Thursday, March 30, 2017

Review: The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Book Synopsis: 

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.

Natasha's Experience:

You know those books that make you put them down just to say "are you freaking kidding me" out loud to no one? I said this about 13 times while reading THE ANIMAL UNDER THE FUR because I was constantly in awe over the banter, the characters, the storyline, the world that E.J. Mellow created.
"So I've adapted. Done what the creature I've been born into was made for—I've survived."

3, or Nashville, can kapow, zing, and slash me and I'd still thank her afterwards. She can feed me to the sharks (important to note that I'm deathly afraid of them) and I'd call her iconic for doing so. That's the kind of loyalty I feel for her. She's so badass it's impossible to not be completely enthralled by her character.

"I work in an industry of lies, and even if I didn't, relying on anyone is a fool's mistake..."

Carter Smith is a sleek bad boy with a guarded past that he keeps zipped up tight. He manages to be both frustratingly beautiful and hilarious at the same time. He's used to working alone and isn't looking to back down when 3 shows up, this beautiful specimen who is better at what he's best at. No one, especially Carter Smith, is comfortable with admitting that someone else could outdo them at the one thing they feel in control of.

"Is this the price of learning more about her? A piece of my soul for a piece of hers? At least from what little scraps we each have left." 

Let it be known that I would give up bagels from La Bagel Delight, my one true Brooklyn love, to banter with Carter Smith for a day. If that doesn't scream love—pure adoration—for Carter, nothing else will. 

"All we ever have is the present. The past and future are nothing but intangible stretches in time. One we can't change. The other we can't touch."

3 and Carter find themselves working side-by-side, a true difficulty when they were both born to be leaders, not teammates. Secrets are unveiled and shit gets crazy. Not ashamed to say I was a sweaty mess reading the last 20% of this book because how could it wrap up!? There was so much happening and my eyes weren't reading fast enough. 

THE ANIMAL UNDER THE FUR made an animal out of me. Sizzling romance,  suspense and irresistible wit, Mellow introduces you to two edgy characters who will demand your attention. You're looking at an A+ read in all its glory.


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About the Author

E.J. Mellow is the Award Winning author of the Contemporary Fantasy, The Dreamland Series. The Dreamer has been awarded a Silver for Best Fantasy/Science Fiction from eLit Book Awards, a Finalist Medal for Best Cover Design from The Indie Book Awards and has been featured in globally distributed subscription boxes such as the Fantasy & Sci-Fi Book Box.

With a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts E.J. splits her time between her two loves—visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. Mellow is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter.

She has no animals, but loves those who do. 


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