ARC Review – Ginger’s Heart

Posted April 1, 2016 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

ARC Review – Ginger’s HeartGinger's Heart Series: A Modern Fairytale #3
by Katy Regnery
Published by Self Published on March 22, 2016
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 325
Format: Ebook
Source: Blog Tour
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In this modern retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood," the wolf and the woodsman are cousins, and Ginger is the little girl who claims both of their hearts.

Cain.

Woodman.

Ginger.

When three children grow up together in the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country,

One becomes a predator

One becomes a protector

And one becomes prey.

Ginger McHuid has been in love with the "Dub Twins" – Cain Wolfram and Josiah Woodman – for as long as she can remember. And for as long as the cousins can remember, they've each loved Ginger in their own all-consuming ways.

One will win her

One will be cast away

While one follows her heart.

Ginger's Heart

This is a standalone novel inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

(The next standalone “A Modern Fairytale” novel, ‘Don't Speak,’ inspired by ‘The Little Mermaid,’ will be released in June 2017.)

*****

Ginger's Heart is part of the “A Modern Fairytale” collection, which will include four standalone, unrelated novels:

"The Vixen and the Vet" (Beauty & the Beast) - available now

"Never Let You Go" (Hansel & Gretel) - available now

"Ginger's Heart" (Little Red Riding Hood) - available March 22, 2016

"Don't Speak" (The Little Mermaid) - available June 16, 2017

Another 5 star romance from author Katy Regnery!!

 

Ginger’s Heart is the emotional love story of 3 friends. Cain, Josiah and Ginger’s friendship began when they were small children and it grew stronger over the years. What started as a big brothers little sister relationship transformed to a deeper love for each other. Ginger has always loved both men but in different ways. One man she loves as a best friend and confidant. While the other is loved with a passionate, soulmate connection. Unbeknownst to Ginger the cousins Cain and Josiah make a pact to allow only one of the men to love her. But will it be the right man for Ginger’s heart? You have to read this to find out!

 

What did I love about this book?

 

The Story

Ginger’s Heart is a modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood but the author added her signature style to make this story her own. There are the characters inspired from the classic – Ginger is Red Riding Hood, Cain is the big bad wolf in the form of the local bad boy, Josiah is the hunter who has been always there to take care of Ginger, and finally there is Gran who loves and guides Ginger through difficult times. Ginger’s Heart also takes inspiration from one of the classics themes of not all is what it appears to be. With this the author created twists to the story to make it her own. This was a creative and heart wrenching story. But this had me laughing, crying and swooning for these characters.

 

The Characters

I loved all of the main characters! Cain and Josiah had different qualities that I loved so it was hard for me to decide who was best for Ginger, but in the end I was happy with her choice. Ginger is a strong young woman but everyone still treats her as a fragile child. But through her heartache it was good to see her take control of her life. The story alternates from the trio’s point of view which gives readers insight to each character. As a result I formed a bond with all three characters. And finally I fell in love with sweet Gran and her words of wisdom. The relationship between Ginger and Gran was touching and had me in tears.

 

The Writing

Author Katy Regnery amazes me with every book. Her writing is flawless. But what I love the most is that she is not afraid to take chances and creates stories with different levels of intensity. She is one of my favorite authors. I always know that I will enjoy a story with likeable characters and steamy romance.

 

“Like no one had ever come before. Like no one could ever come after. And as his heart thundered painfully behind his ribs, he knew- for the very first time after years of hunting-what it felt like to surrender.”

 

What didn’t I like about this book?

 

Absolutely nothing! I loved the story, pace and characters.

 

Ginger’s Heart is a great story. I highly recommend this book to all romance fans and I can’t wait to read the next books in this A Modern Fairtytale series.

 

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

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Excerpt

Excerpt from Chapter 12 of Ginger’s Heart, a modern fairytale, by Katy Regnery. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 

An hour later they stopped by the Glenn River, eight miles downriver from Ginger’s house and two from the distillery where Cain had partied last night.

“We should water them,” he said, reining in Thunder and dismounting with the ease of a lifelong horseman.

She reined in Heath, who nickered in protest, and grinned down at Cain who reached up for her. His hands lingered for an extra moment on her hips as she slid down the front of his body. Leaning her head back, she stared up at him, daring him to pull her closer, to kiss her, to admit that this whole “friends” thing was bullshit on fire. But, he clenched his jaw, cleared his throat and dropped his hands.

“Thanks,” she murmured, her voice husky in her ears as he stared down at her, his eyes flinty and dark.

Taking Heath’s reins with a grunt, he turned away from her, leading the horses to the river’s edge and leaving her to follow behind. She leaned down to pick up a flat stone and skipped it across the slow moving water.

“Not bad,” said Cain.

You were always the best.”

“Nah,” he said. “Woodman was better.”

“Nope,” she countered, picking up another stone. “Woodman was good, but you were better. Remember that Fourth of July that you skipped eleven times? Eleven times. It was a record.”

Satisfied that the horses were calm and drinking their fill, Cain leaned down and grabbed a rock of his own, skipping it over the dark water.

One-two-three-four-five-six-seven…

“Wow!” she said, clapping lightly. “You’ve still got the touch!”

He turned to her, grinning. “You always get excited about the littlest things. What’s it like gettin’ a kick out of everythin’, Gin?”

“What’s it like gettin’ a kick out of nothin’, Cain?” she asked, her voice full of sass.

“I’m gettin’ a kick out of you right now, princess.”

A charge zapped between them as the words left his mouth, and her breath hitched and held for just a moment, but she looked down and picked up another rock. She was enjoying today too much to go back to Awkwardland.

She skipped her rock, which sunk after three measly hops.

“Remember when you saved my Cabbage Patch doll from certain doom in this river?” she asked him.

He screwed up his face as her. “Wasn’t me. Must have been Woodman.”

“It was you!” she insisted. “Not Woodman!”

“Savin’ a dolly? Please. That has Woodman written all over it. I couldn’t have cared less if it drowned.”

“But I cared,” she said softly. “Which is why you saved it.”

“Fine. Have it your way,” he said, sitting down on a large rock near the water’s edge.

She sighed, squatting down to wash her hands in the clear water before looking back at him. “Why do you do that?”

“Do what?”

“Let Woodman take credit for all the good things?”

He shrugged, looking away from her, out at the water. “I don’t.”

“You just did. Twice.”

He sighed, giving her a long-suffering look. “If somethin’ good happened, chances were, it was Woodman’s doin’.”

“How do you figure?”

“He’s the better man, Gin,” said Cain, his eyes severe, his words deliberate.

She stood up slowly, turning her body completely to face him. “Do you really believe that?”             He looked away. “It’s the truth.”

“Cain. Cain, look at me.” Her words didn’t feel like enough so she beseeched him with her eyes too. “You’re just as good a man as he is.”             “Ha!” scoffed Cain, standing up and moving away from her. “Not in this life, princess.”

 

 

 

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About Katy Regnery

New York Times and USA Today 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 and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

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, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

 

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2 responses to “ARC Review – Ginger’s Heart

    • Kathy

      Thanks Grace! I hope you like Ginger’s Heart. Have some tissue close by because you are going to need it (and I rarely cry from reading books lol).