A Winner For Barbara Freethy!!!
In Corpus Crisit, TX, Dani is there for a combined trip: her sister’s wedding and a ribbon cutting ceremony for a park. The latter is for her Washington, DC job with Senator Dillon. By chance, she meets Patrick, who is there with his father for the same ceremony. It is more personal on their part. They are there to dedicate it to Patick’s mother who died in a rather mysterious plan crash years ago. Coincidentally, Dani’s father also died in a plane crash, and her brother and sister are convinced ther is more to it than a simple crash. They believe the Mayan teachings of their Grandmother, “Mamich,” who taught them that lightening has mystical powers. They believe that lightening had something to do with their father’s death as he died in a storm, while Dani is skeptical.
Ultimately, Patrick hunts down Dani in Washington, DC begging for help, and she reluctantly agrees. They get caught up together in a plot to put together the pieces of a puzzle which might solve the question of both their parents’ deaths.
Barbara Freethy has a wonderful job of developing Patrick and Dani into real people who you come to feel for and “root” for! Whe masterfully brings them together through suspense, danger and romance to a satisfying ending.
Though part of a trilogy, Summer Rain can easily be read on it’s own, though I wouldn’t miss the other two!
Barbara Freethy's Summer Rain
By Carol M Smith
Dynamic characters, riveting storyline, weird
lightening seen by a pilot who then disappears,
an airplane explosion with two US Senators onboard
after meeting with an anonymous whistleblower…..
What is happening? What is being covered up?
Dani Monroe, a legislative assistant for a US Senator in
Washington DC, lost her father when the flight he was
flying disappear. Her father was nicknamed “ Lightening
Man” claiming he saw lightening with gunfire. Then he
disappears!!! What was he seeing?
Dani ‘s grandmother sends her a ring with the prophecy
that she will discover the last piece of the puzzle leading
to her father’s disappearance.
Now the strange adventure ensures….. It begins after she
attends a job related dedication of a park. This park is in
Texas in honor of a US Senator who lost her life in a
plane explosion along with the other US Senator. Both
Senators had meet with an anonymous source prior to the
What had they discovered? What did they uncover? Who
is involved? How high up in the government does this
cover up go?
The ring falls off Dani ‘s finger. Retrieving the ring leads
her to an unexpected lead to solve the missing piece of
the puzzle. She connects with the deceased Senators son,
Patrick Kane. He is an investigative reporter who wants
to meet with the Dani ’s boss but is being blocked.
Everything go down hill when they team up together!!!!
Threats, attempted murder, arson, political intrigue,
actual murder combine with plenty of suspense, great
chills, thrills with unexpected twists.
An uniquely different, unpredictable plot weaving
together romance, intrigue and mystery from the past and
This is the third book in the Lightning Strikes series but
can be read as a stand alone.
Thank you to the author for this eBook. My opinion is
A great summer read!
Absolutely loved this story, about Dani and Patrick and their quest to finally figure out what happened to her dad and his mom. A fun and fast paced read, with interesting turns along the way. I highly recommend! And while it is great reading all three together, it’s a good standalone book :)
Fabulous book, marvelous series
By Teri Donaldson
What a wonderful ending to a great series.
This book has it all-mystery, intrigue, romance, passion, just the right amount of heat, family ties, Texas, Washington DC, good politicians, bad politicians and so much more. Although there was so much packed into the book, I never felt like it was rushed or unbelievable.
Patrick and Dani were such a charming couple. Although Dani tried to resist Patrick's charm, it just wasn't possible. Together they made such a fabulous team.
Although I wanted the mystery to be solved, I wanted Patrick and Dani's story to continue. It was that good!
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would have read it anyways!
The 3rd book in the "Lightning Strikes" - What a great series filled with mysteries, dangers and love!
Perfect wrap up to the trilogy
Barbara finished up this trilogy perfectly! In the first two books, we met the family of a pilot that supposedly dies in a plane crash over water. We discovered some of the major twists in the story involving the complicity of his friends & a major company. This story wraps up all of the loose ends & gives us the story of Dani. Dani aspires to have a political career. She doesn't want to believe in lightening or the magical ways of her grandmother who insists Dani will find the final piece of the mystery.
Dani meets Patrick at a park dedication & discovers his mother died in a plane crash similar to her dads. In helping Patrick search for answers, Dani's life is put in danger & her political career hangs in the balance.
It amazes me that Barbara can write such perfect suspense stories as easily as she writes contemporary romances. She brings the same dedication to her writing style, descriptive narrative & well developed characters to both genres. Her suspense novels twist & turn & keep you enthralled from the beginning to the end. I do feel you need to read the first two books in the series before you read this book or you miss a tremendous amount of the back story & would be lost in some scenes.
Danielle Monroe takes a job in DC but was not as consumed with investigating her father's death as were her sister Alicia and brother Jake. Patrick Kane has a similar tragedy in his past that leads to questioning the Senator that Dani is working for. AS an investigative writer, Patrick is following leads as they fight their attraction for each other.
Dani and Patrick are a dynamic team that spark ideas from eah other. They continue to investigate the two plane crashes and begin asking pointed questions that lead them into some dangerous situations. The mystery unravels and the suspense builds throughout this book, bringing a satisfying conclusion to this three book series. I can always count on Ms. Freethy to tell a fascinating romantic suspesne that keeps me interested and entertained.
This was a wonderful finale to the Lightning Strikes trilogy. I enjoyed it from the first paragraph to the end. I had a hard time putting it down. The suspense had me fighting myself to keep from jumping to the end to see who was responsible. I also liked the way Barbara included the Mayan culture into the series. I'm looking forward to her next book!
Great Finish to a wonderful series
By Momma Tatty
Summer Rain is the last book in the Lightning Strikes Series. I have read the first 2 books and I find it is like going back home to see what happens next to all the characters you have come to know and love from the previous books. Dani and Patrick were great together. The answers were all woven together very well. It was a very fast read - keep you interested and want to keep reading till the end.
The Best of the Best
I absolutely loved this book. I had been looking forward to this book and I was well worth the wait. Barbara Freethy never disappoints. The suspense and the romance of this novel is amazing. This is such a page turner, once you start it you cannot put it down. My advice is don't start the book in the evening unless you want to be up all night reading it. I am saddened that this is the end of the series. This series leaves you wanting more and more and Barbara Freethy is the the only one that can deliver. I always look forward to books by this author as she is top notch and will always be one of my favorites. Thanks Barbara for yet another awesome read. I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed.