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- Print Length: 174 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1925869040
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: LIBRAtiger; 2 edition (15 September 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07GZ3GPJR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 23 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #454,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Butterfly Hunter (The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"The banter between Nicholas and Davey is fantastic. Humorous, natural and thoroughly entertaining in itself, but also meaningful and with a depth of emotion behind the words. I could have listened to these guys all day. … Beautiful and descriptive, Julie took me on a literary journey through the Australian Outback. To magical and enchanting places, but getting there was an adventure. … This for me was the beauty of the whole story, the most amazing things happen when you’re not looking for them. I loved Charlie, a wise native to Australia who is rooted in Dreamtime folklore, gave the story the magical touch. I adored the way Julie wrote about this character … The writing has a depth of empathy that makes you feel the characters, sharing their bit of paradise in the Australian Outback." Mark, Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
"Sure, I saw all the 4 and 5 star reviews. Sure, I knew that most of my friends loved it. But while I was reading I thought it was a nice enough story. But then, all of a sudden, my heart is breaking. And I realize that I have fallen head over heels for these characters and am smacked in the face with too much emotion." Breann, Boy Meets Boy Reviews
"How very lovely this softly flowing, sweet story is. It is extremely character driven (with the butterflies in question needing to be considered a character as well), with a setting that is at once beautiful and dangerous. It is written in such a way that it draws you in without you realizing, and I ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting because I wanted to see what happened." Lucy, Hearts on Fire Reviews
"This book was enchanting, with finely drawn, adorable characters and a delicate, tender love story that was to die for. … The characters are the backbone to this story. Both Dave and Nicholas were lonely souls (though otherwise fully capable of looking after themselves). The increasingly intense emotions between them never took away from their dignity or their masculinity. … In fact, it is almost as if the land was a character in and of itself, and it lends this book a solid reality as well as a hint of magic with the mystery that is the Dreamtime, interwoven strong and palpable with the storyline in a respectful and unobtrusive way. But the greatest lure of this book lay in the writing itself, which was exquisite." Feliz, Reviews by Jessewave--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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There’s a wonderful slow burn and initially hesitant relationship between the two main characters that just draws you in.
I became lost in Australia, lost in the big skies and in the fascination of Dreamtime.
It’s beautifully written and well-paced, I felt like I was sat in the back seat of the Cruiser, squashed amongst the equipment.
Also… Dave and Nicholas ring a bell – there’s something about them I can’t quite put my finger on –
As it says on the back cover of the book there’s ‘a hint of magic.’
Die beiden verbindet etwas – ob Dave möchte oder nicht, und mit jedem Tag mehr wird es stärker. Und während er Nicholas beizubringen versucht im Outback zu überleben, muss auch er sich eingestehen, dass er noch was lernen kann – und zwar, dass man manchmal, wenn man etwas sehr wichtiges versucht zu finden, es einfach nicht finden sollen möchte.
“Even ugly creatures feel love, you know. Even ugly creatures can create beauty.”
Wow. Wow. Wow. Es fällt mir gerade sehr schwer passende Worte zu finden, da mich diese Geschichte einfach nur auf besondere Weise gepackt hat, sodass ich sie in einem Rutsch lesen musste. Sie hat eine ganz eigene Stimmung, Atmosphäre. Und eigentlich, wenn wir ehrlich sind, was soll man schon von einem Buch erwarten, wo zwei Männer auf Schmetterlingsjagd gehen? Aber dass es mich so gefangen nimmt, hätte ich mir nie zu träumen gewagt. Die Mischung aus zwei unglaublich besonderen und sympathischen Protagonisten, dem australischen Outback, dem spirituellen Aboriginal-Touch und den wunderschönen blauen Schmetterlingen ist einfach unglaublich.
Dave, der von allen genannte ‚one-woman‘ Mann hat fest geglaubt, dass er mit Denise, mit der er von Anfang an zusammen war, alt werden würde, doch Denise hatte da einen andere Vorstellung. Und obwohl sie getrennt sind, sind sie noch immer Freunde. Dass es dann gerade ein Mann ist, der ihn aus seiner Einsamkeit holt, hätte er sich nicht gedacht, aber mit seiner sympathischen englischen Art kann man Nicholas eigentlich nur verfallen.
“You matter to me. If not to the sky…”
Nicholas sucht die Schmetterlinge aus einem bestimmten Grund, den ich hier nicht weiter ausführen möchte, da ich es niemals so schön wiedergeben könnte wie es in dem Buch geschrieben steht. Aber der Grund hat mein Herz berührt und lässt es auch jetzt noch nicht los.
Es gibt nur wenig Nebenprotagonisten, aber diese sind wirklich toll. Ich mag Denise, die eigentlich nichts mehr will, als dass Dave endlich glücklich wird. Ich mag Charlie, der diese Aboriginal Spiritualität vorantreibt und natürlich die Schmetterlinge, denn diese nehmen einen so wichtigen Teil in der Geschichte ein, und alleine an die Szene zu denken, als Nicholas sie das erste Mal sah, weckt in mir das Gefühl die Geschichte noch mal in die Hand zu nehmen.
Ihr seht, ich bin vollkommen begeistert und kann diese Geschichte jeden empfehlen, der eine wunderschöne Romanze lesen möchte. Von mir gibt es daher eine uneingeschränkte Leseempfehlung und ich freue mich schon auf den zweiten und dritten Band. Schön, dass ich die beiden noch nicht gehen lassen muss.
One is Julies writing style which I enjoyed, and the plot....who would have thought that going to find these butterflies would be so riveting! Being Australian the fact that Dave did not sound 'ocker' or talk in 'strine' was a bonus.....no 'sheila's and top blokes' here. Loved how Dave taught Nicholas how to order beer in a country bar, how there was no homophobia in the small country towns, except when his drunken mates gave them a mouthful.....and then were extremely mortified about it the next day. Nicholas and Dave were great characters, so different to each other, yet complimentry.
Another reason is the weaving of Aboriginal folklore into the story. The Aborigine has been in Aus for between 40 - 60,000 years and their connection to the land a deep and powerful thing. Charlie was a great character - a modern man, but also an elder and therefore keeper of tribal lores - how he wanted to help but there are things that cannot be told outside your own clan. So he hinted here and there. Moved me to tears when he told the story about how his friend, being the last of his tribe, taught Charlie one of their songs, a cultural taboo, so that it could still be sung to the land. And how Charlie wanted to teach this to Dave, so he could keep the song alive and take it back to the butterflies, but he had to speak to the other elders about it, as while not their tribes song, it was a bigger leap to teach it to a white guy.
The ending for me.....it was good, & happy, but. I would have liked an epilogue, yet maybe that is why the book has stayed with me with the little unanswered questions. Do they go back to the lagoon? Does Charlie teach Dave the song & rituals, and does he go back to perform it? For me, to have Dave do that would have been poweful to read and for Dave, with his deep connection to the land a way to give back to the country he loves with its song.
Metaphorical connection between Nicholas and butterflies is simple of course when the reader learns it, but it does not become any less poignant or beatiful to me.
"Now that Nicholas was moving about, the butterflies has mostly lifted away to hover around him, but a few had come to Dave instead. They seemed to be - He carefully lifted an arm to look closer at one. It seemed to be smelling him, or something with a long probing thing unwinding from just below its head to poke and dab at him. "What's he doing?"
"Drinking your sweat," Nicholas said, in tones that were amused and - it was true - slightly envious.
"Huh. Old pervs, the lot of you, " Dave retorted, though more fondly that he'd intended"
When Nicholas and David were finally together, I had a lump in my throat when reading the sex scenes - I do not often feel a need to reread sex scenes in the story, but here I did, because they were just as beatiful as every other part of the plot and characterization.
I really hoped that both of them will have many happy years together after the ending of the story, but I was also glad that regardless of how long they have Nicholas managed to "seize the day" just like his blue butterflies.
However, I was so moved, so deeply, by this book that I just want to say that it is not just good, it is beautiful.
I've gotten so tired of the formulae, the standard obstacles (Any nasty local pastor, anyone? Any mother throwing her child out in the snow-covered streets?), and the endless, predictable tear-jerking moments typical of M/M fiction that this book came like a cool breeze wafting over my soul.
It is a great and unique story, filled with metaphor, spirit, soul, acceptance and love. It didn't so much as make my eyes tear as my heart soar, and for that, I thank the author, most profoundly.
This is what I buy books for.
By all means read this book. If you only read one gay fiction book this year, make this the one.