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The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor

(Butterfly Harbor #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Can people truly change?

Two things keep Holly Campbell grounded: her precocious son and preserving her forty-year-old family diner in the face of expansion and change. She doesn't need a blast from the past like Luke Saxon, who's back in Butterfly Harbor after more than a decade away. The hard-luck kid who nearly destroyed her family, leaving her to pick up the pieces, is
ebook, 179 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, romance
I started reading this series at book #5, but wanted to go back and read the ones I missed. I am so glad I did. In The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor, we meet Holly Campbell and her son Simon. Simon is very smart for his age and sees himself as a superhero, ready to right the wrongs in Butterfly Harbor. Because of this, he gets himself into a lot of trouble. When the new mayor forces her father to retire as sheriff he brings in Luke Saxon to finish off his term. Luke was a bad boy, son of the town ...more
Dawn Pearson
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Note: I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Holly lives in Butterfly Harbor - at least what's left of it. However, she's struggling to accept the change that is sure to come now that there's a new mayor. A mayor she voted against. A mayor that is bringing in a new sheriff to replace her father.

Luke has bad memories of Butterfly Harbor, yet he's coming back at the request of one man - the man he's replacing as sheriff. The man he owes everything. The only man who ever believed in
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
3.5 stars, rounding up

Harlequin Heartwarming! I love this line of books. I'm always excited to be a part of reading and reviewing titles from this line because I know exactly what I'm in for. These books are sweet and clean and well, Heartwarming. :)

Luke had a rough childhood. He made a big mistake and paid a heavy price but someone believed in him and gave him a second chance. Luke used that second chance and made something productive and good happen. Life is hard though and Luke returns to Bu
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There is so much to love about this story. Ms. Stewart has a way of delving deep into a person’s heart and soul. I won’t go into detail but let me say this: Holly Campbell is carrying around a big ol’ bag of grudges and it is weighing her down. She has the most precocious little guy – her eight year old son Simon – who is just a riot. Reminds me of someone near and dear so I had some very big laugh out loud moments. Luke comes back ...more
Evelyn Nathalia
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Bad Boy of Butterfly harbor is a really unique story. I love Butterfly too so the title really catch my attention quickly.

Luke Saxon was the bad boy of the city. When he became the next sheriff, Holly and her son were absolutely livid. Holly still held a grudge for a long time for the accident in the past. Not to mention, she was reeling because Luke turned out to be a better man. It was much easier to hate him if he was still bad.

Luke was a strong guy having a rough past. I couldn't imagine
Pamela Tracy
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
The opening of this book really grabbed me. I loved the restaurant and the children. I also liked that our heroine's father had a role. I'm looking forward to hearing Paige's story. ...more
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I mistakenly thought that I could go back to the first story in the Butterfly Harbor series and get the general feel of this series since I had purchased the recent release of Bride on the Run without realizing that I hadn’t started the series. Yeah, the blurb was that good that it drew me in without double-checking myself. My intention had been to go back and slowly get caught up while keeping up-to-date on the newer releases — yeah. Right. I was hooked by
Susan McClintock
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke Saxton had a horrible childhood with an abusive, alcoholic father. He made an awful mistake as a teenager that altered many lives, including Holly and her father, Jake. He is now back in Butterfly Harbor to take over from retiring Jake as Sheriff. Widowed Holly has her hand full running her diner, raising her precocious son Simon, and worrying about her father. Of course, Holly hates Luke for the mistakes he has made and that he is taking over her fathers job, but he is a different man now. ...more
I really wanted to like this book. The description was interesting. However, the book is filled with anger and hatred. The story is depressing and dark. There was a lack of hope in this book and it was reflected in the state of the town itself. I'm not into reading books that lack any sort of lightness, hope, or happiness.

I gave up on this book at the 30% mark, it's not my style and I didn't enjoy it. This is a well-written novel with developed characters (dark, angry, and depressing but they a
Phylis Carpenter
Holly's father Jake was being forced to retire from the Sheriff's dept and Holly was not happy about it. She really wasn't happy when she found out the new Sheriff was the man who caused her father to walk with a limp. Butterfly Harbor's bad boy Luke.

Luke knew coming back to Butterfly Harbor was going to be hard but he owed Jake and Jake asked him to take over the rest of his term so he would.

As you read the story there are ups and downs. But Ms. Stewart has a way of making you feel like you ar
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. When Luke Saxon came back to Butterfly Harbor he didn’t know what to expect.
The minute he walked into the diner Holly Campbell
he might have just made the biggest mistake of his life. She still held so much anger at him. If it wasn’t for her father he doesn’t know where his life would be. Now he’s going to be the new Sheriff in town. She can’t stand it. She’s a widow and a single mom. She needs him to leave town. But when he finally tells her the truth will be believe him?

Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A reformed bad boy comes back to his home at butterfly harbor (yawning at the name) to become the sheriff to the chagrin of the current sheriff's daughter. The daughter has a boy aged eight from a former relationship (luckily a guy she hated in the end, so no loose ties there). The guy has a background as an explosives expert, and coincidentally, he ends up in a cabin full of dangerous explosives he alone recognizes. Apparently. OMG. Snoozefest. Do not read unless you can suspend your belief thr ...more
Louise Pledge
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While looking for another book in this series to review, I found that I had never written one for #1. I loved the story of Holly and Luke, and once you read this, you'll just HAVE to continue with the other 7 books. In fact, I can hardly wait to see who is featured in #9 (crossing my fingers that there will BE a #9)! ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

This is the second book I’ve read by this author and it definitely won’t be the last. Intrigue, suspense, romance, redemption, second chances, some humor, precocious kids, a lovable mutt, and more.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(2015) Holly Campbell is upset that the 'bad boy" who almost killed her father in a car accident returns to town -- as the Sheriff! Luke Saxon puts his heart & soul into th job while struggling with his demons. Add a couple troublesome boys, and.... ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read book 3, 4 & 5 before this one. But I am so glad I read this one now. A very compelling story line. Anna writes incredibly believable characters, especially the children. They are never treated as insignificant. They are a big part of the story, and that is wonderful!
Steve Mills
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Good clean romance.
Dora Hiers
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let's start with what I didn't like about this book. Hmmm.

Well, that was quick. lol.

The cover hooked me, but I confess the title scared me a little. Since I'd not read anything by Anna J. Stewart before, I worried that this book might contain graphic scenes. But it's a Heartwarming, so I decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did. Heartwarming is definitely an apt description.

Luke bumped Holly's father out of his job as sheriff, and Holly blamed him for her family's breakup. They had more than
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor, despite its seemingly oxymoron-ish name, is a very sweet romance about redemption and second chances.

I really enjoyed Holly and Luke's story. Luke, the former town bad boy, is returning to the place he never thought he'd see again--this time as its interim sheriff. He's not planning on staying long--he'll swoop in, finish up the previous sheriff's term, maybe accomplish some good in a town that's in desperate need of it, and then he's out of there.

Holly is less
Valri Western
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've always been a sucker for a bad boy who comes back to a town from his youth and tries to makes up for past mistakes! This is such a book. But I have to say I really felt a strong connection to the hero, Luke. I've read several of these types of stories before and liked the main characters but Luke has to be among my all-time favorites! He just seemed real and fallible and I loved how the author didn't make him too macho in the beginning or too sappy at the end! I loved his humility and his d ...more
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, won
Butterfly Harbor has seen better days. The town needs a lot of work restoring the properties since many of the houses and businesses are empty. Helping to rebuild the town is one of the things the new sheriff wants to do. Luke had a rough childhood in Butterfly Harbor and made a mistake as a teen. But having one man believe in him helped him make something of himself. When he came back as the new sheriff he expected to have a hard time with the people in the small town accepting him. But Holly s ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the trend is to blur the line between romance and erotica, stories as Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor bring a sweet, clean air.

The main themes of this story are: to make peace with yourself and second chances: to offer and accept them. Both themes are to be found independent, but also entwined; together they create a generous scene in which the characters, main or secondary, have their specific role as to exemplify different paths and the results of their different choices.

But here it is not on
Books and Spoons
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story about people in a small failing community, fighting back to build up the town again, and the human destinies of the small town.
I love Jake, the former sheriff of the town and Holly's dad. Him, Luke, Matt, they all had that ability to see more than just the act, to look deeper than the circumstances, and trust the person inside, trying to do what is right.
Both Matt and Luke didn't have it easy growing up, but they had made something special out of their lives, something to be ad
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What is it about a bad boy? We all know they're wrong for us, but we just can't resist the challenge. But in this case, Holly doesn't want to just resist Luke, she wants to run the new sheriff out of town. Between dealing with her precocious, possibly felonious son and running her diner in the dying little town of Butterfly Harbor, Holly's got enough on her plate. She doesn't need a living, breathing...and very sexy...reminder of the past.
Luke comes back to town a better man than when he left it
Lynn Demsky
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, romance
“Two things keep Holly Campbell grounded: her precocious son and preserving her forty-year-old family diner in the face of expansion and change. She doesn't need a blast from the past like Luke Saxon, who's back in Butterfly Harbor after more than a decade away. The hard-luck kid who nearly destroyed her family, leaving her to pick up the pieces, is taking over as sheriff. She can't trust him, even if Luke's ideas for the town's upcoming anniversary seem to show he's trying to give back to their ...more
Jan Coad
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Can people really change? Holly isn't sure she wants to give Luke a chance to find out.
Butterfly Harbor is a small town that needs to make changes to survive. Holly ' s father has been town Sheriff for years and is now being replaced by Luke. Holly and Luke have a history that almost tore her family apart, but Holly doesn't know the entire story. The town isn't sure what to make of the bad - boy Luke returning after years away. The characters are rich and it's the type of town you'd want to be a
Kate Vale
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-romance
The first in a series about Butterfly Harbor, the story of Holly Campbell, owner of the diner, and her precocious son, Simon, pulls at one's heartstrings from the first page. Who couldn't love a kid whose computer skills including hacking into the Sheriff's office and ruining their newest coffeemaker as well as the record-keeping and email files?

The new sheriff, Luke Saxon, recently replacing Holly's aging father, however, is not new to Butterfly Harbor. He was the original bad boy who left and
Debbie Lyon
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.
The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor is the latest book by Anna J. Stewart and is a very fast and enjoyable read. Holly Campbell, single mother and owner of the Butterfly Diner is unpleasantly (!) shocked to find out that Luke Saxon is back in town, after more than a decade away. Luke is taking over Holly's father's job as Sheriff. Luke is planning to only be in Butterfly Harbor for 1 year -- hoping to help get the town rebuilt. Petty crimes have been happening and now it's up to Lu
Shannan Williams
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book that I have read by this author and she has quickly become one of my favorites.

I loved this book and following the story of Luke and Holly. Luke is coming back to town after a terrible accident that happened there. Holly has to come to terms with Luke being back, and all of the bad memories it is bringing back to the surface. All of the characters in this book are great. The story kept my interest and actually towards the end I was literally on the edge of my seat. I cou
Jessica Figueroa
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgally
Holly is livid when she finds out the man who changed her families life in a get negative way is coming back as town sheriff. There is a chance he's grown up and changed but that's hard to believe. Then there's her son who's very good with getting into a bit of mischief. Whenever there is someone in need of help he's sure to stick his nose in, he refuses to let the new sheriff cause his mother grief.

I really enjoyed this sweet story. I loved how mischievous the son was, he had good intentioned i
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A geek at heart, USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J Stewart writes "refreshingly unique, quietly humorous, and profoundly moving romance." (RT Book Reviews) Her books include The Nemesis Files Trilogy (light romantic suspense), The Butterfly Harbor series for Harlequin Heartwarming (sweet romances) and the Honor Bound series for Harlequin Romantic suspense. She's also branching out i ...more

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