Never Let You Go
a m o d e r n f a i r y t a l e
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: 6.12.15
Number of pages: 450
Word Count: 141,298
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.
Overall Rating- 4.5
Reviewed by: Jen
I have never read a story where it was a modern twist on a well known fairytale so I was very intrigued by this story. As soon as I finished reading the blurb my interest was so peaked that I couldn’t wait to jump into this book. As I tend to do with most books I started it right before I went to bed and (shocker alert) I ended up staying up till about 3am because I kid you not— I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. I guess in my head I assumed this story was going to be one way and it was not what i expected- it was a million times better than I could have ever predicted and imagined. As I sit here typing up this review my mind is constantly drifting back to different parts of the book and the characters; Holden and Griselda. There are very few books were the main characters leave an impression on my heart but the Holden and Griselda have done just that. I LOVE these two characters!
“I jump. You jump”
I jumped head first full heart into this book and never looked back. Never Let You Go is the story that is loosely based on Hansel and Gretel. I remember hearing this particular fairytale growing up and feeling sad up on hearing. Katy Regnery took this well known fairytale and turned it into this emotional edgy rollercoaster of a story that you just don’t want to stop reading. Holden and Griselda original meet as foster kids who are placed in the same house. It would appear that from the very beginning of them meeting one another there was a connection between these two that even they didn’t understand. On one unlucky day while walking to the story Holden and Griselda are kidnapped and held captive for over three years. While being captive they endure horrible abuse at the hands of their kidnapper but together find the strength in one another to survive it. The abuse continues to escalate that eventually Holden and Griselda feel there have to try and escape of they may not survive much longer. While running for their lives and trying to make it across the Shenandoah River by jumping on rocks fate would have it that one makes it across successfully while the other doesn’t. This single occurrence sets in motion their lives for the next few years. Ten years later in a chance occurrence Holden and Griselda run into each other. Despite being torn apart years ago and each living a different reality they can’t deny the magnetic pull towards one another. Will they be able to get over a past neither can fully put behind them, develop a new trust for another another and forge ahead taking the future they both dreamed and hoped for or is all the pain and suffering of the past just to much to overcome?
“If i rewrite one thing, I could ruin it all, the entire journey, right up to the moment you should up at the fight in June.”
I loved this book! Although it is a standalone it is the second book in Katy Regnery’s A Modern Fairytale series. Needless to say you can beat the moment I finished this book I went to purchase the first book of the series. This story is powerful on so many levels and you can’t help but feel you are experiencing the journey the characters are on with them. There were times when I was reading this story I actually had to put it down because my heart was so into what the characters were experiencing that I just needed a breather. I can not stress how much I highly recommend this book. I will definitely be reading more books by Katy Regnery! Do yourself a favor and go one click this book..PRONTO!
This girl. Everything about this girl made him want, made him long, made him yearn to change his life, start his life, finally live his life after a decade of going through the motions. He wanted to get a better job to take care of her. He wanted to stop fighting because she disapproved of it. He wanted enough money to have every tally mark lasered from his arm. He wanted some sort of guarantee that she’d never, ever leave him again. And he wanted all of it now. Yesterday. Ten years ago, and every day since.
Standing up slowly, he let his body settle into an upright position before taking his time crossing the hall to the bathroom and then heading out into the common room.
She stood at the stove with her back to him, her feet bare, her hair in a ponytail, the mouthwatering smell of fried chicken filling the entire cabin with goodness. Holden leaned against the wall, crossing his arms over his chest, a grin taking over his face as he watched her.
“It’s just the thought of you—the very thought of you, my love,” she sang, using a fork to transfer a golden leg to a paper towel–covered plate.
As she reached forward to turn off the stove, some of the leftover grease in the frying pan spat up at her and burned her wrist.
“Ow!” she yelped. “Damn it!”
With a sudden rush of adrenaline, Holden crossed the kitchen in two strides. He turned on the faucet and grabbed her arm to thrust her wrist under the cold stream. He held it there, wincing at the red blotch developing on her white skin. When he lifted his eyes to hers, she was staring at him with a surprised, curious expression.
“It’s just a little burn.”
He shrugged, still holding her arm, staring down at the burn.
“You were asleep,” she said.
“You were singing.”
“You remember that song?”
He slid his palm down her arm to cradle her wrist from below.
“The stove’s still on,” she said.
Without dropping her hand, he took a step closer to her, reached around her waist with his free hand, and flicked the burner off.
“I made fried chicken,” she said softly, her cheeks flushed.
“I can smell it.”
“You like fried chicken. I mean . . . you must have mentioned it to me a hundred times when we were—”
“It’s still my favorite.”
They were both silent for a few seconds, and Holden knew he should drop her hand and step away from her, but he couldn’t. She’d hurt herself doing something kind for him, and it just about shredded his heart.
Just another moment, he told himself. A few more seconds touching her and then I’ll move away.
“Sorry about the singing,” she whispered, unmoving, her breath kissing his throat.
He jerked his neck to face her, his thumb curling into her palm, his eyes searching hers for mercy.
“I loved it,” he murmured.
She stepped forward, closing the distance between them, her lips parting, her breasts grazing his chest through his T-shirt as she stared up at him.
“Holden, I . . .”
Every breath she took seemed to draw him closer to her, as if she was breathing him, not air. He leaned forward, into her, his free hand reaching for hers.
“Griselda . . .”
Her eyes, dark blue and churning, flicked to his lips, lingered there, then slid back up his face and seized his.
His self-control snapped.
After all, he was only human.
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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