Review: The Vixen by Christi Caldwell

Reviewed by Jen

I am a big fan of angst in my romance. I actively seek it out and the blurb on this story promised me a healthy dose. It did not disappoint.

Ophelia grew up on the streets of Saint Giles, the daughter of its worst criminal. She did what she had to in order to survive, from picking pockets to using her knife, to putting herself at risk among those who would take advantage of a beautiful young girl. She was hard and tough, but for some reason she could not follow one particular order. She could not force her self to kill the boy who her father called “the one who got away.”

Connor refused to join the gang of the man who killed his parents. He knew he risked his own life with that refusal, but on three different occasions, Ophelia found him and each time she let him escape. So when she was almost arrested for picking the wrong pocket, he sacrificed himself and claimed the crime as his own. It changed his life forever.

Fast forward more than a decade and Connor is now an investigator. He grew up the adopted son of the very man whose pocket he claimed to have picked. He has taken a case involving a missing boy which leads him back to Saint Giles and into Ophelia’s life. She has made it her mission to protect orphans from those awful people who would take advantage of them. She has put them to work in her brother’s club and Connor thinks she could be the key to help solve his mystery.

In most books I read, it’s the hero who’s on the streets and the heroine navigating a society, trying to pair her with a peer. It was a refreshing change of pace to have the shoe on the other foot. It’s apparent right away that Ophelia has suffered awful things in her life and her brother’s push for her to enter society is the last thing she wants. But one of the things I liked about this book is that the author doesn’t paint haves and have-nots with single shade of black or white. Discovering the shades of gray is the journey Ophelia must travel… that and learning to let herself love and trust a man who straddles the line between both worlds.

I liked Connor a lot. He is smart and has been given a place in society, but he never turns his back on the ideal of protecting those who need it. He is strong and smart and sexy. I love how he sees Ophelia… how he calls her Largetha and what that means to him. I was a big fan of Ophelia’s, as well, not only who she is in the beginning and her dedication to the children (even in the face of her own fears) but how she learns to see past her expectations, to allow her worldview to change.

I believed in this romance. And though the book felt a tiny bit long, I thought overall the plot and pacing were good. The story gave me the angst and emotion I wanted and an ending that satisfied.

Would recommend this one.

Rating: B/B+

*ARC provided by publisher

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The Vixen
by Christi Caldwell
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance

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