Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Animal Under The Fur by E.J. Mellow | Review

Title: The Animal Under The Fur
Author: E.J. Mellow
Pages: Unknown (Kindle Edition)
Publisher: Four Eyed Owl
Goodreads rating: 4.54 Stars
Published: March 30th, 2017

Source: Ebook/From Author


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.

My Thoughts

I really, really enjoyed this book!  I was a little unsure at first, because the very first part I found myself diving into 3's world, her brain and what she does.  Its a little intense, but a really good intense as I continued on.

Nashville/3 is such an extraordinary character.  She has these insanely amazing powers and abilities beyond the average human {hence why she's called an A+}, and the animalistic urges and actions that come come along with it can be all-consuming for her.  She's a character that has had a rough life from day 1, and I found myself terrified of her but also wanting her to have everything a normal human would have and then some.  Mellow did a great job sucking me into Nash's head and getting me so caught up in her life!  

Carter... well, Carter was kind of easy to dislike in the beginning.  He was what most girls/women want to stay away from.  Sleeping around, never really staying in one place very long {the job of assassin probably didn't help that}, and cocky as heck.  He knows he's attractive when it comes to women and he has the skills to get any job done {work or women}.  But, like Nashville, he's had a rough past, one that hasn't been blocked from his memory like hers.

Through an unlikely pairing, their two agencies placed them on assignment together, and it's hate at first sight.  Even though they're paired as a married couple under cover {on their honeymoon, no less!}, temper flare, fists fly, and things get a chance to heat up.  They have so much chemistry, I'm amazed my tablet didn't catch fire while I was reading their story!  Mellow really builds a great world and gives these characters depths that kept me reading and wanting to find out more about Nashville and Carter, and what kind of past either of them would have had to cause them to choose the life of an assassin. 

If you liked the show Dexter and enjoy action/romance/thriller {seriously, any of those, not even all of them}, you will love The Animal Under The Fur.  And you'll probably doing what I'm doing right now, wishing E.J. Mellow would write more of this awesome story.  Maybe it doesn't need to be a stand alone?  I wouldn't mind more Nash and Carter and adventure... *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*

All in all, it was a fantastic read!  I blasted through this book, reading it in about 4 days {the equivalent of a 1 day read pre-kids}.  It is so, SO good!  Snatch it up on Amazon, you will NOT regret it!  And the ebook is available for preorder for only $1.99 {it'll be that price until release day, this Thursday, March 30th}!  Pick. It. Up!

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