Title: Don’t Speak
Series: Modern Fairytale #5 (Standalone)
Author: Katy Regnery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017
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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As a daughter of a fisherman, Laire has always wanted more to life than what she currently has living in a small town in the outer banks away from the city. She is supposed to find a nice boy in town and get married and have children. Like all the women do. That is not enough for Laire as she has dreams and aspirations that surpass this small town. During an encounter in the city, her eyes lock with Erik Rexford, the governor’s son. He quickly becomes enamored with her and asks her on a date. This is forbidden in both their worlds, but they can’t quite help the pull that exists between them. They begin to meet in secret. Both knowing that if caught, the consequences are dismal. But this is just for the summer right? Will they be able to let go once it’s time to say goodbye?
“He made a wish that he’d never, ever live another day of his life without her. He made a wish that she would, somehow, someway, be his forever.”
THIS. BOOK. THIS is why we read romance. My heart pounded with every encounter. Forbidden but everything about them was simply magic. The connection between Laire and Erik is deeply rooted and profound. It is magnetic. What was supposed to be a summer whirlwind romance became so much more. Their love became a testament to love not being a slave to time or circumstance. They irrevocably fell in love without warning. It was as natural as breathing. Their love is fierce. Powerful. Overwhelming. There love is simply why heart beats exist. The intensity is high with this one. The emotions are off the charts. You easily become part of this enthralling story as you turn each page.
“Laire. I’m falling in love with you.”
As the story unravels, circumstances force them apart and you feel their heartbreak. But their love? It’s unwavering and unyielding. Even in the face of darkness and separation, their love remained. Without going through the plot, just know that this is no ordinary fairytale. Once again, the author places her own spin on a classic and makes it all her own with such grace that could only be accomplished by her unparalleled ability to execute a timeless romance. The story respectfully and tactfully addresses the issues of socioeconomic status and classism. The author approaches these relevant topics with such class and dignity. It’s a reminder that despite where we come from and who we are, we are all love the same.
“Baby, I’d do anything for you. Don’t you know that by now?”
The author’s talent resides in her ability to allow readers to feel emotions with just her words alone. Her alluring and poetic prose captures you the moment you first start reading this book. She beautifully captures the essence of falling in love and how love plays a role in the responsiveness of a broken spirit in how it bounces back. How love can change you and your beliefs about those who are different than you. Give you courage to really be the person you were meant to become. Despite their differences, they made their own rules in love and that was all that mattered.
“I didn’t just love you as a kid or as a summer fling or as anything that was temporary. Don’t you see? I loved you as a man, in every season, forever.”
Don’t Speak is a brilliant and riveting modern retelling of a classic fairytale. At times you will be left breathless by the sheer magnitude of love and all it endures in this story. The author’s talent knows no boundaries as she manifests such a poignant and inspiring reprise but makes it all her own with words and emotions that truly testifies to her unmatched talent. I didn’t love this story because I lived it. Unforgettable and bewitching, this story easily made it into my top reads of 2017.
A MODERN FAIRYTALE COLLECTION
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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