Girl’s gone bad…for the town’s new golden boy
Maybe opposites don’t always attract. If they did, architect Olivia Sullivan would have run away with bad boy Rafe Russo when they were teenagers. Instead, Olivia has spent ten years dreaming up designs for a life that hasn’t gone the way she planned. Still reeling from her career’s implosion and her father’s death, Olivia thanks her lucky stars for the support of her three lifelong friends. But this good girl is through sitting on the sidelines. When Rafe returns to the beautiful Oregon coast where they grew up, her former flame ignites a new desire. Now Olivia must take a walk on the wild side to show the new deputy that in matters of love…being bad can feel very good.
Freshly back from Afghanistan, rugged ex-Marine and new deputy Rafe is done breaking laws and hearts. He’s always regretted leaving Olivia behind, but now she’s after adventure and he’d better proceed with caution. Because wanting her again might be easy, but fighting for a future together will be his biggest risk yet.
Yet another author has bowed to the current trend and left behind the suspense genre for the ‘career woman discovers the big, bad world sucks and so moves back to her small town’ genre.
I have not read anything by Christina Skye before, and so cannot compare her earlier writing to this new style, but I would definitely recommend reading The Accidental Bride before this one, as I’d felt like I’d jumped into the middle of a story. For whatever reason, it seems the publisher is marketing this as a standalone book, but it really isn’t.
Butterfly Cove is a book for anyone who likes the current small town craze (which is about 99.9% of the population!). It has all the elements we’ve come to expect from the genre.
The best thing about this book, as far as I’m concerned, is that it’s a reunion story – my favourite kind! There’s nothing better than people who have past hurts and big obstacles to overcome in order to find their happy ending.
Heroine Olivia Sullivan is a little bit of a wimp (her reaction to the injury she obtains early on in the book left me unimpressed) and an old lady (nothing wrong with knitting, but she seems to be obsessed with it and nothing else)! I couldn’t find much to relate to her with from that perspective, but definitely sympathised with her social awkwardness, made worse by the fact she was raised in a prestigious, prominent family and had no choice but to be paraded around on a regular basis.
Hero Rafe Russo is what you would expect of a broody returned military hero, and fits into the small town trope the way these characters tend to do. Scarred, worldly, he’ll satisfy fans of the genre.
Hopefully soon readers will be ready to leave behind this tired theme and move onto something new, but for the time being, you could do much worse than Christina Skye’s books.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.