Love to Believe (Fireflies #2) by Lisa Ricard Claro #mf #review @LisaRicardClaro


A woman in a man’s world…

CPA Rebecca Walker wields a hammer and saw with skill, but it’s like fighting tooth and nail to prove to her chauvinistic father that she’s capable of managing the family construction business. Romance is a luxury Rebecca can’t afford.

A man with secrets…

Thanks to his past, romance isn’t in Sean Kinkaid’s future, so when Rebecca proposes ‘friends with benefits,’ Sean agrees. It’s the perfect scenario until love sneaks in—and Sean’s secrets tear them apart.


But Rebecca has a secret too, one she fears Sean will never accept. It will take intervention from an unlikely source to convince these two lovers they have the one thing neither of them ever expected to find…a love to believe.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14Tbird_s ThoughtsTAG

I had read the first book in this series Love Built to Last and really enjoyed not only the plot but the author’s style in presenting an emotional and beautiful story to the reader.  When I was asked to read and review Love to Believe, I was hesitant because of the synopsis.  I am rather tired of the traditional plot of man and woman, forbidding a relationship yet they can’t deny their desires any longer so they go with the friends with benefit and spend the rest of the book fighting the love they end up accepting in the last chapter.  I am happy to say, I was not disappointed with the delivery of the plot in this book.

Rebecca is fighting tooth and nail to prove she is capable of keeping up with the men on the construction site while showing her dad she is able to take over the family construction business.  This leaves little time for her to have a social life, especially with the secret she is holding close to the vest.  When Sean shows up he believes that Rebecca would be the perfect woman to have passionate during the nights and business during the day.  He has his own baggage he is trying to put to the side so there is no reason for him to go digging into her closet of secrets.

Now this is when I felt the predictable stage of this plot slip in and haunted me, they are going to have to hide any feelings they have because they are connected through an upcoming wedding and there is no reason to let anyone else know what is going on and risk inviting advice and pity if and when they don’t work out.


The author redeemed the plot for me when the little hints throughout the book started to make sense and brought forth some drama I hadn’t anticipated, leaving me emotional and on the edge of my seat.  I really enjoyed this book overall and was so happy I took the chance on it.  It is beautifully written and does not fall into the traditional plot trap which made me happy and intrigued me while keeping me invested in the characters and story.  I also loved getting the see the characters we met in book one.  While it can be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend you take the time to read them both in order so you can be carried away with their story.


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