13 April, 2015

#BookReview :: That Summer Night (Callaways #6) 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.

That Summer Night (Callaways #6)
Once Reid Becker was the best of the best, an elite soldier whose career ended abruptly in a mission gone awry. Derailed after a decade of intense focus, Reid is spending far too much time in his best friend's bar. Then Shayla Callaway walks into his life with a desperate plea for help. How can he resist a beautiful blonde? 

The last thing Shayla Callaway was looking for was trouble. After years of medical school, she is months away from finishing her residency when a stint with a research team lands her in the middle of a game of drugs and money, and the only person who can help her is a burned out ex-soldier with a hot body and a cocky attitude. 

Reid and Shayla have always put duty and career first. But as the danger heats up, so do the summer nights. Suddenly, it's not just about saving the world but about saving each other and a love they never expected … 

My Review:

I have no idea what just happened in this book!

We have seen very little of Shayla over the other books. So I was anticipating getting to know her. Shayla Callaway is a genius who is just months away from completing her medical residency. She has just returned, sans her boss, from a research trip in Colombia where she witnessed a massacre. Her boss instructs her to retrieve something from his office and give it to his brother. Shayla get embroiled in a situation that is both tragic and terrifying. Her only source of comfort in the times of trouble is Reid Becker. Reid Becker is an ex-military man with a complicated relationship with his brother. When Shayla comes to him for help, will he be able to put his past aside and save both his brother and the girl who is slowly making a permanent place in his heart?

I had big trouble digesting this story. While I am generally okay with some larger than life moments, some cheesy lines and even some loopholes from romantic thrillers, this book just goes over the top. Certain intimate moments were so very bizarre given the situations that I just skipped those moments. Then again the author has completely failed to capture the trauma of PTSD. Though I have never experienced it first hand, I have read enough books and watched enough movies to have some idea about the impact it has on a person. It was so understated!! As a result, I didn’t really get a chance to like Shayla or Reid. For a self-sufficient, independent and a genius, Shayla sure acts like a fool most of the time. Also, given Reid’s past, I am surprised that he gets engaged to Shayla so soon without any reservations at all.

This book was complete opposite of what I liked about the series so far. Yes, there was some action and some mystery but they are just not enough to prop up this book on its own. I am majorly disappointed with this book.

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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