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 About THE FOXE & THE HOUND

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.

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I follow his gaze to where my dress has ridden up. When I’m standing, it’s a modest length, but the leather seats in his Audi have hiked up the skirt and a few inches of my thighs are now on perfect display.

His gaze drags down, pausing on my lips for a moment before he trails down my neck and chest. He’s studying my dress—no, he’s studying my body beneath the fabric. His smile is slow to spread, a little haunting…sexual.

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Book review: The Foxe and The Hound

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Title The Foxe and The Hound

Author R.S.Grey

Rating ★★★★★

Publication Date June 1st 2017

Source I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis A full-length STANDALONE romantic comedy from USA TODAY bestselling author R.S. Grey.

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.

Review

OY with the covfefe, this book was great!

Ahem is this thing on? Taps imaginary microphone … Because you need to listen up, this is an amazing contemporary romance novel and you need to read it asap!

I’ll just admit it right away, I have a soft sport for R.S.Grey’s books, she always writes great characters and they way she builds up this slow-burn atmosphere is incredible. I always find myself almost crushing my Ipad, practically shouting for the characters to do something about their obvious chemistry, and this book was no exception.

Madeleine is a wonderful, quirky 27 year old real estate agent who, like many other milennials, is just trying to get by. I found myself relating to Madeleine in a lot of ways, I know what it was like to just scrape by, wondering how on earth I was going to get money for next month’s rent, and just feeling like everything was against me.

Madeleine has a wonderful man in her life, someone she can always trust. Her lovely, mischievous puppy Mouse. I need a Mouse in my life, doggos are everything! Madeleine can rely on her her gorgeous puppy, who seems to grow bigger by the minute.

One thing that is missing in Madeleine’s life, is a man. I loved the fact that even though it has become some sort of, I won’t say taboo, but somewhere along those lines,  to actually come out and say that you want to be in a relationship, that you want a man, Madeleine isn’t afraid to say that she’s looking for someone special

Enter Adam Foxe, a gorgeous, tall, brown-haired, muscular vetenarian who has just moved to town.

Thanks to Mouse, some mutual friends and oftentimes pure coincidence Adam and Madeleine are thrown together at every turn.

This book has everything you could want, I mean dogs, a hot vet, a female character you can relate to, humor, a battle between attraction and reluctance? Yes please. This book had these things in spades. There was so much back and forth between these two, and it was glorious, because of the fantastic chemistry between Adam and Madeleine.Teaser#1.png

This book made me snort, it made my heart hurt and it made me so happy that you have an author like R.S. Grey who weaves these brilliant stories together filled with both fluffy and heavy emotions.

Make sure you pick up this wonderful romantic comedy, you won’t regret it and seriously, I need to know more about Adam and Madeleine’s life!

Book review: Caraval

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Author Stephanie Garber

Rating ★★★★☆

Remember, it’s only a game … 

With a sentence like that in a synopsis, how can you not be drawn to this story immediately?

I’ve seen so many posts about Caraval in the #bookstagramcommunity and seen rave reviews for it, and let’s be honest the cover of this book is incredible, a bookstagrammer’s dream!

So I had to get it, not really knowing what kind of story I was in for, and what a ride it was.

Plot 

“Welcome, welcome to Caraval … beware of getting swept too far away.” 

The Dragna sisters, Scarlett and Donatella, have never left their tiny island where they live with their cruel and powerful father. Scarlett is set to marry a count in a marriage arranged by her father, and due to the upcoming wedding, Scarlett once again dreams of attending Caraval, a once-a-year performance, in which the audience participates until the very end.

Scarlett has been writing letters to the creator of Caraval for years and years without getting a reply, but now she not only receives a reply, she receives an invitation to join in on the performance.

Alongside her sister and a mysterious sailor, Julian, they whisk away to the show.

And that’s when it happens, Donatella – Tella, is kidnapped by the creator of Caraval, a mastermind called Legend, and soon it becomes clear that the show revolves around finding Tella, whoever finds her first, will be crowned winner.

Scarlett is desperate to find her sister, and she has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is just an elaborate performance. Real or not, Scarlett is thrown into a world filled with magic, love and heartbreaks, and she only has five days to find her sister, otherwise Tella will be gone forever.

The world of Caraval was so intriguing and the set-up was brilliant, I found myself drawn to Scarlett, but even more so to the character of Julian and the budding romance with one of the sisters (I’m a sucker for romance, alright?!)

The relationship between the sisters was a compelling one, and the way they both tried to save each other from their father’s abuse.

All in all, it was a great book, with wonderful writing, however it fell a bit flat, after all of the hype I’d seen. I thought it was going to be something more, something more spectacular, and the ending was a bit of a let-down. That being said, it did have a twist that made me very eager to read the second book in the series.

 

 

 

Book review: The Night Circus

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Author Erin Morgenstern

Rating 4.5/5

I’ve decided to try something new instead of just writing, writing, writing. I got the inspiration from adear friend Anniek and how she divides her reviews into: plot, characters, writing style and conclusion. We’ll see how that goes 🙂

 

Plot

Two brilliant magicians have to train two protégés of their own choosing, and have them battle.

The protégés are children when chosen and they are trained by each magician, learning different skills.

The two opponents as they become have no clue who they are up against, they don’t know who the other opponent is and they are also left in the dark about what the contest is actually about, they only know that they are to show off their magic.

This is where the circus appears and this magically enchanted place becomes their battlefield. This is where the magic happens … I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself!! 😀

There is a lot of guessing throughout the book, you keep wondering what the end game is, how will a winner be chosen, why are we jumping back and forth in time, what can they do, etc.

And then in the midst of all of this, a love story also starts to unfold between the two opponents without either of them knowing what the outcome of the game is.

I found myself constantly guessing, and I wanted to skip ahead to see what would happen!

Characters

There are several characters to keep track of in this story (around 15 I think), I’ll just mention a few, otherwise this will be waaaay too long.

One of the main characters in the story is Celia Bowen, and I decided to highlight her, as she grows up with the circus and you follow her story from childhood.

As a young girl Celia’s mother dies and she goes to live with her father, Hector Bowen – one of the brilliant magicians. Celia appears to have natural abilities when it comes to magic, and her father wants to take advantage of those and he does so by training her from a very young age.

Celia is one of the opponents in the game, and she is a performer in the night circus, where she has her own tent.

It would be silly not to highlight the other opponent in the story, an orphan boy, whose name is Marco.

Marco is taken in by the other brilliant magician and trained mostly throught books and practice. He does not appear to have natural abilities, but rather learns to manipulate the world around through hard work and determination.

His role in the circus is not as obvious as Celia’s, as Marco actually stays put in London where he works as an assistant to Chandress, the proprietor of The Night Circus. But as the story goes on, you find out just how much he contributes to the cirus.

As mentioned there are around 15 characters in this story to keep track of, and they all have a significant role to play in the circus, however I’ll let you discover them yourself, if you decided to read the book 🙂

Writing style

Magic is a constant in “The Night Circus” and the writing of the story itself is also purely magic. You are drawn into The Night Circus, and it is described eloquently that you can practically smell the popcorns popping, feel the bright lights on your face and sense the atmosphere after you purchase your ticket at the ticket booth to enther this asthonishing place.

Honestly the setting and mood sold the book for me, and Morgenstern’s style of writing fits the story so well, however it was also a challenge, as it goes back and forth in time, weaving together characters, plotlines and settings, and it takes a bit of effort to keep up.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a story where there are additions in a second POV speaking directly to you as the reader, who is about to enter the circus, and that really added to the magic of the book.

Conclusion

This was a brilliantly written book, driven by its amazing setting and atmosphere. And those two aspects really kept me invested.

The plot was interesting, I liked the love story that starts to unfold as well, and you never quite knew where the story would go, which was fun. The ending was rather interesting as well.

If you are into magic, beautiful prose and descriptive settings, then join the circus as it arrives without warning, and who knows? Perhaps you’ll be a rêveur  of the circus as well 🙂

Book review: You

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Title You

Author Caroline Kepnes

Rating 4.5/5

Synopsis 

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

Review 

This book had me hooked from the first page, I’ve never read anything quite like it.

This book is told from the POV of Joe, who is a stalker. He becomes obsessed with Beck, a young girl, who enters the bookstore where he works.

After her purchase, Joe looks up her information online, and from there, it is on. Joe is obsessed.
He spies on her, he enters her private home, and he hacks her social media accounts, thereby gaining access to all areas of her life, all the while he gradually tries to establish a relationship with her.

From a narrative point of view, it is an incredibly fascinating story. Joe’s mind is a twisted place to be, and as charming as he seems one minute, the next he is as unreliable as one can be. He truly believes that he and Beck are meant to be together, and nothing will stand in his way of achieving the happiness that he deserves, even if it means murder.

This book was such a page turner, and if you’re in the mood for something creepy, this is your book!

Book review: The Nightingale

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Title  The Nightingale

Author Kristin Hannah

Rating 5/5

Synopsis 

Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

Review

Last night I completely broke down in tears after reading this beautifully written book. I had planned on typing a review as soon as I finished, but I had to compose myself and get some distance.

Love can be so many different things, a love for your partner, for your parents, your children. But love is also the ability to let go, when it’s the best for you and this story has all those different kinds of love incorporated in this tragic era of history.

Love in all its nuances is what makes this book so amazing, along with two absolutely brilliant female characters who both experience such fantastic developments over the course of this book.

This is the second WWII themed book that I’ve read this year, and I have to say that they have book been incredible.

The Nightingale soared up on my all time favorite book list, it’s well-written and it’s important.

I’ll admit up front that the first couple of chapters were just alright to me, but then something happened, the women in the story started showing their true colors and I was hooked. It was a constant battle for me, not to read too fast, but savor the words in this book, take them all in and surrender myself to the French countryside, the city of Paris and mountains to Spain.

The book centers around two sisters living in France. The youngest sister, Isabelle, is headstrong, impulsive and reckless at times. She hates the Nazis when the fire of a thousand suns and her hatred drives her to join a French Resistance group. Here she starts passing letters, but soon that is not enough for her, and she moves on to bigger and more dangerous actions.

The oldest sister, Vianne, is a teacher, married to her childhood sweetheart. Her husband is drafted for the war and she is left alone in her village with her daughter. She has her best friend Rachel, as well as Rachel’s children to keep her company, until a Nazi general moves into her house, and from there things rapidly become complicated.

Both sisters go through major events and their lives are forever marked by the grusome war and everything that comes with it.

Make no mistake, this book, while being so beautifully written, it also tackles the horrid events that occur in war. It does not shy away from torture, deaths, hunger and rape, they are not overly graphic.

It was such a powerful read, and I found myself reading the last couple of chapters with tears running down my cheeks. Despite the tragic events, the horrific scenes, the book is about survival, love and hope, and I am so grateful to have read this book.

Book review: In a dark, dark wood

Title  In a dark, dark wood

Author Ruth Ware

Rating 3/5

Synopsis 

In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room….

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

Review

There’s just something about woods, isn’t there? They can be inviting, full of life and so lush, bright and green. Then nightfall comes and everything changes in a dark, dark wood.

I had to read this book over several days, and I had a hard time putting it down (damn you work).

It was a fast read though, the book is fast-paced and you eagerly turn to read the next page, because what exactly happend?!

Leonora, Lee, Leo, Nora – the protagonist goes by many names wakes up in a hospital bed, banged up, bruised,  and with partial memory loss. What happened to her?

Nora was invited to an estranged friend’s hen-party, and after some consideration, she decides to go. She drives to a cabin in the woods, with her friend Nina and as they drive, they both discuss why on earth Clare Cavendish decided to invite Nora, as they haven’t been in touch for years.

I think a lot of people will be able to recognize Clare Cavendish as a person they’ve met at some point in their lives. I know I had a Clare, who I was in awe of, and I didn’t realize at the time that I was also being manipulated.

That is the the type of friend that Clare is, popular, sweet, but with a cunning and manipulating side to her, the kind person who likes to stirr the pot every once in a while, just to see what will happen.

At the cabin, Nora and Nina are met by Flo, Clare’s self-proclaimed bff, and soon they’re joined by Melanie and Tom, who are all there to celebrate Clare.

As I read the story, I kept trying to figure out what the plot twist was going to be, and it was impossible. The cabin they’re staying at is a perfect background to the story as it unfolds, with various hen-night activities.

It kept me on the edge of my seat, the story was interesting, and likewise with the characters, although I will say that I did find them a tad bit juvenile at times, despite the fact that they are in their late twenties.

I’ll definitely be reading more from this author, ‘The woman in Cabin 10’ is already on my shelf, and I’ll be reading it later this year 🙂