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Butterfly Cove (Summer Island #3)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  406 Ratings  ·  48 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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 27, 2013 Mum rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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.
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
Jul 05, 2014 Dee rated it it was ok
This will be the last book by this author I read. I have managed to read all three of the books in this series and have determined that Ms. Skye must not have an editor. There are plot points that are brought up and never resolved, questions that are never answered, and in all three books, we never really get a lot of background on the main characters. We know the men served in the military but they never confide in their significant others about their pasts or the nightmares they all experience ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Julie rated it liked it
I felt like there were a lot of loose threads at the end of this book. Every one wonders where Sawyer Sullivan's money disappeared to and yet we are never told so why make that part of the story. The video tapes? Why we're they hidden on a boat nobody new about. Again no explanation. Olivia's drunken bit I front of the police station? I don't know what that was, it didn't seem to make any sense to me. It just didn't seem to to be smooth storyline from beginning to end. Glad it was the last of th ...more
Heather andrews
Sep 25, 2013 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
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
Maureen Hubley
Sep 07, 2013 Maureen Hubley rated it it was amazing
It was a lovely book--I do hope the series continues.
2.5 stars. Premise was so-so but could have worked with a better executed plot and better chemestry between the leads.
Dec 18, 2013 Janga rated it liked it
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
Sep 20, 2013 Margreet Asselbergs rated it really liked it

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
Mar 03, 2017 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A romance that keeps the reader interested and entertained. Hope to read more about Rafe and Olivia in future books.
Aug 13, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok
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
Sep 28, 2015 Candy rated it really liked it
Olivia Sullivan has just been fired from her architecture job in Seattle. Her life in disarray,  Olivia returns home to Summer Island and to her friends who are like sisters to her. An errand to the local hardware store literally has her running into Deputy Sheriff Rafe Russo,  when they end up in a car wreck. Rafe, a Marine who served in Afghanistan,  is struggling on his new role. As a child,  he was the bad boy of Summer Island,  always in trouble and never expected to succeed in life. Olivia ...more
May 10, 2014 Nolan rated it it was ok
I've read and enjoyed this author before, so I assumed I'd like this one as well. There's occasionally a lot to be said for not diving into a series somewhere other than in book one. I felt very much like a disoriented visitor to Skye's Summer Island. Had I begun the series, I might have better enjoyed this book. It was pretty much forgettable. Olivia Sullivan had been part of Summer Island as a girl, but for a viarety of reasons, she left to pursue a degree and a career. Her motivation to leave ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Rhonda rated it liked it


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
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
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
Victime d'un accident de la route, Olivia retrouve pour ange gardien son premier amour, Rafe Russo, désormais adjoint du shérif. Un peu pour se racheter (il lui a brisé le cœur en disparaissant sans explication), il la couve d'attentions mais la prévient que leur vieux béguin est mort et enterré. Plus d'espoir à attendre.

Oui, on nous l'a déjà fait : le vilain garçon, revenu du front, désormais repenti. Rafe est également décrit comme bougrement sexy et ténébreux. On trépigne d'impatience, saliv
Heather Felder
Aug 01, 2013 Heather Felder rated it liked it
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.
Oct 07, 2013 Sue rated it liked it
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
Paula Ratcliffe
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Sep 22, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
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
Aug 14, 2013 Kimberly rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 03, 2013 Angela rated it liked it  ·  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
Cardyn Brooks
Sep 30, 2013 Cardyn Brooks rated it it was ok
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
May 21, 2014 Andreasoldier rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, fiction
An architect loses her job and returns to her hometown where she is a partner with three pals in a to-open-soon B&B. She gets in an accident, and is pulled from the wreck by the town's new deputy — her high school sweetheart, who left town for the Marines without a word.
The attraction's still there, but she feels betrayed, and he's wounded by his time in Afghanistan. How these two build trust and reach their HEA makes for nice story. Some annoying questions though — what happened to Rafe's f
Jun 02, 2015 Christine rated it it was ok
I agree with another reviewer here Christina Skye not did use an editor, if she did, they would have caught several errors. Book 2 had Jilly & Walker in Wyoming, Book 3, mentioned they came together in Colorado. I also agree with other posters that these women seemed to have lost their connection. This is sad really because Book 1 had a nice set up.

Seemed like every other paragraph was insisting one of them "rest" I almost wonder if she had a ghost writer.

As far as the food, a famed chef wou
Jul 23, 2013 Hayzbaw rated it liked it
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
Sep 03, 2013 Lyn rated it it was amazing
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
Kate Vale
Sep 15, 2013 Kate Vale rated it liked it
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
May 31, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing
Butterfly Cove by Christina Skye: Enjoyed the book very much. Olivia Sullivan was an architect and she dreamed up designs for life that hasn't gone the way she planned. Still reeling from her career's implosion and her father's death. She is lucky to have 3 friends that support her. Rafe Russo was the bad boy in town, now he is the deputy sheriff and her former flame ignites a new desire.
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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
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