Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ladybugs and Fireflies by Cheryl Alldredge

A Southern Romance

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. She’s had to be. Now, her business is thriving and her goal of owning her own home is finally in reach…if she can land her dream client.

The last thing she needs is to be distracted by a man, especially when he’s the powerful New York attorney who’s in town to represent the man her dream client has hired her to investigate.

Taylor Powers’ big city law career has brought him success, but a trip back to his home state of Florida has him wondering if it might be time to think of coming home for good. The sweet, sexy woman he’s drawn to only confuses matters. Callie’s career has made her a pro at keeping secrets and that plays havoc with his zero tolerance for deceptive women. Yet she attracts trouble like a magnet, kicking his protective instincts into overdrive.

Can Taylor unravel the mystery that is Callie? And with a past full of heartache, will Callie ever allow herself to believe happily ever after really can come true?

This is a cute entertaining little read :)

I've said before how much I enjoy contemporary romance, especially ones set in small town, but they're not easy to write (for me anyway). Getting the dynamics just right and bringing in enough supporting characters to place the hero and heroine in the community doesn't just happen. For the most part Alldredge is right on track on with this title.

Callie and Taylor both have their hot buttons - places where emotional scars have made them a bit tougher around the edges than usual. What that creates though is some great sparks because both are willing to talk back and stand up for what they believe in. I don't want surface wall flowers, but a man and woman who make mistakes and are willing to grow and change when they've found love. Yes it's corny, yes it's the prelude to the HEA, but that's what I like about contemporary romances. A wonderful HEA. 

There are a couple places where things could be improved - I feel like we got a whirlwind look at the cast of characters around Callie and Taylor, but not really enough information to make me feel connected to the community. I want to know more about Dara and Johnnie, about the homeless people that Callie talks to - these men and women are what make me believe in that 'Southern down home town' and I feel like we didn't get enough of that her. A similar sense of 'surfacey'-ness could be felt at some points of Callie and Taylor's relationship. It could have been necessitated by the length, but sometimes things just jumped really fast between the two of them and it was hard for me to follow as well understand how their feelings could have blossomed in such a sort time. It wasn't terrible or anything, I just could have wished for a few more pages here and there to get inside their heads a bit more.

All in all this is a good ebook and I would recommend it to anyone who likes their romances short and sweet.

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up

Series - None (? - I think)

**Ebook sent by author for review consideration**