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

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.

Goodreads rating: 3.99/5🌟

My rating: 4/5🌟

I read this book in 2018, but I just had to write up a review on it on my blog in case I forget what it was about later. When I picked up this book, I had to expectations whatsoever to what this book was about and whether I was going to like it or not. This was my first Mellow’s book, and I just had to start with a standalone. Also, the cover’s so cute!

On to the plot, the storyline’s interesting, as I had never read any books about something like this, like the ones in the movies. It was packed with so many actions and badassery(?) and it was such a page-turner. I remember not being able to put it down even in class (which I probably shouldn’t have done) because it was too interesting!

This was the epitome of enemies-to-lovers trope, which I really liked!! They couldn’t stand but at the same time, they were so attracted to each other that in the end, they gave in to their desires and lusts. And also, yes, love. *girly giggles*

I liked the character development in the book, 3 and Carter. And Nashville. I love how they were a different person in the beginning, refusing to accept each other, and turned soft towards their partner but were still tough as hell when doing their jobs.

However, I also did not like the fact that their love was more to physical, like they were whipped for each other’s body and looks, before it turning into love. But now that I’ve grown up, I kinda relate to that. Who would resist such good looks?!

There were some predictable moments in the book, so that was a minus one from me. But overall, I have to admit thatI was hooked to the gripping storyline with strong and likeable characters. For that, I have to give 4 out of 5 stars.


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