On a Night Like This - Barbara Freethy

On a Night Like This

By Barbara Freethy

  • Release Date: 2012-12-19
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4
From 841 Ratings


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 friend, Kyle, and left Aiden with injuries and fractured memories. Everyone blames Aiden for what happened, but he doesn't remember, nor is he sure he wants to remember. The truth may clear Aiden of blame but destroy Kyle's reputation and hurt the people he left behind. 
Aiden seeks help from an unlikely ally … 
Sara had always been untouchable, sweet, innocent, his sister's best friend, and the girl next door. But one reckless night in their youth took their relationship to a new level. Sara has never forgiven or forgotten the way Aiden brought it crashing down, but she's no longer that girl with the crazy crush. She's a woman in search of her own truth. 

The sparks between Aiden and Sara have been smoldering for a very long time. Sara is afraid to take another chance on a man who broke her heart, and Aiden knows better than anyone how dangerous an intense fire can be.

As teenagers they weren’t ready for each other. Are they ready now? 

The Callaway Series 
NOBODY BUT YOU (A Callaway Wedding Novella)

The Callaway Cousins
TAKE ME HOME (Callaway Novella) 
CAN'T LET GO (#5) 


"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 

"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

"This book has it all: heart, community, and characters who will remain with you long after the book has ended. A wonderful story." -- NYT Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber on Suddenly One Summer

"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

"A fabulous, page-turning combination of romance and intrigue. Fans of Nora Roberts and Elizabeth Lowell will love this book." NYT Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah on Golden Lies

"In the tradition of LaVyrle Spencer, gifted author Barbara Freethy creates an irresistible tale of family secrets, riveting adventure and heart- touching romance." -- NYT Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs on Summer Secrets 

"Freethy has a gift for creating complex characters." Library Journal


  • On a night like this.

    By bstirr
    I love your books. Thank you for writing them!
  • On A Night Like This

    By jh1440
    Loved this book. Your writing keeps you held in suspense for the next chapter. Keep them coming
  • On A Night Like This by Barbara Freethy

    By Ruth Ann Nordin
    First time I have read a book by this author. Kept my attention so I guess I will looking for more books by her.
  • On A Night Like This

    By Kyle Comeau
    I could not put the book down! I read in less than a day! I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
  • On a Night Like This

    By Ncstate rocks
    Wonderful love story, well written. I felt like I was right there watching the story unfold. Can't wait to read #2
  • On a Night Like This

    By JLKeniston
    I think I've found a new author! I was given On a Night Like This and I loved it. Once I got started I had a hard time stopping. It was a refreshing change with a teenage crush on the boy next door. Sara had a crush on her friends older brother Aiden most of her life. When she came back to celebrate her father's birthday Aiden came busting into her life, literally! Aiden was trying not to fall for her but somethings are just meant to be. There were some great twists I never saw coming and it kept me sneaking in to read more!! The Callaway family is very intriguing and I can't wait to find out where it will take me!!
  • a wonderful read: each has the right words and is able to support the other,

    By glhince
    A latecomer as always, I’ve been devouring this series at the rate of a book a night for the past short while: since I have eight to catch up on, that’s plenty of reading. This first in the Callaways series from Barbara Freethy had me intrigued and curious about the family and just where the story could go. Aiden is a smokejumper, a firefighter that jumps out of airplanes. A dangerous profession, and one that is a sort of family legacy, Aiden’s career and life were going fine until his best friend Kyle was killed in the last fire of the season. Everyone, including Aiden blames him for the loss, one which he barely escaped alive, and the stress and trauma, not to mention grief and guilt are weighing heavily on him. Sara lived next door to the Callaways, a large, loud and boisterous family very different from her own emotionally absent lawyer father and loving mother. After her mother’s death when she was in university, Sara rarely returned home from New York, and her work in a law firm as she follows the track to partner, there isn’t time for the uncomfortable visits. But, she has returned home to make one last attempt to repair the relationship. From an emotional and harsh response, a family secret and a fire in which rescue just happens to be facilitated by Aiden, the story winds through moments with backstory and memories, introduction and a bit of an ongoing mystery as Sara and Aiden deal with the changes that have happened. Sara’s return provides the objective voice and perspective that Aiden needs. Not realizing that her crush from years ago is easily sparked anew, he also finds that his feelings for her just may be something special. Winding through their ‘getting to know you again’ story of these two dented and damaged people is a wonderful read: each has the right words and is able to support the other, shoring up their confidence as their relationship grows. While they deal with the family secret that Sara has discovered, clues are appearing about the fire that killed Kyle, and it just may not be exactly random. Mixing in other characters introduced as couples and singles show the depth and breadth of the family connections in the Callaways, and gives readers glimpses of more to come. The relationship between Sara and Aiden is lovely: they are truly a friends to lovers couple, and their backstories and information help in adding nuance and depth to both their relationship and the story. I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review with a Novel Publicity Blog Tour. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
  • not worth it

    By noonecaresaboutthis
    the storytelling is wooden, inconsistently timed, and the characters are unrelatable and don’t have much depth. there seemed to be only dialogue and memories (and cliches) in this novel. despite some dramatic storylines, the tension in this book was lacking, and there was a deficit of drama. unfortunately this book did not turn out as i’d hoped.
  • On a Night Like This

    By The Callaways
    This is a great way to start a series! I loved all the characters and setting. Barbara Freethy has a way of weaving a story that when I HAD to put the book down, I couldn't wait to get back reading to see where the story went. I have made a list of her books so I can continue reading her marvelous books! I highly recommend any one of these to those looking for a great escape from the everyday world!
  • Love this book,

    By Shellybrier
    I love the story and the characters touched my heart! Sometime life gives us challenges that change how we view the world and this is what this book represents to me. The chance to come through all the pain and start a new beginning! Marksrmk800's wife.