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Outfoxed by R.J. Blain - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway


Outfoxed
R.J. Blain
(The Fox Witch, #1)
Publication date: November 3rd 2020
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Death is a way of life outside of the safety of Inner Tulsa, and Jade means to keep flipping Mother Nature off until old age claims her. With one eye always on the sky, the last thing she needs is a pack of bounty hunters out for her living head. With no idea of why anyone would want her, her wits might keep her free, assuming she can resist the charming lures of Sandro, one of the men out to claim her as his own.

Left with the choice of being the evening snack of a tornado or taking shelter with the bounty hunter, she does what she does best: she lives on the edge.

Striking a bargain with the handsome bounty hunter buys her another day of life, but it also dumps her into the heart of a sinister plot, one meant to enslave the residents of the storm-tossed city—and the others brave and foolish enough to call the Alley home.

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My Review
Outfoxed is the first book in The Fox Witch series, and it's the first book I've read by R.J. Blain. I don't normally read books involving shifters, but I'm a sucker for foxes, so I decided to give it a go. 
Outfoxed is set in the future, 2043, in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jade is a fox shifter, although she keeps that a secret, and she also happens to be a witch. She does her best to eke out a living in The Alley, an area of Tulsa plagued with tornadoes. And when the story starts, Jade is outside when a bunch of funnels start to form. On her quest to find shelter, she comes into contact with a bounty hunter named Sandro. Sandro is out to catch Jade and take her in, but he's not like any bounty hunter she's ever met. He's "ethical" in his ways, and he and Jade strike a deal. This deal is what sets the tone for the rest of the story. Will Sandro catch Jade and take her in? Can Jade avoid Sandro and keep herself from being sold? And what's really going on in Tulsa?
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. Jade was amusing while also being actually likable and real. She seemed like the type of person I'd want to be friends with (especially 'cause she's a fox). 
The plot is engaging and easy to get sucked into. It's nicely paced, and it kept me glued to the pages, curious to see how it would all play out. 
And while shifters still aren't my thing, I do think I will be continuing with this series, mainly because I love foxes and will gladly make an exception for a fox shifter story. 
4 stars from me!

Author Bio:

RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until satisfied.

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