin. “You didn’t let me finish. I’m trying to understand you. I want to know why, if you believe in destiny, you’d change your path. Why wouldn’t you do what you had always planned on doing? Why change your course? Personally, I think destiny is bullshit. I also think not pursuing your dream is bullshit too.”
Caged by his body, his scent, his presence, I look up into his burning eyes and I can see compassion there. I believe he wants what’s best for me. If I think I know him through my brother, he thinks he knows me through my brother as well. And Zach wanted me to continue my education. His dream was that someday I’d be Dr. Zoey Flowers. Nate knows this.
“Zoey?” Nate’s voice is questioning. Low. Maybe even slightly fearful.
“Nate”—I press my finger to his lips—“I think I need to tell you something about myself.”
“What?” he asks.
In all our e-mails after my brother’s death, I never mentioned the real reason for my delay in coming to Miami. I keep my eyes open even though I want to close them. “I had a breakdown shortly after Zach died. I took a leave from my job. I couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t plan one day, let alone the next. And somewhere during that time, I let any plans I had for the future fall to the wayside. I don’t know what I want anymore.”
Shock appears on his face. “Why didn’t you tell me in any of our e-mails?”
The truth is hard to admit. “I actually looked forward to your weekly e-mails. But I did lie to you. It wasn’t work that kept me from coming to get my brother’s things. It was me and my inability to cope.”
Nate stares down at me.
My entire focus is on him. “Don’t think I’m crazy. I’m not. Really, I’m not.”
His gaze continues to pin me in a way that makes me think he understands me.
It holds me in place. Keeps me calm.
“Zoey, God, I don’t think that at all,” he breathes. “I can understand how that would happen.
With everything coming at you at once, and the shock of Z’s death, coupled with the revelations about your family, it was just too much. I get it.”
I just stare at his lips, longing to kiss him. My body is filled with so many wants and needs, and all these new urges I’ve never felt before.
And all I want is just for him to set me free.