Impulsive Butterfly by Kay Gregory features, quite frankly, a rather skeezy romance where an engaged owner of an employment agency tries to find work for a woman he’s attracted to.
Illustrator: Will Davies
Imprint or Line: Harlequin Romance #3058
Published by: Harlequin, Mills & Boon
Genres: Category Romance, Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback, Hardcover
Buy on: Amazon, AbeBooks
Reviewed by: Introvert Reader
“What an extraordinarily beautiful girl.” Those are the first words spoken by Seth Hagan, the purported hero of Impulsive Butterfly. He says this as he watches a woman on the street from the window of his office. It so happens that his assistant and fiancee, Marian, is standing nearby.
She goes to the windows and takes a look. Marian mentions that the woman dressed in boho clothes with long, black-brown hair is lovely but not his type. Marian is a classic blonde beauty dressed in a business suit. The pair turn away from the window, both supposedly forgetting about the woman.
Jet Kellaway, the woman they were looking at, was down on her luck, out of work–again. She decided, on a whim, to come to Hagan’s Employment Agency despite a lousy track record lined with many short-lived jobs, aware that it didn’t make a good impression.
Seth, head of the agency, doesn’t have a job for Jet, but he’ll find one. He’s all too willing to assist Jet in her search. He tells himself he’s just doing a good deed to help out a woman in need. Jet is instantly grateful.
Marian, Seth’s “capable” secretary, is a highly competent co-worker/employee and disapproves of Seth’s helping Jet.
Is Jet letting her feelings of gratitude turn into something more?
Jet was flighty–hence Seth’s nickname for her as his ‘butterfly.” And, oh, was Seth creepy but slick. If we distill the characters into cliches, Jet is the manic pixie dreamgirl, and Seth is a nice guy–not the genuinely decent human being heroes I adore–but a nice guy™, in modern parlance.
Seth and Jet go on a business trip, and wouldn’t you know it? They do the naughty. Seth is awkward about the situation and pretty much blows off Jet.
So Jet leaves town, and it’s only after Marian breaks off her engagement with Seth that he seeks his “Butterfly” out. There are some more surprises in store, but those two oh-so-deserving kids finally get their HEA.
Steam Factor: Warmish
There is one love scene in Impulsive Butterfly. It’s not very detailed, as it delveH more into the emotional aspects than mechanics. however, there is a lot of heavy flirting and “will-they-or-won’t-they?” scenes throughout the book that bumps up the erotic factor in this Harlequin Romance.
Final Analysis of Impulsive Butterfly by Kay Gregory
Impulsive Butterfly by Kay Gregory had skeezy elements I am not a fan of cheaters, particularly when the hero is so flagrant about it and the heroine is portrayed as a little miss innocent who just gets carried away by her helpless emotions.
Even so, there was something intriguing about this romance. Despite the negative aspects, I sort of liked it. But I didn’t like myself for liking it.
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This butterfly had seared her wings
Jet Kellaway had come to Hagan’s Employment Agency with a history of flitting from job to job. She knew her background looked bad. But no matter how down on her luck she was, she wouldn’t be patronized by the agency’s dictatorial owner, Seth Hagan.
She knew she should have been more cautious when Seth went out of his way to help her. She shouldn’t have let her emotions for him go beyond gratitude.
Most of all, she shouldn’t have forgotten that he already had a very efficient and perfectly suitable fiancee. And neither should he… .Impulsive Butterfly by Kay Gregory