Thursday, May 23, 2024

A Run At Love By Toni Shiloh

A Run at Love
by Toni Shiloh
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Love in the Spotlight
ISBN: 9780764241512

I was so happy to be able to join the author's launch team for her second book in her Love in the Spotlight series! Of course, my love of horses pulled me to the story as well. I was sent her book for review.



As a Black woman in a field with little diversity, Piper McKinney is determined to make her mark on the horse-racing world. Raised on a Thoroughbred farm in Kentucky, Piper's dream is for her horse to win the prestigious Kentucky Derby. With the help of her best friend and trainer, Tucker Hale, she gains national attention but must grapple with the complications that arise when a journalist delves into her past as a transracial adoptee.


In an effort to win Piper's heart, Tucker formulates a plan to train Piper's horse to victory, hoping to prove himself to her, her parents, and his own self-doubts. Then a shocking scandal hits the media, implicating both Piper and her parents, and she and Tucker will have to survive the onslaught to find their way to the winner's circle--and each other.


My Review:

Where are my romance readers? A Run at Love is a story you do NOT want to miss. It'll give you all of the heart eyes.

Piper is an adult, but as a the adopted only child of white parents, she's trying to find her identity apart from them. Not an easy task when they're famous parents in the horse racing world. Tucker is the family's horse trainer who has had eyes only for Piper ever since he's known her. Most of the beginning of the story revolves around the two of them dancing around their feelings for each other even though they're only "best friends."

The author covers a lot of important topics in this story, a couple of which are adoption and transracial families. I really appreciated how the author approached the diversity, especially in the horse-racing world, which I know next to nothing about. It seemed realistic how people would focus on a Black woman being the owner of a horse in these big races, but also being the daughter of white parents. So many times I just shook my head because of the insensitivity of questions from reporters and others in the field.

I thought the scandal was interesting, yet not surprising because of the world they all live in. Piper had a lot to deal with in a very short period of time. Thank goodness for Tuck being by her side the whole way. I liked how the author helped Piper and Tucker work out the possible struggle of their races for the reader as they were sharing their thoughts. 

Oh my word, the faith that's infused throughout this entire story is absolutely wonderful! I was so thankful how strong that thread was with all of the characters. A lot of Truth spoken by them.

I'm already looking forward to Chris's story!

About the Author:

Toni Shiloh is a wife, a mom, and an award-winning Christian contemporary romance author. Her novel In Search of a Prince won the first ever Christy Amplify Award. It has also been praised by Oprah Daily, POPSUGAR, Library Journal, and Booklist and is a Parable bestseller. Her books have won the Christy Award and Selah Award and have been finalists for the Carol Award and the HOLT Medallion. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Toni loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. Learn more at


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