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Because of Lucy

(Butterfly Days #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,232 ratings  ·  147 reviews
***This book was originally published as a novella in 2013. This is a NEW EDITION that has been FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED into a novel length book. The original novella is now no longer available. The basic plot is the same but there have been changes to the overall story.***

"In life, there are some people you have to lose in order to find yourself."

Ness’s parents have pl
Published February 25th 2016 (first published August 28th 2013)
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Desiree Putaski
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as part of a giveaway on a book blog.
Ok, I will be honest that sometimes I am wary of reading books that are set in other countries (in this case the UK) because the dialogue can be tedious to follow. Often times I find myself having to google phrases to find out what in the world they are talking about! This was not the case with this book! But maybe I've just read enough to know my stuff now. LOL
I was a bit confused by the title, because through the beginning of the book I
Jen O'grady
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great little story that has you guessing who Lucy is to Evan, a student at Leeds Uni.
Ness has gone to Leeds with her best friend but she turns down the opportunity to go to University and instead gets a job in a call centre.
Evan comes across as a player but as the story unravels it becomes evident that there is a lot to Evan than meets the eye.
It's a story with a poignant insight into responsibilities that can be forced on us in life.
Well written and set in the UK the story is told from Evan and
Amanda Lance
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Filled with sexual tension and witty banter, Because of Lucy is a fun read that proves Lisa Swallow can write more than just one genre and excel! The primary characters have distinctive voices and her descriptions had me wanting to visit the UK by the time I was through. I’m definitely looking forward to her next contemporary romance.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak


Too much pressure from her parents made Vanessa decide to turn down med school and instead, worked in a call center. She wanted to run her life the way she wanted it to be. She moved in with her best friend Abby who loves to invite half of the university into their home.

Then one night, she met Evan – he’s everything she didn’t want in a guy. He’s arrogant, man-whore, drunk but he’s also a lit major and speaks poetry as his second language and let’s not forg
Rebecca Raisin
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book caught my eye because the story is set in the UK and it makes a great change to read something from over there! The story is written in both Ness and Evan’s point of view so you can connect to both characters well.

There was so much that kept me gripped with this book. The crafty way it's written transported me right back to that age, and all the angst that goes with it. It was like the author was reliving parts of my past in the way she interweaved the characters and the different iss
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review.

This one hovered around a 3.5- 3.7ish read.

It is a college-aged coming of age story of Vanessa "Ness" and Evan, who at first glance seem to detest one another.

Ness has felt like her entire life was planned out for her, never knowing if the plans her parents laid out were ever something she truly desired. So when it's time to make the choice, Ness veers from the path. But although she is not in college, her best friend & roommate is. With
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Vanessa " Ness" decided not to take her place at Leeds university. Mostly because she was tired of doing what her parents wanted her to do. So she moved away, got a job in a call centre and shares a house with her long time friend Abby. Abby is attending university and sharing the house with Ness does not always work out all the time. Abby's parties are a constant irritant. Coming home from work Ness walks in to another party. Furious when she discovers a strange man sleeping in he
Louise Seraphim Reviews
I had been waiting to read this for quite a while when I read about it on a blog. I loved the fact that for one it was set in the UK which made a nice change. I also liked how both lead characters had pain and secrets. So with all the things I love in NA, I was so excited to jump in to this book.

Vanessa (Ness) has started a job in telesales, a job she hates but has to do to prove a point to herself and her parents who had mapped her life out for her. She moves in with her old friend who has sta
Clair Coult
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love NA books but being English I often struggle to associate with all the cowboys, football players and virginal cheer leaders. It was a welcome change to start reading 'Because of Lucy' and immediately identify with the characters. It brought back fond memories of all the times I was inebriated on someone's sofa at 2 am, trying to talk about politics and ultimately snogging some dodgy bloke I just met. *blushes*

I felt like I knew Evan and I could practically feel the electricity between him
Wow..I really was not expecting the book to affect me as much as it did. I figured the story was about a super sexy college student, Evan. You know, the ones we read about drinking it up and taking a new girl to be every night. Then he meets the unassuming girl, Ness. You know, the one who is turned off by his behavior but unable to fight the intense attraction she has to him. Well let me tell you, Because of Lucy is so much more than that.

I have to say reading the book in alternating POV of Nes
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Sep 19, 2013 marked it as my-kindle-freebie-to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Angie Elle
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

I really enjoy the whole ‘opposites attract’ trope, and this book was no exception.

On the outside, Ness appears to have it together. Against her parents wishes, she’s chosen to join the workforce instead of going to college to become a doctor. She’s the rock for her melodramatic but fun roommate, Abby, and she’s definitely the more responsible of the two. On the inside, however, Ness isn’t quite so together. She isn’t ha
this is a 4.5 but I rated it highly based on story line and uniqueness.

Evan is a great character and Ness is too, a bit immature but that is actually brought up; other than the strange inserting of British lingo (ya we get it!) this was a solid love story.

At first I didn't like Ness; I thought she was a bitch. But reasons and past lives that dictate who they are as people are quick to the point and we are not left dragging it out like some big reveal. This is paced nice. We learn all about Evan
books are love
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a gut wrenching book. Gut wrenching because of what Evan is going through with his sister and his emotions for Ness.

Ness puts off college to a) show her parents up and b)to find herself. I understand the finding oneself. We all feel this way as a freshman starting college. Who am I? Am I myself or my parents? Do I meet the standards? So to gain independendence she works at a call center and hates it. One night she comes home to a party and meets a arrogant man named Evan.

Evan is mi
Obsession Is A Book - Terrie
**ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review**

This book had me giggling from the beginning; I love books where the author throws witty one-liners in there.

I was a bit confused when I first started this book because the title didn’t match the lead characters but it all became apparent very quickly.

This book looks at the difficulties faced by sufferers of mental health issues and their families/carers. It also highlights the lack of professional support available. This is a diff
I was contemplating not reading this once I realized it was set in England, the dialect is VERY hard for me to get...but I am so glad I gave this a chance. The book itself reminded me a little of Beautiful Disaster (character wise). For awhile there I thought I wouldn't get a HEA but I was content with how this book ended.
Evan and Ness in this book complement each other so well, you can tell early on with the banter between the two that the book has it's funny parts, and there were many funny pa
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
What a wonderful story this was. Reading through it I kept thinking who is Lucy. When her identity was revealed the story got even more interesting.
Thoroughly loved the characters although I did want to bang their heads together on a few occasions!!
Living in the UK it was a nice change to read a story based here.
This author certainly kept me interested all the way through & I ended up reading this in a day. This is the first book I've read from the author. I hope she's going to write a lot mo
Alissa Evanson
I kind of liked the idea of this story but I didn't feel any real connection to the characters. More Evan than Nessa. In the beginning the only thing I could think was: who in the hell is Lucy?... I could respect Evan for his stance on the Lucy situation and thought Nessa being a bit unreasonable in her feelings about the situation even though I agree that he needed to take a step back and for that I understood where Nessa was coming from. I would not read this again and probably wouldn't recomm ...more
Anne OK
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Another surprise from an Amazon freebie this past week. This one dealt with the issue of mental illness and left some unanswered questions near the end. It was an entertaining NA (college age) romance with some very sweet moments shared by the two lead characters. It didn't necessarily knock my socks off, but made for an overall enjoyable read.
This was another free little gem that I got through Amazon's Daily Deals. I don't think its free anymore but it is a read worth paying for.

I loved that this was a YA title set in Leeds, England. Most of what I read these days is set in the US so it was nice for a change.
Jacqueline's Reads
Sep 19, 2013 marked it as freebie  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: Erin
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two very different people who come together. The tension and issues are what really makes this story to me. Love is not always easy as this shows. Sometimes it takes work.
Michelle van Rij
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: februari-2016

People say, 'I love you' all the time and it means nothing. Throw away words. They lie. Love isn't about how much you say 'I love you', but about how much you prove it's true. It's a word, Ness.

Reading the summary and seeing the cover of Because of Lucy, I wanted to start the book immediately. I was intrigued by Evan and Ness, without even really knowing them. I was also very curious to who Lucy was. Was she an ex from Evan for example? I really wanted to know how Evan
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Because of Lucy' is a brilliant, new adult novel that I absolutely loved reading. It has everything you could ever want in a romance novel but with a side of something extra, more tension, more angst and more problems.

This book tells the story of Vanessa who turns down studying med at Uni and now works in a call centre. Why, you ask? She was fed up being told what to do by her parents. She lives with her best friend Abby, who does go to University, and she has to live with the fact that there
Keren Hughes

I have to be honest, this is only the second book I have read by this author, yet I can already tell she is an all-round superstar. The other book I have read of hers is called Soul Ties and is a Paranormal Romance, then here's this Contemporary Romance which has just come along to show that Lisa can switch-up the genres and be able to pull it off with deft ease.

This is the story of Vanessa and Evan. The two meet by chance when Ness's friend Abby is dating Evan's friend Matt. There's an attract
Louise Seraphim Reviews
I originally read Because of Lucy when it was released in 2013, and was just a novella at the time. I absolutely loved it, and it started a big love of NA and of course Lisa Swallow for me. It was the first book of Lisa's I had read, and I have never looked back. It showed perfectly just how unique a writer Lisa is, and how her characters are so real and down to earth, at the same time being characters you could fall in love with, or even want to be. The writing style had me literally hooked on ...more
Karina Ramirez
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult, arc
3.75 - 4 Stars

There was just something that stopped me from loving this book, but I can't put my finger on it. I don't know I felt like I was missing something, what? I'm not sure, but I know I was.

I loved the idea of the story BUT let me say this I'm from the U.S. and I don't know about everyone else in this country, but what I got from a "call girl" is definitely not what this book was about. Usually, at least in the states a call girl/center is more of um, an adult sort of thing, if ya catc
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*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I liked this book, but it just felt like something was missing! I can't put my finger on it though! It will come to me (hopefully soon)

Vanessa (Ness) has moved to Leeds with her best friend Abby and they share a house. Abby is the party animal as she is the one at Uni studying. Ness is the one who rejected her college acceptance and is working at a call centre.
She meets Evan at one of Abby's party's and has an attraction to him
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