I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fireflies and Magnolias by Ava Miles
Series: Dare River #3
Published by Self Published on February 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Amelia Ann Hollins might have been raised to be a sweet magnolia, but she’s found her inner fire—the quest for justice. The secrets she carries and a tragedy from her past prompt her to volunteer at a legal clinic in the worst part of town. Here she can serve and protect the one she couldn’t save. Here she will risk everything.
Clayton Chandler’s happy life ended when his daddy died tragically when he was a boy. He lost his belief in magic and signs, but Amelia Ann is stirring the embers of passion and faith inside him again. He doesn’t plan on risking his heart. To make matters worse, he works for her rock star brother and knows better than to date the younger sister of his best friend. When Amelia Ann volunteers to help with her brother’s charity concert, Clayton has nowhere to run. Soon he can no longer deny his fiery passion for Amelia Ann, and as the danger of her calling and her secrets threaten their newfound love, they’ll learn fireflies are magical and magnolias can burn hotter than steel.
Law student Amelia Ann Hollins, youngest sister of country music star Rye Crenshaw, is determined to get Clayton Chandler to acknowledge they have chemistry and need to start acting on it. Trouble is, Rye’s his best friend and his boss (Clayton is his deputy manager). She’s coming on strong and he’s doing a great job of keeping her at arm’s length.
One more thing…
Amelia Ann’s got a few secrets. No one knows that she was the tabloid leak who disclosed Rye’s payoff to sister Tammy’s abusive ex-husband. And, she’s volunteering at a legal services clinic in a rough area of Nashville.
What works about this story
Though Amelia Ann comes across as a traditional Southern belle, she’s also a young woman of substance. She’s decided to make domestic abuse her focus and is determined to make her own way. The spotlight on this issue is daunting, presented in a meaningful, if not distressing manner. It elevated this story to a completely higher level.
The romance is not without its issues, given Clayton’s relationship with Rye and that he’s seven years older. He also brings his own set of baggage but Amelia Ann is tenacious.
The bottom line
As with all of Ava’s stories, family is a major element. She effectively combines romance with substantive issues and leaves you in a wonderful place. The characters are always layered and more complicated than they seem on the surface. This book continues that tradition even more powerfully. Loved it.
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