Firefly by Madison Night
Publisher: Noble Romance
Length: Short Story (64 pgs)
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by: Fern
Libby Hill, a classically trained dancer whose dreams were dashed by chronic knee pain, runs a quaint coffee shop, The Bean, in Las Vegas. Although her days are filled with the aromas of Irish Cream and rich Columbian, her nights are filled with something much different – Libby transforms into Firefly, a seductive and confidant dancer at the infamous Tommy Rocker’s, a local topless strip club.
Desmond Carlisle is in Vegas for a week, desperate to get away from the daily pressures of his shattered home life and rock star celebrity. He’s keeping his presence in the city low key, opting to frequent quiet venues and cafés like The Bean. He needs a distraction, and he’s hoping one just might come his way in the form of a delicious topless dancer with his band’s logo tattooed on the small of her back.
Firefly is a story that grabs hold of the reader and doesn’t let go, with characters that come to life on the page. She is a dancer whose only reprieve from a life slinging java is to take the stage behind a mask, while he is a famous rocker who wants a bit of normalcy. The dichotomy isn’t lost on the reader, and tweaks the interest. Can Libby and Des find a common ground? Will they each reveal themselves, and in the doing, open themselves to a world of desire?
There is one word that describes this story – hot! The sexual tension between Des and Libby is intense, and snares your attention right from the start. I couldn’t get enough of either of them, and felt they played off of one another perfectly. Theirs is an exotic dance of cat and mouse, and it’s impossible to turn away once the games begin.
The only thing that ruined the story for me was the ending. While I understood that they were strangers, I prefer more of a happily-ever-after versus a happily-ever-maybe. Des’s determination to get under Libby’s defenses, only to do so and fear her attachment after the fact, was kind of bothersome. I really liked him, and her, but the lack of connection seemed out of place.
Aside from this, however, this story is fantastic. The sex is hot, the characters are great, and the dialogue is snappy. The writing is wonderful, and the pace makes this a quick, steamy read erotic fans are sure to enjoy. If you’re in the mood for something sizzling that has you diving into the closest shower for a cool down, be sure not to miss Firefly.