Review: R.W. Clinger – Firefly

Author: R.W. Clinger
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: Paranormal

Rating: ★★★½☆ 


Cookbook designer Bay Woods begins to notice strange things happening at his lake house. He could swear someone is visiting his gardens at night, leaving the wrought-iron gate open. And some of his clothes are missing, too. He soon realizes there might be a trespasser in the quiet neighborhood, and maybe something even more mysterious.

As summer stretches on, Bay notices an unusual number of fireflies every evening. One in particular seems to follow him around the property. Why exactly?

Then Bay learns his trespasser is the tall and handsome Christopher Lavre. Unsettling questions make him what Christopher’s link is to the fireflies at night. Or rather, one lightning bug in particular…


Bay Woods works from home, formatting and designing cookbooks, and has done so for 15 years at his house on Lake Erie, so he definitely notices during a particularly hot summer, that there seem to be more fireflies than usual! He also notices that his garden gates have been left open, he finds clothes missing, and his neighbor talks of someone using his pool at night. Then he encounters the handsome Christopher Lavre and has more questions than answers.

The story is told from Bay’s point of view.

I really enjoyed the premise of this story and the interactions between Bay and his neighbor, and the ones with Christopher, were very well done. Especially as Bay is encountering something very unusual, and his neighbor takes it all in stride!

In an interesting twist, the author brought in a subplot of Bay and his friend of 20 years, Sam, who is an artist about to have his first big show and could be on the verge of his big break, who suddenly declares feelings for Bay. These two men have known each other since college, yet have never dated each other nor explored a friends with benefits situation. For me, that subplot almost took away from the story. I also found some of the language a little unusual for a MM romance as it seemed to go from contemporary in one scene of Bay imagining things he could do with a partner, to a more proper language description of someone putting their hands over his “private parts”. Now, this could be an author preference of not wanting to use more crude types of words, but for me, it did break up the flow of the story a bit.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read, a different take on a paranormal story and it is short enough to read in one afternoon. The love scenes are not gratuitous or overly graphic, which I believe was intentional, and sometimes that is a good thing. If you enjoy paranormal stories with some MM romance, but not graphic love scenes, you might want to give this a try.


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