The Vixen and the Vet (A Modern Fairytale, #1)

The Vixen and the Vet (A Modern Fairytale, #1)

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by Katy Regnery

**2015 RITA Finalist!** 

"With Southern charm and a deeply romantic plot, readers will fall in love with this modern day fairy tale." --RT BOOK REVIEWS 

In this modern-retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," Savannah Carmichael, betrayed by an unreliable source, returns to her hometown of


**2015 RITA Finalist!** 

"With Southern charm and a deeply romantic plot, readers will fall in love with this modern day fairy tale." --RT BOOK REVIEWS 

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. 

** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity, realistically depicted scenes of war and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.** 

All novels in the ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 

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The Vixen and the Vet is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) - available now

Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) - available now

Ginger's Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) - available now

Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) - available June 2016

Don't Speak (The Little Mermaid) - available 2017

Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) - available 2017

Love my fairytales? I'm always open to suggestions! E-mail me your favorite and maybe I'll reimagine it for you!

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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, 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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The Vixen and the Vet 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Peachey04 More than 1 year ago
WOW!! I have always been emotionally touch by stories that involve wounded veterans but Katy Regnery has taken it to a whole new level! This book is absolutely fantastic! A wonderfully written story with in-depth characters that is told with such caring and passion, I could not put it down. I laughed and cried as two struggling lonely souls find love only to be torn apart. There is longing, hurt, regret, devastation and anger but there is also a beautiful love story as Savannah and Asher embark on an emotionally packed journey to find acceptance, trust and love. This is one book you do not want to miss out on, you will not be disappointed! Received copy for review.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
The Vixen And The Vet by Katy Regnery has to be one of the most beautiful and captivating stories that I have read this year. Asher Lee was the golden boy of Danvers, VA while growing up. He lost his parents when he was young but he worked through the grief and wnt on to college. Then he joined the military because he wanted to give back to his country. He was severly injured by an IED while trying to rescue another soldier. After multiple surgeries he came home to Danvers without his right hand, one ear and severe scarring of his face. Because of his horrific injuries he was not welcomed back by the people of this small town and he became a recluse. He was such a strong character who deeply loved his country and literally gave almost everything. Savannah Carmichael has returned to Danvers in disgrace. She was fired from her reporting job in NYC (her dream job) after writing a story based on inaccurate information from a current boyfriend. She was a strong and independent woman who now felt like a failure. She gets another opportunity to write for a paper doing a human interest piece on a veteran for the 4th of July edition. She picks Asher and that's when their story begins. This story is a very special romantic and emotional love story between two people who have lost their way in the world. It's not all sadness. There are lighter moments as Savannah and Asher begin to know each other. The secondary characters in this story were so important to the storyline. Mrs. Potts, Scarlet, Trent and his brother Lance were so well developed they were integral to the story and Savannah and Asher's growth. I want to thank Katy for her treatment of Asher, which will reflect onto other soldiers who come home disfigured/scarred from serving their country. I also want to thank Katy for donating 50% of the books proceeds through June and July to Operation Mend. This is a really terrific read that will not disappoint any one who enjoys a romance novel with some laughter and a whole lot of emotional growth. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i was able I would of given this book 10 stars! I was sucked in from the beginning and never let go until the last page!!! One if the best books I have read in awhile---- this was the whole package. I laughed, I cried then had the big ugly cry, loved the friendship turned life changing love and the hot sex! This book was the whole package!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who loves a well written love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not finished with this one and I am buying everything else this author has written as soon as I finish this review. I was already inclined to rate it highly just because of the proceeds from the book being donated to Operation Mend. What a lovely bonus that Ms. Regnery is a talented storyteller as well as charitable person. I fell in love with Asher, fell in serious sisterhood like with Savannah (although it's a quintessential southern name, to be sure, I went the OTHER southern route and gave both my children Biblical names like Asher's mother did for him). I'm 7th generation military, with all the life lessons in duty and honor and loyalty that should imply ingrained in me. If Ms. Regnery continues to write, she will always be able to claim that her books have sold, because I will buy every single one of them.
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
5 Stars for The Vixen & the Vet, but this really deserves 6++ Stars! The Vixen & the Vet was perfect from page one! From the beginning this story drew me in and I hated to put it down. The Vixen & the Vet is the story about Asher Lee and Savannah Carmichael who are both struggling with heartache. Asher is soldier that was injured in Afghanistan. Savannah Carmichael is a reporter that lost her job and credibility. Both return home to hide from the world but instead find each other. Asher is suffering from physical pain but that is not the focus of this story. His injuries are extensive but it’s his loneliness that really moved me. Asher has only Miss Pots, his appointed guardian from when his parents were killed. Instead of the town supporting and honoring a veteran, they cringe at the sight of him and call him names. This was so upsetting. So for me The Vixen & the Vet isn’t just a love story. It’s opened my eyes and increased my respect for all the men and women of our military.  The Vixen & the Vet was so well written, the story flowed smoothly and at a great pace that kept me intrigued. The romance scenes were steamy and sexy. The interactions with the characters were funny and heartwarming. And I loved the supporting characters, Miss Pots and Judy Carmichael (Savannah’s mother). Both women are loving and gave sound advice to Asher and Savannah. There is a scene with Judy and her blue ribbons that brought me to tears. With each new book from Katy Regnery I get more impressed with her writing. She surprises me with how creative she is. First it was the text messages in Midsummer Sweetheart (Heart of Montana #2) and now with The Vixen & the Vet it is the references to Beauty and the Beast and the use of the “most important milestones” headings that tied the entire story. These little touches add uniqueness to her stories which keep coming back to her for more. The Vixen & the Vet is a great story and my new favorite from Katy Regnery. This is a book I would read over and over again! I recommend this to everyone! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never been disappointed with Regenry's work, and this one just really hit the spot. It's sweet, moves forward, and has enough quirks that it stands apart from the typical rewrites of fairytales. There's a definite beauty and the beast feel to it, but it in no way 'predicts' or inhibits the storyline.  As a milspouse myself, I can say that I approve of the veteran aspect, and also say that this is the best pick-up-and-feel-good kind of romance I've seen in awhile. Only if you like lots and lots of steam, of course. LOTS OF STEAM.
Redrabbitt More than 1 year ago
Two Wounded Souls Finding Love and Acceptance First off, for the months of June and July 50% of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Operation Mend, which is used to help wounded veterans. This is absolutely a beautifully told story of a wounded veteran, Asher Lee, who came home from Afghanistan after being severely injured by an IED, losing his right hand, injuring his right leg and disfiguring the right side of his face. After a year in the hospital in Texas, he comes back home to Danvers, VA to the family estate. Asher is alive, but by no means is he living. He is an empty shell of a man who has been physically and mentally devastated by his loss and disfigurement. Savannah Carmichael, was a young journalist who had left Danvers, VA for NYC and after college worked for the Sentinel newspaper, her dream. But she accepting information from her boyfriend and called it reliable source, that was anything but. Patrick had used her and she was expendable to save his family. She has come home to lick her wounds. A journalist friend puts her in touch with the Editor for a Phoenix newspaper and she accepts an assignment with possible employment. I am not going to tell the story, instead I am going to say that this is such a beautiful and moving story, one that is full of love, laughter and heartache. It is a story you need to read, it is Asher and Savannah's story.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An awesome story of two people struggling through hard times finding love and purpose in each other. This is a very intricate story and shows us how important it is to look past the surface and really get to know the person. Recommended read.
Livlovesbooks 11 months ago
A hero who reads books including romance? Sold! * ‘Books were his refuge, his only real pleasure.’ Minor spoilers alert!!! This was a truly a sweet story. I absolutely loved that Asher was an avid reader and book collector! It's been ages since I've seen the Disney animated film, The Beauty & The Beast, so I was also glad to be buddy reading it with Eunice who pointed out similarities that went over my head. We analyzed and gushed and generally felt a huge tug on our heart strings. *Random book stats* Writing Style: 3rd person POV Original fairy tale inspiration: Beauty and the Beast Cover: I like the decision to put a cover model in black and white and in profile. It leaves the physical disfigurement up to the reader’s imagination based on the author’s description. And the dog tag is a very nice detailed touch. Chapter headings: There are some cool chapter titles that match the article Savannah’s young sister Scarlet read to her in chapter 1 – i.e. Ch. 3 ‘The first time you sit in comfortable silence.’ A few favorite quotes: ‘There was only so much romance he could read before his heart bled from living vicariously, knowing that life loomed long and his own chances at happily-ever-after were nonexistent. Sometimes he argued with himself–why torture yourself reading about what you can’t ever, ever have?–but a few weeks would go by, and after the thrill of mysteries, the voyeurism of biographies, and the swashbuckling satisfaction of adventure, he’d find himself gravitating toward romance. Again.’ * “I’m sick of living alone. I’m sick of hiding. I want to go to restaurants. I want to go to the library. I don’t want people staring at me. I think…I mean, I thought I was done with the world, but I’m not. And I didn’t know that until I met you. I want to live in the world again because of you.” ** He remembered the words he’d said to Miss Potts the first day Savannah came to call. I’m not fit to rejoin the human race. But now he was. And Savannah had made him want a second change at living.’ ~ I'll definitely be reading Never Let You Go, the next fairy tale inspired novel in this standalone series.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I read this as part of the Hometown Heroes bundle, which had many great stories benefiting pets for vets. However, I was so gripped by this particular story, I felt compelled to leave a separate review. This story really gets to you. I fell in love with the character of Asher Lee (a wounded war hero) along with his love interest, Savannah (a reporter with a wounded heart). Their story made me cry buckets. The highs & lows of their relationship will capture your soul. I highly recommend you read Asher & Savannah's journey. You'll not regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a wow factor enjoyed this story can't wait for her next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a beautiful, wonderful story!! Absolutely loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tale as old as time.....
Yes it is, and Katy Regnery retold it in this modern version with beauty and grace. I was captivated with Asher Lee from his first moment on the page. His southern charm and "Unpolished" ways stole my heart. Savannah and Asher are strong, warm, and utterly perfect together. The evolution from new friends to lovers is smooth and natural feeling from the first interaction. I laughed out loud and cried awful sobs while falling completely in love this this Beauty and Her Beast.

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LisaMcG More than 1 year ago
This book is Katy Regnery's first modernized fairy tale, inspired by the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. She is not the first author to do this, but is possibly one of the most successful at applying it to a real-life scenario that is current, heartfelt, and believable! Early in the book, Savannah and her sister Scarlet are reading a magazine article on the stages of a relationship, and I loved seeing these stages linked with various chapters throughout the book. You will fall in love with Asher Lee over and over again. Miss Potts, Scarlet, and (mom) Judy were some of the endearing secondary characters who added to the charm of the book. The evolution of Asher and Savannah's relationship was beautiful to read, and we are treated to the angst, romance, passion, and betrayal these two characters endure while chasing their HEA. The story is beautifully written and thought provoking. It's the most realistic adaptation of Beauty and the Beast that I've ever read, and I was swept away with these characters. Bravo Ms. Regnery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OH MY this book, you will not be disappointed. I could not put it down, read it in 1 day. We should thank a veteran TODAY! For what they go through when serving our country, and what they continue to endure once they are home. Beautiful story and well written. You get sucked right in from page one. Not many books make me cry, this one did.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
What a story! A love that came out of grief and sorrow, struggled through hurt and betrayal, and came out stronger because of forgiveness. This book lived up to the title of "a modern day fairytale." Katy Regnery's writing was beautiful and her story captivating. How could you not fall in love with it? A truly beautiful love story! "This isn't the sort of love that ends...Its forever."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is beautiful and heart-breaking and uplifting.  Even though I was rooting for the HEA, I did not want the story to end because I wanted to stay involved with these characters.  My heart broke for Asher and what he had been through and I even though I wanted to shake Savannah for being so naive, haven't we all tried to have our cake and eat it too when faced with a difficult choice.  This author 's writing rings true and the characters are normal people, not the usual billionaire saves the poor little girl story.  I will be revisiting this book often and looking for other stories by this author.
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
When Savannah came home dismissed in disgrace from her investigative journalism job in NYC, all she thought about was what she'd have to do to get back into print. Turns out that a patriotic feel-good story served up in time for July 4th would do the trick; but the ambitious young beauty has not idea that it will change her life. Asher Lee hid his scars from the citizens of his hometown because they had made it plain on his return that he was no longer the handsome jock turned pre-med student, but a beast who should hide deep within the shelter of his lonely house. But when a lovely reporter who needs a story shows up, the sheltering walls around his lonely existence start to crumble. I hate to even utter the words Beauty & the Beast about a war hero scarred in body and soul in service to a country that has a hard time looking him in the face, but the fairy tale aspect of that story somewhat fits as Beauty draws him out of hiding into living again. Extraordinarily moving, tenderly told, and sizzlingly sexy, this tale moved me to tears and, like all great love stories, I hated to see it end. Beautiful.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
The Vixen and the Vet, Katy Regenery Review from jeannie zelos book reviews I've enjoyed several of Katy's books now, and looked forward to this one. It was a slow start and I felt maybe it wasn't going to be one that worked for me, but as I continued I slowly got engrossed and absorbed in the developing romance and the story surrounding i,t and simply couldn't put the book down til I'd finished. Savannah, she was someone with ambition, who'd worked hard and yet lost her hard won job through trusting the wrong person. Now she's home and looking for a way forward, to regain her career. She's put onto an editor looking for a 4th July story, which may be her way back into journalism. Knowing there's a local Army Vet who's hidden himself away since he was so disabled in an explosion, and seeing how the town who loved their golden boy has discarded him now he's damaged, she thinks thats just the story to get her back on track. To be fair she does also think its shameful the way Asher has been treated, and isn't one of those people who can't see beyond the surface to the person benenath. You may think people wouldn't act like this, ridicule, ignore someone disabled, expect them to stay out of sight, away from "normal" people. Sadly you'd be wrong. I'm an amputee, and although most people are great, treat me just as they do others there's always a minority who stare, who make pointed remarks, and make it clear that anyone who doesn't look the same should stay out of sight. Katy had some of the townspeoples reactions spot on. I've been asked not to go close to someone's grandchild in case my false leg scared them! Kid's in genral are great, ask what they want and accpet everything are normal - its adults that are rude and scared... Asher agrees to be interviewed, setting some strict conditions. Though he's become pratically a hermit, only seeing his housekeeper Miss Potts ( and she's a real star lady) he's intrigued, and tempted by Savannah. His first instinct is to say no, but Miss Potts knows just the way to goad him into a yes...and that woman is so good for him. She's looked after him since his parents were killed when he was young, and he has no other family. He really is alone, but she sees a way to bring him back into the world with Savannnah's help. Slowly they get to feel more for each other, until they are deeply in love, and Savannah's story is ready. Along the way of the unfolding romance ( and boy is Asher a real romantic or what? That picnic!!) there's her sister's upcoming wedding, and an incident connected with that which has repercussions for them all. Then there's Savannah's story that's slowly changing, Miss Potts and her encouragemnt for Asher's progress with recent medical developments, and then - crash, it all folds like a house of cards. Asher and Savannah are both heartbroken, but it's difficult to see how they can ever get back what they've lost - a true, one only love. Stars: Five, a real love story. ARC supplied by author.
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starznstripes24 More than 1 year ago
This was a great story and told well. I'm generally a sucker for military reads - especially when they reference programs that aid and support our troops. I commend all authors that share the troubles of returning vets - regardless if the issues are physical, emotional or a combination of both. Savannah and Asher fall in love quickly despite his disfigurement from an IED explosion while serving in the military. Savannah's a journalist and has been used - as a result her career is in shambles. An olive branch is dangled her way and she grasps it wholeheartedly. She's to do a human interest piece in time to run for the fourth of July. The paper didn't like the story of the soldier coming home and basically being shunned. They wanted happy, upbeat and uplifting. The two begin to fall in love and Savannah starts to write about thier love story. Can you guess where this is going? Yeah, me too - hence only three stars. The story line was too predictable and superficial for my tastes. Also, the dialog from some of the characters was a little too southern for my midwestern roots. Some of the phrasing took me aback and forced me to re-read them. I know that they are correct, but I'm just not used to reading them in books. While I enjoyed the read, I was surprised when it ended at 89% and my kindle told me I had more than an hour left to read. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick (and mostly happy) read.