Wallflowers by CP Smith – Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

CP Smith is always a must read for me.

WHAT I RATED IT

4.5stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

“Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens, and wallflowers, need ruin to make them grow.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

They say money is the root of all evil, but sometimes, evil lurks in the most unlikely places.

Calla Lily Armstrong spent her whole life shielding her heart. Now she’s ready to break down her walls and see what’s hiding on the other side. With the help of her new friends, Poppy Gentry and Sienna Miller, the three band together to find their happily ever after. One Wallflower at a time.

Former Atlanta Homicide Detective, Devin Hawthorne, moved to Savannah for a change of pace and a fresh start as a Private Investigator. He finds it right under his nose in the form of a Southern beauty who drives him to distraction, and deadly secrets that threaten her very life.

leaf dividerJENN’S REVIEW

CP Smith is one of those authors that always gives you an exceptionally written story, characters you want to become your best friends, and instant love done so right, even the strongest of skeptics will believe. Wallflowers was all that and more.

When we first meet Cali, she’s ogling her new, hot neighbor while he works out in their shared courtyard. I instantly loved her, knowing I would be doing the same thing. Sadly, for Cali, she lacks the confidence to approach her new neighbor. Normally, I would struggle to connect to a character who seemly has it all, and is blind to it. I always just want to shake some sense into them. But Cali was different. Her reasons were not the usual ones. Through Smith’s brilliant writing, we fall instantly in love with Cali, flaws and all, and want nothing more than to see her succeed and get her happy ending…but will she find the confidence to grab what it hers?

Devin. Oh Devin. I don’t have enough time or space to enlighten you about all that is Devin. Smith is known for her ultra alpha, ultra possessive male characters, and that describes Devin perfectly. When he sees what he wants, he doesn’t hesitate. And what he wants is Cali. He wants nothing more than to make her his. Brick by brick, Devin worked to tear down Cali’s wall, and he did it in a super sexy, super swoony, super HOT way. Pretty much everything Devin did was extraordinary. I can’t find any faults in him, and I imagine you won’t either.

Wallflowers wasn’t just a love story between a man and a woman. It showcased loves of all varieties. It was about the love of your family. Your family that loves you unconditionally, without reservation, and possesses the willingness to change their own lives to see you through the worst parts of yours. It’s about the love of your friends. Those people who want nothing more than to see you get your happy ending, and will stand beside you, cheering you along, until it happens.

Wallflowers had the perfect balance of steam, suspense and story. It was light hearted where it needed to be, and Smith brought us to the darker side when the story needed to go there. The transition between the two was flawless, just like her writing. I jockeyed between wanting to read it as fast I could to find out what happened, to wanting to take my sweet time, because I never wanted it to end. I am already counting down until our next Wallflowers finds her happily ever after.

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