A Stella Review: The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring (Butterfly Hunter #3) by Julie Bozza

Standard

RATING 4,5 out of 5 stars

Dave and Nicholas, married for seven years now, are happily settled together – but as an Australian prime minister once observed, “Life wasn’t meant to be easy.” An unexpected threat to their beloved waterhole forces Dave to try asserting his unofficial custodianship of the Dreamtime site, and a visit from Nicholas’s nephew Robin doesn’t help as he brings his own surprises. And there’s always the question of Nicholas’s health hanging over their heads …

I have to say I’m very sorry to see the end of the Butterfly Hunter series, I can ‘t have enough of these characters. I would like to read a whole book/series about Robin, or another one on Simon, or Charlie, I would even read a het novel about Denise and Vittorio love. Not just them, all the persons I met during the amazing adventure reading this series was, caught my interest, they made me curious to know so much more and honestly I think it’s something it happened to me very few times.

The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring (I love the title) was perfect conclusion for a series that truly filled my heart with so much love and hope, I was smiling thousand smiles too. In this last installment things became a little complicated for my beloved couple, starting with the arrival in Australia of Nicholas’s nephew, Robin, then the aneurysm that hit Nicholas  and ending with the desperate try at saving the waterhole and the new butterflies. With all these occurrences, the book is fast paced, filled with secondary characters to discover and love. I shared with them so many laughs and a couple of tears when Nicholas was fighting for his life. What more pulls at my heart was the magic I felt through all the book (and series), the deep love that runs deep for the husband, for ex lovers, for the family and friends, and deeper for the land. The huge respect for their region moved me, especially considering how we are treating  and destroying the Earth right now.

Julie Bozza has confirmed to be one of my favorite authors, her writing so poetical, lyrical and mystical is unforgettable, I can’t wait for her to release new stories.

The cover art by Gayna Murphy of Mubu Design is lovely, I like the colours and the style a lot.

SALE LINKS   Amazon |   https://books2read.com/u/3J8gJE

BOOK DETAILS

ebook, second

Published September 15th 2018 by LIBRAtiger (first published November 1st 2014)

ISBN 1925869024 (ISBN13: 9781925869026)

Edition Language English

Butterfly Hunter series #3

A Stella Review: Of Dreams and Ceremonies (Butterfly Hunter #2) by Julie Bozza

Standard

RATING 4 out of 5 stars

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…

The Butterfly Hunter series by Julie Bozza continues with Of Dreams and Cerimonies, where I found Dave and Nicholas finally ready to spend their life together. After a simple marriage in Egland with their close families, which was exactly what I wish for myself and so I was swooning the whole time. After a lovely and cozy honeymoon with some mystery to solve (sold for some paranormal event). Finally they were back in Australia to start living the love they shared.

This second installment in the series was another beautiful journey into these young men love story. As it happened with the first one, I was sucked into the reading and enjoyed the lyrical and magical atmosphere that seemed to follow the couple wherever they were. The love they shared was always so delicate and pure it was inevitable for me to cheer on them and hope for a beautiful HEA. They were special together, how each one understood the other, fulfilled the other’s desires, they were simple perfect and so sweet and hot at the same time.

I can’t wait to see where the author will bring Dave and Nicholas in the last book.

The cover art by Gayna Murphy of Mubu Design is lovely, I like the colours and the style a lot.

SALE LINKS  Amazonhttps://books2read.com/u/boZdWp

BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, second

Published September 15th 2018 by LIBRAtiger (first published November 1st 2013)

ASIN B07GW44XH8

Edition Language English

Butterfly Hunter series #2

A Stella Review: Butterfly Hunter (Butterfly Hunter #1) by Julie Bozza

Standard

RATING 4,5 out of 5 stars

It started as a simple assignment for Aussie bush guide Dave Taylor – escort a lone Englishman in quest of an unknown species of butterfly. However Nicholas Goring is no ordinary tourist, his search is far from straightforward, and it’s starting to look as if the butterflies don’t want to be found. As Dave teaches Nicholas everything he needs to survive in the Outback he discovers that he too has quite a bit to learn – and that very often the best way to locate something really important is just not to want to find it…

I read the previous edition of this title in the 2015 and I gave it three stars. I’m not sure how much this just released second edition of Butterfly Hunter is different, from what I understood the author made just minor editing. That said, I’m surprised to say I quite enjoyed the novel and I upgraded my rating at four stars and a half. It totally deserved them.

I was very happy to meet Nicholas and Dave again, I remembered their story and the particularity of the plot caught my attention at the time. Yes, the plot is curious, I never heard or read a story like this one, but what perfectly worked here was the writing. It was so easily for me to be lost in the Outback with these men, to discover new butterflies, to fall in love. Every scene was so well depicted, I missed nothing, every new detail was mine to be seen. Moreover, I’m not sure how to describe it, I felt the magic, the sounds of the the words, a positive and luminous melody that lighted my spirit. I was gone.

And I was conquered by the characters too. Both Nicholas and Dave were so good in their souls, there wasn’t a single hitch that can’t be overcome, their actions and thoughts flew easily. Even the fact that Dave has never been attracted to another man, and then he finds in the englishman the love of his life, it was not an issue (as it should be). The new attraction was considered and processed, not a little drama done. And you could think it’s not real, but you would be so wrong. In the extraordinary on the plot, the story sounded to me real, simple and sweet and powerful.

I think it’s pretty clear I loved Butterfly Hunter a lot and it’s all Julie Bozza fault.

The cover art by Gayna Murphy of Mubu Design is lovely, I like the colours and the style. Cute.

SALE LINKS  Amazon

BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, second edition

Published September 15th 2018 by LIBRAtiger (first published August 1st 2012)

ASIN B07GZ3GPJR

Edition Language English

Butterfly Hunter series #1

Release Blitz – Butterfly Hunter by Julie Bozza (excerpt and giveaway)

Standard

RELEASE BLITZ

Check out the brand new covers for Julie Bozza’s Butterfly Hunter Trilogy

Book Title: Butterfly Hunter

Author: Julie Bozza

Publisher: LIBRAtiger

Cover Artist: Gayna Murphy

Genre/s: MM romance

Length:  57,000 words/165 pages

It is the first in a trilogy but is a standalone story.

Add on Goodreads 

Blurb

The most beautiful things happen when you least expect them.

It started as a simple assignment for Aussie bush guide Dave Taylor – escort a lone Englishman in quest of an unknown species of butterfly. However Nicholas Goring is no ordinary tourist, his search is far from straightforward, and it’s starting to look as if the butterflies don’t want to be found. As Dave teaches Nicholas everything he needs to survive in the Outback he discovers that he too has quite a bit to learn – and that very often the best way to locate something really important is just not to want to find it…

Buy Links

Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/bP58g7

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GZ3GPJR/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GZ3GPJR/

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07GZ3GPJR/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/888134

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/butterfly-hunter-julie-bozza/1115864769?ean=2940155765356

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/butterfly-hunter-1

iTunes US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/butterfly-hunter/id1423275975?mt=11

Excerpt from Butterfly Hunter

They were silent while Dave led his client out to the car park, paid off his ticket, found the car and put the bags in the boot, insisting in a mutter that he didn’t need Goring’s assistance.

It wasn’t until they were heading into the city on Kingsford Smith Drive that Dave finally spoke. “I’ll take you to the hotel. I booked it with an early check–in. I’m sure you’ll be glad of a shower and change of clothes.” When he risked a glance at the man, Dave was disconcerted to find that Goring’s smile once again had a wicked kick to it. “Um,” said Dave, “sir…”

“I always had a thing for chauffeurs,” the man confided.

“Huh.” Dave frowned, and stared very hard at the road ahead, though he wasn’t entirely sure how much he was actually seeing. “Well. What do you do when they don’t have a thing for you?”

Goring chuckled, sounding genuinely amused. “Ah, come on. Seize the day!”

“Mate, life’s not thatshort.”

The chuckle turned into a laugh – and Dave liked that. Still, he was relieved when Goring said, “All right, I’ll stop. Don’t mind me. I hardly got a wink of sleep on that damned plane.”

“You weren’t exactly travelling cattle class. Were you?”

“No, but …” Goring looked away, biting at his lower lip. He was a tall, scrawny man, and his lips were the plumpest thing about him. They were a dash of pink on his pale face. They were almost pretty. “Too much on my mind, I suppose.”

Dave let a beat go by, and then headed for safer ground. “Common wisdom is to stay awake for as long as you can today, and try not to sleep until tonight. Get into the new time zone as soon as you can.”

“Yes, so I’ve heard.”

“And I find that people like to start with a good breakfast, to keep their energy levels up. The hotel – you’re at the Hilton – is known for their breakfasts.”

“I see.”

“It’s up to you, but I’ll keep you company, if you like. For as much of the day as suits.”

“Starting with breakfast … ?”

“If you like,” Dave repeated. “And later, if you have people here, I can drop you off wherever. Just tell me what you want to do and then, you know, feel free to change your plans if you can’t stay awake any longer or whatever.”

Goring was staring at him. “I understand.” After a moment, he added, “I don’t know why I was expecting laconic rather than loquacious.”

Dave glanced at him. “Dunno if I’m your typical Aussie, mate.”

Another laugh, though wry this time rather than genuine. Then Goring asked, “Will Mr Taylor be able to join us for breakfast?”

“What?” Dave grimaced as he turned right onto Albert Street. They were almost there. “No, I’m – I’mDave Taylor.”

“Oh.”

“I guess I didn’t – No, I didn’t introduce myself. The meeting at the airport didn’t, uh –”

“Didn’t quite go as planned,” Goring smoothly supplied.

“No. My fault. Look, we’re here,” Dave said. “I’ll drop you off, and you can check in while I park.”

“No need. I’ll stay with you.”

Dave glanced at him, and thought that Goring wasn’t merely being polite. In any case, he needed to decide right away, as he was already approaching the car park. He nodded, and flipped on the indicator. So be it. Almost nothing this morning had gone as intended, so why not this as well?

They were silent again as Dave collected a ticket, and then quickly chose an empty space on the ground floor – it was still too early to be busy. Once he’d parked, they both got out, and met around the back of the car. Dave looked the man in the eye, and held his hand out. “Good morning, uh, sir. I’m Dave Taylor.”

Goring shook his hand with a cool firmness before disengaging. “I’m pleased to meet you, Mr Taylor. Call me Nicholas.”

“Dave.”

“David,” said Nicholas.

Dave grinned, and turned to open the boot, started lifting the three bags out. “All right, but no one calls me that. It’s Dave or – well, my friends call me Davey.”

“Would you join me for breakfast, David?”

“Sure. Thanks,” he added, quite genuinely. “We can talk over your trip. I’ve brought maps and such.”

“Good. Here, let me –”

But Dave only handed over the cabin–sized bag, and insisted on wheeling the larger cases. “I’ve got it,” he said. He attempted the three syllables as they emerged into sunlight: “Nicholas.” He wondered how long it would be before he was allowed to go with Nick or Nicky.

“Thank you.” The man’s smile was a little gentler by now.

Of course it had all gone horribly wrong so far, and God only knew what that meant for the rest of the trip, but it seemed that at least Dave had been forgiven for his part of the shambles. He nodded, both accepting and returning the thanks. Nicholas seemed to understand. As they walked shoulder to shoulder into the hotel, Dave dared to think the next three months mightn’t be a complete disaster.

OTHER BOOKS IN THE TRILOGY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE NOW

Of Dreams and Ceremonies 

Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/boZdWp

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GW44XH8/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GW44XH8/

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07GW44XH8/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/888523

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/of-dreams-and-ceremonies-julie-bozza/1117914819?ean=2940155769217

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/of-dreams-and-ceremonies-1

iTunes US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/of-dreams-and-ceremonies/id1424568151?mt=11

The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring

Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/3J8gJE

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GW67FDY/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GW67FDY/

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07GW67FDY/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/888862

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-thousand-smiles-of-nicholas-goring-julie-bozza/1120651999?ean=2940155772354

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-thousand-smiles-of-nicholas-goring-1

iTunes US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-thousand-smiles-of-nicholas-goring/id1425497184?mt=11

The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy [Boxed Set]

Universal Buy Link: https://www.books2read.com/u/m0gekV

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GX6DLH8/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GX6DLH8/

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07GX6DLH8/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/891811

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-butterfly-hunter-trilogy-julie-bozza/1120839960?ean=2940155787853

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-butterfly-hunter-trilogy-boxed-set

iTunes US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-butterfly-hunter-trilogy-boxed-set/id1434315182?mt=11

About the Author 

Julie Bozza is an English-Australian hybrid who is fuelled by espresso, calmed by knitting, unreasonably excited by photography, and madly in love with Amy Adams and John Keats.

Social Media Links

Blog

Website

Facebook 

Twitter

Pinterest

Goodreads

Giveaway

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a chance to win one of 10 copies of any ebook from Julie’s backlist.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

RELEASE BLITZ SCHEDULE

Hosted by Gay Book Promotions

A Stella Review: The ‘True Love’ Solution by Julie Bozza

Standard

RATING 3,75 out of 5 stars

the-true-love-solutionJules Madigan loves his family and he loves his job. The only thing he’s missing out on is a Happy Ever After, like the ones written by his favourite romance author Ewan Byge. While he’s waiting for that HEA, Jules indulges himself in buying Ewan’s old typewriter as memorabilia – before realising he’s been defrauded. Through the fraud case, he makes friends with Police Constable Leonard Edgar – and through Leonard, Jules even gets to meet and work with Ewan Byge Himself! But the course of True Love never did run smooth, and soon Jules has to face some harsh realities.

I discovered Julie Bozza in the Butterfly Hunter series and fell in love with her style. That’s the reason I soon jumped into the chance at reading The ‘True Love’ Solution. What I particularly like  of this author is her way with words, she can always bring me into real and at the same time dreamy worlds. This is exactly what I felt with this last story.

I have to say Jules was my favorite, he has passion and a lot of love and care to spread around. How he loves his dad and his sister was deep and unconditional and this feeling flew easily to me thorught all the story. And he’s a greedy reader of romance, especially by his favorite author. And just this passion will lead him to be fraud, meet the cute Leonard and the same author in person. 

Although I quite enjoyed the characters and the writing a lot, I’m not a fan of love triangle and that’s the reason why I’m not giving The ‘True Love’ Solution a higher rating. Even if the interest between Jules and Ewan never actually evolved and Jules and Leonard weren’t together yet, it still felt to me like he was betraying Leonard and the potential HEA I was waiting for.

The cover art by Natalia Bratslavsky is well done, I have to say I like all the covers by Manifold Press, plus I love flowers.

Sales Links

9e7ee-all2bromance2bbutton

7104e-waxcreative-amazon-kindle

BOOK DETAILS

Word Count: 45,000

Publication Date Feb 01, 2016 by Manifold Press
ISBN 9781908312372

Edition Language English

Review Tour and Giveaway: Julie Bozza’s The ‘True Love’ Solution

Standard

The “True Love” Solution – Julie Bozza

Author: Julie Bozza
 
Length: 45,000 words
 
Publisher: Manifold Press
 
Blurb
 

Jules Madigan loves his family and he loves his job. The only thing he’s missing out on is a Happy Ever After, like the ones written by his favourite romance author Ewan Byge. While he’s waiting for that HEA, Jules indulges himself in buying Ewan’s old typewriter as memorabilia – before realising he’s been defrauded. Through the fraud case, he makes friends with Police Constable Leonard Edgar – and through Leonard, Jules even gets to meet and work with Ewan Byge Himself! But the course of True Love never did run smooth, and soon Jules has to face some harsh realities.


Author Bio
 

Julie Bozza is an English-Australian hybrid who is fuelled by espresso, calmed by knitting, unreasonably excited by photography, and madly in love with John Keats.

 

 Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway
https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js