Sunday, 21 June 2015

Never Let You Go – by Katy Regnery

My own copy
Original Cover

The blurb:

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 only thing 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.)

For June and July 2015, 25% of all gross royalties will be donated to the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Katy Regnery is a wonderful and very talented author. Never Let You Go is her second standalone novel part of her a modern fairytale collection.
This story is based on Hansel and Gretel. It follows Griselda and Holden, they have been in foster care together many years ago. They went through a very difficult time back then and suddenly they went their separate ways. They were kidnapped and Griselda is able to run away, but she left him behind. And Holden thinks she is dead…

Now, 10 years later, their paths cross again. Grisela’s boyfriend Jonah drags her to a flight club and there he is: Holden. He gets hurt in the fight and we she goes to see him, they both think they must be dreaming. A friend gives them the opportunity to get away.

Their chemistry is deep, intense, passionate and very emotional. Their connection is there again immediately and their feelings just grow more and more. They let go and just follow their hearts. We learn a lot about their past and that is really shocking, heart breaking and touching.
Their love scenes are steamy, intense, passionate, fiery and heated. 

I loved how they both just let go of everything and follow their hearts, but there are his girlfriend Gemma and her kind-of ex Jonah. It gets worse, when Gemma has news for Holden, news affecting his future.

The story gets even more intense and dramatic here and Griselda makes a hard decision. Back home Jonah comes to hunt her and …

It’s wonderful to see that both of them are willing to fight and want a future together. Even if it’s not possible at the moment, they hold on to their love, not knowing what will be in a few months. They need each other in life, it’s what makes them complete and whole, what healed them in the first place. Going through ups and downs and lots of stony paths, they fight and they want to make it happen. Read this beautiful and epic tale, to find out what the future had to hold for them.

The point of view is alternating between Holden and Griselda, which give a great insight in both their heads.

This is truly a marvellous modern fairytale, taking you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions and getting you hooked immediately.


My possible cast:

Griselda: Cara Delevingne

Holden: Caleb Lane

About the Author:

Award-winning and Amazon bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career 
by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.

Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date. Katy’s short story “The Long Way Home” appears in the first Romance Writers of America anthology, Premiere, and she has published two stand-alone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and the Amazon bestseller The Vixen and the Vet, which is book one in Katy’s a m o d e r n f a i r y t a l e collection. The Vixen and the Vet was nominated for a RITA® Award in 2015.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

Upcoming (2015) Projects

The Winslow Brothers (Books #1-4)
Ginger’s Heart, a modern fairytale

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