on July 24th 2017
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Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Source: ARC via author
Dylan Walker has spent six years trying to move on from the loss of his girlfriend, Presley Cooper. Motivated by grief and the desire to do for others what he couldn’t do for her, he burns the candle at both ends to make it through medical school. After graduation he moves west, putting as much distance as possible between his past and his present.
Or so he thought.
Unknowingly, Dylan has been set on a path that will destroy everything he thought he knew. All the pain, all the grief, was all for nothing. With the help of an unexpected ally, Dylan must find the answers and save the girl he loves before it’s too late.
A second chance at love.
But first, he must find a way to make her remember her past. Remember him. Remember everything.
“What do you want from me?” Dylan twisted his hands in his hair and paced in front of her. “I don’t know what you want me to say. Every fucking day for over a month I’ve asked you if you were okay. I’ve begged you to talk to me, but all you’ve done is pop another pill and tell me you’re fine. You won’t talk to me. You won’t let me in.”
“Because you don’t want to be in here!” she screamed, pointing to her head. “It took you a week to get over what happened. It’s like it never happened as far as you’re concerned. Like you never really cared!”
Dylan stared at her, his face colored with disbelief. “Are you fucking kidding me?” he choked, his eyes glistening. “I begged you not to do it, and when you did, even though it killed me, I told you it was okay, that we would be okay because I fucking love you. And still, you pushed me away. Every fucking day, you’ve pushed me away when all I’ve wanted is to be with you.”
“Because I hate myself,” she cried, tears running down her cheeks.
“That’s your fucking problem! You don’t get to be angry at me for doing something I never wanted in the first place, Presley!”
Presley’s face fell, and all the anger drained from her body. “You’re right,” she whispered, taking a step back. “It is my problem.”
Dylan’s face twisted with pain and regret. “I didn’t mean that. I’m sorry.”
Presley shook her head and looked toward the curb. She lifted her hand and signaled for one the waiting cars to pull forward. “I’m going to go.”
“No, baby, please don’t,” Dylan begged, moving forward to catch her. “The last time you ran away from me in a cab was the worst moment in both our lives. Please don’t leave me like that again.”
Tears pooled in Presley’s eyes as her stomach bottomed out. “This isn’t like that. I just want to go home. I need to be alone. I’m messed up, Dylan, and I’m the only one who can fix me.”
“Please don’t go,” he whispered, his face solemn.
“I’ll call you tomorrow. I promise. I just need to think. Please.”
Dylan stared at her for a long moment before his shoulders dropped in defeat. He stepped forward and wrapped her in his arms. “I love you, Elvis.”
“I love you too.” Presley lifted her chin and pressed her lips against his. “I’ll call you tomorrow.” With a final goodbye, she stepped into the waiting car and gave the driver her address. The entire ride, all she could hear were Dylan’s angry words telling her it was all her fault.
I have been a big fan of Olivia Evans’ writing since her first release, Hollywood & Vine, a couple of years ago. I also very much enjoyed her rock star romance, Brooklyn & Beale, as well. So, when I started reading Flutter I was expecting a particular kind of romance based on her previous work. I certainly was not expecting what I got. This book is so different from the author’s previous stories. It was more raw, deeply emotional, haunting, and even suspenseful.
The writer’s character development was very strong with this story. Probably her best to date. I felt so much for these people. I felt their heartache, struggles, and pain. It was all so real. Even the secondary characters held a special place. Cody and Zach were probably my favorite characters of the entire book.
Sometimes when you’re reading a story dealing with sensitive subject matters the author doesn’t always get it right. He/she may not give the characters enough time to deal with their problems. The writer may not research enough or treat the situation with the correct amount of care it needs. I think Olivia Evans did this story and these characters right. She gave her characters the time they needed to be heard and understood as the plot unfolded.
The only minor critique I had with the whole book was that the phrase ‘Dylan’s grandmother’ may have been a tad overused. She needed a name…lol. I think we found out late in the story her name was Ann.
Flutter is definitely a book worth picking up if you want something out of the box from the normal contemporary novel in the romance genre. It is a story that will make your heart hurt and ache. But in the end, you’ll be glad you went on the journey.
“I’m really glad you decided to romance the shit out of me.”