Friday, November 18, 2016

Wallflowers: Three of a Kind by C.P. Smith



Goodreads Review



“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.



Wallflowers are for life. Wallflowers always stick together, and Wallflowers never leave a woman behind.
You love soulmates? Instalove? No other women drama? Some utterly hilarious, over the top alpha maleness murder, mystery and mayhem? Then this my peeps is the book for you.
Calla Lilly is a strong heroine, she loves hard when she lets it happen. Her Aunts are her saving grace and her blood is so blue she would be a smurf.
Calla Lily has put her life on hold that she doesn’t know how to escape the rut that she is stuck in. She wants to break out of her shell, she wants to laugh, to live and to love. Baby steps! That is until one Devin Hawthorne enters her life. It is time to live but watching Devin also helps with her decision.


Devin Hawthorne has moved from Atlanta to Savannah for a change of pace. Savannah is old money a town full of secrets the perfect setting for a new PI. While showing his cousin Meghan around he sees the woman of his dreams. Meghan sees it and calls it before Devin even had the idea developed of claiming Calla for his own.

“Though, that bein’ said, I don’t think you’re prepared for what’s about to hit you. For once in your life, you may not be able to handle what’s comin’ your way.”

A chain of events lead to Calla ending up in the same bar as Devin.

“Oh, um, I got hit with a ball. Nothin’ nefarious.” “Mhm. I’ve heard that one before. If nefarious shows up, let me know, and I’ll set a bouncer on him”

As a favor to his friend Nate he takes on a missing person’s case. It leads him to Calla which helps him with his mission. Although the whole ball incident adds to the hilarity of the book. A Southern Gentlemen always protects his female be it from friend or foe.

Devin can get any woman all hot and bothered. They get down and dirty...


Boom. Exploded ovaries. 

Calla wants someone safe and easy not someone like Devin but it is getting harder and harder.

“Were you not listenin’ to me last night? I told you I have a weakness for Harleys, and he’s the Devil who’d be my undoing’. It’s like leadin’ a lamb to the slaughter!”

Then I sighed when he made his claim to the Detective Bo Strawn and in a short period of time what Calla has come to mean to him.

“What I’ll admit is that a woman like that would be worth lyin’, stealin’, or killin’ for.”

All the elements in the book that make a book a success are well balanced. Calla & Devin suck you in. You want to be friends with the Wallflowers. Although they are certifiable at times.

“I want a wallflower divorce!” Both women gasped at that announcement then started talking over each other. “Marriage is for life,” Sienna cried out.  “Wallflowers don’t turn their backs on each other,” Poppy joined in.

But takes one to know one. Everything is different down South anyway. Lol.

Calla makes a big step to come out of her shell but mistakes Devin’s reaction for something completely different. Talking about it to the girls doesn’t help.

I love every character in the clique that Ms. Smith has created. How we meet the other female leads and the other male leads for the next books in the series. Especially Poppy & Sienna are quirky, unique and a barrel of laughs. But Nate and Bo? To die for. I tell ya.

Each brick is torn down that Calla puts up with Devin’s help of course. She becomes the woman she wants to be before her tragic past took over her life and made her hide from the outside world. She truly does have a horrible, horrible Grandfather but her Grandmother at least does one thing right for Calla. Just in time so she gets a point from me there especially when Devin goes to rescue her.

“Can you handle gale force winds?” Devin’s moth pulled into a sinister grin. “Like a fuckin’ lighthouse.” Calla’s grandmother actually smiled. “Don’t say fuck its not gentlemanly.”

Five days it took me to find my happily ever after. Now, it was Poppy and Sienna’s turn. Sounds good to me.

Stay tuned for Wallflowers: Double Trouble. Coming early spring 2017.