Don’t Speak by Katy Regnary: Review

Posted February 27, 2017 in review Tags: ,

Don’t Speak by Katy Regnary: ReviewDon't Speak by Katy Regnery
Pages: 350
Series: A Modern Fairytale
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC
Also in this series: Ginger's Heart, Dark Sexy Knight
Also by this author: Crazy about Cameron, Campaigning for Christopher, Ginger's Heart, Dark Sexy Knight, Jonquils for Jax, It's You part 1

New York Times
bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.
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.**
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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 nowDark Sexy Knight (Camelot) - available nowDon't Speak (The Little Mermaid) - available soonSwan Song (The Ugly Duckling) - available late-2017
Love my fairytales? I'm always open to suggestions! E-mail me your favorite and maybe I'll reimagine it for you!

Don’t Speak is a twist on The Little Mermaid and it is interesting! It includes my least favorite trope though, the dreaded ‘miscommunication’. Laire and Erik are in love and things are great and swooning is happening. Then Erik’s mother starts scheming and there is a misunderstanding…and they are separated.

Laire (an anagram of Ariel) is so naive. However it was believable really. She grew up on a remote island in NC so you can understand how she would be a little unaware of the rest of the world. Erik on the other hand is a rich son of a governor so there is no innocence there at all! Regnery’s writing makes you able to vividly ‘see’ the setting and that really makes for great books. While there is some angst, it wasn’t overly angsty which I always appreciate.

So, Don’t Speak was good. In my opinion, a little predictable, a little contrived, but sweet and swoony none the less. If you like your naive heroines, you will like Laire. If you like the opposites attract trope, you will enjoy Don’t Speak. Some of the references to The Little Mermaid seemed contrived and had me rolling my eyes. But, I am kind of cynical so….



Undeclared by Jen Frederick, Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine, Max by Sawyer Bennett…then you will probably like Don’t Speak!

Don’t Speak



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.

Upcoming (2016) Projects:

Jonquils for Jax, The Rousseaus #1 (The Blueberry Lane Series #12)
Marry Me Mad, The Rousseaus #2 (The Blueberry Lane Series #13)
J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis, The Rousseaus #3 (The Blueberry Lane Series #14)

Upcoming (2017) Projects:

Don’t Speak (inspired by The Little Mermaid), a modern fairytale
The Bohemian and the Businessman, The Story Sisters #1 (The Blueberry Lane Series #15)
The Director and Don Juan, The Story Sisters #2 (The Blueberry Lane Series #16)
The Flirt and the Fox, The Story Sisters #3 (The Blueberry Lane Series #17)
The Saint and the Scoundrel, The Story Sisters #4 (The Blueberry Lane Series #18)
Swan Song (inspired by The Ugly Duckling), a modern fairytale
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6 responses to “Don’t Speak by Katy Regnary: Review

    • Yes, it was sappy sweet. I think maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for THAT sweet. I don’t know. It isn’t a bad story, but I found myself skimming a bit and just not really overly invested.

  1. never heard of this book till this week, and now I feel like it’s everywhere XD
    Glad you enjoyed this. I am okay if the character is naive as long as their background makes sense. Otherwise, I just get frustrated

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