Thursday, May 26, 2016

Review: The Vixen and 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.


I am a total sucker for sappy, predictable, beautiful reads.  When you add in the fact that this book is a modern take on Beauty and the Beast, I am pretty sure that's a sign it's going to be amazing.  I've had The Vixen and the Vet on my Kindle for several months, but hadn't yet made the time to read it.  Then a couple of days ago I opened it on my lunch break and wham, I was instantly hooked!  All I wanted to do the remainder of the day was read...I refrained since I was at work, but it required a hell of a lot of effort.

The "Beast" of this story is Asher Lee, an Army Vet that went through an IED attack in Afghanistan.  Upon his return to the southern town of Danvers, VA he becomes a recluse; ashamed of the way he looks and not really excited about living.  No one in the town makes an effort to treat him the way he deserves or gives even bothers giving him a hero's homecoming.  In eight years, no one, other than his surrogate Grandmother has even laid eyes on him.  No one that is until Savannah Carmichael shows up at his door step with baked goods.

Savannah, our "Beauty," is back in Danvers after living out her dream in NYC as a big-time journalist for The Sentinel.  One source/relationship turned bad was all it took to not only ruin her career but also the only life she ever dreamed of for herself.  As the story begins she finds herself back home with Mama, Daddy and her little sister, Katie Scarlet  (Could it be anymore southern with this Gone with the Wind reference!) with more than enough time on her hands to figure out a plan that will get her life back while helping Scarlet's wedding go off without any glitches.   So, when an opportunity to write a human interest piece for a newspaper in Phoenix arrives, she quickly figures out a way to not only make it successful but for it to also be the piece which launches her dream career again.

What Savannah isn't prepared for however is for Asher Lee or her uncontrollable desire to know him as more than just a story.  She can't deny the strong draw towards him nor does she really want to.  The big question though is what's going to happen when her big break comes rolling in from Phoenix?  Will she say yes or will she be able to recognize her life dreams aren't what the used to be pre Asher Lee?  Is this story predictable?  At times.  But, it was worth every second I spent reading it.  I loved the anticipation leading up to their first kiss and the struggle that each character faced.  Should you read this story?  Without a doubt! 

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