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An Enchanted Beginning

(A Nick & Carter Romance #1-2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The enchanted story of an unusual romance in a very normal time.

San Francisco. 1947. The war is over and the boys are home.

Nick Williams, a native of the City, served in the Navy during the war. Now he lives with his lover Jeffery Klein, Esq., in Jeffery's house. He knows he needs to move on, but he can't. Not yet at least.

Carter Jones, a transplant from south Georgia,
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published October 3rd 2016
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I'm starting the Nick Williams Mysteries and because my OCD demanded it I had to start at the very beginning, and I'm not sorry. Though I'm sure you can enjoy the series without reference to this, or probably read it somewhere down the line, I wanted to know who Nick was and what he was all about.

This book is a collection of stories that cover from 1947, when Nicholas Williams, and his true love, Carter Jones, meet, to 1950 when they've settled into as good as married, with the ups and downs of
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a prequel of sorts to Frank Butterfield's Nick & Carter series of murder mysteries set in 1950's San Francisco. We learn how Nick and Carter met (like "Some Enchanted Evening," it was love at first sight, from across a crowded room), and other life experiences like buying a house in San Francisco together (with a $130 a month mortgage!) getting a car, going to see "South Pacific" on Broadway during its original run, etc. It's a fascinating slice of life for the era, and for men "in ...more
Ulysses Dietz
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
An Enchanted Beginning (Nick and Carter Romances, 1-5)
Frank W. Butterfield
Published 2016
Four stars

I resisted the first two Nick and Carter Romances, but caved when Frank Butterfield came out with all five of the “back story” romances that tell the story of Nick Williams and Carter Jones up to the point of the first Nick Williams Mystery, set in 1953.

The stylized prose in these five novellas made me think of the sort of flat-footed dialogue of television’s “Dragnet” series with the deadpan
David Tangredi
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Plucking the Heart-strings

[I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.]

Damn this book for waking that dormant beast—the die-hard, romantic dreamer, who was hibernating inside of me.

Twenty years ago, I wanting nothing more than a relationship akin to the one Nick and Carter create with each other. But I can die a happy man now, because, thanks to Frank, I got to live one for a while inside of the pages of this book.

I first read the Nick Williams
Loved it! A nice glimpse of life after WW2. Not angst or anything else. It just jogged along but I could smell the Camels, feel the Frisco fog and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is book is made of many short stories. Due to that it doesn't feel like a novel, since it's not. So if you plan on reading it than you should keep that in mind.

It's a historical story set in a time right after WWII. I think for me it's a first time reading m/m book set in that era. Infact first time reading a book set in that time in english. So probably some of my irritation about usage of certain phrases comes from
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charming - 5 short novellas giving fuller versions of the backstory in the novels. Very nicely done.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
***I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

The book is a recompilation of stories around the main characters; however the stories do follow a chronological order, so it can be read as a novel.

In general I found the story to be sweet and the characters charming.

The story is what I think of as "quiet", meaning that it doesn't have much drama or suspense in it.
It is a glimpse into the daily life of a group of men during a time in which they were not allowed to
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
***I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

Nick is a charming wealthy man who does not flaunt his status. Carter is an incredibly attractive down to earth guy from the south. They see each other one night at a club, it's love at first sight and they live happily ever after. Seriously, that's the entire story. Wait, what? That's the entire story?
That's where I had a problem.
The writing felt very simplistic, but that added to the historical feel. There is no
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm in love with this series, I think I'm going to experience some serious heart break when Mr. Butterfield decides to end the ride
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Carrie by: DBML
This book was provided to me free by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed my first Frank W. Butterfield book. I found this book to be a romantic and sweet tale of how Carter and Nick fell in love (at first sight) and how the early days of their relationship progressed. This was a comforting read for me, in that it didn't have much conflict for Nick and Carter that threatened to tear them apart - there were some bumps and bruises along the way, but overall things moved
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this after the first three Nick Williams Mysteries. The fourth installment of that series (The Laconic Lumberjack) explores more of Carter's emotional backstory. These novellas treat that territory with kid gloves and a light touch but it's still nice to see how their initial attractions deepen into a commitment. As Mack and several others point out, guys can say all kinds of stuff but Nick never looked at him the way he does Carter.

Events covered in these novellas are mentioned in the N
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful beginning

This is my first book by Frank W. Butterfield and I did a great job on my picks. Or he's just that great of a writer. Guess I'll find out with the next book. Reading about Nick and Carter and their love at first sight meeting. The feelings they had before they even when was great. Also the time and the life they lead at that time, nicely done. Being from NYC knowing those locals and what's there now was like looking in a past scope. (I made that up, but you know what I

This is my fave in the series so far. I always feel that way though. I’m sure the next book I read in this beautiful romance series will be my fave too, lol. I just can’t get enough of Nick and Carter. This is a must read as it gives a foundation of the beginning of Nick and Carter. Boy, Nick has a temper, I kid you not, and Carter knows just how to tame it, son.
Julian White
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Slightly different cover image

The Nick Williams Mysteries begin in 1953, by which time Nick and Carter have been together for some six years. This collection is a series of novellas and short stories covering their first setting eyes on each other (literally across a crowded room), declaring their love (later referred to in The Iniquitous Investigator) and buying a house... We also learn more about some of their friends - in sequences dated 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950. (1947 is also when The
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a new author for me but I saw a review from an author I enjoy and the review said such great thing I just had to check it out. I am so glad I did. I loved it. Well written with well developed characters. I am so looking forward to the next book.
Andy Elias
Dec 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF. This was not for me. I felt like I was reading wish fulfillment. It was strange and uncomfortable.
I really enjoyed getting the backstory on these characters. This series has become one of my favorites.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, a-2019-read
3.5 stars
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** 4.5 Stars **
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-lives
A fairy tale for grown up boys, impossibly romantic, completely implausible and I loved every minute.
Tex Reader
3.5 of 5 stars – Sweet Stories about "All That Fairy Tale Stuff."
[Thanks to the author and Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program for a free copy in exchange for an honest review]

I love various gay genres, especially historical romance; and this satisfied my walk back in time with two likable men, to when being gay was dealt with a little differently. At the same time, the fairy tale tone of the last half made me yearn to see what Frank Butterfield does with this in the mystery series that this
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aaa-2
"Carter? What's wrong?"
"I don't know. I think I saw someone I know."
"Someone I've never seen before."

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Frank W. Butterfield, not an assumed name, loves old movies, wise-cracking smart guys with hearts of gold, and writing for fun.

Although he worships San Francisco, he lives at the beach on another coast.

Born on a windy day in November of 1966, he was elected President of his high school Spanish Club in the spring of 1983.

After moving across these United States like a rapid-fire pinball, he

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A Nick & Carter Romance (2 books)
  • 1947: When Nick Met Carter (A Nick & Carter Romance, # 1)
  • 1948: When Nick & Carter Fell In Love (A Nick & Carter Romance #2)