Book Review: Poison Laced Truths by CM Radcliff

An ARC copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

The conclusion to the In Vein series by CM Radcliff is officially here! This was a long and torturous series that the fourth book finally gave some peace to this couple. If you’ve never been around people who suffer from an addiction, then it might not sit as close to your heart as it does to mine. While I’ve never been in a relationship like the one depicted, I was the child observer of it.

Radcliff takes through an entire relationship experience with Hadley and Ander where they fall in love quickly, addiction rears it’s ugly head, in different ways for both of them, and then they find their ways back to themselves and ultimately to each other. I needed this conclusion to their relationship SO bad and she did a magnificent job portraying these final experiences for them in a way that didn’t negate everything they had gone through, but brought them to a whole new place as individuals and as lovers. 


Ander has run out of options.

He has starved every relationship in his life while he continued to feed his addiction.

Hadley is gone. His mom kicked him out.

He’s officially hit rock bottom and he knows that there’s only one way out.

Going back into treatment is his Hail Mary and he has no choice but to get clean and stay clean.

After ending things with Ander, Hadley needs to find herself again.

When she looks in the mirror, she doesn’t recognize herself anymore.

She has turned into the one thing she feared and it’s all because of him.

She’s a liar, with a secret.

And when Ander finds out, their lives will be changed forever.

Love doesn’t conquer all, but it’s more forgiving than we think.

When the poison runs dry, will Hadley’s truth be enough to save them?




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This is what life looks like when you’re in love with someone who is actively lost in their addiction. The worst is always to be assumed because the worst is what always happens. An overdose is inevitable and the fatal consequence is probable. You can’t live your entire life being addicted to heroin and not expect it to kill you eventually.

And when you’re on the other side, the side that is simply on the outside looking in, you can’t help but watch in slow motion as it all unfolds. Since I met Ander, my life took a turn for the worst and I was thrust into the darkness without a light to guide me. Our relationship was riddled with lies and broken promises, all wrapped neatly with a bow laced with bad news. 

I’m deflated. Any small glimmer of hope or happiness that I was once feeling is stolen within an instance. 

“What if something happened to him?” My words come out as a whisper and tears prick the corners of my eyes.

I begin to hyperventilate as the tears pour from my eyes. I can’t breathe. I’m suffocating in my sorrow. Before, I thought that I had known what it felt like to drown. I drowned in the waves of Ander, and I learned how to breathe underwater. But this—this is something that I don’t know how to handle.

I can’t fucking breathe.


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C.M. Radcliff writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids. If she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably on a little adventure with her family.



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