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From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight.

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.

The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to-loath-to-love standalone novel filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped in your hands.


“It’s in this moment, with her a millisecond away from trying to shoot me, that I realize why I found her so intriguing before. Leave it to me to be attracted to the craziest chick in the room.” – Carter, TAUTF. 

If you haven’t picked up (or even thought about picking up) The Animal Under the Fur you are doing something wrong!!! Okay, so maybe that was little intense but friends, this book is the definition of intense (in the best way imaginable of course)! 

I am a huge fan of action-packed romance, but I tend to find that most of the ones I pick up center around a somewhat helpless/clueless female and a badass hero, OR they don’t end up having enough angst for my liking. If you’ve ever felt like this, PICK UP TAUTF!! 

The Animal Under the Fur is the perfect blend of action, suspense, angst, banter, and chemistry. I seriously could not put it down, and I’m not just saying that because I love the gal who wrote it.

 3/Nashville is such a well written character because she is: consistent, the true definition of a badass chick who doesn’t need anyone to save her and she literally fears nothing. 3 is the perfect assassin, but she does not play well with others, so you can only imagine the drama that ensues when she’s paired up with the smooth and arrogant Carter Smith. 

My love for 3 goes neck and neck with that for Carter because, while I absolutely loved her independent & badass self, I couldn’t help but fall hard for the incredibly charming and confident Mr. Smith (wow ok, weird coincidence because this book is reminiscent of the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and I am all here for it.) 

Anyways, as hard as 3 tried not to laugh at Carter’s one-liners, she couldn’t help but crack a smile or two at his witty self and neither could I (though I definitely cracked more smiles than she did, but I’m easily swayed). 

Not only was the banter between 3 and Carter EVERYTHING, but there’s also a subplot going on that deals with 3 and her past and it will seriously keep you guessing and on the edge. What more could you ask for in a book? 


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Author Bio:

E.J. Mellow is the award-winning author of the contemporary fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series and The Animal Under The Fur. With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

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