Butterfly Cove (Summer Island, #3)
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Butterfly Cove (Summer Island #3)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  141 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Maybe opposites don't always attract. If they did, architect Olivia Sullivan would have run away with bad boy Rafe Russo when they were teenagers. Instead, Olivia has spent ten years dreaming up designs for a life that hasn't gone the way she planned. Still reeling from her career's implosion and her father's death, Olivia thanks her lucky stars for the support of her thre...more
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Published September 24th 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sonya Heaney
(Putting this up early so I don't forget!)

Yet another author has bowed to the current trend and left behind the suspense genre for the ‘career woman discovers the big, bad world sucks and so moves back to her small town’ genre.

I have not read anything by Christina Skye before, and so cannot compare her earlier writing to this new style, but I would definitely recommend reading The Accidental Bride before this one, as I’d felt like I’d jumped into the middle of a story. For whatever reason, it se...more
Heather andrews
Rafe and Olivia have history so much so that when he shows up again and she's passing out and not making sense from an accident it's him she talks about I thought that was both cute, and really funny, "he looks like...Daniel Craig. Rafe, I mean. Always was too gorgeous for his own good. He could have any girl in town." Olivia frowned. "And he probably did." Her eyes closed." He's a looker ladies, "sweat glistened on his bare chest and slid slowly down his powerful biceps, and Olivia strangled a...more
First caveat: I am not a knitter. Second caveat: there is way too much chili being served. I think the middle book was the best of the three. The plots all run willy nilly over bizarre happenings. There is no thread or flow. Glad I'm done.
Maureen Hubley
It was a lovely book--I do hope the series continues.
I won a copy of "Butterfly Cove" (Summer Island, #3) by Christina Skye through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. This novel seems to be marketed as a stand alone novel and as such doesn't work. Not having read any of the other books in the series I felt I was missing a lot of the strong connection between the women in this book.

Architect Olivia Sullivan would have run away with bad boy Rafe Russo when they were teenagers...but it wasn't meant to be. Now ten years later, Olivia, after being recentl...more
Krista (Nawanda Files)
Reviewed by Tracey at Nawanda Files

First love -- innocent and never forgotten -- is always a great romance. Christina Skye's Butterfly Cove is full of lovely side trips into the life of knitting, and she wove the main characters architectural background into the novel quite interestingly. Olivia Sullivan is the out of work architect and part owner of Island Yarns. She comes home to settle her estranged father's estate.

Then Skye pumps up the romance with bad boy turned Man -- the hot, bare-cheste...more
Just gotta start of with... WHAT ThE HELL? Major plot point ends NOT tied up? (Okay, technically it sort of, kind of is resolved, but not really and not well) Bad Christina Skye! Bad Christina Skye's editor! That was just ridiculous. I spent thirty minutes reviewing to see if I had missed a paragraph somewhere. Nope. We're just left hanging. Maybe to be resolved in the next book in the series... But we're sure as hell not told that. At least in the ARC. (view spoiler)...more


This is a okay romance. I have only read one of the books before this and really don't remember a lot of it. So to me it read like someone thought it was too long and chopped parts of it off here and there. Maybe if you read all four books it wont feel like that.

I like the characters and their friendships together. Would have like to have more of them.

Olive gets fired and moves back home and on her way a mud slide happened in front of her. She could either hit a schoolbus or serve into an...more
Although it is less obvious than it should be, Butterfly Cove is the third novel in Skye’s Summer Island series. This book and the series in general have most of the elements of a terrific series: a picturesque small town, adorable animal characters; a group of women with a long history of loving, loyal friendship and shared experiences; hunky, wounded heroes with dangerous pasts (in some cases dangerous present as well) that required them to lay their lives on the line for the greater good; and...more
Margreet Asselbergs

My rating: 3.5 of 5 ⭐

Girl's gone bad…for the town's new golden boy

Maybe opposites don't always attract. If they did, architect Olivia Sullivan would have run away with bad boy Rafe Russo when they were teenagers. Instead, Olivia has spent ten years dreaming up designs for a life that hasn't gone the way she planned.

Still reeling from her career's implosion and her father's death, Olivia thanks her lucky stars for the support of her three lifelong friends...more
2.5-3/5 stars

I liked this book, I just didn't love it. In all honesty, though, I think I would have enjoyed it more had I first read the other books in the series (which I did not). The book is pushed as a standalone, but I did feel like I was missing half the story by not reading the others in the series first.

This story focusses on Olivia and Rafe. Olivia loses her job and returns home to Summer Island to help out at the Harbor House the restaurant/knitting/bed and breakfast owned, operated an...more
Katie Fink
***Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing me with a copy for review***

Architect Olivia Sullivan has lost her second job in two years in Seattle--so it is time to move back home to Summer Island, Oregon, to get her life back together. She and two of her friends are remodeling an old home on the coast to turn into a cafe and yarn shop and she is still settling her father's affairs (and debts) after his death a year ago. When she gets into a bad crash with a police car, the last person she...more
Heather ShoeGirl
Ok, apparently this review will be short and sweet. I had a fairly lengthy review about 75% finished, and I hit the wrong key.....deleted the WHOLE review! So, instead of summing up Olivia and Rafe's journey, I'll just sum up my thoughts.

First of all, for those who are new to Christina's books, know that Butterfly Cove is the 3rd in the "Summer Island" series, even though it isn't listed as such on Amazon or her website. I hate to say it, but this book is my least favorite in the series, so far....more
A good writer is defined by the characters she creates, and Ms. Skye creates fully faceted, multi dimensional, likeable, believable characters. It is easy for the reader to understand their motivations and actions and become emotionally involved in their stories. Christina Skye is that author.
That being said, I felt a little lost when I dove into this story. Evidently I would have been less confused had I read The Accidental bride. I will go back and read it now, but I wish I had known it was o...more
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Another great read by Christina Skye. As the author grows so do her stories. When I found her books she was fun to read but now she brings more of an air of romance and intrigue to her books and they keep getting better every time I read one.

The characters she has of Olivia and Rafe have been through so much in their lives and yet it was each other they most wanted. There are a lot of stories right now about the servicemen coming home from the war in Afg...more
This was the last of the stories about four friends who grew up together and planned their futures together. All of the friends found what they were looking for and fought hard for it. There were some unanswered questions left up in the air but all in all, I enjoyed reading this book.
Cardyn Brooks
Where has the Christina Skye who wrote the Draycott Abbey and Code Names series gone? What's with this trend of featuring insecure, timid women who've gone out into the world, failed, then decided that they're hopeless until a man tells them they're worthwhile?

It feels like mainstream contemporary romance fiction is regressing--at least among established authors who used to write self-confident female lead characters as their trademark.

Olivia is an architect. Earning an architecture degree is mo...more
Oct 02, 2013 Angela rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: netgalley
This was a nice sweet romance between two old friends, one the town bad boy and the other the town's golden girl. Unfortunately, it wasn't for me. It was the third book in a series that revolves around four women who grew up together and now opened a yarn store with a care attached. I'm not a knitted and I think that's what this are geared towards cause once it started talking about yarns and patterns I kinda skipped ahead. The little side mystery about Olivia's father was wrapped up way too nea...more
Kate Vale
Olivia Sullivan's anxiety attacks probably stem from her father who kept his feelings for her hidden. Rafe is still dealing with how he was trained for his service in Afghanistan. But each of them has loved the other since they were children--in spite of her dad and Rafe's escape from Summer Island. That is, until he returns and is hired as Assistant Sheriff.

How each of them works through those past issues and the present--all in the midst of Livvie's need to understand her father--forms the bas...more
I have been a Christina Skye fan from way back and I was very excited when I saw that she had a new book. I found the story line of this book much slower than her Code Name books. It’s the type of book that you read on a summer holiday just before you fall asleep in the shade. It doesn’t matter if in your sleepy state you miss parts, keep going and you get the gist. This book was not a - can’t put you down, must read you in one sitting book. This book is a nice romantic story, with characters th...more
Welcome back to the Summer Island Series. First loves sometimes grow into new romances later in life – and this is the story of Olivia and Rafe. A well written book that you won’t want to stop reading! You’ll catch up with several characters from previous Summer Island books including Winslow. If you haven’t read the earlier books – not to worry – this is also a stand-alone book. Enjoy! NetGalley and Harlequin Publishing provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest rev...more
2.5 tried hard but failed often. Cute characters tho.
Great story-I love how Christina interweaves all the character stories and still making each one unique. The true meaning of friends comes out in this series and it is rare to be able to capture the essence of friendship and be able to accurately reflect it in your characterization. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys Robyn Carr, Bella Andre, or Susan Anderson.
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"Skye returns to Summer Island to follow up on the dreams of four lifelong friends. This story's main character, Olivia, is shaken up by a romantic blast from the past, forcing her to face a bevy of emotions. The warmth of a Skye novel wraps you up like a cozy knitted sweater chasing the chill away. A true charmer." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 1/2 stars
What happened to this series? The first two books were great but this one? The storyline was shallow at best and how many 'romantic IN DEPTH interludes' does a book need? By the time I reached the last half I was starting to wonder if this should be considered porn or romance. Just not my cup of tea.
Cute, but not very involved. Confusing. When you've read all the previous books in the series, but can't even remember them,even after reading the synopsis, and the latest installment leaves you confused... it's time to stop reading the series.
Val Booklover
I tried this one because I have read "Code Name: Baby" from this author and it was good.

Don't bother.
Commonplace, impossibly stupid situations, corny and trite.
Can't believe it was written by the same person.
Julie Alvarez
This book was so good I couldn't put it down. I finished it in a few hours. The story of Olivia and Rafe finding each other again was so sweet. I really enjoyed this book.
Too many unanswered questions in this series. I feel like the author leaves you hanging. And, there were some editing mistakes that just annoy me.
Sweet romance reunion comfort novel that hits the spot. Like a warm herbal tea taken fireside on a cool afternoon.
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Roberta Helmer is an American writer of Chinese art and culture and as Christina Skye is a best-selling USA Today and Publishers Weekly writer of over 23 romance novels. Her romance book have been traslated into 8 languages.

Roberta Helmer was born in Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A., an is a descendant of Revolutionary War hero Adam Helmer. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and ob...more
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