Firefly by Madison Night

Firefly by Madison Night
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (66 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

What would you do if the Rock God you’ve lusted over for years suddenly showed up at your doorstep…and wanted you just as badly?

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 is a dancer at the infamous Tommy Rocker’s, a local topless strip club. On stage, she transforms into the seductive and ever-confident Firefly, dancing for and teasing the men transfixed by her presence.

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, deciding to avoid all the hot spots, and instead frequenting 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.

They both have reasons for wanting to keep their identity a secret. Can Firefly find the courage to remove the mask?

Talk about a dream come true. What true fangirl hasn’t fantasized about meeting her famous crush? But then Libby gets to take it further than that, much further.

I liked Libby. She pursued a dream and when it didn’t work out she made the best of a bad situation. I admire her for that. And thanks to her personalized style of dancing she captures the attention of someone who literally rocks her world.

Desmond Carlisle, rock god in a black stetson and the star of Libby’s favorite dreams. He needed a break from the chaos that is his life. So naturally, he goes to Vegas. I had to laugh at that a bit because, well, it’s Vegas. People go there to people watch. They go there looking to see other people, and the shows. I know there are areas that aren’t as heavily tourist populated but it still struck me as an interesting choice. Still, it put him a position to meet Libby, in and out of costume.

One thing that struck me as refreshing about this story is also what initially annoyed me for about a minute. It’s how the author chose to end this novella. At first I was like “What? That’s it?” and then after a moment I decided that it actually makes the most sense, for now anyway. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing another story set at The Bean, maybe staring Libby’s co-worker, Claire. Or maybe one of Des’ other band members. It could be interesting.

This is a read-in-one-sitting kind of story. I picked it because I could imagine how Libby felt about getting to meet Des. I think what rounded the story out nicely was that Libby got more out of the interlude than just amazing sex, as if that wasn’t enough. She gained self-confidence. Some might think an exotic dancer must have tons of self-confidence but not necessarily.

Short on time, but want to enjoy a fantasy fulfilled? Firefly is hot and good for some sexy dream fuel. It certainly had me thinking. A nice way to spend a cold evening.

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