Reviewed by Tori (Vicki)
TITLE: Of Dreams and Ceremonies
SERIES: Butterfly Hunter #2
AUTHOR: Julie Bozza
PUBLISHER: Manifold Press
LENGTH: 148 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 1st, 2013
It seemed like a great idea at the time… Aussie Dave Taylor has followed Nicholas Goring to England, and the lovers have become engaged. But now Dave has to cope with living in a mansion full of family and servants, making wedding plans, getting his head around visa applications, and wondering why on earth he’d ever want to wear a ‘mourning suit’. He’s not sure if it will prove any easier, but right now Dave would love to just skip ahead to the honeymoon…
Of Dreams and Ceremonies is the sequel to, and picks up right after, Butterfly Hunter. I don’t think I can review this one without some spoilers from the first book… The big spoiler from Butterfly Hunter is that Nicholas and Dave reunite in England at Nicholas’s family estate and become engaged. This book is the story of their engagement, wedding (civil ceremony) and honeymoon. I’m sorry, there is no way to talk about what happens in this book without giving that away!
As we know, Nicholas is the youngest son of an English Earl, and Dave is a tour guide from Australia. The two met when Nicholas hired David to help him find a previously unidentified butterfly species in Australia, where they had an adventure in the outback and fell in love… Now they are in England at the Goring family estate, where they not only plan a wedding, but also have to decide which country they will live in, and how to make that happen.
The two do get married, I won’t give away those details, but it was lovely! And their wedding night…. sweet and sexy! Then they head out to the cost of Cornwall to spend two weeks in a small cottage near some mysterious standing stones. Much sex is had, lovely and naughty, and a little adventure occurs when Nicholas’s curiosity gets him in some trouble.
I liked this book just fine, but it just didn’t have a lot of plot. It’s really an extension of Butterfly Hunter, and that’s fine, but I wish it had a little more substance to it. That being said, it was a very nice book. I loved seeing the relationship further develop between Nicholas and Dave, and how they interact with their respective family members. The sex scenes between them are wonderful, gentle yet hot. The little bit of mystery was a nice addition, and the ending was sweet. I’m hoping we see more of what happened at the end of the book, in the next book.
If you read the first book, you have to read this one, it was very enjoyable, just don’t expect a lot of plot. If you haven’t read the first one, you need to, this is a sequel and not a stand alone story, so please read it first so you know who these wonderful men are!