Summer Rain by Barbara Freethy

Summer Rain by Barbara FreethySummer Rain by Barbara Freethy
Series: Lightning Strikes #3
Published by Hyde Street Press on August 23rd 2016
Pages: 375
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Danielle Monroe is determined to use her new job in DC as a stepping-stone to a high-powered political career. But the secrets surrounding her father's death continue to overshadow her goals. Her family thinks she holds the final piece of the puzzle, but she doesn't even know what the puzzle is until an attractive and possibly dangerous stranger shows up in her life.
Patrick Kane is searching for answers about his own dark tragedy, not realizing that the beautiful Danielle may not just hold the key to his mystery but also his heart. They have to stay alive long enough to find out.

That high-level conspiracy, the mystery of 2 plane crashes and the seemingly unrelated incidents in the first 2 books all culminate in ‘Summer Rain’ in a thrilling conclusion here. There are parts of the story which seemed a little too coincidental and somewhat outlandish but by and large, I thought ‘Summer Rain’ was the best of the lot in this series.

Dani and Patrick did make a good team and their relationship progressed in a way that was believable and not at all angsty. In fact, I liked their camaraderie, the easy conversations between them and unlike books in this genre where a couple is torn apart by the TSTL actions of one party or some shortcoming that a reader can sniff a mile away, Dani/Patrick thankfully exhibited none of this. There’s a mystery to solve, a growing body count and a huge game at the top that no one can quite hope to play and win…but Dani and Patrick did all that as part of their getting to know each other stage, along with a slight hint of the paranormal.

Barbara Freethy’s writing style is very direct and unembellished, which also makes for very easy reading. The action and plot hold steady throughout, even if both do skirt near the ridiculous at times, but it’s not any more than what I’ve come to expect in this high-octane genre where some measure of disbelief has to be suspended after all. I’ll admit readily that Freethy’s style takes a while getting used to – I kind of hail Cindy Gerard’s style, among several others as the one of the best in the genre – but that’s merely my personal bias splitting all those hairs here.

Already there is a small setup for the next series of hers and after this book high, I’m actually looking forward to it.