WARNING: Over the top, silly, fun, sexy brain candy ahead! The author’s debut, The Vixen’s Lead, is about Kit Davenport, an 18-year-old thief. She grew up in an abusive foster home before being adopted by a secretive “Daddy Warbucks” type (see, I told you it was over the top). She goes to a sort of posh high school with her best friend, Lucy (who grew up with her in the foster home). Lucy is a genius hacker type who assists Kit (known as “The Fox” when she is thieving).
Kit gets introduced to some smoking hot, tattooed, ripped guys who are investigating The Fox. Things get complicated and sexy. This is a true reverse harem for adults. It reads as urban fantasy/paranormal romance with a few smutty scenes. Fun!
I am a little on the fence about Kit. In a way, she does TSTL stuff, is your typical chick-lit female (there is a brief “fat-shaming” scene towards the beginning and Kit spends a lot of time thinking about guys and shoes). She has a complicated past (and there may be sexual triggers for some during a couple scenes since sexual violence is a part of her past and the plot), but she doesn’t seem to be affected much by it.
I think the character could be fleshed-out a bit more and given more depth, but since I had fun reading the book, I won’t judge too harshly. A couple times, Kit runs off stupidly by herself (which is a pet peeve), but it isn’t dragged out and she realizes quickly she was dumb to do it.
The guys are SUPER hot and sexy. My favorite is Cole, the huge, muscly, caveman MMA fighter guy with tats. Next, even those he’s such an asshole, I really like Austin. I am ready for some hate sex! River, the group’s leader, with a British accent who wears expensive suits and drives expensive cars is pretty sexy. Then, there is Caleb (Austin’s twin) and Wesley, the cute, geeky hacker.
Kit also has some “special” abilities: speed, strength, and healing, and part of the book deals with her trying to figure out what she is.
Not a perfect book, but fun escapism! I enjoyed it enough to jump right into book two!
Buddy read with my reverse-harem-loving MacHalos!