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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 00:50

The Lez Review - The Butterfly Moments by Renee Bess

Written by  Spoken Pandora



We have often been told not to judge a book by its cover and The Butterfly Moments by Renée’ Bess, is no different. From the outside it appears as if we are going to read about a nice little town filled with love and warm fuzzies. No turmoil or dark clouds on the horizon, not a stern word or harsh experience. This is so not the case with this wonderful piece of intelligently written literary work.

The story begins with the discovery of a young woman’s dead body that appears to have been sexually assaulted and brutally attacked. Death has always had a way of connecting people who would have gone through their lives without the slightest inkling that the other existed. From this lone cruel act of rage, a web of deceit becomes apparent and slowly unravels, destroying all that lie within its path. But everything isn’t completely ruined. Along with broken marriages, relationships that are built on lies, former borderline alcoholics, and a one-night stand enthusiast, comes love, awareness of self and compassion.

We are first introduced to Alana Blue, a probation officer who is on the brink of retirement just as her world is about to completely be turned upside down. Alana has a daughter, Nikki, who is the epitome of a homophobic hypocrite. Nikki is married to Owen, a highly regarded professor who for all intent purposes appears to be the perfect educated man our mothers wished we had married before we came out of the closet. Too bad he can’t resist the temptation of the love-sick college girls who hang on to his every word. Then there is Johnetta Jones or Johnnie for short, a retired police officer who comes out of retirement to rejoin the police force. Although Johnnie expected the occasional cat rescue from a tree, she finds herself in the midst of crime similar to what she left back in the city. One of my favorite characters that everyone will love to hate and hate to love is Rafe Ortiz, a beautiful Adonis who is a probation officer on probation. Rafe has had her fair share of flings and doesn’t seem to be able to distinguish between good, bad, co-worker or parole violator. And I am not even close to done but if I gave it all away I would be doing a disservice to you all.

What I really enjoyed the most about this good read, aside from the well-developed characters and fantastic plot, was Renée’s verbiage. Her intelligence traipses along every page and her ability to weave a dramatic, suspense-filled story is a quality very few can match. As I read I just knew that I had figured the whole story out within the first five chapters. But by the last five chapters I was reading with my mouth opened. It is refreshing to read a book that makes you think, cry, scream at the pages, and shake your head all at the same time.

There were parts of The Butterfly Moments that pulled at my soul so hard that I had to stop reading to compose myself. Of course this didn’t last long because it took me less than a day to complete the whole book. Several times I hit my partner in the arm leaving her confused and desperately trying to rip the book from my fingertips to experience the roller coaster of emotion I endured. Of course she didn’t succeed. So I suggest to all the couples out there looking for a good read to purchase two copies, I promise you won’t regret your purchase.

The Butterfly Moments can be purchased on ,,, and Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Please take a moment to find out more about Renée Bess from her website. Renée is also the Director of Education and Program Development for the Golden Crown Literary Society , a literary and educational organization that I encourage everyone to check out. I cannot wait until my interview with Renée and I am sure everyone will take something away from our talk that will enlighten the soul.

Thank you for taking the time to read this review and I hope you enjoyed my words as much as I enjoyed writing about the Butterfly Moments by Renée Bess.


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