Themes: business men, one-sided love, somewhat a love triangle
Masahiro Asada is hypnotized by a handsome co-worker he sees on the street nearly everyday. So when the two men are paired up for a high-pressure project, he can’t believe his good luck! But what will happen when Asada’s defenses are shaken by their immediate, undeniable connection?
Although Tenzen Momoko’s previous works such as Boulange na Koibito were more fluffy, Flutter was bittersweet. The story surrounds Asada who falls in love with Ryosuke Mizuki. But since his feelings are only one-sided due to Mizuki still dwelling over his previous crush/lover Akira Yoshino, he can’t control his feelings. Their relationship slowly progresses and although it’s difficult and bitter, it eventually blossoms after Mizuki and Yoshino finally move on to their separate paths and Mizuki realizes his true freelings for Asada.
Asada’s character can be described as sincere and is obvious with his feelings, where as Mizuki is open about his sexuality and behind his cool exterior, there is sadness and regret. He fell in love with Yoshino, however his friend Kengo Kuraki was dating him and so his feelings were never returned. After Kuraki passed away, Yoshino is overwhelmed with grief and so sleeps with Mizuki only to deal with his emotional distress (and not out of love). Mizuki felt like he took advantage of him and so has been negative of himself ever since and has kept a composed appearance to hide it.
I enjoyed the emotional dialogue between the two characters and as much as I like fluff, reading angst stories with sweet endings like this is something that always draws me. I found that this was similar to her Omowaseburi na Kimi no Tonari where it also involves a one-sided love without a third party being involved but despite that, I didn’t find myself thinking this was entirely cliche and as a fan of Tenzen, I believe she has delivered yet another great bittersweet story. It’s not totally out of the ordinary nor does it rank high on my favourites, but it’s a great book if you’re in the mood for a slightly angst yet good romance BL.