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Beautiful Storm (Lightning Strikes) Hardcover – October 1, 2015
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From #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes the first book in a new romantic suspense trilogy: Lightning Strikes. In these connected novels, a lightning strike leads to love, danger, and the unraveling of a family mystery that will change not only the past but also the future…
When her father's plane mysteriously disappeared in the middle of an electrical storm, Alicia Monroe became obsessed with lightning. Now a news photographer in Miami, Alicia covers local stories by day and chases storms at night. In a flash of lightning, she sees what appears to be a murder, but when she gets to the scene, there is no body, only a military tag belonging to Liliana Valdez, a woman who has been missing for over a year.
While the police use the tag to jumpstart their stalled investigation, Alicia sets off on her own to find the missing woman. Her search takes her into the heart of Miami's Cuban-American community where she meets the attractive but brooding Michael Cordero, who has his own demons to vanquish.
Soon Alicia and Michael are not just trying to save Liliana's life but also their own, as someone will do anything to protect a dark secret…
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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 5 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 1.5 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 is currently writing a new contemporary series, The Callaways, featuring a family born to "serve and protect". She is also launching a new romantic suspense trilogy with BEAUTIFUL STORM, the first book in her Lightning Strikes Trilogy. For more information, visit Barbara's website at www.barbarafreethy.com
- Publisher : Hyde Street Press (October 1, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 291 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0996115420
- ISBN-13 : 978-0996115421
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.81 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,108,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The young woman that found the tags is a photojournalist for a local paper and she takes pictures of lightening strikes as a hobby. She believes there is a spiritual connection between the lightening and the earth. The next day after finding the tags and turning them over to the police she goes back to that park. She is just drawn there for some reason. While walking in the area she comes across a man that seems to be looking as well. After a bit she discovers that he is a very good friend to the girl that disappeared and he is most anxious to find her.
This is a very suspenseful story that starts on the first page and goes all the way to the end. I don't think you will see the murderer before he exposes himself. There is a romance that develops and I thought for the time they spend together it was a little slow in coming to fruition. There was a spark between the two but it took a while for it to be recognized by both parties. It was a good love story to me. The mystery did keep you going for the whole book. I am not real crazy about mysteries and don't usually read them. I really had no idea this was going to be a mystery until I was too far gone to just let it go. I had to know how it ended. I thought it was well written, I thought the characters showed signs of growth and development. It was a good read, very entertaining and I definitely recommend it.
I was not paid for this review. I am not an author nor do I know one. I am not kin to this writer. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less.
The characters had depth to them, both Alicia and Michael had their own demons to tame while performing their search. I think this gave them the feel of being...well human. I loved the idea of lightening having paranormal attributes, and almost wanted something more from this, something more to tie it into the story other than an explanation as to why Alicia and her father were obsessed with this act of nature. It is not a "typical" mystery with blood, gore or anything like that. It is relatively clean, it does have a few sex scenes. Nothing too "steamy" but sex scenes nonetheless.
Overall this was a good enough book to read, I wouldn't say it was phenomenal or out of this world. But it is one of those books that will draw you in and keep you interested until the very end. I do recommend other mystery lovers to pick up a copy. Also if you normally aren't a fan of mystery, I would say give this book a chance, you might be surprised.