The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow (Review)

32623625Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: New Adult, Adult, Romance

Summary: Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.

The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s length.

Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed.

The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile.

But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands, the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3 lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records? Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter.

The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to-loath-to-love standalone novel filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped in your hands.

My thoughts: MORE. NEW. ADULT. NOVELS. NOT. CENTERED. AROUND. ROMANCE! I am obsessed with The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow because it shows characters in their 20’s-30’s going on action packed adventures and suspenseful spy missions without the entire story focusing around a romance. New Adult novels are mostly considered to be love stories, and I am SO glad that Mellows created a spy New Adult novel, especially because it gave me so many Mission Impossible vibes. It completely blew me away from the witty characters to the ever changing story line that left me wondering what was going to happen next. It was everything I wanted and more in a book centered around two secret operatives who hate one another and are forced to go on a dangerous mission together. 

My absolute favorite aspect of this novel was Nashville and Carter who both had narratives in this story with distinct voices to differentiate from one another. Nashville had a dry, cold humor shown in her chapters, and I absolutely adored her character. She was never impressed by the men around her and is one of the strongest female leads that I’ve read about in a while, both physically and emotionally. Her character development is so well written and seeing her grow as a person and warm up to the world around her was so fun to read about. Carter, on the other hand, was so suave and the jokes he made just to annoy Nashville were so hilarious. His distinct voice stood out to me more because he was such a stark contrast to Nashville who he butted heads with. Their dynamic was great and I felt their chemistry rolling off the pages whenever they had to work together. Their banter and how well they worked together was what really made this book so well written. 

Another aspect of the story that was fascinating were the operative/spy portions of the story that was always the center problem that the characters had to face. The missions Nashville and Carter had to go on around the world were so well thought out and reading their fight scenes were amazing as well. I usually get muddled up when reading fight scenes because the descriptions aren’t well written, but Mellow painted each scene flawlessly when the characters were fighting or planning their missions using epic gadgets to take down the enemy. 

Having never read a spy book before, I was obsessed with every detail of this story, especially the entire ordeal of Nashville and Carter who hated each other having to work together on a mission. The twists and turns that unfurled as the book developed were amazing, the plot twists took me off guard, and the characters were so well developed, along with the special abilities that Nashville had. The story’s pace was fleshed out perfectly in order to build suspence and keep me wondering what was going to happen next. 

My only complaint about the novel is the use of the words “psycho” and “crazy” that were used as descriptions, at times that could have easily been taken out to not offend readers. I also wished that Nashville’s Mexican heritage was shown more throughtout the novel because she was white washed to be pale and have red hair. It didn’t feel authentic enough to me that she was of Mexican decent when it wasn’t shown in the story. 

 Book Info: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble 

* I received an E-ARC of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review *

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