Butterfly Serenade

Butterfly Serenade

by Julianna Douglas


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Whore. Slut. Tramp.

I don't want to believe the words, but they're true. Having sex with strangers temporarily affords me the necessary control to quiet the demons from my nightmares. But each unfulfilling encounter leaves me more emotionally empty than before. I'm trapped in a dead, brown shell, unable to break free.

Until the day he walks into my life.

Colin is everything that's good and pure-a beacon of light to my dark, lost soul. His music is a soothing balm, warming long-frozen places inside me. His kindness disarms me, making me long for more. But to have more, I'd need to reveal the horrors of my past.

And I can't tell anyone. It'll tear me apart.

I've been waiting for her all my life.

From the moment I laid eyes her, I knew Rose was my soul mate. I'm drawn to her inner beauty and yearn to show her the love she's never known. The pain reflected in her lovely amber eyes rouses emotions deep within me, stirring the music in my soul and making my fingers take flight over the keyboard.

But Rose is a woman holding closely guarded secrets.

More than my next breath, I want to quell the haunted look in her eyes ... heal her broken spirit and make her whole again. She doesn't believe that's possible. But I won't give up.

Not until she lets me love her-all of her.

Warning: Contains graphic descriptions of abuse that may distress some readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542403870
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Julianna is a hopeless romantic and believer in fairy tales. Even as a little girl, her fondest dream was to find a Prince Charming who would sweep her off her feet. She's happy to report she's been married to him for twenty-two years. Although she's been an avid reader since she was two years old, she never envisioned herself as a writer until six years ago. Now she feels like she's finally found her life's passion. The muses keep the ideas flowing faster than she can put them on the page. She hopes that her readers will love her characters and stories every bit as much as she's loved creating them.

Julianna currently lives in hot, sunny Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, an adult son, a teenage daughter, a Husky/Great Pyrenees mix dog, and two cats. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, hanging out on GoodReads, surfing the web, watching TV or movies, book shopping, and feeding her insatiable thirst for knowledge.

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Butterfly Serenade 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jcresce1 More than 1 year ago
This may be a tough read for some people. Rose has had a tough life. She see's herself in an awful life but she is much more than she gives herself credit for. Colin is there to help her realize who she really is and who she can become. This was a tear jerker for me but I loved Colin, he was so sweet, patient, and kind. What a wonderful story.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
What an emotional journey that really broke my heart, all that this woman has been through from the abuse to the healing is so much more than my mind can wrap around. The author gives you a compelling read of young hearts with a woman that has seen it all. It takes a lot to heal a broken soul that so many have put down. That is until the day Colin came barreling and just about knocked her down the stairs. I fell in love with this man from the start with his sweet and kind ways. As the author takes us on a journey of new love blossoming she throws in a few twists that keeps the story interesting and the reader invested. Will love win or will Roses past take away the one thing that could change her life forever? Rose is a very complex person the author gives you a hint of what she has gone through as you get more into the story you learn more. I doubt you can read this and not be touched deeply in some way. Rose is her own worst enemy it’s like she can’t believe any good will come her way, and she is hell-bent on destroying her life. As I came to know her I really just wanted to hold her, hug her and give her the love and support she needs. Rose is a good example of what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. She has unbelievable strength if she only believed in herself. Colin is so patient with her, he sees so much more in her than she does herself. There are a mixture of characters good and bad, some you will love other you wish you could do some damage to. It is well written and well-balanced that pulls you in and takes you into the dark world that Roses has lived in. It has been a long time since I have read something this emotional, you feel each up and down the characters go through. My emotions were all over the place. I enjoyed the twists and turns as well as the romance. It is a very compelling read of pain, sorrow, and then turns into learning, healing and love. The author took a lot of time thinking this plot over giving in-depth details with a very believable story. I was hooked from the first page.
Mollien More than 1 year ago
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 This was a very intense, raw, emotional story about a young woman who suffered from brutal attacks from her stepfather and an amazing young man that helped her get past her demons. This may be a hard book for some people to read because of the content. The author doesn’t hold back in the descriptions of what Rose was subjected to and what she subjected herself to as a coping mechanism. The plot of this story mainly takes place on a college campus. Rose is a student studying nursing with her best friend. Rose is a troubled young woman who was repeatedly beaten by her stepfather and ultimately raped by him. Now she is on her own and trying to build a life for herself, but when nightmares plague her sleep, she goes out on the prowl looking for sex that she can control. When gentle, caring Colin enters her life he slowly brings back the beautiful woman that Rose truly is. The chemistry between Rose and Colin is loving, caring and beautiful. The pacing of this story was intense. It was emotionally difficult to read this well-written story. The ending was hard hitting and maybe a little over the top, but I did appreciate the HEA in the end. The characters in this story were very well defined. I felt like I knew and understood them. I did enjoy this story and I am sure that it is one of the ones that I won’t soon forget. PLOT 5 Stars CHEMISTRY: 4 Stars PACING: 4 Stars ENDING: 4 Stars CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 5 Stars Review Copy of Butterfly Serenade provided by the Sweetly Sensual Romance I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club