It’s been 9 months since I was last at Stargazer Ranch and I was hopeful for the people there and in the small town that they had seen the last of the crime that has hounded the people who live and work there. Alas, it wasn’t to be.
I really enjoyed Silverstorm, the newest book in this series. Deputy Sherif Jude Wilder who got injured in Cloudburst (book 4) after trying to protect Penny and Clayton (who I was pleased to see were still together and going strong) is drawn to Aria when she arrives back in town after being away for years and who never planned to return.
Aria’s backstory wasn’t a happy one with her home life being bad enough she left town as soon as she could, and she has been estranged from her father and her sister since. Though she is hopeful she can reconnect with her sister now she has returned, it seems that fate has other ideas and Aria’s life is thrown into chaos when a murderer arrives in town who seems to be connected to her and her family.
Once again Jude, being the lovely guy he is steps in to help Aria who isn’t used to having someone who wants to help her or take care of her, she’s arrived in town with her self-esteem at an all-time low, homeless and jobless, newly single and pregnant and scared to rely on anyone but herself. Jude is such a nice guy, and I liked how despite his reservations he chooses to support Aria from the moment he realises she needs help.
There were plenty of twists and turns throughout this story, an unlikeable detective who I wished Jude would shoot many times throughout the murder investigation (unfortunately he didn’t) and some very deluded bad guys who put Aria’s life in danger. There were a few edge-of-the-seat moments when I wasn’t sure if things were going to turn out well for Aria and Jude which kept me up reading in order to find out what was going to happen.
I loved how once again the Stargazer (found) family are there to support one of their own after Aria gets a job there working with Naomi one of the owners. Aria really lucked out when she got a job there, I wish I could find such a great place to work, minus the murders, arsonists and kidnappers of course.
Silverstorm can be read as a standalone, but you’ll enjoy the whole series. I hope sometime in the future we get another Stargazer story.