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Sunday, March 26, 2017

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

The Animal Under The Fur by E.J. Mellow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Four Eyed Owl
Publishes 3/30/17  

I have heard great things about E.J. Mellow for quite some time.  I've had her Dreamland series on my kindle for ages but for some reason haven't opened them up.  Presented with the opportunity to read this book, I couldn't pass it up.  I'll be digging into her other books ASAP.  The way the author writes really pulls you right into her world.  Continue past this review for titles and synopses for her other works.

The Animal Under the Fur is fantastic, fun and absolutely worth the read.  The romance is there and while the build up is seamlessly done throughout the entire book, it doesn't resonate fully until the last 15% or so, leaving you with more of the action thriller portion.  A perfect recipe for what I was hungering for.

"I've killed more people than years I've been alive. And for reference I'm twenty-six."

And thus begins the story of Nashville, a girl abandoned by her parents, found as a baby and trained to work with SI6 as the perfect assassin due to her A+ genome. Enters Carter, coping with the loss of his entire family by immersing himself in women and working for the COA. Hate at first sight, they're unexpectedly thrown together in one of the largest and hardest missions to stop a deadly weapon from getting into the wrong hands. Can they see past the hatred and learn to work together to accomplish this goal? Or will their competitive nature blow up in their face, compromising the mission and getting themselves hurt - in more than one way?

Captured by the very first line, E.J. Mellow captured my attention, threw it into a cage and didn't let it out until I was done with this mission. Each chapter flips between Nashville, 3 (her kill operative name) and Carter. The author builds the characters seamlessly - you really get into Nashville/3's and Carter's head. I truly appreciated that this read as a thriller and the relationships between all the characters grew slowly and not instantly in your face like some romance novels. The snarkiness of both Nashville and Carter and their banter was a joy to witness. (The fact that the word asshat was used - a word I use all too often - made me laugh a lot more than it probably should have.) Nashville and Carter as separate characters are equally fascinating. Together they are a force to be reckoned with, lethal and unstoppable.

Action packed, emotionally driven and full of bad-assery, you will be rooting for them from the very beginning. Highly recommend!

Huge thanks to the author for this advanced copy in return for my honest opinion.

Other works by E.J. Mellow*

 The first in a spellbinding contemporary fantasy trilogy, The Dreamer has been awarded a Silver for Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi from the eLit Book Awards, a Finalist Medal for Best Cover Design from The Next Generation Indie Book Awards and has appeared in globally distributed book subscription boxes such as the Sci-fi & Fantasy Book Box.

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.

But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?

Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.

Molly finally uncovers the truth about the strange dreams that plagued her sanity for weeks. Now destined to accept a clandestine role, Molly must find the strength and courage buried deep to push forward and succeed.

With the help of Dev, the roguish blue-eyed man of her dreams—whose dark past resurfaces to haunt him—Molly prepares to test the limits of her newly awakened powers and set right a world on the edge of being consumed by nightmares.

But when an unknown shadow stalks her every step and a shocking revelation about her ancestry comes to light, Molly may find herself forced to make a decision that could leave her alone in the dark and standing on the wrong side of a divide.

From Award Winning Author, E.J. Mellow, comes the heart-thumping second installment in The Dreamland Series.

I searched for you in the stars tonight.
But I found none
that burned as bright as you.

—Part of a letter from Dev to Molly

With the loss of Terra’s greatest weapon, the war against darkness escalates rapidly, and time is on no one’s side. While Dev struggles to keep his home and hope alive, Molly and Rae find themselves forced to confront a desperately kept secret and quickly learn that a life-altering sacrifice is the asking price to restore order.

Nightmares, betrayal, the fate of two worlds, and one man’s hunger for vengeance lead Molly down a twisted and dark path she fears she might never come back from. Cornered into making a heart-wrenching decision, Molly teeters between deliverance and damnation. Who is worth saving most—a nation or the one she loves?

From Award Winning author, E.J. Mellow, comes the breathtaking conclusion of The Dreamland Series. A story that will take you on a spine-tingling and gripping ride through self-sacrifice, the true power of love, and the importance of friendship.

He captured hearts and now he’s captured the spotlight.

The Dreamcatcher, a novella comprised of scenes from The Dreamer told from Dev’s point of view, as well as seven extra scenes that did not appear in book one!*This is a companion piece to The Dreamland Series and is to be read after The Dreamer for story consistency and spoilers.*


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