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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.


BOOK REVIEW: The Foxe & the Hound

R.S. Grey

RATING:

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, and 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.

This book was sheer joy to read cover to cover, and it only cemented my undying love for R.S. Grey’s brand of storytelling. A heartwarming romantic comedy with some of the most adorkable characters I’ve ever come across, this book filled me with so many emotions as I read it—from happiness to skin-prickling angst, from laugh-out-loud humour to outright heartache—that I found myself loving every single millisecond of it. As always, R.S. Grey creates magic with her every word, weaving a story that is entirely character-driven, and then glued together by her inimitable, quirky wit. I can’t remember the last time a book sank its hooks so deeply into my heart, but I loved these characters something fierce, and all I wanted to do once I reached the end is go back to the beginning and read the whole thing all over again. An absolute must-read that left me grinning ear to ear.

There’s no denying it: my life is crumbling. I’m days away from caving and moving back in with my parents—either that or just leaping into the Rio Grande and letting it carry me down to Mexico.

Madeleine Thatcher’s life is in shambles. With no love life to speak of, bills that keep piling up, and a career that only seems to be moving backwards, twenty-something-year-old Madeline is tempted every single day to just leave her small hometown behind and start over somewhere else. And it is during one of her typical bad days that she runs into Dr. Adam Foxe, the town’s new veterinarian and hottest eligible bachelor. But while Madeline is immediately attracted to the young vet, all she seems to incite in him is indifference and the occasional scowl of contempt.

“The amount of accidents that happen to you on a daily basis must break some kind of Guinness World Record.”

After finding his fiancé in bed with another man, Adam Foxe moved back to his home town of Hamilton hoping that the familiar surroundings would help him adjust to his new life as a single man. For the first time in eight years, Adam finds himself with no set plans for the future, and the last thing on his mind is to tie himself to another woman anytime soon. But when an assertive brunette and her adorable oversized puppy suddenly sweep into his life like a whirlwind, shaking his resolve to stay unattached and turning their every interaction into a confusing tapestry of mixed signals, Adam tries hard to convince them both that the time is not right for them to be together. Especially since every time they meet, they end up making out.

“I like you. If I were dating right now, I’d want to be with you, okay?”

With her job on the line and her financial struggles only getting worse, Madeline refuses to give up and is willing to do all it takes to bounce back from her current predicament, even give a man whose kisses turn her body into putty the power to break her heart.

“Madeleine?” he asks.
I let out the breath I’ve been holding and the stars lose their shimmer.
“Yeah?”
“Look at me.”
His hands prop up my chin, waiting for me to blink my eyes open. I can’t. Once those light green irises meet mine, he’ll see it all. This is the first date and I’m pretty sure I’m not supposed to be straddling his lap, digging my fingers into his shoulders, slowly losing my mind.
He leans forward and presses a kiss to my cheek. It’s so romantic and soft. I want to capture it in a mason jar and preserve it for later, for a month from now when Adam and I have dissolved into nothing. I could pry it open every now and then for old times’ sake and feel just like I do in this exact moment. He’s buried all the way inside me and I’m shaking and finally, our gazes meet and there’s no going back.

With a set of fascinating lead characters, and a tender, but incredibly sensual love story between them, this book took my breath away with the way it wrought my emotions whichever way it pleased, and it left me feeling high from the kind of euphoric glee that only a great book fills me with. I loved every single thing about it, hated that it had to end, and the adorable puppy was just icing on an already perfect cake. I’m recommending this book with all my heart.

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Most people would have given up already, but not me. I’m tough. I can do this.

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