- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 37 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Katharine Regnery
- Audible.com Release Date: April 6, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VRFLXYO
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The Vixen and the Vet: A Modern Fairytale, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
It was so odd, b/c I started this book before bed one night, and just really wasn't sucked in right away. I wasn't too sure about Savannah, and I really wasn't enamoured with her sister Scarlet, so I put it down and went to sleep. Then the next day I was reading while exercising, and I was wholly sucked in!! I was just super excited and thinking "OH!!! This is what they were talking about!" I loved the beginnings of Savannah's relationship with Asher, and how they met, and there was just some magic in their developing friendship and more. I even highlighted things! And then I had to do real life things, and when I got back to it today, I was bored. Like wth? I can admit that there might be a small mood component to my enjoyment, because I was having a really hard time articulating (even in my own head) what exactly went wrong. But I'll give it a try.
On the surface, I really enjoyed the way Ms. Regnery's chose to portray our Belle and Beast. I could totally see a reporter from a small town not fitting in, and a veteran with terrible disfigurements feeling ostracized by that same small town. But I'm not sure I fully bought into their roles...more Savannah than Asher. I could actually really understand Asher's backstory and what he went through and how he came to be who he was, and I really felt like he stayed true to his character for much of the book. And while his actions at the climax were harsh, I could kind of get it even if it made me disappointed. But Savannah really did NOT act like a reporter. It was like a character trait that she was just supposed to have that kind of facilitated the plot, but I don't really feel like I understood much of her. She uses her past betrayal and disgrace in so many aspects of the story, but I just didn't know much about what happened, and I just didn't really feel anything towards her and the decisions she made. I didn't empathize with her character nearly as much as I needed to. I needed something more for me to understand why she would make such a big mistake at the climax, b/c she really came off as selfish, self-serving, and really not very in touch with people's emotions. So to say I was disappointed in my Belle would be a bit of an understatement.
And while I enjoyed their initial chemistry and found that spark and magic quite exciting, somewhere along the way I got really bored with it, and wasn't feeling the steamy scenes...I honestly thought "oh, here they go again." I enjoy steamy scenes, but apparently there wasn't enough keeping me interested in these ones, but that honestly could have been just me.
So the other thing that really didn't work for me had a lot to do with how this "Southern" town was portrayed. Are they really like that? It felt like a stereotype was taken as fact and embellished upon. It's not that I don't understand elements, but I wanted a bit more nuance I guess. This is not the first time I've been insulted by the portrayal of a region that I don't even live in, so perhaps *I'm* the one who has it wrong. I don't know. But it influenced how I enjoyed Miss Potts (which was sometimes I did, sometimes I really didn't). It influenced how little I enjoyed Savannah's sister Scarlet. Though honestly, there were many more problems with her. Both she and her fiance Trent were downright mean. And I just did NOT buy the turnaround. I'm glad it was there, I wanted to buy it, but I needed an apology and some humility I guess. And don't get me started on the Lance business, and dealing with it in a Southern way. NOT a fan of that tiny side plot at all, and how it played out.
OK, enough complaining Lenore. Let's end with a high note. I really enjoyed Savannah's Mother, and the story she told of her relationship with Asher's Mother. I really thought it added to the story, and gave depth. I know she had her own elements of caricature, but I didn't mind them...maybe because she was kind. I needed that kindness.
And I really thought the description of Asher's injuries, and the bits of detail that we saw on how he coped with only one hand, and the look into things that could help him were well placed and added to the story. It was a really good read for my diversity challenge in that way.
So yeah. I'm bummed. I take it really hard when I don't enjoy a book that's so highly recommended. But apparently I'm a special snowflake that just can't conform. Oh well. I'm going to at least give her Hansel and Gretel retelling a try, and if that one doesn't work either, I'm totally calling it a flatline and sticking with her other series. Sometimes we're just not a match.
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.