Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review: 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.




I can't believe for such a gaudy title, this book make me swooned and cried. I read a lot of Beauty & the Beast theme books and this might be one of my favorite. 

This book started with a discussion between the heroine and her sister on the 12 milestone in a relationship. At first I don't understand the list, but as the chapters progress, I really like the idea of each chapter trying to depict each of the milestone between the H/h.

Savannah Carmichael is a down on her luck reporter who is back to her hometown to lick her wounds, while supposedly helping out on her sister's wedding. Not that she's into all the girly stuff. Savannah is an ambitious young woman and when there is a chance to redeem her reputation, she snatch it without any hesitation. Her new assignment is to write a piece of human interest and she picked her subject, Asher Lee, her hometown hero.

Asher Lee is the disfigured war vet that had been living a hermit lifestyle for the past 8 years with Ms. Potts, who is like his godmother. The description of his disfigurement seems extreme to me and he can't blend into the society. He lost his right arm and half his face. The author even make a subtle comparison of him to Richard Harrow from Boardwalk Empire. I never watch that TV show, but I went over and google the shit out of that character.

For such book, often the hero was depicted as someone full of hate and scorn. So I find it refreshing to read that for once the man doesn't have anger issue. Asher was wary and adamant against meeting anyone at first, but then he make use of the rare opportunity to finally have a female company. 

As for the heroine, she didn't take a first look at the disfigured hero and think he is hot. There is so many other such books with heroine getting insta-wet upon the first meet that make me thinking 'Are you kidding me?'. 

I was also surprised by all the great supporting characters around. Ms. Pott is wonderful and I love her meddling with Asher's love life. She is one wicked old lady. Savannah's mum is awesome too. That scene when she talked about her history with Asher's mum make me cried. 

I think this one of the rare book with a disfigured hero that show him engaging with other characters apart from the heroine. Most of the time, they just secluding themselves in their own mansion and everything took place there. So with Asher venturing out and about, we can see how his condition affect his social life and how others react to him as well. 

The best part of the book is the penultimate chapter, the 'big fight'. The good kind of angst really did spice things up. I enjoyed seeing the character growth on both Savannah and Asher. I love seeing how Asher slowly change from his hermit lifestyle and getting more courage to step out of his comfort zone. And Savannah, a woman who started to question whether a career worth jeopardizing her one meaningful relationship. Okay, the feminist you might not agree in this changes. Lol.

Recommended for all fans of Beauty and the Beast theme.

Rating 5/5