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Don't Speak

(A Modern Fairytale #5)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,478 ratings  ·  547 reviews
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 m
Published February 27th 2017 by Katharine Gilliam Regnery
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Courtney Katy has an entire series of modern fairytales. I've read a few so far and they're all good. If you liked this one you should definitely check them ou…moreKaty has an entire series of modern fairytales. I've read a few so far and they're all good. If you liked this one you should definitely check them out. (less)

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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

She was an unlikely obsession, this girl he’d known for such a small amount of time. Were he asked under fire, he couldn’t possibly account for the depth and certainty of his feelings for her.

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I am so happy that I didn't give up on this book! It starts off really slow in the beginning and I planned to just skim the heck out of it to get to the end, but once I got to about the 30% point, indifference and boredom quickly turned to love and c
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦DNF 60%. Looks like I'm in the minority here... This book wasn't for me. I've only read one other book by Katy Regnery in this series and I loved it. This one, however, was a miss.

➦I am a big fan of "years later" romances. You know, those where the main characters get separated while children/teens and meet again when they are adults. This premise was one of the main reasons I picked this book up.

➦My main problem was the pace of the story and the length of the book. I am NOT a patient reader.
4.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: I really enjoyed this one. I love a second chance romance, and this was done really well IMO. I liked both characters. I connected to each of them, and I also felt their connection to each other. I was rooting for their HEA and was so happy when I got it. My only gripe is that I wanted some more time at the end with them as a happy couple, and with them achieving their goals and "making their own rules". I know that the safety gang has had issues with this author in th
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful luv story.

This is the first time I 've read anything from this author. I actually doing know how I this book was going to work for me but I have to say it won't be the last book I read from this author it was amazing. The story was just beautiful heart breaking in parts but beautiful. The luv between the characters was so strong even after spending years a part and thinking bad of each other. It was still strong they were just so meant to be they had to get there HEA. I know this
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs
Don't Speak was a beautiful, touching and inspiring second chance love story about a rich, charming and priviliged boy, a Governor's son, and a simple, warm-hearted and unspoilt girl, a fisherman's daughter. Although their backsgrounds and believes couldn't be more different from each other, they have one thing in common: both are prisoners of their families' expectations for their futures. They desperately want to escape those chains and pursue their own goals and dreams which would never be ap ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
Katy Regnery did it again!!! She blew my mind with another epic book that is going straight on my top favorite list. Being a huge fan of her modern fairytales I was very excited to see what she would make of this story and how some aspects from the little mermaid will be woven into the plot. I won't lie - I had very high expectations of this book! Did Katy manage to meet them? Yes, she absolutely did!

Don't Speak was a beautiful and touching story about love, family and second chances that made m
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
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
Carmen Rae
I don’t know how I forgot the power of Katy Regnery’s words. Every single book of hers has been amazing and of course this one was no different. From their first meeting the connection between Laire and Erik was palpable and I could feel the chemistry leaping off the pages.

Firstly I have to say that if you aren’t a fan of insta love this isn’t the book for you so save yourself the money (unless you’re buying it for the charity then buy two and give one to a friend). Now of course I am a huge fa
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
5 "Kiss The Girl" Stars
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Modern Day Fairytales are alive and well in the hands of Katy Regnery. Don't Speak has The Little Mermaid as it's point of reference. The characters, the scenery and the plot were all magnificently relatable to the original fairytale. I loved every word of this beautifully told modern fairytale.

Laird Cornish is an 18yr old girl who has grown up on a small remote island in the Carolinas. She comes from a fishing family and her life is very simple. But she wants more fr
S.M. West
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I really enjoy this series. It's so original, yet harkens back to your childhood and fairy tales. Every time I think I've found my favourite in this series, Katy delivers another spellbinding, heart-tingling read that leaves me loving them all!

This is a modern day telling of the Little Mermaid complete with a fisherman's daughter and royalty of a kind in the governor's son. Katy has a way with words. I was utterly and completely immersed in this tale. I truly felt like I was on the water with L
Wil Loves Books!
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 schedu ...more
Katy Regnery
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I loved writing this book.
I hope you love reading it.
Bindi Boo
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

I love fairytales! This author has rewritten The Little Mermaid in the most romantic yet heart-wrenching way possible.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! This is a five star read and shoots straight to my favourites.

P/S: If this were soccer, i would call this a hat-trick. THREE awesome reads, one after the other, all by authors i TRUST to give me all the feels.
Feb 11, 2017 added it
Shelves: romance, drama, arc

damn, I struggled with this one...*sigh*

I'm so late with my review *bows her head in shame* but I almost DNF-ed and I didn't want to judge the book by my current state of mind at the time of reading, so I paused it...and I will make my judgement according to my full experience once I gather my thought

***ARC kindely provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

BR with my precious ones...sirens Denise and Shanny

Let's swim through this *wink*
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Title: Don't Speak
Author: Katy Regnery
Category: Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
POV: Dual
Plot: 5
Characters: 4.5
Scorching Level: 5
HEA: Not telling

OMG! This is what I call a modern fairytale! Passionate love, angst and sweet romantic moments!

Laire is a young woman with dreams that go well and beyond her life in the island that she calls home. She has aspirations, hopes and believes that she will accomplish them. Her life is altered when she meets the privileged and spoiled Erik. He
That cover and blurb...!! SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
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Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 we make our own rules stars


GAH! I LOVED THIS BOOK! I've been on a 'fairy tale retelling' binge lately, and this book is by far one of my favorites!

The book follows the lives of Laire, an Islander who dreams of more and Erik, who is North Carolina royalty. Laire meets Erik while delivering crabs to his vacation home and OMG that scene made for a lot of laughs. Yes, crabs has something to do with that exchange. From there, Laire meets with Erik in secret for fear of her father finding out that
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Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms Regnery did such an awesome job putting a beautiful spin to the Little Mermaid!!

I wondered at fist how she would pull this off but once I started reading it I knew she had just made a magical hit!

Laire's character was so fierce and took life by the horn, compared to her sisters. She knew there was life beyond what she was told that she should be doing when she graduated. And little did she know that her tenacity for life would change her life forever.

Her first conversation & date with Erik
This was a 3...possibly 3.5 stars for me. The writing was well done, and I was thrust into this Little Mermaid like fairy tale right from the get go. The parts that started to change my enjoyment of the story was the direction the storyline took. I don't like to write spoilers in my reviews but let me just say that because of the decisions of the heroine made I began to lose my compassion and joy for the story... At this point I began to skim until the events I didn't like ended!

As far as the au
I LOVED this book! The little mermaid has always been my favorite fairytale and as excited as I was about reading a modern take on a favorite, I was nervous because I had some really high expectations. This book exceeded those expectations and was even better than I could've imagined. The writing, the characters, the setting, the romance, the angst - all of it was perfect. I loved this book so much - it's a top pick of 2017 and going on my all-time favorites list. I can't wait to re-read this on ...more

**Don’t Speak generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

5 "We make our own rules." Stars

Another beautifully inspired, contemporary fairytale from Katy Regnery. Don’t Speak captures the essence, beauty, and magnitude of once in a lifetime love and how your first love shapes the person you become from there forward. The charm embedded within the pages of this young, forbidden lovers and second chance romance will leave you captivated from beginning to end.

Our heroine, Laire Cornish,
4 1/2 "We make our own rules." Stars!

I loved it! This story brought out the feels. The happy blush of young love; the anxiety brought on by forbidden love. The anger caused by meddling and just bad choices; the longing of separated love. The hope of reuniting. The elation of a possible forever...

Both Laire and Erik were people I truly liked and I wanted them to be together so badly. Erik is going on the favorite males list. He was just practically perfect! Almost. Just a few youthful mistakes.

Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 - 4.5 ★'s

"We make our own rules, Freckles."

I have to be honest, the first third of the book was kind of cheesy and I just wasn't really feeling it but then...the OMG drama happened. And I was caught...hook, line and sinker! (pun intended) The almighty ANGST happened and I loved it! It was so amazing...and gets even better after!

You see Laire is an island girl going back ten generations. They have been pretty cut off from society and sheltered so they are just a tad old fashioned. Laire just w
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4 Stars *****

Can be read as a standalone.

I really enjoyed this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid. It's a unique version with clever twists and touching moments.

The first half of the book is about Laire and Erik's romance as a young couple. Laire is from a small island that is extremely conservative. In her community, it's completely normal to get married and start having children right after high school. But she has big dreams to go into fashion and see the world.

Erik's world flip
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Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow!!! Katy Regnery has outdone herself AGAIN. Every time I pick up one of her books I just know I'm in for something 110% amazing and special because Katy NEVER DISSAPOINTS us. Don't Speak is utterly breathtaking you guys. I was up until 5:30 am engrossed in my reading and crying my eyes out – could not stop turning the page.

This story is a modern retelling of The Little Mermaid. Laire is a daughter of a fisherman from the Outer Banks. Laire grew up sheltered within a small community w
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
5+++ Bright & Lustreous "Our Rules" Stars

I'm breathless after reading this!

I have two confessions I must make. ONE: I may have played hooky yesterday because I couldn't fathom not finishing this book. Having to wait until I was home to pick it back up just was not in my sights. YES this was that GREAT! And TWO: Katy- I've got a serious Author Crush!!! This Modern Fairytale series is life!!!

This was one of the best books I've read in quite some time. It was the most exquisite of slow burns
that I
Quick points and short review.

A angst and emotional read.

Rich, handsome hero and sweet, sheltered heroine.

Story of young, sweet love and the heartbreak that separates them.

Agony and heartbreak each endures through the years of separation and believing the lies/misunderstanding that each was told.

Finding each other and living, loving and healing together.

The gift of their baby Ava (what a sweet little character she was).

Confrontation for those that hurt and separated them.

Their new life and f
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was really unpretentious read with minimal everything that I usually love in romance books but I still very much enjoyed it.
I will give this author a chance and read her books again as this is my first read by her.

3. 75 stars
Elle G.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Genre: Modern Fairytale

I have been anticipating the release of this book since it was announced because The Little Mermaid has always been my favorite fairytale and this of course, puts a spin on it. With that being said, WOW. This book blew me away! So much in fact that I see it in my top 10 best romances of all time and staying there. Gah! I loved this book to pieces! It is sweet, swoon worthy, a little angsty, and powerful! Why powerful? Because true love em
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery has a heart for smart romance featuring strong women and decent men. Almost exclusively self-published, Katy claims authorship of over 45 titles, including three RITA® finalists. Translated into French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Turkish, Katy has sold over 1.8 million books worldwide.

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