Book Review: Don’t Speak by Katy Regnery

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“Swoon. Sigh. Beautiful, gorgeous love story. You renew my faith in true love, Katy Regnery. And a brilliant take off on the little mermaid. People are going to love this one.” –Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice

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From New York Times bestselling author 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 where she is working.

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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Favorite Quotes:


I come here every night to be near you. I live for sunset like a vampire because that’s when my heart starts beatin’ each day, when I grab the keys to the car or boat and race over here to be with you. It makes me crazy all day to be away from you because I want more.


It was as though he’d awakened, over the past couple of days, from a years-long nightmare, and he knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Laire was the key to his happiness. He had missed out on enough time with her… She was the missing piece of his heart, the joy of his soul, the very lifeblood of his being…


No way. I know Laire Cornish. I met her six years ago at my parents’ summer house. She had pinkish-gold hair and was wearing jeans and boots and black shirt. She told me she had crabs, then ran away.


My Review:

Laire and Erik immediately and equally intrigued me, as they were such a dichotomy. She had been raised on a small and isolated South Carolina island with its own unique accent and unusual manner of speaking – and despite access to television and the internet – continued to cling to their antiquated fishing village culture that remained straight out the 1950s.   Laire was forthright, guileless, and without pretense or artifice, although she was also extremely curious.   Unlike her sisters, Laire yearned for a life beyond a repeat their parents’ life cycle of fish, marriage, and children. A delivery errand for her father resulted in providing Laire with two highly exciting offers that opened up her world; one for her first job, and the other for her first date. Erik, the wealthy and privileged son of a politician, found Laire to be even more intriguing than I did. And lucky for Laire, in addition to being sexy, gorgeous, and rich, Erik was extremely sweet, patient, and insightful. I adored him, all he needed was to be covered in chocolate and he would have been complete perfection!

Erik and Laire both felt protective of their relationship as well as the pressure to keep their association stealthy. Regardless, they were good together, enjoyed their time with each other, and after deciding to make their own rules – they worked so very well… for a time. But secrets never stay secret in a small and inbred community, and the fall-out was heart-wrenching, earth shattering, unforgiving, and long lasting. I realized all too late that I had become much too deeply invested and embedded in Ms. Regnery’s engaging and emotive narrative. I was devastated for them, and the hits just kept coming. I was as gutted as the catch of the day, and while I love/hate when that happens,  I do realize that this is a typically unavoidable phenomenon when reading this crafty author – she has mad skills!

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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) – new release!
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – available late-2017

About the Author:

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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