Monday, August 20, 2012

Mini Review and Blog Tour: The Stars Shine Bright

The Stars Shine Bright by Sibella Giorella

Release Date: July 17, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Christian Fiction
Series: Raleigh Harmon #5
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Buy It: Amazon

After the FBI suspends her for bending its rules, Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is looking for a chance to redeem her career and re-start her life.
Sent undercover to a thoroughbred horse track, Raleigh takes on a double life to find out who’s fixing the races. But when horses start dying and then her own life is threatened, Raleigh realizes something bigger—and more sinister—is ruining Emerald Meadows.
She’s never felt more alone.
Her one contact with the FBI is Special Agent Jack Stephanson, a guy who seems to jump from antagonistic to genuine friend depending on the time of day. And she can’t turn to her family for support. They’re off-limits while she’s undercover, and her mother isn’t speaking to her anyway, having been confined to a mental hospital following a psychotic breakdown. Adding insult to her isolation, Raleigh’s fiancĂ© wants them to begin their life together—now—precisely when she’s been ordered not to be herself.
With just days left before the season ends, Raleigh races to stop the killing and find out who’s behind the track’s trouble, all the while trying to determine if Jack is friend or foe, and whether marrying her fiancĂ© will make things better—or worse.
Raleigh is walking through the darkest night she’s faced, searching for a place where the stars shine bright.
I was excited to start this novel, based on how the last one ended. I really liked Jack, once he became a true friend and I honestly liked him better than Raleigh's fiance. I think that part of the story was what kept me hooked most!

I did like how intense this story was in the action department. The other books did have the actin, but this one certainly kicked it into gear! I thought it was an interesting setting as well, since you wouldn't expect too many deaths at a horse race.

I was really upset with the family portion of the story. Raleigh's mother has always been my least favorite character, and now that she blames Raleigh for her meltdown I like her even less. I think that woman is a bit too crazy if you ask me.

Overall, the action intertwined with the romance made for a great next novel in this series, and I was very much impressed!

I received this book free for review from LitFuse Blog Tours. I was not required to post a positive review, simply an honest one.

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