|BUTTERFACE is the first book by Avery Flynn that I have read. |
When straight-as-an-arrow Detective Ford Hartigan meets wedding planner Gina Luca, they are pressured to participate on a Kiss Cam at a wedding. They are both left feeling somewhat dazed after such a great kiss.
Ford’s bucked generations of family tradition. He’s joined the police force instead of becoming a fire-fighter and his large family will not let him forget it. He’s got something to prove and one way to do this is to bring down a crime family, one Gina’s brother’s are involved with.
Gina’s a wedding planner whose family also has connections, albeit low level ones, to organised crime. Gina’s life may be squeaky clean but she’s still a person of interest to the police.
The elements of a romantic comedy in this book are very well written. The relationship between Ford and Gina is sweet and sexy. They had fun, they provided loads of humour, the attraction between them is palpable and hot.
The dark cloud looming over this book is the characterisation of Gina. She’s spent her life being ridiculed, mocked, and judged as lacking because of her unattractive face. Her looks have made her a joke her entire life. She’s a “butterface”. I must live under a rock because I have never heard the expression before and the cruelty of it shocked me. The author’s relentless reminders throughout the book often made for uneasy reading. Frankly, it was heartbreaking.
As much as I liked Ford, I was cheering for Gina. If she had decided Ford was not the one for her, I would have happily accepted it. The only people who seemed to be always on her side were her criminal brothers. Ford’s dilemma in deciding where to draw the line between professional and personal with Gina drives a lot of the plot but for me it pales in comparison to the way Gina was not only treated but how this manifested into her own self worth.
Overall BUTTERFACE is sweet, sexy and heartwarming. It’s the first book in The Hartigan’s book series and I am looking forward to reading more about them.