Afternoon Delight: Story of an Optimistic Broken Heart by Nicole Huggins

Afternoon Delight: Story of an Optimistic Broken Heart by Nicole HugginsStory of an Optimistic Broken Heart by Nicole Huggins

Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Published by Small Publisher on February 28, 2017
Pages: 93
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The last few weeks of my life haven't been the best...and that's putting it mildly.

But life is starting to look up.

That's because love conquers all. I still believe it despite everything and as long as you fight for it love can withstand the test of any challenge. So, I'm diving in. I'm taking a huge leap of faith. I believe in second chances because comebacks exist after this, right?

As a hopeless romantic my love never wavers for a second and now I'm telling my story with it broken. My heart is filled with love, even when it's bandaged and aching. First heartbreaks are the hardest. Trust me, I know this.

Sometimes love comes with a cost.

Tell me I won't have to pay any more.

I've paid a hundred times and more. The scars on my heart are still sore. Those of you who have been through this, you know what I'm talking about. Did your story end well?

You'll have to read mine to tell.

The Delight

Those tender years of first loves and disappointments and putting one’s self out there to try again are still very much at the back of my mind years later, giving me a connection to the heroine of this short, but emotionally engaging story.

Review

So, this was an unusual story for me.  Usually if I read one involving a cheater, it’s the catalyst that leads to the heroine moving on with the rest of her story or it’s the explanation why a relationship breaks up.  This was one of the few I’ve read of the attempt to make a go of it afterwards.

Zoe discovers the guy she loves has cheated on her.  She decides to forgive him.  And the ensuing story is what happens when people try to work through a relationship that has been touched by cheating.  The characters are mostly college age so their youth plays a part in a story that takes place mostly over the spring break period with a circle of friends in a beach town.

My heart ached for Zoe.  Her feelings were all over the place when it comes to her boyfriend.  Caution and anger and hurt are still there even if she made the decision to forgive and try to repair.  The title is right in that she was optimistic that what can be broken is not beyond fixing even if her family and friends think she’s setting herself up for more pain.  I thought the same and I saw there was a great deal of denial going on, but I couldn’t fault her for wanting to at least make sure before she let love go.

The ending is open, leaving room for something further in Zoe’s life though there is a resolution to this one.   I would be interesting to see Zoe a few years later.  I would actually categorize this as a non-traditional romance with no simple HEA waiting at the end.  It will be for those who enjoy deeply emotional New Adult Contemporary.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • That would be a hard one. Cheating is a subject that no one wants to say has happened to them. Trying to work through a relationship after that happens would be very hard.

    • Yeah, it was a toughy, Mary. I hadn’t read anything like it and it really does bring out the reality of what can happen and you’re right, not talked about much.

  • I don’t usually like cheating in books. Too much of that going on in real life I guess. I like that this story is about forgiveness and working it out. I actually like the sound of this one. Great review!

    • Yeah, cheating can make things so ugly. This story gets ugly and it can be a tough one b/c of that.

  • Yeah, its a tricky subject for me, too, Geybie. This was a tough one to read b/c they are young and hearts do get bruised up. I do want to see what comes next for her.

    Thanks!

  • Hmm yeah. Not a fan of cheaters at all so the hero winning me over would be real dang iffy. I also hold a mean grudge so once someone has done something like that I’m over them. lol I would NOT be like her trying to be all optimistic. I’d be over in the corner all burn this down! (add some curse words into that lol) It will be interesting to see what the author has planned next. I’m glad to see it worked overall for you as far as entertainment value 🙂

    • Yep, you and me with the matches and the kerosene because I would not be forgiving either. (and this guy does not win me over, LOL, he deserves some choice cursing and more). I do want to see what comes next after what went down in this one.

  • Same here most books I read involving a cheater it’s where the main character leaves the previous guy as he cheated. It does sound interesting this book actually deals with them trying to fix it after the cheating. And difficult and emotional too as it’s such a tough subject. It does sound difficult to ever fully get over that.
    I’ve read a book this year where the hero broke the heroine’s trust in a bad way and it was so emotional and challenging to see them deal with that. But also interesting to see that challenge. Great review Sophia!

    • Yes, that is exactly what this one was like. It didn’t resolve in the conventional romance formula either which was a good thing, I thought.

      Yeah, the broken trust is the big thing. You’re right about that.

      Thanks, Lola!

  • Great review and song choice!

    • Thanks, Sharonda! It was a sad story and this song came to mind when I was reading so it was a perfect fit. 🙂