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The Animal Under The Fur

The Animal Under The Fur

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by E.J. Mellow

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From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight.

Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.

The trick


From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight.

Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.

The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s length.

Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed.

The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile.

But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands, the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3 lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records? Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter.

The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to-loath-to-love standalone novel filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped in your hands.

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The Animal Under The Fur 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Triciab04 26 days ago
In the Dreamland series the world enchanted, it beckoned you in with its wondrous promise of something more, something otherworldly. In The Animal Under the Fur the beast awed. Earthy, both primitive and refined. Its roar demanded your respect. Its force simultaneously ensnared and enslaved you. Like with any wild animal you encounter, you can't help but admire its beauty and the coiled strength, barely contained, lying in wait just below the surface. Nashville is a tangle of contradictions, both fierce friend and ferocious enemy, caring and yet closed off, fire and ice, wild but never reckless, senses overloaded with every sight, smell, taste and touch, yet never allowing true sensation to penetrate her well guarded barriers. The woman on the outside drawing you in with her allure while the animal inside would have you fleeing, if only to be able to relish the act of chasing down its prey. I truly couldn't get enough of Nashville. Her uninhibited wildness was a siren song I couldn't turn off. While Carter proved to be a worthy counterpart, although I think it is impossible to fully match Nashville's brilliance. I was absolutely captivated by their relationship none the less. For their many similarities they also had innate differences that only seemed to make them an even better match for one another. I loved how he got under her skin at every turn, and how elated his dastardly deeds made him. Watching her squirm might have been his favorite past time, and I couldn't get enough. I'm not quite sure what I enjoyed more, the fighting or loving! They were magnets, both South and North poles, repelling and attracting with equal force. Either way they went that electric, magnetic intensity bewitched. The calculated plot helped drive this story and its gloriously enigmatic characters along at a steady pace. This story was driven and concise. A story of blood and teeth and survival of the fittest, with some unexpected twists and turns waiting around the bend. Just strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.
taramichelle 29 days ago
The Animal Under The Fur is the spy thriller I never knew I needed. It’s James Bond meets the Black Widow. Even with a high-octane adventure going on, Mellow manages to ground this novel by exposing the human side of Nashville and Carter. From the moment the reader meets Nashville Brown, I knew I was going to like her. She’s tough and leather-clad but fiercely loyal and loving. I loved seeing her character development throughout the novel. In the afterwards, the author mentions that she consulted a specialist to determine what the psychological effects of the operative lifestyle would be. Her attention to detail truly shows in the way that Nashville is portrayed. As for Carter, I pretty much hated him at the beginning. Cool, suave, and a little too full of himself, Carter is a modern Bond. While I didn’t warm to the character until about halfway through, I always looked forward to the clashes between him and Nashville. The tension between the two of them kept me engrossed in the story. Mellow’s skill as a writer showed in the way that my feelings toward Carter changed as Nashville’s did. His somewhat deplorable outer layers are slowly peeled away to reveal a deeply damaged but overall good man. The plot was intricate and engaging. Even though I had suspicions of what would happen, the reality was still enough of a surprise that I remained totally hooked. While the action may have been high-stakes and fantastic, the emotional core of this novel was ultimately very relatable and down to earth. I absolutely loved the detail about the spy work in this book. From stake-outs in the forest for days on end to detailed mission briefings, the details brought this story alive for me. Toward the end, the novel does take on a somewhat more science fiction/fantasy tone. I enjoyed that but I know that some readers may not. There are some more adult scenes but they can be easily skimmed or skipped without missing anything vital to the story. I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for either a good spy story or an excellent hate to love romance. *I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
paperdollsletter_18 29 days ago
This is my first book to read from Ms. Ej. I want to thank her for sending me an eARC of her book for an honest review. On Nashville: She doesn't swoon unless she can kill the man that makes her. - I like how badass 3 is, she is strong, fierce, and at the same time sweet to those people she trusts. On Carter: He believes revenge is better served burning. - I love everything about Carter, his charm, wit, and naughtiness. First, I was intrigued by the title of this book and second, isn't the cover so gorgeous? I am so happy to receive an eARC. I was a bit confused at first the way the book started but understood it fully well in the following chapters. The character development was really visible and the plot was great. I love how the book doesn't only focus on the MC (though they narrate the chapters) but it also gave importance to the side characters. I love how it is not an instant love kind of romance, I also like the love-hate relationship between Nash and Carter. I found their banter funny and witty at the same time, kind of predictable. I didn't expect this book to be my kind of genre, an action packed novel with a hint of mystery. This book is quite intense I want to devour like I really can't stop reading since I want to know what will happen in the next chapter. https://paperdollsletter.wordpress.com/2017/03/30/the-animal-under-the-fur-release-day/
Bookfreak_101 30 days ago
Mellow has done it again! With writing that truly transports you into another world, characters that make you laugh, cry and swoon, and a plot that will make your heart stop, only to race faster than ever. Nashville (a.k.a 3) is totally badass! I totally loved her! It was like reading about two different women, and I loved both of them! Nashville is badass, protective of those she loves (although they are very few), and loyal. She was fun to read about, yet her story broke my heart. Growing up an orphan, mostly alone except for her only friend Ceci, she doesn’t easily let others in. I am so in love with Carter! It took one sentence for me to fall in love with him. I don’t know how Mellow does it, but with minimal effort, she can make you love pretty much any character. Carter lost his family and since then, he doesn’t let people in. Like Nashville, he’s totally badass and awesome. Not only were they totally awesome and really fun to read about, but the character development was also great. Both Nashville and Carter changed a lot through the book, they accepted their flaws, and worked with it. They were also really layered, neither of them was just good or bad, they had their flaws. That’s what made them so relatable and real. The side characters were also awesome. I loved Ceci, Akoni and Jules, but especially Ceci. Ceci is basically the very opposite of Nashville, and the dynamics between the two of them was just great. It was really fun to read about their very different relationship, to see how Ceci balanced Nashville’s sometimes (okay, often) crazy. I have a weakness for great friendship in books. This book was intense. Both Nashville and Carter can best be described as intense. Reading about them was really intense. I don’t think I was able to catch my breath in the day it took to finish reading. The romance was both heart-stopping and swoon-inducing, and some of the scenes between them had me fanning myself. The writing is out of this world. I’d like to know what sort of demon Mellow made a deal with to be able to write like this, so I can seek it out for myself. Writing like this is such a rare thing, and I’m grateful to have found it. It’s one thing to write good, but a whole different thing to write like this! Mellow’s writing is pure magic, pulling you in and keeping you there until the book is finished and you realize it was just a book. Leaving you reeling and trying to process what on Earth just happened. The plot was great! Considering everything else that was amazing about this book, I’m afraid the plot loses some attention, but it was just as great as the rest of the book. The pacing was as close to perfect as it can get, it was unpredictable and kept me on my toes. The only problem with TAUTF was that it was over way too soon. I wanted to savor it, but it was just impossible to put it down. Basically, this one is one you don't want to miss. If there was ever a book you cannot miss, it is this one. With totally badass characters, writing that is out of this world, and a unique, unpredictable plot, The Animal Under the Fur will take you on an emotional roller-coaster like nothing you've ever experienced before. So go order your copy now!