G U E S T • R E V I E W
by Kahea from Books-N-Wine
We all have that list of books that we are dying to read, but for one reason or another we keep putting off because of that strange and beautiful 6th sense knowing that this particular book is one that needs to be read with as little distraction as possible because having to put it down for longer than a potty or drink break would mess up the spell that the book was sure to caste over you.
Well, The Butterfly Project was one of those books for me and even though I am very happy I waited for that perfect moment to dive in, I’m also kicking my own ass for not getting to it sooner. I was shoved down the rabbit hole immediately and had no desire to claw my way back out. It brought out all the feels (even those of the sniffly, teary eyed variety) and I was totally caught up in Beckett and Zelda and needed to experience these two broken, but good souls go from simply existing to living once more.
Beckett and Zelda both broke my heart and then pieced it back together again. They were both apart of situations that, while very different, ended up bruising and battering their hearts and souls and they live with the guilt every day of their lives. I ended up adoring both Beckett and Zelda because at their very core they are good people that bad things happened to, regardless of their how they were involved, and I was rooting for them to find a way to forgive themselves and find redemption so they could move forward and start to carve out lives where experiencing happiness wasn’t something to be upset about, but to enjoy.
Their journey to their HEA is all kinds of slow building goodness and I was very happy that it was because Beck and Zelda were dealing with so many things that had they jumped into anything remotely looking like a romance it would have felt wrong. But as they go from strangers to friends to more, they find that they are kindred spirits and that it’s not only empathy that they feel towards one another, but understanding and that understanding is that catalyst that starts them both on the path to true healing and more possibilities than they could ever hope for. I have to say that it was simply fun to be with them because even when things were awkward between them there was a kind of flow to their interactions that made you want more and when they finally cross the line and go for more from each other, it was all kinds of heart (and panty melting) goodness. There are a good number of bumps in the road for them separately and together, but I liked how everything played out in the end for them.
The Butterfly Project was simply all around goodness. The writing was engaging, pacing was good and I really enjoyed the dual 1st person POV. There are a couple of topics that come up that may be triggers for some, but are handled with respect and are not used gratuitously. The secondary characters are all well written and though this is a standalone, one of them has recently gotten her own book, which I am dying to read. So, if you are looking for a slow building, character driven romance with characters that you’ll fall in love with almost instantly then this is a definite must read!
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BOOK • DETAILS
“Where you are is home…”
At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…
Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.
Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.
The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.