Now that you all have finally met The Callaway Family and met the amazing author Barbara Freethy, the one responsible for the family’s very existence, and taken a sneak peak into how everything started, how about a review into the life of my favorite Callaways (yes deciding on favorite was about the hardest thing I had ever done!)
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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…
Callaways is a family steeped in the code of “to serve and protect”. They don’t just work for it, they live it. In a family filled with firefighters, Sean Callaway bucked the tradition to be a musician. He is now quite a well known muscian, carefree to the rest of the world, yet there are hidden depths to him, that even his own family doesn’t know about.
Straying away from the family legacy wasn’t easy as it led to a unsaid estrangement from his father, who never really understood why he turned his back on his family.
Jessica Schilling has a complicated history with the Callaways (No you don’t need to read the previous book to understand it – a short version is given in this book!) but it’s this exact history and shared siblings that bought her to live near to Callaways.
It is in the story of Nicole and Ryan; Between Now and Forever that Sean and Jessica meet and immediately you realize that there is something special between them, not that they were interested in taking it any further. Complications of family history at its best!
Everything changes, when the one door to the past Sean has always kept locked, bursts open courtesy of Jessica. The house she rents is a reminder of a past that haunts Sean till this day! This means that he can’t ignore what has happened, especially if he wants to have a future. Together Sean and Jessica, go through every evidence of a past that changed Sean’s course of life, if they both want to have a future together.
Honestly, of all the Callaways and their better halves; I loved Sean and Jessica the best. Their relationship bought out the best in each other. I have always heard that “The One” would always want you to strive to be a better person and that’s exactly what I saw in their relationship. They were a perfect fit, but boy did they fight till the end!
The mystery on the other hand, was perfect companion to the romance in this book. Usually what happens with a romantic novel is that either the romance or the suspense tends to overshadow over the other. But here? It was a perfect blend and frankly, I never even realized who the culprit actually was till s/he was revealed (And that is very, very hard to do to a Forensic Psychologist!).
Yes, I loved the whole Callaway Family, but I have to admit Sean will always have a special place in my heart, not just because he was the black sheep of the family, but because no matter how he felt, in the end, he was always a Callaway through and through.
4 / 5 Stars
If you have ever loved a hero who went towards the unexpected with all the self assurance needed, and a heroine who saw through to the real him, even before he himself did, get this book.
And when you do, you’ll realize that you need to know the whole Callaway Family too, so get all the books. They are worth it ❤
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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 Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, 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 website, Facebook page, or in her Street Team.