REVIEW – DON’T SPEAK (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery


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

A fisherman’s daughter.

The governor’s son.

Two very different worlds.

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

Laire, who wants so much 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 leads them back to one another, 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 to P.E.O. International, a non-profit organization that celebrates the advancement of women, awards scholarships and grants, and provides motivation for women to make their dreams come true.

**Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity, adult themes and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**

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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
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – available soon
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – available late-2017

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

She was an unlikely obsession, this girl he’d known for such a small amount of time. Were he asked under fire, he couldn’t possibly account for the depth and certainty of his feelings for her.

I am so happy that I didn’t give up on this book! It starts off really slow in the beginning and I planned to just skim the heck out of it to get to the end, but once I got to about the 30% point, indifference and boredom quickly turned to love and complete captivation. DON’T SPEAK is a modern take on one of my favorite fairytales, ”The Little Mermaid” It is quite a lengthy book but once the pace picks up, I promise you that you’ll end up devouring this book like I did! I just couldn’t put this one down and it is definitely one of my top favorites by Katy Regnery!

DON’T SPEAK is the story of first love and forbidden love – how two people are able to look past social barriers and prejudices to be with each other. But is love enough when there is so much stacked against them?

Laire Cornish is a local girl from Corey Island, a small fisherman town in North Carolina. Her family and many of the inhabitants of this small town have lived there for generations. She’s the youngest of three sisters and is the most dutiful daughter. Always going out of her way to help her father when he comes home bone tired from being out all day fishing. She offers to take a shipment of blue crabs up to the house of a client on the mainland so that her father can get some much-needed rest. It is at this gorgeous and expansive estate, that she meets the most beautiful man her eyes have ever seen!

Erik Rexford is what you would consider royalty of North Carolina. His father is the Governor and their family is one of the wealthiest in the area. He is immediately captivated by the beautiful girl with strawberry blond hair and freckles. Her innocence is refreshing and it also seems to put him under her spell. Erik is tenacious in his pursuit of Laire! Laire gets a job at a local restaurant on the mainland, which she had to lie about to her father because it is frowned upon for her to want to leave their hometown. But Laire wants more out of life. She wants to go to college, become a fashion designer, and leave her small hometown behind. Working at the restaurant also makes it easier for Erik and Laire to spend time together.

Erik and Laire keep their relationship a secret because they know their families would not approve and would end up doing everything they can to tear them apart. So the two spend whatever stolen moments they can get together. But then a terrible tragedy and an ugly lie end in heartbreak and years of separation for the young lovers.

Almost six years pass before the two cross paths again which seems to be fated. A lot has changed for Erik and Laire. Old feelings of betrayal and anger are still very prevalent. Can these two find their way back to each other or is it just too late?

What a beautiful love story! My heart broke for Erik when he was fighting so hard to hold on to Laire and not having any clue as to why she was pushing him away. This character was INCREDIBLE!

DON’T SPEAK is currently available! Make sure you add it to your TBRs!


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