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Of Dreams and Ceremonies

(Butterfly Hunter #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  296 ratings  ·  73 reviews
It seemed like a great idea at the time... Aussie Dave Taylor has followed Nicholas Goring to England, and the lovers have become engaged. But now Dave has to cope with living in a mansion full of family and servants, making wedding plans, getting his head around visa applications, and wondering why on earth he’d ever want to wear a 'mourning suit'. He’s not sure if it wil ...more
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Published September 15th 2018 by LIBRAtiger (first published November 1st 2013)
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Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is essentially a 148 page epilogue to the Butterfly Hunter. It takes up right where book 1 left off. And is, at its very heart, a celebration of the love between David and Nicholas. It isn’t huge on plot or story arc. And though there are a few twists and turns, what fills the majority of the pages are loving looks and declarations and adorations between our beloved MC’s. This was, quite frankly, perfect for me. :)

If you read Butterfly Hunter and loved it (as I did), this will feel lik
This lovely story is comprised of three sections: “Wedding”, “Honeymoon”, and “Corroboree”. In “Wedding”, we have David Taylor and his beloved English earl, Nicholas Goring preparing their wedding, after Dave accepted Nicholas’s proposal right in the end of Butterfly Hunter. “Honeymoon” captures their honeymoon phase in Cornwall and “Corroboree” is a short section when the newlyweds return to Brisbane, Australia.

Wedding” is a beauty – I am in love with how Julie Bozza writes this section. It ma

I was stalling...badly!
I finished Of Dreams and Ceremonies on the day it was released.
I read it a second time after re-reading Butterfly Hunter, but I still don`t know what to write, so I won`t.
A simple "I loved it" has to do.
To "review" it, writing about content and writing style just feels so utterly wrong and would destroy a part of the warm and fuzzy feeling that book left me with. Yes, I have it bad...
I highly recommend Of Dreams and Ceremonies and its prequel to all people who be
This time the southern hemisphere meets the north. In the first book we were left reeling with joy after Dave follows Nicholas to England and proposes to him in front of the family? I was so glad when I found out a second book would be written, as I couldn't possibly rest without knowing, where does it go from here? Once again Julie doesn't disappointment and comes through with a wonderful story of the Aussie coming to terms with the UK and its culture. Even more so for Dave, the egalitarian Aus ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh how wonderful it was to revisit Nicholas and Dave. I was enchanted by Butterfly Hunter and fell in love with them unconditionally as they fell in love with each over the course of that beautiful story, so to be able to spend more time with them in this sweet, gentle, tender follow up was like coming home. Familiar and comforting.

Theres no doubt that this is all about just how true the love between these two endearing men is. It's there in the build up to the wedding, it's there when they go
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of Dreams and Ceremonies is such a special book, I really wanted to savor every moment and take my time reading it. It's far too short for my liking but I'm glad to hear there's a third book on its way, so that's a consolation!

Dave and Nicholas are such a delightful couple, I'll never tire of hearing about their love for each other and all the special moments they share. I loved Nicholas's family, they're so supportive of everything and their love for Nicholas shone through. It was fun to read
This is a difficult review to write. Butterfly Hunter was one of my favorite books of 2012, so I had high hopes for its sequel. Unfortunately, this story didn't hold the same magic for me. Whereas Butterfly Hunter had a lovely, quiet tension between Dave and Nicholas, I spent the first part of this book with a sneaking suspicion that they shouldn't get married. The story is stiff and mannered to the point of awkwardness. There's a mystery of sorts introduced during the honeymoon, but it felt arb ...more
Another beautiful installment in this series. A quietly romantic story, this part focused on Dave's reactions to Noah's family and the planning for the wedding (which was perfect by the way!) There's no real angst or drama, just a solid affirmation of the love shared between these two wonderful characters. I gave it 4 stars mainly because I'm a drama junkie and needed a bit more excitement to really get me hooked. But the fact is, this was a lovely story that speaks to the heart.
This is the sequel to Butterfly Hunter and the second book in the Butterfly Hunter Trilogy. For those who enjoyed Butterfly Hunter, this one here is a must-read–who wouldn’t want to know what happened after Dave’s and Nicholas’s helter-skelter engagement to marry?

Well, what happens is a marriage, of course. The world might call it a civil union ceremony, but to Nicholas, it’s a wedding celebration, and he’s determined to make it a memorable one, complete with flowers and guests and formal dinner
Don Bradshaw
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, family-drama
This story picked up right where book one of this remarkable trilogy ended. Ms Bozza spun a tale of cultural differences and adventure in The Butterfly Hunter. In this book, she wove a story of romance and the celebration of the love between Nicholas and Dave. Set back in the U. K., the huge Goring clan launches the two men off on their married life together. I liked the way that Ms Bozza gave us a look into the aboriginal mystic side of life in Butterfly Hunter and this time gave us a look at ...more
Kaje Harper
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-reread, m-m, light
This is a sweet, warm, slow story that reads almost as an extended epilogue to the first book. It's a mellow look at two man in love, getting married with family and friends around them. I don't think it would stand well alone, because you have to be invested in the guys from the first book to want to follow them through this one. There is very little conflict, and a serious issue from book one only appears in passing now and then, without the bite of deep emotion to it. (view spoiler) ...more
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
A lovely follow-up to Butterfly Hunter, Of Dreams and Ceremonies begins the day after the last book ends and is divided into three sections: preparations for Nicholas and Dave's wedding, during which the guys are steeped in some paperwork stress but surrounded by Nicholas' loving family; their honeymoon in Cornwall with a bit of atmospheric mystery thrown in; and their return to Australia, where they are invited to participate in an Aboriginal dancing ceremony.

This book is romantic and beautiful
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Before … ?”
“Before there was you.”

Happy days for Davy and Nicholas...

This book is about the build up to the wedding, the honeymoon to Cornwall and encounter a little mystery and the fly back to Australia to take part in the Corroboree, a sacred aboriginal ceremony that involves the rituals and mystery of the Aborigine's Dreamtime.

Loved Nicholas and Davy... They are so perfect for each other...
Loved all the pre-wedding activities. The diary was oh so sweet..
"He said ‘I l
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m

Loved it.

So wonderful to read about Dave and Nicholas again and to see their relationship move to the next level. I admit to being more than a bit emotional reading this one and tearing up a few times. I'm afraid (view spoiler)

I loved the whole build up to the wedding an even though it's been ages since I've read the
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
It was a very good, fitting conclusion of their story, I could have done without the 'drama' around Bert.
Reading both books back to back left me with a warm feeling and a smile.
Of Dreams and Ceremonies starts up right where Butterfly Hunter left off. There is a wedding to plan and visa concerns for David, because they want to live in Australia. I thought it was a good follow up to Butterfly Hunter, but it didn't wow me.

Dave and Nicholas have only been a couple for a few short weeks, but they seem like they have been together for forever and a day. They seem to almost be able to read each others minds and finish each others sentences. That kind of ties in to the mystic
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-mm, m-m, erotica
*Sigh*... so beautiful!!! I loved this "epilogue" of the Butterfly Hunter!

I loved everything: the wedding preparations, the honeymoon, the blog... the silk... hummmmmm

Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shortie review for this one. 4 stars... I did like it, but couldn't help feeling that it was an appetiser for the main course which is yet to come, and which I hope will include more of those amazingly beautiful butterflies  photo images92_zpseb49c336.jpg.

There were parts of the book I loved, but I have to admit there were a few parts where I lost interest a little and wished (for Dave's sake as well as my own) that they were back in Oz. The Wedding was amazing, and so beautifully detailed by Julie including Dave's sexy sil
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

One of the reviewers called this book 'a 148 page epilogue to the Butterfly Hunter' and I agree. Nothing much happens in this book in terms of action, but, as this is romance, many things happen when it comes to Dave and Nicholas's relationship. Wedding is just one of those things. This is essentially the beginning of their life together, so they are starting to learn how to navigate it. The story is somewhat bittersweet, at least for Nicholas - because he is leaving his family behind.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance
After loving its prequel Butterfly Hunter I found this sequel very disappointing. This is perhaps a case of high expectations. Another reviewer called this sequel a long epilogue for Butterfly Hunter and I will have to agree. This book did not advance the characters or story line at all. There is no new element introduced. It is just the realization of the wedding and honeymoon and eventual move to Australia. Yes, it was all very romantic and I loved that but as I was reading it I felt empty. Wh ...more
You beauty, I am stoked.:)
Karolina Cebula
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review in English and Polish || Recenzja po angielsku oraz polsku

Although David and Nicholas just got engaged, they don't unnecessarily waste their time and start planning their wedding right away. There's a lot of work to do but none of them give up even for a moment. The fuss preceding the wedding ceremony looks like child's play compared to the legal problems standing between the lovers and their life together. Is their love enough to overcome all obstacles when their Australian "happily ever
A wedding and a honeymoon and dream singing make this a lovely follow-up to the first book. We pick right up with Dave’s first day in England, with Nicholas’s family. I miss the greatness and aloneness of their trek in the Outback and the allure of that butterfly oasis, but it is great to see Nicholas’s background and meet his family too. And a bit of a Cornwall mystery unfolds later in the story, just to add some spice.

What’s so wonderful about Dave and Nicholas is that their coming together ma
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Oh my lord!
At first I thought this novel was probably drawn from a harsh edit by the author from her first novel "Butterfly Hunter" as it continues straight on from where that novel ended. Perhaps she'd written too much and decided to use the edited out final chapters to publish a new novel. This may have been the case, but what was then added to continue the story was just odd.
There are many acknowledgments to Enid Blyton's "Famous Five" by the characters and yes, this plot did trans
Gabi Garcia
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that again I had an wonderful trip with Dave and Nicolas! I love that they're so in love but still have their misunderstandings and have to deal with real problems of a daily life but manage to find their balance even being so different from each other. I know they weren't in the magical blue butterfly paradise again but it felt magical for me just the same! I loved so much! So sweet and hot at the same time made me feel butterflies many times! Just great!
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-e-things, queer, lgbtq
I loved Butterfly Hunter and this is sequel of sorts, but it felt somewhat like a really long epilogue. This is a very quiet, low drama book where not a whole lot happens, and it's mostly just about Nicholas and Dave sorting things out and getting married. Those two and their relationship are centre stage, so it's a great one for fans of Nicholas and Dave. ...more
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read, z-2015
I read so many books that I don't always remember all of the fine details of the story but what does stick in my mind are the feelings that a book evokes. Only a couple of pages in and I remember the peace, the beauty and the love that accompanied the first book and they were perfectly continued in this sequel. A real spirit of gentleness and serenity are what I remember and what I got once again. A beautiful sequel to a beautiful love story.
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This highly anticipated sequel to Butterfly Hunter blesses the reader with more gorgeous writing as the story of Nicholas and Dave is dazzlingly spun out. These are two of the loveliest men I've ever had the pleasure of getting acquainted with, and in the most glorious of settings as well. Just all around beautiful and gorgeous.
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely sequel to book 1. Butterfly Hunter (Butterfly Hunter #1) by Julie Bozza

Set in England it is another beautifully written book, romance, and weddings, and family. Just gorgeous and so carefully written. Loved.
** 3.5 Stars **

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