Synopsis via Goodreads:From #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon Sylvia Day comes a hotly anticipated and passionate new love story.
Once, I would never have imagined myself here. But I’m settled now. In a place I love, in a home I renovated, spending time with new friends I adore, and working a job that fulfills me. I am reconciling the past and laying the groundwork for the future.
Then Garrett Frost moves in next door.
He’s obstinate and too bold, a raging force of nature that disrupts the careful order of my life. I recognize the ghosts that haunt him, the torment driving him. Garrett would be risky in any form, but wounded, he’s far more dangerous. I fear I’m too fragile for the storm raging inside him, too delicate to withstand the pain that buffets him. But he’s too determined…and too tempting.
And sometimes hope soars above even the iciest desolation.
Emotional and heartrending, Butterfly in Frost marks a brilliant return by global sensation Sylvia Day, the #1 international multimillion bestselling author of the Crossfire saga.
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
SYLVIA DAY IS BACK!
As a huge fan of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, I was over the moon to hear that she was finally releasing a new book. It’s been years since I’ve read a book by Day and I was low key starting to get anxious that maybe we weren’t going to get another book at all but I’m happy to say that I was wrong and I couldn’t wait to dive into Butterfly in Frost to see what it was all about.
After a public divorce leaves her in pieces, Teagan Ransom decides to move across country hoping that a change in scenery will help mend her broken heart. What she doesn’t anticipate is her hot new neighbor, Garrett Frost. Despite her best efforts at keeping Garrett at arms-length, Teagan finds herself quickly falling for the artist who also knows the struggle of heartache. Teagan doesn’t want to risk losing herself again but the heart wants what it wants and sometimes giving into temptation is just too hard to resist.
My review for this book might be all over the place because I feel like this story is a little bit all over the place and I also don’t want to spoil anything but enough rambling, let’s get to this review. Butterfly in Frost is a novella that is set in the Crossfire world and if you’re wondering if we get to see any of the characters from the Crossfire series, I’m happy to report that we do! Back to the story, we’re introduced to Teagan, a hot-shot celebrity doctor who moves to Washington to get away from the public eye after her divorce. She ends up running into Garrett (literally) and there’s an instant attraction between the pair. Now, if you don’t like insta-lust then this may not be the book for you because things get pretty hot and heavy between Garrett and Teagan very quickly. I was a little taken aback by it because I wasn’t expecting the sexy times to happen so soon but they were happening and there was no slowing down. I think that’s why I wasn’t so invested in the actual romance because it felt so rushed and I didn’t get a chance to enjoy it as much.
While I can’t say that I connected with either of our main characters, I can say that I was curious enough that I needed to know how their story would end. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Garrett. He definitely had Day’s signature alpha-male persona down pat as he was doing his damnedest to make Teagan his and he had no problem taking the lead. But as the story went on, we got more bits and pieces of Garrett’s past and we also got to see a sweeter side to Garrett and he started to win me over a bit. Teagan was super guarded at the beginning of this story and she also struggles with depression and has moments where she can’t get out of bed or leave her house. But with Garrett’s help, we start to see her open up more and more with each new chapter and she starts lettings herself experience life and be happy again.
As I was nearing the end of this story, I was getting ready to write it off as being just another quick sexy romance, but then we get to the twist. Let me tell y’all, THE TWIST IS WHAT MAKES THIS STORY! When the plot twist was revealed, it was like the final piece in the puzzle was put in its place and everything started to make sense. Sylvia Day said in an interview that Butterfly in Frost is a story that is meant to be be read twice and she’s totally right because once I got to the plot twist, I just wanted to go back to the beginning and reread this story to see how I could’ve missed all these clues in the first place. The twist is definitely the saving grace for this story and I kind of wish the story didn’t wrap up as soon as the twist was reveal because I wanted a chapter or two more to just savor things a little bit.
Butterfly in Frost was a sexy read with an unexpected twist and I hope that this new release means that I won’t have to wait much longer for Day’s next book because I need more of her words now!
(Signed copy of BUTTERFLY IN FROST & $100 Amazon Gift Card):
Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, #1 Sunday Times, #1 Der Spiegel, and #1 international bestselling author of over twenty award-winning novels sold in more than forty countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in twenty-eight countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print.