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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse Star (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583487638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583487631
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,805,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The pseudonymous Harvey's vivid, imaginative tale of a unique Beverly Hills brothel called Butterfly focuses on its wealthy founder, and three of her troubled female patrons. Discreetly located above an elegant men's clothing store, the brothel features costumed male "companions"a masked burglar, a Confederate soldier, a Versailles courtier, a cowboycapable of fulfilling any woman's needs and fantasies. Lawyer Jessica Franklin goes there for relief from her cold, intimidating husband; Dr. Linda Markus tries to cure her frigidity; Trudie Stein wants affirmation of her feminity. Behind the scenes is Butterfly's owner, Beverly Highland, whose harrowing life story is interspersed with the current action of the tale . Having run away from home in New Mexico at age 14 after being abused by her alcoholic father, Beverly succumbed to the rough-hewn charm of Danny Mackay, who put her to work in a squalid brothel and forced her to abort their baby. Vowing revenge, plain Beverly attains beauty through plastic surgery, becomes an affluent California entrepreneur and cunningly plots against Mackay, now an influential TV evangelist and presidential candidate. Glamour, wickedness and passion spark this highly commercial novel, which builds to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion. $75,000 ad/promo; first serial to Cosmopolitan; Troll Book Club main selection.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

“A steamy story of violence, sin, and corruption.” —San Francisco Chronicle

 “Glamour, wickedness and passion.” —Publishers Weekly

 “Sizzling!” —New York Daily News

 “Immensely readable.” —Chicago Tribune

"Butterfly
is a great read I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys a hot sexxy read with a side of revenge." —-Read Our Lips!

From Publishers Weekly

The pseudonymous Harvey's vivid, imaginative tale of a unique Beverly Hills brothel called Butterfly focuses on its wealthy founder, and three of her troubled female patrons. Discreetly located above an elegant men's clothing store, the brothel features costumed male "companions": a masked burglar, a Confederate soldier, a Versailles courtier, a cowboy capable of fulfilling any woman's needs and fantasies. Lawyer Jessica Franklin goes there for relief from her cold, intimidating husband; Dr. Linda Markus tries to cure her frigidity; Trudie Stein wants affirmation of her feminity. Behind the scenes is Butterfly's owner, Beverly Highland, whose harrowing life story is interspersed with the current action of the tale. Having run away from home in New Mexico at age 14 after being abused by her alcoholic father, Beverly succumbed to the rough-hewn charm of Danny Mackay, who put her to work in a squalid brothel and forced her to abort their baby. Vowing revenge, plain Beverly attains beauty through plastic surgery, becomes an affluent California entrepreneur and cunningly plots against Mackay, now an influential TV evangelist and presidential candidate. Glamour, wickedness and passion spark this highly commercial novel, which builds to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion. $75,000 ad/promo; first serial to Cosmopolitan; Troll Book Club main selection. 
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

Loved the ending!
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Kathryn Harvey's Butterfly is a story about life.
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Good story, well written.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By KC on December 29, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is just a terrific read. From the first page, Ms. Harvey just draws you into the worlds of not only the main character, but the subplots are pretty enticing, as well.
This book, along with the sequel, "Stars" (which you MUST read if you have read this book, and vice versa) are on my permanent summer reading list - books I re-read each year. Love, lust, revenge, redemption - it's all here. One of the best things about these books is that there is a sense of closure once you complete both volumes, unlike many novels which seem to end before the story is complete. Highly recommended!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christy McKinney on February 14, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book back in 1999 and recently dusted it off and read it again. One of my favorites to date.

The main character, Beverly Highland has a such a hard and terrible childhood that you find yourself rooting for her and almost clapping for her towards the end. She's a woman that every woman can identify with on some level and you watch her grow up, get smart and concoct the BEST revenge you could ever imagine. She goes from being homely and timid to being strong, ambitious, shrewd, smart, plotting and a real diva.

Sure wish there was a "Butterfly" club where I live! Reading this book was cake and the ending was the icing. Women of the world: Read this book! It will make you feel stronger and even inspire you to do better for yourselves.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mina Sinclair on July 11, 2003
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I was given this book by a friend my freshman year in college. I read it and fell completely in love with it. I've given copies to my friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rhiana on June 30, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book (the first time) when I was 16 and have loved it ever since. I have reread it I can't remember how many times. I've recommended, loaned, and even re-purchased Butterfly several times over. Everyone that I know that's read it loves it. It even hooked some of my male friends and relatives. This book has all the makings of what would be a FABULOUS movie! If they could manage to get the right, meaning belivable cast, it would surpass "9 1/2 Weeks" and "Basic Instinct" combined. Hopefully one day some producer or director or studio somebody will stumble or completely fall for this and let it come to 'real' life. If someone ever does, I'll not only pay the outrageous price at the box office, I'll get the dvd, video, pay-per-view, and see it played countless times on HBO, Showtime, and or Cinamax!!! If you haven't read it do so, NOW! And while your at it, pick up its sister book "Stars". Either way, you'll never put them down, and you'll never think about fiction the same way again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Allison on February 29, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Butterfly surprised me! It turned out to be one of the most engrossing books I have ever read. The beginning hooked me right away, and throughout the plot there is never a dull moment. This is one of those novels where you have a lot of details to keep track of, and every one is beautifully wrapped up at the end. The main character is someone you will root as she goes from one hurdle to the next, while the antogonist will turn out to be one of the nastiest villians you've ever encountered! The pace of the novel remains at a high, and never lets down the reader. It prompted me to read its sequel, Stars. I'm amazed Kathryn Harvey doesn't continue writing. Butterfly was a terrific read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1997
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This book was given to me by a guy, who said I must read it. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. A GREAT book of fastasy, passion, and revenge, it makes you want to become a part of it. We all have our fantasies, oh, to be a part of this for one day. Stars was eqyally good.I can't wait to read more by Kathryn Harvey
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scarletaka on December 31, 2003
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Butterfly was recommended by a friend like so many others that have read it. This was one of the best suggestions a friend could have offered to me. This book has a very interesting story about Beverly Highland who runs away from an abusive home at 14 only to be taken in by a man who uses her just as much by getting her into prostution. Beverly is a very well fleshed out character and she jumps off the page.
She loses that piece of childhood that happens when a child suffers at the hands of another. Then when she begins to trust the newest man in her life Danny Mackay he turns her into a prostitute and also makes her have an abortion. What else can a girl do but decide to plot her revenge against the man who wronged her.
Beverly changes her life by completely making herself over and building a successful very exclusive Brothel for women's needs of her own. She decides it will be the best and her clients the highest powerful connections and beauty. At Butterfly you must be hand picked. You have to know a member to become a member. At Butterfly a woman can fullfill all her fantasies. Among the men of Butterfly are a masked burglar, a Confederate soldier, a Versailles courtier, a cowboy all of which are there to make your every dream come true.
Within Beverly's story is the story of Lawyer Jessica Franklin, Dr. Linda Markus and Trudie a builder. They each come to Butterfly to fullfill their fantasy or to step out of their perfect/imperfect lives.
What Kathryn Harvey does with this story is draw you into each of the women in such an intricate web that you sit eagerly awaiting each new page. There is an erotic aspect that you expect from a story with a Brothel involved, but it's not the true nature of the story.
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