Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 5 minutes
In this modern-retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” Savannah Carmichael, betrayed by an unreliable source, returns to her hometown of Danvers, Virginia with her once-promising journalism career in ruins. Given the opportunity to get 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 with 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.
First Line: "Savannah Calhoun Carmichael, are you even listenin' to me?"
We start by meeting Savannah Carmichael, a talented journalist who gets thoroughly screwed over. She's back at home in Danvers, Virginia, trying to figure out her next step in life. Have you ever felt like you've taken a huge step backwards in your career? Like there's no way out of the mess that's been made for you? This is Savannah's headspace. She is soon given an opportunity to write a human interest article, and although not incredibly thrilled about the topic, she decides to accept. Next, she needs a human... of interest...
Asher Lee is a hermit. (Yah... a hermit of hotness! I think the stove in my kitchen broke just by thinking about him.) Asher has been living a secluded life for 8 years after coming home from war with unimaginable injuries: he lost his hand and nearly half of his face in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan. He likes to remain unseen, and hopes to keep his privacy... well, private.
No loving parents. No friends...He’d been utterly alone. He’d had no one left to live for, and yet he’d decided to live.
Savannah first meets Asher after deciding to interview him for her human interest piece. Although resilient at first (because he's a cute little hermit hunk 'o MAN), he agrees to speak with her and give her small amounts of his time to discuss disabled veterans. Well, that's what the article is supposed to be written about anyways...
Sigh. Then they fall in love. ♥️
I’m not worried that you’ll find someone else, because there isn’t anyone else on the face of the earth who could ever love you as much as I do... And I’m not worried about me finding someone else, because you brought me back from the dead and gave me a second chance at life. You’re my miracle, Savannah, and I will always belong to you.
Stop it with those sweet words, Asher!
Unfortunately, the past repeats itself and Savannah is, again, screwed over in the world of journalism. Her article about disabled veterans is discombobulated and misconstrued into something shameful and we find her in an even worse place than she was before. Yet another step backwards in the life of Savannah Carmichael.
How in the world is Savannah going to dig herself out of this trench? How does one forgive such a big betrayal? Be sure to carry tissues with you because Katy Regnery is takin' your heart and she ain't givin' it back.
This isn’t the sort of love that ends... It’s forever. We’ll find each other again.
Let me just say this with no preamble: The Vixen and The Vet is one of my favorite books ever. I always associate with Katy's characters whether they be nimble and kind, or rude and aggressive. I see parts of me in Katy's writing which further portrays what an amazing author she is. I'm just thankful I didn't bawl my face off like I did with Don't Speak (out February 27th, 2017)!! On top of that, the military holds a special place in my heart because my daddy served in Vietnam. When we combine all of my loves for life in one book, we get The Vixen and The Vet.
Asher's journey is absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed Savannah's individual transformation, but it isn't as blatant because she mainly acts as a catalyst for change in Asher. He evolves into a person outside of himself. He goes to town for Savannah when he hasn't set foot off his property for years. He is willing to better himself, and not for Savannah, but because he feels he deserves to be the best version of himself possible. The fact that Savannah inspires this in him is so wildly perfect. To balance this symbiotic relationship, Asher inspires Savannah to write like she's never written before, and after spending time with him, Savannah acquires a new sense of self.
Who he was and what he wanted took precedence over how he looked. The man inside, who’d hidden from the world in hurt and anger, was almost completely gone now, and in his place sat Asher Lee—confident and uncertain, fierce and tender, protective, wistful, loyal, vulnerable, attractive, and complicated—made whole again by the love of Savannah Carmichael.
Asher and Savannah are misfits in a world they think will only reject them, and with the strength they find through each other, they learn how to let the world see who they really are. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Katy Regnery you are forever my person. I don't know how you manage to jerk my heart from my body, freeze it, and shove it back only to thaw slowly. Oh it hurts so good.
🔹 AMAZON 🔹