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Ladybugs and Fireflies Paperback – June 13, 2011

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"Simply put, this is a very entertaining story." ~ The Long and the Short of It Reviews

"I fell in love with feisty Callie and sexy Taylor and you will too, run out and buy a copy as the book is great summer reading! " ~ Jackie Burris of Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories

"Red-blooded, classic romance with heart!" ~ Bella Street, Author of Kiss Me I'm Irish

"Ladybugs and Fireflies is a nice read for summer cottages or winter getaways." ~ Alberta of ManicReaders.com

About the Author

Cheryl Alldredge's first published work was a short story in the No Law Against Love romance anthology, to benefit breast cancer charities. The story, A Love To Remember, is a romantic comedy about love, laughter and grasping hold when fortune drops happiness into your lap. This quick, fun read is now available as a standalone short story. 

Cheryl's contemporary romance, Ladybugs and Fireflies, won the Beacon Award of Excellence in Romance for its warm uplifting style and powerful emotional journey. When Cheryl is not plotting happily-ever-afters she is enjoying the mix of southern charm and warm tropical spirit of her home state of Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Highland Press (June 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983396043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983396048
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,045,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
Ladybugs and Fireflies is now one of my new favorite reads for 2011.

Callie Roberts and Taylor Powers are two strong people who are in no way looking to start a relationship as they both lead very busy lives and their work basically takes up every waking moment! However fate has a sense of timing that these two people cannot ignore and when Taylor walks into the local watering hole and Callie turns around and sees him they are both lost from that moment on... Ironically when Callie and Taylor meet they do not exchange information about their chosen professions of Private Investigator in Callie's case and Lawyer in Taylor's... This causes some problems later on and almost makes the relationship a total bust!

Happily their love is strong enough to withstand the misunderstandings and after a few more kinks are ironed out the story ends on a high note with a very romantic and well deserved HEA for the pair...

This book is a wonderful example of how two people who have been damaged by past relationships can find the one person who can heal their hurts and give them joy when they least expect to find it!

At a little less than 150 pages this novella reads like a longer story, the characters are well fleshed out and the plot lines are truly interesting and engage the readers imagination. You have to get your own copy to fully appreciate what I mean without my giving anything away so as not to spoil the story for anyone else...

I fell in love with feisty Callie and sexy Taylor and you will too, run out and buy a copy as the book is great summer reading!
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Format: Paperback
While the title had me expecting something rather whimsical, Ladybugs and Fireflies is, in fact, a zippy and quite classic contemporary romance with just enough intrigue to allow for the unexpected.

Callie Roberts, investigator, has had a crappy history in the romance department. And it's been ages since she had a date. Taylor Powers does not appear to be the man who's going to change all that. Well, perhaps for a moment there he does look like he's going to change all that. Anything can happen in `speed dating,' let's face it. However, this fancy lawyer is only going to make life - and very probably her job - more difficult. She doesn't know that at first of course: because they share one look and are swept away. It all seems so perfect for a moment...

Callie, although sweet in a slightly southern way, is far from the elegant yet helpless belle-type southern gal. In fact, I found her to be a perfectly wonderful leading lady: she's feminine but self-sufficient; a bit of southern charm but tough, or maybe stern. Maybe a tiny bit of that self-sufficiency is from from life rather than inclination, but I found her admirable just the same. And she has a faintly humorous outlook, much of the time, that gives the story a sort of happy aura.

Taylor is everything a leading man should be: dashing, protective, forthright... and we hope, even honest. He's good, and we so want Callie to see that. Maybe he's not the complex character she is, but readers will really like him just the same. His point of view might reveal a little too much, but it isn't distracting. It does help us to understand his frustration and maybe allow us to feel a little bit frustrated with Callie too. Aldredge really has a way of conveying not just a believable character, but their emotions.
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Format: Paperback
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.
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