The Foxe and the Hound by R.S. Grey – Jenn’s Review

WHY I READ

RS Grey is a top favorite author. I’ll read anything she writes.

WHAT I RATED IT

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.

It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.

JENN’S REVIEW

RS Grey is a shining light in the indie community. Every time I open up one of her books, I know I’m in for exceptional storytelling with multi-dimensional characters. The banter between the characters is engaging, and I am always sucked into the story from the first sentence. No warm up needed. You often hear of actors having comedic timing, and the same is true for Grey. She gets the jokes right every time, and mixes them well among the drama. We got all of that and more in The Foxe and the Hound.

Madeleine Thatcher is the sister of Lucas, who stars in Anything You Can Do, another favorite of mine. We also know her as Daisy’s best friend, and we get to spend some time with both of them in this book. Madeleine is a realtor, and a complete mess. She knows it, but she is really trying to better herself. I wanted to buy a house from her, just so she could get back in the game. When she, and her adorable “puppy” Mouse, meet Adam in a really fun way (for the reader, not so much them), she’s already convinced herself to hate him. When an opportunity presents itself for them to spend more time together, she jumps on it. But not for the same reasons as Adam.

Adam was infuriating as he was adorable. While I understood his reasons for not wanting to lead Madeleine on, he didn’t do a very good job of staying away from her. They both knew there was a connection there, but this book had a nice slow burn, hate to lovers vibe. I liked that they didn’t jump each other from the word go.

The Foxe and the Hound had the perfect amount of angst, too. It wasn’t all rom-com. I stopped counting the number of times my heart ached for Madeleine. I saw so much of myself in her, and just wished for her to find what made her happy.  While I was sure that Grey was going to give us the happy ending we wanted, there were moments she really made Madeleine and Adam work for it.  Once I started this book, I had to read it through until the very last word. It kept a strong hold on me throughout, and I still find myself thinking about it a few days later.  This is another must read!

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