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Butterfly (Butterfly #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Butterfly can be read as a standalone. It is a dark romance and contains content some readers may find disturbing.

I once was Erin, fierce and strong,
But now she's gone, I don't belong.
He wants my heart, but it's not mine.
I've hidden it, and now can't find
The soul it once took solace in.
All that's left is pain and sin.
But still, my dark knight keeps me here.
To live in
Published (first published October 2016)
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Di Covey/TwistedBookReviews

A brutal, beautifully written story of self discovery through darkness. I bow to Rebecca Sherwin! She captured my attention from the get go. She chained me in the tower. She made me whither in pain. She tore me down, lifted me up, and destroyed me all in one book.

You see, butterflies are more than pretty little things that flutter blissfully in the garden. At least this one won’t flutter off—I wouldn’t if I could. This butterfly will kill. This butterfly will own. This butter
'Q' aka CoCo
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
This one just didn't do it for me. I understand where the author was trying to go, but I just couldn't seem to get there.

The story is mostly about Erin, a once professional swimmer turned coach, who had to leave competition for reasons we don't find out about until late in the story (even though it is brought up ad nauseam to the point where you're just like ugh! freakin' tell me already! She's engaged to Griffin, but there's zero chemistry between them, and Erin is pretty meh about their relati
Kristen Barnes
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I will sometimes re read a book months, maybe a year, after the first time. This book though, this one I had read again immediately. Here are just a few reasons why I LOVED this book.

I now want to avoid participating in competitive sports. (Just for the record, that has not nor will it, occur. I'm too lazy for all that movement stuff lol

A house with a tower is now my dream home.

I felt paranoid about technology for hours after I read it.

The ending was incredible! I love endings that catch me by
K.A. Graham
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Butterfly by Rebecca Sherwin
***5 stars***

Holy crazy town batman! What did I just read? I’m still not sure, but I definitely want more…NOW! Rebecca Sherwin is a mad genius, and has gone far off the grid of normal with this awesomely twisted story I won’t soon forget.

Being an ex-professional swimmer, Erin likes the solace of a quiet pool at night. This is where she happens to come in contact with a mysterious stranger, Cooper, who definitely gets her attention. Cooper soon becomes much more than a
Catherine Bibby (Rochelle's Reviews)
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

Whenever I open one of Rebecca Sherwin's books and fall into one of her dark and devious worlds, I know that I could never be prepared for what I am going to encounter. She often has my heart and emotions a tangled, ripped, and shredded mess and leaves me with an even darker craving than before. The only thing I am sure of is that there will be all kinds of evil and monsters that will blur the lines between white and black until they are the ugl
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Erin used to be a professional swimmer. Now she swims alone at night. One night after her swim she bumps (literally) into stranger Cooper Jennings. Feeling the pull of him, she says her goodbyes and leaves not expecting to see him again. But Cooper has a plan for Erin and it's not long before her life is changed forever.

I absolutely adored this story. It's so beautifully twisted. There's nothing I love more than a messed up, slightly deranged man and Cooper ticked all my boxes. Such a brilliant
Laura Lee
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, didnt see that one coming! This book is what I expect from Rebecca Sherwin!!! Its full of page turning excitement, twists and turns, then wait for it.......YUP!!! WOW, what's a person to do when from a young age, you are primed to become the gold medal winner for swimming...then one day everything changes. You are made to believe you made the right decision and still have a life working with your old coach, teaching kids and seeing them flourish. You have met the man you are engaged to and ...more
Massive disappointment.

I love this author and have devoured her previous books - her writing has always been strong BUT this one left me flat.

I tried to get my brain round the complexity of this book and the characters but my brain switched off and gave up.

I thought this storyline was over complicated just for the sake of it and honestly thought that Rebecca Sherwin could have done better. This book was (for me) was too predictable and once you have read one captive book then you have read them
Becky Rendon
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
To say that a warning is necessary would be an understatement. There is most definitely non-consensual sexual violence in this book.

I had a lot of trouble reading this book. It didn't glorify non-consensual acts so much as excuse them for the most part. There are some seriously blurred lines which was intentional and some blatant disregard.

Though I have read many a dark romance and enjoyed them, I can't say I did this one. It is well written and definitely keeps you confused with the moral a
Maria Angie Mendoza
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow! A truly exceptional, and unique read.
Beautifully written, this was a dark, intense psychological mindf€€k thriller.
Not in a long time have I read a book so captivating, so emotional, I had to put the book down before slamming my poor kindle across the room. Tragic and haunting the characters were beautifully developed. Behind all the darkness and cruelty, there's a story of self discovery, sacrifice and love.
Erin was a former Olympic swimmer who left that life under mysterious cir
Tanaka K (The Romantic Angel Blog)
OMG!!!!!!What a book. Wow. I am just blown away by this story. I was just in awe. After I finished reading Butterfly, I was rendered speechless. No words could come out at all. That is why I love books by Rebecca Sherwin. She gives me books that make me totally insane and speechless. I love every moment of it. Butterfly is a beautiful, dark and suspenseful masterpiece that had me in a trance.

I am not going to say what the book is about. You need to fully go with your instincts with Butterfly an
Terri Turner
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
This is only the second book by this author that I have read - the first one was when she collaborated with Dawn H Sidebottom on Binary Code which I loved.
This book is really well written and the story is OK, but I felt with the subject matter that it dealt with, that it could of been darker and explored so much more, which would have meant maybe going into more detail with the subject in matter and therefore it could have been more exciting, with more anticipation and much more depth.
I found
When you read a novel by Rebecca Sherwin, you know you get a story that will push you out of your comfort zone, challenge your morals and make you think. These are exactly the reasons why she is one of my favourite authors.

This novel deals with serious issues ie abuse, mental illness and Stockholm Syndrome. The latter was a new subject for me and it was fascinating.

Cooper and Caterpillar are characters that you will be intrigued by. Cooper is an enigma from the first time he is introduced and y
Anne Milne
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First thing I will say if you don't like dark dark books then this won't be for you.
Erin was a swimmer on the fast track to glory when she walked away from it all, we know she made a mistake but we don't know what, now she's a coach helping others reach their dreams. One night whilst swimming alone she encounters Cooper she's intrigued and drawn to him, she knows she should run she didn't but she really should have.
Cooper is a scary man who seems to have a plan but he has more personalities tha
Laura Barnard
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my frigging god! This book! This author! Its the first time I've read a Rebecca Sherwin book and I was blown away. Her writing is so addictive, I was turning the pages and staying up far later than I wanted to because I just NEEDED to. The way she gets you to love and hate Cooper at the same time is beyond clever - I was doubting my own sanity and thinking WTF is wrong with me? Rarely do you find books that stay with you and leave you thinking about what you would have done throughout the day ...more
Laura Smith
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy hell! I cannot find the words to actually write this review so will start with OMFG and let me tell you, my head is seriously messed up. This is truly a dark and brutal book but holy caterpillar, it's freaking awesome!

Rebecca Sherwin's writing is so addictive and powerful, you can't help but keep turning the pages. I was hooked from page 1.

Butterfly is full of twists, head f**ks and Violence. If you don't like dark books then this is definitely not for you but if you love to be horrified
Sam Lewis
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review of Butterfly by Rebecca Sherwin is for The Sweet Spot Sisterhood Blog. It gets 5 Stars from me. Rebecca Sherwin is a new author to me. I am also a new fan of dark romances. So if you like dark and twisted then Butterfly is definitely for you. Do not tread lightly into this book, especially if you have triggers. This book involves kidnapping, rape, sodomy, etc. This book also deals with Stockholm Syndrome, which is where the victim starts to identify with their captor. This book had m ...more
Jade Simcox (3 Degrees Of Fiction)
I finished reading Butterfly yesterday evening. I posted in Rebecca's Romantics with the following message:
"I've just finished Butterfly.
Rebecca, I don't know if I love you or hate you right now.
I think its going to take me a long time to process what I've just read and find the words to review it. (If there are even the right words to explain my feelings for this book)
But I will say this: I love Cooper Jennings!!!"

Now after having over 12 hours to think about it and process this book in m
Lady Living  In Bookland
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm struggling to find the words right now...but I'm going to try.
Warning: Don't be fooled by the stunning cover - this book is a serious mind f**k and the contents within is some seriously dark and twisty reading.

I expected dark. Heck, when I first met the mysterious Cooper my instant dislike for him and his ways would take some time to thaw....but it did. Very slowly. This man goes beyond everything you know and turns it on its head. Cooper suffers multiple mental health issues from psychosi
AnessaRenee Reviews
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I ate this story up. Let me warn you up front. This story is dark and basically remains dark the entire time. It has many topics that can be triggers. That being said this author knows how to grip your being and not let it go. The writing was so smooth that you just keep reading. Erin thinks she has the everyday normal life but she will soon find out she knows nothing about her life. I don't even know how to accurately describe my feelings. You keep waiting for things to get better and you reali ...more
WendyW ~ Girls Just Wanna Have Books
The definition of metamorphosis is the epitome of this book.

Metamorphosis within the chrysalis the old body parts of the caterpillar undergo this remarkable transformation to become the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly that will emerge.

This book is not just a book about some whacko that captures the girl to make his. It is a story about survival, rebirth, and learning to live within the confines of debilitating disorders.

Although the cover is enchanting and graceful, do not let i
 Just Denise
This is the third book I've read by this author. I am not disappointed. I loved this story. It was just a bit slow in the beginning, but the last 3/4 of the book I was totally invested in this story. ...more
 vicky Harris
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've just finished Butterfly and well, what can I say? I loved it, it's deliciously twisted and dark just like a love them to be ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I love Rebecca but I didn't love this tale. I enjoyed it but it didn't engage me. Maybe I just didn't care about the characters enough, I don't know. Sorry. ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dark/ok read

The book was a really dark read. Even though the story was ok. base on the last page. If there's going to be another book with Doe in mind, I don't want to read it; I don't have the stomach for it. Brad and his brother smh nope. Erin parents was weird and shouldn't be parents and I didn't understand the point with Griffin at the end.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again, the author has left me completely lost for words! I truly do worry for the state of this author's mind! That said I do hope she never ever changes, as it makes her books so delightfully disturbing to read. (maybe this means I should be concerned for my own state of mind too).

Butterfly was one of very few books that I read & reread straight away. Why? Because I couldn't believe how much l loved Cooper & Caterpillar. That said I didn't love Cooper from the very beginning, I initially t
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!!

I was given this book in turn for an honest review.

Will Erin thrive within the darkness and fly? Or will she die trying to fly?

Butterfly will grab a hold of your heart and mind and entwine itself so tight you will struggle to breath. And without any doubt it's a story you won't ever forget. Rebecca Sherwin has put her heart and soul into this story and shown us just how talented and passionate she truly is.

Erin is a strong and independent woman; she is fierce and talented, whilst at
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
"This butterfly will conquer death and hover over it on black wings stained with blood, watching on as the beauty of life slips away beneath her."

Obsession, mental health disorders...madness in its purest form. To become a butterfly you must first live your life as a caterpillar. This is a story of evolution, survival and a battle of wills. Conditioned from an early age Erin has a secret that caused her to not reach her potential. Having dedicated her life to the water she walked away from the
Jodie Scott
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Butterfly by Rebecca Sherwin

I've read some books by Rebecca before and I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book. The saying don't judge a book by its cover absolutely comes into play here!
The cover is simply stunning in all its beautiful winged glory and fantastic colours to match.

So the story starts off and I honestly thought it was going to be a little less dark than Rebecca s usual style erm… wrong. I also thought it wouldn't live up to the brillian
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I'm a fan of dark and unpredictable and that is exactly what we had here. I haven't as thankful for an epilogue in a very long time, regardless this book left me in a state of awe. Things do not go as you think they will, twists and turns are around every corner and the moral of the story is do not swim alone at night...or maybe you should.

Erin was an Olympic swimmer until she wasn't. She is happy with her life, but the reasons why are lost to me. And then she meets Cooper. Cooper is a bit scary
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Rebecca is a London born and bred mother, writer and psychology student. She is the mother of a superhero (who is currently growing his hair like Thor!) and spends her days with her nose stuck in a textbook, her fingers tapping away at the keys…or she’s building forts and eating gummy bears.

She is the author of dark psychological romance. An avid reader and lover of stories that keep you guessing,

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