Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway for The Director and Don Juan by Katy Regnery


Heiress Alice Story left her father's company three years ago in a blaze of glory, inviting all of his employees to jump ship and join her, but only one accepted her offer: mail room clerk, Carlos Vega.

While Alice spent the next three years getting her own company off the ground, Carlos became her indispensable right-hand man -- executive assistant and office manager, loyal counsel and trusted co-worker.

And all the while, they were quietly falling in love with each other.

When Alice is offered a lucrative business deal in Puerto Rico, island-born Carlos is the perfect person to accompany her on her trip as translator. But as they travel together from Philadelphia to Santo Domingo to Ponce, two unlikely co-workers will discover that their feelings for each other have grown far deeper than they ever could have guessed.

And though business-minded, proper Alice will try her very best to ignore the longings of her heart, scorching hot, insanely sexy Boricua, Carlos, has no intention of letting her go.

REVIEW: 4 You "SHOULD" Stars
"Only we know, you and I, how much we suffer for this love."

As usual, Katy Regnery spins a story with realistic emotions that make you understand and feel the ache her characters are feeling. There was so much honesty and reality to Carlos and Alice's story, it showed the complications and the fact that they didn't have an easy road to follow. True to her abilities, this story whisked me away and allowed me to fall in love and swoon over her super sweet and innocent characters. Katy's Blueberry Lane series is a very innocent series, no angst or drama to really delve through. Her heroes are swoony and her heroines are sweet (mixed with a little feisty), always making their men smile. 

The Director and Don Juan was a fun mix of a forbidden workplace romance with an added issue of an age gap. Now, I am not usually one to read a book where "she" is older than "him"....not my normal read, but I trust Katy's ease of telling a great love story, so I knew she would be able to write me one I could enjoy and not think about that age gap. And she did. With Alice older than Carlos, Alice was having a hard time with that little detail, as well as her role in his job. I liked that she warred with herself mentally over it because those are true fears and emotions. There was some back and forth, some hemming and hawing, but Carlos was steadfast and he knew that she was the one for him and nothing was standing in his way. And my goodness, he gave a whole new meaning to a swoony latin lover! I loved his understated cockiness, his mental strength, and his unwavering support for her in every aspect of her life. He believed in her from the get go and that played significantly well into their relationship.

With these two skirting around their own emotions about their attraction, the air between them became charged exponentially when their location changed. Talk about turning the dial up on the heat! I love the fact that Carlos knew what she needed, when she needed it. He was always there for her and the fact that he knew when to push her and when to back off, that says something. He truly knew her. There was such a delicate mental dance between Carlos and Alice. The rights fighting the wrongs. The morals fighting their desires. Their needs fighting the misconceptions. Carlos was there every step of the way and he didn't allow traditional gender roles to dictate how he took care of her. Katy did a good job showing what true love and support can do in a relationship.

I love instalove. I know it's not for everyone, and I can understand some of it isn't written very believable in some books, but I love it when it's done right. To me, there is no timeline for true and everlasting love. It happens when it's supposed to happen and I feel like this storyline actually satiates both sides of that argument quite nicely. While some of the side stories may have buttoned up a little too quickly, making it feel a little brushed over, it still worked with the overall theme of her Blueberry Lane Series. This is the MOST innocent series I will ever read. I keep coming back to her BLS and will continue to do so. It offers a guaranteed HEA, super sweet and swoony characters, and an easy, palate-cleansing read in between my heavier, emotional reads.

"...and those long, long lashes that made his gray eyes looks so sweet, so innocent, when his body was clearly made for wickedness."

Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, 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 exclusively self-published, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled Blueberry Lane Series which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story and Ambler families of Philadelphia, the four-book, bestselling a modern fairytale series, the standalone novel, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and a standalone novella, Frosted. 

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015, and four of her books: The Vixen and the Vet (a modern fairytale), Never Let You Go (a modern fairytale), Falling for Fitz(The English Brothers #2) and By Proxy (Heart of Montana #1) have been #1 genre bestsellers on Amazon. 

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.





  1. Hhhmmm I'm so intrigued with this book! I am in awe with the way you put into words your feelings about this book Bee. It makes me want to read it as soon as possible.

  2. I have a few and with this review it makes me want this one too! Dang I need to be rich.