Monday, February 27, 2017

REVIEW: Don't Speak by Kate Regnery

Title: Don’t Speak
Series: Modern Fairytale #5 (Standalone)
Author: Katy Regnery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017


Shel: I have no problem admitting that this is my very first Kate Regnery novel and that I became interested because of the world famous book blogger Aestas; I love it when other bloggers love a book so much that they convince me to try someone new-- and I'd hope that we do a little of that here--and in the recent past Aestas was gushing over a Kate Regnery novel and my curiosity was piqued. When we were offered a chance to review Don't Speak I jumped at the chance not only because of the high praise Regnery regularly receives but also because The Little Mermaid was a favorite in my household. Getting the chance to see a modern retelling of it in romancelandia was a no brainer! Court: I hadn't ever read any body her either, but now I am so hooked! I loved how things were tied to the world of The Little Mermaid, and since I've recently been binge watching Once Upon a Time...I am obsessed with taking these classic characters and making them modern, and new and a wonderful story. I was a wreck through most of it...I won't lie...omigosh. But, the writing was captivating and kept me intrigued even when I wanted to smack the characters through the book for their decisions! 

Shel: As noted in the synopsis this romance has that Romeo and Juliet, forbidden love, feel to it. He's the governor's son, she's the daughter of a fisherman. He's rather worldly and she's got to be one of the most naive 18 year old's I've come across; I could go on and on but I think you get it--they came from entirely different worlds and seemed doomed from the beginning. As a matter of fact, I think I read this with a slight sense of dread the entire time because I knew, just knew, bad things would happen --and they did and boy the aftermath was heartbreaking--the way Regnery handled the hard stuff was so tasteful and respectful and punched me right in the feels again and again and again and it made the sweet ending that much sweeter. Court: I was in dread mode too. Messaging Shelley the entire time because I didn't think my heart could take it (I spend a significant amount of time trying to get this woman to tell me plot points of books...and she hasn't yet, so maybe one would think I'd give up on that idea...hhmm!) I thought I was going to tear up there for a while, but I regained my strength as Laire found hers. Her character development went from downright painful to blossoming into a beautiful woman, and that was a pleasure to watch. 

Shel: I truly appreciate the way Regnery took the story of The Little Mermaid from what I watched with my little sister and my daughters and turned it into something new, yet recognizable. If you're like us and have yet to try a Kate Regnery novel/modern day fairy tale, I'd definitely suggest Don't Speak as a great one to start with. Court: I think so too! Read this one, and let us know what you think. The beginning is a little slow...but their relationship really needed it for the whole thing to be believable, to be honest. So hang in there, and get to know these characters and this authors style because I'm very interested in knowing more! 


From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.

In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman's daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of the North Carolina governor at a fancy party she helps to cater.

Laire, who wants more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.

Years later, when fate finds them together once again, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.

All novels Katy Regnery’s ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated.

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Don't Speak is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) - available now (FREE!)
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) - available now
Ginger's Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) - available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) - available now (99c!)
Don't Speak (The Little Mermaid) – new release
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) - available late-2017

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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