Wednesday 28 August 2019

Review: Butterfly in Frost - Sylvia Day

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.

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It's been quite a few years since we had a new release from Sylvia Day and as a huge fan of the Crossfire series I was excited to get my hands on a copy of this novella. Butterfly in Frost may be a short read (coming in at just under 200 pages) but it was an enjoyable one, the kind of story you can devour in one sitting when you're spending a relaxed afternoon reading.

Teagan is a doctor who used to be married to a famous actor and star in her own reality TV show but after her divorce she left New York behind and chose to lead a much quieter life in Seattle. It's obvious she is suffering from depression and she has closed in on herself only interacting with a very small group of people and avoiding leaving her house as much as possible. Her world is turned upside down by the arrival of a new neighbour though, the connection she feels to Garrett is immediate and fierce but he's struggling with his own issues and she's not sure whether either of them is ready for a relationship.

I'm not going to say much more than that about the plot so you'll just have to read the book for yourself. I was a bit wary after Teagan and Garrett's first meeting, the attraction felt too instant and I thought we were going to have a very rushed romance between them but although the sparks are flying they actually spend a long time getting to know each other before diving into anything serious which I really appreciated. Garrett was more willing to open up about his past than Teagan but I thought Sylvia Day did a good job of showing the ups and downs of living with depression, how one small thing can tip you over the edge and make it impossible to even find the energy to get out of bed. The thing I loved most was the twist at the end of the story, I did actually have an inking that was where things were headed but it fitted the characters perfectly and was extremely well written.

Personally I could have done without the mentions of Eva and Gideon, as much as I loved their series I don't think there was any need for them to crop up in this story and they were literally mentioned on page 2 and multiple times after. In my opinion it would have been better to leave them out of it but luckily they didn't overtake the whole story so it could have been worse. Overall I really enjoyed Butterfly in Frost, the romance was both sweet and sexy, the characters had a great connection and took the time to get to know each other before starting a relationship and the love story was believable. Let's hope we won't have to wait quite so long for Sylvia Day's next book but if it's as good as this one it'll be worth it even if we do.

Source: Received from Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review

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