Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 stars)
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Summary: 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.
My thoughts: The Foxe and the Hound is a cute summery romance novel centering around Madeline whose luck is never on her side. From the beginning of the novel, many unlucky circumstances strikes her, forcing her to interact with a veterinarian named Adam who is a new resident of Madeline’s small town. From the start, their relationship is filled with tension because they don’t get off on the right foot at all during their first encounter. As they see each other more and more with each passing day, circumstances force them to play a fake couple at a family party. That ignites a spark between them that fizzles into a heartwarming contemporary romance that I devoured in one sitting.
I really enjoyed this book because I am a sucker for a good contemporary read, especially if it’s a hate-to-love fake dating type of romance novel. And that’s what kept me hooked to this novel because R.S. Grey has a way with dialogue and creating hilarious scenarios that draw her characters together. The characters, as well, were so genuine and relatable from the start which drew me into the story, considering I could definitely relate to how clumsy Madeline is throughout her life. Oh! And my favorite character of all was Madeline’s adorable dog, Mouse, who stole the show for the entire book. I am in love with all things dogs, so having one included in the story stole my heart completely.
The only thing that kept me from giving this a 5/5 stars is the fact that the two main characters had the worst communication skills ever. 99% of their problems could have been solved, if they only sat down and spoke to one another, so that factor made me fall out of love with this story simply because it was so frustrating to read at times. Also the use of the word ‘psycho’ and making fun of mental illnesses was very crass to me and could have been omitted. I wish authors would stop making crude jokes about mental illnesses for comic relief.
But over all, I had fun reading this story and would recommend it to those who are looking for a lighthearted contemporary read that has adorable puppies and a cute veterinarian in it as well. It’s an adorable and hilarious new adult read that I had a lot of fun diving into.
* I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review *