Sunday, October 8, 2017

RIDICULOUS FANGIRLING: My love of Unloved by Katy Regnery

Very rarely...Okay...understatement...maybe. But very rarely do I feel the need to book bully people into a read. Before I get into why EVERYONE should read Unloved, let's give you a bit about why I don't do this all the time. 

I'm fairly candid with my bookfriends when asked.  Although I may absolutely love a book, I may not recommend to all. This is what is hard with review sites such as Goodreads. There is no classification of reader type. My 'contemporary' shelf may not be your 'contemporary' shelf.  That's why I ask you to take my bookshelves as a whole on what I like to see if it aligns with what you like. I have a few bookfriends where my 5 stars were their DNF and visa versa.  I will state out of my last 15 books read, seven I would hesitate to recommend to everyone. Whether genre, content or storytelling, they just fell into 'not for everyone'.  HOWEVER...


When I chose the tags on BookBub, unpredictable, twisted, haunting, romantic, but most importantly, original. It is truly a story that stands apart from the rest. Unfortunately, this is where review and me stating 'why' gets into spoilerville. Let's hope the teasers, the blurb and my review carry the weight for you to one-click immediately.

My Review:

Amazing. Darker. Hopeful. Gritty. And the one set of words I rarely say - I never saw that coming. Katy Regnery once again delivers the best in reading contemporary romance, and does so brilliantly with this unexpected tale. First, do not be wary of the title. You'll get a HEA that you know the characters will deserve as Ms Regnery never lets her readers down. But getting there? 


I feel that I am a rarity amongst the readership where I want - no - I demand that there is equal strength in the main characters. I felt I understood the whys of where Brynn and Cass are when their paths cross due to the perfect depth in the delivery of the back story. 

Brynn. She is the ideal in a heroine I look for. Soft and vulnerable when needed, but delivers a strength that moves the story to an amazing conclusion. She's the friend you count on. The person you wish the best of everything. The woman you admire for her quiet tenacity and perseverance. 

The reader knows: She feels unloved. 

Cass. He is the troubled hero. The one you want to fix and make things better. Yet, you comprehend that with circumstance and time, why this man is this man. He is the gentle giant who will give the shirt off his back. The person you wish the best of everything but understand why not possible. The man you admire for his strength of belief and devotion. 

The reader knows: He believes he should be unloved. 

What happens when two people who have the best reasons for being unloved find each other in unusual circumstances? You have this story. When I say that Ms Regnery writing is magical, I am not talking about a separation from reality. I want to be entertained, but I don't handle when the writing veers and tries too hard. This story - wow - it kept me compelled to continue until wee hours of the night because I was equal vested in their outcome. The reading was paced where the pages flowed flawlessly. I finished the story feeling fulfilled as I always do with Katy's writing. And yet, this was different and intriguing to have me still thinking about it days after finishing. 

 If you are a fan of Katy Regnery's Blueberry Lane/Heart of Montana series, this is a departure from those happy and delightful stories. But I implore you to read it because she delivers something equally if not better in this story. If you are a fan of Ms Regnery's fairytales, I know you will be enamored for this tale to join their ranks. Not a fan? You soon will be. This is a 5++ star read for me and yet feels like those are not enough to express how much I loved this story.


Title: UNLOVED, a love story
Author: Katy Regnery
Publication Date: October 8, 2017
Pages: 325
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sub-Genre: Suspense


The sins of the father. The burden of the son.

My name is Cassidy Porter…
My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.
Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware – every day of my life – that I am his child, his only son.
To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.
I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.
It’s a promise I would have kept…if Brynn Cadogan hadn’t stumbled into my life.
Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain…
**NOTE: This book is intended for readers 18+**


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