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(The Hartigans #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  5,657 ratings  ·  753 reviews

It’s true. I’m not what most people would call “pretty” and, well, high school was rough. Fast forward ten years and life is good…

Until a bunch of jerks think it’s hilarious to put the “butterface” (AKA me) on a wedding Kiss Cam with the hottest guy ever—and that old humiliation hits hard.

I recognize him immediately. The hottest cop in Waterbury and totally out of my lea

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published July 30th 2018 by Entangled: Amara (first published July 10th 2018)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Butterface is book one in the brand new series, The Hartigans, by Avery Flynn. I’ve been so excited about this book and it completely did not let me down. It is fun, sweet, and sexy and the characters stole my heart. I hadn’t expected that little tie in to The Charmer of The Harbor City series so that made my day.

Ford Hartigan is a Police Detective for the Waterbury Police Department. Ford is a by the rules man. It’s how he lives. Except that Ford comes from a huge family of firefighters. So he
A Klue
From the synopsis, you clearly pick up on the fact Gina, the heroine, had a past history of being picked on for being an ugly duckling in high school. What was surprising and unexpected was she is still cast in that very unfavorable role in the present, as well. To the point I gringed every time her looks were mentioned. Whether by herself or others, the bulging eyes, huge honker nose, and other disportionate facial features described twisted my stomach into knots. In heart break and anguish for ...more
Avery Flynn
Jul 03, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hey all! I am so excited to share Butterface with y'all! It's out July 30, so be sure to add this hot RomCom to your Goodreads TBR! xoxo
Stacey is Sassy
Jan 20, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 25% no rating as I did not finish

Unfortunately, this one was not for me. Considering Butterface is described as a comedy, all I've felt is disgust and sadness so I'm guessing I'm not the right audience. I don't find it funny that people judge others based solely on looks. It sickens me that the adult characters in this story found humour in pranking a woman because they considered her unattractive. For these adult characters to be police officers as well, that made it even worse. To be ho
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This was a pretty fun and easy read. There wasn't a ton of angst thrown in so the tone of the book was kept pretty light. There were a few times that the whole "She's a butterface" thing got a little too immature for me, mostly when it came to Ford's co-workers but overall I wasn't majorly bothered by it. I actually liked that the heroine wasn't described as the most beautiful woman in the world or something similar to that. It made the story more realistic in a
3 stars

I loved the humor in this book, and the H was definitely swoon-worthy. The one thing that kept me from really enjoying it was the tremendous and CONSTANT insecurities of the h. I understand her reasons for her lack of self-confidence (the guys at the beginning of the book who recur later as they are co-workers of the H are serious dicks), but it was well over-used in this story to the extent that it detracted from the plot.

What I liked:
--- As I said, the H was very swoon-worthy
--- I enjoy
Carlene Inspired
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Butterface is a laugh-out-loud funny and sweet romantic comedy that gets the truth about love, and looks, right. Main character Gina Luca practices being honest with herself on the daily. She has a big nose, she has her dream job, and she has brothers with careers that aren't quite legal. She isn't expecting to win any beauty pageants, but her personality in this novel shines brighter than any beauty queen's smile. Ford Hartigan is a handsome guy,
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

3.5 Own You Look hearts


Totally Cute!

What I genuinely like about this is Gina ‘the Butterface’ heroine in question isn’t the ponytail and glasses girl that goes from not to hot in two scenes. She is a smart, independent woman with a sweet and fun personality and a very nice body. But she has super frizzy hair, teeth and eyes that are a bit too big and a honker of a nose she inherited from her mobbed-up grandpa.

Still Gina knows she isn’t th
Helena Hunting

It's fresh and hilarious and everything I adore in a romance. The hero is super swoony, and adorably awkward, and ridiculously hot and the heroine is unconventional and just amazing. I can't wait for the next book in this series! Do yourself a favour and one click this!
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Butterface by Avery Flynn is a sweet, adorable, and charming read that tackles the aspects of love,beauty and new beginnings. Flynn introduces her readers to Gina Luca, a wedding planner who loves her job but has insecurities about her beauty since she grew up being teased and called “Butterface.” And so when she meets Ford Hartigan, a straight lace cop, Gina’s life is turned upside down for the better. For the first time in a long tim
Talia Hibbert
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Cross-posted review)

I didn't read the blurb before purchasing (yes, I know) because I really want to read the sequel and I prefer to start series at the beginning. If I HAD read the blurb, I wouldn't have bought this book - even though the premise is great! - because the hero is a police officer, and I don't read cop romances. However, I'm very glad that I accidentally read this one.

I love romantic comedies, but every rose has its thorns, and the rom-com genre's is an occasional overreliance on
Lines from this book:

"Well, there was no missing the family resemblance with Big Nose Tommy, and her eyes didn't quite fit her face, but it wasn't like she was some kind of snaggletooth troll with poisonous drool. She definitely didn't look like the women he normally dated, which made the fact that he'd gotten hard almost every time he'd thought about her during the past week more than little interesting. So how bad was she?"

This is a romance book??
Possible spoilers!!!!!And rants!!!

This could be very good light and fun romance comedy.
Could be....
But it isn't...

Because I find it very hard to enjoy a story when I'm constantly reminded of how unattractive heroine looks like. Every couple of pages someone teases her, mocks her, or she is doing it herself. I mean what does she looks like? That is that bad...what? how? I'm so confused.

I'm aware of the superficial world we live in. Of all the beauty standards that are put on all of us by the me
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-goal
Moderately cute rom-com with some spicy scenes. For some reason, I just didn’t care for the premise— too much emphasis on looks. Despite the fact I usually love when an author goes with the non-Barbie Doll looking heroine. But in this case, of course, she still had a hot bod...

Okay, I know that sounds odd coming from a reader who has read a few hundred HF romances but this seemed sadly too real and yet too unrealistic.

But it is my wedding anniversary and the first book of the month, so it seem
Amanda S.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: what-the-heck
I'm disappointed. The heroine received nothing but shameful remarks over and over and I'm so sick of it. Even the Hero didn't do anything to reassure her, to make her realize that she's so much more. Nope, didn't see anything remotely close to that from him. I'm appalled at the way the Hero's fellow cops behave. I mean, I can see it coming from high schoolers, but from grown a$$ men? Hugely disappointed.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
2 Stars

I don't know what to write about this book.

It's cheesy and predictable. That wouldn't have bothered me, but the heroine, who repeats a million times how ugly she is, got on my nerves. Of course, the guy is gorgeous and just a little weird so that they make a good match.

I expected more from a story that deals with some serious subjects: Self-love, the expectations people have on us and also our appearance, which makes it more difficult or easier to find love.

It could have been a great
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. A fun romance with a lot of heart, and a sweet, sexy romance with lots of chemistry and swoon.

Gina Luca grew up knowing that she wasn’t attractive. She endured teasing, taunts, stares and heartbreaking ridicule as she was christened ‘Butterface’, which set the stage for her to not expect romance and come to accept the single life.

Butterface. Why? Because her body was okay, “but her face?” Not so much.

She has created a good life for herself, and is buildi
DNF @ 11%.

I'm sorry--I was interested in the synopsis for this book, but after just a short time, I'm annoyed AF. Like, okay, I get wanting to have a non traditional heroine. I GET IT. But like, I don't need the fact that she, and everyone around her, thinks she's ugly, to be the main point of the story. So far, that's what I've got. Even the hero has thought she's unattractive. Why would I even bother with him? Nope.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
An enjoyable light romance between a wedding planner with a criminal family and beauty-related self-esteem issues and a straight-laced police detective from an overbearing family of firemen. There's not a lot to say about this other than that, except that the sort of bullying that the main character receives around her looks feels a bit over-the-top behavior in adult society. But then again, I'm neither female or American, so how would I know?

I will probably read at least another one in the seri
☾☆ Nikki. ✿
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a cute read.
I didn't enjoy the beginning as much but then it started to get better.
I loved the characters.
I will go on to read the other books in this series.
4 stars.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivated from the very first page. I know my review isn't going to do this book justice because it's truly beyond words.
Gina Luca is a wedding planner, who meets Ford Hartigan detective at a wedding that is quickly spiraling out of control. Ford is there because it's one of his fellow officers getting married. The couple has a kiss cam and when the camera focuses on the two of them neither wants to kiss, until they do and Ford gives Gina his all. I melted into a puddle. Gina has spent her lif
Anne - Books of My Heart
This is a fun read but not wildly realistic. I liked Gina. She's smart, funny, capable and hard-working. If she has some insecurities about her looks, don't we all?

Ford is a contradiction in all the things he does. If his character is one thing, everything he does in the book is out of character. Some things are in conflict with law, or religion or just basic morality. Yes, he has reasons, some of them good, but it's not quite authentic. I like his big family and look forward to more of them.

Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.75 Stars

There are a couple of things that are bound to draw me in when I am browsing books. One, a cute cover something that Butterface has covered and who I’m blaming for my epic search for a cute pink dress. Two, a plain Jane story, which Butterface also has covered. Because of this I had no choice, I had to pick this book up and read. I am really pleased that I did, because I really enjoy, but rarely find, small town or family based romances that I like. But Avery Flynn, a new author for me
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avery Flynn is an author whose name I have heard on many occasions, with quite a few of my friends being a fan of her work. Despite the number of times I’ve heard the name, it wasn’t until I heard about Butterface that I decided to give one of her books a read.

The moment I found out about Butterface I knew I needed the book. It sounded like the kind of book I would adore, and I was more than willing to dive straight into the story. I went in expecting so much, with so many ideas in my mind, that
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
A really compelling romance with great characters.
Ivy Deluca
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this first book in the Hartigan series, a spinoff of Ms. Flynn’s Harbor City series, with a caveat.

Gina has dealt with people inflicting their standards of beauty on her and falling short, and I could empathize with her trying to find confidence in herself when others insist on beating you down for it. What I could have lived without is the constant references to her. You would swear that she was a troll just looking for a bridge to live under. Yet, her physical description wasn’t so
Sep 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I pick up romance books for the feels, the romance, the swoony moments, and most especially, the HEA. So I was very excited about this book bec I thought it would be super relatable. Hey, it's a romance with a "normal" heroine, one who isn't a supermodel, gorgeous, celebrity-type.

But I'm sorry because I really didn't like this book.

Instead of being uplifting about how everyone is beautiful not just bec of their physical appearances, this book, imo, excessively highlighted what the heroine felt
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This is a story with a moral at its heart. As a book lover, it is one that I can definitely relate to - don't judge a book by its cover.

I am really loving the Hartigan family! Prior to reading this, I read Muffin Top, the second book in The Hartigans series, and I loved it! I just adore the characters in this little fictional world. While I did enjoy Muffin Top more than Butterface, this is still a really wonderful book that I enjoyed very
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3,5 adorable stars!

Avery Flynn is a new to me author but I couldn't resist this adorable cover! This is a fun, sexy Rom com about love, family and the beauty of the heart.
Gina is a good businesswoman as a wedding planner, a great sister to her brothers and a nice friend. Her only problem is that all her life she has been bullied for her appearance, so when a delicious cop pretends to be her boyfriend, she knows that all
I loved escaping into this story which had me laughing out loud, it is a brilliant, fun and hot read with some tear jerker moments, too.

This is a lovely story as both main characters have loving families and different reasons for their personal insecurities. Ford Hartigan has always felt like the odd brother. He loves his siblings and family but they’re all firefighters and he’s the rebel rule follower who chose to become a police officer instead. At a wedding reception he’s attending, someone t
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