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  • Series: Signet Novel
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; 1 edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451225716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451225719
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Catherine Anderson lives in the Oregon mountains with her husband and her Rottweilers, Sam and Sassy, who seem convinced that they are teacup poodles and that obedience training is for people. Catherine spends leisure time with her family and friends, including her sons and daughter-in-law, often discussing intriguing story twists for her books. Such talks can draw curious stares if they happen to take place in a restaurant and involve plotting the demise of a fictitious villain.

An award-winning author of twenty published works, Catherine is currently working on her next full-length romance for Onyx.

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Parker was pissed. He seldom lied to anyone, and he expected the same courtesy in return. He tried to calm down as he headed for the stable, but it was an effort in futility. He'd trusted her. When he remembered their conversation the day before yesterday, humiliation seared his cheeks. She'd made him look stupid. Correction, he'd made himself look stupid by allowing himself to be taken in by those innocent hazel eyes.

Anna was standing at a file cabinet, hands full of papers, when he burst into the office. He made a conscious effort not to slam the door closed behind him.

"We need to talk," he bit out.

Her face drained of color. "About?"

"Sit down."

She put the papers on top of the cabinet and went to sit in her chair. Today she wore a fake suede skirt that had seen better times and a sleeveless blouse with one button that didn't quite match the rest. As Parker advanced on her, he noticed that her face grew paler by the second and that the cherry surface of her work area gleamed with fresh polish.

"I don't appreciate being lied to," he said evenly.

Agitated and needing something to do with his hands, he reached for the granite paperweight on the blotter. At his movement, she flinched and jerked up her right arm to shield her face, clearly convinced he meant to strike her. Whoa. Parker was angry. He'd be the first to admit that. But he'd never hit a woman in his life, not even his little sister when they'd fought as kids.

Fingertips still resting on the paperweight, Parker studied his frightened bookkeeper with mounting bewilderment. She had a small scar on her left cheek. It still bore the pinkness of a recent wound. Now that he examined it more closely, a very unpleasant possibility sprang to his mind.

In his younger years, he had occasionally gotten into honky-tonk brawls, and he'd seen his share of cheeks laid open by the force of a man's fist. Had some jerk struck her? The question no sooner entered Parker's mind than he knew the answer. Everything about her suddenly added up—her fear of him, the countless lies on her job application, the way she shrank from his most casual touch. She had recently been involved in an abusive relationship. He saw it in her eyes—a trapped, wary look that made his heart catch. Now she was on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of the bastard who'd roughed her up. If he was wrong, he'd eat his hat for supper and his boots for dessert.

This added a totally new wrinkle. He couldn't very well blame a woman for lying to him about her references if she was trying to escape an abusive bully.

The anger that had made him see red a moment ago eased from Parker's body. Turning, he rested his hips against the edge of his desk and blocked her escape with his outstretched legs, angling them across the center aisle between the two workstations. He folded his arms loosely over his chest, hoping his relaxed posture might reassure her a little.

"You never attended Pepperdine University or Seaver College," he said without preamble. "The places of employment you listed don't even exist."

She pushed up from the chair. Parker was surprised that she could stand. Her legs were shaking like aspen leaves in a brisk breeze. She went to the file cabinet to collect her purse and then turned toward him, holding the bag to her midriff as if it were a shield. Without a word, she tried to step over his crossed boots. No way was Parker going to let her leave, not until he had some answers. He thrust out a hand to grasp her arm.

"Oh, no, you don't. I hired you in good faith. I offered you an extremely attractive employment package. The very least you owe me is some sort of explanation."

He could feel her arm muscles quivering under the press of his fingertips. He knew she was terrified. Yet still she said nothing.

"Well," he said softly, "if you've got no explanations to offer, let me venture a couple of guesses. I think some asshole beat the ever-lovin' hell out of you, and not that long ago, judgin' by that scar on your cheek." Her body jerked as if he'd slapped her. "My second guess is that your name isn't really Anna Pritchard. How am I doin' so far?"

Customer Reviews

This book was worth waiting to read(I save my fav others for last).
This is another great book and I can't wait for the next "installment" in the Harrigans' family story.
B. Unrein
Catherine Anderson goes into too much detail here, and I just could not get into this story.
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Peter studied, courted and married three heiresses. The first two died under mysterious circumstances. The third is Rainie. He beat and abused her. She believes he plans to kill her, so she fakes her death and runs away using a false identity. She gets a job as a bookkeeper for Parker, a horse breeder on a ranch. When Parker discovers she lied on her job application Rainie believes she must run again. Parker guesses her circumstances and convinces her to stay on, even though she will not tell him any details other than her real first name.

Most of the book was wonderful. I loved how smart and careful Rainie and Parker were. I loved how Parker slowly charmed Rainie over time. I loved how Rainie slowly began healing and did some other things that I don't want to give away as spoilers. One of my favorite parts was the role Loni played when she first met Rainie. As I was reading, I thought "I agree with two statements on the back cover of the book," "heartwarming, gently sensual" and "emotionally involving, family-centered, and relationship-oriented." I think a person who experienced an abusive relationship would find some healing comfort in this story. Parker is a perfect hero, gentle, loving, devoted, patient and also a strong protector.

A couple of times the book was a little slow, but during most of the book I had various good feelings. My problem was the end of the book. I was angry and frustrated at the stupid (and careless) things done by Parker, Raine, and the police. See Spoiler below.

Story length: 408 pages. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 3. Total number of sex scene pages: 10. Setting: current day Seattle, Washington, and Crystal Falls, Oregon. Copyright: 2009.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lovely D.M. VINE VOICE on January 8, 2009
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Lorraina (Rainie) Hall faked her own death, escaping aboard a ship, under the name of Anna Pitchard. Her two friends helped her with the escape. She faked her own death in order to try and outrun her homicidal husband.

I loved this line in the book: "When the crystal falls, Lorraina dies", the line is mentioned in the prologue, when Lorraina remembers why she had chosen the town of "Crystal Falls" in Oregon to go to, out of a sense of irony, since her husband beat her when she accidentally dropped one of his crystals. The prologue was really good, and very promising, and the epilogue was very good also with a church wedding scene. Unfortunately it was what was in between that wasn't that good.

Lorraina moves to Crystal Falls and is looking for a job. Parker is looking for a book keeper, so he hires Rainie. And so their relationship starts. For me the book was a little slow, and it fell flat. A few conversations between Lorraina and Parker felt stilted (especially in the first half of the book), but then there was some nice and tender moments too. Also the setting a ranch, the hero a rancher, the heroine running away from an abusive relationship, it all felt similar to previous books by this author, with the husband making an appearance towards the end. It was like a "been there done that" read, only before it was executed much better. For great reads featuring this theme try "Sweet Nothings" or "Baby Love" or "Forever After".

The thing that bothered me the most however, was towards the end of the book. When Lorraina told Parker her story. Then Loni encouraged Lorraina to go to the authorities.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Lindsay Show on January 9, 2009
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Ok Catherine Anderson must have taken some of the criticisms of her previous book, Morning Light, to heart. The religious overtones in this book were much more subdued and felt more realistic and unobtrusive compared to her last book. I felt much more comfortable and they did not detract from the story nearly as much. That being said I agree with the previous reviewer about the theme of this book. This is VERY similar to books she has written in the past. I always anxiously awaited her books because they always felt fresh, but this one just felt very repeated. It would have been nice to see a new plot line, or at least one that differed more from her older books. Her writing has improved since the last few novels she put out but I would still recommend her earlier novels to see what this author can really produce.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MaryGrace Meloche on January 12, 2009
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At one time, I was a HUGE fan of Catherine Anderson's books, but lately not so much! Because currently Ms. Anderson thinks writing huge amounts of fact or data is the equivalent to storytelling, for this reader: it is not! Lengthy lectures on animal cruelty and training horses somehow does not appeal to the romantic in me! It seems I like my romance delivered without a sermon. And I totally agree with Donna M. (another reviewer) who stated it is time for Ms. Anderson to get away from the Kendrick/Coulter family series simply because the newer stories lack spark/magic. If you are a fan or are interested -- visit the library for your copy of STAR BRIGHT.

MaryGrace Meloche.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 10, 2009
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Knowing how lethally dangerous her affluent influential husband Peter Danning is as he has killed two previous wives and not desiring to be next when he finally goes over the edge with her, Lorraina Ann with help from her friend Janet arranges for her death on a ship at sea to fool him when he searches for her. Rainie Ann no longer exists as Anna Pritchard is born. Besides altering her appearance, Anna plans to disappear to isolated tiny Crystal Falls, Oregon.

In the small town, Anna obtains work as a bookkeeper at Parker Harrigan's horse ranch. However, Parker believes his new employee is not just hiding secrets, but concealing her identity for whatever reason. As their attraction grows, Anna fears it because she knows all she can give to her beloved employer and his extended family is death if her psychopathic spouse finds her in Crystal Falls.

The third of the five Harrigan siblings romantic suspense tales (see MORNING LIGHT and SUN KISSED) is an exhilarating tale that refreshes the theme of a woman in peril from her insane but connected husband (think of Roberts-Bergen in Sleeping with the Enemy). The story line is fast-paced from the moment Rainie Ann no longer exists and Anna Pritchard with her Elvira wig does. Fans will enjoy the latest Harrigan saga as the besieged brave woman and the readers know the maniacal predator is coming for her.

Harriet Klausner
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