by Katy Regnery
A Modern Fairytale
Publication Date: February 27, 2016
VGenres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Read for FREE in KindleUnlimited: AmazonFrom 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.
About Katy Regnery
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.
I have been looking forward to reading Ms. Regnery's take on The Little Mermaid ever since I saw that she was going to include it in her A Modern Fairytale series! I had no idea how she was going to do it, but even then, Don't Speak wasn't like what I imagined - not that that was a bad thing. In fact, it was another amazing addition to the series!
Laire grows and changes a lot in this book, but only in the best ways. She becomes much stronger, more mature, confident, and and sure of herself and it's not to say that she wasn't like that when we first meet her. Laire was strong and brave in the beginning, but she was also young and she had her flaws and vulnerabilities as well. She's always been determined and driven to make something of herself and she definitely does. Laire still has the good qualities that I loved about her before like how real and down-to-earth she is, her kindness, her openness, and her strength. Laire is the best person she can be, she's wonderful, and I loved her.
It wasn't hard to fall for Erik - he might be the son of the governor, but he's not a stuck-up snob. He's fun and playful and you never have to question his love for Laire. Granted, he changes too and it's not completely for the better, but just like Laire never lost her true inner self, neither does he. Erik might be a little less playful, but he's still warm and so in love, he'll just melt your heart. I know he sure stole my heart and I couldn't have loved him more if I tried!
I'll admit that Don't Speak was really hard for me to read for almost half of the book. I loved seeing how Erik and Laire got their start, but at the same time, I kind of hated it too because I knew that they weren't going to make it that first time and it was so bittersweet. It made my heart ache and I knew when their time did come to end, it was going to be heartbreaking. And it was, although it wasn't as bad as I had built it up to be which I was glad for and I was finally able to relax and completely enjoy reading Don't Speak. When I was in those moments of worry, I thought it might affect the book as a whole, but once I got past everything, I truly thought that all of that heartburn was worth it to make it to where Laire and Erik are now.
Don't Speak was beautiful, heartbreaking, and full of passion, depth, and heart. It was marvelous and I absolutely loved it. I can't wait for the next book!
Don't Speak can be read as a standalone, it's told from Erik and Laire's POV, and they do live happily-ever-after.
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