Review: Stealing Home by Carrie Aarons (The Callahan Family #2)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
Stealing Home is the second book in Carrie Aarons's Callahan Family series. This time around, we've got Walker Callahan's story, one where he finds himself pining over a married woman--Hannah Giraldi. She isn't any ordinary married woman either because she just happens to be married to Walker's teammate. For years, he's loved her from afar, but when he rescues her after she's been badly beaten by her husband in a parking lot, Walker knows there's no way he can stand by and do nothing anymore. Hannah means too much to him, and he would love nothing more than to confess just how long he's been in love with her. However, Hannah is still reeling from everything that's happened in her marriage, especially since her husband has no intention of letting her or their daughters go. Walker may be known for stealing home, but could Hannah let him steal her heart?
While the events that lead up to this book do play out in the Callahan Family series starter, Warning Track, both can be read independently of each other. However, it's best pointed out that if you do intend to read the series, do it in order because there are potential spoilers about Colleen Callahan and Hayes Swindell's story here in Walker and Hannah's book. Having said all of that, this new release from Carrie Aarons is a cut above her more recent releases. There's a lot of depth when it comes to both the main characters and their story. Spousal abuse is a serious subject, but Aarons treatment of it is minus any unnecessary pandering to her readers. Hannah growth as a character is admirable and inspiring, and there's no denying that Walker truly is a hero in every sense of the word. Hannah's young daughters. Noelle and Breanna, are equally endearing, and Colleen and Hayes, as well as Walker's and Hannah's younger siblings, Sinclair and Dahlia, respectively, were all standouts. I'm giving Stealing Home 4.5 stars.
Read my reviews for the Callahan Family series:
Warning Track (book one) - four stars - My Review
Stealing Home (book two) - stars - My Review (posted above)