I just found another one of those 5+++ kind of books in Katy Regnery’s The Vixen and the Vet.
Rating: (Right, you guessed it) Above and beyond 5 out of 5 stars!
Burned by an unreliable source, Savannah Carmichael, returns to her hometown of Danvers, Virginia with her once-promising journalism career in ruins. Given the opportunity to get her skin back in the game by writing a patriotic human interest piece, Savannah turns her attention to the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned to Danvers eight years ago, and hasn’t been seen since.
After an IED explosion in Afghanistan took Asher’s hand and disfigured half of his face, he's lived a quiet life on the outskirts of Danvers where the locals respect his privacy…that is, until Savannah Carmichael comes calling in a borrowed sundress and a plate of homemade brownies. When Asher agrees to be interviewed by Savannah, he starts feeling things for the beautiful reporter that he hasn’t felt in years.
Misfits in small-town Danvers, Savannah and Asher create a bond right away, touching each other’s hearts in ways neither thought possible. When a terrible mistake threatens to drive them apart, they’ll have to decide if the love they found in one another’s arms is strong enough to fight for their hard-won happily ever after.
It’s a lonely life for this broken man. Eight years is a very long time for a person to have barely any contact with another living soul. And no, his pseudo-grandmother/housekeeper does not count. So it’s no wonder how baffled Asher was when young and beautiful Savannah Carmichael came knocking on his door one sunny afternoon with a plate of brownies and wearing her sister’s sundress.
It was really interesting to see how this unlikely pair would mesh together. The eight-year age difference is one thing, but more than that, it seemed very unlikely that their lives would ever cross and intertwine to that degree. So it was certainly a pleasure to see how electric their connection was right from the very beginning. The way Katy Regnery described the way their eyes met, and only their eyes, that first time? Well, color me convinced. It erased every thought I had about Savannah and Asher being anything but perfect for each other.
I’ve never met two characters that fit together more perfectly than they do. And trust me, I’ve read quite a lot of contemporary romance novels. I think what made Savannah and Asher so easy to fall in love with as a couple is that they’re made perfect by all their imperfections. They’ve been shunned and wronged; maybe not in the same way, but still shunned and wronged all the same. They understood each other in such a profound and soul-altering way I can’t help but feel altered, as well. You see, their instant attraction is not based merely on the physical. And that is the thing I loved most about them.
Disfigured and one-handed, Asher had no illusions about what he looks like. He doesn’t believe a face like his is a face a sane woman could ever learn to love. Then Savannah comes a-knocing and destroys every shred of his self-pity. Savannah showed Asher the kind of love that transcends beyond the physical realm. What they felt for each other thrummed on a more visceral level and that’s exactly what readers are made while reading their story. An exquisite, visceral, gut-twisting love.
If you're looking for a captivating love story that will stick with you well after you finish it, look no further. Pick up Katy Regnery's The Vixen and the Vet and fall head over heels for Asher and Savannah.