Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day

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Butterfly in Frost
by Sylvia Day
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance

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Rating: ★★★

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!

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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!

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Roxy bounces on her feet with excitement. “Les and Marge sold their house.”

I blink. “I didn’t know they were selling.”

She laughs and heads toward the front door. “That’s the thing. They weren’t.”

“Wait, what?” I hurry after her as she steps outside.

I look to the right at my home, a lovingly restored butterfly-roofed midcentury, then on to the traditional house just beyond it that belongs—belonged—to Les and Marge. Including Roxy’s, all three of our homes have unique lots set between the homes that line the street and the Sound, affording us unhindered views of the water as well as exceptional privacy—all within a twenty-minute drive of the airport.

Roxy shortens the length of her stride to allow me to catch up, then glances over at me. “The day after you flew to New York, a Range Rover pulled into their driveway, and the guy inside offered them cash to close—and move out—in fourteen days.”

My step falters, and Minnie gets momentarily tangled in her leash. The dog shoots me what I would describe as an irritated look, then keeps trotting forward. “That’s crazy.”

“Isn’t it? Les wouldn’t say how much the offer was, but I’m thinking it was huge.”

We march up the inclined driveway, my head tilted back to take in the houses scaling the hillside. Designed with big windows to maximize the view, the homes have a look of wide-eyed wonder. Our little stretch of the Sound used to be a secret, but with the housing boom taking over Seattle and Tacoma, we’ve been discovered. Many residences are undergoing major renovation to suit the tastes of new owners.

Reaching the road, we turn left. To the right is a dead end.

“Well, if they’re happy,” I say, “I’m happy for them.”

“They’re overwhelmed. It was a lot to happen all at once, but I think they’re happy with their decision.” Roxanne stops when Bella does, and we wait as the two dogs mark one of their usual spots on the gravel edging the asphalt. There are no curbs on the streets in our neighborhood and no sidewalks. Just beautiful lawns and a profusion of flowering shrubs.

“We all tried prying information out of them,” she goes on, “but they weren’t sharing anything about the sale.” She gives me a sidelong glance. “But they did share a bit about the buyer.”

“Why are you looking at me like that?”

“Because Mike and I both think the buyer is someone famous. A film director maybe. Or an artist. Can you imagine? First Emily, a bestselling author. Then you, a reality-TV surgeon. Now this guy! Maybe we’re sitting on the new Malibu—beachside living without wildfires or state income tax!”

The mention of Roxy’s husband, Mike, coaxes an inner smile. A New York transplant like me, he adds a welcome touch of the life I left behind to the reality I’ve since created for myself—a reality that’s just been rocked by the loss of neighbors I like.

“What are the clues you’re working with?” I ask, deciding to play along. If I’ve learned anything the past year, it’s to accept the things I cannot change. A tough task for a control freak like me.

“Les pointed out to this guy that he hadn’t even seen the inside of the house. The guy said he didn’t need to. He knew already that ‘the light is perfect.’ I mean, who would say that? Gotta be someone who’s in visual arts, right?”

“Maybe,” I agree tentatively, disquieted by the unexpected conversation. The road rises sharply before us, the incline steep enough to put a little burn in my thighs. “Doesn’t mean he’s famous, though.”

“That’s the thing.” Her words carry a note of breathlessness. “Les wouldn’t give numbers, but he did say it was crazy the guy didn’t just buy that huge compound at the end of the street. That house is listed for three and a half million!”

My mind staggers at the thought. Les and Marge have—had—a beautiful home, but it’s not worth anywhere near that much.

“I think I saw the buyer once through that big arched window in the living room,” Roxy goes on. “The blonde with him was a looker. Supermodel skinny with legs for days.”

I’m panting when we reach the top; Roxy, who hits a gym most days of the week, is not.

A quarter mile farther, there’s a street to the right leading to Dash Point. Beyond that and straight ahead, the road slopes back down and around until it’s at water level. Redondo Beach is there, as is Salty’s, a restaurant on stilts in the water with expansive views of Poverty Bay and beyond. I’m about to wax poetic about Salty’s seafood chowder when a runner dashes around the corner at a full sprint. His sudden appearance rattles me. A closer look makes me freeze midstride. My breath locks in my lungs.

There are too many things to register at once, so my mind attempts to absorb the whole man. Dressed only in black shorts and shoes, he is a visual feast of deeply tanned skin, intricate sleeves of tattooed art, and sweat-slicked, flexing musculature.

And his face. Sculpted. Square-jawed. Brutally, breathlessly handsome.

Roxy, now a few feet in front of me, gives a low whistle. “Hot damn.”

 

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SYLVIA DAY

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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.

 

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