Book Summary A Thrilling New Romantic Suspense from the Genre's Newest Star
Piper McKenna couldn't be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed--but despite the evidence, Reef swears he's innocent. And Piper believes him.
Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon's career.
With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada's rugged backcountry--and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.
Review: Part 1 - I am half way through this book. I was hooked at about the 3rd page!!! My brain is going a mile a minute to figure out the â€˜who and whys' of this mystery!! This is just the right amount of intensity and mystery. I also like the characters! Landon is fantastic and you just want to root for him in every way. I like Piper more and more as the story goes along, but she seems very young at times and naive about things at times yet other times she is on the mark. Reef is the perfect dupe for the murder and headstrong which makes him great. Had some difficulty with Kayden, because she can be one who doubts everyone around her and unrealistic about life in her environment (very believable because not every character is picture perfect). Really looking forward to reading Darcy's story!! Liked her immediately and the fact that they think she is some small time ski journalist is great. The background story of Gage and Meredith is great (although it may have been mentioned in the previous book which I have not read) and tantalizing when the next book comes out more answers and probable questions will keep me hooked! I agree with the fanfare I hear about Dani Pettrey this is one well written book! More to come when I finish!
The Final outcome!! The last half did not disappoint! I was on the edge of my seat with the travel, the waiting and the extra events with all the background characters. I have seldom read a book where there were so many characters that really were building blocks to the background and keep me entertained at the same time. I loved it. I really liked the â€˜dead ends' and other type of redirects it was fabulous. I hung on every word not wanting to miss a thing!
I would like to thank Library Thing and Bethany House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
A wonderful combination of intrigue, danger and romance! Dani Pettrey's second novel in the Alaskan Courage series is not to be missed. Shattered continues the story of the McKenna family of Yancey, Alaska. Reef McKenna finds himself charged with murder and his sister, Piper, is determined to clear his name. Landon Grainger, family friend and deputy, is deeply in love with Piper and struggles to determine the right course of action. This story is full of action and a sweetly developed love that grows from friendship. I highly recommend Shattered and look forward to the upcoming release of the third book in the series, Stranded
In book two of the Alaskan Courage series we return to the rustically beautiful town of Yancey, Alaska. During this installment we meet up with the feisty Piper McKenna. She is on a mission to prove that her beloved brother Reef is innocent of the murder of his friend Karli. Her task is complicated by the mounting evidence and the wavering belief of those surrounding them.
The twists and turns of the plot make for a quick page turner of a book. I was delighted that this second book was every bit as good as the previous book Submerged. The relationship between Landon and Piper is filled with angst and yearning which made for the perfect build up to the conclusion.
I'm looking forward to Stranded which is scheduled to be released in September 2013. There will also be a fourth book in the series . If you are reading this as a selection for your book club she has wonderful discussion guides on her website at www.DaniPettrey.com
Shattered came as welcomed as a cool breeze, refreshing this reader and transporting her to Alaska, after days of knowing hot temperatures. It was nothing but a pleasure to get reacquainted with the McKennas. Most delightful is their bantering. Piper's and Landon's that is. I enjoyed journeying with them through the ups and downs and some of their scenes just left me grinning silly.
I'd say Pettrey's characterization abilities mature with this one. Gruff and overly protective, with a bit of a boyish appeal, Landon constantly clashes with a stubborn yet also caring and vulnerable, Piper, which creates quite an interesting picture. Other characters hold important roles in the story: Bailey and Cole; Darcy and Gage â€• whose relationship also evolve; Kayden and Jake, the former a character portrayed and highlighted as a very intriguing man, leaving me to anticipate the release of his story (with Kayden in it as the heroine, hopefully...)
Good things in this one, really! That being said, there are some things that hindered me from rewarding it with higher than 4 stars. I couldn't help but notice them.
First, during the second-half of the story, I found that the story dragged on, due to three things that stand out. A big red herring suddenly looms as the characters are knee-deep into their adventure, which shifts the direction of the story considerably. Then there's the lack of suspense, which is more of a remark then a complaint on my part, since I am absolutely not a fan of too much suspense in a story, but more suspense would have helped in keeping me on the edge of my seat. And the third is that Piper and Landon's romance blossoms a bit too quickly, considering the novel's length. Also, there are some slightly awkward moments in the family, in my opinion.
But the good aspects of this novel trump on the less positive ones because I am still interested in the Alaskan Courage series. Probably my favorite scene in it happens toward the end of the story. With no intention to spoil anything for anyone, I'll just say that it involves moving it to the next level. I JUST SQUEALED as fresh awareness that this was truly happening between Landon and Piper coursed through me. Oh, delightful! Simply delightful. Also delightful is the way Gage and Darcy depart from each other... their story can't come quickly enough after that scene.
To those of you considering this read, sit yourself comfortably because you're in for a ride!