I read the news every day. Every day lately, I wish this was a habit I could break. As much as I try every morning at 5 AM, I’m up, back at inundating myself in the latest world crisis or political snafu. I decompress/escape by heading out for a run or grabbing a book. The Butterfly Whisperer was just what I needed after a long week of craziness that just won’t quit. A great escape, that didn’t overthink what it really was, two girls with a life-long bond that even after ten years of separation, the love was still there.
Jordan Lee owns one-half of a matchmaking company that is super successful, and super exclusive. Her clients are Hollywood’s elitist. A self-made woman, Jordan left her home at the age of 18 just months away from graduating from high school. Her father threw her out when he discovered her personal journals. Only through her writing could Jordan admit the truth. She was undoubtedly head over heels in love with her best friend Sophie.
Sophie Sanders is a lepidopterist. Her work and life’s passion is running a local Monarch butterfly sanctuary in her hometown of Monarch, CA. Sophie is a character that is ruled by her spirit, she has this great zen-like approach to life. She is literally adored by the entire town. The only thing she hasn’t been able to find is her true love. She is hobbled by the fact that Jordan took off and never looked back. Jordan doesn’t know it but she took Sophie’s heart when she ran away.
Add a bit of conflict, add a bit of angst and you have a really good read. Is this anything revolutionary, nope, but it’s not intended to be either. What this book is a great escape. A few hours or days (depending on your speed reading capabilities) to decompress for life’s craziness, and enjoy a quality story with cute characters. Not to mention butterflies, who doesn’t love those.
4 out of 5 stars
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Love on the Red Rocks by Lisa Moreau is a very nice book for the author’s first novel. It was engaging and entertained me as a standard romance novel kind of way. The best thing about this book, it is full of likable, fun characters.
Malley O’Connor plays it safe. She has dreams of opening her own bakery in West Hollywood, but that would mean taking a risk. To Malley life is about making safe practical choices, not following your heart’s pipe dreams. Lizzie her best friend and co-worker is smart, beautiful and fun to be around. So Malley pines away for her, impatiently waiting for Lizzie to dump her on again off-again girlfriend. So when this finally happens, Malley and Lizzie head off for a three week adventure (lesbians only) at a New Age resort in Sedona. Oh no, don’t count your chickens just yet! Malley’s next door neighbor, the super sexy Jessie Barnett is also headed that way.
Jessie Barnett is smoking hot, compassionate poet/police office and she loves to give Malley hell. These two go at it like cats and dogs. Constantly digging at one another, both knowing deep down they love to spar. They just happen to be thrown together as unsuspecting roommates at the women’s retreat. Their interactions were fun, sexy and heck of a good read. The angsty tension was done well, in my opinion (I will say I am an angst lover, this may turn others off). This love triangle becomes alive in Sedona, and Malley must follow her heart once and for all, and start making some serious decisions about what she wants for her life.
Is this book going to change the world, no. Is it revolutionary, no. It is what it is, a good romance novel. The main characters are interesting and well developed. The secondary characters and the surroundings give depth to the story, and add interesting tidbits along the way. I will say, I enjoyed my time reading this book, it gave me escape for the tediousness of work and was lighthearted and fun.
3.75 stars out of 5
Love on the Red Rocks
by Lisa Moreau