A Clockwork Butterfly by Tabitha Rayne
Publisher: Beachwalk Press
Genre: Futuristic, Erotic Romance, BDSM, M/F, F/F, F/F/M
Length: 40,731 words
Lovers torn apart by duty…will Angelo and Lena be reunited?
Mankind is close to extinction. Toxins have all but wiped out the male population. The remaining fertile men are housed in manors where their seed is collected.
Lena Lee is a new collector with a rare pheromone believed to reignite human fertility. She’s assigned a male who’s predicted to be her perfect match.
Angelo, a clockwork butterfly maker, is held captive, his essence harvested daily by Lena. Over time, the couple begins to fall in love, something which is strictly prohibited. When their forbidden love is discovered, Lena is banished from the manor.
Torn apart by the duty that brought them together, Lena and Angelo must find a way back to each other. But even if Angelo manages to escape, he doesn’t know where to find Lena. Will following the path of the clockwork butterfly lead him to his true love?
A Clockwork Butterfly is a compilation of genres that include fantasy, sci-fi romance, and BDSM to name a few. Ms. Rayne has penned a riveting story that revolves around a forbidden love triangle and the extinction of mankind. The reader is quickly immersed into the captivating world of Lena, Mae and Angelo.
The sexual chemistry between Lena, Mae and Angelo is intense, sensual, and at times explosive. It was intriguing to watch each relationship blossom into something more than just saving mankind. The forbidden love trope is always a favorite of mine and helped increase the intensity and complexity of the plot. The dialogue is fresh, the sex is explicit, and the emotions are raw and uninhibited. Lena, Mae and Angelo will captivate your heart and senses while heating up your body in all of the right places. My only niggle with A Clockwork Butterfly is that I would have liked a bit more world building on the front end of the story. Don’t get me wrong, Ms. Rayne did an excellent job of explaining about the toxins and why men were almost extinct, but I think it would have been more effective in a prologue that provided some background information and history of how this came to be. In addition, there were a few minor editing problems, but nothing that would deter the reader from the story.
Tabitha Rayne has crafted a compelling, entertaining, creative story with engaging characters who are fighting against the odds to find their Happily Ever After. Lena and Angelo’s naivete in regards to sex balanced Mae’s sensual knowledge to make for some smoking hot love scenes. I loved how Ms. Rayne allowed each of the characters to explore their sexuality. But what I enjoyed the most was the fact that Mae, one of the females, was responsible for teaching Angelo and Lena about domination. While Mae is a character that takes a bit of getting used to, she eventually grew on me as the story progressed. Ms. Rayne’s symbolism of the butterfly was an intricate component of the story that not only held meaning for each character on a personal level, but also added depth to the development of each character. Moreover, the conclusion of A Clockwork Butterfly leads the reader to believe that there will be a sequel, which piques my curiosity even more.
A Clockwork Butterfly by Tabitha Rayne is sexy, yet sensual with explicit love scenes, raw emotions, and engaging characters that will keep you coming back for me. So, if you haven’t checked out A Clockwork Butterfly, then do so today. You won’t be sorry.
Rated 4.5 Ravens by Blackraven!