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On a Night Like This: The Callaways #1 | [Barbara Freethy]

On a Night Like This: The Callaways #1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

From #1 NY Times Best-selling 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 ally…

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 ready now?

On A Night Like This is the first book in an eight book connected contemporary romance series featuring the intriguing Callaway family. Love, mystery, adventure - the Callaways have it all!

©2013 Barbara Freethy (P)2013 Barbara Freethy

What the Critics Say

“Freethy has a gift for creating complex characters.” (Library Journal)

“Barbara Freethy is a master storyteller with a gift for spinning tales about ordinary people in extraordinary situations and drawing readers into their lives.” (Romance Reviews Today)

“Freethy's skillful plotting and gift for creating sympathetic characters will ensure that few dry eyes will be left at the end of the story.” (Publishers Weekly on The Way Back Home)

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    Linda ANKENY, IA, United States 04-14-14
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    Loved the storyline, but felt like I was listening to a mechanical voice. The clipped words made me feel like the audio was produced by a computer reading the words. It was missing an easy flow and was difficult to make myself listen.

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    Tarri United States 04-11-14
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    but the whispering little girl voice the narrator used for the female characters was a bit off-putting. Also, the gruffness of some of the male characters' voices made them unlikable to me.

    The story was good and had enough content to make this a possible to-read series, but I would not listen to the rest.

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    If you could sum up On a Night Like This in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet, connection, and discovery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On a Night Like This?

    There were two really memorable moments. One was when Sara confronted her father and the other was when Aiden discovered the truth about why Kyle died in the fire.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Rowan – was your favorite?

    Sara


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was. I wanted to see how the rest of the story would unfold.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a good story, good pacing, and great characters. I would recommend this book and I'll be reading the other books in this series.

    *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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    Hilary Honolulu, HI, United States 06-20-14
    Hilary Honolulu, HI, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    Where does On a Night Like This rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Because the story line is so good I'd say this audiobook would rank in my top 10.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On a Night Like This?

    When Aiden finds Sarah at her house after she finds the box of pictures and sweeps her off to Redding for an escape.


    What does Robin Rowan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, I have to say I was not very happy with Ms. Redding's performance. The women often sounded pouty or too your for their ages. Many of the men were dramatically too snappish or angry. In fact she made everyone too drama filled much of the time. I have listened to many books now and there is just no reason to have the characters sound so poised for dramatics so much of the time. It would do Barbara Freethy's books a boon to find a new narrator As her stories are very good and her characters are very likeable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are many but I suppose to pick one it might be when Aiden and Sarah go to visit Kyles Wife.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a story that moves right along. it kept me listening and wanting more. It ended leaving some dangling ended that makes me want to move quickly on to the next book in the series. Barbara Freethy is a skilled writer.

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