Series: A Modern Fairytale
on February 27, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 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!
One of my favorite authors, writing a book inspired by one of my favorite fairytales, I could not have been more excited to start this one. The smile would not leave my face as I began to read and pick out all the nods to The Little Mermaid. I can’t even tell you how many times I watched that movie as a kid, and the ending still makes me cry to this day! I was so curious how this particular tale would end, and I was ready to be swept away.
Laire Cornish is a sheltered, 18-year-old, on the cusp of breaking out from the restrictions put on her by her family and the lifestyle she has lived. Born and raised on a small island, she wants so much more than what others want for her. I admired Laire so much for being different and dreaming of more. She respects and loves her family greatly, but she knows in her heart that she won’t be tied down. She’s so full of hope and innocence, it’s no wonder she captures a certain “prince’s” eye.
Erik Rexford is already jaded at the young age of twenty-one. Pushed and prodded into a certain direction with his life that he is not happy with, he struggles with truly being himself. As the son of a Governor, he is used as a means to an end in his parent’s political aspirations. I felt sorry for Erik. His life was not his own, the same as Laire’s, and all he wanted was to be free.
When these two meet, there is an instant attraction. Neither can explain it, but both are drawn to each other’s differences. Erik represents the world Laire longs to be a part of, and she is the breath of fresh air Erik has been waiting for to breathe life back into his soul. The way their relationship develops is so genuine and true. I especially love the fact that Erik celebrated Laire’s differences, and never made her feel pressured or wrong for believing/feeling the way she did about certain things. He put her needs above his own, always. Definitely the kind of love that fairytales are made of. The question is, how will they ever make something so impossible work?
Get ready for a roller-coaster ride of emotions. The angst was fabulous. My heart clenched so many times while reading because I felt for these two. I absolutely love where Katy Regnery took this story. Laire and Erik are separated for several years, but when they are reunited, it is perfection. It was handled exactly like how I wanted and I was so pleased that this didn’t follow the same path as some other second chance romances. I was also happy to discover that there was a certain favorite storyline of mine included. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s so good. The writing was so well done, and the way she took a classic tale and added her modern touch was fabulous. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed this series. I’m excited to see what new tale she will spin for us next.
She heard his voice before she saw him.
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.
Shielding her eyes, she looked up at a deck wrapped around the second floor of the mansion, waiting a moment for her eyes to adjust as he came into view.
There, in the glittering sunlight . . . a boy.
No, a man.
A young man, a little older than she, tall and muscular, with jet-black hair and a square jaw, dark brown eyes, and a deep tan. He wore a robin’s-egg blue bathing suit with Kelly green palm fronds in a small repeat and a pair of sunglasses buried in his thick hair. In one hand, he held a phone up to his ear, and in the other, he slowly swirled a glass filled with ice and clear liquid. He stared out at the sound, concentrating on his call.
“Hey!” he yelled. “Can you hear me now?” He huffed with annoyance, pulling the phone away from his ear and squinting at it before trying again. “Pete? It’s Erik. Can you hear me?” He set the glass down on the balcony’s wooden railing and gave his phone his full attention. Staring down at it, he muttered, “Shit. No reception.”
His name is Erik.
Feeling a sharp burn in her lungs, Laire realized she’d been holding her breath and sucked in a huge gulp of air as she stared up at him, frozen in the moment, utterly mesmerized.
She had never seen a more perfect, more handsome person in her entire life.
The sun glinted off his dark hair and wrapped his body in gold, making him appear godlike so very far above her. Were she the type to swoon, Laire imagined she would have been a puddle of goopy longing on the ground below him, content to sacrifice her pride for a glimpse at his beauty.