Spread Your Wings and Fly~
I am a fan of Sammie J.’s. Her other novels are in the paranormal romance genre, which honestly is my favorite to read. That being said, Butterfly her first contemporary / new adult romance hit me hard, left me thinking, and calling my mom and dad to tell them I love them because you never know right?
Butterfly is the story of loss and love, betrayal and honor, friendship and learning to love again. It’s about Evie, who has just gotten out of prison for a crime she didn’t commit and needs to reclaim her life. That’s easier said than done considering everything she had been through in prison and before that with the death of her father.
Support from new friends, new job, a therapist, her mother’s boyfriend, Simon (I dare you not to love him) and the will to make her life better help Evie. But something from her past comes back to haunt her. Sticking to our strict “spoiler free” review rules it’s hard to tell you too much about it. You need to read this one for yourself.
Sammie J. does not shy away from subjects many folks may find uncomfortable and offers a very real look at someone trying to start over in spite of everything that has happened around and to her. Butterfly is a story that will stay with you for a long time after you finish.
I can’t recommend this book enough. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, it’ll make you wonder about a lot of things many would rather not think about. Like the prison system, the elite and their crimes, the victims, the kids, and how unfair life can be. But it also shows us how in spite of it all that we can learn to live again.
5 out of 5 quills
Evie Reynolds was not supposed to end up in prison, but she did when her boyfriend Zach Daniels and his family put her there. They took away her freedom, starting a chain of events which would change her life forever. But Evie has held on to a secret, the one saving grace from the hell she suffered at the hands of the prison system. Over five years later, Evie is about to go home where she’ll play the biggest role of her life.
A new start isn’t always easy when you still have emotional wounds, especially when your mother’s insecurities have a tendency to wreak havoc on everything. However, Evie’s sister Lily is her light in the darkness, the one person she would do anything to protect. A push in the right direction comes when her mother’s boyfriend gives her a job in his company. Evie finds a friend in Amelia, a woman with no mouth filter, while a chance meeting with another co-worker brings her an instant enemy: Charlie Daniels, brother of her pre-prison boyfriend. Charlie is the one man she should keep her distance from, yet she can’t help being intrigued by him.
Looking to leave her past behind once and for all, Evie seeks help to find relief from the nightmares plaguing her. Too bad her past isn’t willing to let go of her yet. Just when she starts to find happiness in her new life, her past catches up to her, threatening to reveal her deepest, darkest secret.
Will Amelia and Charlie stand by Evie when they find out the truth? Will those she loves most help her stop the blackmail threatening to take away the most important thing in her world? A fragile butterfly, will Evie be able to spread her wings and grab a hold of the future she craves before it’s too late?
WARNING. DO NOT BUY UNTIL READING THIS DISCLAIMER!! This book is written in British English, in first person POV. Butterfly deals with loss, non-consensual sexual assault and psychological manipulation. May contain personal triggers. It also contains second chances in love and life with a happy ever after. It has some graphic descriptions, sexual situations and strong language. There is also a little F/F action, but mostly M/F. 18+ is advised.
*Beta-read & I bought copies for me, my mom, my sisters…