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Don't Speak (a modern fairytale Book 5) by [Regnery, Katy]
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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

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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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1600 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery; 1 edition (27 February 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N0L71I4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I'm a big fan of fairy tales, especially modern fairy tales, so when I heard that Don't Speak was a modern version of The Little Mermaid, I just had to read it. I wasn't disappointed! It was a unique blend of an old favorite and new twists.

Erik is the son of the governor of North Carolina. Local royalty of sorts. He is finishing college and planning to go to law school. Laire is a fisherman's daughter on a local island that time has forgotten, the tenth generation of Cornishes to live on the island. No tourists. No cell phones. Dial up Internet in limited locations. She dreams of going away to college to study fashion design. They meet when Laire delivers fresh crabs for a party at the governor's island mansion, and there is an instant attraction. But Erik's family would never accept a fisherman's daughter, and Laire's family would disown her for dating a dingbatter (outsider). Can they find a way to be a part of each other's worlds?

The plot was interesting and somewhat suspenseful. Laire's life seemed to be one tragedy after another, and I kept thinking, "Won't she ever get a break?" The characters were well developed and immediately likable, although I was frustrated at how quick they both were to lose faith in each other when their families put obstacles in their way. Erik was sweet, patient, and romantic. Laire was naive but very brave. The secondary character of Judith really warmed my heart.

This was my first book by Kate Regnery. I struggled through the first couple of chapters because they were a bit slow moving and corny feeling, but I'm glad I pushed through. Don't Speak really touched me, and it's one of the few books I've ever felt inclined to re-read. I look forward to looking up other modern fairy tales by Kate Regnery.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thèrése

Starting this review was not an easy feat as I was simply left with my head in my hands! Few books have made me feel this way… but then again, this author's writing is a force to be reckoned with. She pushes, pulls and arouses so many contrasting feelings in the reader, coming out unscathed is nigh on impossible! Narrated in past tense in third person, she cannily gave me a sense of false security. I truly felt she’d snuggled me up in a quilt of warmth at the beginning of the story, and then… And then I was only to be showered with what seemed to be love’s cold deception. This is an extremely challenging read. The gradual build-up in the two protagonists’ story is told in such a way I hung on to every word and never wanted this fairytale based on The Little Mermaid to end.

When Erik Rexford and Laire Cornish’s relationship began to flower, the first thing that came to mind was how on earth were these two youngsters with such different backgrounds going to be able to have a future together. Between them, their tower of strength to ride a storm on disproportionate levels never appeared to waver. I yearned for them to conquer it. I wholly trusted a happy ever after. Ah, but that very ride they’d both willing chosen to take took me on a trip overflowing with conflicts at every intricately woven thread! Unravelling their conundrum seemed to be an impossibility, kept me on tenterhooks and at times, my own sufferance was unbearably difficult to deal with. Re: my hubby who heard me sobbing at ridiculous o’clock reminded me that day was breaking and woke me up to reality. Why then, was I in such an emotional mess? Why then, couldn’t I put this book down? I ached for Erik and Laire’s caresses, their stolen kisses and glimpses of adoration.
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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.

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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.
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