11 April, 2015

#BookReview :: When Shadows Fall (Callaways #7) by Barbara Freethy

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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.

When Shadows Fall (Callaways #7)
Olivia Bennett is a biographer, a narrator of lives far more interesting than her own. Orphaned as a child, she has always been fascinated by family relationships. When she volunteers to write down the memories of Eleanor Callaway, an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer's, she gets caught up in a compelling story of a great love and a terrible secret. Suddenly, she is no longer a spectator but an investigator, and in her quest for truth, she finds herself at odds with Eleanor's sexy and very protective grandson, Colton Callaway. 

Colton is a firefighter, a man used to going after what he wants and getting it. He pushes the limits, takes chances, and is willing to risk everything to save a life, especially if that life belongs to his grandmother. 

As Olivia and Colton stir up the smoldering embers of the past, they soon come to realize that the greatest danger may not come from those who want to protect their secrets but from each other. Because the one thing neither has ever been willing to risk is their heart. 


My Review:

I have been waiting to get to this story. Grandma Callaway has dropping hints all over the place about a family secret that no one seems to know about. Even though grandpa Callaway has been trying to shut her down every time she started talking about it, she got enough in to have my interest piqued.

Colton Callaway has a lot to prove to his new station chief who seems to have something against the Callaway name. But on his first fire after the chief’s arrival, Colton has an accident and is ordered to be on medical leave for some time. In the meantime, Olivia Bennett arrives in town to meet Eleanor Callaway and her theatre group who seems to have an interesting story to tell. Patrick has to go out of town, so he asks Colton to keep Olivia away from his grandmother. But Olivia has personality that is not easy to ignore or dominate. As mysteries unfold… Olivia finds a personal connection to it and Colton tries to keep the family secret safe, all the while fighting their growing attraction to each other.

Okay so Colton is a bit of a jerk. I did not like his controlling nature at all no matter what the plot called for. On the other hand, Olivia is my favourite non-Callaway character in the series. I just loved her personality. I just couldn’t see these two characters falling for each other and the chemistry seemed a bit forced. I was surprised by Olivia’s personal connection to the mystery part of the story – but it was a good surprise. And once again, I loved the mystery part of the plot and it pretty much made up for the romance part of the book. The climax was way too good and I thoroughly enjoyed the way things turned out. This is one of those books where I found certain things not to my liking but they were acceptable end of the day. 

This was one mystery that did justice to its build up over the previous books.



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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