Series: Callaways

Tender is the Night by Barbara Freethy

Tender is the Night by Barbara FreethyTender is the Night by Barbara Freethy
Series: Callaways #10
Published by Hyde Street Press on April 8th 2016
Pages: 325
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FBI agent Kate Callaway is on her way to San Francisco for a family wedding when her boss asks her to make a side trip to deliver an important message to a rogue ex-agent.
Devin Scott wanted FBI resources to find a serial killer who is believed to be dead. Instead, he gets a newly minted agent who is a beautiful, idealistic and irritating distraction. He wants her to walk away, and she knows she should go but she can't.
Suddenly, Kate is caught up in a cold-case mystery and the arms of a dangerously sexy man, whose obsession with truth and justice could put not only his life on the line but also hers.

The problem was, I found it way too easy to put down this book, despite the rather interesting storyline about arson and the trail of destruction – both physical and emotional – that it leaves.

Spending a bit of time wondering why made me realise that it was the execution of the plot, or rather, the writing that just didn’t get me moist with excitement at all: even-paced dialogue that sometimes went on and on, neither a deep POV nor omniscient narration, straight and somewhat predictable characters (the cynical hero vs. the optimistic and rather naive heroine) that left me slumped and bored. As a result, I wasn’t invested in the characters at all, found the larger family boisterous but annoying and simply wished the story moved at a more breathless pace towards an ending I expected.