Afternoon Delight Review: Flutter by Nicole S. Patrick

Posted July 14, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

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I received this book for free from Book Tour Provided in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Afternoon Delight Review: Flutter by Nicole S. Patrick

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Published by Timeless Scribes Publishing
Released on June 15, 2020
Pages: 107
Format: eARC
Source: Book Tour Provided
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The Delight

A class reunion offers them the chance to air their issues with the past- or, maybe start all over as adults.  I enjoyed a previous book by the author with a military hero and was eager to pick up another.


Kit Caruso blows into her class reunion with her temper riding her.  After years of hurt and anger, she just hopes she runs into Mac Warton, the guy who broke her teenage heart and made every relationship since then feel it was missing something.  But, before she can let him have it with the withering, cutting speech she had prepared, he cuts her off with a sincere need to share how he went wrong back then, ruined what they had, and his new outlook on life.  He apologizes.  He wants more.
And so does she when she pushes aside the bitterness.

I adore second chance romances and I think they are a great romantic trope to have when the story is a novella and not a lot of pages to develop the characters or their relationship.  Granted this one starts with Kit in more of an enemies to lovers situation because she really was like an angry, roiling pot boiling over all over the place.  Most of the novella is narrated by Kit though there was a section when it was Mac.  They were both hoping to meet at the reunion, but with different motives.  Kit wants closure so she can finally move on while Mac wants to fix what he broke.

While I did enjoy the overall premise of this one and thought it had good development, I also felt that there was a whole lot here that required further development if it was to be included.  There are mental health issues, childhood abuse, disabilities, cheating, careers, and more brought up.  All were addressed, but not addressed enough.  The romance and sexy times were off to the races before some of the serious issues between them were fully discussed and revealed let alone dealt with.  This made the story feel rushed to me and I couldn’t quite buy into the wrap up though my romantic heart was properly swooning for that epilogue.

As to the characters, Kit and Mac were the focus with two or three other characters in the side roles.  The focus really was on these two and particularly Kit since she had the majority of the narration.  I found myself frustrated with both characters even though I was also wanting to see them untangle their lives and get to a healthy, happy place.  Mac, for the most part, had figured stuff out in the intervening years since high school.  He came from an abusive home, had an undiagnosed disability, a long stint in the Marines that both centered him and caused him to come home with some PTSD, and then he went about transitioning into civilian life with a career that he could embrace doing good by others like him.  Over the same years, Kit didn’t really heal from Mac breaking up what they had or losing her dad.  She’s gone on to be a successful journalist, but has even been seeing a therapist to help move past Mac.  At the beginning of the book, she is obnoxious and mean the way she struts into her class reunion and has snarky, bitter thoughts about everything and everybody.  Forget more than twelve years has past, she’s still holding grudges and lots of anger.  She mouths off and loses her temper at the drop of a hat.  It wasn’t anything I could respect let alone find remotely attractive.  So, I was not into it when the pair jumped each other and middle of the book were their sexcapades.  Though, it did get pretty fan-yourself-worthy and Mac tried to infuse some romancing in there.

After saying all that, you would be forgiven if you thought I hated the story.  I didn’t.  I zipped through it and finished with a smile on my face.  But, I had some issues with it.  I am eager to press on to more of the author’s military romances because I think she has a wonderful grasp of the life and the people which she brings into her stories.  I think if someone is looking for something quick, super spicy, and paired with complex characters than this would most definitely fill the bill.

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My thanks to Caffeinated PR services 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.

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Great review Sophia. I believe the author intends to do a full-length book as the next in this series. This was originally part of an anthology.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Really? That would be great to see what she does with a full-length story. 🙂

Lover of Romance
1 year ago

Despite the issues you seem to have had with this one, glad it was one that brought a smile to your face, those are the best moments.

Great review.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, for all my difficulties, it was still romantic and they were good together in the end.

1 year ago

I do love a good 2nd chance romance. Kit might try my patience, but Mac sounds like a sweetheart. I do love novellas/short stories when well done. 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

I found her personality abrasive, but part of it Mac deserved plus this was a novella so things progressed quickly and I enjoyed the outcome.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Thats kinda how I felt about one I finished. Lots of nickpicks…but I liked it overall.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Precisely, Carole. 🙂