BECAUSE OF LUCY (Butterfly Days, #1) by Lisa Swallow
New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Because of Lucy (Butterfly Days #1)
"In life, there are some people you have to lose in order to find yourself."
Ness’s parents have planned her life but Ness is determined to control her own future. She leaves home and moves to Leeds with childhood friend, Abby, and shocks her parents by turning down a place at medical school to take a job in a call-centre.
Ness meets Evan, a student friend of Abby’s, and isn’t impressed. He’s drunk, arrogant and rarely spends the night without a girl in his bed. But unlike most guys she meets Evan quotes poetry and can hold a conversation, forcing Ness to change her opinion.
Evan is struggling to escape too and throws himself into the student lifestyle to hide from the past following him. In Ness, Evan finds somebody who shares the need to walk away from what people expect him to be.
But Evan can’t hide from his past forever and when Lucy appears she threatens his new relationship with Ness. Ness is unsure she can deal with the effect Lucy has on Evan, and makes a new decision about her future.
When everything falls apart and their new lives and relationship don't go as planned, Ness and Evan are both faced with difficult choices. All because of Lucy.
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Review by April
What's this story about, well, I'll try to sum it up; Vanessa (Ness) wants control of her life, so she leaves home, moves in with her bff Abby and works full-time in a call-centre. Not exactly the dream she is living, but at least she's somewhat out from beneath her parents finger.
Evan, who is a student friend of Abby's, has this whole persona of a being a drunken, cocky manwhore, but when Vanessa finds herself in his company, much to her dismay, she begins to see that there is a whole lot more that he's guarding.
My heart broke for him and the struggles he endures all because of Lucy; I know, that didn't make sense, but it will; Lucy is a pretty important (secondary) character and I believe that she has somewhat shaped why Evan is the way he is; there is only so much weight someone can carry before the cracks in the foundation give away.
Not to deter anyone from reading this story, because it was REALLY good, but be prepared for the angst; this story deals with terrible real life issues that I think have touched all of us in someway or another.
This ends in a HFN (happy for now), but a heads up, we will be getting Evan's story :)
Ms. Swallow, I hope you're happy with yourself because I've got a whole box of bandages keeping my heart together; at the same time, I also applaud you for writing this story.
Much success to you :)
Final honest rating: 4 stars
AUTHOR BIO:Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.
Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.
In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.
She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.
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