Don’t Give Me Butterflies

DON'T GIVE ME BUTTERFLIES coverBook 3 in the Holloway Girls series
Author Tara Sheets
Narrated by Joell A. Jacob
Published by: Tantor Media
Publication date Jul 30, 2019
Running time 10 hrs


Pine Cove Island calls to her soul . . .

As the Queen of Impulsive Decisions, Kat Davenport has found herself without a job or a place to live. So settling on Pine Cove Island isn’t the sanest choice—meaning it’s perfect. Like the mysterious Holloway cousins, Kat has her own unique gift. In her case, it’s a knack for communicating with animals. Which makes getting hired at the local animal shelter feel like kismet. Especially when she finds a room to rent at a nearby lavender farm—complete with a sweet landlord and her brawny grandson—a guy who happens to give Kat an all-too-familiar flutter in her stomach . . .

Jordan Prescott isn’t back in Pine Cove to find romance. He’s here to sell the family farm, a fact that bewilders Kat. A former foster kid, she can’t understand why he’d give up his childhood home. So when the big-hearted beauty starts bringing home strays from the shelter, Jordan is suddenly her adversary. Until their fiery disagreements turn into fiery kisses . . .

Now Kat is falling for a man who will likely make her homeless yet again. Unless she learns how to lend her considerable powers to taming the beast lurking inside this prince . . .


My Take Oblong Shaped

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


I enjoyed the first book in the series DON’T CALL ME CUPCAKE, but found several areas fluffed-over and hard to believe.  As much as I enjoyed the Dr. DooLittle-ish abilites of the love interest, and champion of animals, Kat Davenport, and the “don’t want to go home again” male-interest, Jordan, how their relationship developed, and his charming aunt, the real focus of the story is about Kat, whose mother died around her birth, finding a place where she belongs. Having grown up in the foster system she’s been searching for a place where she feels anchored by love and acceptance.  She’s remarkable in not needing material items for happiness.

Her abilities to communicate with animals are sweet, and match up with someone in the Holloway family.  But much of the story is  about finding artifacts that would substantiate the feeling that Kat might be a Holloway. 

Like the house in A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, the Holloway house has a mind of its own: Approving and disapproving of people, changing the content of trunks, and delivering documents, belongings and photos as needed.  Throughout, All I could think was Go to Amazon and buy a genetics testing kit. There you go, answers in weeks – it’ll identify cousins by degree and probability.   And, it would have brought the plot to a faster, less interesting, climax. 

On the other hand, if you like animals there’s a nice narrative about care and love of our non-human companions on earth and the sweetness of those who work to help them.  And, while the narrator occasionally sounds as if she is reluctant, listening for a few moments immediately before writing this she sounded more natural. Sometimes my issues with a narrator are solved by becoming familiar with their style.

If you enjoy light-hearted, witchy, family-seeking romance with a build-up of attraction but not much steam then this sweet story might be for you.


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