Review: Butterface by Avery Flynn

Posted September 6, 2018 by Shari in Reviews / 14 Comments

Review: Butterface by Avery Flynn
Butterface

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Series: The Hartigans #1
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary
Released on July 30, 2018
Pages: 293
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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When starting this story, I didn’t right off know what to think. Was it a comedy? Action? Suspense? Mob? Or just a lonely woman and an uptight cop that are attracted to each other with a side of suspicion thrown in for good measure. This is a story of an ugly duckling who has accepted herself, only to get drawn back into humiliation by a bunch of dumbasses. But it might be what she needs to find her HEA.

Review

I really didn’t know what to expect going into this story. Never having heard of the term butterface, I really didn’t know what it was about. Thinking this was a ugly ducking, but really it wasn’t so bad was an understatement. I am not shallow and don’t judge a person on their looks, but most stories seem to go this way. This one doesn’t. It’s real and you can either be sad about it or pull up your big girl panties and move on.

Gina is a wedding consultant. Getting satisfaction from an orderly, but lovely wedding is the key. She has no illusions that she is a beauty. With a long nose, big eyes and frizzy hair she is used to the snickers and jokes other people play at her expense. While she has come to terms with never being a swan, she also still gets hurt. When one of her weddings puts her on the kiss cam with a cop, she is stunned at their connection, but knows it won’t go any further. Until the cops co-workers play a joke on him and send her to his room. Hurt, she will get over it, but she can’t distance himself from the family she loves even if they work for the mob.

Detective Ford Hartigan is what you would call a rule follower. While his family is made up of firemen, he became a cop. Investigating the mob family is his ticket to moving up in the department. While the kiss cam and the joke played on him weren’t in his plans, he takes up the task to get closer to Gina even as he starts to fall for her. But he battles with crossing the line for falling for Gina while also trying to get closer to her to gain information.

It was only a matter of time before the gig was up and the groveling would start. Predictable but also enjoyable as you laugh with all the antics of both families. Ford comes from a big family and that’s also the name of the series. Gina has her two knucklehead brothers, but they love her beyond measure. Two good friends, a sister who hears something she shouldn’t and a family who loves each other, this turns out to be one story with a huge heart.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Bookworm Brandee
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Bookworm Brandee

This sounds like a fun read!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

It was fun and more based on reality of what women really look like. I loved seeing her be proud of herself. It was also fun seeing the his family interact with them both.

Sophia Rose
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Ha! That does sound like a fun one. It does sound like a little bit of everything.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

It has it all and I can’t wait to read the next one!

Carole Rae
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LOL I thought the title was “BUTTFACE” and I was confused….buut I re-read and was relieved. LOL
This does sounds really good. Good find!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Glad you read it a second time. You had me chacking to make sure I spelled it right, lol. It’s really a cute story!

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer
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Nice. A little romance , humor and suspense.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

It had it all and I loved it for being real about a few things.

Melliane
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oh it’s one I want to read. So it’s nice to see it’s good.

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Shari Delighted Read

I loved it and didn’t know what to expect. I totally understood the heroine’s feelings on looks and how she had accepted who she was inside that mattered. It was just sad how the outside world can be so cruel. I really loved how the author allowed the hero to love her for who she was and threw comedy in as well.

Mary Kirkland
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I like the setup for this one. It sure sounds like a story I would like.

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Shari Delighted Read

It made me cringe, laugh and get my feels hurt on behalf of the heroine. It was lighthearted with a little suspense and a lot of passion. I enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Lorna
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I’ve been wondering about this one. Sounds really good!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I enjoyed not having a picture perfect heroine and hero!