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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 sexiest cop in Waterbury and totally out of my lea 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 sexiest 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…


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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 sexiest cop in Waterbury and totally out of my lea 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 sexiest 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…

30 review for Butterface

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Butterface is book one in the brand new series, The Hartigans, by Avery Flynn. I’ve been so excited about this book and it completely did not let me down. It is fun, sweet, and sexy and the characters stole my heart. I hadn’t expected that little tie in to The Charmer of The Harbor City series so that made my day. Ford Hartigan is a Police Detective for the Waterbury Police Department. Ford is a by the rules man. It’s how he lives. Except that Ford comes from a huge family of firefighters. So he Butterface is book one in the brand new series, The Hartigans, by Avery Flynn. I’ve been so excited about this book and it completely did not let me down. It is fun, sweet, and sexy and the characters stole my heart. I hadn’t expected that little tie in to The Charmer of The Harbor City series so that made my day. Ford Hartigan is a Police Detective for the Waterbury Police Department. Ford is a by the rules man. It’s how he lives. Except that Ford comes from a huge family of firefighters. So he is the black sheep of his family. Ford is at a wedding that has gotten out of hand. Instead of showing video of the attendees of the reception, they turn it into a kiss cam. When it zeroes in on Ford, he just happens to be standing next to the wedding planner. When they give in and kiss, they forget everything except each other, and their worlds are forever changed. Gina Luca has suffered from the cruelty of her peers her entire life. She inherited the famous Luca schnoz but she has come to accept her looks and considers herself undateable. She has started a successful wedding planner business and she loves it. She inherited her grandfather’s old Victorian house and she is in the middle of renovating it. She has her two best friends and a good life. She doesn’t need a man in it. But when Ford kisses her, it makes her reconsider that decision because everything in her wakes up and takes notice. He is hot and so out of her league. “She wasn’t waiting for Prince Charming, and no fairy godmother was going to give her a makeover. She was who she was, and that was Miss Right Now and Not Miss Forever. She’d better remember that, or there was nothing but trouble ahead for her.” Gina’s brothers are well known for living on the wrong side of the law. Plus, her family has ties to the Esposito crime family so fantasizing about a sexy cop was completely out of the question. But when he shows up claiming that she needs protection, and offering to help her with her house, how can she refuse? It doesn’t take long, though, for feelings to develop. And that chemistry they felt when they first kissed is sizzling hot enough that it’s a wonder the roof was still in tact. Ford believes in rules, but his feelings for Gina are getting harder and harder to ignore. Except that he might not have been completely honest with her regarding his reasons for hanging around. And if she finds out, he’s pretty sure she won’t forgive him. “The woman just did things to him. She shook things up. And he liked it. A lot. Probably too much. He should probably be worried about that. He wasn’t.” I think you get the picture here. Hot cop. Woman who feels herself to be undesirable. Chemistry through the roof. And secrets. Throw it all together with two crazy families in the background and you’ve got a great story. Gina really did break my heart with her history of how she had been treated. And Ford was so clueless as to how to handle his feelings. But he definitely didn’t lack in knowing how to steam up the pages. These two were hot together. This was such a fun book but at the same time, such a meaningful book. Gina was amazing and strong and I want to be her someday. I can’t wait for the next book in this series, Muffin Top, which will be Lucie and Frankie’s story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Avery Flynn

    Hey all! I am so excited to share Butterface with y'all! It's out July 30, so be sure to add this hot RomCom to your Goodreads TBR! xoxo

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carlene Inspired

    Find this and other reviews at Carlene Inspired. Butterface is a laugh-out-loud funny and sweet romantic comedy that gets the truth about love, and looks, right. Main character Gina Luca practices being honest with herself on the daily. She has a big nose, she has her dream job, and she has brothers with careers that aren't quite legal. She isn't expecting to win any beauty pageants, but her personality in this novel shines brighter than any beauty queen's smile. Ford Hartigan is a handsome guy, Find this and other reviews at Carlene Inspired. Butterface is a laugh-out-loud funny and sweet romantic comedy that gets the truth about love, and looks, right. Main character Gina Luca practices being honest with herself on the daily. She has a big nose, she has her dream job, and she has brothers with careers that aren't quite legal. She isn't expecting to win any beauty pageants, but her personality in this novel shines brighter than any beauty queen's smile. Ford Hartigan is a handsome guy, a cop unfortunately, and apparently blind, at least that's what Gina thinks. He's also got his own insecurities, as the only cop in a family of firefighter brothers and pretty sisters, he follows every single rule even if it isn't what he really wants. The two have a by-chance meeting, the kind that makes readers laugh and character's faces turn red. When the two are pushed together again it's an opportunity both take advantage of, unaware that they're allowing their insecurities to stop trust from building between them. "He glanced down, making eye contact, and for a second they weren't the hottie and the nottie." I loved Butterface, I wasn't expecting the true-to-reality story we got from Avery Flynn, but boy did I enjoy it. Gina is a classic romantic comedy woman, with a few flaws, some klutzy behaviors, and in her case a face she doesn't find beautiful, but someone else does. Ford is absolutely the most by the book cop I've ever read in a book, but it makes him endearing, especially with him falling for Gina and the family she belongs to. It seems too easy, a hot cop and a wedding planner and happily ever after, but the two have secrets and both struggle to overcome the image of themselves they've believed for so long. Avery Flynn tells an engaging romance that makes you both laugh and feel a bit of emotion as you hope that Gina one day realizes she's beautiful and deserving of love too. Ford and Gina don't have it easy, neither are perfect, but it makes their relationship and their chemistry all the more believable. "Ford Hartigan, are you breaking the rules?" Butterface is a powerful rom-com, it has a meaningful message built in with the laughs. It has a bit of a feminist roar to it, with Gina owning her flaws, fighting for her dream, and accepting only good into her life, even if it takes a few messy tries first. It's a story readers will embrace and connect with, because we all want to feel beautiful in our skin and loved for just being who we are. I really enjoyed this book and I definitely can't wait for the next. Avery Flynn has a new fan in me. ARC provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC.

  4. 4 out of 5

    A Klue

    From the synopsis, you clearly pick up on the fact Gina, the heroine, had a past history of being picked on for being an ugly duckling in high school. What was surprising and unexpected was she is still cast in that very unfavorable role in the present, as well. To the point I gringed every time her looks were mentioned. Whether by herself or others, the bulging eyes, huge honker nose, and other disportionate facial features described twisted my stomach into knots. In heart break and anguish for From the synopsis, you clearly pick up on the fact Gina, the heroine, had a past history of being picked on for being an ugly duckling in high school. What was surprising and unexpected was she is still cast in that very unfavorable role in the present, as well. To the point I gringed every time her looks were mentioned. Whether by herself or others, the bulging eyes, huge honker nose, and other disportionate facial features described twisted my stomach into knots. In heart break and anguish for her, my fellow romance book loving friends, because everyone, including herself, thought she was an unattractive, eye sore. You would think she resembled the hideous creature from the Black Lagoon. It just felt distasteful, disrespectful, and totally unnecessary to demonize her looks in such a repetitive, harsh, demeaning fashion. It ruined the book for me. It was plain and simply overkill. Ford, the hero, of course, was supermodel gorgeous. To humanize him a little bit, so Gina would slightly be worthy breathing the same air as him, he was given a small quirk or two. Nothing major or overly annoying though. In fact, some may find those few things more a positive than negative aspect. What actually endeared me the most was the unapologetic, ferocious protectiveness of Gina’s two gangster type brothers towards anyone who gave their baby sister any grief. Yeah, they would not hesitate twice about rearranging your face or other body parts if you disrespected or messed with her. I wanted to hug and high five them to thank them for having her back no matter what. Even though they could be a tad overzealous, she recognized and appreciated their unconditional love. It was the main thing she had going for her, and Ford was putting that in jeopardy. It was pretty obvious where this storyline was headed, folks. Ford is lying to her from the get go and deceiving himself in the process. Well, this gal may be uglier than sin, but she’s not completely stupid, but still rather gullible. I wish I could have finished it to the end. I’m hoping all the many characters who made fun of Gina to and behind her back get a heaping dose of karma sent their way and regret every single hurtful remark. I simply couldn’t tolerate seeing a heroine being considered/treated this way for one single second longer. Make no mistake, I normally love this author’s romantic tales. I wish her continued writing success. If the ugly factor had been toned down, I might have enjoyed it more. But by almost 70% into, I realized even the writing itself had not lived up to my expectations. I officially no longer cared if this couple got their HEA. P.S. I’m surprised the cover didn’t feature the heroine wearing a big bag over her head instead of strategically placed balloons. It would have been more appropriate and fitting considering how most people, including herself, viewed her appearance. Title: Butterface, Series: The Hartigans (Book 1), Author: Avery Flynn, Pages: 250, stand-alone but part of a series, very unattractive heroine with a sweet personality, gorgeous cop hero, very steamy scenes, didn’t want to finish, author I usually like. (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)

  5. 3 out of 5

    Michelle

    ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Butterface by Avery Flynn is a sweet, adorable, and charming read that tackles the aspects of love,beauty and new beginnings. Flynn introduces her readers to Gina Luca, a wedding planner who loves her job but has insecurities about her beauty since she grew up being teased and called “Butterface.” And so when she meets Ford Hartigan, a straight lace cop, Gina’s life is turned upside down for the better. For the first time in a long time ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Butterface by Avery Flynn is a sweet, adorable, and charming read that tackles the aspects of love,beauty and new beginnings. Flynn introduces her readers to Gina Luca, a wedding planner who loves her job but has insecurities about her beauty since she grew up being teased and called “Butterface.” And so when she meets Ford Hartigan, a straight lace cop, Gina’s life is turned upside down for the better. For the first time in a long time, he made her feel special, worthy and beautiful inside and out. But what happens when Gina learns that Ford may have taken interest in her because of her brothers affiliation to the mob ties. Will Gina be able to find Ford's true motives in wanting to get to know her? Or will she discover that Ford wants Gina...all of her and doesn't see her as butterface? So if you are looking for a romance that was brimming with adorable awkward romance and playfulness then this is the book for you.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Because this is not a makeover story, and Cinderella is only a fairy tale… Well, I am not sure where to start with Butterface. At first, I was like, where is she going with this story? Then, as everything progressed, I was like, holy shit, I'm thrilled that she went there. But then I think to myself … it's the incomparable Avery Flynn, of course she went there and made it so worth the journey. Thinking I am going to read a story about an ugly duckling, I, instead, got a story about a Swan. Ford a Because this is not a makeover story, and Cinderella is only a fairy tale… Well, I am not sure where to start with Butterface. At first, I was like, where is she going with this story? Then, as everything progressed, I was like, holy shit, I'm thrilled that she went there. But then I think to myself … it's the incomparable Avery Flynn, of course she went there and made it so worth the journey. Thinking I am going to read a story about an ugly duckling, I, instead, got a story about a Swan. Ford and Gina. What a lovely couple .. if everyone would just leave them alone. Cops can be down right rude and ignorant in the station. But, when they bring their childish ways out into the general public, well bad things could happen. Just ask Ford and Gina. Who ever heard of a Kiss Cam at a wedding? But, there it was and there was Ford standing next to the sexy woman in the unbelievable green dress. He's been wondering about her all night and now he has his chance of getting to know her. Too bad she doesn't feel the same way. She may not be the prettiest woman at the wedding but, to him, she's sexy, beautiful and definitely kissable. Thanks to his “friends” he now not only kissed her but drove her away faster than a speeding bullet. And then, everything really backfires and he has no choice but to lie to get close to her again. Regina Luca, granddaughter of Big Nose Tommy Luca, a wedding planner who never plans on planning her own wedding … Butterface. So many bad memories growing up that, when a handsome, sexy cop shows interest in her, she knows it's because he was put on the spot. She is only kissing him because she was shamed into it … now she'll walk away since she knows it can't go any further. Until she's leaving the wedding and finds out there may have been more to that kiss than just a prank. But, the joke is definitely on her and, when she walks away the second time, she gets the surprise of her life. Now, she has to deal with the consequences and make the best out of a strange situation. As time goes on … as Gina and Ford get closer … as they deal with their frustrations, she starts to hope, just a little, that Ford sees the woman that she is and not big nosed Butterface that she is. Wow, Avery took two very delicate subjects and turned them into one fantastic Romcom. Bullying and shaming are prevalent in our society and I was thrilled that it was Avery that took a shot at them and hit the bullseye. She made us understand what Gina felt and why and then made her a strong, independent, vivacious woman who honestly didn't give a damn what other people thought and accepted herself and the love of a good man. There were times that I got upset with Gina and her self-depreciation but, Ford was there to prove her wrong. And, when he finally got her where he desperately wanted her, he showed her just how much he saw the real woman ... time and time and time again. Rocco and Paul were great. I love over-protective brothers especially when they truly love their sister. Ruggiero and Gallo need to find a hole to crawl into and never get out of. And, the Hartigan Family? Well, I'd invite them to any party at all – they were hilarious, had a great time no matter what and had each others backs. I fell in love with each and every character that made an appearance in this story and can't wait to see what Ms. Flynn has in store for Lucy in Muffin Top. But, until she graces us with her next hot story (yea, this one is a firefighter) you seriously need to read and enjoy the shenanigans between Gina and Ford. Believe me, you will fall in love with the sexy, hard-bodied Ford and the beautiful and vibrant Gina. And, remember, beauty is only skin deep … it's what's inside that matters more than any schnoz.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Helena Hunting

    I LOVE THE SH*T OUT OF THIS BOOK. It's fresh and hilarious and everything I adore in a romance. The hero is super swoony, and adorably awkward, and ridiculously hot and the heroine is unconventional and just amazing. I can't wait for the next book in this series! Do yourself a favour and one click this!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Azrah

    RTC soon. Hopefully. ____ Pre-read Rambles I'm in a ready-to-swoon mood, so I'm going to dive into this and forget the bunch of reviews that I haven't written yet XD

  9. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed this book. A fun romance with a lot of heart, and a sweet, sexy romance with lots of chemistry and swoon. Gina Luca grew up knowing that she wasn’t attractive. She endured teasing, taunts, stares and heartbreaking ridicule as she was christened ‘Butterface’, which set the stage for her to not expect romance and come to accept the single life. Butterface. Why? Because her body was okay, “but her face?” Not so much. She has created a good life for herself, and is buildi 3.5 stars I really enjoyed this book. A fun romance with a lot of heart, and a sweet, sexy romance with lots of chemistry and swoon. Gina Luca grew up knowing that she wasn’t attractive. She endured teasing, taunts, stares and heartbreaking ridicule as she was christened ‘Butterface’, which set the stage for her to not expect romance and come to accept the single life. Butterface. Why? Because her body was okay, “but her face?” Not so much. She has created a good life for herself, and is building her wedding planning business, and it’s at one of her weddings when she is caught on the kiss cam with one of the hottest men she’s seen – detective Ford Hartigan – who kisses her like he means it, sparking a chemistry that surprises them both. Ford is a strong, straight-laced, by-the-book police officer. He is dedicated to his job and doesn’t have time for much else in his life, but the kiss he shared with Gina at a colleague’s wedding put him into a spin. And then he learns that she is Gina Luca - sister of the two Luca brothers who have ties to an organised crime ring and he is on a taskforce to bring them down. So not only is she not his usual type, but she’s now completely off limits… until his Captain asks him to stay close to her to see if he can get an ‘in’ for his case. It may not be the most honest of set-ups, but the chemistry is there and Ford is only too happy to force himself into Gina’s life under the pretence of ‘protection’, moving into her inherited Victorian disaster, helping her out with her renovations, and becoming a part of each other’s lives – giving them the perfect opportunity to get to know each other. OMG, the sexual tension between these two is off the charts! They want each other badly, and while Ford tries to keep his distance to avoid breaking the rules, Gina knows that the sexy-as-all-hell detective couldn’t possibly want her. My heart broke for her, all that she has endured, and her belief about herself, but rather than wallow in low self-esteem, she acknowledges it, and just carries on with her life, and though I hurt for her, I couldn’t help but admire her courage. “What, do you think people believe this is some lame romantic comedy where the hot guy falls for the ugly chick? Newsflash, I don’t wear glasses, so there’s no taking them off and then suddenly I’m a total babe and believably your girlfriend.” People are unspeakably cruel, and I was shocked at the taunts and ‘jokes’ that are made towards Gina, but Ford saw past outward appearances and Gina’s perceptions of herself, to the smart, funny, warm and bright woman that she is, and despite his intention to keep things professional between them, I loved watching him begin to fall. She did a little shimmy dance move, threw her arms in the air, and turned to face her brothers and Ford at the table with a smile that lit up her whole face. Maybe there was some asshole out there who could look at her and not return her grin. Ford was a dickhead, but he couldn’t stop the end of his lips from curling upward. And when they finally reach breaking point…. Holy damn the sexy time is seriously steamy! He kissed her like a man who believed that if he did it right, she’d forget that anyone had ever called her awful names or made her feel like she wasn’t everything a man could want. But despite how much they want each other, there is still so much standing in their way – Ford’s job and Gina’s family ties to organised crime, on top of her personal issues, and Ford’s inability to handle all that he is feeling and his complete cluelessness when it comes to dealing with it all. It’s going to take a whole lot of soul searching for them to figure out what they want and then find the courage to go after it. “You’re gonna break me, Ford Hartigan,” she said, her voice ragged and her back still to him. “I won’t. Trust me.” And he meant it. This is a really sweet and fun read. There are aspects of it that are really sad as we get an up-close look at all that Gina has gone through, and I did wonder if the author took it a little too far at times? But if her goal was to show Gina’s strength in overcoming all she’s been through and Ford’s heartfelt realisation of his feelings for Gina despite her perceived “flaws”, then that was accomplished. “I wish you saw the woman I see when I look at you.” I really enjoyed these two as characters. Their journey was realistic and heartfelt with loads of chemistry, and their love story was just gorgeous. I could feel everything between them, and loved seeing them fight their way to their HEA. This is the first book in the Hartigans series, and it introduces us to Ford’s loud, brash, and in-your-face family, and I’m keen to get to know more of this wild clan – starting with eldest Hartigan, the hilarious Frankie, and Gina’s outspoken friend, Lucy in Muffin Top . 3.5 stars. An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Nadine

    2 Stars I don't know what to write about this book. It's cheesy and predictable. That wouldn't have bothered me, but the heroine, who repeats a million times how ugly she is, got on my nerves. Of course, the guy is gorgeous and just a little weird so that they make a good match. I expected more from a story that deals with some serious subjects: Self-love, the expectations people have on us and also our appearance, which makes it more difficult or easier to find love. It could have been a great 2 Stars I don't know what to write about this book. It's cheesy and predictable. That wouldn't have bothered me, but the heroine, who repeats a million times how ugly she is, got on my nerves. Of course, the guy is gorgeous and just a little weird so that they make a good match. I expected more from a story that deals with some serious subjects: Self-love, the expectations people have on us and also our appearance, which makes it more difficult or easier to find love. It could have been a great book if the idea of an "ugly" woman (according to society's standards) finding love had been better executed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ayekah

    Captivated from the very first page. I know my review isn't going to do this book justice because it's truly beyond words. Gina Luca is a wedding planner, who meets Ford Hartigan detective at a wedding that is quickly spiraling out of control. Ford is there because it's one of his fellow officers getting married. The couple has a kiss cam and when the camera focuses on the two of them neither wants to kiss, until they do and Ford gives Gina his all. I melted into a puddle. Gina has spent her lif Captivated from the very first page. I know my review isn't going to do this book justice because it's truly beyond words. Gina Luca is a wedding planner, who meets Ford Hartigan detective at a wedding that is quickly spiraling out of control. Ford is there because it's one of his fellow officers getting married. The couple has a kiss cam and when the camera focuses on the two of them neither wants to kiss, until they do and Ford gives Gina his all. I melted into a puddle. Gina has spent her life being bullied, the brunt of every joke possible because of her face. We get the idea in general but not a graphic image of her shortcoming. Gina does however have a great shape, two overly protective brothers whose occupations border on somewhat criminal, familial loose ties to the mob and an old Victorian house she inherited from her Grandpa who went missing twenty years ago under much speculation as to his fate. Again the allusion to mob ties. Ford is working a task force with two jack hat detectives who make it a point to get under this skin. They've been working on a case that involves yet another family who bring heroin into their small town. The Luca brothers may or may not be involved at least peripherally. Gina has done her best to distance herself from any family business and any remnant died off with the older generation. When something happens at Gina's home, Ford's boss decides it a great opportunity for him to spend some time with Gina gathering intel. All Ford can think about is Gina and her black lace panties. So he's camped out on her couch. Helps her with some handyman work and the two slowly warm up to each other. Gina is fully aware what she looks like. Her brothers are spitting nails she's involved with a cop, his family is relentless because he's a rule follower and heaven help anyone who breaks a rule. He comes from a long line of firefighters, he is the first to step out and become a cop. These two both have issues and as they slowly seem to work through them, there's another twist to the story and while it goes against Ford's rules, he definitely enjoys breaking the no hitting the sheets rule with Gina. These two make enough steam to power a small city. Then once again, more twists and curves that turn the whole works upside down. The last straw for Gina pinched my heart in the worst way. Did Ford get what he was looking for, he got that and then some; along with his come to jesus moment. What a rollercoaster ride of emotions, it's funny, intense, moments when you want to take a swing at someone, mumbling to yourself. Best of all are Gina and Ford two characters that I loved that will stay with me for a while. I love Gina's strength and her weak moments, Ford I loved for feelings for Gina and his crazy family. Ford is dedicated, he commits. I love Avery Flynn, her books are always stellar. She totally slayed me with this one. I still thought about it today. This book has everything you could ever want, two characters you fall in love with, a great story, humor, love, plenty of steam and oh those emotions... Start reading now. You don't want to miss this one. Honestly deserves more than 5 stars. Ready for the next book in the series! advanced reader copy from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    Possible spoilers!!!!!And rants!!! This could be very good light and fun romance comedy. Could be.... But it isn't... Because I find it very hard to enjoy a story when I'm constantly reminded of how unattractive heroine looks like. Every couple of pages someone teases her, mocks her, or she is doing it herself. I mean what does she looks like? That is that bad...what? how? I'm so confused. I'm aware of the superficial world we live in. Of all the beauty standards that are put on all of us by the me Possible spoilers!!!!!And rants!!! This could be very good light and fun romance comedy. Could be.... But it isn't... Because I find it very hard to enjoy a story when I'm constantly reminded of how unattractive heroine looks like. Every couple of pages someone teases her, mocks her, or she is doing it herself. I mean what does she looks like? That is that bad...what? how? I'm so confused. I'm aware of the superficial world we live in. Of all the beauty standards that are put on all of us by the media, celebs and society. But that standard often changes...there was a time when Jennifer Lopez was mocked for having a booty...now apparently big butt is a must. Every person goes through awkward teen years. When you try to find your place in a world and what is at that time expected of you to look like and look "acceptable". But as this heroine is 31 years old woman I find it hard to believe she is so hung upon it. Especially as she is established as business owner..smart and educated.. I think there comes time you accept your body just how it is..you grow up. I guess low self esteem is something some people battle long into their adult life I can accept that fact..But in this book she doesn't come to her senses in a way that she accepts her body as it is more she is ridiculed for it and then she kind of just stops at the end of a book that is no longer mentioned. Nothing is resolved with that huge issue...and I say huge because that is constant through this book. I would love for a book to be more about her learning to love herself. Because until you love yourself and think of yourself worthy of love you cannot be happy and accept love of in this case hot hero. Because she is so fixated on looks she doesn't see past it. He is to her this hot guy but what about his other qualities. People get together because they are attracted to one another sure, but the stay together because of what and who they truly are as person. Do you know that looks are not a guarantee of a happy life and relationship. If that was the case then Beyonce would never ever ever be cheated on. And it seems that all of this series will be the same pattern or at least next book in this series...So color me skeptical of reading more. I find it hard to say that this is a romantic comedy. Really hard. I guess I'm really upset with this book. I love to read about the untraditional, underdogs and coming out of their shelves characters but this just was not my taste how this topic should be done. There is a saying that there are no ugly people just poor ones. So maybe if you have enough money you can buy yourself some new body part that you don't like...But we can't buy personality or brains or heart...Love yourself just the way you are.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    3.75 Stars There are a couple of things that are bound to draw me in when I am browsing books. One, a cute cover something that Butterface has covered and who I’m blaming for my epic search for a cute pink dress. Two, a plain Jane story, which Butterface also has covered. Because of this I had no choice, I had to pick this book up and read. I am really pleased that I did, because I really enjoy, but rarely find, small town or family based romances that I like. But Avery Flynn, a new author for me 3.75 Stars There are a couple of things that are bound to draw me in when I am browsing books. One, a cute cover something that Butterface has covered and who I’m blaming for my epic search for a cute pink dress. Two, a plain Jane story, which Butterface also has covered. Because of this I had no choice, I had to pick this book up and read. I am really pleased that I did, because I really enjoy, but rarely find, small town or family based romances that I like. But Avery Flynn, a new author for me, has written a cute family based contemporary romance that I can get my hooks into. One of the aspects I like about this I have already mentioned; it’s a plain Jane story. But it isn’t a plain Jane story where actually with the right foundation and contact lenses, or with losing 10 pounds and adding some red lipstick it turns out she was beautiful after all *cue gasps*. I hesitate to say this as it’s so shallow and cruel, but Gina our heroine was ugly, her nose was far too big, her eyes bulged out, she had frizzy hair and even some pimples. She had resigned herself to never having a husband or children due to her looks, but was happy with the life she had made; good friends, a successful business and a loving (if criminal) family. Gina was a great heroine and as an imperfect person it was easy to identify with some of the insecurities as well as the strengths that she had. Of course, then you have to throw in Detective Ford Hartigan, a by the book kind of guy who has yet to meet a rule he won’t follow. He also happens to be insanely good looking and part of a large boisterous family where at only 6’2” he’s the runt of the litter. I really liked Ford, he was a little bit on the edge of being a cookie cutter kind of hero. But, it’s hard not fall in love with a guy who doesn’t care what people says and thinks the woman everyone calls Butterface is beautiful. The plot with this one is fairly predictable, you can map the events of the book by the time you have finished the first two chapters. However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying reading anyways. I loved the relationship between Gina and Ford, even though you know that it is due to blow up any second. I also really liked seeing the crazy Hartigans and can’t wait to read the next book. Finger crossed that Flynn stays with unconventional heroines, or perhaps I can hope for a plain “John” book in the future? Fingers crossed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Sheila

    I'm disappointed. The heroine received nothing but shameful remarks over and over and I'm so sick of it. Even the Hero didn't do anything to reassure her, to make her realize that she's so much more. Nope, didn't see anything remotely close to that from him. I'm appalled at the way the Hero's fellow cops behave. I mean, I can see it coming from high schoolers, but from grown a$$ men? Hugely disappointed.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ☾☆ Nikki. ✿

    This was quite a cute read. I didn't enjoy the beginning as much but then it started to get better. I loved the characters. I will go on to read the other books in this series. 4 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

  16. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Avery Flynn is an author whose name I have heard on many occasions, with quite a few of my friends being a fan of her work. Despite the number of times I’ve heard the name, it wasn’t until I heard about Butterface that I decided to give one of her books a read. The moment I found out about Butterface I knew I needed the book. It sounded like the kind of book I would adore, and I was more than willing to dive straight into the story. I went in expecting so much, with so many ideas in my mind, that Avery Flynn is an author whose name I have heard on many occasions, with quite a few of my friends being a fan of her work. Despite the number of times I’ve heard the name, it wasn’t until I heard about Butterface that I decided to give one of her books a read. The moment I found out about Butterface I knew I needed the book. It sounded like the kind of book I would adore, and I was more than willing to dive straight into the story. I went in expecting so much, with so many ideas in my mind, that it meant the story wasn’t quite what I had imagined. However, despite this, I had so much fun with this story. It took me a couple of chapters to be pulled into the story, to come to believe in the chemistry between the two characters, but once things got moving I found the book impossible to put down. It was a book I had to finish in a single sitting, unable to pull myself away from the events that were occurring. I found myself constantly asking what would come next, desperate to see what new element would be introduced to the story. I admit there were some predictable elements to this one, but there was enough entertainment thrown in that I was not bothered by the moments of predictability. I was lost to the characters and storyline, wanting more of the main characters and the side characters, more than happy to keep turning the pages so I received more of the good stuff. The one thing I will say is that this book was not the rom-com I had been hoping for. It was enjoyable, there were a few amusing moments, but it was not the laughter-fest I had hoped for. Such has been the case with a lot of the books I’ve read recently that have been labelled as rom-coms, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to stop expecting laughter with such books. Either I’m setting my standards too high, or rom-coms are not as funny as they should be. Either way, despite the lack of belly laughing, I did have fun with this story. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be grabbing the second book in the Hartingans series, as I’m more than willing to dive into more of this family.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Elenasbookblog

    You can also read my review here → http://elenasbookblog.com/new-review-... 3,5 adorable stars! Avery Flynn is a new to me author but I couldn't resist this adorable cover! This is a fun, sexy Rom com about love, family and the beauty of the heart. Gina is a good businesswoman as a wedding planner, a great sister to her brothers and a nice friend. Her only problem is that all her life she has been bullied for her appearance, so when a delicious cop pretends to be her boyfriend, she knows that all You can also read my review here → http://elenasbookblog.com/new-review-... 3,5 adorable stars! Avery Flynn is a new to me author but I couldn't resist this adorable cover! This is a fun, sexy Rom com about love, family and the beauty of the heart. Gina is a good businesswoman as a wedding planner, a great sister to her brothers and a nice friend. Her only problem is that all her life she has been bullied for her appearance, so when a delicious cop pretends to be her boyfriend, she knows that all these sparkles cannot be true. Ford is a cop that wants to do his job and follow the rules. When an encounter with Gina brings him closer to a promotion, he is all in even if he has to hide some things. What starts as a joke soon becomes a relationship where feelings are involved but the secrets threaten their happiness. This couple is cute together. Ford is a man serious, hot and sometimes oblivious. He makes mistakes but he is not afraid to ask for forgiveness. Gina is a strong, independent woman and despite the obstacles, she stays true to herself and she doesn't want to change. They are so good to each other. There is respect, support and they burn the sheets! I loved that the author took the other way and she didn't write the usual story about the ugly duckling turning into a princess. This book is about feeling beautiful just as you are, the wrong expectations of society and that there is a happily ever after for everyone. The secondary characters are fantastic and I am glad to see that there are more books to come! I am so happy to have read this book, because it gave me all the warms feelings! If you want something light to read, this is the story for you!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I loved escaping into this story which had me laughing out loud, it is a brilliant, fun and hot read with some tear jerker moments, too. This is a lovely story as both main characters have loving families and different reasons for their personal insecurities. Ford Hartigan has always felt like the odd brother. He loves his siblings and family but they’re all firefighters and he’s the rebel rule follower who chose to become a police officer instead. At a wedding reception he’s attending, someone t I loved escaping into this story which had me laughing out loud, it is a brilliant, fun and hot read with some tear jerker moments, too. This is a lovely story as both main characters have loving families and different reasons for their personal insecurities. Ford Hartigan has always felt like the odd brother. He loves his siblings and family but they’re all firefighters and he’s the rebel rule follower who chose to become a police officer instead. At a wedding reception he’s attending, someone turns on a ‘kiss cam’ and he ends up kissing the wedding planner, Gina Luca. Gina is a much loved member of her family but she’s also always felt the odd one, she’s another one who is a rule follower unlike her family who are connected to the mob. Their ‘kiss cam’ kiss is unexpectedly hot and so is Ford but Gina has been teased for most of her life about her looks so has very low self esteem and looks for other motivations for Ford’s attentions. As a discovery made by Gina as she strives to renovate her Victorian home gives Ford a reason to stay and get to know this enigmatic young lady. There are plenty of twists and turns in this emotional roller coaster ride - running through the full gamut of emotions whilst reading this story. It is a delightful read that I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending. I’m also very glad it is the first in a new series as I can’t wait to read future books, though they’ll have to be great to live up to the standard of this one IMHO! I entered a lottery and was fortunate enough to win an e-copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Givan

    I knew this girl! I went to high school with a girl who physically mirrors Gina. Though, she wasn't teased, and didn't have the self esteem issues Gina lived with. It was a time before kids behaved like they do now. Gina and Ford were great. The family members were great. The only reason for the star downgrade was editing. I I hope we don't have to wait long for Muffin Top.

  20. 5 out of 5

    caren

    DNF @ 11%. I'm sorry--I was interested in the synopsis for this book, but after just a short time, I'm annoyed AF. Like, okay, I get wanting to have a non traditional heroine. I GET IT. But like, I don't need the fact that she, and everyone around her, thinks she's ugly, to be the main point of the story. So far, that's what I've got. Even the hero has thought she's unattractive. Why would I even bother with him? Nope.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Ivy Deluca

    I enjoyed this first book in the Hartigan series, a spinoff of Ms. Flynn’s Harbor City series, with a caveat. Gina has dealt with people inflicting their standards of beauty on her and falling short, and I could empathize with her trying to find confidence in herself when others insist on beating you down for it. What I could have lived without is the constant references to her. You would swear that she was a troll just looking for a bridge to live under. Yet, her physical description wasn’t so I enjoyed this first book in the Hartigan series, a spinoff of Ms. Flynn’s Harbor City series, with a caveat. Gina has dealt with people inflicting their standards of beauty on her and falling short, and I could empathize with her trying to find confidence in herself when others insist on beating you down for it. What I could have lived without is the constant references to her. You would swear that she was a troll just looking for a bridge to live under. Yet, her physical description wasn’t so tragic, perhaps unusual, but not hideous. So the scenes where the focus is on her appearance, which are ALOT, are tough to take. Especially the loser cop co-workers that Ford works with, and the general nasty comments made about her appearance. It was constant. I know, I went into a book called Butterface, so I should know that it’s going to focus on her looks, but as a romantic comedy, I would prefer to have more humor and less mental anguish from the constant bombardment of judgy hate from just about every supporting character not named Hartigan (or dating one). Ford is a stuffed shirt hero who is undone by his heroine, which is a trope I am all on board with. Is he insane to think that things aren’t going to blow up in his face? Yes, but in this case, I didn’t mind and his love for Gina made up for any dumb bunny moves he made. I think Gina and Ford are sweet together, I loved the Firsts and their attraction to each other is never in doubt. That said, thank you Romancelandia Jeezus, this is NOT a transformational romance. Gina doesn’t become anything other than what she is - a sweet, wonderful heroine who’s got a beautiful heart and Ford is attracted to her, inside and out. If you love a good “being loved exactly as you are” romance, and references to the characters looks being a focal point do not bother you, I would recommend this. I’m looking forward to the next book. For more reviews, visit

  22. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. There are a couple of things that are bound to draw me in when I am browsing books. One, a cute cover something that Butterface has covered and who I'm blaming for my epic search for a cute pink dress. Two, a plain Jane story, which Butterface also has covered. Because of this I had no choice, I had to pick this book up and read. I am really plea I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. There are a couple of things that are bound to draw me in when I am browsing books. One, a cute cover something that Butterface has covered and who I'm blaming for my epic search for a cute pink dress. Two, a plain Jane story, which Butterface also has covered. Because of this I had no choice, I had to pick this book up and read. I am really pleased that I did, because I really enjoy, but rarely find, small town or family based romances that I like. But Avery Flynn, a new author for me, has written a cute family based contemporary romance that I can get my hooks into. One of the aspects I like about this I have already mentioned; it’s a plain Jane story. But it isn’t a plain Jane story where actually with the right foundation and contact lenses, or with losing 10 pounds and adding some red lipstick it turns out she was beautiful after all *cue gasps*. I hesitate to say this as it’s so shallow and cruel, but Gina our heroine was ugly, her nose was far too big, her eyes bulged out, she had frizzy hair and even some pimples. She had resigned herself to never having a husband or children due to her looks, but was happy with the life she had made; good friends, a successful business and a loving (if criminal) family. Gina was a great heroine and as an imperfect person it was easy to identify with some of the insecurities as well as the strengths that she had. Of course, then you have to throw in Detective Ford Hartigan, a by the book kind of guy who has yet to meet a rule he won’t follow. He also happens to be insanely good looking and part of a large boisterous family where at only 6’2” he’s the runt of the litter. I really liked Ford, he was a little bit on the edge of being a cookie cutter kind of hero. But, it’s hard not fall in love with a guy who doesn’t care what people says and thinks the woman everyone calls Butterface is beautiful. The plot with this one is fairly predictable, you can map the events of the book by the time you have finished the first two chapters. However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying reading anyways. I loved the relationship between Gina and Ford, even though you know that it is due to blow up any second. I also really liked seeing the crazy Hartigans and can’t wait to read the next book. Finger crossed that Flynn stays with unconventional heroines, or perhaps I can hope for a plain “John” book in the future? Fingers crossed. *ARC provided by publisher Reviewed by Suzanne❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    3.5 This was a cute story but I struggled a bit with the way Gina was treated by everyone - it was a bit over the top. I also had a really hard time picturing what she looked like and tried looking through others reviews for their character pictures. I just can't visualize a girl with a big nose who is so ugly it is constantly mentioned by others and pointed out by the heroes co-workers and others. The story was sweet at times and I liked the main characters.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shanda

    That was so cute. I loved it. I can’t wait for Lucy’s book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bec_BookMagicReviews

    Review Posted at HarlequinJunkie.com Being classed as a ‘Butterface’ is something Gina Luca is used to having lived through the cruelty of her peers in High School. To the boys, she had a gorgeous body, but would never have the gorgeous face to go along with it. Still, she’s learnt to deal with the horribleness of people until she’s all but forced to kiss Ford Hartigan on a wedding Kiss Cam causing painful memories of her past to surface. Luckily, the kiss is magical since there’s no chance they Review Posted at HarlequinJunkie.com Being classed as a ‘Butterface’ is something Gina Luca is used to having lived through the cruelty of her peers in High School. To the boys, she had a gorgeous body, but would never have the gorgeous face to go along with it. Still, she’s learnt to deal with the horribleness of people until she’s all but forced to kiss Ford Hartigan on a wedding Kiss Cam causing painful memories of her past to surface. Luckily, the kiss is magical since there’s no chance they have a future together. Yet, when life continues to throw the pair together, Gina finds herself doing the one thing she shouldn’t in falling for Ford. Will Ford be able to convince Gina that she’s the one for him or will he end up hurting her worse than anyone ever has in the past? Read More

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    My Review: I love, love, love Avery Flynn. Not only is she a super fun person, but her books are always a great read. I don't think I've read a single Avery Flynn book that wasn't a one-sitting read, because I just can't put it down. And long time readers of my blog will recognize her as one of the first authors that requested a review from me, back when I was just getting started! Ever since then, she's had me hooked. I had so many feels while reading this book, guys. I think all women have som My Review: I love, love, love Avery Flynn. Not only is she a super fun person, but her books are always a great read. I don't think I've read a single Avery Flynn book that wasn't a one-sitting read, because I just can't put it down. And long time readers of my blog will recognize her as one of the first authors that requested a review from me, back when I was just getting started! Ever since then, she's had me hooked. I had so many feels while reading this book, guys. I think all women have some sort of insecurity (or a lot of them, like me!), so you can for sure empathize with Gina. And if you've ever been teased at school, you'll understand exactly how she feels. But Gina is a tough chick, and she knows looks don't matter - just being a successful and happy woman does. But hey, she's not going to turn down a kiss from Ford Hartigan, even if she is more than a little suspicious. These two... Oh man. Even though you know it's all going to go bad before it goes good, you keep rooting for them. And it was such a joy to watch rule-follower Ford lose some of that stiffness when it comes to Gina. If I didn't have a huge pile of other books to read, I think I'd already be re-reading my favorite parts of Butterface. It was fun, it was sweet, it was heartbreaking, and then heart-healing.. Just what ever romance reader needs! Cover Lovin': This cover is just so adorably pink! Recommendation: You'll want more of the Hartigans immediately! Final Rating: FIVE out of FIVE stars (5/5)!!! I absolutely could not put this down. I loved every second! See more on my blog, Novel Addiction

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rosaline

    This was my first book by Avery Flynn. I was excited and wary going into this. Heroine's with self-esteem issues are difficult for me to read about because they always are putting themselves down and a lot of the times I don't agree with the characterization of these women with poor confidence and body image. However, this book doesn't really dive into the whole body image thing and was sort of a hook to grab people into this story. This turned out to be more of a mystery than a romantic comedy This was my first book by Avery Flynn. I was excited and wary going into this. Heroine's with self-esteem issues are difficult for me to read about because they always are putting themselves down and a lot of the times I don't agree with the characterization of these women with poor confidence and body image. However, this book doesn't really dive into the whole body image thing and was sort of a hook to grab people into this story. This turned out to be more of a mystery than a romantic comedy to me. Right off the bat I knew something was wrong with this. The story didn't deliver on the blurb. It is actually the heroine who initiates the fake-relationship and not the hero. One of the problems was the author didn't make me like either the hero or heroine nor did she make she sympathize with the heroine. I felt like the characters were just there moving along the page but not living. This is probably due to the fact I couldn't connect with the writing. A lot of the actions and what the author said did not make sense. The author was trying to prove a point that looks aren't everything, I think by saying the hero was attracted to the heroine even thought he didn't think she was the most beautiful person in the world. Would you want some guy to say, "Hey let's have sex even though I don't think you're beautiful but there's something about you that gives me a boner." Um, no. I felt like the author could've wrote his character and themes of beauty a lot better than this.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Ryan - Sweet Red Reader

    I knew as soon as I read the blurb that I wanted to read this book - an unattractive heroine is just as needed in the romance world as a curvy one - so this may be another case of me setting the bar unnecessarily high with my expectations. That's not to say that I did not enjoy the book - truly it was a delight and I really liked Ford and Gina. It was a great intro to a series (set to feature Ford's large family), as all of the secondary characters were likable as well. While I did like Gina and I knew as soon as I read the blurb that I wanted to read this book - an unattractive heroine is just as needed in the romance world as a curvy one - so this may be another case of me setting the bar unnecessarily high with my expectations. That's not to say that I did not enjoy the book - truly it was a delight and I really liked Ford and Gina. It was a great intro to a series (set to feature Ford's large family), as all of the secondary characters were likable as well. While I did like Gina and Ford's journey from Kiss Cam to HEA, there were times when the pacing of the plot dragged a bit and about halfway through I was beyond ready for Gina and Ford to go ahead and get in on so that they could hit the inevitable bump and get a resolution. But then when they hit the bump it was resolved so swiftly it was enough to induce whiplash. That being said, Avery Flynn did a fantastic job of expressing Gina's emotions in a way that I could really feel them with her, as well as depicting Ford's inner struggle to be a rule follower while falling head over heels in love. 3.5 out of 5 wine glasses.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vee Paige

    I really enjoyed this one. The only thing that detracted from my full enjoyment was the constant reference to how Gina looked. Otherwise, we got a hot cop, a good investigation braided with the romance plot, and crazy families from both sides that hit just the right amount of hilarious without being silly.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Janja

    ****3,5****

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