10 April, 2015

#BookReview :: All a Heart Needs (Callaways #5) 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.

All a Heart Needs (Callaways #5)
Sean Callaway is the black sheep of the Callaway clan, the sibling who refused to follow in the family tradition of firefighting. Instead, he lives his life in music. On the outside, he's a free-spirited rock star, but on the inside, Sean is haunted by the death of a childhood friend, a tragedy no one knows he witnessed. He's kept the secret for twenty years. But nothing stays hidden forever…

Jessica Schilling, a young widow, moved to San Francisco to reunite her six-year-old stepson with his long-lost identical twin brother, Brandon. She rents a house just around the corner from the Callaways, and while cleaning out the garage for the previous owner Jessica stumbles upon a very old secret—one that someone might just be willing to kill to keep.

Suddenly, Sean is thrust back into the past. He's forced to face his most disturbing memories, not only to solve the riddle of the tragedy that ripped his life apart, but also to save the woman he loves…

My Review:

Finally Sean Callaway, the so called black sheep of the family, gets a book all to himself. He has made appearances here and there and had a chunk of a role in Between Now and Forever (Callaways #4), but I am happy to have him in the lead for this one.

Sean Callaway is a musician who plays in a band. He is a far cry from the rest of the ‘community serving’ family and has a surprising relationship with Jack Callaway, his father.  As a musician, he travels a lot and has a way with the ladies. But no one has been able to touch his heart where he keeps a secret from his childhood. Jessica Schilling is a single mother who moves to San Francisco in order to keep Kyle and Brandon together and give herself a fresh start as well.  But what she soon discovers is that the house she has moved into has secrets that somebody doesn’t want revealed and secrets that are somehow connected to Sean. While Sean and Jessica had formed a certain attachment in the last book, they are wary of each other now. Jessica is not particularly interested in Sean’s lifestyle and Sean isn’t sure whether he is ready to settle down yet – especially with all that is happening around them. 

I was eager to read his story as I was sure that he would surprise me in some way and he did! I also liked Jessica and Kyle. This is another well balanced novel where romance and mystery go hand in hand. Though for the first time in this series, I was sure about how it is going to pan out. Also, five books into the series, I am starting to see patterns in Barbara Freethy’s writing style. There are some similar dialogues and comments that are repeated in each book and I am getting tired of that. Each character has been drawn up as unique, yet the way they think and talk resembles each other way too much. I guess, I should have given sometime between each book instead of reading them together.

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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