The Vixen and The Vet, Book 1 in the modern fairy tale series written by my favorite author Katy Regnery, is not only a bestselling but an award winning book.
**WINNER 2015 Kindle Book Awards (Romance) ** also, **2015 RITA Finalist! **
It is the story of Asher Lee and Savannah Carmichael and is inspired by the classic The Beauty and The Beast.
I read somewhere ‘Do you still read fairy tales? Why, Yes, I do they are just as magical but a little dirtier’ That describes modern day fairy tales in a sassy way, is what I think. Fairy tales – classic or modern are loved by readers all over, whether they openly agree or not. The appeal of fairy tales will never fade away and only grow stronger with times, I am sure you will agree with me there.
Title: The Vixen and The Vet
Author: Katy Regnery
Publisher: Katy Regnery
Published: June 2014
Format reviewed: eBook
Rating: 5 stars
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.
This is a standalone novel inspired by Beauty & the Beast. Contemporary Romance: Due to profanity, realistically depicted scenes of war and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
Asher and Savannah, the Vet and vixen of the story, are a couple close to my heart. Their story starts as a professional commitment and makes way for an Epic Love. That’s the only way I can think of to describe their love for each other. Why or How Epic, well, I saw their relationship as something which everyone dreams of and prays to the stars to drop it in their lives. There is a simplicity which instead of making it like every other love story makes Asher and Savannah’s story magical. It has ups and downs like everyone else but they overcome those only because their love is too big to let the fights and misunderstandings create a rift or break it. Even when they fight they still have the same passion and yearning for each other.
They are both misfits in a small town community, with Asher living like a hermit or that freak in the big house to the town’s people and Savannah, back home like a Loser after getting fired from her job in the big city. Every small town has a couple of misfits, people who are different because of their dreams or choices. They are mostly considered misfits not so much because of their choices but because people around them fail to give them an option to say why they chose differently. So no wonder in all the years after his injuries, despite being a decorated war hero, Asher lives like a hermit. That’s his choice, not because he is scared, afraid or angry but because he cares for the very same people who failed him. He cares enough to save them from their own reactions to his injuries. This makes him a misfit in the town, but to me he is brave and a Hero in every sense of the word.
Savannah, she has a big heart which gives Asher a chance even after hearing the discouraging things and stories the town tells about him. Initially, she has professional reasons to be with and get to know Asher, but the more time she spends with him, the professional reasons become just a formality. What I love about her is that she treats Asher like she would treat any other guy in a romantic situation. Even when Asher himself fails to be normal she balances for him. The simple things like touching and holding hands, first kisses and spending hours just talking to each other are magical in this story. The love and emotions are heightened and feel raw enough that when the characters sigh or gasp or shudder it did the same things to me as well. The personal demons and obstacles they overcome, the silent yet grand gestures they make for their love make it an emotionally sensitive read. It makes me wish for my own Asher.
There are things like Asher being disfigured in the war, his injuries which make him physically different; Savannah making poor choices with regards to few things which land her in a pickle. Things which seem like normal ups and downs in a relationship but it is these things which strengthen their relationship. These minor upsets make them fight and walk away from each other but only physically; under all the fights their passion and need for each other only grows stronger. Strong enough to deal with the misunderstandings and find their way back to each other for a happily ever after.
Asher’s injuries in this story, showed me that treating people with disfigurement or physical limitations differently is not the way. Shunning them is not the solution, what’s important is to treat them like equals and encourage them to be equal. Sympathy and pity tend to alienate them emotionally, it is a difficult situation as most of the time people don’t know how to react and end up reacting negatively. With a little thought you can avoid all the negativity, so think before making a face or saying something rude.
In this story inspired by the classic The Beauty and the Beast, the characters face their inner beasts and overcome them to see the beauty of being together. Beauty of being in Love with each other. I had my emotions all over the place after reading this story and at a loss of words while writing the review, yet I managed to say the things which touched my heart the most. I may not have done complete justice to the story but I can say with guarantee that once you read the story you will want your own relationship to be like that emotionally.
This is book 1 in the Modern Fairy tale series by Katy Regnery, Book 3 Ginger’s Heart, releases in a week on 22nd March, read more about it here. Review of Book 3 will be live on 22/3, I will also be reviewing Book 2 but that will be at the end of the month. It will not be in continuity, but the good thing is the stories are standalone so you wont miss out story wise.
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Reviewed by Bharti