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Publisher's Summary

First love never works out. 

Right? 

In school, Nico and King are best friends, and each other’s first love. But their lives take a different path and they lose touch. 

Now, ten years later, King is a famous musician and Nico is trying to make a name for himself as a journalist. When King’s life starts falling apart, fate brings them together on a private island, and reignites old feelings. 

Can they make it work this time? 

Or are their worlds too far apart? 

Butterfly Wishes is a stand-alone novella featuring friends to lovers, sweet moments on a private island, a tortured musician and a soft journalist, and a very cute dog.

©2019 Teodora Kostova (P)2020 Teodora Kostova

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Sweet and short second chance story!

So, this is probably going to be a pretty short review because the audiobook itself was fairly short. The beginning of the story is bittersweet watching the two young men fall for each other. Because of a two-year age gap, after high school, King leaves his hometown early just as Nico and he admits to feelings beyond friendship. They actually make the long distance relationship work until Nico heads to uni/college and eventually King's big break happens. I thought they were a sweet young couple but sometimes happy ever afters are meant to wait and be worked for.

Ten years later, King requests Nico to be the journalist who interviews him. I could feel for King who had had a solid career, but never seemed to have enjoyed his fame or money in all that time. His long needed break opens up a chance that he hopes will lead to rekindling a relationship with Nico.

Even though Nico's POV is explored in this book, I didn't feel like I had as much of a glimpse of his feelings as I did King's. It isn't quite an easy road for them because Nico does seem to resent that King never contacted him in all those years and now expects to connect again. I am not sure how I felt about that because the phone works both ways, but I also could understand his hesitancy at trying to contact the busy rock star.

What I did get out of this story was a pretty sweet romance. I thought it was good, though like any shorter story or novella, I did wish there were more. I would have liked to see their relationship develop further and to have had more insight into Nico. It didn't stop me from enjoying the story for what it was, sweet and short. The narrator was new to me, but I enjoyed his voice and thought he did a great job. I look forward to listening to more from the author and the narrator.

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A sweet romance

After nearly 10 years apart a world known rockstar and is just making a name for himself ex are pushed back together.
It’s a really sweet with a bit of angst romance.
The narrator did well and most of the time I know how was talking and thinking what.
This was a really pleasant happy listen.

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Forever love!

This novella is a short and sweet friends to lovers story that is beautifully written. This story reminds us that all the money and success in the world doesn’t necessarily make you happy. In fact it can sometimes make you incredibly lonely.
Two young boys fell in love but wanted to make a name for themselves in the world. One with his music and the other with his writing. Nico knew from the beginning that King would be famous someday. Despite their love for each other he knew they were headed in different directions.
King loved Nico but was driven to write and sing. In his youth he felt compelled to achieve success no matter what it took...or so he thought.

This book is a true life lessons story. Achieving success come with a lot of responsibility that may ask you to sacrifice the things that truly mean the most in life. King had to ask himself is that sacrifice really worth it? I really enjoyed getting to know both character’s. This narrator is new to me but I think he brought the characters to life beautifully. I give this story a 4 and the performance a 4.5

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a good feel book with lots of heart

I really loved this book. It had so much heart. A rally good feel book. Even if some tears slipped out towards the end it made my insides feel real good! The narrator was new for me and he was really good!! totally 5 star on everything!

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So sweet!!

This is such a sweet second chance at love! King and Nico are so sweet together. This is definitely a sweet story that I just needed to listen to right now. Michael Fox does such a beautiful job with this narration. He definitely brings these characters and story to life. I love listening to this story!

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This was so, so sweet.

Second chances are my automatic byu, absolute favourite trope, and previous books from Teodora Kostova have always been a hit with me. So I decided I would listen to this one. And I am so glad I did!
This is exactly the kind of sweet, comforting book you need to read when you want to wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket and relax.
King and Nico are sweet characters, they never stopped loving each other even when they decided to go their separate way as they were younger, it was just their circumstances separating them, not the lack of love.
And as soon as his circumstances change, King does everything in his power to have his Nico back in his life!

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To make a wish come true🦋

Whisper it to a butterfly. Upon these wings it will be granted, for they are the messengers of the great spirit. ~Native American Legend~🦋
Wow!! This book was so beautiful, romantic, dreamy and emotional. I felt like I was floating through the galaxy in another world utterly absorbed in the story between Nico and King. The butterfly wishes were perfect, so freaking perfect and completely made me swoon, especially when they were on the island, amazing reference! This whole book was exceptional from the beginning to end. I adored the second chance young love, sigh... I want so much more!! I can't wait to see if Gavin will get his happily ever after as well. My heart is so full!! Michael fox was flawless in his narration, he completely captured my attention and entangled my emotions around Nico and King. I felt every word and expression of what they were going through! Michael is so talented! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Sweet feel good

I loved it!! I have a weakness for second chances and I was admittedly a little nervous about how she was going to pull off the balance needed for this in a shorter book but she managed to pull it off fantastically. I loved their back story and they were so sweet together. You could really feel the connection and love.

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Butterfly Wishes

Two boys who find each other in school soon begin to lose each other as life takes them in different directions. Nico and King are young and in love but as they chase their dreams life begins to get in the way. Can the two ever find their happy ever after or will they always be the one that got away?

This is a sweet and emotional story that will pull on your heart and have you hoping for love to win. The love between Nico and King is so strong you can feel it as you listen to their story. Their feelings never wane and made for a beautiful story. These two men endeared themselves quickly to this listener. As the men find their way in life they must decide if their dreams are truly what they want and are worth the loss. This story is well written with characters that have depth and emotions. It has just the right amount of angst for these men and only adds to their story. Narrator Michael Fox does a wonderful job of bringing Nico and King to life. I quickly became engrossed in their story and felt their emotions as I listened.

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  • Alan
  • 06-11-20

A pleasant two-person play

Nico and Kingsley were high school boyfriends before their careers sent them in different directions. While Nico plodded along as a journalist, King soared into the musical stratosphere as a household name. When King becomes disillusioned with his life, he offers Nico an exclusive interview in the hopes of rekindling their relationship. I liked this but wasn’t bowled over by it. Like Call Me By Your Name, it’s very much a two-person play, and I liked the focus on Nico’s reluctant journey of trust in Kingsley. While pleasant and sweet, it did feel a little sugary to me - there were no twists or turns and the relationship crisis was swiftly resolved. I think more time spent on the initial relationship, Kingsley’s career disillusionment, and Nico’s struggling career would have anchored the characters with stronger backstories and given the journey of trust more depth. 🎧 Michael Fox gets better with each narration, I thought his relaxed, understated performance really suited the closeness of the two-person play.

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  • AL
  • 05-24-20

Magic!

Story: A magical tale of love and second chances!
I was invested in the story from page one and could not believe, how I cheered the characters on! Teodora Kostova did a brilliant job in capturing a host of different emotions so they are almost palpable!
It’s not an easy task to make a shorter story like this one work and feel wholesome, but there is nothing missing! It all makes sense, follows a great progression of plot and focuses on all the important bits!
Loved it!!!!

Narration: I really liked the voice. The narration was easy to follow and really fit the story.

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  • Lydia Devlin
  • 05-16-20

Absolutely Beautiful 💕

Beautifully written second chance romance.
I absolutely loved this!
Nico and King,best friends and lovers in school,part ways to further their dreams.
Nick is completely heartbroken but,is King?
Ten years later and Nico is given the chance to interview King,for the magazine he is working for.
king,who disappeared, from the public eye,a year earlier.
Why was Nico chosen to do this interview and not a more seasoned journalist?
Upon meeting,feelings are reignited.
Can they be reconciled?
Will it tear Nico apart when he leaves again? When King goes back to being the rock star and leaves Nico behind?
I highly recommend you immerse yourself in this Audiobook to find out if the love they once had can be reborn.
Michael Fox has done a brilliant job of bringing these characters to life. I could have happily Carried on listening to this Audiobook long after the story had finished.💕

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  • Cassi
  • 05-16-20

Sweet feel good romance

I loved it!! I have a weakness for second chances and I was admittedly a little nervous about how she was going to pull off the balance needed for this in a shorter book but she managed to pull it off fantastically. I loved their back story and they were so sweet together. You could really feel the connection and love.

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 05-15-20

as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, I’m over the half, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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  • AliE
  • 05-15-20

A little gem

Teodora Kostova is a must read author for me, yet somehow I have missed this little gem. With hardly any angst, this story concentrates on a second chance at love for musician, King, and journalist, Nico. Their feelings have never really died, so love is resurrected with a sweetness that gives all the feels with none of the tooth decay. I love how the title is woven through the novella rather than being an afterthought.

Michael Fox made a sterling effort with the narration. He captures the characters of King and Nico brilliantly, from Nico's initial fears and uncertainty to King's gentle adamance that they will be together. Definitely someone to look out for in the future.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 05-13-20

Beautifully written and narrated

This is a love story made by the lovely Teodora. School boy best friends, separate as life pulls them in different directions to King decides he has had enough of the limelight and needs to be loved.

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  • Annie13
  • 05-12-20

Sweet Second Chance

The was a sweet listen.
The MCs
where young and in love but also had goals in mind that didn’t mesh but now 9 years later King wants his first love back.

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  • Ulrika
  • 05-11-20

True love never dies

This shortish love story shows off Teodora Kostova's strength as a writer, what could so easily have been fluff-without-substance turns into an engaging story about how true love never dies. Don't get me wrong, this is still fluffy, but we also get a side of real feelings and a little bit of angst.

I love how we get to see King's world weariness and how in all that his love for Nico is still as strong. No matter what, King's feelings don't waver. Nico and King made me root for them and feel their genuine connection.

Michael Fox's narration was easy to listen to and he gave all the characters voices that fit them.