Foxe & the Hound- R.S. Grey



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.


The Foxe & the Hound was a great light-hearted and quick summer read.  It was a sweet story about Madeleine and Adam- the handsome new veterinarian who arrives in her small town in Texas.  It’s a standalone book but characters from Anything You Can Do make an appearance, so I would suggest reading that one first.

At 27 years old Madeleine is still struggling to figure out adulating.  She doesn’t pay her rent on time, drives a piece of crap car that’s held together with duct tape and a prayer and feels like she should be closer to figuring things out at her age.  And then along comes Adam who isn’t just handsome put seems like he’s got his life together.

I struggled a bit with Madeleine.  Sometimes she seemed like her own worst enemy and I wanted to see her get out of her way. It would have been easier to believe that she was just out of high school vs. her late twenties.  It seemed that when things weren’t going her way she was either quick to jump into “nothing good every happens to me” headspace or blame everyone else for her problems and act immaturely.

“I hate Diane. I fling her cinnamon roll out into the pasture—I will not eat the bread of my enemies, and that’s exactly what she is if she wants Adam to sit down with Olivia. He loved her for so many years. God, he probably still loves her. If they see each other, all those feelings are going to come flooding back, and the fact that she brought Molly—that underhanded bitch knew exactly what she was doing. I stomp out into the pasture and kick the cinnamon roll another ten feet. It feels good to demolish something, though I am now admittedly starving.”

The book opens with Madeleine’s dog basically mauling Adam; he berates her dog-parenting skills only to find out in the next chapter that he’s the new vet.  Their first meeting has all the ingredients to be a typical meet cute but Adam’s crusty response gives it a great twist.  I love that their immediate dislike of each other leads to a bit of an enemies to friends to lover’s plot.

Adam is finding adapting to small town life isn’t happening as quickly as he thought He’s handsome and professional although he’s a bit grumpy and easily annoyed.  Every woman in town is interested in flirting and he just wants to settle in and recover from his life in Chicago.  I really liked Adam a lot.  I have such a soft spot for a grumpy hero.

The best character in the entire book was Madeleine’s dog, Mouse.  He was just adorable.  I could picture him exactly and he and Madeleine were a perfect match.

Overall, the book drama is all very predictable, miscommunication and surprise arrivals of exes but neither drags on for an excruciating length of time.

I didn’t find this book as laugh out loud funny as R.S. Grey’s previous books but it was still cute and sweet especially if you’re a dog lover or looking for a slow-burn book that isn’t the length of a Mariana Zapata.

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About R.S. Grey:

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Review- Knot by M. Mabie (Wake Family)




He knows everything.

She has all the damn answers. I’ve always been a free spirit. It’s my nature.

I crave control, but with her it’s far more. 

He’s a power hungry climber.

Her wealth could buy and sell me. 

It’s too much pressure being the center of anyone’s focus.

She underestimates my desire for her, my need to please just her. 

When he’s vulnerable, it’s hard to deny him.

Her crooked smile cripples me. 

He hides his demons, but I’m no fool.

She thinks not committing to anyone makes her more honest. She’s wrong. 

A man like him deserves someone who can offer that kind of love.

She promises nothing, yet I feel like a king when she says my name. 

I never let anyone possess me like he did. Not before. Not after.

My greatest regret was compromising. I should have never held back. 

Still, when we’re apart I’m not myself.

I miss the days when she was just down the hall. 

He’s better off without me, and it hurts.

The ugly truth is I need her more than she needs me. 

Our relationship was born out of lust and curiosity.

The lies we told ourselves killed it. 

Together, we found Nirvana.

We learned it was all a mirage. 

I ruined him.

I broke her heart. 

I keep coming back.

I can’t let her go. 


I just finished reading the last word of this book, I opened my laptop to start my review while everything was fresh, but I find I’m just staring at my screen.  I keep starting to type my thoughts before back spacing them out right away.  Nothing I write seems good enough to describe the beautiful and emotional writing in Knot.  M. Mabie has indescribable talent, I loved Bait and Sail and I never thought the turmoil I felt during Blake and Casey’s story could be replicated but here I am, at a loss for words.


Knot is standalone but is a spinoff of the Wake series, telling the story of Blake’s brother Reggie and Nora, who we met briefly in the Wake series.  Nothing felt manufactured about Reggie and Nora’s love story. It was emotionally charged but all of the angst was real and personal.


“When did we stop telling the truth?” I asked.  “When we fell in love,” she answered. “I guess when you have something worthy lying for, you’ll lie to protect it.  Even if it is just to yourself.”


Their romance was one of two emotionally flawed peopled who couldn’t get their timing right.  They were ultimately two different versions of the same person who were lost, lonely and afraid of trusting.


Knot is emotional and tense right from the beginning.


“Every happy minute we’d shared was solidly grounded in my mind, but each of her tears eroded bottomless canyons into these memories.  She thought it was just her body, but what she didn’t know was I knew so much more.  I knew her reasons. I knew her demons.  I even knew the truths in the lies she told herself”


There was a lot of push and pull- mostly Nora pushing and Reggie taking her back.  Initially I really disliked Nora, I felt the same way about Blake in the Wake series. M. Mabie has this amazing ability to write a female character that makes me so angry while still leaving me craving a happily ever after for someone I don’t think deserves one.

But Reggie I loved.  My heart hurt for him.  He knew that Nora only offered herself in pieces and he took them hoping for more but never anticipating it was a reality.


“I may eventually find another woman.  I may have sex with her.  I may even enjoy her company and then marry her.  Lost in my thoughts I felt bad for the poor woman who lived in my future.  She’d only get half a man; Nora was the only other human who made me whole”


This book is written in a dual POV, with a timeline that jumps between past and present. The present occurs primarily on one pivotal day and the past chapters are flashbacks in chronological order leading up to that day.  You can feel like you’re handed the story in fragmented pieces and often feel like you know what happens without knowing how they got there which gives you a suspenseful feeling. Due to the timeline jumps and dual perspective this is a book requires your full attention.  If you’re attempting to multi-task it may be difficult to follow and you will probably miss something.  The chapters are labelled with the character’s POV, as being past or present but also with a specific day.  I’d suggest paying attention to the dates, there were a couple times I had to flip backward to double check exactly what day I was on.



One of my favourite features of Knot was that the timing lines up with Blake and Casey’s story.  They overlap almost perfectly and we’re reintroduced to portions of their story from Reggie’s perspective.  It also gave me some fresh eyes since I was re-reading portions of Blake’s story now that I didn’t dislike her as much.  While the book is technically a standalone I would highly recommend reading Bait and Sail first, it will make following the jumping timelines way easier.


I absolutely loved Knot and I will be adding it to my re-read list.  It’s the kind of book where you just know you’ll discover something new or find a connection that you missed every time you read it.  M. Mabie is always a favourite of mine so I expected to love Knot, but she blew me away with this one!




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Everything by Erin Noelle



With my twin sister by my side in our indie-rock duo, Singed Wings, we were ready to finally see our name in lights when we opened for the hottest act to sell out stadiums – Jobu’s Rum Summer Reunion Tour.


The life I’d always wanted was finally within my reach. All I had left to do was finish out my last semester of high school.


But there was one problem: Ms. Sloan, the new art history teacher.


The same Ms. Sloan I’d met as Belle, the sexy little pixie who’d captivated me at a New Year’s Eve concert last year.


The same Ms. Sloan who’d owned nearly every one of my thoughts since that night.


The same Ms. Sloan whose class I was in danger of failing.


With my dream gig dangling just on the other side of that cap and gown, all of my focus should’ve been on my school work and improving my music as I prepared for my big shot to rock the world…


But I never expected her to rock mine first… and to change everything.


Everything is a standalone novel. It is a spin-off from the Book Boyfriend Series.


This book showed up as a suggestion on my Facebook page.  I’ve never read anything else by this author and the blurb described it as the story of Everett, a hot virgin rock star who falls for his high school teacher, Belle.  Initially I was put off by Everett’s age, but I decided I just had to at least attempt a book that tried to cover so many themes.

Everett has a great relationship with his family and twin-sister. His father has arranged an opportunity for him and his sister to go on tour as the opening act for his very successful and famous band as soon as they graduate.  Everett has dreams of a career in music, he’s quiet, introverted and worried about doing anything that will affect his future.  He’s determined to keep his head down and stay out of trouble until he can get finish high school and get on the road.  His plans are derailed when he meets Belle during a gig at his family owned bar.  She’s new in town, getting settled after a bad breakup up, and their chemistry is instant and undeniable.

Imaginary lightning cracked overhead in the cloudless, star-dusted sky we stared at each other.  Intense is too mild a word to describe the electric charge that buzzed inside of me as if tiny needles prickled my skin from head to toe.


Everett is young and sometimes you can really see it in his personality; I thought of him like an alpha male in training.   He took control, knew what he wanted and he wasn’t going to take no for an answer.  I felt his age and selfishness really showed when he was determined to convince Belle that she shouldn’t try to deny their chemistry.  For someone so consumed with his own career and success he didn’t seem to think seriously about how hers would be ruined if anyone found out about them.  She sacrificed much more for him but he jumped to conclusions over and over about Belle’s relationship with other men and then instead of communicating with her through a temper tantrum.


The veins in Dad’s neck pulsed and his dark brows bunched together, his menacing glare speaking a thousand words.  ‘Obviously, something’s happened between you and Belle that’s what’s gotten you so worked up that you’ve forgotten who you are and who the hell is still in charge around here, so I’m going to forgive you for that outburst just once,” he said his voice low and intimidating”


The threat of discipline from Everett’s dad, Mason was a big fat reminder that Everett was still a kid who didn’t have a grasp on being in an adult relationship.

All that being said, I liked Everett a lot more than I liked Belle.  He was sweet and simple whereas Belle could come across as immature and indecisive.


I’d consider this book to be a teacher/ student romance more than anything else.  The male-virgin and rock star parts kind of seemed kind of like they were mentioned in passing simply to make the book more taboo.  While the plot of this book left something to be desired for me I’d definitely give more books by Erin Noelle a chance.  Her descriptions of the chemistry between Everett and Belle were detailed and very poet.   If you’re looking for a taboo read with a HEA pick up Everything, or try out Erin Noelle’s Boyfriend series which tells the story of Everett and Ashlyn’s parents.

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