Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Book Review for The Vixen and the Vet by Katy Regnery

The Vixen and the Vet

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.

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"If this is hell, I need to review my definition of heaven. I've clearly been lowballing paradise."

Soooo......I was asked to buddy read this book by Lydia at HEA Bookshelf. This book has been on my TBR for quite some time and I even planned on reading it a few months ago....I never got to it. And now I'm kicking myself for not getting to it sooner!!! Literally, this book swallowed me up whole and  I felt like I was 'hugged' by her words. I loved it!

How to explain this....first and foremost, probably one of the easiest reads that I've read that allowed me to become so engrossed in the storyline, no matter how many breaks I had to take from it. Katy's cadence and delivery hums. It's like they sing....her words just flow effortlessly and it makes for an amazing read. The buildup of Asher and Savannah's relationship was so easy to follow and the fact that it was all so relatable made it that much more enjoyable. I loved the subtle references to Beauty and the Beast and loved the way it became a magical beginning of sorts. I sound like I have my head in the clouds, but I don't know how else to explain it. I truly feel like I smiled for two days straight while I finished it!! Giddy smile, no less.

Katy Regnery's writing embodies innocence, but she has intention behind her words. This book was so sexy and so honest, the feelings were perfect. These two characters were very similar in their personal situations. They were both out in the world, and ended up coming back to cozy little Danvers, licking their wounds and starting over. They started out tiptoeing around their words, making sure they said the right thing, to full on discussions that were deep and meaningful to their hearts and souls. 

There was some giggle worthy moments, some awe inspiring moments and there were some downright swoony moments. Asher, to me, felt so "true". And by that, I mean that he wasn't all alpha macho, hide behind my attitude and be gruff to the world, kinda guy...he was sincere from the very beginning and literally wore his heart on his sleeve. I loved that about him and admired his strength. Savannah warred within her own mind of how to handle their 'situation' and I could see it playing out and that was really hard to see. The emotion that Katy dragged out of me due to the pain and ache that both Archer and Savannah felt was so intense. That pain of heartache is so indescribable but so very real. I felt this part of the story and really suffered right along with Savannah. Heartaches are tough....no fun.

This book embodied true love, to me. You meet, it's intense and honest from the beginning, and the comfort brought out by the other person is immediate and almost necessary on some level. This book was just beautiful. It was lyrical. It was amazing. And now I'm sad because it's all over!! I told Katy I didn't want the story to end. I would read a little bit, and then I'd put it down and go about my chores while thinking about it....literally, with a goofy smile on my face. This book will make you swoon and your heart soar. I highly recommend this book!

The problem with hope was that you were required to acknowledge the possibility of not getting what you desperately hoped for.


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Lydia from HEA Bookshelf has her review posted on her blog HERE.




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Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy. 

Now exclusively self-published, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled Blueberry Lane Series which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story and Ambler families of Philadelphia, the four-book, bestselling a modern fairytale series, the standalone novel, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and a standalone novella, Frosted. 

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015, and four of her books: The Vixen and the Vet (a modern fairytale), Never Let You Go (a modern fairytale), Falling for Fitz(The English Brothers #2) and By Proxy (Heart of Montana #1) have been #1 genre bestsellers on Amazon. 

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.



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