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The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor by [Stewart, Anna J.]
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4-Stars, RT Book Reviews: "In this heartfelt story of redemption, readers will enjoy multidimensional characters who set out on an emotional journey toward forgiveness. From animosity to honesty, this passionate tale of atonement is a guaranteed page turner."  

4-Stars, Harlequin Junkie: "The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor by Anna J. Stewart is well-written and filled with likeable characters. There are plenty of laughable moments, but it also tackles serious topics such as alcoholism and child abuse. These aren't easy things to cover but Anna handles them well. This was my first time reading anything by this author, but it won't be my last."

5-Spoons, Books & Spoon Blog: "A beautiful story about people in a small failing community, fighting back to build up the town again, and the human destinies of the small town. An inspiring, heartfelt, and sweet story of a town folks, that are willing to do the hard work, to put their home back together again." 

Product Details

  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming (December 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Let's start with what I didn't like about this book. Hmmm.

Well, that was quick. lol.

The cover hooked me, but I confess the title scared me a little. Since I'd not read anything by Anna J. Stewart before, I worried that this book might contain graphic scenes. But it's a Heartwarming, so I decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did. Heartwarming is definitely an apt description.

Luke bumped Holly's father out of his job as sheriff, and Holly blamed him for her family's breakup. They had more than a few bumps on the road to romance.

"Owning up to our mistakes, to our misgivings about people, is what makes us better people."

Luke blamed himself too. A son of an alcoholic father, Luke was abused, physically and emotionally. Stepping foot in his childhood house again releases ugly memories.

"Eight years in the ground and his father could still chip away at Luke's self-worth. Luke had been a soldier and a cop, but in his mind, he'd always hear his father beating him down, telling him he'd never amount to anything. That he would always be unworthy of respect, let alone affection."

Holly's father never stopped believing in Luke and was the driving force behind the new Luke. While this isn't a Christian romance, I pictured our spiritual father. Always believing in us, always encouraging, never giving up on us. That starts a "pay it forward" theme for Luke as he comes back to help Butterfly Harbor regain its footing, a different man than the one who left. An unlikely companion and a kid following a similar path as Luke's help Luke find peace with his past. But Holly and her precocious son Simon offer hope for the future.
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Note: I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Holly lives in Butterfly Harbor - at least what's left of it. However, she's struggling to accept the change that is sure to come now that there's a new mayor. A mayor she voted against. A mayor that is bringing in a new sheriff to replace her father.

Luke has bad memories of Butterfly Harbor, yet he's coming back at the request of one man - the man he's replacing as sheriff. The man he owes everything. The only man who ever believed in him. The man he almost killed.

When Holly sees Luke and realizes that he's the new sheriff, her anger explodes in front of her son. The boy who seems to get in trouble without even trying.

Can Holly accept the fact that Luke has changed from the boy he used to be? Will Luke be successful with his new job? Or will his past get in the way? Can Holly convince her son that she was wrong to get angry?

If you enjoy books that are way more than a romance - books that have a plot and message to convey, then you'll enjoy this book. Yes, there's romance that develops nicely and at a steady pace - nothing is rushed. But, there's also an incredible story of forgiveness and accepting that when people are truly sorry for their wrongs, that they can really change for the better. I loved how Luke always took the high ground and erred on the side of honesty.

I found the characters fully developed and there are even some secondary characters that I hope will get their own books!

Themes - Forgiveness, Honesty, Taking Responsibility for your actions, Trustworthiness, Anger

Possible (negative) Triggers - alcoholism, child abuse / neglect

Romance - PG
Language - PG

My rating - 5 stars.
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This is one of my favorite reads this month. I actually got fussed at because I was reading it while trying to play Wii Frisbee Golf--true story! :D I fell in love with the heroine,Holly , because of her interactions with her son and her protectiveness towards her dad. As the story unfolds, you learn about the backstory of the heroine, the hero (Luke) and the town itself.

This is a story of forgiveness and redemption. There are themes of healing old emotional injuries as well as learning how to love again. The writing was captivating. I truly could not put this book down and finished it in one day. It's super sweet with kissing and hand holding being the most intimate moments. I found it very refreshing to read a book that didn't default to open bedroom doors and bouncing mattress scenes.

This, for me, is a lovely throwback to the Harlequin novels I grew up on. Well done.

Plus? You can see who the next heroine is as well as whom the next might be. I love series like this so I will definitely being heading back to Butterfly Harbor where things really can transform.
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The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor is the latest book by Anna J. Stewart and is a very fast and enjoyable read. Holly Campbell, single mother and owner of the Butterfly Diner is unpleasantly (!) shocked to find out that Luke Saxon is back in town, after more than a decade away. Luke is taking over Holly's father's job as Sheriff. Luke is planning to only be in Butterfly Harbor for 1 year -- hoping to help get the town rebuilt. Petty crimes have been happening and now it's up to Luke to see if he can put a stop to the crimes and deal with the past. Can he be happy in Butterfly Harbor, where he was once the "bad boy"? Can Holly get past her dislike of Luke and forgive him for his past mistakes? This is one book that will hook you on Stewart, if you aren't already. I can't wait for the next in the series to come out.
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