Never Let You Go by Katy Regnery
Released: June 12, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Katy Gilliam Regnery
Reviewed by Lena
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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.)
For June and July 2015, 25% of all gross royalties will be donated to the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.
(The next standalone a m o d e r n f a i r y t a l e novel, Ginger’s Heart, inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, will be released in Winter 2015/2016.)
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Never Let You Go is part of the a m o d e r n f a i r y t a l e collection, which will include five standalone, unrelated novels:
"The Vixen and the Vet" (Beauty & the Beast) - available now
"Never Let You Go" (Hansel & Gretel) - available June 2015
"Ginger's Heart" (Little Red Riding Hood) - available TBD
"Don't Speak" (The Little Mermaid) - available TBD
Where do I start with this story? There was so much of it to love and I did love this story. It was an emotionally wrenching one. I couldn’t have held back tears if I tried. Never has Katy written with such emotion. I was fully invested in these two characters from the start. I couldn’t help but be swept away in their story. I shed a lot of tears while reading this story. But felt myself smile and sigh with relief by the end. This is a modern day Hansel and Gretel, VERY modern. It follows the lives of Holden and Griselda, two thirteen year olds who were abducted and terrorized by a madman. Desperate to get out of the situation, they plan an escape to cross the Shenandoah. Sadly only one gets away while the other is left behind.
They spend ten years apart not quite dead but not alive either. Each day is spent missing each other. Until one fateful night when Gris’s new boyfriend convinces her to go to an underground fight. Their reunion is full of discoveries. It is sweet with them discovering their feelings for each other but bitter when they discover their happiness lies with them staying together until other circumstances pull them apart. Their relationship is chalk full of these type of situations leaving you to wonder when they get their happily ever after. They found love in a hopeless situation, lost it without hope and found it again in redemption through hard work and a commitment to never let each other go that helps them succeed.
Rating: 5 stars
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You can always find me with my nose in my Kindle reading a romance novel starring a tough talking, hard loving alpha male and sassy heroine. For the past six years reading has been my addiction. I am always up for a good read and am excited when I get any suggestions. My other loves are working out and spending time with my hubs, family and friends.