Because of Lucy - Lisa Swallow - Sabrina's Review

BECAUSE OF LUCY (Butterfly Days, #1) by Lisa Swallow
New Adult Contemporary Romance

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Because of Lucy (Butterfly Days #1)

"In life, there are some people you have to lose in order to find yourself."

Ness’s parents have planned her life but Ness is determined to control her own future. She leaves home and moves to Leeds with childhood friend, Abby, and shocks her parents by turning down a place at medical school to take a job in a call-centre.

Ness meets Evan, a student friend of Abby’s, and isn’t impressed. He’s drunk, arrogant and rarely spends the night without a girl in his bed. But unlike most guys she meets Evan quotes poetry and can hold a conversation, forcing Ness to change her opinion.

Evan is struggling to escape too and throws himself into the student lifestyle to hide from the past following him. In Ness, Evan finds somebody who shares the need to walk away from what people expect him to be.

But Evan can’t hide from his past forever and when Lucy appears she threatens his new relationship with Ness. Ness is unsure she can deal with the effect Lucy has on Evan, and makes a new decision about her future.

When everything falls apart and their new lives and relationship don't go as planned, Ness and Evan are both faced with difficult choices. All because of Lucy.


This is the kind of story I’ve come to expect from Lisa Swallow. The kind that grabs you, pulls you in, twists your emotions in every direction and doesn’t let go until… well, until the book hangover eventually goes away!

Ness rejects student life as part of her escape from the expectations of others. Evan thinks she’s stuck up and too good for the rest of them.

Evan is diving into student life to escape the pressure of being what others need him to be. Ness thinks he’s a shallow party boy and doesn’t want him in her life.

Seemingly at odds from the beginning, Ness and Evan quickly realize their first opinions were horribly flawed, and they have more in common than either expected. Both are running from something. Both are holding back. An intense attraction pulls them together, but both are desperate not to fall. 

Lisa Swallow writes worlds that are so real and easy to dwell in, and I eagerly sucked up every word of Ness and Evan’s story and didn’t want to leave them at the end. I ached for them both, and Evan stole my heart. I’m now in bookhangover mode, just sitting on my hands waiting for the next book!




Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.

Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013. 

In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.
She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.

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