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Butterfly Tattoo [Kindle Edition]

Deidre Knight
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Book Description

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?

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From Publishers Weekly

Making a compelling case for bisexuals who recognize no gender boundaries when it comes to true love, Knight's engrossing romance includes another keen twist regarding families. Michael Warner, Hollywood electrician, quasi-queer of the somewhat straight variety, and his cute stepdaughter, Andrea Lauren Richardson, meet Rebecca O'Neill, a former actress turned producer, after a power outage at her office. The attraction's immediate for the adults but Rebecca's assistant, Trevor, warns Rebecca that Michael is gay. Michael's grieving the loss of his partner, Dr. Alex Richardson, who died in an accident a year earlier that left Andrea with physical and emotional scars, something Rebecca understands since she also bears scars from a brutal stalker attack. Knight handles this unusual tale with admirable delicacy and adds a twist worthy of an Emmy-winning soap opera, involving paternity and surrogacy. As Michael, Rebecca, and Andrea plant new family roots, Knight's weepy and affecting story presents bisexuality as viable a concept as homosexuality or heterosexuality. (Feb.)
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“Ms. Knight’s lyrical dialogue and ability to write cleanly what the heart wishes to express is magic.” – Marisa O’Neill, 4.7 Star Review, “Love is real, it is painful, it is powerful, and it is brave, much like this book.” – Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches Trashy Books

Product Details

  • File Size: 762 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 21, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002GEDEW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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There is no doubt that there is a love story in this book but it wasn't with the h and the H, rather this story revolved more around a the H and his former partner who died a year ago. That love story completely overshadowed the H and h and because of this the story takes on a darker tone than what, IMO, a romance novel has. I have read other books where the H is struggling with the memory of a lover and at a certain turning point they are able to heal and fall in love with someone else. This story failed to ever really give the reader a sense of finality with the H's grieving which might have been the authors intent but that to me does not qualify as romance. What made it even more depressing for me was that the h also had gone through some very traumatizing events in her own life which created insecurities that were reinforced by the H constant selfishness. The H clearly used her. He used her not to be alone, to get past his grief, to get a reaction from the family, to reach his daughter and to me that is just selfish. Later when the h finally has had enough, the H then uses his daughter to try to get the h back. Even then the H came up short with me, making the issue for the h leaving her own insecurities rather than the fact that he constantly treated her like she was simply not good enough. His manipulations completely eclipse his ability to be able to see past the h scars, I was not impressed by him. At the end of story I really did believe that the H loved the h but not that he was IN LOVE with her. Had he a choice between his dead partner and the h, he would drop her in a minute. He has put his dead lover in such a high pedestal that no human could possibly compare.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is beautiful no matter what form it comes in September 8, 2009
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Butterfly Tattoo is a beautiful story about two deeply scarred people who manage to overcome their fears and take a chance on love. Rebecca, a former actress, was scarred both physically and emotionally in an attack by a crazed fan and now struggles to move past the attack and create a new life for herself. Michael was devastated when the love of his life was killed by a drunk driver and struggles to rebuild his life and to reconnect with his 8 YO daughter who was also wounded in the accident and who bears physical and emotional scars of her own. They are scared to move forward, yet they are deeply attracted to each other and start a relationship that has the potential to heal them both if only they can move past their fears.

Deidre Knight does a great job of drawing the reader into both characters' lives and thoughts by alternating between Rebecca's and Michael's POV throughout the book. You feel the pain, the yearning, and the emotional growth of both characters. Rebecca and Michael are both deeply sympathetic characters and there are no villains, manufactured conflict, or "big misunderstandings" in this book. It's just a story about not being afraid to follow your heart and about the fact that true love is a beautiful thing that enriches our lives, no matter what form it comes in.

One note - potential readers should know that Michael is bisexual. I thought this was a fascinating and somewhat unique sideline in a book classified as a romance that was tastefully and realistically handled and added great depth to the story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, Lyrical Romance August 21, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Deidre Knight's Butterfly Tattoo is unlike anything you've ever read. It defies easy categorization the same way it defies all expectation about what constitutes a normal family, a loving relationship, and a happy ending. One of the most satisfying books I've ever read, the characters have stuck with me long after I finished and I'm convinced I'll still be thinking of them for years to come. It's a novel about living through tragedy and overcoming grief, the bravery required to take a chance on someone new, and the untold joy of finding love where you least expect it.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys nuanced, highly emotional stories and complex, multi-layered characters. It's a definite keeper!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterfly Tattoo November 14, 2009
By M. Nix
Format:Kindle Edition
Several years ago Rebecca O'Neill, an actress on a popular television program, survived a brutal attack by a deranged fan. Despite numerous plastic surgeries, Rebecca is still physically scarred and in a place like Hollywood, looks are everything. Now, she's a behind-the-scenes executive in a studio, searching for that next great script. Unfortunately, her self-esteem took just as bad a blow as her body. Her parents moved across the country to nurse her back to health, but despite their nurturing and survivors' therapy, Rebecca can't overcome the post-traumatic stress caused by the attack. It didn't help that less than two weeks after the incident and before the bandages even came off, her long time boyfriend and fellow actor, Jake, dumped her. Rebecca's trained and re-shaped her body, but a muscular physique won't camouflage the scars. Nor will it heal the asthma, panic attacks, or weakness left in her hand.

Enter Michael Warner. Electrician, widower, and father, Michael can't seem to get past his partner's loss and move on. His family's life irrevocably changed the day a drunk driver killed Alex and physically and emotionally scarred their daughter, Andrea. Despite therapy, Andrea's failed to open up to anyone and most days, Michael can barely motivate himself, let alone her. Accompanying her father at the studio one day, Andrea runs into Rebecca. Intrigued by the woman's scars, she begins to open up.

Encouraged, Michael drags Rebecca into his life. He tells himself it's for his daughter's sake, but deep down, he's attracted to the complex woman. The problem? Michael's life partner was a man. Torn between what he desires and what he thinks he should desire, he needs to come to grips with what he wants and what others think is best for him.
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More About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Deidre Knight is proud to answer to the titles of literary agent, mom, wife, southern woman, and novelist. She founded The Knight Agency in 1996, and has grown it to national prominence, shepherding clients onto every major bestseller list.

Deidre began her writing career at age nine, when her award-winning essay on Barbie was published in her hometown newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and she has been writing in one form or another ever since. Her dream of writing romance came true in the form of her debut series The Midnight Warriors, which launched with PARALLEL ATTRACTION in 2006. Now re-issued as The Parallel Series, with exciting new updates and bonus material, the books have been praised by reviewers for their "brilliant characterization, edgy suspense and highly charged sensual elements."

PARALLEL ATTRACTION received the PEARL Award for Best Time Travel and was a PRISM finalist. Deidre's acclaimed contemporary romance, BUTTERFLY TATTOO, has been labeled "a rare and different gem," and praised by Publishers Weekly as a "weepy and affecting" read, while her paranormal romance series featuring immortal Spartan warriors, Gods of Midnight, was lauded as "powerful, sensual and mind-blowing."

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