Book Review – Don’t Speak (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery

Posted February 24, 2017 by Geybie in Book Review / 30 Comments

Don't Speak by Katy RegneryGenres: New Adult, Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Published on: February 27, 2017
Pages: 350
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Rating: 3 STARS
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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. And that’s how they lived…

She was a fisherman daughter, born and raised in an Outer Banks island untouched by time with a conservative family, while he was the son of North Carolina’s governor, born and raised off-island with money. They came from completely different worlds and had very different upbringings. But one event brought them together. They fell in love instantly and started to see each other.

However, her family’s strict, conservative rules and his family’s big dream for him as a governor’s son, they had to hide their relationship for a while. Until they couldn’t hide it anymore. They had to find a way to come clean to both of their families or ended it for good. Torn between the fear of going public with their new relationship and building a trust to make it work long distance when he went back to college, forced them to deal with the unexpected things.

If you love a modern fairy tale, this story is for you. The romance between the main characters is perfect. It is sweet with light angst and a perfect happy ending. The main characters, Eric and Laire, are perfectly described. Laire was a hard worker, fierce, innocent girl who had a big dream to go to college and have a good career in a big city, whereas Eric was a complete gentleman who had never let their differences come between them. He treated her like a queen and couldn’t be perfect for her. Although they were young, they had a very passionate love that had been tested throughout the years of being apart. What a beautiful love story.

However, unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. While I’m not against the possibility of love at first sight—in fact, I believe in it (I’m a hopeless romantic!)—I didn’t feel anything special in their instant-love as sweet as it really was. Believe me, I was wanting to feel it so bad. And as perfect as it was, I didn’t feel the “wow” factor I’d been waiting for. Something that would make me feel like I was there, experiencing it with them. Moreover, the romantic scenes felt flat. I didn’t feel moved as much as I would have wanted, and even though there were a few funny moments that made me smile and laugh caused by their differences, I still didn’t connect with them and it made me hard to connect to the whole story.

Three things popped up in my mind when I thought of the reasons behind my feeling disconnected to the characters and the whole story.

  • The first reason is that the whole story was written in third person point of view. It was difficult for me to closely connect with the characters, especially the heroine. I was feeling like an outsider watching the story from a distance. No connection.
  • The second one is that their romantic scenes (when the main characters had a heart to heart, deep conversations) and intimate scenes often made me uncomfortable, mostly because of the heroine’s inexperience. I had a hard time to read her reactions, let alone connect with her. I often had to close my iPad for a while and picked it up again.
  • The third one is that the main characters should not have been apart that long, in my opinion. It was hard to imagine a very in love couple has not made any efforts to find each other for almost 6 long years, no matter what their reasons were, especially when they claimed to still love each other during those years. Why prolong the suffering by waiting that long if you could do something to end it? 🙁

However, even though it didn’t work for me, don’t get discouraged from giving this book a try. As I mentioned above, this story is perfect for those who love a sweet, beautiful love story with lighter angst, enough conflict, and a happy ending.

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30 responses to “Book Review – Don’t Speak (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery

  1. 3rd person POV is always hit or miss for me. I struggle with not feeling the connection with the characters in 3rd person. And when the story is pretty much ONLY about their relationship, 3rd person POV is tricky. I’m reading this now and I feel much like you do!

  2. Insta-love is quite tricky . . . I personally find really difficult to connect with the characters and feel the connection I crave. As a reader, who doesn’t? So I see your point and it’s too bad this didn’t work for you, but very good job by expressing your honest opinion 🙂

  3. Insta-love really tends to ruin everything for me too, no matter how sweet it might be. I feel like I got gipped on all the tension leading up to it. I am a huge fan of build up. it’s too bad, because other parts of the story sounded really good.

    • Same here Karen. I enjoy lower angst stories as well. Overly angsty stories sometimes don’t work for me, especially if put just for the sake of drama.
      Thanks for coming, Karen. 😀

  4. This sounds like it would have been a really cute idea, but I’m with you in not being a big fan of unfounded insta-love. I don’t mind insta-love as much as some other folks do, but I want to actually understand it and FEEL it, not just be told it’s happening. In general, I prefer the slow-burn where we get to experience the process 🙂

    • Same here, Michelle. I love slow-burn romance. It’s more realistic and I personally enjoy more. Insta-love would be good when written right, though, and it’s hard to make readers connect. get it. I just didn’t feel it in this book.
      Thanks for coming, Michelle. 😀

  5. I don’t mind reading insta love themes, however it has to be written just right and its one of the more tricky tropes out there to write. I have been seen this book all over, but I am not sure its a story I would want to grab up unless I was in the mood for it. Especially when you have a hard time connecting with the story as a whole. Hope you enjoy your next read more. And lovely blog here, we are both lovers of pink I see hehe

    • I couldn’t agree more with you. It is tough and tricky but the author really did her best. I might not enjoy this but maybe others will do. Thank you so much for coming. Yes, I’m a lover of pink. Haha
      Btw, I love your blog! 😀

  6. Yes I have read some books where everything was perfect but still could not connect with the characters. I think I need that wow factor in my reads. I do not need full on drama and angst but something to add to the characters. If have drama and angst I need it to feel natural and not just thrown in just to spruce up. I love the colors of your blog. Pretty and cheerful.

  7. I have one of hers on my shelf I think. Insta-love isn’t my favorite thing, personally, but I have found a few authors who really did make me believe that insta-connection which is fun when it happens. Darn on it not quite being pulled off here.

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