Toxic New Year can pull in any reader, no matter if he or she has not read the books that came before it in the Alex Desephano series. I have to say that my favorite aspect of the book was how Judith Lucci did not just write from the perspective of the good guys and heroes, but also from that of the villains. This made it possible for me to understand the motivations of some of the bad guys and even feel sympathetic toward some of them. However, at the same time Alex most definitely remained my favorite character because of the way she handled the situations and interacted with the other characters. When I finished reading Toxic New Year, I was left feeling like I wanted to jump into the previous books in the Alex Desephano series so I can learn more about Alex and her relationship with Robert.