Never Let You Go, by Katy Regnery

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never let you go

Grade: A

Doing it at: 45%

Catnip: Long Lost Love, Deep Dark Secret, Modern Fairy Tale, Dual Narrative, Strong Female Lead, MMA Fighter, Rescue Me, Survivor’s Guilt

Shame Scale: Mild shame when answering your new coworker’s question of what you’re reading

Fantasy Cast:  Matt Woodhouse, Indiana Evans

What do we taste like?: Her essence, salty and sweet, a reminder of his tenderness: that her pleasure came first.

Book Description:

Regret, betrayal, kidnapping, loss, madness, abuse, passion, love.

In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, thirteen-year-old foster children Griselda and Holden 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, and 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 tangle of physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the white water 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.

Have we talked about how I’m a sucker for fairy tales? I almost majored in Mythology because I could fall into folk tales and Grimm forever and ever. So romance novels that are modern retellings of fairy tales are big catnip for me. Never Let You Go is a reworking of Hansel and Gretel. I’ve actually read one of those before but it was MUCH more serious subject matter. Never Let You Go covers some dark topics, but it also contains a very sweet romance at its core.

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Worth Any Price, Lisa Kleypas

worth any price

Grade: B+

Doing it at:  48%

Catnip: Historicals, Your First and Your Last, Shower Sex, Rescue Me, Fake it Till You Make It

Shame Scale: Kleypas is the creme de la creme of modern historical romance, low shame.

Fantasy Cast:  Aidan Turner, Mia Wasikowska

Book Description:

Nick Gentry, the most seductive and dangerous man in England, has been sent to find Charlotte Howard, a runaway bride who has disappeared without a trace. But when he finds her, Nick is stunned by the intensity of his attraction to the elusive young woman whose adventurous spirit matches his own.

Determined to escape a forced marriage to a man who will destroy her, Charlotte agrees to an audacious bargain . . . she will become Nick Gentry’s bride. But soon she discovers that Nick has secrets of his own, and it will take all her wits and stubborn will to tame his tormented soul.

In the desperate quest to protect Charlotte from the diabolical aristocrat who threatens her, one thing becomes clear:

To save the woman he loves, Nick will take any risk . . . and pay any price.

I’ve been buried neck deep in contemporary romance and realized that its been months since I dove into a historical. Having received an avalanche of Amazon gift cards for my birthday I got myself Worth Any Price, which has been on my wishlist for months. Lisa Kleypas is my favorite historical romance author. I consider her Wallflower series required reading for any romance fan, and credit the girls over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books with turning me on to her.

Worth Any Price is book three in the Bow Street Runner series, I haven’t read the other two (I Know I Know), but was able to follow the story just fine without it. Kleypas’ series books can usually be read as stand-alones that are enhanced by having read the previous books but it isn’t a do or die.

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