Romance - Sizzle
284 Pages
Reviewed on 03/28/2022
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Author Biography

L.A. Nettles grew up in Midwest City, OK, with dreams of living in an exotic location, but ended up residing in Florida. When she's not chauffeuring and nurturing the artistic talents of her daughters, she is playing with their Corgi, Tofu, writing, and practicing yoga. Being a full time single mom, she credits her two lovely daughters as her inspiration to write, finding humor in everything, as well as the ability to practice self-love. After her divorce, she discovered there weren't many romance novels about middle-aged women. Her first novel, Butterflies, showcases the hilarious, thought-provoking, and sexually adventurous side of women in their 40s.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Forty-three-year-old Emerson Vaughn married right out of college. Unfortunately, life dealt her a cruel hand. Emerson lost her husband to a younger woman, and her eighteen-year-old daughter also left for college, making her a jobless empty nester. After licking her wounds, she contemplated a change of lifestyle. Emerson wanted to see the world, starting with Paris. However, she would see a sex therapist, courtesy of her best friend, Ashley. Emerson needed to lose her sexual timidity, address intimacy concerns, and get a total mindset overhaul! Dr. Alexander Jameson took her on a rewarding journey until things took an unexpected turn. Emerson had to choose. Will she grab the chance of a lifetime to see the world or take a second shot at love? Find out in Butterflies by L. A. Nettles.

Get your fans, ladies! It’s hot in here! Butterflies by L. A. Nettles was fun and an alluring story perfect for readers who love sprinkles of sizzle in their romance. The plot was exceptional, the story was unique and educative, and the character development was brilliant. I lived vicariously through Emerson because she tasted slices of heaven. She was witty, had a great sense of humor, and was intelligent. There was so much laughter, too. Ashley is that friend that everyone needs, and Dr. Jameson? Oh, Lord! Nettles is a very descriptive writer and I needed air to get through some toe-curling scenes! However, I also learned some lessons. We should never lose ourselves or dreams to hold on to another person. Always choose you. Basil was another interesting character, and I think deserves a story. Thank you for a beautiful book.

Emma Megan

Butterflies by L.A. Nettles is a beautiful romance novel about a single middle-aged woman who tries to move forward after an unexpected, heartbreaking divorce. After twenty years of marriage, Emerson Vaughn had to divorce her husband because he fell in love with a younger woman. Now Emerson is alone and must find a way to move on with her life. When her closest friend, Ashley, proposes to her to meet with a sex therapist to discuss her issues with intimacy, Emerson accepts. She wants to be able to experience once again the kind of love that gives her butterflies. And even though Ashley warns her about Dr. Jameson's unconventional methods, Emerson will often feel confused during the therapy sessions. She has to figure out if Dr. Jameson is really into her or all that is happening between them is part of the therapy?

Butterflies by L.A. Nettles is an intriguing love story and a deliciously inventive, sexy read. Even though this is a romance book, I loved that it's not that romantic. It's raw, daring, and unconventional as it tackles subjects like intimacy issues in both women and men, sexual experimentation and awakening that involves tantric massage, voyeurism, and adult toys. It's the perfect mix of passionate romance and naughty eroticism that can't disappoint any romance fan. L.A. Nettles has crafted a gorgeous story full of playful and humorous dialogue that adds to the characters' charm. Also, it's full of hot and spicy scenes that will make you blush. Butterflies by L.A. Nettles has definitely lots to offer romance fans looking for a sexy and entertaining read.

Diana Lopez

Butterflies is Emerson Vaughn’s story. She just got divorced and that was a very significant moment because it was a difficult situation; however, she is surrounded by people who support her. Seeking to renew herself as a person, she meets Dr. Alexander Jameson, a sex therapist. Through the sessions she will learn a lot about herself, free herself from prejudices, and fight for her independence as an individual. Dr. Alexander Jameson will also grow as a person because he will face life situations. Together, they will discover that the experiences of life have no limits, and to enjoy them, you must be encouraged to make new decisions. L.A. Nettles delights us with an original story without limits that will motivate her readers to seek the best in themselves.

Although the entire story is told from Emerson’s point of view, Dr. Alexander Jameson's background is also very deep. I liked it a lot because Butterflies is not concentrated only around a single plot. This way there is more realism, and you can understand the characters and their reactions much better. Emerson's liberation from taboos is inspiring. It's also nice to see her interest in and an effort to see who she really is. L.A. Nettles created a beautiful story with excellent erotic touches very well placed in the plot. The variety of situations is very impressive. It is very motivating to read the story of a woman discovering herself in such an intimate way and struggling to be herself. This book will inspire many women.