Butterface by Avery Flynn
(The Hartigans #1)
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published July 30th, 2018 by Entangled: Amara
It’s true. I’m not what most people would call “pretty” and, well, high school was rough. Fast forward ten years and life is good…
Until a bunch of jerks think it’s hilarious to put the “butterface” (AKA me) on a wedding Kiss Cam with the hottest guy ever—and that old humiliation hits hard.
I recognize him immediately. The hottest cop in Waterbury and totally out of my league. But then he kisses me. And we totally forget the room, the crowd, everything. Then he tells everyone we’ve been dating for months.
Soon everything starts to feel too real, from adorable fights over “necessary” tools to fix my broken porch to surviving a free-for-all dinner with his six siblings to picking up where our last kiss left off.
But there’s something he’s not telling me about why he’s really hanging around, and I’m pretty sure it has to do with my mob-connected brothers. Because this is not a make-over story, and Cinderella is only a fairy tale…
I’m browsing Amazon and this cover caught my eye, after reading the synopsis I 1-clicked. I’ve never read anything by Avery Flynn and to be honest, never heard of her. Butterface was a surprising and unexpected read, this isn’t the usual story about an ugly duckling turning into a beautiful swan.
Gina Luca grew up knowing that she wasn’t attractive and has suffered from the cruelty of others her entire life. She has come to accept her looks and considers herself undateable. Gina has created a good life for herself and is building her business as a wedding planner. When she’s not helping brides decided between pink and yellow invites, she is in the middle of a major house renovation of old Victorian house that she inherited from her grandfather. The old Victoria house isn’t the only thing she inherited from her grandfather, Big Nose Tommy Luca.
It’s at a wedding when someone hijacks the video camera and she is caught on the kiss cam with one of the hottest men in town, Detective Ford Hartigan. When the camera focuses on the couple neither wants to kiss, he is hot and so out of her league. The wedding guest tease them to kiss and then they do. When the kiss ends they are both surprised by their chemistry.
Ford is dedicated to his job and has plans to move up in rank, to eventually become the youngest police chief in Waterbury’s history. He’s having a hard time forgetting the kiss he shared with Gina. Then he learns that she is Gina Luca, the sister of the two Luca brothers who are in the family business of organized crime. Ford is assigned to the taskforce to apprehend the Esposito family and it’s suggestive by his Captain to stay close to her to see if he can get an any information.
“Her last name hung over them like a lead weight held up by a fraying rope. Someday, it was going to come down and land on them, no matter how hard they both wanted to ignore it. She may not be doing anything illegal, but that didn’t mean she wasn’t tainted.”
― Avery Flynn, Butterface
While renovating the attic Gina finds something disturbing and calls the police. Ford shows up claiming that she needs protection and he insists that he is to stay with her. It doesn’t take long for feelings to develop between them.
In the beginning it was somewhat difficult to believe that Ford was attracted to Gina from how the author described her looks. When Ford first met her, he noticed her face was not what he would call pretty and knew that she wouldn’t be winning any beauty contests. I didn’t appreciate how the author felt the need to constantly remind me of how unattractive Gina was throughout the book, I felt it was unnecessary.
Gina broke my heart with her history of how she had been treated, but I also admired her strength and courage to move on. Gina is a strong, independent woman and despite all the obstacles, she stays true to herself and didn’t want to change. I’m happy that Gina had two protective bothers who didn’t allow anyone to cause their sister any grief. Ford made mistakes and kept things hidden from Gina but wasn’t afraid to ask for forgiveness. Ford was just as protective of Gina as her brothers. They respected each other and are so good together.
“The thing is that this is me. Sure, I could have plastic surgery and tweak this and alter that, but I don’t want to. More power to anyone who wants to go that route, but it’s not for me. I don’t want to get a makeover. I don’t want to change my face. I just want a man who sees me and doesn’t see the ugly girl. He sees me and he loves me, not in spite of my face but in part because of it.”
― Avery Flynn, Butterface
It took me a couple of chapters to be pulled into the story. Once things got moving and they began getting to know each other I found the book impossible to put down, even with the tears.
Love yourself the way you are.