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On a Night Like This

(Callaways #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,378 ratings  ·  414 reviews
From #1 NY times Bestselling Author, Barbara Freethy, comes a romantic new contemporary series about the Callaways, a big, blended Irish family born to serve and protect.

The second oldest of the Callaway clan, Aiden Callaway veered from the family tradition of urban firefighting and became a smokejumper, never questioning his choice until the job took the life of his frie
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 25th 2012 by Fog City Publishing
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Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aiden is a smokejumper. He lost his memory following an accident while battling a fire. Aiden also lost his best friend, Kyle, during the same fire. Is Aiden to blame for Kyle's death? Did Kyle commit suicide?

Sara is a corporate lawyer. She is trying to reconnect with her father. Sara grew up with the Callaway family. She has had a crush on Aiden since she was nine. She knows Aiden is not a relationship type of guy. Does Sara still have a crush on Aiden, or is this attraction a mature love? Will
J.A. Fredericks
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This sweet romance with just a little bit of steam was an easy and enjoyable read. I got sucked right into the Calloway family and can't wait to read more. Love reading about strong women with important careers.
From A Sweet Life Boxed Set

Two-haiku review:

She goes to see dad
Neighbor saves them both from fire
She's always loved him

Pretty good romance
Nice little mystery, too
First of a series
3.5 I really enjoyed this story, right up until the end. It seemed to end abruptly so that the main characters could get their happily ever after. I'm glad that Sara and Aiden got their happy ending after all of the years they spent pining for each other, but I thought this book would have left us hanging with more of a mystery. There is such a great arson mystery weaved throughout the book that wasn't resolved in the first installment of this series. I think I a heart stopping cliffhanger would ...more
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had wanted to read this author for a very long time, I don't know why. And I didn't get disappointed at all. I loved it. Nice story and loveable characters. I will read more books by her.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-romance
Feel good romance about the not so-bad boy rekindling an old flame with the good girl from next door after a decade of separation. Both are dealing with personal struggles but find themselves reunited and in a position to help the other resolve their troubles.

Aiden Callaway is a smokejumper, a fireman who jumps from a plane into burning forests to put out forest fires. It’s only for the bravest of the brave, unusually fit, adrenaline junkies, and Aiden fits the bill. He comes from a long line o
Mar 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Aiden and Sara have no chemistry. However she's immensely infatuated with him since...forever, of course! She's hung up on a crush and she keeps pushing even though he rejects her over and over again. But somehow he realizes he's in love with her. Still...her job is in NY, he lives somewhere in San Francisco and she's willing to give her job in a NY minute! Lovely...
Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

This first book of the Callaways series is a sweet and simple read about unrequited teenage love, parental acceptance and second chances.

Aiden is a likeable enough character that frustrated me at times with his apparent apathy when it came to his situation. Witnessing his friend's death, but having no memory of exactly what happened would be horrific. Being blamed for it would be unbearable, but to have no interest in defending yourself or even try to save your career u
Sara Davidson comes home to visit her father for his 65th birthday. The end with with a house fire and her father with a broken leg. The two have never had a relationship, and although Sara's dad tells her to go home, she sticks around while he's hospitalized. Aiden Callaway is a smoke jumper who recently lost one of his men and his best friend fighting a fire. Aiden doesn't remember what happened and he's being blamed. But he is there when he sees his neighbor's house on fire and rescues Sara a ...more
Chessela Helm
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an interesting and enjoyable book about two people who desperately need love but aren't quite willing to admit that. Sara was an interesting heroine - smart, determined, a good friend. Aiden is even more interesting because he's trying to figure out how much he had to do with the death of his friend in a forest fire. Sara helps him piece things together, and Aiden helps her to deal with her very dysfunctional relationship with her father. It's nice to see a hero and heroine working together on s ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
ugh....My mom, in her old age, has been reading romance novel after romance novel. Most of the time she just buys them instead of reading them. I decided to give this one a shot. To be fair this isn't a genre that I normally read. I picked one of the large format paper backs that she recently bought, mistakenly thinking it would be better than the typical dime-store Harlequins. I couldn't have been more wrong, sometimes you really can't judge a book by it's cover. There was no beach in this book ...more
At least I read
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, love-stories
More a 3.5 rating only because the end was rushed. I enjoyed the story up until then. I felt like it was like this growing story that ended abruptly. It was if they said okay we love each other the end.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great family relationships story

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of finding love amid complicated relationships. It's been 10 years since Sara has seen Aiden. They grew up next door to each other and Sara has loved him for a long time. Since he didn't feel the same she stayed away. Now she's back in town to try a gorge a relationship with her father and Aiden is dealing with the death of his best friend and fellow smokejumper. There are secrets that need to be found and explained and a love that
Julia David
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like second chance stories. Not only was it a second chance for Sara and Aiden, but Sara and her dad. Sara's dad had always been cold and unfeeling towards her and she always wished her family was more like the Callaways. After being rejected by Aiden, she let go of her teenage dream of happy ever after with Aiden. Now, years later, she finds her feelings haven't changed and she is sure his haven't either. Aiden has just lost his best friend and some people are blaming him. Sara is going to he ...more
Paula Bothwell
On A Night Like This (Callaways #1) - R
Violence: none
Language: fewer than 55
Sex: yep

I liked getting to know the H and h, and their backstory was great (I'm a sucker for second chance romance). There was a mystery and good secondary characters. Last 10% is an ad for a new book. Returned for content.
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy-going Read

This book was great as an easily little casual read. It’s a little campy at times, but there’s something to be said about a book that’s likely going to go the way you think it will, especially if the plot is laid out nicely. I’d recommend to a friend looking for a pleasant romance novel.
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Bette Stanek
I can tell I'm going to like the Callaway Clan and their larger than life personalities. This is the first in a series, but there's no cliff hanger ending. A fun and quick read with interesting characters. While not filled with over-the-top drama, there is plenty going on.

Sara has decided to surprise her father on his sixty-fifth birthday by taking a few days of from her high power corporate job in NYC. She showed up, unannounced, on his doorstep and to say that her reception isn't a warm one i
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book in two days, and it was incredible. Normally these aren't really my kinds of books. I'm a big fan of YA and Teen Fiction books, and not your typical boy-meets-girl, chicklit romantic book. But, once again, thanks to the stepmother, I was set on the path of another great author and another great book series.

I don't like the name Sara, and I don't like the name Aiden, but the people made me fall in love with the name, and now I adore them. This book was fresh, centering on a smart
Charlene Fraley
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable book. I am looking forward to reading about the rest of the family. This story is about Sara a successful lawyer, who has an emotionally distant father. She would like to know why. It is also about Aiden Callaway, a firefighter, who lost his best friend in a fire with him. Everyone blames Aiden, even though he cannot remember what happened. Sara stays with the Callaways while her father is in the hospital and she can oversee the repairs to the burned house. Sara and Aid ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Freethy at her best! The only thing that kept this from being a 5 star is that it is clearly a set up novel for what proves to be a phenomenal series about a very interesting family, that means less spark and more backstory/introductions on this rather large family, which I get, but it took away from Aiden and Sara a bit for me. The return of Sara was an excellent way to introduce the backstory of the characters though, sort of catching up with everyone along with her. the Callaways are going to ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sara went home for her fathers 65 birthday. Unsure of how things would go she wanted to try and have a relationship with him. Her dad did not want her there and while in her room fighting with him they smelled smoke. He had been cooking and forgot it. As he ran to the basement he fell and broke his leg. Aiden noticed the smoke and broke the door down and rescued Sara's dad. They both had issues and needed answers . Aiden's family wanted to know what happened in the fire when his best friend died ...more
Taylor Freeman
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars

It took too long for them to get together.
I was a little bored during the story.
Her dad was just too cold. I didn't like how that played out.
Kyle's death was horrible. Jesus, what a way to go. Sad.
The sex was quick and after the first time which was barely described it was just spoken about after the fact.
Didn't get a good sense of who the main characters were.
Everything just felt kind of mediocre.
Lisa Filipe
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Finally got to start The Callaway Series, which I own all three books, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Aiden and Sara's story. Twists and turns and a bit of mystery had me reading until the last page, and I am certainly intrigued with the rest of this Crazy Callaway Clan.

Looking forward to reading book two! Fans of Belle Andre's SULLIVANS and Marie Force's Gansett Island Series, will enjoy this series.
3.5 stars but I wasn't overwhelmed by it so I took it down to 3.

This was a good start to the series. I liked Aiden and his giant brady bunch family (8 adult kids in total. 4 boys from widowed dad, 2 girls from divorced mom, 2 kids they had together). I am actually continuing this series just because I liked his family so much. Sara was nice too and the storyline with her dad held my interest. All in all, a okay book.

Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked the H/h their story was so sweet with alot of history. In addition to the love story there were addition plot lines with the H/h as well as the Callaway siblings. The set up for future books down the line has my attention. I'll be following the Callaway's for sure. I'm looking forward to Emmas book in March.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Great story that has lots of twists and turns. Love that Barbara is doing another connected family book series. Absolutely loved the Angel's Bay books and am looking forward to more stories about the Callaway clan.
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nice easy read. Not too engrossing. A will they, won't they book. Disappointed there wasn't a conclusion to some of the plot that was laid down but I guess to find the answers I'll have to buy parts 2, 3&4.
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
The dialogue in this book disappointing. A fire fighter who is proud of his blue collar background that doesn't use contractions and says the persons name in every sentence. It just felt unnatural and I lost interest in the characters.
Sweet romance. Lots of characters to get to know.
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Barbara's love of writing developed out of a love of reading. Growing up in an all-boy neighborhood, she spent quite a bit of time reading through her mother's large library, many of which were romantic novels. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she went into Public Relations, but soon discovered that writing was her true passion.

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