Sunday, March 12, 2017

Don't Speak (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery


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.**

4 out of 5 stars

Can be read as a standalone.

I really enjoyed this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid. It's a unique version with clever twists and touching moments.

The first half of the book is about Laire and Erik's romance as a young couple. Laire is from a small island that is extremely conservative. In her community, it's completely normal to get married and start having children right after high school. But she has big dreams to go into fashion and see the world.

Erik's world flips upside down when he meets a fisherman's daughter. She makes the time at his family's summer home bearable. As the governor's son, his parents have his future mapped out. And he knows that dating Laire will come with disapproval.

The two make their own rules and try to figure out how they could be together. But things get ugly and they just have too many things going against them.

I'm torn about this book. The first half of the book is extremely tiring because it's so long. The couple have lengthy conversations about kissing and sex since Laire is from a place that is so conservation. I don't mind that she's inexperienced, but to me it felt it was dragging a little bit.

But the last half of the book.... I LOVED IT. It brought me to tears, and I had an ugly cry face that lasted to the end. I'm a sucker for second chance romances, and this hit me hard.