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All A Heart Needs (Callaways Series #5)
     

All A Heart Needs (Callaways Series #5)

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by Barbara Freethy
 

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In ALL A HEART NEEDS, the fifth book in the Callaway Series, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy delivers an emotional, heartwarming romance as well as a tantalizing mystery.

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

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In ALL A HEART NEEDS, the fifth book in the Callaway Series, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy delivers an emotional, heartwarming romance as well as a tantalizing mystery.

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 never thought of himself as a hero, but now 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…

ALSO AVAILABLE in the CALLAWAY SERIES:

On A Night Like This (#1)

So This Is Love (#2)

Falling For A Stranger (#3)

Between Now And Forever (#4)

All A Heart Needs (#5)

That Summer Night (#6)

When Shadows Fall (#7)

Somewhere Only We Know (#8)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"I love the Callaways! Heartwarming romance, intriguing suspense and sexy alpha heroes. What more could you want?" --NYT Bestselling Author Bella Andre

"I adore the Callaways, a family we'd all love to have. Each new book is a deft combination of emotion, suspense and family dynamics. A remarkable, compelling series!"--Barbara O'Neal, author of How to Bake a Perfect Life.

"Once I start reading a Callaway novel, I can't put it down. Fast-paced action, a poignant love story and a tantalizing mystery in every book!"--USA Today Bestselling Author Christie Ridgway

"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

“Freethy skillfully keeps the reader on the hook, and her tantalizing and believable tale has it all– romance, adventure, and mystery.” --Booklist on Summer Secrets

“Barbara Freethy brings a tender poignancy to mainstream romantic fiction.” --Romantic Times on Daniel's Gift

"Freethy’s story-telling ability is top-notch.” --Romantic Times on Don't Say A Word

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780990695141
Publisher:
Hyde Street Press
Publication date:
08/03/2015
Series:
Callaways Series , #5
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
226,600
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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She was beginning a new adventure, Jessica Schilling thought as she walked through the doors of Drake's, a nightclub in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, with her friends, Nicole and Emma. She was on the verge of something exciting; she just didn't know what that something was yet. But it had to be better than what had come before.

At twenty-seven, she'd lived through a lot in the past three years, the death of her husband, the kidnapping of her stepson, and a move to San Francisco after her son had been reunited with his twin brother, Brandon. It had been a crazy couple of months. She was definitely not living the life she'd ever imagined for herself, but she was going to try to keep rolling with the punches.

But tonight wasn't about the past; it was about fun and letting loose a little. She hadn't been to a club like this in four years, not since she'd gone from Vegas dancer to wife and stepmother. She hadn't ventured out on a Friday night to do something other than pick up pizza or take her kid to a movie in months, and she was looking forward to a night out with the girls.

She'd traded in her usual jeans and a t-shirt for a red mini-skirt, high-heeled black boots, and a lacy top under a short black jacket. She wore her long brown hair down, and it now danced around her shoulders in thick waves. She'd put on more make-up than she'd worn in years, and for the first time in a long time she felt young again, hopeful, maybe even a little reckless.

"It's packed in here," Emma Callaway shouted, as they walked through the crowded room.

Emma was a slender woman with short, silky blonde hair that angled off her face and highlighted her bright blue eyes. Emma wore skinny jeans with high heels and a silky sheer blouse over a black camisole. On the other side of Emma was Emma's older sister, Nicole, who had blond hair that was a little longer than

Emma's and eyes that were a lighter shade of blue. Nicole had upped her look tonight by trading in her usual conservative mom clothes for a short, clingy dress that showed off her legs and curves.

"I told you we should have come earlier," Nicole said with a frown. "Drake's is always packed on a Friday night."

"I couldn't get off work," Emma replied.

"You always use that excuse, Em."

"Because it's always true."

Jessica let their argument go on without her. She'd gotten to know Emma and Nicole pretty well the last few months, and she was used to their friendly bickering. She'd been an only child, so she was often fascinated by their sisterly interaction and wished she had a sibling to not only spar with but also share her life with. And Emma and Nicole didn't just have each other. They were part of the big Callaway family and had six other siblings, one of whom they'd come to see perform tonight. Her heart fluttered at that thought, knowing that the invitation of a night out with the girls had become much more exciting when Emma had told her they were going to see Sean's band perform.

She'd met Emma and Nicole's brother, Sean, three months ago during the kidnapping ordeal. Nicole's son, Brandon, had also been taken, and it was then that they'd discovered the six-year-old boys were identical twins that had been separated at birth.

During that terrible time, Jessica had found an instant connection with Sean, and she'd often wondered since then if they'd met under different circumstances or at a different time, if they would have acted on the attraction between them. But on the few occasions she'd seen Sean since she'd moved to San Francisco, he'd been stand-offish, making her wonder if she'd imagined the sparks, or if they'd only been on her side.

Not that it mattered. She wasn't looking to get involved with anyone, much less a musician. She had her hands full raising her son and sharing co-parenting duties with Nicole and her husband, Ryan. Since the boys had been reunited, they'd all agreed that it was important to keep them together as much as possible.

But she wasn't going to think about all that tonight. She was excited to see Sean perform, and there was a small, slightly vain, part of herself that thought it would be nice for him to see her at her best and not at her worst. Maybe it wouldn't be so easy for him to ignore her.

She should probably be careful what she wished for, because while Sean's disinterest bothered her, she didn't know what she would do if he were interested. Love had always scared her, and having lost her husband in an accident sixteen months earlier, she was all too aware that pain was often the flip side of love.

"I'm going to get drinks," Emma announced. "Find a spot by the stage, and I'll catch up with you."

"I feel old with all these twenty-somethings," Nicole muttered as they weaved their way through the crowd. Then she added quickly, "Sorry, Jessica. I sometimes forget that you're six years younger than me. You're so mature, and I mean that in a good way."

She'd always been mature, forced to grow up early. "No worries. I actually feel kind of old, too. I don't exactly have a clubbing kind of life anymore."

"Do you miss that life?" Nicole asked, a curious gleam in her blue eyes.

"I can see why you would. You're only twenty-seven. Most people your age are leading a clubbing kind of life."

"I don't really miss it. I wouldn't trade my life as Kyle's mom for anything, but lately I've been feeling a little…" She tried to come up with the right word to describe her mood. "Restless. I needed a night out."

"I know that feeling well. Let's make the most of it."

"The most of what?" Emma asked as she rejoined them.

"Our night," Nicole said.

"That's the right attitude," Emma said with an approving smile as she handed them their drinks.

"What's this?" Jessica gave the glass of amber-colored liquid a wary look.

"Fireball whiskey. It's not as dangerous as it sounds."

Jessica took a sip and immediately liked the cinnamon flavor. She had no idea how strong it was, but she didn't have to take care of anyone tonight. Kyle was spending the night at Nicole's house, under the supervision of Nicole's husband, Ryan, so she was a free woman, and she was going to enjoy herself.

"They're starting," Nicole said.

Jessica turned toward the stage as Sean and his band walked out. Sean wore faded jeans that hung low on his hips and a button-down light blue shirt that emphasized his broad shoulders. His brown hair was thick and a little on the longish side, curling around his collar. His deep blue eyes showed anticipation and excitement as he grabbed his guitar and stepped up to the microphone.

The rest of the band took their places, but Jessica didn't see any of the other guys. Her gaze was solely on Sean, her heart beating way too fast, her stomach fluttering with a desire she thought had gone dormant after the death of her husband. It was back now and in full force.

She tried to tell herself that it was the whisky sending a shiver down her spine, but when Sean looked into the crowd, directly at her, she knew her nervous tension had nothing to do with the Fireball and everything to do with him.

Sean held her gaze for a long moment and then his lips slowly curved into a smile.

She smiled back, at the same time feeling a little foolish for even considering that he was actually looking at her. There were lots of women in the crowd, and who knew what he could see beyond the bright lights?

With a one-two-three, the band began to play, a lively beat with a rock and roll edge. Sean was the lead singer, his deep baritone voice raising the hairs on the back of her neck. As he sang, he brought the crowd into the music. He made the words mean something. He was in complete and absolute control on that stage, and they were all just along for the ride.

It was an amazing thing to watch. Sean had been born to do this. He was truly living out his dream. How many people could say they were doing that? Certainly not her. She wasn't even sure what her dream was anymore.

She reminded herself that Sean's dream was a solo journey. Musicians were notorious for failed relationships, unable to commit to one person, which was completely understandable considering the love affair they could have every night on the stage surrounded by beautiful women. She'd lived through her mom's fascination with musicians, watching her date one guitar player after another. Her mom always thought she was the one being sung to, that the lyrics of love and longing had been written just for her. But that was almost never the case.

Jessica had criticized her mother for being foolish, telling her to look at reality, stop making decisions based on her heart. Now she felt guilty at how harsh she'd been, because she could feel the magic of Sean's music wrapping itself around her like a warm pair of arms, drawing her in, whispering in her ear, making her feel like she was the only woman in the room.

She blew out a breath and downed the rest of her drink in one long swallow. She wouldn't make the same mistake her mom had made so many times. But she didn't have to leave. She was just here to have fun, and that's what she intended to do.

At some point in the set, Emma handed her another drink.

"Thanks," she said, enjoying the warming slide of liquid down her throat. She began to sway with the beat, thinking how long it had been since she'd wanted to dance. She'd given up dancing when she got married, but now she was starting to miss it.

The crowd burst into applause as Sean's band finished their encore. Despite shouts for more, they finally made their way off the stage, and the lights came up.

"That was awesome," Emma said, her face lit up with excitement and pride.

"I can't believe my brother is that good."

"I never thought Sean would be this talented when we were kids," Nicole agreed. "He used to drive us crazy practicing his guitar every other second. I guess it paid off."

"Should we get another drink?" Emma asked. "Do we want to stay for the next act? I think it starts in about fifteen minutes."

"Not me," Nicole said with a shake of her head. "I have to get up early tomorrow and be a mom."

Nicole's words made Jessica feel guilty. "I should go, too."

"No, you should stay," Nicole said firmly. "Kyle is already asleep at my house. Relax and enjoy yourself."

"What do you think, Jess?" Emma asked.

"I'll stay." It was an easy decision. She wasn't at all ready to leave yet.

"I'll walk Nicole out and make sure she gets a cab," Emma said. "Do you want to get us another drink, Jessica?"

"Sure." She made her way to the bar as Emma and Nicole left. There was a long line, so she was in for a wait. As she glanced around, she saw Sean coming out of the hallway, heading in her direction.

Her pulse began to race, and her mouth went dry. He was even sexier up close, and she couldn't stop the tingle that ran through her body. It was silly. She felt like a teenage girl with a crush on a rock star. She needed to get a grip. Despite the mental reprimand, she couldn't help feeling pleased that Sean passed by a lot of other women on his way to her.

"Jessica," he said, a husky note in his voice. "I was surprised to see you in the crowd."

So he had seen her. He had smiled at her. She wasn't completely crazy.

"Ryan offered to watch the boys so Nicole and I could come. Emma is here, too."

"Yeah, I saw them. Where are they now?"

"Nicole is on her way home. Emma went to help her get a cab. She'll be right back." Jessica was rambling, but Sean's gaze was so deep and intense that she felt more than a little rattled. She tucked her hair behind her ear, feeling self-conscious under his close scrutiny. "You're staring. Do I have something in my teeth?"

"No. But you look—different."

Her cheeks warmed under his smile. "I hope in a good way."

"In a beautiful way. It's great to see you out enjoying yourself."

"It's nice to be out. It's been a while."

The crowd jostled her from behind, and she found herself suddenly pushed against Sean's broad chest. She grabbed his strong arms as his hands settled on her waist. His touch was firm, almost possessive, and he didn't seem in a hurry to let go.

She didn't want to let go, either. In fact, she was fighting back the urge to pull him even closer. Her brain screamed at her to step back, move away, say something, but she couldn't seem to do anything but look at him.

His deep blue eyes darkened as he gazed down at her. His lips parted, his breath hitting her mouth like a kiss—a kiss she very much wanted.

"Jess," he murmured. "Beautiful Jess. What am I going to do about you?"

The tender, caressing words washed through her like a hot silky breeze.

Everything else faded away. The only person she could see was Sean. The only voice she could hear was his.

The crowd swelled around them, and Sean pulled her closer. It was her undoing. With his hard body against hers, she felt an incredible, reckless yearning.

She didn't know who moved first—it was probably her. All she knew was that she felt an imperative need to kiss him, and when their lips came together, it felt absolutely right. She sank into the kiss, loving the taste of his warm mouth, the pressure of his firm lips, and the way he held her against him, as if he never wanted to let her go.

Another jostling move from the crowd broke them apart. Sean's hands dropped from her waist. He stared at her with an unreadable gaze. She wanted to say something, but she was having trouble catching her breath. What the hell had she just done?

"Jess," he began.

She waited for him to say more, but he couldn't seem to find words.

Then Emma appeared at her side. Jessica was more than grateful for the interruption. She was also relieved that Emma hadn't arrived a minute earlier and seen them kissing.

"Sean, what a great show." Emma gave her brother a hug. "Your best yet, I think."

"Thanks." He cleared his throat. "Glad you could make it, Em."

"How's this next group?"

"They're good. I'm going to get a drink. Do you two want one?"

"I'll take another Fireball," Emma said.

"Jess?"

"Nothing for me." Another drink was not a good idea. She'd already made one bad decision.

As Sean made his way to the bar, Emma gave her a curious smile.

"Everything okay?"

"Uh, sure." At the sound of a female squeal, her gaze moved from Emma to the tall blonde woman who had just launched herself into Sean's arms. "Who's that?"

"Never seen her before, but she looks like Sean's type."

"Which is what?"

"Tall, skinny, blonde, big boobs. You know, every man's type."

"She is attractive." Jessica felt a twinge of jealousy as the woman put her arm around Sean's waist and leaned in close to whisper something in his ear.

Jessica deliberately turned her back on Sean and faced the stage as the next group came on. Their first song was more loud than good, and her ears were ringing when it finished. Emma tipped her head toward the back of the room, and they found a quieter space away from the speakers.

"Better," Emma said.

"Yes. I'm not sure how much I can take of this group though. Not my favorite."

"They're definitely not as entertaining as Sean's band."

At the end of the next song, Sean found them. He handed Emma her drink and then took a swig of his beer. For a few moments they just watched the band.

Jessica felt more than a little uncomfortable. She didn't know if she should apologize to Sean or pretend the kiss had never happened.
When the next song ended, Emma turned to her brother. "So who was the blonde you were talking to?"

"Laura. She's a friend of Trevor's fiancée."

"Are you seeing her?" Emma asked. "Is she your girlfriend?"

Jessica shifted her feet, waiting for his answer but trying to act like it didn't matter in the slightest, because it shouldn't matter. She might have kissed him, but she wasn't stupid enough to think it meant anything.

"I don't have time to see anyone," he said. "I'm too busy for a girlfriend."

Sean wasn't looking in her direction, but Jessica still wondered if his comment was directed at her.

"That's just another way of saying you haven't met someone you want to make time for," Emma said, sipping her drink.

He shrugged and turned back to the stage as the band played on.

After two more songs and five more minutes of awkwardness, Jessica was more than ready to call it a night. Noting Emma's now empty glass, she decided to make a break for it. "Are you ready to go, Emma? I have a lot to do tomorrow with the move, and I should probably get home. Or I can go on my own if you want to stay."

"I'm fine to leave."

"The move?" Sean interrupted, speaking directly to her for the first time since their kiss. "Are you going somewhere, Jessica?"

"Yes, to a house around the corner from your parents. My apartment building went condo, so I had to find a new place to live."

"That sucks."

"I'm not thrilled having to move again so soon, but I'm looking forward to getting back into a house with a yard."

"She's moving into the Emery house," Emma interjected.

Sean's jaw dropped, and something dark and unreadable flashed through his eyes. "What? What did you say?"

"She's moving into the Emery house," Emma repeated, her gaze filling with concern. "Sean? Are you all right?"

It was a good question Jessica thought. Sean had gone white at the mention of her house.

"I can't believe it," he muttered. His gaze swung from Emma to her. "How could you be moving into that house?"

"Nicole heard that Mrs. Emery was moving into an assisted living facility and wanted to rent out her house," Jessica explained, wondering why Sean was so disturbed by her news. "In exchange for a discount on the rent, I'm going to clear out her attic. Apparently, she's built up a ton of stuff over the years and has never been able to throw anything out." She paused, frowning.

"Is there something wrong with the house?"

"There was a fire. Two people died. One was a little girl," he said shortly.

Jessica was taken aback by his words and by what now appeared to be anger in his eyes. "No one told me about a fire."

"I told Nicole that she should mention it to you," Emma said. "But she didn't think it was a big deal. I'm surprised Helen didn't tell you."
Jessica wondered the same thing. "When did it happen? Was it recently?"

"No, it was a long time ago," Emma replied. "Twenty years, right, Sean?"

He gave a tight nod.

"That's why Nicole didn't think it was important, and I'm sure Helen doesn't like to talk about it since it was her son and granddaughter died in the fire," Emma added.

"I didn't know," Jessica said again, trying to catch Sean's gaze, but he wasn't looking at her anymore. In fact, he wasn't looking at anyone. He seemed to be completely lost in thought. "Sean—"

"I have to go," he said, cutting her off. "Thanks for coming tonight."

As Sean took off, Jessica frowned and said, "What am I missing, Emma?"

"Sean and Stacy, the little girl who died, were best friends. In fact, she was playing at our house earlier that day. I guess the memory hit him really hard. It's kind of strange. Sean rarely gets worked up over anything. He's always super chill, sometimes annoyingly so."

"It's disturbing."

"Don't let his attitude bother you, Jessica. Every house has a past, right?"

"Not always a past tragedy."

"If it makes you feel any better, the house was remodeled after the fire.

I'm sure there aren't any ghosts left. It's going to be a good place for you and Kyle to live."

"I hope so," she said, trying to shake off the uneasy feeling that Sean's behavior and Emma's mention of ghosts had created.

Maybe it was a good thing Sean didn't like the idea of her moving into the Emery house. She'd just given him another reason to stay away from her. And if he didn't come around, it would be easier to forget him.

But the taste of Sean's mouth still lingered on her lips, and the voice inside her head called her a liar.

Meet the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 41 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara opened her own publishing company in 2011 and has since sold over 4.8 million copies of her books. Nineteen of her titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. In July of 2014, Barbara was named the Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Bestselling Author of ALL TIME! She was also the first Indie Author to sell over 1 million copies at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

An author known for writing emotional stories about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations, Barbara has received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and has also received six nominations for the RITA for Best Single Title Contemporary Romance from Romance Writers of America. She has won the honor twice for her novels Daniel's Gift and The Way Back Home. Barbara recently launched a new contemporary series, The Callaways, featuring a family born to "serve and protect". For more information, visit Barbara's website at www.barbarafreethy.com

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All A Heart Needs (Callaways #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonder book can they get any better? Just finished this and it's even better than the last book. If you love to read you must read this Calloways #5 Book. So Touching, weaves a story like no other author can. Thanks Barbara Freethy For another Wonderful Read. And People If you haven't already Read All the Stand Alone Books and I guarantee that all the different series will steal you heart, leave you on the edge of your seat, and leave you waiting for the next book. JB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual with a Barbara Freethy book, I was swept away into this story from the first page and once again fell in love with the Calloway family. With all the twists and turns of two people trying to deny their happy ever after, along with a mystery and some very suspenseful moments, made this book very hard to put down. Looking forward to #6 in the Calloway series. JudyE
magzCA More than 1 year ago
One of many Freethy devoted readers...this #5 in the Callaways series follows the same theme Freethy uses has a slightly different twist of the main characters...still a page turner. The characters are a little more complex seemingly less likely to get to the first hookup. Characters are rich...description of each a tad more involved with their story lines. The Callaways series again winds some of the same characters used in books 1,2,3, and 4 but adds a few characters with their own story. B. Freethy said that there will at least 8 books in the Callaways series so canNOT wait until 6,7 and 8 come out. I have noticed a slight difference since Freethy has gone to self-publishing. Any chance that her books will become movies? Maggie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book - just too short - 200 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable
Reader826SF More than 1 year ago
Real characters with flaws and heart, plots with more than a little mystery, and romance that touches your heart and makes you smile. These are the ingredients of every Barbara Freethy book I've read and this one is no exception. Freethy is at the top of her game in this series. These books, five so far, tell the stories of each of the children and step children in the energetic and loving Callaway family, as they find their own path and meet their hoped for partners. They are public servants with great courage and willingness to sacrifice to save others. They are fire fighters, police officers, detectives or fire investigators, except for Sean, who is "the black sheep" at odds with his Fire Chief father because he is... a foot loose rock star musician. A fire trauma when he was nine made it impossible for him to follow in the family footsteps, a secret he's kept from his judgmental father all these years. A young woman comes to town to recover from her husband's death and ends up knee deep in the tragic history of the house she rents, the same event which has haunted Sean Callaway; and someone is not done setting fires and stalking people in the night. What's in the attic, what caused the two deaths twenty years ago? Can Jessica resist her attraction to the handsome Sean Callaway and protect her heart and her adopted son? Can Sean protect them both, and himself, while hunting down the truth from his nightmare past?
starrlight23 More than 1 year ago
This was another great book in the Callaway series. In this book Barbara takes us through the lives of Jessica and Sean.They had previously met during the last book Between Now and Forever and seemed to have formed a connection.I knew that wasn't going to be the last we heard from Jessica.The relationship that Jessica and Sean forms is one you'll want to read about.  We find out why Sean didn't become a firefighter like most of his family. We also found out why his relationship with his father Jack has been strained. You will not be able to put this book down once you start reading it. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next.
DOWNS More than 1 year ago
Another great book in the Callaway series.  I the last book Jessica and Sean met and I knew right away they would end up together.   I always wondered why Sean didn’t become a firefighter like the rest of his family members or something to do with fire, but it all comes out in this story.  Jessica’s number one priority is her son and she wants to be the best mom she can be.  But Sean comes into her life when she moves into the neighborhood, the house that Sean never thought he would go into again because his best friend died.  This was a fantastic on the edge story that I couldn’t put down.  I sure can’t wait for the next book in the series.  If you didn’t read this series seriously what are you waiting for????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All a Heart Needs by Barbara Freethy Rocker Sean Callaway knows he has always been a great disappointment to his dad Jack. He hasn't followed in his dad's footsteps as a firefighter like his brothers and he knows Jack looks down on his career choice. Single mom Jessica Schilling and her son Kyle are the "newest" members of the Callaway clan. Jessica and Sean met briefly a few months before when strife and tragedy occurred uniting the two families. The sparks were flying but the time wasn't right for any type of involvement. Now Jessica and Kyle have moved down the street from the Callaway homestead, where Sean is temporarily staying, into Sean's childhood friend's home. The home where a house fire killed his best friend Stacy and her father. Sean is deeply troubled about Jess and Kyle moving into Stacy's home. He is also troubled by dreams of Stacy and the last time he saw her. A few of Jessica's new neighbor are acting suspicious and Sean and Jessica begin investigating the cause of the fire again. The heat between these two characters is intense and Freethy has written another great book. Her books are "stand alone", but will be better enjoyed and appreciated if you read the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry when it ended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series
gaele More than 1 year ago
Dancing about again in the Callaways, All a Heart Needs has a twist from the ‘fire obsessed’ family, Sean is dancing to a different drummer, as he works to keep his own issues at bay. Another fire investigation, this one of a twenty year duration is at play in this story as well, and Sean is most affected by the aftermath.  Jessica has moved to the area: we first met her in the last book, her child Kyle is Brandon’s identical twin. She wants the two brothers  to get to know one another, and the Callaways are more than welcoming. The house she is moving in to happens to house the nexus  of Sean’s issues with fires. But the house hides secrets and Jessica and Sean are going to find the answers.  At this point, I’m rather over the fire investigations / issues: while it’s a unique thread to tie some action together, I’ve reached the point that they are feeling old and overwhelming to me. BUT – the connection between the characters as they work through their issues and start on their own path to a relationship is wonderfully done, and redeems the whole plot for me. I’m reading these more for the  romance, connection and development of the family and the individual character’s relationships.  And Jessica and Sean do not fail to impress: there is a palpable connection that both characters are fighting, even as it becomes apparent to everyone that they are meant to be. Welcomed into the boisterous, sometimes meddling but always good-intentioned  Callaways family does wonders for both Jessica and Kyle. Moments to check in with other members of the family as Jessica adjusts  to finally feeling a part of a family. Yet, she and Sean have a connection that is more sensual and sexual than in earlier installments, making this one steamy read.  I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for a Novel Publicity tour event. I was not compensated for  this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Very well written i loved this story about Sean and Jess. The way two people with such tragedy in their pasts can connect.
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All-Night-Books More than 1 year ago
Sean Callaway is the black sheep of the family. He dislikes all things to do with fire and firefighting. Which in the Callaway family is a big issue. He is finally willing to step back into the family a little. Jessica who we meet in Nicole and Ryan's story has recently moved to San Francisco and she is co parenting the twins Brandon and Kyle. Only there are sparks between Sean and Jessica that they both know they can't do anything about but that's not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is when Jessica moves in the house that house Sean's childhood nightmare and starts digging around and helping Sean figure out what happened. Only someone wants to keep it a secret and this book doesn't let you in on who that person is until the last possible minute which adds a nice dose of suspense. This book is just another great example of the writing Barbara Freethy does looking forward to reading rest of it. 
sandiblue More than 1 year ago
The whole series is so gripping. You end up feeling as though you know these people. Love them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all of Barbara's books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. R we done?
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Absolutely love the Callaway series. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another page turner. Loved the book and author
SailorJan More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books. Good job done!
rasmomAD More than 1 year ago
This is a great edition to the Callaway saga. Once you read this story or any in this series you will be wanting more and more. Pick up a copy and enjoy.