Genre: Contemporary M/M
It’s got to be said: this book is a roller coaster. It starts off plodding and slow before building up speed and momentum by way of a TON of sexy scenes and some hot and heavy personal reflection until coasting back down to a slow, almost full stop. It’s a ride you have to want to get on to truly enjoy. But I promise that if you do? You’ll find it as deliciously worth it as I did.
Plot: It started as a simple assignment for Aussie bush guide Dave Taylor – escort a lone Englishman in quest of an unknown species of butterfly. However Nicholas Goring is no ordinary tourist, his search is far from straightforward, and it’s starting to look as if the butterflies don’t want to be found. As Dave teaches Nicholas everything he needs to survive in the Outback he discovers that he too has quite a bit to learn – and that very often the best way to locate something really important is just not to want to find it…
Review: I said it above, and I’ll say it again (cause I don’t want you to be surprised at my love for Butterfly Hunter and start to question my taste): this book has a lot of ups and downs, a roller coaster from start to finish. It starts off slowly and methodically, inching along as we are introduced to two characters who couldn’t be more different. There’s Australian guide, Dave, the sun-kissed macho man of the bush who leads groups through the wilderness for a living; he’s lonely though he’d be hard pressed to call it that and wishes for a relationship like his old flame has with her new husband. His antithesis is English aristocrat, Nicholas, an awkward, maladroit gay man who needs Dave to help him brave the Australian outback as he hunts for a rare species of butterfly. Their initial introduction is painful; their first few days in the bush awkward. Let’s be honest, watching these two feel each other out and learn one another’s quirks is all that I love in a book but it ultimately makes for slooooow reading. It’s not until Dave comes to realize that the fascination he feels for Nicholas goes far beyond the platonic that the story finally picks up speed. But once it does? Full steam ahead. Dave has to come to grips rather quickly with his bisexuality as the sexual side of his relationship with Nicholas heats up. It makes for great, introspective reading and the character development is amazingly nuanced. Also the tons of sexy (bordering on naughty) scenes don’t hurt in making the middle of book a quick read. I really enjoyed Butterfly Hunter because I truly enjoy watching a character discover a side of himself he didn’t know existed. It’s that a-ha moment that makes a lot of the plodding along at the beginning worthwhile. So caveat: wonky pacing and slow build might not be for all but, if you generally trust my recommendations, give this one a shot!
Things you may not like: sloooooow build-up; weird pacing and occasionally confusing plot elements; stilted dialogue; the ending is…questionable for me personally.
Things you will love: HOT HOT HOT HOT; character development and personal character growth is well written and satisfying; rugged and exotic Australian Outback setting; did I mention how sexy and hot it is?!