Michael Warner has been drifting in a numb haze since his lover was killed by a drunk driver. As the anniversary of the wreck approaches, Michael's grief grows more suffocating. Yet he must find a way through the maze of pain and secrets to live for their troubled young daughter who struggles with guilt that she s...more
This is a lovely story about a man named, Michael, who has always enjoyed the companionship of women but one day unexpectantly, recognizes the bea...more
Oh boy! What a beautiful, emotional book with a very unconventional love story.
This book is about love and healing. That love can be found anywhere if you let it - no boundaries, no limits. And to accept it wherever and however it comes into your life. And that no matter how bad things get, it is always possible to heal.
I smiled a lot - there were many sweet moments, I squeed once or twice, and I cried several times. The story was deeply em...more
You have to go into Butterfly Tattoo with a very open mind. I almost didn’t give this book a chance because I thought it was male/male relationship- it isn’t. It is a story that makes you feel… it is not all butterflies and rainbows with an overwhelming HEA. It is about deep love, loyalty, and healing on the inside. It seems all the characters, not just the H/h, have emotional baggage by the truck loads.
First of all, I totally thought this was an erotica book because of the unconventional roman...more
Butterfly Tattoo didn't measure up to my expectations. I really wanted to love this book, but instead I ended up disappointed with it. I wouldn't say it's poorly written, but on the other hand I wouldn't say it was anything special either.
The author didn't take any real chances. Grief is such a complex subject- the author barely scratched the surface exploring it. I kept wishing she would humanize her wounded characters, but it never really happened. T...more
This book is classified as a “romance”; however, it goes beyond this genre and truly deals with hard and pressing issues. Butterfly Tattoo is a book about loss. Michael, our main hero, is dealing with the loss of his partner and the loss of a relationship with his daughter. Rebecca, the main heroine, is struggling wit...more
Great read! I would have given this book 5 Stars if the sex scenes had been explicit. I feel sex is a language all it's own, and after Michael having been with a man for 13 years, I was desperate to see what his first time with a woman-in a long time -would be like. It left me hungry. But I still strongly Rec this book.
I believe so much in that you love who you love and for some people, it doesn't matter if that package is a man or a woman. I thought the grief that Michael felt was so...more
Between reading this and seeing Les Mis yesterday, my hankies really got a workout.
(view spoiler)[ I was SO glad Rebecca never had to confront another crazed fan or otherwise face some physical attack. For a little wh...more
Michael is a father and a widow. Moving through the grief progress while raising his daughter. Rebecca is a an actress who works for a production company. Who has shunned away from acting after being attacked by a stalker, who nearly killed her and was left with scars, ins...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was such a touching story and sweet romance.
I love the idea that Michael falls in love with the person, regardless of their sex. He doesn't like to be classified as gay since he is attracted to both men and women. He is just a man open to love. Michael and Rebecca both bring a lot of past baggage to their relationship but I enjoyed watching them grow and work through their issues. It was also a refreshing change that there is only one very brief sex scene in the w...more
Rebecca had plenty of scars both physical and emotional and she hadn't dealt with what happened...more
The narrative voice switches between Rebecca and Michael. It is an interesting device and works for this novel. Both characters are dealing with loss. Michael is dealing with the loss of Alex, his partner of 12 years and co-parent of their daughter. Rebecca is dealing wi...more
Michael had girlfriends in his youth. Then he fell in love with Alex, a man. They were married for ten years when Alex was killed by a drunk driver. They used a surrogate mother to give them a daughter Andrea. She was in the car when Alex died. She was 7. She survived the accident but has a scar on her leg. Andrea and Michael have been grieving for a year when they meet Reb...more
Ms. Knight’s lyrical dialogue and ability to write...more
I gave the book five stars for a few reasons, one being that it held my attention, even though there were no vampires, shifters, monsters, or beasties, other than an at times grumpy main character.
Another reason for five stars: The story sucked me in, and even though it wasn't the fast pace I'm used to, it was hard to put it down. I wanted that happily ever after...more
It was the first book I've ever read that stuck its pick into the soil of the romance genre and then tilled the fuck out of it. In a good way.
(I don't normally plot summarize on Goodreads, but this is a romance novel about a former actress who falls in love with a man named Michael, the desperate, loving father of a scarred 8-year-old girl...more
My only real annoyance, which kept this from being a five-star read, was (minor SPOILERS) that it was the heroine's emotional insecurities that caused the rift between the h/h at the end. It just al...more
My only criticism, it is written in 1st person and switched from Michael to Rebecca's perspective each chapter...more
It took me a really, really long time to read this book. The characterization was wonderful and the conflicts that kept the main characters apart were believable. I just never really believed the attraction between the two of them. I feel this is much more chick lit than romance, in spite of the HEA, and my shelving reflects that.
Premise: Rebecca was a famous actress who was brutally attacked by a stalker. She survived but her face is scarred. Michael's partner, Alex, was killed in a ca...more
Just when the darkness seems permanent, fate flips a switch. Michael Warner has been drifting in a numb haze since his lover was killed by a drunk driver. As the anniversary of the wreck approaches, Michael's grief grows more suffocating. Yet he must find a way through the maze of pain and secrets to live for their troubled young daughter who struggles with guilt that she survived the crash. Out of the darkness comes a voice, a lifeline he ne...more
I loved this book so much that there are not enough words in the English language to truly describe it ………
It’s unconventional, beautiful, unique, exceptional, touching, wonderful, emotional, thoughtful, moving, unexpected, smart, sweet, romantic, complicated, very real, and……
This book is exceptionally written – the characters are amazing and the writing itself is remarkable. The story is told from alternating POVs of the two main character...more
What a beautiful, endearing and sad story. Michael lost the love of his life, his soul mate, a year ago in a car accident that injured their daughter, Andrea. Andrea is deeply troubled and the emotional trauma as well as the physical trauma she sustained in the accident has closed her off to Michael - she is not the loving, happy little girl she was when Allie was alive.
Rebecca is a former TV sitcom star with her own emotional trauma. She also has physical trauma that has caused her to close he...more
Michael Warner lost his partner in a drunk driving accident and in that same accident, he nearly lost their 8-year-old daughter, Andrea.
In dealing with their loss, their relationship has become strained and neither of them knows how to carry on.
Rebecca O’neill knows what it’s like to lose a part of yourself.
Living in Los Angeles, she was a popular actress until a...more