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Butterflies and Hurricanes


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A serial installment for readers ready to dig into a complicated world with cliffhangers.

So, there are two paranormal hunks fighting over you. What is a girl in the middle of a supernatural world to do? In Butterflies and Hurricanes by N. Gray, the main character Blair has a laundry list of things to do while she tries to enjoy some couple time with her vampire/were-leopard boyfriend Sebastian while avoiding the feels that his brother Leon keeps "glamming" onto her. Well, she thinks he's glamming the despite is avowals to the contrary.

Gray's novel contains a mass of characters and subplots, making it necessary to spend some time and energy to sort them. It was difficult for me to get into the romance elements due to a lack of grounding in the development of a real connection between Blaire or either of her love interests.  I tried to overlook the surface-level treatments of romantic elements, but given that the book is slated as a paranormal romance, it was difficult. As a romance reader, I expected more. 

There are so many characters, backstories, and so much exposition about each of them in addition to Blaire's own evolving identities. I became exhausted trying to sift through it all and started writing names and shifter types just to keep track. Though it is not unusual for a paranormal book to contain a complex world, there wasn't enough depth in the characters or their world to grab and keep my interest, but that may have been due to all of the work grounding Blaire's world. 

Butterflies and Hurricanes is a good book for readers who prefer plot-driven stories and with the inclination to follow Gray's outlined world and myriad of subplots and are willing to commit to the next installment. The series is affordable, making it worthwhile to explore. Readers stuck at home due to the pandemic may have enough time to do just that.

Warning: Butterflies and Hurricanes is not a standalone novel. The opening involves a lot of back-fill of characters and information from previous books in the series but only enough to require going back to read books 1 and 2. There are also loose ends and a huge cliffhanger. Not all readers mind those, but for those who do, plan on starting with book one and reading through the series to get a full grasp of Gray's complex world and players. 

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I have a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, an M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. I am an adjunct instructor, writer and content editor. I have a strong background in literary criticism and have been reviewing books for several years.


About the author

N Gray is a South African author living in Cape Town. ​During the day, she is a spreadsheet wizard. At night, she types on her curved keyboard creating fictional characters that some may love, and others you want to kill yourself. view profile

Published on March 31, 2020

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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