It started as a simple assignment for Aussie bush guide Dave Taylor - escort a lone Englishman in quest of an unknown species of butterfly. However Nicholas Goring is no ordinary tourist, his search is far from straightforward, and it's starting to look as if the butterflies don't want to be found. As Dave teaches Nicholas everything he needs to survive in the Outback he discovers that he too has quite a bit to learn - and that very often the best way to locate something really important is just not to want to find it...
What a rare and unexpected gem of a story Butterfly Hunter was. I adored it from beginning to end.
Nicholas Goring, the youngest son of an English Earl has come to Australia in search of a butterfly that may not exist. Nicholas is a bit of a dreamer, though, and through bits and pieces of stories and legends, he has determined that he must try. So he booked a guide for three months in hopes of finding his dream.
David Taylor is the bush guide that was hired to take Nicholas into the Outback. He's very Aussie -- no nonsense and is the man in charge when they're out in the bush. David, though he always thought of himself as straight, is drawn to Nicholas, though he never intended to act on it.
Through getting to know David, I think he's demisexual. He's only been attracted to one other person, and that is his best mate and ex-girlfriend Denise, who is now married to someone else. As Dave got to know Nicholas, his attraction to the Englishman just grew stronger.
Butterfly Hunter had a bit of a mystical edge to it that I - unexpectedly - enjoyed. I generally don't like mysticism in my non-paranormal books, but it just worked so well here, I wouldn't change a thing. I loved the symbolism of the butterfly in story, too.
I don't know why Butterfly Hunter never made it to my TBR before, but better late, than never, yeah? I loved it.