Parker Harrigan realizes as soon as he hires “Anna” that something is not quite right with her. Looking into her references and background he realizes that she has all out lied to him. He is furious until he realizes how distressed she is. He also realizes that Rainie is in trouble. Knowing she was hurt makes him very angry and all he wants to do is protect Rainie, but that is easier said than done. Rainie is very wary of all men, particularly Parker because of how much she is attracted to him. She also knows that getting close to Parker may lead to trouble for him when Peter finds her, because if there is one thing Rainie is sure of, it is that Peter will find her. For this fragile relationship, trust, laughter, and a growing intimacy may help Rainie and Parker find their own happily-ever-after.
Catherine Anderson knows just how to touch the heart and the emotions and Rainie’s struggle to find herself and end an abusive cycle is both poignant and satisfying. In particular, the lighthearted moments of tenderness and mutual affection between Parker and Rainie kept this story from being too intense. Certainly Rainie is facing a huge emotional struggle, but I loved seeing her get to know Parker, his family, and little Mojo who definitely is a scene stealer. Parker is a bit of a goof but when it comes to family, and Rainie, he is all seriousness. He wants to be her white knight, but he also realizes he cannot heal all her wounds. As the camaraderie between them grows, the story picks up pace. STAR BRIGHT is a simple but graceful tale of love in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Catherine Anderson is a master of lovely and likable romances.