The blurb reads,
Emma Callaway, a hot fire investigator clashes with Max Harrison, a cool homicide detective in SO THIS IS LOVE, the second book in the Callaway Series, by #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy
For Max Harrison, love seduces and then destroys. His brother went to prison for love. His father left his family for love. And Max is determined not to follow in their footsteps, until he meets Emma…
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Emma runs into burning buildings without an ounce of fear and embraces life as if every day is a new adventure. But while she’s fearless on the job, Emma is a coward when it comes to love. Betrayed by an ex-boyfriend, Emma has no intention of putting her heart on the line again, until she meets Max…
As the fires around the city rage, the heat between them ignites in a blaze of passion that’s far more dangerous. Will it destroy them or will they finally get everything they ever wanted…
I’ve finished reading 5 books from the Callaways and I’m on ‘That Summer Night’ now. And this one remains my favorite from all the books.
Emma is my favorite Callaway. She is deeply intuitive, wise and warm. She is friendly and immediately makes you want to be friends with her. She is best friends with Sara and makes an appearance in Book 1 when she welcomes Sara back to San Francisco.
Emma is an arson investigator. She looks into fires which appear suspicious and investigate whether it has a criminal intent to it. Very interesting but highly dangerous work. Is this danger going to catch up with Emma sometime?
Max is someone who has secrets. His brother was convicted 7 years ago. Max has lived his life in the pale shadow of guilt and shame for not helping his brother. He evades love no matter what. He is convinced that love is not worth anything.
When these two meet, sparks fly immediately. Emma tries to ignore them and Max acts gruff whenever he meets Emma. But then their attraction is undeniable. Sparks fly everytime they meet. And no matter how much Emma and Max try to avoid it, they fall into a deep vortex of trying to get to know each other and falling in love.
In the meantime, there is a serial arsonist in San Francisco. He is targeting everything that the Callaways hold dear. Who is the arsonist? What problem does s/he have? Destroying places which Emma holds dear. Is this an arsonist or is he getting much more bolder with each step? Will he stoop to murder next?
And I found that in terms of suspense, this book had it all. I was so involved with Emma and Max and their story. I was also trying to solve the arsonist’s identity in my mind.
This was a great book to read. Emma and Max were both afraid of love and it sort of reminded me of myself when I was a little younger. I too was burnt and hesitated about letting myself go. But when I decided to take the plunge and say yes, it was the most beautiful experience ever. It IS the most beautiful experience EVEN NOW.
Likewise, I found myself falling for Max and Emma as a couple. It is so important in a romance to have a connection to both the people. It always matters to see the book from the POV of the man and the woman. To slowly discover their feelings and then to go with the flow when they metamorph from Me to We.
I appreciated the level of suspense and mystery in this book. I enjoyed the writing and also how engaged I was when I was reading the book. It mattered a lot to me that Emma felt like a shadow of myself and that was an added bonus.
My Rating: 5/5
This book really made me want to read about the Callaways. It made me want to discover and peel every layer of each Callaway and find what made their family the way they were. It sort of set me up to reading into them and was definitely miles better than Book 1.