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Title: The Foxe & the HoundMy Review:
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Narrator: Luci Christian, Joe Arden
Length: 8 hours and 34 minutes
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy, Romance
Reading Challenges: Lenoreo's 2018 #LetsReadIndie Challenge
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Listening time 8 hours 34 minutes
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.
4.5 stars — Yup, it’s official. I am in love with both R.S. Grey as an author and Luci Christian as a narrator. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Joe Arden as a narrator is fantastic too. But there is just something about the way Ms. Christian makes Ms. Grey’s hilarious heroines come alive that just works for me. I laughed and laughed through this one, and even got verklemped at times. I didn’t want to put it down, even when I should have been reading other books.
Madeleine was the definition of a hot mess. I’m sure not everyone will appreciate her, but I felt for her struggle with “adulting” and having her life together. Normally I might be turned off by the “woe is me” attitude, but I have been known to suffer from that myself at times, and so I understand how you can get wrapped up in how things are not going right in your life. I loved how hard she tried…how every time she almost got sucked into the blues, she would give herself a pep talk and earnestly try again. I loved having a heroine that enjoyed her job, but whose job wasn’t everything she was…cause you know what? Not everyone has a dream job. And yet she still found fulfillment in life. I guess I just love an insecure woman who still shows up…I can vibe with that.
As with many other books by Ms. Grey, I found it harder to get a feel for Adam. I loved what I saw, but I still kind of wanted more — what were his feelings after his breakup with Olivia? What was he feeling about Madeleine? I don’t know. We’d find out in a roundabout way, but I guess I wouldn’t have minded a bit more time in his head learning about *him*. I was put off by him at first with his temper and his quick rush to judgement…but he was genuinely apologetic, and tried to stop this bad habit. Honestly, a lot of what I loved about him relates to his relationship with Madeleine, and his feelings for her.
The two of them together were hilarious and adorable. They had lots of ups and downs, fights and reconciliations. And I held on, because I wanted them to succeed. And I liked that any misunderstandings didn’t play out too long, and there wasn’t *too* much coyness about feelings.
And the secondary characters were fantastic. Adam’s meddling mom made me laugh with her evil shenanigans, and Madeleine’s friendship with Daisy was hilarious and perfect. Now I really want to read Daisy and Lucas’s book! I loved the little side plot with Mr. Bogs and how that all turned out. And of course the star was Mouse. That dog was hilarious, I could totally picture him.
So yeah, unsurprisingly, another hit from Ms. Grey. I can’t wait to read more, they’re just the kind of lightness I like to sprinkle in when I need a good laugh.