Thursday, July 11, 2019

Release Day Review: Flutter - Carrie Aarons

𝐅𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 (ɴᴀsʜ ʙʀᴏᴛʜᴇʀs, ʙᴏᴏᴋ ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ)
by Carrie Aarons
Published: July 11, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

He can’t stand her, and best believe, the feeling is mutual.
Her life is the complete opposite of what he desires.
So, why can’t they keep their hands off each other?

Forrest Nash is a smug know-it-all. With his brains, ridiculous good looks and penchant for disobeying the laws of both the police and the dark web, Fawn Hill’s resident genius is cockier than any man Penelope Briggs has ever encountered. It doesn’t help that their six-year age difference makes him completely ineligible in her eyes. Add in the fact that he doesn’t want marriage or babies, and that should eliminate him from the dating pool forever. But it doesn’t mean she can’t sleep with him. Once. Or twice. Or ten times. Against all logic, though, Forrest seems to be sneaking into her heart at the same time he’s sneaking into her bed.

Penelope Briggs is one bossy, obnoxious woman. With three young children, a calendar full of school drop-offs and sports, and enough emotional baggage to fill an airplane, this widow is definitely not what Forrest Nash is looking for. And yet, he can’t get enough of the maddening bombshell. But as their hook-ups become a constant, so does his involvement in Penelope’s life. The things he swore he never wanted, love and kids, seem to be the only things on his mind. And when an attack from his part of the cyber world threatens her safety, he’ll have to admit his feelings for the woman he’d do anything to protect.

What started as a convenient friends-with-benefits situation is quickly growing wings. Even if both parties are trying hard to ignore the flutter.
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4 Stars
Carrie has a knack for making you feel all the things when you read and Flutter is just another example of that. The drama in Flutter is true to real life, touching on dating after the loss of a partner, being a single mom, family arguments, age gap, and your usual small town gossip. Forrest Nash is the genius of the Nash brothers, his tendencies to be socially awkward have landed him the spot of being the one most oft picked on, the one they don't take serious, the one they don't see settling down. He may be a cop, one everyone trusts, but he's always been the younger guy. His feelings have been bottled up for too long though and a friends-with-benefits situation puts him in the position of falling for the woman least available. Penelope is the do-it-all single mom, she doesn't let anything hold her back, even when her heart just wants to mourn the loss of her husband. She doesn't have time for feelings, especially not for the handsome as sin, sarcastic Forrest, but he keeps doing the unexpected. What starts as quickies when they can soon turns into this gray area of dating, but when Forrest is put on a sensitive security job it's no surprise that the genius in everything but feelings let's things explode.

I wasn't sure I'd like Forrest, he is so cocky and always sarcastic, but like always Carrie shows us the heart within the characters. He's a good guy, really a teddy-bear, he's just been stomped on so often. I felt for him and, like everyone, I cheered when Penelope finally gave him a chance. Penelope presents herself as strong all the time, rarely letting anyone in, so it makes for really entertaining reading when it's the awkward Forrest who finally sees the real her. These two run hot and cold, their arguments as epic as their lust-filled encounters. That means the first 60% or so of the book is just us really getting to know the characters and I must admit, I enjoyed that. There's no insta-love, these two have known each other forever, but there is chemistry that gets built upon until there's no denying that the two belong together.

A classic small-town romance, Flutter has just the right amount of contemporary drama to make it a winner for me. I loved the mix of sexy and sweet that Carrie Aarons blends together, it kept me engaged and just like Penelope did, I fell for Forrest too. The Nash Brothers series has been such a nice escape for me, these books make you feel just enough and they make you believe in sweet fairy tale romance. I highly recommend this series, and Flutter especially, if you're looking for romance and characters with a lot of heart.

About the Author

Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and Lab/Great Dane rescue.
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