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Butterfly Tattoo

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,044 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews
Just when the darkness seems permanent, fate flips a switch.

Michael Warner has been drifting in a numb haze since his lover was killed by a drunk driver. As the anniversary of the wreck approaches, Michael's grief grows more suffocating. Yet he must find a way through the maze of pain and secrets to live for their troubled young daughter who struggles with guilt that she s
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Samhain Publishing (first published April 21st 2009)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Sometimes the right book comes along at the right time in your life.

I'm about to get REALLY personal with y'all. I recently (about a month ago) was in a minor explosion at my work, which is normally a ridiculously safe environment. I mean, who has ever heard of a dentist getting injured on the job? Anyway, a piece of the equipment that exploded went through my face above my upper lip and made a through and through wound approximately 2 inches long. I had 30 stitches in my face and looked like h
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was truly a moving and beautiful story! I am unsure as to what I expected when I started reading Butterfly Tattoo, but it ended up being so much more than I was bargaining for.

This book is classified as a “romance”; however, it goes beyond this genre and truly deals with hard and pressing issues. Butterfly Tattoo is a book about loss. Michael, our main hero, is dealing with the loss of his partner and the loss of a relationship with his daughter. Rebecca, the main heroine, is struggling wit
Aestas Book Blog
"Open up your heart and see where it leads you..."

Oh boy! What a beautiful, emotional book with a very unconventional love story.

This book is about love and healing. That love can be found anywhere if you let it - no boundaries, no limits. And to accept it wherever and however it comes into your life. And that no matter how bad things get, it is always possible to heal.

I smiled a lot - there were many sweet moments, I squeed once or twice, and I cried several times. The story was deeply em
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, romance
I'm actually a little speechless, because there are so many reasons I loved this book, it's difficult to put all my crashing thoughts into one review! I must admit, I was reluctant to read this story because it's not the kind of book I would normally choose, but my GR friend, Michelle, recommended it to me - and oh my goodness, am I so grateful to her!

This is a lovely story about a man named, Michael, who has always enjoyed the companionship of women but one day unexpectantly, recognizes the bea
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
I decided to try this after reading Heather's Review. I was intrigued by the choice of having a bisexual male character. I feel like bisexuals, especially men, get a bad rap. They're deemed greedy or slutty or the ever popular and pithy moniker made famous by Sex & The City, "a layover to gaytown" and I wanted to see how or if the author addressed this prejudice. Knight addressed all of them and complicated matters by giving both of these characters emotional minefields to traverse with each ...more

You have to go into Butterfly Tattoo with a very open mind. I almost didn’t give this book a chance because I thought it was male/male relationship- it isn’t. It is a story that makes you feel… it is not all butterflies and rainbows with an overwhelming HEA. It is about deep love, loyalty, and healing on the inside. It seems all the characters, not just the H/h, have emotional baggage by the truck loads.

First of all, I totally thought this was an erotica book because of the unconventional roman

Jane Stewart
The primary story is grieving over death of a loved one. It was too sad for me. At times I wanted it to be over.

Michael had girlfriends in his youth. Then he fell in love with Alex, a man. They were married for ten years when Alex was killed by a drunk driver. They used a surrogate mother to give them a daughter Andrea. She was in the car when Alex died. She was 7. She survived the accident but has a scar on her leg. Andrea and Michael have been grieving for a year when they meet Reb
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
I just finished one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I know this story will stay with me forever because I cannot stop thinking about it and it affected me completely, emotionally and I have never read a book with an unconventional love story like this before. It took me a while to get my head round a complex family structure, but I got it and I understood and it beautifully showed that love doesn't have a name or a definition. Love is what we feel.

"Families are defined in lots of w
Michelle [Helen Geek]
This was a beautiful story. Not what I expected at all. It is about loss and what comes after. The loss of a life mate, the loss of a parent, the loss of a part of ones' self and what comes after. Three people all suffering loss and how they work through it and find their way to each other.
I'm not sure, if you've never suffered such loss yourself or had someone close to you suffer such loss, that it would touch those same places inside of you, but for me this was a powerful, thoughtful story. I
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Butterfly Tattoo is a major departure from Knight's Parallel and Gods of Midnight paranormal romance series, and a departure the genres I normally read as well. Though the story is billed as a contemporary romance and it does has romantic elements, the story is not just about two people falling in love and finding an easy happily ever after. The story is just as is much about how three people all with soul deep grief for losses that occurred on 'average' days (but which had such far reaching per ...more
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My gay for you/out for you crew and anyone who love a triumphant love story
4.5 Stars!

Great read! I would have given this book 5 Stars if the sex scenes had been explicit. I feel sex is a language all it's own, and after Michael having been with a man for 13 years, I was desperate to see what his first time with a woman-in a long time -would be like. It left me hungry. But I still strongly Rec this book.

I believe so much in that you love who you love and for some people, it doesn't matter if that package is a man or a woman. I thought the grief that Michael felt was so
Warning! Spoilers below!

Butterfly Tattoo didn't measure up to my expectations. I really wanted to love this book, but instead I ended up disappointed with it. I wouldn't say it's poorly written, but on the other hand I wouldn't say it was anything special either.

General complaints:

The author didn't take any real chances. Grief is such a complex subject- the author barely scratched the surface exploring it. I kept wishing she would humanize her wounded characters, but it never really happened. T
Amanda Westmont
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
I finished this book last night and I still can't stop thinking about it. I'm pretty sure I'll be thinking about it for YEARS. It's that memorable. That WIDE.

It was the first book I've ever read that stuck its pick into the soil of the romance genre and then tilled the fuck out of it. In a good way.

(I don't normally plot summarize on Goodreads, but this is a romance novel about a former actress who falls in love with a man named Michael, the desperate, loving father of a scarred 8-year-old girl
This book was a drag. The hero and heroine had faced tragedies and they found comfort in each other. The problem for me was that the Hero wasn't moving forward with his grief. He held on to his deceased lover and thus this relationship was a 3-way. The hero was punishing himself and everyone around him because no one measured up to his dead lover. It just didn't have a feel good moment for me.
Deidre Knight has broken boundaries and has shown perfectly why falling in love is something so powerful and it doesn’t matter who that person may be. Michael, the hero of this tale explains perfectly his love for his dead lover who was so cruelly taken away from him. Michael doesn’t think of himself as gay or straight. If he has to put a label on his sexual preference, it would be bisexual. His love for Alex, his husband and partner was a perfect love and something only most of us could dream o ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't a easy read and really put me through the emotional wringer, it's written in first person POV, alternating between Rebecca's and Michael's POV and normally in a romance I don't like first POV, but this book was about so much more than romance, it was also about grief, how to continue in life once someone you love is gone and the one's left behind don't know how to function as a family.

Rebecca had plenty of scars both physical and emotional and she hadn't dealt with what happened
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to *.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose by: María Cañizares
4 Keep-Dreaming STARS!!


This was a different kind of story I was really looking forward to reading and even if it wasn't a 5 star read for me, it was sweet, heartbreaking and full of hope and second chances.

Told in alternating POV, Butterfly Tattoo tells us the story of two broken people, Michael and Rebecca, who meet and are destined to change each others lives. They are both done with love but they can't possibly deny the instant connection they feel for each other through Michael's daughter.
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5* This is an unconventional love story, and definitely not what might be expected from the label "contemporary romance." Deidre Knight writes beautiful, lyrical prose that suits this quiet, yet emotionally-packed story about recovering from grief and trauma. This is a story about healing, scars, grief, guilt, trusting, finding yourself, letting go, opening up, learning to live again, and letting go of preconceived ideas about people and what a family looks like. The butterfly metaphor is subt ...more
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Apr 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I wish I could give half stars, because this would be a 4.5. I almost gave it a 5, but it's not a perfect novel. I seriously loved this book, though. Knight is, for sure, a talented writer. She did two things that amazed me: 1) Michael's grief is so well drawn that it's palpable, and I found myself crying through a few of his chapters (and again at the end of the book, because I am a sucker) and I hardly ever cry at books. 2) Michael and Rebecca swap being the narrator and, mostly, they have dis ...more
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
What an incredibly sweet story! Loved it.


Just when the darkness seems permanent, fate flips a switch. Michael Warner has been drifting in a numb haze since his lover was killed by a drunk driver. As the anniversary of the wreck approaches, Michael's grief grows more suffocating. Yet he must find a way through the maze of pain and secrets to live for their troubled young daughter who struggles with guilt that she survived the crash. Out of the darkness comes a voice, a lifeline he ne
Wicked Incognito Now
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This story was so well told that I still keep judging all the other books I've read since reading this against this one.

First, I must complain about something extraneous, having nothing to do with content, but with the book itself. I purchased this in ebook format. The formatting on my Sony Reader for this particular book was enough to make me want to avoid Samhain Publishing altogether. The original size of the text was miniscule. Impossible to read. But the larger text was formatted weird. Dia
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scrivere un pensiero su questo libro è difficile, e mentre lo sto scrivendo ho le lacrime agli occhi, questo libro è un pugno nello stomaco per le emozioni che fa vivere, pazzesco!
Ci si immedesima nella sofferenza dei protagonisti, assorbendolo quel dolore che vivono.
I protagonisti sono Michael Andrea e Rebecca, ma il protagonista quello che conosciamo tramite i ricordi è anche Alex.
Una storia dura, dove un amore si spezza per un incidente, ma anche una storia di rinascita, di forza, amore e di
P.A. Lupton
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this book. It was such a touching story and sweet romance.

I love the idea that Michael falls in love with the person, regardless of their sex. He doesn't like to be classified as gay since he is attracted to both men and women. He is just a man open to love. Michael and Rebecca both bring a lot of past baggage to their relationship but I enjoyed watching them grow and work through their issues. It was also a refreshing change that there is only one very brief sex scene in the w
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2009, done, owned, ebook
"I don't even know what to say about this book. It's tagged as a contemporary romance, but it has so much more depth than nearly any romance I've ever read. It's about love and loss and fear and the postmodern family... and I cried quite a bit during parts of it. Powerful, potent, and highly recommended."
Nov 10, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF. Butterfly Tattoo is well written and very good so far, but I can't handle reading about grief or broken families right now. I don't want make the emotional investment this book requires. I'll probably come back to it at another time.
Patzis Mylust
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molto intenso, delicato, sentimentale. Sviscera a fondo i pensieri e i gesti di ogni personaggio coinvolto, sottolineando bene i due protagonisti, feriti e delusi dalla vita e dalle persone. Rebecca, ex attrice, ha il corpo segnato da cicatrici e l'anima ferita da un ex fidanzato che mi ha ricordato quell'idiota di Gaston (La bella e la bestia). Michael è un uomo imperfettamente perfetto: ci prova sempre, ad essere un grande, anche se non è facile, anche se non sempre ci riesce, ogni santo giorn ...more
... so this is how you do it. This is how you write a book about grief, loss, mourning, second chances at love and life. As an added bonus we have an unapologetic and unabashed bisexual character who's sexual identity isn't erased, mocked or doubted. Not by him.

Michael has been floundering through life after the unexpected death of his husband Alex. He meets Rebecca and perhaps unwittingly she's able to bridge a connection with his young daughter Andrea, one that he's been unable to make. Andie
Kellie Maddox-Ward
WOW Where do I start...
Michael Warner was a straight man. He had a GF who dumped him the day he joined the Army. However years later he met a man called Alexander Richardson and that changed his life.
Michael and Alexander became life partners and shared a daughter Andrea, life could not have been more perfect.
Until Alex was taken from that perfect life in a car accident a year ago.
Then life changed.
He was lost and couldn't find his way out of the darkness.

Rebecca O'neill was a beautiful ac
There are some books you just have to read from beginning to end with out pause. This is the case with Deidre Knight’s Butterfly Tattoo, a contemporary romance that has you settling in and reading for the long haul. Touching all the right chords, this is the story of love lost, love found and finding love with in. It’s about the scars you can see and the ones that are hidden, the ones that reside deep in your soul and cause a heart to be broken.
Ms. Knight’s lyrical dialogue and ability to write
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