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At First Sight

(A Modern Fairytale #6.5)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  112 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery returns to her wildly-popular modern fairytale collection with a fresh spin on Aladdin!

I fell in love with her the first moment I saw her.
That's the truth.

Does it sound corny?
Yeah. Yeah. Okay. I know.
The thing is?
I don't really care what you lot think.
I know what I know.
Love at first sight
ebook, 1, 175 pages
Published June 2020 by Katharine Gilliam Regnery
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Katy Regnery
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I never thought I'd finish this book, but I'm so glad I did...I love this new twist on Aladdin and hope all of my readers do too!! ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Katy Regnery Fans, Romance
3.5 Fairy Tale Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick Review
I have a confession to make. I haven't read all of the re-do Fairy Tales by Ms. Regenery. I know I should but time slips away. I also haven't kept up my re-reading of these tales from when I was a child, so my memories of all of them may be a wee bit off.

With that said, though, romance and crafting by Ms. Regnery are always winning so I was glad to be able to experience this story.

We have the "Street Urchin and the Beautiful Princess cro
Sharon Thérèse
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I look for in a good read Regnery has delivered to me tenfold. Losing myself in this novella, disconnecting from the world around me, especially in these difficult times, was music to my ears. And one thing that she does exceedingly well is character development. The traits of her Irish and Italian protagonists come across strongly and the dual narrative in present tense not only balances the story, but I also loved exploring Ian and Valentina’s thoughts through their eyes. The title couldn ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Aladdin has always been one of my favorite Disney movies so I really enjoyed how Katy Regnery retold the story in a modern setting with her own twists. Ian Ladd (Aladdin) is a young Irish "street rat" while Valentina Yasmina De'Medici (Princess Jasmine) is an Italian princess. But can a street rat and a princess really find love, especially love at first sight?
My only complaint about this book is that it is a novella. I would have loved even more of Ian and his Princess!!!! Overall, however, th
❤~🌟~❤ 4.5. MAGICAL STARS! ❤~🌟~❤

“Once upon a time, long ago and far away…..a street rat fell in love with a beautiful princess.”

Get ready to take a Magic Carpet ride that will leave you DIZZY WITH DELIGHT! AT FIRST SIGHT, a wildly original spin on the beloved Aladdin fairytale, is a fanciful story of first love, second chances and of a forbidden, FATEFUL passion that triumphs against all odds!

For loyal Modern Fairytale followers who have read Ms. Regnery’s Rapunzel-themed nove
Lori R.
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much! To say I was excited to read it would be an understatement.

This retelling of Aladdin with the Katy Regnery touch was absolutely magical!

This beautifully written novella is packed full of emotion and carries as much delightful enchantment as the movie. The characters stepped off the page and felt so real, the story grabbed ahold of my heart and didn’t let go, and the happily ever after gave me blissful satisfaction with a big smile on my face.

I was swept away with the lov
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 Magical Stars

I love the Fairytale books by Katy Regnery and At First Sight is a great addition to the series. It checked many of my boxes: Second chance romance, forbidden love, and of course the most obvious "Love at First Sight."

Valentina and Ian have both experienced difficulty in their lives. Ian comes from the streets of Ireland where violence is a way of life. Valentina is literally a princess. They experience "love at first sight" and as a reader, I was pulled right into their r
Isha Coleman
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
At First Sight (A Modern Fairytale #7) by: Katy Regnery  
At First Sight by Katy Regnery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The greatest tragedies make for the most haunting stories. At First Sight is the kind of heartache that leaves an impression on the soul. Regnery takes a tale of young love and what ifs and turns it into a bumpy, yet magical carpet ride. From bruised hearts to shattering revelations, Ian and Tina find a chance at forever, buried within the healing power of love. Beautiful tragedy pack
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous fairytale that is definitely a must read!! Katy Regnery totally hooked me from start to finish in this spectacular Aladdin take off!! If you have read Shear Heaven, you will remember Valentina as Nico's sister, than you are set to go and you will learn all of Valentina's secrets past and present!! I love the way that Katy weaved this story over 15 years of love, pain, loss and acceptance!! In a twist of fate these two love birds find love and many years later they try to fight t ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story
Ian and Valentina met in the most unusual of circumstances. She was in Ireland with her family at a play. Ian was in the play. She came to meet him and for them both it was love at first sight, but after a sweet night everything came tumbling down and he never returned to her. Years later they meet again through their children. If you want to know the rest of this story. Please read this book. You will not be disappointed.
3 1/2 "At first sight.

This was very good. I loved reading Ian and Valentina's story. Especially Valentina's after meeting her in Shear Heaven (I recommend you read that first. But you don't have to, to enjoy this one. But I still recommend it. It's really short too so it wouldn't take long. Besides, it's sweet.) She certainly deserved her HEA. But there was just a wee part that I feel was not quite fleshed out and left me with niggling questions. Overall tough, I enjoyed it. Happy reading!
Tammy  Zautner
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
From rags to riches. From street rat to princess. From tragedy to happily ever after. We are given a story of star-crossed lovers tragically ripped apart.

At First Sight is one hell of an introduction to a new to me author!

I'll admit I was nervous going in. This book had two things that would normally have me running in the other direction: 1. crazy insta-love and 2. it's a novella. Novellas are so hard for me because I want all the things. I prefer full length stories, especially if I'm enjoyi
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
This is a story about how one look, one night can change everything.

We met Valentina De'Medici in her twin brother, Nico's book Shear Heaven. This novella takes place before and after his book with a time jump.

Ian Ladd was an Irish street lad destined to live the life of all the men around Limerick with family gangs and infighting. But one summer he and the other teens were in the play of Romeo and Juliet in an effort to keep them off the streets and from fighting. One night a princess was in
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We first met Her Serene Highness Valentina Yasmina De’Medici in Shear Heaven as Nico’s twin sister. We knew part of her story. But it takes a master like Katy Regnery to weave back in time to create another fantastic fairy tale romance. So from Rapunzel’s story, Tina comes into her own in the retelling of Aladdin. And what a magic carpet ride it is! (If you have not yet read Shear Heaven, grab it and read it before this one comes out in a couple days. You can thank me later!) Street-wise Ian Lad ...more
╰⊱♥⊱╮ღ꧁Kathy,Ahmazing Book Faerie꧂ღ╭⊱♥≺
I got an ARC!!!!
Thank you!

I read this this afternoon, it's a really sweet short story, about what else, but love at first sight!
Sometimes it happens, and then real life happens and messes with the happiness.

This is another from Katy's Modern Fairytale series. But there was no issue with reading it as a stand alone....A warning, so far through you get a message suggesting you read SHEAR HEAVEN. It is relevant to this story, so, as I haven't read all the books in this series yet, I guess I better
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading Katy Regnery books for years and for a long time “Vixen & the Vet” has held the top spot. Until now, Aladdin has been my favorite Disney story and this just adds to that. To have a grown up version I jumped at the chance to read it, and I was hooked from the very beginning. I never believed in love at first sight, but seeing it happen with Valentina and Ian gives me hope.

“Do ya trust me, Tina”

When I heard that I could see his hand out begging for him to take it. I’m not gonna s
Carly Wilson
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had been eagerly awaiting another Fairytale retelling book by Katy Regnery, after previously reading the other six in this collection. With ‘At First Sight’ Regnery continues to deliver an incredibly detailed and passionate romance that had me engrossed since I received it.

The book is about Valentina ‘Tina’ Di’ Medici, an Italian Princess who very much has high expectations from her parents resting on her shoulders. So when she one night falls madly in love with an Irish Street Rat of a boy,
Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
A romantic second chance romance that will fill your soul with hope! Valentina and Ian’s story was one filled with intense action, strong desires and filled with the type of hope that only fate can carry out! Sometimes things happen at the right time and though circumstances may seem grim, fate won’t leave us in the dark forever! Katy did a beautiful job showing us how determination, strength and love can carry us out of dire situations and place us right where we need to be!
Kristy Odom
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this version of Aladdin. They were young, and that one night meant everything. I loved Ian had someone that cared enough to help him. I loved the little kids. They were the sweetest thing ever. I love these fairytale have new life! ❤️❤️❤️
4 stars!

Inspired by the story “Aladdin,” we have Ian and Tina, a “street rat” and a princess, who fall in love in a single night only to be torn apart the next day. It wouldn’t be a fairytale if they don’t find love again, and so with At First Sight, we get a heartwarming second chance romance with a classic fairytale ending

When Ian and Tina meet as teens, their lives couldn’t be more different. There is a spark though that blurs the line between worlds and Tina and Ian share a life changing nig
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this modern retelling of Aladdin, Ian Ladd is a young Irish gang member who is participating in a program to get the two main gangs in Limerick, Ireland working together on stage. Just before they go on for their final performance, the cast learns that the Italian royal family will be in attendance. As he scans the seats, Ian’s eyes lock with the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen, and he knows that she’s the princess. Her Serene Highness Valentina Yasmina De'Medici is excited to be away from ...more
Megan ~The Never Ending Book Basket
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

It is no secret that I love these books and I love this series. And I have to say I really love this novella because it continued the feel and the story that I fell in love with in Shear Heaven and just increase that love even more. I would definitely recommend reading the books in order so that way you really get the full impact of what these characters share in their story together. Like every book by Katy Regnery, this book was romantic, it had so much connection and
Sylvia Clail
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The commencement of this book teased me and won me over from the first chapter - a little sprinkling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to introduce the characters and set the scene. What a genius start to the story.

Being Irish myself I loved how the author used some Irish slang and touched on the troubles and accurately added in the fact many young Irish people moved to the USA due to wanting to escape the troubles or escape arrest from the troubles.

Ian Ladd is an unfortunate boy who practical
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
"Once upon a time, long ago and far away, in a magical city by the River Shannon, a street rat fell in love with a beautiful princess ... at first sight"

WOW! This was so WORTH the wait you guys! I was always curious about Valentina and finally the author give her a sweet HEA. We met Valentina in Shear Heaven. She is Nico’s twin, a princess. Valentina and Ian’s love story began when they met as teenagers. It was love at first sight. They have one unforgettable night together but an unfortunate e
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
In “At First Sight”, Ian and Tina are as different as you can imagine, he's an Irish gang member and she's an Italian princess—but opposites do attract! From the beginning and from across the stage, the pull they have toward one another is intense. After some initial danger, Ian takes Tina on an unforgettable night of adventure that a princess is never to experience, but she realizes quickly that she wants to experience everything with him. Their next date is thwarted and the subsequent absence ...more
Elaine Coghlan
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At First Sight by Katy Regnery.
I'm so glad Katy said three years ago "Never say Never" because here we have Her Serene Highness Valentina Yasmina De'Medici's story,we met her in "Shear Heaven" inspired by Rapunzel twin brother Nico's story Can you believe that was 3 years ago!!

At First Sight...a modern day fairytale is inspired by Aladdin.

Katy's writing is exceptional,the way Tina's (Valentina) story is told, you are taken back before Nico's story and then after his.So you may want to read his
Nancy Reads
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
AT FIRST SIGHT is a modern day fairytale Novella. It is loosely based on the fairytale Aladdin. “Once upon a time, long ago and far away, in a magical city by the River Shannon, a street rat fell in love with a beautiful princess at first sight.”

The street rat was an Irish lad named Ian Ladd. He was from the back alleys of Limerick. The beautiful Italian princess was named Valentina Yasmina DeMedici or Her Serene Highness. A very unlikely match. One enchanted evening, the princess and royal fam
Christina Kane
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When the Limerick Youth theatre puts on an updated version of Romeo and Juliet, the production attracts everyone, including an Italian royal family. Ian is determined to not only get a glimpse of Valentina but to make her his.
From first sight they were taken with either.two people from two completely different worlds. When they were 16, They had a chance at two nights together but a life changing event keeps them from meeting again.
Fifteen years later in New York, the two unexpectedly meet again
Melanie Kulpa-Effnert
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

3 years of waiting and wanting to read this modern fairytale, it was totally worth it!
I love it so much and Shear Heaven just perfectly fits right in.

If Katy had any doubt about the story, I don’t see why she should have.

Ian Ladd, you see the mixed capitols from Aladdin?, and Valentina Yasmine DéMedici are perfect for each other.
He is such a good guy who derserves the life he came to with the help of Eugené and the Princes.
And she’s someone to like from the start, with her adventurou
Patricia Noblet
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fairy tales often begins with tears, with one or two beautiful soul hurting.
There are obstacles, enemies, fate...
Fairy tales are rich with drama, adventure, wish, hope, godmother or genie.
Fairy tales often tell the story of kindred souls, of their separation and all the battles against fate and villains to finally have their deserved happily ever after.
At first sight is the retelling of Aladdin. It begins with love at first sight between an irish boy (who swears a little bit too much for my tast
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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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