Review: Ladybugs and Fireflies, Cheryl Alldredge

Ladybugs and Fireflies 

Feisty fraud investigator, Callie Roberts, isn’t looking for a knight in shining armor to rescue her. She’s perfectly capable of taking care of herself. Her business is thriving and her dream of owning her own home is finally in reach…if she can just land her dream client. 

The last thing she needs is to be distracted by a man, but sexy Taylor Powers refuses to be ignored. One night of giving in to temptation turns into disaster when Callie discovers his nice guy routine has distracted her from the truth. Taylor is a powerful New York attorney and he is way out of her league. Even worse, he’s in town to represent the man her dream client has hired her to investigate.

Taylor Powers is drawn back to his home state of Florida to repay a debt to his old mentor. The trip down memory lane has Taylor wondering if it might be time to think of coming home on a more permanent basis, but Callie is a sweet, sexy mystery that only serves to confuse him. Her tendency to keep secrets plays havoc with Taylor’s zero tolerance for deceptive women, but her habit of finding trouble brings out his protective instincts.

When he unravels the mystery that is Callie, will he find the women of his dreams and if he does will he be able to convince her that happily ever after really can come true?

Review

Ladybugs and Fireflies is a southern romance that has all the makings of a southern world. With a small town, the southern heat (in more ways than one), and people strolling down the road knowing everyone they pass by their first name, it is clear that Alldredge knows this world.

The book itself is short, sweet, light, and something I imagine many women would enjoy while sitting out at the lake, or in a sunroom drinking a glass of lemonade or sweet tea. The sex in this book is light, traditional, and covers the basics while pepping up your heart rate just enough. The two main characters are emotionally scarred, and come to the relationship with a lot to work on. As any good author does, Alldredge throws in conflict to keep them on their toes, and make them work hard for their happy ending.

Only the flip side, I had difficulty truly connecting with the characters and the community, something that unfortunately happens with me and novellas a lot. While this is called a short novel it reads like a novella, and feels about the length of one. Novellas fall in between the short story and the novel. You can’t drift into more than one plot, and you can’t focus too much on secondary characters. I’ve never written one, but I have written a 750 word short story, and I’m here to tell you short anythings are hard to write. Kudos to Alldredge.

I wasn’t a fan of the dialogue, I tend to enjoy fast paced, sharp, witty dialogue. The up in your face, let me tear your clothes off kind. The dialogue in Ladybugs and Fireflies was easy going, light, and felt well paced, but just not my cup of tea.

Over all, had this been novel length with some changes in dialogue I think this could have been a real winning read for myself. On the other hand, if you are looking for something easy going, light, and quick and you like the south this might be just the book for you.

P.S. Good cover art!

3/5  

You can learn more about Cheryl Alldredge at her website by clicking here, and you can purchase Ladybugs and Fireflies at the following:

B&N | Amazon

Kindle | Fictionwise

*I received this book via the author in exchange for a fair review.

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