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From number-one New York Times best-selling 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'll change the past and 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 jump-start 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 trying to save Liliana's life as well as their own, as someone will do anything to protect a dark secret....
©2015 Barbara Freethy (P)2015 Barbara Freethy
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3 out of 5 stars
By Tracy T on 06-23-17

Okay story, Great narration.

This story was okay. You really didn't know "who done it" until the very end, and I didn't guess who it was early on. So that is good. As or the romance portion I liked the characters individually well enough, but to me they didn't seem to make a great couple, it felt forced and not very genuine to me.

There was a lot of dialogue throughout and that was good. It wasn't full of filler nonsense and that was good. It just wasn't an exciting story or a page turner. The mystery portion was drug out with just small tidbits of clues until the very end.

Like I said it was an okay story but could have been better.

As for the narration, that was great. I really like Eva Kaminsky, she does a great job on the male voices and reads with emotion. She has a great reading voice too.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eddie Lynn on 04-15-17

Suspense + Romance = Lightning

Without any further reveals than have been given by the previous reviewers, my reasons for liking this book as much as I did.
1. An engaging story, right from the beginning

2. Twisted plot, many characters in the background but two primary, whose personas were well developed.

3. A bit of danger mixed with unexpected reveals

4. Romance? Subtle, appropriate, nothing raw or explicit rather, respectful and cautious.

5 Narration, Eva Kaminsky did a very good job with attitude and inflection. I think I noticed the way she was able to put hesitation and an undercurrent of bitterness in Alicia's voice, which perfectly imparted the mood living within an adult whose childhood had been damaged. The differences between characters was most noticeable in the conversation between Alicia and her mother. The male primary character was appropriately aged by her voice, strong and yet, gentle when the need arose.

I am a little obsessed with narration at this time because it makes or breaks a book for me. Ms. K did a nice job with this. She narrates the next book, which I will buy.

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3 out of 5 stars
By ReluctantTechno on 08-25-16

Proper mystery come love story - bit long

If you like a modern love story with a mystery - this is a good read/listen. Some sections were a bit long and predictable, but you can skim/fast forward. I sometimes found the narrator 's voice a bit grating, particularly when speaking male dialogue, but overall I was absorbed and enjoyed it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By happybookreader on 06-30-16


What disappointed you about Beautiful Storm?

The story was unconvincing and predictable, the characters boring, the narration poor... Probably the worse audiobook I have ever listened to. Barely managed to finish it.

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