Thursday, April 2, 2020
A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies by Christina Lee
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The last thing Emerson Rose expects is to fall for his best friend, Rhys, especially since he’s never been attracted to a man before. Everything in his life is already complicated enough. He’s put his own future on hold to raise his two younger siblings, and confusing feelings for the guy who always has his back muddy the waters even more. But then something astonishing happens. For one perfect moment, he thinks Rhys might feel the same—only to have his world come crashing down around him a second time.
Rhys Lancaster has always known he’s gay and that Emerson isn’t. Best friends since childhood, their easy companionship has usually been enough. Between his job, his adrenaline-filled adventures, and hanging out with Emerson and his siblings, he has it good…until he wakes up in the hospital with no memories of the last year of his life.
Like they normally do when things go horribly wrong, Rhys and Emerson support each other. Frustrated by all he’s lost, Rhys stays with Emerson during his recovery, and Emerson helps Rhys through the fog, while pushing those other feelings aside. To make matters worse, Rhys knows Emerson’s keeping something from him. Everything feels different now when he looks at Emerson, and as they fall into a comfortable routine, that aching desire doesn’t stay buried for long.
But Emerson has a family to raise, and Rhys is struggling to figure out what’s going on inside his head. Unless they can push past the doubts and fears to seal that connection between them again, this tragedy might become the one each has to weather alone.
My Rating - 5+ Stars!
Wow, Christina Lee's A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies is a stunning read. This character driven romance is an absolute must read.
Emerson and Rhys are best friends and neighbors. They have both suffered too much loss in their lives. And now Rhys losses a year of his life, and a large part of himself to his accident. His story is one of trying to figure out who he is now and it's absolutely riveting.
This is a story of trying to preserve the strength of one's friendship. This is a story about trying to protect one's heart. It's a story about the fear of going from friends to lovers. It's a story of losing one's best friend. And every single second is amazing.
The author illustrates in a spectacular manner, that sometimes it takes a loss to face one's fears. These are characters for whom accidents have shaped their lives. The author excels in demonstrating that in loss, we gain other things, as with Emerson and Rhys, they may find a new kind of family.
The author's character development is extraordinary. She has brought to life some spectacular people, including young Sam, who is a wise, old soul.
Then there's the emotional rollercoaster. Damn, just damn. I felt every single second of this book as if it was happening to me. The ups, the downs, the hope, the despair, the longing, the fear. All of it.
Then there's the title. Wow, I just love the title and it's meaning in this story. It's impressive in both it's symbolism and importance.
As for quotes, this one perfectly sums up Emerson's demisexuality perfectly.
"I was slowly falling in love with you...during all the bigger and smaller moments in our lives...and all the spaces in between." Honestly, I don't think the author could have done any better with exploring this type of sexuality.
A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies is impressive and absolutely beautiful. Set time aside for this Christina Lee book, as you'll want to read it in one sitting. It is exquisite!
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