One night … one kiss … one touch … will change everything.
Kelley Moore’s tragic home life should make him a survivor. But when he’s uprooted yet again, his plans for a better future seem impossible. Being a player on and off the football field is all he knows, until Lenora Wells. The beautiful town princess makes him feel and want things he never thought he could have…
Lenora will do anything to get out of her town, even if it means dating the wrong guy. There’s one problem: she can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous, complicated boy with the unusual eyes who gives her butterflies and makes her question her choices.
When their lives collide, the world shifts and not in their favor. Four years later, the sins of their past can never be taken back and forgiveness won’t come easy.
College is a different game, a second chance for something better.
She’s not the girl he remembers and he’s the one boy she can never forget.
He’s made a name for himself as the star quarterback — the golden boy who can do no wrong. But he’s only interested in being her hero.
Despite everything, she can’t deny he still makes her heart flutter; and she’s got him chasing butterflies.
“I don’t think I’ve ever felt like that with anyone else.”
“Felt what? Butterflies?”
“If that’s what they call it. You’ve got me chasing them.”
I received a signed copy of Chasing Butterflies in my September Romance Reveal Book Box, and I was so excited to read it! This is a coming of age story about two high school teenagers who experience their fair amount of tragedy that tears them apart before finding their second chance in college. This was my first Terri E. Laine story and I was not disappointed.
The Story. I thought the characters and the story were very fleshed out and I enjoyed it immensely. The pace was on point and I felt it was a more character driven story because it was primarily about the romance. Lenora and Kelley both find themselves trapped by various circumstances and eventually say, fuck it, and do what they have both been fighting against. The side characters definitely added to the story. I really liked how I got to see Lenora and Kelley’s relationship in the beginning, and then four years passes by and I got to see where they end up. There were many twists and turns, some were predictable while others weren’t, and I thought it was very well developed.
Lenora. Lenora is constantly fighting for her freedom throughout this book and I was rooting for her to find it. She had a terrible support system in regards to both her family and her friends, and I was so happy when she found people she could truly trust. My heart broke for Lenora for all that she endured in this book, but she came out on top in the end and I could not be prouder for her. She did everything she could in order to keep those close safe.
Kelley. This sweet, sweet boy. He grew up with a drunk, abusive dad who ended up beating his son to unconsciousness more than a few times. His mom and brother were also dealt an extremely shitty hand and I just wanted to hug Kelley so hard. Kelley had a give no fucks attitude about him when it came to people getting in his way of chasing Lenora and I loved that about him. Kelley battles his way to achieving his dreams, and finding out he has even more to be thankful for than he realized. Kelley finally caught his break in the family and friends department, and he deserved it.
The Relationship. No one and nothing could keep these two apart. Lenora finally found someone who gave her butterflies, and Kelley was going to keep chasing those butterflies until he finally caught her. Lenora and Kelley definitely had lost of tragedy occur in their lives, but they also had a lot of happiness, which made them even stronger.
I would recommend this story to those who enjoy: high school/college romance, second chances, tragic pasts, butterflies, a strong heroine, and a protective AF hero.
Overall Rating: ★★★★/★★★★★