Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Performance (Luci): ★★★★★
Performance (Joe): ★★★★★
Storyline: ★★★★ ½
Narrator: Luci Christian, Joe Arden
Audiobook Length: 8hr 34m
Release Date: 10-13-2017
Reading Time: 6 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a review copy of The Foxe and the Hound from AudiOMG! in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author, narrators and/or publisher’s generosity.
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.
First Line: “The love between him and me isn’t right.”
Narrator Review (Luci):
Luci dominated Madeleine’s personality. Why haven’t I ever listened to her before? Because I live under a rock, that’s why. This book is light, humorous and kind of goofy, and Luci’s tone encapsulates this so well.
The quality of her voice is excellent. Although bright, it isn’t annoyingly so. AND! Her mannerisms are consistent throughout the entire performance which is rare in female narrations these days.
My favorite part of The Foxe & the Hound is when Luci—I mean, Madeleine—is in an awkward situation. Err murr gurrd. Luci, I want you with me in every awkward situation I have. This is executed so perfectly. I also really like Luci’s male interpretations, particularly because her portrayal matches that of Joe’s. Luci’s a chameleon.
Narrator Review (Joe):
Joe is one of my favorite narrators of all time. This isn’t a secret. Yoga with Joe is perfection (if you haven’t stretched with this man crooning in your ear, then you haven’t lived.) Unfortunately, I couldn’t listen to this audiobook during my hot yoga class last week because my instructor caught me with my bluetooth earplugs in…talk about awkward. I mean, I was in freaking rabbit pose and the room was terribly hot and sweaty—although, I’m never sure if that’s because of the yoga poses or because of you know who. So, I got busted. I also got lectured at for disrupting my second chakra.
Joe is my chakra. So I say hot yoga is a crock. I won’t be going to Thursday 5am practice for a little while.
The Foxe & the Hound showcases Joe’s versatility. I mean, we’ve all heard him be the sweet guy, or the lovable, wounded man. Here, Joe is a vile pig. He’s king of the farm animals as far as I’m concerned, and I’m just fine with that. Joe takes characterization to a new level. He can narrate practically any role, which is why he’s my default voice boyfriend. Feeling like a biker? Joe Arden. Ooo, maybe a sweet vineyard owner? Joe. Arden.
This man can do it all. He also has the perfect timbre for listening at max volume. You know when you have a narrator that you have to listen to on low because their voice is so pointed? It’s never like that with Joe. He filters his voice through a field of wildflowers. Wildflowers I want to prance around in.
I hate Adam Foxe. I loathe him. I want an obnoxious dog to eat all of his nice clothes. He. Is. An. ***! Ooo, but it’s so provocative. He’s playing this game, and I’m all in.
A character doesn’t have to be likable in order to be relatable. Honestly, I can relate to Adam’s negative juju transmitting into the Universe. I had a crappy weekend, and Adam has a crappy life. We’re a match made in heaven. Want to talk about chakras? Adam has none.
Madeleine, our sweet heroine, on the other hand is the complete opposite of Adam. She is not the luckiest person ever. R.S. Grey did a really nice job not overdoing it here. It’s easy to make bad luck look like idiocy, but this is rendered so perfectly. Madeleine has a heart of gold. It’s no wonder she forgives Adam for all his rudeness…SEXY, HOT RUDENESS!
We are set in a small town in Texas where everyone knows everyone’s business. Madeleine falls in love with a cute little puppy and names him Mouse. Except Mouse grows into a Galamoth puppy.
Madeleine hasn’t had the best string of luck, she’s kind of a space cadet and a hot mess. This puppy is just hilarious and brings lightness to Madeleine’s immediate reality…she is trying to build her way up in the real estate world, except if she doesn’t make a sale quickly, she’s going to be cut loose.
“You’ve worked here for a year this month, Madeleine, and you’ve only closed on one listing.”
She’s merciful in leaving out the fact that the one listing I managed to close on was for my brother and Daisy’s house. That was six months ago…
It only gets worse when she stumbles upon Dr. Adam Foxe, an arrogant pig (as we’ve discussed earlier), and her massive puppy molests him.
Then, she meets Mr. Foxe again as Mouse’s vet.
This doesn’t seem like the worst thing to happen, oh, but it is. Adam and Madeleine don’t necessarily get along the first half of the book. Gaawd, this is so good. Madeleine and her crazy dog pop up and catch Adam off-guard at the most random times. Fate? Perhaps. I think the pup is her fairy godmother guiding her to her prince. Snort. Prince Revolting.
I resist the urge to sear him with my gaze and I think he can tell, because he defuses the situation with a small smile.
Their relationship starts out rocky, this blooms into a friendship and inevitably love. Le sigh. But, of course, R.S. Grey doesn’t keep the love blooming for long! Gah, and yes, these two find a way to screw things up. But we knew this was coming, right? Adam the playa play and Madeleine his sweet muse.
That’s just begging for disaster. Does Madeleine make a sale and keep her job? Why-y-y is Adam in Texas when he’s originally from Chicago?
The Foxe & the Hound is light-hearted, swoony and a perfect summer read. Or, in this case, listen. It’s alluring, captivating and will make you smile. The content surprised me in the sense that Madeleine’s story is equally as enthralling alone as it is with Adam and vice versa. I really loved this book. I needed a read like this.