*Just in time for the most patriotic time of the year, this love story will fill you full of hope*
Readers of this blog and followers on my social media sites will not be surprised by this next statement – I LOVE KATY REGNERY! Katy has been a consistent author in my life since before starting this blog and I have such a blast with her. I’m not quite sure how we got connected on Twitter, but after reading “Playing for Love at Deep Haven” a while back I’ve been devouring her books as quickly as she publishes them.
Her latest book “The Vixen and the Vet” is a stroke of pure genius. I recall that when Katy posted on Facebook she’d started writing a new novel on her vacation (Tsk Tsk!) I was a bit skeptical – a story based loosely based on “Beauty and the Beast”? I had my doubts. Not anymore. This is, without question, my new favorite Katy book.
This modern day fairy tale remix includes the wonderfully sassy Savannah Carmichael and war veteran Asher Lee. Savannah has lived quite the charmed life, growing up with her loving family in Danver, VA then packing up and moving to New York City where she was (until very recently) a successful, up and coming newspaper reporter. Due to a very unfortunate turn of events involving a heart breaker of a man, Savannah is forced to move back home with her parents and attempt to get her life, and her career, back on track.
Asher Lee considers himself a monster. After surviving an IED explosion that severely damaged his face and leg and completely took his right hand, he has shut himself off from the world in his late-parents lovely mansion outside of town for the past eight years. His only contact is with Miss Potts, a dear friend of his family who lives, cooks, cleans and shops for Asher…and also seems to know him better then he knows himself.
When Savannah is given another chance at rebuilding her career by writing a “tug at the heartstrings” lifestyle piece for a newspaper in Phoenix, she thinks of the veteran in the mansion on the hill and decides what better way to tug at the heartstrings of the American public than to write the story of the injured war veteran who returned home to a less than warm welcome.
When Asher agrees to let Savannah interview him he has no idea what he’s getting himself into, and Savannah has no idea she’s about to come face to face with the most interesting man she’s ever met. The two find themselves completely and totally drawn to one another and must deal with the reality of life outside the privacy of Asher’s physical and emotional walls.
Will Savannah and Asher survive life outside of his home? Does Asher have the strength and courage to create a life with Savannah? Does Savannah have what it takes to be in love with a man, and her career?
This is a beautiful story of life, love and longing. Katy does an amazing job of bringing Savannah and Asher to life in a way that is all consuming – I read this book over a month ago, and have continued to think about it every day since! You’ll find yourself laughing, swooning, blushing, crying and rooting for them as they move through their relationship. I was drawn to each character from the very first page, and they kept my attention to the very last word. This is one book I did NOT want to end…in fact I’ve practically begged Katy to write a few more pages so I can read more about Asher and Savannah.
Katy’s writing is so heartfelt and meaningful, it takes my breath away at times. She does a brilliant job in this book making you feel everything while you read – including love and pride for our soldiers and those who care for them. If there is only one book you read this summer, please make it The Vixen and The Vet.
**HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE – for June & July, Katy will be donating 50% of all her profits to the UCLA based Operation Mend. Please tell your friends, and their friends, and their friends…hell, tell your enemies to buy this book! Let’s support our troops and Operation Mend!!!**
Be sure to check out Katy on Facebook where she’s giving away autographed copies of her book!