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The Vixen & the Vet Paperback – June 4, 2014
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From the Author
I wrote this book in 23 days. It only took me 23 days because Asher and Savannah jumped off the pages for me fully-formed and 100% ready to fall in love. I think their story is really hot, really fun and really moving. I hope you do too.
I have never written a book as a fundraiser before, so this book is very special to me. I hope that Savannah and Asher's story will inspire, delight and move readers to remember that our returning wounded deserve every possible honor for their courage, bravery and sacrifice.
Please be advised that 50% of all profits made from THE VIXEN AND THE VET will benefit Operation Mend, an organization at the UCLA Medical Center that offers comprehensive medical services to our returning wounded warriors, for all sales in June & July 2014.
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This is absolutely a beautifully told story of a wounded veteran, Asher Lee, who came home from Afghanistan after being severely injured by an IED, losing his right hand, injuring his right leg and disfiguring the right side of his face. After a year in the hospital in Texas, he comes back home to Danvers, VA to the family estate. Asher is alive, but by no means is he living. He is an empty shell of a man who has been physically and mentally devastated by his loss and disfigurement.
Savannah Carmichael, was a young journalist who had left Danvers, VA for NYC and after college worked for the Sentinel newspaper, her dream. But she accepting information from her boyfriend and called it reliable source, that was anything but. Patrick had used her and she was expendable to save his family. She has come home to lick her wounds. A journalist friend puts her in touch with the Editor for a Phoenix newspaper and she accepts an assignment with possible employment.
I am not going to tell the story, instead I am going to say that this is such a beautiful and moving story, one that is full of love, laughter and heartache. It is a story you need to read, it is Asher and Savannah's story.
Series: A Modern Fairytale Series
Author: Katy Regnery
Designation: Full-Length Standalone Contemporary Romance, NO Cliffhanger, HEA
Reading Platform: Kindle Edition
My Rating: Five Divinely Entertaining Stars*****
Wow! It's very seldom I find myself at a complete loss for words but after reading The Vixen and the Vet, the first release in A Modern Fairytale Series by Kate Regnery, I have no idea how to write this review. There are just no words to describe how much I loved this story so I'll begin with a few simple details about the artistry of this book. And folks, The Vixen and the Vet is truly a work of art. This full-length standalone contemporary adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is exceptionally well-crafted with a beautifully written third person narrative and includes perspectives from both protagonists, beautiful twenty-eight-year-old aspiring journalist Savannah Carmichael and former Army medic Asher Lee. The dialogue is intelligent, well-executed and flows effortlessly. This story is approximately 290 pages but is fast-paced, easy to follow, well-edited and contains no useless filler. I've always been drawn to modern-day fairytales and have read more than I can count, but The Vixen and the Vet is so much more than your everyday run-of-the-mill retelling of Beauty and the Beast.... this book is truly extraordinary. Yes, it has all the traditional elements to make a great story but it's the cast of memorable characters that makes this book so remarkable. They are well developed, realistic, relatable, engaging and exceptionally well portrayed. These characters literally explode from the pages, demand your attention and will completely steal your heart. Savannah and Asher were so completely different with six years difference in their age, yet they were also very much alike. Both aspired to leave Danvers to fulfill their dreams but both wound up back where they started. I was immediately smitten with these two unlikely lovers and captivated by their story. Their attraction was immediate, their interaction mesmerizing, their passion undeniable and their love was one written in the stars. They were absolutely perfect for each other. I laughed with them, cried with them, and empathized with them as my heart fractured into pieces for them. And I don't mean just a few sniffles. I outright sobbed and ugly cried throughout most of the book... and loved every single minute! It was exquisite! I've been reading for 60 years and, without a doubt, The Vixen and the Vet is one of the most emotionally moving books I've ever had the privilege to read, and it was truly a privilege. If you enjoy stories with realistic storylines, relatable characters, heartbreaking angst, heartwarming romance and dreamy sex, then you will love, love, love The Vixen and the Vet! Did I like this book? No, I LOVED it! Would I recommend it? You bet, and I am but only for adult readers. It does contain graphic descriptions of war injuries, adult language, and explicit sex scenes but all were tastefully done. Will I read this author again? Also-freaking-lutely! And finally, was I entertained? Completely! I was riveted to my ereader, completely enthralled as the pages flew as quickly as the time with my heart fluttering in my chest and tears streaming down my cheeks. It was incredible! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!
Career-driven Savannah Carmichael has worked hard for her dream but suddenly finds her life in tatters and her career as a journalist in jeopardy. At only twenty-eight, Savannah had everything she's ever wanted within her grasp, a successful career with a nationally syndicated newspaper as an investigative reporter and a handsome, wealthy boyfriend.... until she trusted the wrong source and lost it all. All her dreams went up in smoke along with her heart. You see, the source who betrayed her trust and caused her to lose everything was none other than her handsome, wealthy boyfriend. And now she finds herself right back where she started, Danvers, Virginia, the hometown she had worked so hard to escape. But second chances sometimes come from the most unlikely places at the most unlikely time as Savannah soon discovers. She has one chance to steer her career back on course but Savannah never dreamed that opportunity would be the beginning of a journey that would change the course of her life forever and, quite possibly, either make her the happiest woman on earth or cost her more than she ever thought possible. Follow Savannah's life-altering journey as she meets and befriends another resident of Danvers, Virgina, thirty-four-year-old reclusive disfigured war veteran Asher Lee. Her job was to tell his story to the world but it became so much more... more than she ever could have imagined... and Savannah finally learns there are some things so much more important than a story... and one of those things is her love for Asher Lee. Oh my! Buckle up, my lovelies, Savannah's in for a very bumpy ride as she maneuvers through an emotional minefield of discovery and heartbreak. I loved it! This is one of the most beautifully heart-wrenching yet realistic love stories I've ever read but it's also one I will remember for many years to come.
At one time Savannah and Asher both left their small southern town Danvers, Virginia to see the world. Years later they're forced to return home broken in body and spirit. At least Savannah had family to return to. Asher had no family or friends
waiting for him when he returned from war with disfiguring wounds to his face and arm. The town was less than welcoming. He instantly became the town freak. He hides away in his home refusing to face people who only look at him in disgust or can't bare to look at him at all. Miss Potts, his house keeper, has been his only companion for the last eight years.
Savannah's career in journalism was crushed along with her heart by her boyfriend in New York. When she gets the chance to get back into her writing career she sets her sights on a story of an American War Hero that was ostracized by his home town. Of course that happens to be Asher. She never expected him to agree to be interviewed. Neither of them expected to fall in love.
There are so many sweet moments as their friendship develops. Savannah looks at Asher like he's a man, not a beast. She's curious and not afraid to ask the hard questions and Asher quickly discovers he can share things with her and it not scare her away. I loved the southern drawl the author used. Being from the south I can say the southern charm to the story felt real. There were little things like the mention of the movie SHAG and the sassy attitude of Savannah's sister that endeared me even more. Savannah is strong willed but her recent heart break has her a little reluctant to open her heart completely to another man, especially one she barely knows. Asher on the other hand falls hard and fast.
No one understands how Savannah can look past Asher's mangled face but her honest affection towards him gives him the courage to finally seek medical/surgical help to repair his injuries so he can actually rejoin the community. Unfortunately another bastard swoops in to take advantage of Savannah and not only ruin her career again but possibly destroy what she has found with Asher. They have to learn the hard way how strong their love is. And Savannah learns a little too late that her career isn't what she wants most in life. I cried and ached for both characters as they faced heart break.
In the end, both characters are stronger and their futures brighter. Together they're ready to start forever. You will also love Miss Potts. She is so much like Miss Potts from Beauty and The Beast. Her character was perfect.
Most importantly, the author is donating 50% of the profits from the sale of this book to OPERATION MEND an organization that helps wounded veterans. This is a great cause and the perfect story to help open our hearts to those men and women who bravely serve our country.