Butterface (The Hartigans #1) by Avery Flynn
Released: July 30, 2018
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Reviewed by Keyrsten
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…
Gina has worked hard to create something of herself outside of the Luca name. She may be Big Nosed Tommy's granddaughter and her brothers may be part of the Esposito mob, but dammit she was more than her family's crime dealings. Her entire life she'd had to listen to the musing of what people said about her family, or the snickers of peers after the incident that left her with the undesirable nickname Butterface. Gina and her friends considered themselves the undateables. She had her wedding planning business, the Victorian home she was renovating, friends she adored, and had come to terms with the fact that she would be forever alone. Why then was she letting the butterflies in her tummy get the best of her when it came to Ford Hartigan? It was bad enough that he was one of the attractive ones who didn't know what it was like to be an undateable, but he just had to be a cop too.
Ford became a detective, despite being surrounded by a family of firefighters. He craved rules, structure, and discipline. Never had he considered himself the charming one of the Hartigan clan and preferred not to be the center of attention. Ford was content with his rules and his life, though he didn't expect something as innocent as a Kiss Cam to through his life for a loop. The second shock came later when he realized that the intriguing wedding planner happened to be the little sister of two loan sharks that worked for the Esposito mob he had been trying to put behind bars. No matter what his feelings are for Gina, they can't be together with her being a Luca and he a cop.
From the get go I was invested in Gina and Ford. My heart broke after the hotel fiasco, but I quickly saw hope when Ford found his way to Gina's home a week later. The two of them seemed like polar opposites, but that is what worked for them. Gina's witty free spirited demeanor challenges Ford's tense rule following ways. They both come in with insecurities that the other one doesn't understand, but they learn to help each other overcome those insecurities. She allows him to let loose and he brings to her a solidarity she hasn't felt in a long while. No matter how much they deny their feelings, they can't help but be drawn to each other. While they are stumbling about with each other you can't help but root for them and laugh at the little nuances that happen along the way. I'll never look at falling into a hole in the porch or a cannoli the same way again.
There were some instances I wanted more of. Their interactions with Gina's friends and Ford's family were great. Those scenes allowed you to see a different side of our lovers outside of how they saw themselves and how they saw each other. I was left wanting more of those moments when I got to the end. I also would have liked to see more of what happened with Gina's brothers and the Esposito family. We are given answers, but I would have liked more explanation as to what exactly happened to get to those outcomes.
By the end I was left wondering where the nearest Kiss Cam was and craving a good cannoli. Gina and Ford may not have been looking for love, they may not have felt they needed love, but sometimes exactly what you need may be the thing you weren't looking for. They weren't looking for each other, but now I can't imagine them not being together. Gina is Ford's rule breaker. Ford is Gina's dateable.
Rating: 4 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.