Friday, 10 April 2015

The Incredible Callaway Blog Tour - On A Night Like This by Barbara Freethy - Review

Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 296 pages
Publisher: Fog City Publishing LLC (18 Dec. 2013)

'From #1 NY times Bestselling Author, Barbara Freethy, comes a romantic new contemporary series about the Callaways, a big, blended Irish family born to serve and protect. 
 The second oldest of the Callaway clan, Aiden Callaway veered from the family tradition of urban firefighting and became a smokejumper, never questioning his choice until the job took the life of his friend, Kyle, and left Aiden with injuries and fractured memories. Everyone blames Aiden for what happened, but he doesn't remember, nor is he sure he wants to remember. The truth may clear Aiden of blame but destroy Kyle's reputation and hurt the people he left behind. 
 Aiden seeks help from an unlikely partner… 
 Sara had always been untouchable, sweet, innocent, his sister's best friend, and the girl next door. But one reckless night in their youth took their relationship to a new level. Sara has never forgiven or forgotten the way Aiden brought it crashing down, but she's no longer that girl with the crazy crush. She's a woman in search of her own truth. The sparks between Aiden and Sara have been smoldering for a very long time. Sara is afraid to take another chance on a man who broke her heart, and Aiden knows better than anyone how dangerous an intense fire can be. As teenagers they weren’t ready for each other. Are they now?

Cover: I’m a sucker for sweet, romantic covers.  So this is perfect for me.
When I was told about this series- what sold it to me was the comparison to Bella Andre’s Sullivan’s series, and the knowledge that both authors are good friends.  And Bella Andre is one of my all time favourite adult, contemporary romance authors, with her Sullivans series being a staunch favourite.
And I was drawn to The Callaways because I thought it would be another huge family saga to sink my teeth into.
I love reading series about large families, where you get to know them all so well as a family unit, but then also get to see them break off individually and find love.
And that is exactly what I got with this.
On a Night Like This is an introduction to a larger than life family in the Callaways.
Aiden is a smoke jumper.  Or at least he was until the accident that left him injured and took the life of his best friend.  Can he return to smoke jumping if he potentially made a decision that got his friend killed.  Can he jump into fires again...and can he jump into a relationship with Sara?
Sara is a successful lawyer, on track to make partner in the firm.  But while she has success in her career- her family life leaves a lot to be desired.  She can't seem to get the attention or affection of her father, who is simply indifferent to her, but she just doesn't know why.  She decides to try one last chance at them connecting, and instead a fire brings Aiden back into her life.
Sara crushed- hard- on Aiden when they were younger, bad boy and the girl next door.
But his teenage rejection after a hot kiss, hit her hard.
Can things work between them now, years later?

It was a really sweet, contemporary romance.  There were times when I didn't believe the chemistry between Aiden and Sara - I just wanted to feel so much more from them.
But I did really enjoy it, and when I finished I was satisfied with the ending, and immediately started the second book in the series, So This Is Love.
[And by now I have actually read every book in this series back to back.]

Highly recommend for romance books everywhere.

Read from March 13 to 15, 2015.

About the Callaway Blog Tour & All Its Great Prizes!

This is the week you finally meet the Callaways! Not only are they all over the web as part of their extraordinary blog tour, but they are also out and about in your neighborhood. That's right; we're celebrating the print launch with Ingram by throwing a party all over the world! Make sure to follow this tour closely for your chance to win gift cards, swag, autographed books, and other incredible prizes.
All the info you need to join the fun and enter to win amazing prizes is RIGHT HERE. Remember, winning is as easy as clicking a button or leaving a blog comment—easy to enter; easy to win!
To Win the Prizes:
  1. Purchase any of the Callaway novels by Barbara Freethy (optional)
  2. Enter the Rafflecopter contest on Novel Publicity (go here)
  3. Visit today’s featured social media event (that's where the HUGE prizes are)
About The Callaways: The Callaways were born to serve and protect! In Barbara’s new connected family series, each of the eight siblings in this blended Irish-American family find love, mystery and adventure, often where they least expect it! Each book stands alone, but for the full enjoyment of the series, you might want to start at the beginning with On A Night Like This! Get the eBooks via AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks, or Kobo.
About the Author: Barbara Freethy has been making up stories most of her life. Growing up in a neighborhood with only boys and a big brother who was usually trying to ditch her, she spent a lot of time reading. When she wasn’t reading, she was imagining her own books. After college and several years in the P.R. field, she decided to try her hand at a novel. Now Barbara is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author loved by readers all over the world. Her novels range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Learn more on her websiteFacebook page, or in her Street Team.

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