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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight

Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full / 280 pages
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 5 Books
Review by Camellia

Just when the darkness seems permanent, fate flips a switch.

Michael Warner has been drifting in a numb haze since his lover was killed by a drunk driver. As the anniversary of the wreck approaches, Michael’s grief grows more suffocating. Yet he must find a way through the maze of pain and secrets to live for their troubled young daughter who struggles with guilt that she survived the crash.

Out of the darkness comes a voice, a lifeline he never expected to find—Rebecca O’Neill, a development executive in the studio where Michael works as an electrician.

Rebecca, a former sitcom celebrity left scarred from a crazed fan’s attack, has retreated from the limelight and from life in general, certain no man can ever get past her disfigurement. The instant sparks between her and Michael, who arrives to help her during a power outage, come as a complete surprise—and so does her uncanny bond with his daughter.

For the first time, all three feel compelled to examine their inner and outer scars in the light of love. But trust is hard to come by, especially when you’re not sure what to believe when you look in the mirror. The scars? Or the truth?

Warning: This title contains a three-hankie redemptive romance, a man with a complicated past, a heroine who’s stronger than she knows, and tender, explicit sex scenes that may just break your heart—and make you believe in love once again.

BUTTERFLY TATTOO, remarkably good, is one of those novels that touch a chord deep in the heart and resonates through all the senses. This beautiful love story, about broken characters who struggle daily to put themselves back together, brings tears at times.

Rebecca, with visible and invisible scars from a stalker attack, works in Hollywood where physical beauty rules. Once a highly visible TV program star, she now works in the development of programs successfully but is a recluse as much as her job will allow. Anxiety attacks, asthma, floating sensations, and an emotional numbness still beset her even after months of therapy. When she meets Michael, the numbness recedes gradually and the tingling sensation of love comes. But there are risks and doubts with love that she’s not sure she can handle. Just surviving in the real world is a monumental task some days. Finding a way to have a true relationship with Michael who is loaded down with his own tragedy seems impossible.

Michael, crushed by the death of his love partner and co-parent, feels he can barely make it through the day. Even after a year, grief keeps him from being the parent he wants to be for their darling daughter Andrea. The death of the man he loved wounded his heart and soul. The scars still hurt brutally at times.

Both Michael and Rebecca live in “survival mode”. Neither anticipates finding love, but a subtle chemistry begins to bubble between them bringing hope—something that had been missing in both their lives.

Deidre Knights writing style, so lyrical and smooth, allows the reader to savor the deep emotions of the characters, even those of the secondary characters. Her depiction of a mother’s love is a subtext in the story that brings a sense of peace and well-being. Andrea, Michael’s daughter, is a complex character that pulls the reader into the world of a child who has suffered a devastating loss.

BUTTERFLY TATTOO, though heartbreaking at times, is also joyous as hearts and souls are made whole by love being freely given and received. This story lingers in the memory.