by Kathryn Harvey, Barbara Wood


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596528727
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 540
Sales rank: 296,412
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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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It could have been any island in any green sea in the world. A white villa stood at the top of a sheer cliff, overlooking aquamarine depths and crashing waves. An eighty-foot yacht rode at anchor, its crew in smart uniforms, keeping the boat ready for the whim of the man and woman up on the cliff. There was an exotic swimming pool behind the white villa; a woman swam in it, reveling in the pure air and silence of her retreat. A feast had been set out under a gently flapping canopy: bowls of iced caviar, chilled lobster and crab, fruit frosted in sugar, cheeses imported from all over the globe, four kinds of wine standing in coolers. No one waited in attendance. The two lovers wanted to be alone.

She got out of the marble pool, climbing up the curved white steps and going between two Corinthian pillars to where chaise longues covered in plush velour towels waited in the sun.
She moved languidly. She felt hot and sweet and ready for sex.

She didn’t remove her bathing suit. He would do that for her. Instead she stretched out in the heat and settled her eyes upon the television set that stood in the shade of the striped canopy. It was on. It was always on. She was waiting for something.

What People are Saying About This

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“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. 
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Butterfly 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 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.
jasminegood on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Not really my "style" but my MIL kept insisting I read it. I couldn't put it down!!!!!
Darla on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Lots of intertwining story lines, culminating in a decades-long revenge plot.
MsNikki on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This cliche ridden novel is ripe for the Lifetime Movie Channel. Poor runaway escapes horrible life at home for the bright lights of Holiwood. She hooks up with a young drifter with a heart of gold or so it seems until his own dreams get in the way of their relationship. A horrible betrayal pushes our heroine to the edge...and many years and successes later she'll have her revenge. I read it after my final exams in University, so I wasn't looking for depth.
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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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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. =]