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Butterfly
     

Butterfly

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by Kathryn Harvey
 

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Above an exclusive men's store on Rodeo Drive there is a private club called Butterfly, where women are free to act out their secret erotic fantasies. Only the most beautiful and powerful women in Beverly Hills are invited to join ...

Jessica—The lawyer, who longs for the days when men were men, and women dressed to please them

Trudie—The builder,

Overview

Above an exclusive men's store on Rodeo Drive there is a private club called Butterfly, where women are free to act out their secret erotic fantasies. Only the most beautiful and powerful women in Beverly Hills are invited to join ...

Jessica—The lawyer, who longs for the days when men were men, and women dressed to please them

Trudie—The builder, who wants a man who will challenge her-all of her-with no holds barred

Linda—The surgeon, who uses masks to unmask the desires she hides even from herself

But the most mysterious of them all is the woman who created Butterfly. She has changed her name, her accent, even her face to hide her true identity. And now she is about to reveal everything to realize the dream that has driven her since childhood—the secret obsession that will carry her beyond ecstasy, or destroy her and everyone around her!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The pseudonymous Harvey's vivid, imaginative tale of a unique Beverly Hills brothel called Butterfly focuses on its wealthy founder, and three of her troubled female patrons. Discreetly located above an elegant men's clothing store, the brothel features costumed male ``companions''a masked burglar, a Confederate soldier, a Versailles courtier, a cowboycapable of fulfilling any woman's needs and fantasies. Lawyer Jessica Franklin goes there for relief from her cold, intimidating husband; Dr. Linda Markus tries to cure her frigidity; Trudie Stein wants affirmation of her feminity. Behind the scenes is Butterfly's owner, Beverly Highland, whose harrowing life story is interspersed with the current action of the tale . Having run away from home in New Mexico at age 14 after being abused by her alcoholic father, Beverly succumbed to the rough-hewn charm of Danny Mackay, who put her to work in a squalid brothel and forced her to abort their baby. Vowing revenge, plain Beverly attains beauty through plastic surgery, becomes an affluent California entrepreneur and cunningly plots against Mackay, now an influential TV evangelist and presidential candidate. Glamour, wickedness and passion spark this highly commercial novel, which builds to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion. $75,000 ad/promo; first serial to Cosmopolitan; Troll Book Club main selection. (September)
From the Publisher
“A steamy story of violence, sin, and corruption.” —San Francisco Chronicle

 “Glamour, wickedness and passion.” —Publishers Weekly

 “Sizzling!” —New York Daily News

 “Immensely readable.” —Chicago Tribune

"Butterfly is a great read I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys a hot sexxy read with a side of revenge." —-Read Our Lips!

From Publishers Weekly

The pseudonymous Harvey's vivid, imaginative tale of a unique Beverly Hills brothel called Butterfly focuses on its wealthy founder, and three of her troubled female patrons. Discreetly located above an elegant men's clothing store, the brothel features costumed male "companions": a masked burglar, a Confederate soldier, a Versailles courtier, a cowboy capable of fulfilling any woman's needs and fantasies. Lawyer Jessica Franklin goes there for relief from her cold, intimidating husband; Dr. Linda Markus tries to cure her frigidity; Trudie Stein wants affirmation of her feminity. Behind the scenes is Butterfly's owner, Beverly Highland, whose harrowing life story is interspersed with the current action of the tale. Having run away from home in New Mexico at age 14 after being abused by her alcoholic father, Beverly succumbed to the rough-hewn charm of Danny Mackay, who put her to work in a squalid brothel and forced her to abort their baby. Vowing revenge, plain Beverly attains beauty through plastic surgery, becomes an affluent California entrepreneur and cunningly plots against Mackay, now an influential TV evangelist and presidential candidate. Glamour, wickedness and passion spark this highly commercial novel, which builds to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion. $75,000 ad/promo; first serial to Cosmopolitan; Troll Book Club main selection. 
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. —This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595347803
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
353
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

Dr. Linda Markus was sitting at the dressing table, her arm raised, about to brush her hair, when she heard a sound.

Her hand froze. On her wrist there was a gold chain from which a charm--a butterfly-was suspended. As she sat suddenly still, listening to the night, the butterfly trembled on its delicate chain, glinting in the lamplight.

She searched the bedroom reflected behind her in the mirror. Nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary. There was the king-size bed on its dais; the satin canopy hangings and mattress ruffle, all a delicate peach color. On the bed lay her white hospital coat, her blouse and skirt, the medical bag she had tossed down after a tiring day in surgery. Italian leather shoes lay on the carpet next to the tan pool of her panty hose.

She listened. But all was silent.

She resumed brushing her hair.

It was difficult to relax. There was so much to think about, so much demanding her attention: that patient in the Intensive Care Unit; the meeting of the Surgical Review Board in the morning; the speech she had yet to write for the annual County Medical Association dinner.

And then, most puzzling, the phone calls she was getting from that TV producer Barry Greene-rather insistent, and not a medical problem, his messages said. She had yet to find time to return his calls.

There was that sound again! A sly, sort of surreptitious sound, as if someone were outside, trying to get in, trying not to be heard. . . .

Slowly lowering her hairbrush and placing it among the cosmetics and perfumes on the vanity table, Dr. Markus drew in a breath, held it, and turned around.

She stared at theclosed drapes. Had the sound come from the other side of the windows?

Dear God, were the windows locked?

She trembled. She stared at the heavy velvet drapes. Her pulse started to race.

Minutes seemed to pass. The ornate Louis XV clock over the marble fireplace ticked, ticked, ticked.

The drapes moved.

The window was open!

Linda caught her breath.

A cold breeze seemed to flood the room as the drapes began to part. A shadow fell across the champagne carpet.

Linda shot to her feet and without thinking ran to the dressing room. Pulling the door shut behind herself, she was plunged into darkness; she groped along the wall for the secret drawer.

There was supposed to be a revolver in it.

Finding the drawer, Linda frantically pulled it open and reached inside. The cold metal felt obscene in her hand; it was long and hard and heavy. Would it fire? Was it even loaded?

Returning to the door of the dressing room she pressed her ear to it and listened. Subtle sounds crept through the spacious bedroom: the creak of a lead-paned window, the whisper of disturbed drapes, the soft hush of rubber-soled shoes on the carpet.

He was in there. He was in the bedroom.

Linda swallowed hard and tightened her grip on the gun. What did she think she was going to do with it? Shoot him, for God's sake? She started to shake. Her heart was pounding.

What if he had a gun too?

She listened. She could hear him moving about. She reached down, grasped the doorknob, and inched the door open. At first she saw only an empty room. Then

There he was. At the far wall, moving aside a painting and contemplating the combination lock of the small safe.

She studied him. Her trained physician's eye saw beneath the tightly fitted black turtleneck sweater and pants the body of a man who kept himself in shape. She couldn't guess his age--a black knitted ski mask covered his face and hair-but he was wiry. Finely shaped buttocks and thighs moved beneath black fabric.

Linda didn't move, she didn't breathe, as she watched him expertly open the safe and reach inside.

Then he turned suddenly, as if he had felt her watching him. He stared at the dressing room door; she saw two dark eyes peer warily through the ski mask; a grim mouth and square jaw were outlined in black knit.

She backed away from the door, holding the gun at arm's length with her trembling hands. The single beam of light that spilled into the tiny room caught on the shivering platinum butterfly that hung from her wrist; it shot silvery reflections over the camisole and nylon slip she was wearing.

She inched back as far as she could and then stood her ground, watching the door, her finger on the trigger.

The door swung slightly at first, as if he were testing it. Then it swung all the way open and his black silhouette stood against the softly lighted bedroom.

He looked down at the gun, then at her face. Although his features were masked, Linda sensed uncertainty about him, thought she detected indecision flicker in his dark eyes.

He took another step toward her, coming into the dressing room. Then another step, and another.

"No closer," she said.

"I'm unarmed," he said. His voice was surprisingly gentle and refined, the distinguished voice of a stage actor. He had spoken only two words and yet in them she had heard a trace Of-vulnerability.

"Get out," she said.

He continued to stare at her. There were only a few feet 8 Kathryn Harvey

between them now; Linda could see the curve of biceps beneath the tight sweater, the calm rise and fall of his chest.

"I mean it," she said, aiming. "I'll shoot if you don't get out."

Black eyes in a hidden face studied her. When he spoke again there was a trace of incredulousness in his tone, as if he had just discovered something. "You're beautiful," he said...

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“A steamy story of violence, sin, and corruption.” —San Francisco Chronicle

 “Glamour, wickedness and passion.” —Publishers Weekly

 “Sizzling!” —New York Daily News

 “Immensely readable.” —Chicago Tribune

"Butterfly is a great read I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys a hot sexxy read with a side of revenge." —-Read Our Lips!

From Publishers Weekly

The pseudonymous Harvey's vivid, imaginative tale of a unique Beverly Hills brothel called Butterfly focuses on its wealthy founder, and three of her troubled female patrons. Discreetly located above an elegant men's clothing store, the brothel features costumed male "companions": a masked burglar, a Confederate soldier, a Versailles courtier, a cowboy capable of fulfilling any woman's needs and fantasies. Lawyer Jessica Franklin goes there for relief from her cold, intimidating husband; Dr. Linda Markus tries to cure her frigidity; Trudie Stein wants affirmation of her feminity. Behind the scenes is Butterfly's owner, Beverly Highland, whose harrowing life story is interspersed with the current action of the tale. Having run away from home in New Mexico at age 14 after being abused by her alcoholic father, Beverly succumbed to the rough-hewn charm of Danny Mackay, who put her to work in a squalid brothel and forced her to abort their baby. Vowing revenge, plain Beverly attains beauty through plastic surgery, becomes an affluent California entrepreneur and cunningly plots against Mackay, now an influential TV evangelist and presidential candidate. Glamour, wickedness and passion spark this highly commercial novel, which builds to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion. $75,000 ad/promo; first serial to Cosmopolitan; Troll Book Club main selection. 
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. —This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Meet the Author

BARBARA WOOD, writing under the pseudonym Kathryn Harvey, is the international bestselling author of twenty-five acclaimed novels, including New York Times bestseller Butterfly. Her work has been translated into over 30 languages. Barbara lives in California.

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Butterfly 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
MvanBeek More than 1 year ago
I read Stars and Butterfly in 1994. Till this day I remember the story. It stayed with me all these years and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story. Unfortunately these books are not available in our library s or shops in South Africa, so I have to order it. These story especially stars read more like a biography written like a novel, and the characters was almost as if they were real people once. I wish there was more books written By Katherine Harvey.
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Daryl_Hajek More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly this fast-paced drama fraught with racy elements and unexpected surprises with nifty twists and turns to keep the reader enthralled.  Didn't know about the two sequels until recently, but I'm not going to bother with them as it's well-known that sequels usually don't fare as well as the original. 
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I read this book many years ago. Just decided to add my favorites to my nook library and definitely had to add this one.
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lavenderlady2 More than 1 year ago
Good writing, sometimes a bit hard to follow as she writes about several characters devoting each chapter to one of the character's throughout the book. It is a very long book, but it is holding my interest.
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AngiePA More than 1 year ago
Totally AWESOME A MUST READ BUTTERFLY AND STARS!!! HOPE SHE'LL WRITE MORE STORIES LIKE THESE!!! THESE BOOKS R 20 STARS!!! LOVE HER BOOKS!!! Yes I READ THESE BOOKS BACK N 91, N I KNOW WHAT U MEAN THATS A BOOK THAT U WILL NEVER FORGET!!!
MommyMartin More than 1 year ago
This was the first adult fiction book I ever read and the first book with which I would stay up late and night reading. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, interesting stories. Liked it.
KhelseyJackson More than 1 year ago
The riches women in Hollywood belong to a secret club called Butterfly. The club is well hidden above a men’s clothing store on Rodeo Drive. Butterfly is where women come to let themselves be free and not have to worry about anything. It’s where fantasies come true. When I looked up this book I thought it would be a good book. I was wrong it was a remarkable story. It tells of Jessica, Trudie, and Linda stories. But the part I loved was Rachel’s story. Her story is, of love and heartbreak. The story goes back in time to let you know what has happened to Rachel. The first time you meet her you get to know her family and what’s it’s like for her. You follow each of the women’s stories through their time in and out of Butterfly. Some are married and are wanting some positive attention. I HIGHLY recommend this book. I know it is long but worth every little word! I couldn’t put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I read it a long time ago, and just re-read it!
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fabulous read enjoyed every word
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KLBooksAZ More than 1 year ago
I wish I could say I loved this book, especially after all the reviews...but, I can't. I found myself hurrying through the long, drawn out conversations to get to the next "something", "anything" that was going to happen. Rachel was an idiot to wait for Danny at the brothel, HE PUT HER IN!! Even I knew he was scum from the first time he said, "Hi" to her. I enjoyed the men/women fantasies the most, cause they were fun and sweet. And I liked how all 4 women ended up good in the end. But it was a very, very, very long story to get there. Too much of Beverly side-bars in between and Danny's traveling church show! I would say 1/2 the book was great! And the writing was good on the parts that I read and took interest in. =]
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Have you every dreamed of ploting the perfect revenge against your ex-boyfriend. Well look no further. My friend said "Every women should read this book". She was right. Perfect mix of romance and revenge.
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