New Release Review: Don’t Speak by Katy Regnery

Posted February 27, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Book Review, New Releases / 1 Comment

New Release Review: Don't Speak by Katy Regnery

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New Release Review: Don’t Speak by Katy RegneryDon't Speak by Katy Regnery
Series: A Modern Fairytale #5
Published by Katharine Gilliam Regnery on February 27, 2017
Genres: Fairytale Re-telling, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Purchase Links: Amazon
Heat Index:three-flames

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.

Rating:One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Also by this author: Never Let You Go, Crazy about Cameron (The Winslow Brothers, #3), Campaigning for Christopher

First, can we just talk about what a flippin’ genius Katy Regnery is?

From her first foray into Paranormal (the It’s You duology), the unique protagonists in her Blueberry Lane series (a Lakota model turned activist, a blinded Cajun police officer, and so on) and her imaginative modern Fairytales, all are imbued with an almost staggering creativity. Each Katy Regnery undertaking builds a fully-realized world filled with a rare combination of uncommon characters and inventive plotting, all told in evocative and yet deceptively simple language.

Thus ends my Katy Regnery Fangirl Rant #6,482. 😉

I have to admit, even I was skeptical about how the conflicted love between a sea creature and a human could be turned into a contemporary romance. Would there be talking crabs? Dinglehoppers? 🍴 Sea Witches and spells?

The tale [unintentional pun] of the Little Mermaid is familiar to many of us: An innocent mermaid, longing to leave her isolated world of the sea behind, finds love with a Prince on land whose customs and morals are more sophisticated and nuanced than her own. She is a girl caught in the struggle between her family and tradition, and her own dreams and love.

Yep, this describes the classic fairytale – it’s also a perfect synopsis for its clever modern adaptation, Don’t Speak.

Our heroine Laire Cornish doesn’t live under the sea, but she does reside on a remote island in the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina. Her insular community, mainly engaged in fishing and crabbing, is isolated from the mainland and maintains its own strict moral code and proud traditions. Laire longs to leave the island to pursue a college education (*gasp*) in fashion design (**GASP**) IN THE NORTH (***DEAD FAINT***).

Laire’s guilt over having this goal for herself is immeasurably compounded by the love she finds with the wealthy son of the Governor, Erik Rexford. Erik himself is trapped in a life of his parents’ making. His own interests and desires are ignored by his aloof father and ambitious mother. Together, Erik and Laire dream of a life where they can make their own rules — ones that allow their love to flourish.

Ahh, if only life were that simple.

Fear, prejudice, secrets, and an evil witch (conveniently named Ursula) drive a wedge between the young lovers, forcing pain and misery to follow — but not forever, this is a romance after all! How it happens and the surprises it reveals is most of the fun!


While there may not be dinglehoppers, this story does contain dingbatters, a colloquial term used by Islanders to refer to outsiders. Katy Regnery explores the fascinating customs, language, and dialect of the small Outer Banks island where Laire is raised, making it a perfect contrast to the mainland, mainstream, privileged life of Erik. Impressive research, Katy!

The crabs that Laire’s family catch don’t talk, or unfortunately, sing, but there is a very helpful person with the name Sebastian with a pet named Flounder. 😁

And as mentioned, a very evil bitch witch … However, the only spell is the one Katy Regnery weaves over her readers, enchanting them with a young couple who grow and learn to trust love and create a future of their own making.


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



About Katy Regnery

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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