Book Review: The Foxe & The Hound by R.S. Grey

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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.


***ARC received in exchange for an honest review***

In The Foxe and The Hound, readers are brought to the small town of Hamilton, Texas, where we meet the adorable my-life's-a-mess Madeleine, her hyper-energetic pup Mouse, and Hamilton's new, swoony veterinarian Adam. This book radiates with so much warm and inviting charm, making it a perfect rom-com to sit back and enjoy on a lazy Summer afternoon! It delivers laughs and a sexy-sweet romance, all in one delightful package! (I mean, come on, just look at that gorgeous cover...;P)

I didn't plan to be this dysfunctional at 27, but dysfunctionality has a way of creeping up on you. One second, you're 22, wrapping up your undergraduate degree from a top business school, then suddenly, you're sitting alone in your car at 27, wondering how five years slipped through your fingers without so much as a blink.

The first thing that had me cozying up with my Kindle and grinning from ear to ear: Madeleine Thatcher. Rachel absolutely nails this quirky heroine, giving her a bright and spirited personality despite the life-and-love battles laid out in front of her. Her wide-eyed determination and drive kept the story lighthearted and offered up an optimistic message to readers: even when everything seems to be crumbling and nothing is going right, don't give up.

But I do have hope--either that, or I'm way over-caffeinated, I don't know. Does hope make your hands shake?
I loved how Madeleine's character and journey, in a way, pulled at my New Adult-loving heartstrings...but she doesn't fit into that general 18-25 age box. Madeleine is a little reminder that post-college "adulting" isn't always smooth sailing and that you can be a late-20-something and still have a lot to figure out. Her journey and her struggles are entirely relatable...with Madeleine and I actually being the same age!!...and 27 definitely isn't "too old" or "too late" to get your sh*t together and go for your dreams.

"I'm going to kiss you," he announces.
"Don't!" I snap, "Adam Foxe, do NOT under any circumstance-"
He kills the rest of my sentence with his lips.

Sexy vet, Adam Foxe, wasn't too bad either. ;) The initial dislike between Adam and Madeleine, paired with their amusing banter, gave me major Wallbanger (by Alice Clayton) vibes. The stories are obviously completely different, but that blend of cute and funny, sweet and brought to mind a lot of the best things I love about one of my beloved faves--Wallbanger/Simon and Caroline--and romantic comedies in general.

"Why'd you pack cookies?"
"Because you wouldn't tell me what we were doing, and I wanted to be prepared for anything."
"In what situation exactly would you need homemade cookies?"
I frown. "Au contraire--you tell me one situation that isn't made better by cookies."

I truly ate this book up like it was a sweet, sweeet treat. The scenic and charming storytelling kept me wrapped up and unable to put this book down until I finished 4 hours flat. The plot is easy to follow--nothing too twisty or rage-inducing--so if you're looking for something carefree + a happily ever after, this is it! This author writes the kind of delightful humor and fun banter that make me prop my chin in my hands and make googly eyes at my Kindle like a goofball, and Rachel is quickly becoming one of my go-to's for when I'm craving something to brighten up my day and make me smile!


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!