Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Review - Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day

Butterfly in Frost
by Sylvia Day
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: August 27, 2019

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.

Butterfly in Frost was an emotional read that deals with love, loss, and trying to put your life back together after your world has been broken.
“You’re looking at it the wrong way.” His grip tightens. “You’re broken. I’m broken. We don’t throw the pieces away. We fit them together until they make something new.”
What an interesting read this one was. This story deals with two people who are struggling and trying to recover from events in their past and find that the strength they each need to cope and heal can be found in one another. From the moment Garrett runs into Teagan – and that would be literally, there is no doubt that there is something between these two. Although Teagan is resistant to let Garrett in, I loved how he knew just how hard to push – with an almost gentle persistence – to let Teagan know he wasn’t going anywhere and there was no sense denying what they both felt was between them. Teagan is so concerned with not being enough for Garrett, not being able to help him through his low times, and I love how this story unfolded to show the strength that both Teagan and Garrett gave to each other.
“Well then, don’t let me hold you back.”

“To the contrary.” Garrett’s smile is a thing of beauty. “You set me free.”
I felt the entire time reading this one that there was something else to be discovered, and although I didn’t pick up on what it was until it was revealed, it definitely tied the whole story together for me. My only complaint would be the length – so often with novellas the story seems a bit rushed, and this one just drops you in and takes off and, although there was quite a bit of emotional depth, I would have loved just a little bit more to the story to get to know the characters just a bit more before they came together.

This is my first story by Sylvia Day and I enjoyed her voice and writing style. I loved the way she dealt with relationships, not just between Garrett and Teagan, but also the friendship between Teagan and Roxie, which had such an authentic feel to it. The content was a bit heavy and emotional and Day was able to put those feeling to words on the page. Not the lightest of reads, but one to pick up if you are looking for a deeply emotional quick read.

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley which I voluntarily reviewed.

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