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Blood Red Butterfly

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  763 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Despite falling in love with aloof manga artist Kai Tashiro, Homicide Detective Ryo Miller is determined to break the alibi Kai is supplying his murderous boyfriend--even if it means breaking Kai with it.

Words: 28,834 (approximate)
ebook, 89 pages
Published February 17th 2013 by Josh Lanyon
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Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
Beautiful Cover, but I just wasn’t feeling the characters…

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I was first attracted to this book a few weeks back when the cover was revealed on Facebook, and reading the blub my interest was piqued. I am not a Josh Lanyon aficionado like some other readers, but I do like a good crime thriller and romance combined with plenty of action in and out of the bedroom. Blood Red Butterfly starts out really well and I was engrossed in the investigation the suspect Micky Torres, his Alibi Kai Tashiro and
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Nuh uh.


Insta-love, stalkerish MC, strange relationship, and a mystery/crime with no resolution? This bellyflopped for me.

I didn't actively dislike it but I didn't like it either. It was a swing and a miss.
Rhys Ford
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have had the honour of reading this novella by Josh prior to its release and with the full disclaimer of professing my deep, abiding affection and worship for Josh's writing, I wanted to jot down a few praises for this book.

Regardless of said affection, Blood Red Butterfly is a fantastic jump back into the world of Josh's writing. Having been gone on a self-imposed semi-hiatus, Lanyon returns to us with an exciting, complicated tale of gay men struggling through cultural differences and with l
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, romance-contemp
No one does LA like Lanyon.

So, this was a bit more hyperbolic than I'm use to from Lanyon, but the details and history of LA are great, and the tie in between Kai and his art gives it a interesting mirrored quality. Also, Lanyon writes police officers well, which I really appreciate.
I'll probably be in the minority here, but I thought this was disappointing. I wanted to like it. I consider Josh Lanyon an oasis of mature, thoughtful m/m writing. This was just not my book. The characters seemed cold and inaccessible, and I didn't see why they loved each other. (Ryo's feelings in particular seemed more like an obsession.) The writing wasn't as polished as usual, with several commas where there shouldn't have been any and some odd word choices (for example, masseuse instead of ...more
3.10 stars
A huge disappointment, it gets 3 stars because it was a great idea which fell short. Kai and Ryo, I guess I missed the attraction, the burn or sizzle between them, my heart wasn't racing or feeling any heartbreak. The Yaoi/Manga references went over my head, I didn't get most of them, a bit of a mishmash unfortunately. I want and miss Adrien, that best describes my feelings.
Hear me silently, happily squeeing. :D
Me - I'm in love with this book.

More after I read it again.


Second try (after having settled down a bit^^)

I'm hugely impressed by how this worked out. I had been a bit afraid in the beginning because, you know, how do you transfer a visual art like manga into written word? It worked really, really well and the result is a wonderful story filled with action and emotion to the brim.

I wonder how it might look and feel for
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, favourites, mm, yaoi
Very yaoi. Me likey!


Me every time I go on about Kai and Ryo... If you'll excuse me.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
* 3.85 * rounded up.
I read this late last night in bed ( insomnia girl! ). I was really excited to see that Josh had brought out another novella and the concept was intriguing. It has all the right things going for it and you can't deny that Mr lanyon is the dogs doodahs at writing short stories that never make you feel short changed. He's way high in my favourite authors list and I so wanted to be giving it 5 stars but I couldn't do it this time. I think it boils down to the fact that at times
Mandy*reads obsessively*
I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book.
Kai and Ryo were just a bit too aloof and distant for me to grow attached to or care about.
I, in theory liked them and felt for them, but in reality I didn't really like them or feel for them.
The whole crazy Torres thing added in on top complete with the showdown...idk, at the end I still felt sort of sad.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
BRB started out a 4. The MCs were different and interesting. I couldn't wait to get to know them better. But I didn't get to know them any better at all. There was a lot of potential here;an ex-wife, controlling patriarch, murderous possible boyfriend. But it was all surface, nothing was delved into. Cut to the chase. Literally. The mcs find themselves running across roof tops with gun fire all around. Then nothing. No followup at all. In fact, without warning the book jumped an entire year. The ...more
Kari Gregg
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt, 2013
Adored Kai, such a prickly dude. :-D The look-see into manga/yaoi was interesting, too, provided an intriguing textural layering to the story without dominating it or drawing the focus away from Ryo and Kai (and Mickey).

I don't want to spoiler the thing to death, but suffice it to say that staying up til 3am to read this was soooooooo worth it. Sabbatical year or no, Josh Lanyon consistently delivers the rich stories we can rely on for entertaining & satisfying repeat reads. Sorry, but it must b
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it

According to my own personal experience of noir through books and films, its tropes are:

Cynical hero with a hidden soft heart and a tough veneer.
Femme fatale heroine, beautiful, mysterious, troubled, needs saving.
Story development is somewhat disjointed, does not always end well, thus the cynical hero. The heroine is usually saved at a price.
Character development The hero is shown with his sardonic wit and jaded view, his soft heart is also shown but a distance is kept from the reader/viewer
Heather C
hmm, I really enjoyed this book but, IMO, it had some issues. I didn't really feel the connection between the was pretty much all lust. Then, WHAM, rushed ending with insta-love! WTF!? And the mystery was all over the place and was missing a lot of detail.

I started out this review planning to give the book 4 stars, but I just can't and still retain my dignity.

3 stars :(
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read quite a few Yaoi anime in the 90s, while they were lovely stories and beautiful to look at, there were never enough meat in the plot development to hold my interest. Josh Lanyon's take on yaoi-hybrid filled this gap. Blood Red Butterfly is character-driven, the plot is straight forward but complex in details.

Lanyon excels in characterisation, while in a story of this length, there isn't a great arc in character development, I enjoyed "misreading" the characters that Lanyon so cleverly em
Pete W
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would say this is another Josh Lanyon classic style. A somewhat harden cop and his cynic sarcastic love interest.

Mr. Lanyon had said that this is his attempt at writing "Yaoi-hybrid". I am not sure if I get it... But I read that the story progress at more brisk pace. The emotions that were usually wrote at a more sedate tone became explosive and wild. Things got amplified more and happened more and quickly in shorter page count.

The plot was not very complex but have some depth to it, as it sho
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
My least favorite of Josh Lanyon's stories up to date. The yaoi cliches and unnecessary insertion of too many Japanese words made me feel like I was reading a poorly written fanfic. There are very enjoyable yaoi novels and there are excellent Japanese anime and/or manga based fanfics. I love reading them on occasion. This novella felt to me like an unsuccessful attempt at crossover. Now I need to reread the Adrien English series again to forget this experience. And I dearly hope that the next st ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, kindle
IMO, looks like a quickie from Mr. Josh Lanyon. I was happy to buy another of his books, but was left disappointed. It didn't feel like Josh Lanyon at all. The story was told from Detective Ryo Miller's POV and in a way it looked like a seminar in Police Academy. There was too many long unnecessary explanations on how a policeman should do his job. So being in the head of Ryo Miller was a sad and boring experience. There was no depth to the characters. And it is especially surprising because Mr. ...more

I think this is the first time that I rate anything from Josh Lanyon less than a 4 and I'm kind of bummed about it. This is part of a novella collection I got along with the corresponding audios. This one was done by Lance Greenfield. He's a 'new to me' narrator and I would definitely try something by him again. I very much enjoyed his voice and characterization, save one thing: (view spoiler)
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I feel bad I can't draw manga. Blood Red Butterfly is such a visual story and the rhythm is so delicious that I would love to see the whole novella illustrated — or even better, animated. Josh Lanyon is giving the reader so many wonderful details about everything! I especially love the way Kai is described: his untroubled, slender figure and his bitten black fingernails. There is something utterly charming about that... and very complex too!

It's almost unbelievable how only in less than 90 pages
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.0

Ryo Miller is a LAPD Homicide Detective hot on the trail of gangbanger, Mickey Torres. Ryo is convinced that Torres murdered Esther Martinez, a seventy-year-old woman whose testimony put Torres behind bars. Enter manga artist, Kai Tashiro, who swears that on the night of the murder Torres was with him. The sparks fly between Ryo and Kai but Ryo remains determined to break Kai's alibi story and steadfast in bringing Torres down.

I enjoyed this book. I liked both Ryo and
Audible headphones_icon_1

It was like reading manga comic. If it was the author's goal, then she succeeded in it.
I doubt I could have enjoyed if I had read it and not listened to it.
But Lance Greenfield has brought the best out of it.

Read as a part of Male/Male Mystery and Suspense Box Set: 6 Novellas.
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In counterpoint to the saying, 'a picture is worth a thousand words,' each page of this little story leaves the reader with an immediate bold, vibrant, if sometimes harsh, image. And even though romance is expected, it’s not often easy and never taken for granted. As with any great love story, sacrifices must be made. Brilliant.(less)
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Okay, I think on enjoyment it rates a 4,only because I am a Manga/BL/Yaoi virgin and know I missed lots of references. I bumped the rating up for sheer bravery and uniqueness. Great job. I am so glad that there is so much variety in this genre!
Meh. I really wanted to like this story of a cop and the heir to the Tashiro fortune who meet when cop Ryo tries to break Kai's abili for a killer ... but it just Did.Not.Work.For.Me. Too much moody posturing on Kai's part, too much hard-boiled cop stuff on Ryo's part and just a lot of ... fluff .... in between impersonating deep meaningful stuff.
Hmmm. There were parts I really liked, and there were other parts. I liked the characters Ryo and Kai quite a bit. I of course loved the beautiful cover. But I'm sad to say that the story itself was just a bit underwhelming, and some of the prose was just bizarre-"getting jiggy with it"-really? I had to stop and remind myself that this was a Josh Lanyon story or I may have put it down right then.

I'm so happy that Josh stretched himself writing something so new and different from his usual styl
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
I don't know why I hesitated so long to get this novella. It certainly is a departure to JL's usual, and I don't know how authentic his research is (though I know he does massive amounts of research and he sought clarification/correction from his Japanese readers before releasing) but I enjoyed all the detail in this book. Josh has a way of writing exposition so naturally, you don't realize you're learning things, lol. There were some questionable "police procedure" which usually makes me impati ...more
I loved the front cover! And I enjoyed the premise of the story. If it hadn't felt like things were rushed or chunks were missing, I would have enjoyed it more.

The insta-love kinda threw me for a Josh Lanyon story. But it WAS an interesting experiment, and I can imagine more of these kinds of stories, but just maybe fleshed out a bit more?

I DID enjoy the little teasing bits and glimpses into Asian culture, and the yaoi story was fascinating :)
Anyway, not a bad read, but not one of my favorites
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
A great idea - Josh Lanyon does Yaoi! - but a miss.

He starts to develop all sorts of interesting details about the heroes, Ryo and Kai, their Japanese cultural background, the chemistry between them, the mystery, and even the villain, Mickey, but doesn't complete any of them. I suspect it needed to be about a hundred pages longer do all these ideas justice.

This is one of the very few Lanyon books I won't read again.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-blog, m-m, 2013, short-story
A police detective falls for the alibi witness of the man he is trying to put away for murder.

Full review that is one HUGE spoiler can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.
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Josh Lanyon is the author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance.

Her work has been translated into eleven languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, the largest romance publisher in Italy. Stranger on the Shore (Harper Collins Italia) was the f

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