TeriLyn's thoughts: Ensconced in Southern charm, The Vixen and the Vet reads as contemporary romance PERFECTION. Katy Regnery has a new fangirl in me forever thanks to her beautifully written modern day re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast. While I realize this wasn't published this year it's in my top 3 favorite books read this year for certain. I loved every single thing about it.
With scenes crafted to read as though your watching a movie play out in your mind, Regnery perfectly poises us to fall in love right along side Asher Lee and Savannah Calhoun Carmichael. From the very first time their eyes meet the audacious Savannah leaves a lasting impression on Asher. As journalist Savannah works to settle a career score by writing a piece on the disfigured town veteran an immediate bond strikes deep between the two. Regnery's descriptions of their budding relationship are almost hypnotic - you don't dare rip your eyes from the pages. All of the sensory details so beautifully and innocently constructed painting the most vivid picture in your reading heart. The eloquent prose gives so many descriptors you can feel the raw power of their connection from beginning to end.
Regnery's writing in this book is so character-centric I'm telling you it's impossible not to viscerally feel their connection and feel for their individual plights. Their stories and motivations tangle in your heartstrings making it impossible to stop reading - I was sneaking chapters on my phone at work because the journey of Asher Lee and Savannah Carmichael wouldn't leave my head. The two are always in play even as really great secondary characters play important roles. The separation gaps between Asher and Savannah never take too much page space or plot yet still provide such an impact. And so subtle the plot yet it packs a mean punch in the precise way of it's delivery.
This man. Asher Lee. This man is my MOST FAVORITE kind of man. "The broken hero of my dreams." Asher Lee is the broken, tortured, sensitive, charming man you'll want to makes yours forever. With tunnel vision for the one strong, gorgeous woman - the only woman for whom he's ever felt instantly connected through his years of solidarity - an unbreakable bond is formed. He's the man you want to love and whose love you crave in return even through your well-intentioned mistakes. Asher's the man who gives you butterflies with every look. The man you want to make happier than he's ever been in his life because that's just how happy he makes you. The man for whom your strong enough to endure his pain even in your absolute weakness. The man who protects you without fail or question, who implicitly trusts you. He's the dream. And Savannah Calhoun Carmichael is the woman who gets to live the dream. And Regnery writes them, exquisitely, as exactly that.
Told from the third person POV, which this author excels at writing, simply put: The Vixen and the Vet gives excellent romance - so perfect in it's purity. These are two incredibly honest, perfectly quirky outsiders who find comfort in the companionship, the basic, beautiful friendship of each other. I cried. I giggled. I basked in the many contradictions to their characters that work so well for their vibrant personalities.
Regnery's excellent writing, to me, is reminiscent of a Mia Sheridan or Amy Harmon - with the most intricately deep characters you feel the intimacy and vulnerability in each of them to the point the well-crafted plot plays a secondary role to the narrative.
The Vixen and the Vet bases itself on the human nature in all of us to be unconsciously selfish and guarded. It's an exploration on the tough choices in our lives to protect ourselves from deep hurt and failure. It's about the kindness and forgiveness that lives within each of us, the beauty of opening our hearts to the possibilities in the healing powers of love. It's the story of growth, freedom from one's self, redemption, and falling in irrevocably in love to the point your entire world shifts on its axis.
This story deeply touched me, affected me, in the best of ways. It was truly EPIC, a book I won't soon forget. I'm in awe of the way it made me feel. I'm in greater awe of the story telling ability of Katy Regnery who hooked me right from the beginning and didn't let go until "The End". I'm so very grateful to have read this and think everyone should read it too. Can't wait to discover more stories by Katy Regnery. Bravo.