Reviews

JANUARY FOLLOWER APPRECIATION GIVEAWAY

How do I decide what goes on the list? Well, it is a compilation of all the books I’ve read, reviewed, and blogged about each month – it doesn’t matter if I loved the book or disliked the book. Every book (except for books I started and did not finish) I’ve read, reviewed, and blogged that month will be on the list.

**Note: Some book titles do not have paperback options available. In the event you choose that book, I will gift you an ebook copy instead. If a book hasn’t been released yet, paperback or ebook copy will be delivered on release date.**

BOOK REVIEW ~ THE VIXEN & THE VET BY KATY REGNERY

In this modern-retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” Savannah Carmichael, betrayed by an unreliable source, returns to her hometown of Danvers, Virginia with her once-promising journalism career in ruins. Given the opportunity to get back in the game by writing a patriotic human interest piece, Savannah turns her attention to the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned to Danvers eight years ago, and hasn’t been seen since.
After an IED explosion in Afghanistan took Asher’s hand and disfigured half of his face, he’s lived a quiet life on the outskirts of Danvers where the locals respect his privacy…that is, until Savannah Carmichael comes calling in a borrowed sundress with a plate of homemade brownies. When Asher agrees to be interviewed by Savannah, he starts feeling things for the beautiful reporter that he hasn’t felt in years.
Misfits in small-town Danvers, Savannah and Asher create a bond right away, touching each other’s hearts in ways neither thought possible. When a terrible mistake threatens to drive them apart, they’ll have to decide if the love they found in one another’s arms is strong enough to fight for their hard-won happily ever after.

This was such a sweet book! Maybe a little too sweet for me, but overall I did enjoy it. I liked the premise – a desperate journalist interviewing the town hermit, a reclusive and disfigured war veteran, as a last resort to save her career…and they fall in love with each other in the process. The few flashback scenes where the hero recounts his experiences in war brought tears to my eyes, and the romance itself was truly beautiful. I had originally planned on giving this book at least a 4 star rating, but I couldn’t forgive some of the heroine’s actions in the last part of the book so I took off half a star for that. Other than that, I’d recommend this modern ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fairytale if you’re in the mood for a sweet, heartmelting romance guaranteed to bring out stomach butterflies while you read, along with a wonderful, 5-star worthy hero.
Just getting out of a nasty breakup, Savannah Carmichael has returned to her southern hometown to regroup and consider her career choices as a journalist. When she gets a lucky break and is told to do a human interest piece, she sets her sights on Asher Lee, the town hermit and war veteran no one’s really seen in years.
The past few years have not been kind to Asher. After suffering severe injuries obtained in Afghanistan, his return home is cold and unwelcoming. On top of that, his disfigured face repulses others and so he’s resigned himself to living in his lonely mansion with only his maternal housekeeper as company.
When Savannah comes knocking on his door with a bright smile and plate of brownies, Asher gives into his desire for more human interaction and agrees to be interviewed over the course of a few weeks. What starts out as a tentative friendship starts to develop into something much deeper as the weeks go by. In a town where most are content living simple lives, Asher and Savannah recognize they are the odd ones out, both wanting a life that’s more than what their small town offers. An unlikely bond is forged between them, and for the first time in a long time, both of them are happy despite the circumstances that brought them together.
For the most part I enjoyed this story. It’s a slow burn kind of read with sugary sweet sprinkled in, and at times I couldn’t help but be moved like in this flashback scene from Asher…
“You only have one hand, and your whole body’s a world of pain. And you look in the mirror and you know –” His voice hitched and halted, and he cleared his throat. “You know you’re going to be alone…and that no one is ever going to…no one…”
Scenes like those hit me right in the chest. I liked that even though there was this somber tone underlying the story because of Asher’s experiences, the book wasn’t centered on just that and focused more on the positive. The main issues I had (besides thinking the story was overly sappy) were with Savannah’s actions in the last quarter of the book. Simply put, I couldn’t forgive her even though she was able to redeem herself in Asher’s eyes. There was also some side character drama that I felt was totally unnecessary, and it actually made me dislike Savannah’s sister for being so simple-minded and spoiled. However, I did like the writing, the story flowed nicely – especially with the use of the special head titles in each chapter – and I loved the thoughtful, endearing hero. It’s a book that will charm any romantic!
The Vixen & the Vet is the first book in the Modern Fairytale series and is a standalone.
Rating: 3.5 stars!