on June 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Personal Copy
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.
ATTENTION: THERE ARE CUTE DOGS IN THIS BOOK!!! The Foxe and the Hound was a fun Rom-Com read. I’ve read several of R.S. Grey’s books and know I’m in store for a funny story and a light take on the enemies-to-lovers plot. This one delivered on both AND had an adorable Bernese Mountain Dog puppy named Mouse acting as the matchmaker!
What I liked…
This was an extremely well-written book with a wonderfully developed plot. Madeline is walking her dog to the vet when he escapes and jumps on Adam – covering his suit in mud. Madeline then arrives at the vet only to discover that Adam is the new veterinarian! Adam is resistant to enter a new relationship but keeps running into Madeline in their small Texas town. One thing leads to another and Madeline convinces Adam to buy a house from her in exchange for pretending to be his girlfriend.
where I struggled…
The characters were very well written and developed, but admittedly drove me bonkers. I’m hesitant to say anything because this comes down to personal preference, but I couldn’t relate to them and kept wondering why they were together. Madeline is a 27-year-old struggling real estate agent that’s behind on rent and trying to figure out what to do with her life. She survives on sass and sarcasm and I’m pretty convinced she has a hidden evil streak. She knows there’s more for her than her small Texan town, but came across as unmotivated to leave.
Adam was a big roller coaster for me – equally making me swoon and driving me crazy! He could be infuriating, but always realized his issues and called himself out on his s**t more than once (greatly appreciated!). He’d tell Madeline he wasn’t interested in dating but proceeded to lead her on with his flirting. He acted like he had all the answers when it came to their not-a-relationship, but would eventually realize his mistakes and work hard for redemption. Overall he was a sweet guy with some great moments, but his actions towards Madeline due to his bad previous relationships was really hard for me to get behind.
The Foxe and the Hound was a well written, enjoyable book and I’ll continue to read whatever R.S. Grey writes. I had a hard time relating to the characters as both had significant personal issues and growing up to do. I’m not convinced either of them are in a good place for a relationship; however, I will always be happy when two people are happy together.