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.
Can I even put into words how beautiful this story was? How it moved me and made me understand love on a level I never knew even existed? I am going to try.
“But his life wasn’t living, and she was a person of the world. She lived in the sunshine, not shrouded in shadows.”
I LOVE Beauty and the Beast modern stories. So I was immediately intrigued when I read the synopsis. But that doesn’t even describe a fraction of this deeply moving story. Savannah Carmichael returns home in the South from NYC to lick her wounds. She has lost her prestigious job as a journalist and is trying to get back on her feet. A chance of a lifetime comes up and she is assigned to write a column for a Lifestyles section of a newspaper. She comes up with the idea to interview the town recluse, Asher Lee.He is a veteran and has also returned home after his injuries in Afghanistan. He lives in solitude, except for his family friend, Miss Potts. He never ventures out, but Savannah believes in his story to be told.
“You terrify me.”
Asher agrees on the interview with certain terms. Once Savannah comes in direct contact with Asher, she gasps. Half of his face is disfigured, and he is missing an arm, due to an IED explosion he encountered in Afghanistan. I love that the author doesn’t make it seem like this is some slight disfigurement. The realness factor of this story is what drew me in. As Savannah gets over the initial shock of seeing him, she realizes that despite everything, he's still all man. His body, his stature, he is still handsome. But broken. Emotionally and physically.
“The problem with hope was that you were required to acknowledge the possibility of not getting what you desperately hoped for.”
The first meeting the walls are up. For the both of them. Asher doesn’t know how to let the walls down, and let others in, while Savannah knows she just has a job to do. But as time goes on, they connect. They both have so much more in common than they ever realized. They fall. Slowly. Irrevocably. In love. When I say this is the most beautiful love story I have ever read, I mean it. It was emotional and passionate. And I cannot wait to read every single thing that this author has written.
“I’ve never felt like this about anyone. Not in my whole life.”
I fell so deeply in love with this story. I can barely put it into words. There are times where I laughed out loud. As their relationship is witty, funny, and their chemistry off the charts. Other times, I could barely make out the words on my kindle as my eyes swam in tears. I was so overwhelmed of the deep-seated and infinite love story.
“I love you. Don’t you know I’d do anything for you?”
Savannah’s heart. Just wow. Her love knows no barriers. Her love overcomes them. Asher is a shattered man. On the inside and the outside. But her love for Asher? It heals. It gives him hope he never knew that could exist for a beautiful soul like him. She never forgets that he doesn’t look like everyone else on the outside, but what difference does that make when he has the most inspiring and captivating heart and soul? That she loves so deeply without regard.
“So deeply bound to my heart, so fiercely bound to my soul, I realized that me without you is impossible.”
Asher Lee loves with a love so deep. He loves Savannah fiercely. Tenderly. Loudly. He protects his love for her. He becomes HER protector. Is there a man who has ever loved as intensely as him? His love for her is eminent. Never ending. He desires and covets Savannah more than any man I have ever read about. I am so privileged to have experienced reading a love like his.
“You’re my miracle, Savannah, and I will always belong to you.”
The Vixen And The Vet reassures the profoundness in love and all it encompasses. All that love can endure. Overcome. It attests to the truth in love that it doesn’t see. It simply feels. As much as their love is beautiful, it is not easy. They face adversity. In their love and their life. Circumstances challenge them. But their love always remains.
USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.
Now exclusively self-published, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled Blueberry Lane Series which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story and Ambler families of Philadelphia, the four-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series, the standalone novel, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and a standalone novella, Frosted.
Katy's first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Four of her books: The Vixen and the Vet (a modern fairytale), Never Let You Go (a modern fairytale), Falling for Fitz (The English Brothers #2) and By Proxy (Heart of Montana #1) have been #1 genre bestsellers on Amazon. Katy's boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.
Upcoming (2016) Projects:
Ginger's Heart, a modern fairytale
Restoring Love at Bolton Castle, Enchanted Places #2
Jonquils for Jax, The Rousseaus #1 (The Blueberry Lane Series #12)
Marry Me Mad, The Rousseaus #2 (The Blueberry Lane Series #13)
J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis, The Rousseaus #3 (The Blueberry Lane Series #14)
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