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Jane C- Reviews Contemporary 14 Comments. In the grand tradition of harlequin presents, you bring us a multicultural story of a down on her luck heroine and a magnetic billionaire determined to possess her. In Black Butterfly, the book is , words and there is no vvillain. Sydney Allen is a dancer but not one with classical ability.
From the descriptions in the books, it sounds like she dances with a lot of passion but not as much technique as is necessary. But she wanted to be the prima ballerina in a major production. Sydney has this exchange with the choreographer:. Sydney felt small in front of the tiny woman. Gustav moved in closer. The reason that Sydney gets a position in the production is because she catches the eye of Nolen Adams who was helping to bankroll the production; not because she was a superior dancer.
The dancing aspect tapers off in the book. The entire book was really a romance featuring anti heroes and the women they loved. Neither man felt as magnetic as he was written. Nolen, in particular, was a horrible bastard. Stopping her striptease, she froze. Also frustrating for me was the writing technique.
The story would switch, in the middle of scenes, from one couple to another. One moment you would see Nolen and Sydney eating a late night snack and in mid scene, the reader would be taken to Todd and Trish eating a midnight snack. Or Nolen and Sydney would be having sex and then we would see Portia and Ricky having sex.
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries and publishes with Berkley and Montlake and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane dearauthor dot com.
Jane — you did better than I did with this book. I slogged through two thirds of it before I gave up. I picked it up as a freebie from ARe, so my expectation were low. Unfortunately they were met…. I think this one might be a pass. I never get past it enough to do more than want to see them lose everything and never get HEA. Twice the standard for romance! I give up. Why is he a billionaire? The US has less than billionaires. Why do they keep showing up in Harlequin romance novels?
Dabney this made me LOL. Do you know how many dukes there actually were in Britain? Also, yes, her dance ability would annoy me too, if she never gets self-aware about it.
Dabney : Why is he a billionaire? Katherine : But it used to be millionaires. I actually really enjoyed this book. Any book featuring dancers or ballet always gets an extra star from me. Yes, Nolan was an Ass, but I kind of liked that about him. Ugh… This book… This was the book that inspired me to first put my ranting online in the form of a blog entry that, point by point, dissected how much I loathed the entire thing.
It was a like a train wreck that kept on going from the main characters, to the side characters, to the massive hypocrisy, to the strangulation sex first and, hopefully, last time I read that. Just… Ugh… So glad it was free from ARe. But… I will forever remember that it was the first book rant I ever wrote down for posterity so… there is that. We do not purchase all the books we review here.
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