There will be spoilers because I don’t know any other way to explain why I almost DNF this book.
TITLE: The Foxe and the Hound
BY: R.S. Grey
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: June 1st 2017
NOTES: #2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, #AtoZ Reading Challenge
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.
It’s no secret I’m addicted to R.S. Grey’s books these days. I mentioned that a few times in my past WWW Wednesday posts, which serve as my weekly wrap-up. It’s also no surprise that I love Contemporary Romance. Heck, I’ve already read 15 books this month and I think half of them are in contemporary romance genre. So to say that I was excited to read this book is understatement. Also, the blurb hinted a good banter since they didn’t have a great first meeting. I love enemies/friends-to-lovers trope. The blurb also said about playing fake girlfriend and him helping her with her job. Also, the heroine, Madeleine, is 27 and struggling about her dreams, and I’m 27 and trying hard to achieve my dreams to be an author. I thought, I’d relate to her.
I usually start with the plot or writing but for this book, the characters are definitely what made me almost DNF it and you know what, I should’ve DNF’ed this because reading about the main characters stupid antics and actions is too painful. But well, even though DNF’ing is one of my reading goals this year, old habits don’t die easily. I pushed through the end but I wasn’t happy with the ending. I couldn’t be happy for Adam and Madeleine because basically their story can be rounded into few points – Madeleine trying to sell a house, Adam ignoring her, Madeleine forgiving him and try selling a house, them making out, more ignoring, more making out and then the end.
First, Madeleine. Madeleine is freaking annoying with her desperation about everything. You see, Madeleine is a real state agent who in the entire time working as one, she only sold one house and it’s to her brother. So when Adam entered the story, a newbie in their town, of course she jumped at the chance to sell him a house. It took her several tries before Adam agrees, and it’s only because Adam needs something in return. And so many times, Madeleine keeps texting and calling Adam and Adam keeps ignoring her. Not even one text just to assure Madeleine that okay, he’s not backing out on their agreement. No, he didn’t do that. Worse, Madeleine is always nice and smiling when they see each other again.
Let me just clarify, I get it when you need to be desperate for your job, but Madeleine is obviously more desperate for Adam to be interested to her. Maybe the first time it happened, it’s still about the job, but the next ones, it’s all about Madeleine too eager to know what Adam thinks of her. I was like, “Girl come on, have some pride.” And to be more frank, Madeleine is NOT A GOOD REAL STATE AGENT. I wouldn’t buy a house from her too if she’s my agent. She’s not convincing enough. Watching her pitch a house to a client is like making an old-fashioned teacher walk on a runway — she seems doesn’t want to be there. But she said she enjoys her job.
Back on how she is to Adam, my God, really she’s too desperate. I mean it’s okay to be desperate for our loved ones, especially if it’s your significant other. Sometimes you have to swallow your pride and everything but Adam and her are only in attracted-to-each-other stage.
And Adam, I was ready to swoon for Adam before reading but around 10% of the book, I already dislike him and continue despising him till the end. He’s an ass. Aside from completely ignoring Madeleine’s texts which is unforgivable on its own. He knew how badly Madeleine needs to sell a house and he can’t even give her a single short text saying, yes, I’ll still buy a house for you. No, he waited for them to see each other again before he said so. What he said though sounds like that old, pathetic line, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Ugh!
My god, I mean, I get it. You don’t want to be in a relationship yet because you just got out of a serious relationship. That’s a valid reason but seriously, stop giving the poor girl mixed signals. The worse thing is he knows he’s being unfair, and yet he still does it. There’s this one scene where Adam told Madeleine that old line and that he’s not into relationships and that’s why he’s ignoring her. The story should’ve turned angsty by this time — No, it became more annoying. Adam ended up stopping Madeleine’s sentence with a kiss and they almost do ‘it.’ Too bad, they were almost caught. Yeah, this is the scene mentioned in the blurb. He just told her he’s not going into a relationship yet and yet he does the worst way of showing it because he does exactly the opposite of his intentions.
Like I said, he knows how unfair he is and even apologize for it. But here’s the thing, what’s worse than doing something wrong is knowing you know what you’re doing is wrong and yet you still do it. And don’t tell me, it’s because you’re too attracted and you can’t help yourself. Oh come on, what an ass. I really can’t get over the fact that he’s almost playing Madeleine. I’ve read other books with this kind of plot where they’re not ready in a relationship and be flings instead. It’s fine if that’s the case but with Adam, he keeps making Madeleine run to him, he’s making Madeleine looks like begging to him. Ugh.
Now, to the plot. I feel like the scenes are just there because it’s convenient to the plot. They’re not convincing. Also this is marketed as Romantic Comedy. I don’t know how can I laugh when one of the characters is constantly being shown as desperate, ignored and almost pathetic and that the other character is the reason for it. I’ve read 4 other books by R.S. Grey just this year and they’re all romantic comedies, but NOT THIS ONE.
Geez, even Mouse, Madeleine’s dog can’t make me rate this book higher. It’s so disappointing because I thought Adam being a vet, therefore there will lots of animals, would be a big plus to the story. It’s not.
I wanted to say that I’m rating this low due to a personal peeve but no, I won’t recommend this book at all. Sure it has a story and yes, it’s romantic at times but I really don’t like it.
This book made me think that maybe I’m being too critical as a reader now because I saw high reviews for this. But then I think about Madeleine and Adam, and wow, I’m really pissed.
How about you, have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? What do you think of it? Let’s chat.