Review: Don't Speak by Katy Regnery

February 26, 2017

Don't Speak by Katy Regnery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Standalone - A Modern Fairytale #5
Release - February 27, 2017
Genre - Second Chance Fairytale Retelling
Dual POV - 3rd person
Heat - 3 out of 5
Length - 429 pages

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.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again: I LOVE FAIRYTALE RETELLINGS!! I'm intrigued by an author's unique take and twist of a classic and I'm almost guaranteed a happily ever after. DON'T SPEAK was a true adaptation of The Little Mermaid and I was entertained with familiar characters playing similar roles.

The heroine wasn't Ariel. Her name was Laire and I thought it was a neat idea to create an anagram of the name. I must admit, I didn't quite catch it right at the beginning. She too had big hopes and dreamt of a different life away from where she grew up, a life beyond the only world she has ever known. Her imaginings were often met by the doubt and disapproval of her family but she refused to have their ignorance dictate her life.

Laire's prince was indeed a man named Erik, but he wasn't a real prince. He was the son of the governor and had lived a life of privilege. A life that was worlds apart from anything Laire had ever known. Despite the differences of their stations and the understood contempt of their families, Erik and Laire fell in love and spent a glorious summer together. Misunderstandings and betrayal tore them apart and it takes 6 years for fate to reunite them once again. Six years for destiny to allow questions to be answered, for wrongs to be made right, and for hearts to start to heal.

This story was heartbreaking and heartwarming, filled with drama, steam, and incredibly sweet moments. It was definitely a page turner (once I got past the beginning which was very slow paced) and I can admit that it was hard to put down and that I read it in one sitting! If you enjoy a solid retelling, a story about love and loss and love found again, a charming and delightful second chance romance, then DON'T SPEAK should be added to your TBR today!

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