by Katy Regnery
Published by Self Published on June 12, 2015
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance 18+
Source: Blog Tour
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"Their love scenes are steamy and deliciously intense, and they are tethered to each other in a way that springs off the pages, ensnaring you in their bond." --RT Book Reviews, 4.5-stars
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.
Never Let You Go is another amazing book from author Katy Regnery. This is a darker story than her previous books but it still had the strong characters, heartwarming moments, and sweet and steamy romance that I have grown to love from this author. I loved everything about this book!
Never Let You Go is the second book in Katy Regnery’s A Modern Fairytale series and is a standalone. This is inspired by the Hansel and Gretel classic tale but don’t expect a fairytale romance. This is a love story but it is also a story of survival. Holton and Griselda first meet when they are 10-years-old in a foster home. On a family picnic they are kidnapped by Caleb Foster, a mentally disturbed man who mistaken them for his younger siblings. On a mission to “save” the children he keeps them captive and forces them to work hard in his garden and beats them when they break his rules. After 3 years of captivity Holton and Griselda try to escape but it doesn’t go as planned. Griselda is the only one to escape. She spends years waiting for the day to reunite with Holton. The time apart has been painful for both of them. They both have felt they did not deserve to be loved so their reunion isn’t an instant happily ever after. Holton and Griselda have to rebuild the trust they once had. They both have guarded their hearts to protect themselves from disappointment, but now they have to learn to love again. Holton and Griselda fought to stay alive while they were captive so when their path to a new life together becomes complicated they have to fight again to stay together. Never Let You Go is an emotional story of healing and making sacrifices for the ones we love. This story was heartbreaking and uplifting and will stay with me forever.
Katy Regnery is a talented writer and I admire her for taking a chance on a more intense and darker story. The abuse scenes were brutal and emotional but it was necessary to understand Holton and Griselda’s painful past. Even though the violence was disturbing the author blended scenes of them as children that were heartwarming and gave a sense of hope. I truly felt the strong connection between Holton and Griselda. Katy Regnery continues to be one of my favorite authors and I am blown away with how powerful this story is. I highly recommend Never Let You Go to romance fans of eternal love affairs that survive against all the odds.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 New Release Challenge