Butterfly  - Kathryn Harvey, Barbara Wood Butterfly begins as a woman is being accosted by a thief who has entered her home – but we are not witnessing a robbery, it’s all part of fantasy role play that takes part in a secret, exclusive club frequented by only the richest women in Beverly Hills.Once you’re accepted as a member, you get a gold bracelet with a butterfly charm, and access to the man of your fantasies – but everything comes with a price. As three women indulge in Butterfly’s most hedonistic pleasures, they all ask themselves who could be behind the club that has made their fantasies a reality.---------Personal Thoughts---------As I started to read Butterfly, the story sounded so familiar I didn’t know what to make of it. I did a little research and found out it had originally been published in 1986. Imagine my surprise when I realized I actually read this book back when I was a teenager!It was one of my fave books back then, and in reading it again, I instantly remembered why I loved this book so. If you ever saw the movie, What’s Love Got To Do With It and you cheered in the scene where Tina (after years of abuse) fights back and decides to take control of her life, then this is the book for you!I remember seeing this movie in the theaters and everyone cheering Tina on :)Butterfly showcases the lives of three women: Jessica, Trudie, and Linda. They are all customers of Butterfly – a classy, high-end Bordello whose clients are the most distinguished and rich women in Beverly Hills. (How incredible would having your fantasy man available any time of day – ready and willing to do whatever kinky fantasy you can think of? *fans self* Sign me up for lifetime membership! LOL)My favorite of these three ladies was Linda, who is a doctor. Due to an accident which left her emotionally and physically scarred when she was a child, she can’t open up to anyone and has trouble in her relationships, not to mention she has never had an orgasm! *faints* She comes to Butterfly to see if she can be ‘cured’, though her encounters are all masked. Her storyline resonated with me as it made me realize you have to love yourself before you can let others love you. It’s a powerful message. Then there’s Jessica, who is a lawyer. Her husband is a major jerk who belittles her and controls every aspect of her life. She turns to Butterfly to ‘find herself’’ and gather the courage to divorce her husband with some naked cowboy therapy. Finally there’s Trudie – who I just couldn’t relate to in any form/shape/fashion. Trudie is a business owner who runs a pool installation company. Trudie couldn’t get serious with a man unless he was her intellectual equal. In other words, she wanted her man candy to talk to her via a debate as this was the only way she found a man exciting. I don’t know, but when I’m around man candy, the last thing my brain is thinking about is ‘let’s talk’ LOLBut as these three storylines are occurring, the true heart of Butterfly unfolds in the story’s background. The harrowing and tragic story of the founder of the Butterfly club: Beverly Highland. Beverly Highland was born Rachel Dwyer, and when she was 14 years old (in 1952), her drunken father sexually abuses her, and her mother sends her across country where she thinks her daughter will be safe. But as Rachel arrives at her destination, she faces an even bigger danger – Danny Mackay. In awe of the handsome stranger, Rachel quickly finds herself enamored with who she thinks is her knight in shining armor.Alone in the world and with only Danny to turn to, it’s not long before Danny starts telling Rachel to ‘show’ him how much she really loves him. Succumbing to his pressure, Rachel soon finds there’s nothing she won’t do for Danny – even selling herself to strangers to make him money. But through it all, in the back of Rachel’s young and naïve mind, every situation Danny exposes her to is just a temporary setback to when they’ll be married and living out their happily ever after. When she turns sixteen, Danny bursts (in the most cruel way)her bubble of illusion she’s formed to keep her sane, and when he shows his true colors, Rachel is devastated.Alone in the world again, Rachel finds herself in Hollywood, CA, where she reinvents and transforms herself into Beverly Highland. The only thing fueling her existence is getting revenge on Danny Mackay for what he did to her. Along with a close knit group of friends who have also been victims of Danny’s greed in his attempt to rise to the top, Beverly sets the ultimate plan of revenge in motion.After everything Beverly endures, I found myself cheering for her and for all the women featured in the book to find their Happily Ever Afters – and Kathryn Harvey does not disappoint. Butterfly is a great read I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys a hot sexxy read with a side of revenge. http://readourlipsblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/review-butterfly-butterfly-trilogy-by.html?zx=643ef226413de414