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NEVER LET YOU GO : A MODERN FAIRYTALE STANDALONE by KATY REGNERY

Never Let You Go

 

SYNOPSIS

In this modern retelling of “Hansel and Gretel,” 13-year-old foster children, Holden and Griselda, escape from their abductor after three years of brutal captivity and try to cross the Shenandoah River on foot. Tragically, one of them makes it to safety but the other is left behind.

Ten years later, Griselda’s boyfriend drags her to a fight club grudge match where her world is turned upside down when she watches Holden step into the ring.

Though the connection between them is fierce, bitter regret, simmering rage and a cache of physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the whitewater of the Shenandoah.

Never Let You Go is a story of fear and hope, defeat and survival, and two people – once profoundly broken – who discover that love is the onlything that can make them whole again. 

This is a standalone novel inspired by Hansel & Gretel. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to profanity, scenes of physical abuse and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. (Note: children are not sexually abused in this book.

Never Let You Go

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯1/2 stars

“My body is marked with you. My arms. My chest. My eyes. My head. My heart. I can’t erase you. I’d have to die to be free of you. D-don’t you see that, Gris.”

Didn’t this one hit our hearts! Such a beautifully told story highlighting the strength of the human spirit, the trust, love and hope of two young people forced to live a frightening and tormented existence after being kidnapped by a mentally unstable man when they were only ten years old.

“Stone to stone. I jump, you jump.”

Never Let You Go is a story of attempting to turn adversity into triumph. This story grabbed us immediately and well….it never let us go. We were instantly drawn into the plight of these two beautiful children, enveloping us in an overwhelming feeling of sadness and despair for them. Our hearts quite literally ached reading this book.

“Are you whole or broken?”

Katy Regnery is a magical storyteller. She has a way of bringing forth such strikingly vivid imagery; we can’t help but feel every word she writes. Holden and Gris’s friendship, love and survival, the way they held each other up in an atmosphere of hate and instability, the way they each brought that tiny sliver of hope happiness to one another when it all seemed so painfully unobtainable and the way this author had them planning a happy future whilst suffering so dreadfully in the cold, dark present was all achingly detailed, leaving us emotionally wrought at times.

“I’ll change for you. I’ll live for you. I’ll never let you go.”

Gris and Holden had spent their lives existing, rather than not living, being consumed by memories from their past and never forgetting or giving up hope of being together again even when all seemed lost. How much can one prevail and can love truly conquer all?  Can it sustain and prosper beneath the weight of painful memories and debilitating guilt?

‘She only went on living because it was possible he was living too.’

Gris had certainly led a life of misery consumed with guilt over her time with Holden. We did feel for Gris but didn’t connect to her as much as we did Holden. Yes, she had most certainly suffered and her sorrow saddened us but we did feel she came across a little judgemental of Holden which frustrated us at times.

Holden, Holden, Holden. Where do we start with this man? Holden was one of those characters you know you will never forget. He possessed the beauty, vulnerability and the heart which was reminiscent of early Colleen Hoover male characters and we couldn’t help but connect to this man and we suffered with him. We felt everything he felt and for us, Holden was the story.

“I w-w-wanted tonight, Gris….I w-wanted forever.”
“We have now.

Katy Regnery delivered an unforgettable and deeply moving character in Holden, which had us experiencing an overpowering instinct to love and protect him through his pain, dreams, hopes and love which radiated off every page. His hope became our hope. His dreams became our dreams.

“It feels like I’ve wanted you forever.”

Admittedly there were some plots lines that felt a little cliché and convenient but at the end of the day what we reveled in was experiencing and feeling the true meeting of two hearts and the deep encompassing love between two people facing adversity.  A beautifully told story we wholeheartedly recommend picking up. This is one for the heart!

**Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by the author, with thanks.**
NB:  For the month of June & July 25% of royalties from the sale of this book will go to the Elizabeth Smart Foundation

   

  NEVER LET YOU GO by KATY REGNERY
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Never Let You Go

   

THE MODERN DAY FAIRYTALES STANDALONE’S

A Modern Fairytale

THE VIXEN AND THE VET 
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 NEVER LET YOU GO
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GINGER’S HEART
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BREAKING UP WITH BARRETT (The English Brothers Book #1) by KATY REGNERY

breaking up with barrett

SYNOPSIS

Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of five books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love. 

(Except Alex. He’s a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton, because he’s wicked hot, but super awkward around girls.)

Barrett English, aka “the Shark,” is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett’s childhood estate. The daughter of his family’s gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett’s image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the “job” of fiancee. And while love wasn’t necessarily on Barrett’s radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves?

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: ✯✯✯1/2 Stars

 “You were there.”

Gitte: Well, we do love our childhood friends to adult romances don’t we, Jenny. And this one is special because it was an eye opener for both our hero and heroine who had no idea of how neither felt nor the bond formed at such an early age. Breaking Up with Barrett was a real sweet and modern take on the old fashioned romance stories and I read it with a smile on my face and a bit of a swoon! Overall this was a quick feel good read which I’m sure runs parallel to many fantasies and dreams of if only’s.

‘Like the only girl who existed on the face of the earth. Like the only girl who ever mattered. Like the only girl I ever wanted….’

Both Barrett and Emily were very lovable characters. I have to say I really liked Emily, she was strong, mature and sweet. As for Barrett ‘the Shark’, well he was such a gorgeous man through and through and at no time did I question his actions as they all derived from a heart of pure gold. This man is pretty bloody special and sweet Emily brought out the best in him.

“You asked if this was real…This is the most real thing in my life.”

I really enjoy Katy Regnery’s writing; I find it to be flawless and beautiful and she really knows how to write sweet heartfelt romance! We’ll definitely be picking up the rest of the brothers’ stories won’t we, Jenny?!

Jenny:  We certainly do G! There’s just something so special about a childhood friendship that sustains through the years to end up in love, even if both parties are completely clueless about the extent of their feelings….…sigh…we’re such romantic saps.

“Barrett,….it’s always been you.”

I enjoyed Barrett and Emily’s story. Emily was certainly the calm to Barrett’s stormy ways and their journey held the right balance for me. Nothing too angsty, lots of sweet romance, a few giggles along the way with a bit of heat thrown in made this one a nice, lighthearted and easy escape.

“Oh, Barrett. ……”You’re making this so hard.” – Emily
” I think that’s my line.” – Barrett

Kate Regnery certainly does know how to spin a sweet story with engaging characters that’s for sure!

**Reviewed on ARC copy provided by the author**

Purchase your copy of BREAKING UP WITH BARRETT here
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Purchase your copy of FALLING FOR FITZ  – Book Two here
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 THE ENGLISH BROTHERS SERIES
*All books in The English Brothers series are 50,000 words/200-pages long and will release as follows:
The next books in the series are as follows
Anyone but Alex, The English Brothers, Book #3
Seduced by Stratton, The English Brothers, Book #4
Wild about Weston, The English Brothers, Book #5

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THE VIXEN AND THE VET by KATY REGNERY

The Vixen and the vet

SYNOPSIS

Burned by an unreliable source, Savannah Carmichael, returns to her hometown of Danvers, Virginia with her once-promising journalism career in ruins. Given the opportunity to get her skin back in the game by writing a patriotic human interest piece, Savannah turns her attention to the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned to Danvers eight years ago, and hasn’t been seen since.

After an IED explosion in Afghanistan took Asher’s hand and disfigured half of his face, he’s lived a quiet life on the outskirts of Danvers where the locals respect his privacy…that is, until Savannah Carmichael comes calling in a borrowed sundress and a plate of homemade brownies. When Asher agrees to be interviewed by Savannah, he starts feeling things for the beautiful reporter that he hasn’t felt in years.

Misfits in small-town Danvers, Savannah and Asher create a bond right away, touching each other’s hearts in ways neither thought possible. When a terrible mistake threatens to drive them apart, they’ll have to decide if the love they found in one another’s arms is strong enough to fight for their hard-won happily ever after.

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Vixen & The Vet (1)

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G : ✯✯✯✯1/2  

 ‘The reward for serving his country was to live out his life in a lonely prison of his own making.’

Jenny:  What a passionate, moving and beautifully sweet romantic Savannah and Asher’s story was  was Gitte. To think we nearly overlooked this one because the title and cover had us assuming it was something entirely different to what eventuated.

‘Because she was his second-chance and his happily ever after when all hope seemed gone.’

The synopsis drew me in, the author captivated me immediately with her beautiful modern take on Beauty and the Beast and the absolute romance and emotion held me in its grip.  I was completely swept away and loved it! I’m so glad we took the plunge, checked out the synopsis and decided to go with The Vixen and The Vet aren’t you Gitte?

Gitte: Absolutely, this is what pure beautiful romance is all about and I loved it. The cover and title does NOT do this story justice at all and I hope readers of romance pick it up because the story is so heart-warming, inspirational and swoon worthy! It could have done with an epilogue though!!

“This isn’t the sort of love that ends…it’s forever.”

The story of Savannah and Asher is truly a feel good read and I’m so happy we picked this one up, Jenny. It’s just what I personally needed after a very angsty read!

Jenny:  Asher Lee, is a war veteran living a self-imposed exile for 8 years due to his physical disfigurement and emotional damage following injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Asher’s loneliness and his past stories, both family and of his time in Afghanistan broke my heart.

‘The problem with hope was that you were required to acknowledge the possibility of not getting what you desperately hoped for.’

I felt so much emotion for this man who had suffered and lived with his fair amount of pain.  Asher had given up all hope of ever finding love, let alone happiness and his self-imposed exile from life was tragic. This man was a hero in every sense of the word wasn’t he Gitte?

Gitte: Yes, Asher has to be one of my favourite heroes because he can actually be found in real life but is uncelebrated because of his ‘imperfections’ which sadly most cannot see past.

‘The thing about surviving something truly tragic is that it changes your expectations forever….You expect nothing, and when something wonderful happens, you don’t trust it. You know it can’t possibly last.’

The hero returning from a war zone shunned by the society in which he lives. The visible battle scars viewed in horror, the perceived ugliness dominating rather than society seeing this man’s beauty, bravery and selflessness. Ending up forgotten and ignored. What we cannot see does not exist right?! Wrong! I thought Asher was beauty personified and I fell in love with this man!

Jenny: I loved Savannah. She had her own issues to contend with and was able to see the man beneath the scars and offer her heart to Asher when he so needed love and reassurance. She saw the passion, the heart and the love within the man and it was beautiful.

‘Savannah Carmichael, one of the most beautiful girls he’d ever seen up close, looked at his face. And she smiled.’

Although their love developed quickly, it didn’t feel insta due to the way the author developed the characters and the story, she made me believe it and feel it.  You know, sometimes you just need a story with the right amount of angst, heat and drama that will stir your emotions and this this fit the bill perfectly.  I totally agree with you about the epilogue. An epilogue would have completed their journey for me and  given me closure.

Gitte: Savannah was a very interesting character; she was a tough determined journo but really, underneath that hard business exterior, she was actually very vulnerable and soft.

“I think maybe you stayed alive for me.”

She sees strength and passion first and superficial flaws don’t feature in her assessment of others. I found this to be so inspirational and it made me love her character which stood in good stead for the few times her decisions career wise annoyed me.

You’re absolutely spot on, Jenny. Sometimes we just need that feel good romance which actually bears a semblance to real life where you wish the outcome would be the same as that in fiction. Asher and Savannah’s romance was incredibly powerful and emotional. I felt every bit of their hesitation, happiness, sadness as well as the obstacles.

‘…his life wasn’t living, and she was a person of the world. She lived in the sunshine, not shrouded in shadows.’

 It was beautiful, romantic, sweet and emotional. The life lessons in this story are so important to a society hell bent of flawless beautification to the disturbing point of obsessiveness.

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THE VIXEN AND THE VET by KATY REGNERY
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