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Because of Lucy: 2016 Revised Edition (Butterfly Days) by [Swallow, Lisa]
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Ness watches girls fall over themselves for Evan's attention, but she has no interest in the hot English student who includes poetry in his seduction techniques. 

Evan is amused by the uptight girl who refuses to fall for his charms, and engages in a battle of wits to win her over. But Evan is struggling with a side of his life he keeps hidden and the secretive behaviour threatens his new relationship with Ness.

When everything falls apart, Ness and Evan are both faced with difficult choices. All because of Lucy. 

Because of Lucy was originally published as a novella in 2013
This is a NEW EDITION that has been REVISED AND EXPANDED into a novel length book. The original novella is now no longer available.***

From Amazon bestselling author, Lisa Swallow.
Because of Lucy is an emotional new adult romance about an opposites attract guy and girl. This isn't a bad boy meets good girl book but is the story of two people struggling to escape others' expectations. And about a third person who changes all their lives.

*This is the first in a two book series but does not have a cliffhanger*

The Butterfly Days Series
Because of Lucy - Available Now.
Finding Evan - Available for pre-order. Releases March 29th

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  • File Size: 929 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01C38R8QA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Another beautiful story by Lisa Swallow
Because of Lucy is a beautiful love story between Evan, a young and seemingly carefree guy who's living the college lifestyle and Vanessa (Ness) who's uptight and trying to escape her parents control by so not doing the college thing. Both are trying to run away from their past and its expectations. In doing so they find refuge in each other. As their romance blossoms there is the underlying question of 'who is Lucy?'
This novel is beautifully written and handles the question of 'who is Lucy' extremely well. It will keep you guessing for a good part of the novel but that is the intrigue of this story. I loved Evan and Ness and enjoyed watching their romance blossom and their struggle to find who they are! Again this is another 5 star read from Lisa.
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By Sasha TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 February 2016
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I read this super-fast! Couldn't put it down. It was a smart, sexy and touching romance. The question of 'who is Lucy?' kept me guessing for a good part of the book! This turned out to be a gorgeous romance between developed characters, with the realism and sexiness of all this author's books. I particularly loved how the prickliness of Ness starts to soften, and the smooth hottie Evan has to actually work for something for a change. Definitely recommended for lovers of a well-written contemporary romance.
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By Demelza Carlton TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 February 2016
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A sweet, sexy story about pasts converging with the present, but the future is still wide open because both Evan and Vanessa have their lives before them and plenty of choices (and mistakes) they can make.

I enjoyed this one, particularly as it brought to life student life in the UK. And then bought the sequel and devoured that, too...
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Generally I don't read anything without an element of fantasy or paranormal, but I loved this book. The characters were so likable and the plot moved along at a perfect pace. A story about life, what it means to be human, and the power of love. Can't wait to read the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars <3 26 February 2016
By Book Freak [cha] - Published on
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Too much pressure from her parents made Vanessa decide to turn down med school and instead, worked in a call center. She wanted to run her life the way she wanted it to be. She moved in with her best friend Abby who loves to invite half of the university into their home.

Then one night, she met Evan – he’s everything she didn’t want in a guy. He’s arrogant, man-whore, drunk but he’s also a lit major and speaks poetry as his second language and let’s not forget that he’s also SUPER hot. But there is more to him than he lets on, and soon Ness will realize that.

Evan moved away from home to escape his past and Lucy. The moment Lucy appears in his life again, it threatens his new-found relationship with Ness. It’s not only that, Ness’ previous plans may pull them apart as well.

Half of the novel, I must admit – I was looking for Lucy. Wondering who she is and what is her relationship with the characters in this story. When I found out who she is, I was surprised, and saddened. Her involvement with Evan is not what you think it is, but she’s one of the reasons why Evan could not live his life the way he wanted it to be. He’s bound to Lucy – whether he likes it or not.

Ness understood it at first, but she also believes that even good people should have their limits, she wanted Evan to understand it. But he felt it was his responsibility, his burden. This is why I fell in love with Evan – not just because he’s a cool-walking Byron and can do wonders with his tongue even when he’s not speaking. Beyond the a** exterior – he’s a good person, responsible and very loyal to a fault.

Ness and Evan’s relationship was almost perfect as well – theirs were not the type that is all-consuming and unhealthy. They need not see each other daily or communicate every minute – but they knew their importance to each other and showed how much they care. Only that, none of them has said the “L” word.

This book reminds us that more than just showing our love for another person, words doesn't hurt either. Communication is needed for a relationship to work.

Because of Lucy is a short read that will make and break your hearts. I fell in love with the two characters, loved their relationship, wishing everything will turn out fine between them – because these two, most especially Evan deserves a happy ending.

“Our names. Evan… Vanessa…” He gives me the lop-sided grin, accompanied by a shine in his eyes. “Evan fits into Vanessa.”

Rating: 4.5 Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful love story 24 February 2016
By Sonia Chapple - Published on
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Because of Lucy is a beautiful and emotional story between Evan, a seemingly carefree college student and Vanessa (Ness), who's uptight, prickly and trying to escape her parents control by rebelling against college. Neither are happy with their lives and in trying to escape their past they find refuge in each other. This is a beautifully written story with extremely well developed characters. The underlying question throughout though is 'Who is Lucy?'
This novel will keep you guessing as to who Lucy is and along the way you watch Ness and Evans romance blossom. You watch them find refuge in each other and watch as they try to find out who they really are. This story is just beautifully written and definitely pulls on your heart strings. Lisa handles the sensitivity of parts of this story magnificently. I automatically one click any story she writes because she knows how to capture the reader instantly. Because of Lucy is no exception! You will fall in love with Ness and Evan
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5.0 out of 5 stars BECAUSE OF LUCY is back - longer, better, deeper and sexier!!! 30 March 2016
By Marns - Published on
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When Lisa Swallow revises, expands and re-issues first Butterfly Days novella, “Because Of Lucy”, a beautifully written NA romance novella becomes a heartfelt novel.

The “Because Of Lucy” novella was the first book of Lisa’s that I found not long after it was published and I absolutely LOVED that and it’s follow up novella “Finding Evan”. Thus, it was no hardship to re-read them in anticipation of the book length releases, and was reminded of Lisa’s recent book, “The Same Deep Water, which upon reflection was not a new direction at the time for her, but a return to an original angsty genre. The 2016 edition of “Because Of Lucy” is a fuller and deeper version of the original story and I devoured every word. Still, I thought the book was over too soon.

Ness, is flatting with her life-long friend Abby who is a uni-student. Ness has for-gone the expectation and the funding of her parents to attend University as a med student, and has opted for freedom in the form of a soul-destroying poor-paying dead end job. She comes home from said job to a flat that AGAIN is full of drunk noisy students complete with a comatose male body in her bed, and a sh1t-faced Evan getting in her face.
Ness has seen him around, knows what he’s like, and even though he’s gorgeous, she isn’t impressed. Next morning Ness is tired, pissed off at the mess and late. She’s snarking at a sofa-crashed Evan who can’t remember where he’s gone wrong, and more importantly can’t understand why he cares. Abby has not re-fuelled Ness’ car so a chivalrous Evan runs her to work and tries to redeem himself over their next few meetings, deciding they are destined to be together somehow. “Evan ... Vanessa,” he tells her. “Evan fits into Vanessa.” Now she wants to know his story, and OMG, so did I.

As their relationship develops, the usual NA dramas happen around and to them, but it is the enormous amount of stress placed upon them that could break them apart – Because Of Lucy. We don’t know who she is, or what she is to Evan’s past, but Lucy appears to be someone that he can’t, or won’t talk about, or move beyond. Both of them also have past family issues that colour the way they interpret each other’s actions – and their lack of communication makes things intensely difficult. They both know they are each the other half of themselves, but is that enough.
Lisa’s writing style delicately and truthfully deals with the pressures that family members place on each other, sometimes unknowingly due to illness, and also brings to light the lack of support that is available for those affected, as well as their loved ones.

I’d definitely recommend Because Of Lucy as a great must-read, as are all of Lisa Swallow’s books which are ones you should absolutely one-click!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping love story! 5 huge stars. 26 February 2016
By Louise Seraphim Reviews - Published on
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I originally read Because of Lucy when it was released in 2013, and was just a novella at the time. I absolutely loved it, and it started a big love of NA and of course Lisa Swallow for me. It was the first book of Lisa's I had read, and I have never looked back. It showed perfectly just how unique a writer Lisa is, and how her characters are so real and down to earth, at the same time being characters you could fall in love with, or even want to be. The writing style had me literally hooked on every page, and wondering what would happen next. I was routing for Ness and Evan, but at the same time frustrated with the both of them. I just couldn't help but be so moved by such 'real' characters, and their gripping love story. A love story that had it's up's and down's, like anyone else, but written so beautifully, you wanted to jump in the pages, and bang their heads together.

This revised version of Because of Lucy, is without a doubt worth reading if you have already read the original. It's now longer, making it a full novel, and has some great new scenes between Ness and Evan, that seem to show just how perfect a couple they really were. It also has a GORGEOUS new cover which is perfection!! So whether you are new to this story, or have already read the original, you need to go read this revised version, and fall in love with Evan!!! :)

Original review of Because of Lucy:

I had been waiting to read this for quite a while when I read about it on a blog. I loved the fact that for one it was set in the UK which made a nice change. I also liked how both lead characters had pain and secrets. So with all the things I love in NA, I was so excited to jump in to this book.

Vanessa (Ness) has started a job in telesales, a job she hates but has to do to prove a point to herself and her parents who had mapped her life out for her. She moves in with her old friend who has started at uni, so she's stuck in student life without being a student. Hell to some.

During one particular night of partying in her house, she comes home from work and meets Evan, a somewhat normal student, off his face. There is something about him but hard to tell. They end up bumping in to each other a few more times due to mutual friends and realise they have some things in common. I like the witty banter between them and the heat is crazy.

It's obvious they should be together but Evan has some demons that keep cropping up and causing probs. So without giving any more away, a fantastic read. There was moments where I was giggling like mad and then alternating with sighing and trying not to cry. It's packed with emotion and frustration. Also quite short so I flew through it as I couldn't put it down. Amazing ending that ticked all my boxes! Loved this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story!!! Must-Read!! 23 February 2016
By litljen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
(Spoiler Free Review)
Lisa Swallow always knows just how to grab the reader and get them invested in her stories right from the start. Because of Lucy is no exception. The main characters, Ness and Evan, appear to be complete opposites on the surface---she an upper-crust girl working rather than attending school and he a hard-partying, womanizing player studying English and Poetry at university. However, as they get to know each other and connect on a deeper level, they realize they are both more similar than they thought, desperately trying to escape the roles that they have been pigeon-holed into by their families. Evan is keeping secrets and trying to keep his walls up but eventually, he can no longer hide. Lucy is his biggest secret and she comes between them as he tries to deal with those secrets and how they repeatedly impact his life. He cannot escape her and once he confides in Ness, he finds the support and courage he needs to make tough choices. Ness brings out the best in Evan however, they need to tackle several major hurdles if their relationship is to succeed. In the end, because of Lucy, Ness and Evan discover what they really want out of life. Lucy leads them down the path they are destined for.

Swallow deftly navigates sensitive topics in a way that allows the reader to truly understand the situation. She makes us feel for the characters as they work through their struggles while also educating the reader on these difficult situations (trying to avoid giving spoilers!). One of the reasons I love Lisa Swallow's books is that the pace is always exactly what the reader needs----not too fast and not too slow. Some authors write books that are great but they read too fast and are over before you want them to be. That is not the case here. Swallow takes her readers on a journey that allows them to savor every page and every word. The characters are well developed and the dialogue and banter are both witty and fun. Swallow continues to be one of my favorite authors and Because of Lucy is just another example of her incredible writing. Don't miss this fabulous book!