For a long while most of my ‘reading’ was done during my over 1 hour commute to work, as well as at work, and my 1 hour commute back home. No I don’t have a magical ability to read and drive (I wish!), I was listening to audiobooks. With a young toddler and living an hour away from my work I didn’t have time to sit down with a book or my kindle. Now I find myself mostly actually reading books versus listening to them. I live in the same town I work in so no more commute, I read during breaks at work, in the bath, and every night before bed. I’ve wanted to get back into listening to audiobooks but with my newest promotion I’ve been more concentrated on training and really focusing on what I’m doing to listen. Just recently I have gotten back into listening during work and I have to stop more than I used to for phone calls or to concentrate on something but I was able to finish a really good book. Let’s get into The Vixen’s Lead by Tate James, something I believe everyone will enjoy 🙂
I have previously read a series that Tate James wrote with C M Stunich that I LOVED, the Hijinks Harem series (find my review here!). I was very eager to start this book because of this. It just took me awhile because like I said I was listening to it off and on via Audible. When I start something as an audiobook I find it difficult to go back and forth between listening and reading, if I’m hearing the narrator do voices I just find it hard to recreate them in my head and I feel it takes away from the story. I know, I’m weird. I’m also a very fast burn kinda girl. There are a lot of medium burns I like but I really dig the fast burn. This book is not quite a fast burn but there is definitely swoon.
Kit Davenport goes to high school with her best friend Lucy but they are slightly different than your typical high school student. These ladies are thieves. Kit runs the jobs getting the item while Lucy is a hacker that helps shut down surveillance. They are the perfect team. With every theft Kit leaves one item, a tiny fox, as a message to her not-so-innocent victims. Running jobs at night and waking up for class every morning isn’t for the weak of heart. Kit’s upbringing wasn’t exactly nice, she dealt with a lot of horribleness before she got to where she is now.
Her life gets a little shaken up when two new guys start at her school. Caleb and Austin are both super hot and super different. Caleb is adorable, flirty, dirty, and hilarious. He makes me feel super swoony and my high school self would be putty in his hands. Austin is a complete asshole. He is arrogant, rude, condescending, and petulant. If you have read any of my past blog posts I am sure you know how I feel, I’m obviously team Austin. My love of assholes is deep and dirty (pun intended *snort*). Austin does a good job of generally pissing me off throughout the whole book though. I had myself seriously wondering if he was ever going to lay off and I was dying for a brother fight. I mean seriously Caleb, shut that shit down.
Kit and Caleb have this adorable friendship/kind of relationship. They watch movies together, hang out, text uber adorable things, and he has a habit of just busting into her room. The both seem under the impression that they are each being friend-zoned but continue the playful flirty banter. He also calls her ‘Kitty Kat’ which is just so fucking adorable I get all swoony thinking about it. Something that threw me off about the audiobook is that there are two separate narrators. There is a female voice for Kit and the female characters and a male voice for the male characters. It kinda threw me off at the beginning and was kinda hard to get used to. I haven’t dealt with this a lot so I was a little thrown. In the last Twilight book when they switch to Jacob’s POV the narrators switch but his POV section is all the male narrator for all voices. This switching back and forth throughout the entire story was interesting and after I got used to it I really started to appreciate it. It made it flow differently but in a good way.
Little does Kit know she is about to be had. Caleb, Austin, as well as some different men that have subtly been appearing in her life are part of a group called Omega. Caleb and Austin were placed in Kit’s high school to gather information about The Fox, aka Kit. One night while Kit is in her room some men come in, knock her out, and attempt to abduct her. Lucky for her she is being monitored by the Omega Group as they already suspect she is The Fox so they jump in and save her. Although she has been taken from one group to another she is definitely in better shape. The Omega Group are overall good guys, even though they are there to catch her, whereas this mystery group trying to take her are definitely not good guys.
Up until have half way through I was classifying this book at a slow burn. I even messaged a friend I knew had read the series and was like ‘okay when is shit going to get hot?! I need some swoon!’. I wasn’t planning to drop out but she indicated that it was going to get hot and I would love it. She was right, as the book progressed and Kit began working with The Omega Group and living with Caleb, Cole, River, Westley, and even Austin shit starts getting pretty sexy/swoony. Her relationships start to deepen with some of the men and they have some very very hot moments. We know about Caleb and Austin and really get to know the other guys. Cole is a tough guy and they have some sexy work out moments. River is the leader and British, swoon, who doesn’t love an accent. Westley is the geeky shy type that we all love. I just want to cuddle him. & rip his shirt off. All their shirts. I want them all off 😉😏
I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to start the next one, I’ve already used this month’s credit to get book #2! Kit is very funny and fiercely independent. Her upbringing was absolutely heartbreaking but it made her that much stronger. We also get some paranormal elements in Kit. She is able to heal quickly and can move very fast. She doesn’t know anything about her parent’s though and it seems that this mysterious group that attempted to abduct her may have something to do with her paranormal features. I really enjoyed the story and action in this book. It has a very strong plot and the story carries very well. I know, surprisingly everything can’t be about swoon. It definitely isn’t lacking in swoon but it isn’t totally romance focused. I would definitely recommend!