on February 27, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Forbidden, Modern Fairytale, New Adult, Romance, Second Chance Romance
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From 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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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
Lately I’ve been super lucky to have read a lot of great books back to back and this one was no exception. I was so excited to read this book, I’m a huge Little Mermaid fan (the Disney version) so ever since this book was announced I was looking forward to reading it. I have to admit I’ve never read a Katy Regnery book before, I know, I suck. I actually own most books in this series in both ebook and paperback but I just hadn’t had time to read one before, especially with my full blogging schedule. This will have to be rectified pretty soon, because this book was absolutely fantastic and I want to go back and read all books in this series!
So, you guys know I’m a sap. I love fairytales. I love swoony heroes. I love strong willed heroines with goals and aspirations. And I love a good second chance romance. This book is all of that and more. Ahhh, I’m so happy I read this book. So so happy! This is such a clever play on The Little Mermaid. Once I started reading it I just couldn’t stop until I was done. I basically spent all day reading it and went through so many emotions and feels it’s not even funny!
“Had she known the ultimate cost of that simple glance heavenward, maybe she wouldn’t have stopped. Maybe she would have just kept on walking with her head down. But fate held no warnings for Laire Maiden Cornish.”
Laire is the daughter of a fisherman from an island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She lives a very sheltered life in a very secluded place that has some strict values. It’s also a simple place, where most of the people just aspire to be married to locals and have kids and just settle. Laire lives with her dad and has 2 older sisters. Unlike her sisters and the people of her town, Laire has lots of aspirations, grand ones. She dreams of a different life, in a different place. She has big dreams and she struggles daily between trying to achieve those dreams and the love she has for her family.
Erik Rexford is from an entire different world than Laire. He’s the son of the governor of North Carolina. He’s gorgeous, rich, privileged and his future has already been mapped up for him. He’s also so much more than his family. I found him to be such a great guy, loving and caring and so hopeful. He’s full of life and hopes and dreams but is also trapped by his family, especially his controlling, despicable mother. As soon as he meets Laire, he is completely enchanted by her and his life changes forever.
“He felt almost frantic. This cannot be the end. No. Absolutely not. He wanted to hear her voice again—the strange, lovely lilt of her unusual accent. He wanted to know more about her: who she was, what her life was like. He wanted to figure out why he felt so drawn to her. He wanted to touch her, make her smile, make her laugh. There was too much he wanted, and without her digits, how could he get in contact with her? Fuck! He couldn’t just let her go.”
The story is told in two parts. In Part I, Laire and Erik start a whirlwind secret summer romance. After all, they come from totally different worlds so they can’t be a public couple. They fall for each other hard and fast. I loved everything about their romance. The way he treated her, the way he teaches her things about his world, his patience. I loved her being so trusting, loved her being so naïve yet hopeful. Ah, I just loved everything. When they were together is as if they were in their own little world where nothing else matter, and they made their own rules.
“Darlin’, 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. I want to talk for hours and kiss you and find out what makes you laugh and . . . Damn it, Laire, this isn’t enough.”
“Just for today,”…”you’re mine. And to me, Laire, you’re perfect.”
And somewhere along the way, between Rodanthe and Manteo, between fresh mahi-mahi and the Elizabethan Gardens, Erik Rexford, the prince of North Carolina, started to wonder if Laire Cornish, the commercial fishing princess of Corey Island, could love him someday—because everything about being with her felt awesome, felt predestined, felt so fucking right. With her sitting beside him, zooming up the Carolina coast on the most beautiful early-summer afternoon he could ever remember, he made a wish that he’d never, ever live another day of his life without her. He made a wish that she would, somehow, someway, be his forever.
Since this is a modern fairytale, you know something is bound to happen. The relationship ends in a heartbreaking way and Laire and Erik are forced apart! I have to admit, I cried during their separation, the FEELS, so strong. The Interlude! Be still my heart <3
“I wake up with a wet pillow and a heavy heart.
I long for the day when it doesn’t hurt anymore.
I fear it too, because then you’ll truly be gone and I’ll be all alone. “
Part II is a second chance romance!!! Yay! So, you know, I was over the moon happy. I don’t want to spoil a thing. I loved how this turned out. I love Laire’s transformation and everything she did with her life. I loved that Erik’s feelings for her never changed, he never wavered. I loved when they finally reunited, the angst and the love. It was perfection. I love that it was all about them and the unnecessary drama is kept to a minimum.
“I want you to know that I still love you. I want you to tell me there’s still a chance for us. And then I want to carry you downstairs to my bed and make love to you the way we should have made love that night long ago.”
“No, baby,” … “I didn’t just love you as a kid or as a summer fling or as anything that was temporary. Don’t you see? I loved you as a man, in every season, forever. And when I lost you, I lost . . . everythin’. There was a hole inside me the size of a crater. And . . .” He paused, flinching as he recalled the depths of his agony before reminding himself that now, here and now, the woman of his dreams was back in his arms. “. . . and nothin’, nothin’ on God’s earth, could have filled it but you.”
See? So swoony!!! Gosh, I’m so in love with this book. This was honestly an awesomely written, modern fairytale. Oh, and I also loved the secondary characters and how perfectly placed they were in the context of The Little Mermaid.
“I don’t want to live another day without you. I don’t want this life if you’re not in it. I want to wake up next to you every mornin’ and make love to you every night. And every moment in between, I want to know that you’re mine and I’m yours and we’re the only family we’ll ever need.”
Needless to say I loved everything about this book. It brought all the feels and was so beautiful, yet cleverly written. All the other books in this series have immediately jumped to the top of my TBR and I can’t wait to see which fairytale Katy will tell next. This was absolutely fantastic and I 1000% recommend!
“We are each born into a family, it’s true, but Laire, who was born of the sea, and Erik, who was born of the land, had taken their destinies into their own hands, and, with their own rules, they had secured each other’s forever.”
**An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
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