Thursday, 2 March 2017

Blog Tour: Emma Scott's "The Butterfly Project."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Emma Scott's "The Butterfly Project." 


"Where you are is home..."

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change...

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime. 

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness. 

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever. 



This book!!! "The Butterfly Project" has captured my heart and kept me engaged throughout every single page. It was another beautiful story that wowed me from start to finish. Zelda and Beckett's journey of guilt, pain, love and absolution is one that I wholeheartedly recommend reading. You won't be disappointed. 

"In a room of a hundred people, he saw only me." 

Zelda was the perfect heroin; strong, gutsy and a fighter. She wasn't having the best of times, trying to start a new life in New York whilst being surrounded by her feelings of remorse and loss. However, Zelda refused to give up chasing her dream and finding a way to redeem herself from her past. Meeting the beautiful Beckett was the beginning of a new start for Zelda. As soon as I met Beckett, I was given the impression that he was going to melt my heart and I was right. Beckett had a lot in common with Zelda and that is why their relationship seemed to work so well. Beckett had made bad choices with his life and was continuing to live with the consequences. He was consumed with guilt and shame, perhaps more so than Zelda and was struggling to find any sort of happiness in his life. Beckett refused to move on and accept forgiveness for his actions. This made me so sad because I could see what a good person he was. When he met Zelda, I hoped that he would begin to accept some much needed love and understanding from her. 

"Zelda was a balm for my eyes. A beautiful sunrise after a week of gray skies." 

Zelda and Beckett's journey together was perfectly paced, not once did I become frustrated or feel that their story had been drawn out. I adored every single minute of watching Zelda and Beckett's love blossom. The couple were true soulmates. They needed each other to deal with their pain and to fight the shadows of their past. As Zelda and Beckett grew stronger together, the more I fell in love with their gorgeous relationship. I knew that they would make the most perfect couple and I was right. The chemistry between Beckett and Zelda grew and grew until they couldn't take it any longer resulting in an explosive kiss that made my heart skip a beat. That was one of my favourite scenes. 

"This beautiful man was kissing me and all I wanted to do 
for the rest of my life was kiss him back." 

This was my third read from Emma Scott and and I have yet to be disappointed. Emma's writing is simply flawless, meaning that I highlighted and highlighted almost every single word and found myself rereading a lot of the dialogue because it was so romantic. Emma's novels have the ability to grab hold of your heart and never let go. She is easily one of my new favourite authors. 

"I was lost without you, Beckett. You found me. You brought me home." 

I loved this tale of second chances and a love that warmed my heart. 

"The Butterfly Project" gets 5 hearts from me. 


“Why do you stay if it’s so hard to live here?” I asked. 

Beckett took a drag from his cigarette, as if he were buying time before answering.

“Brooklyn, born and raised,” he said finally, still not looking at me. “Where else would I go anyway? Different city, same struggle.” He finally brought his gaze to mine. “So you’re getting out?”

“On the bus, tomorrow,” I said. “I can’t stay. I was here for a job interview—sort of—and it fell through.”

“What was the job?”

“You’ll think it’s stupid.”

“Yeah, I probably will.” His smile was dry.

I laughed a little. “Smartass. I draw graphic novels.”

He stared at me blankly.

“Long-form comic books that tell one continuous story,” I said.

“Like The Walking Dead?”

“Exactly. I have one mocked up and I came here to pitch it to a few publishers. They all rejected me. Well, one half-rejected me, but it doesn’t matter. I can’t stay in the city long enough to make any changes, and I wouldn’t know what changes to make if I could.”

Beckett studied the cigarette between his fingers. “Why can’t you stay?”

“Where do I start?” I ground out my cigarette under my boot heel. “My poor planning? My dwindling funds? The fact I was robbed today? Or that I was naively hopeful the publishers would adore my work and sign me on the spot? Take your pick.”

Beckett shook his head, his mouth turned down in his grimace. “Wait, go back. You were robbed?”

I nodded and waved away the last of the smoke, wishing my failure could be as easily dissipated. “I came here like a wide-eyed twit with a dream, and I crashed and burned.”

“You tried. That’s more than most people do.”

“Tried and failed.”

“So try again.”

“I wish,” I said, letting my gaze roam over the dingy back alley. “I feel like I’m so close to breaking through. That last publisher gave me some hope. If I could pull a few weeks out of my ass, I’d have a chance. But it’s impossible. I have to go back to Nevada.”

“You don’t have friends or family nearby?”

Yes, and only two hours by train.

“No,” I said, and decided I’d said enough to a total stranger. The last thing I needed was the terrible homesickness to well up again. I stood and brushed off the ass of my pants. “Anyway, it is what it is. Thanks for the smoke.”

“Were you hurt?”

I turned, glanced down at Beckett. “What?”

“You said you were robbed,” he said, his voice low, his eyes holding mine as if he were forcing himself to hear this. “Did they hurt you?”

“No, I… No. I wasn’t there. It was a break-in.”

He leaned against the wall and his sigh plumed out in front of him in the cold air. It sounded relieved. “I’m sorry, Zelda.”

I frowned. “Not your fault. Like I said, the city kicked my ass. The sooner I get the hell out of here, the better for all involved.”

Beckett ground out his smoke and got to his feet. He was at least six-two, yet it didn’t feel imposing to stand in his shadow. It felt…Safe. I feel safe with him.

“Do you know how to get back to wherever you’re staying?” he asked.

“The same way I got here, only in reverse,” I said, covering my unsettling thoughts with sarcasm. 

Because that was safe for me.

Author Bio:

Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. Emma loves to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we all do in real life. She digs realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. She also loves to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as possible, but with big smooshy HEAs. Emma believes in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. She adores sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.

Where to find Emma:

Twitter: @EmmaS_writes

Instagram: @EmmaScottWrites

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