Book #4 in this series doesn't disappoint! The story this time centers on Kayden McKenna and Jake Westin. It is again set in Alaska, but unlike book #3 that was set mostly at sea, this was is back on land. We also see a lot more of the fifth McKenna sibling, Reef, in this book.
While Kayden is out rock climbing she discovers a body. It is quickly discovered that the climber was murdered and didn't die due to an accidental fall while climbing. With the abrupt resignation of the sheriff, Landon Grainger is promoted from deputy to temporary acting sheriff. Since he is overloaded with work he asks Jake to temporarily be deputized and work the murder case. Kayden is also asked for her climbing expertise to help Jake investigate. Both Jake and Kayden are secretly thrilled they will be working together as they both have realized their strong attachment to the other. They won't tell each other how they feel because they can't see a future together. As they investigate, their attraction and love only increase with the time spent in each other's company.
Jake discovers he really enjoys being back on the force. He tells himself it is only temporary as God didn't make him to be a cop because of his failure on his last case three years ago in Boston. That failure caused him to resign his job as detective and move to Alaska to start over. That case also cost him a lot more than his job. He knows he shouldn't open his heart again to future hurt, but someone Kayden has snatched his heart without him being aware of it. He will do anything to keep her safe, which skills will come to the forefront as they encounter someone from his past who will stop at nothing to hurt Jake by hurting Kayden. Kayden must also admit to herself how she has cut herself off emotionally from her family and friends when her mother died. She is terrified of inheriting her mother's rheumatoid arthritis and as a result is a health and exercise fanatic almost to the point of obsession because she needs to feel like she can control something about her life. Can she surrender this control to the One who is always in control? The One who always knows what is best for His children?
I have spent a lot of time with the McKenna family over the past week as I've read all four books over that time period. They have come to be like my own brothers and sisters. What a wonderful job their parents did, raising such strong Christian children. While strong Christians, they aren't perfect. I can identify with their foibles and struggles, which makes them so easy to relate to. There is also a lot of action and suspense to enjoy as well. I can't wait to read Reef's story!
When I found out this book would be about Jake and Kayden, I couldn't wait to read it. After learning just who Jake is in the last book, I was eager to get inside his head. And Kayden being the female main character, I had a feeling, would be interesting. And it most certainly was.
Rock climbing has intrigued me ever since I can remember, so for that to be the backdrop in the novel was fun. I enjoyed Kayden's strength, her expertise, and her love of dogs. And Jake might just be my favorite guy character in the series even though he's not a McKenna. He's that cool.
The story grabbed me immediately and held me to the last page, which I have come to expect when I read one of Dani's novels. Twists and turns in the plot cast doubt over various characters, keeping me in suspense about who the bad guy was. I liked having Reef around more in this one, and I'm already looking forward to seeing his story unfold in the next novel. I know it'll be just as engaging and well-written as the first books have been â€” if not better.
+My copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Set in Alaska, this is the fourth story in the Alaskan Courage Series about the McKenna family. This book opens with the death of a climber that turns out to be murder. Kayden McKenna and Jake Westin team together to solve it. As the mystery concludes, another story-line comes into focus that includes a dangerous stalker. Discovering the identity of the stalker is before someone is killed and time runs out, is the subject of the rest of the book.
A lot of characters from past books appear so that readers of the series can catch up, and get some clues about future books. This story can stand on its own, but I think it would be more enjoyable for the reader if other books in the series were read first.
I have read every volume in this series, and have liked most of them. The excellent first book is a tough act to follow. In this one, I really didn't like the two story-lines. The first part of the volume, which focuses on the murder investigation, seemed to go over the same ground repeatedly. Then when the murderer is discovered, it seemed so out of left-field that I thought something else would come along that would uncover the "real murderer"-but that didn't happen. The murder story-line was not wrapped up well, but just chopped off.
Next, a side story moved in to center stage. I didn't think the tale transitioned well, and the story really fell apart for me there. I did not like the stalker part of the story, it was really dark, evil and uncomfortable to read.
I really appreciate that this is a clean story, and written from a Christian point of view. I also liked getting "inside" the head of Reef, the youngest male in the McKenna Family. It is pretty obvious, though, that his story will be the next book in the series. I would really like to see a return of the surprise twists and turns to the McKenna stories contained in the first book. I wish I could rate this book higher than 4-stars.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
It's finally happened! I've finally read a book by Dani Pettrey! I've been wanting to read a book by her for ages now, so when I was offered a free copy in exchange for my honest review by Bethany House, I leapt at the chance! I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed.
Silenced is the fourth book in the Alaskan Courage series, and it mainly focuses on expert climber Kayden McKenna and man-with-a-past, Jake Cavanaugh. When Kayden comes face to face with a dead rock climber, she won't rest until the killer is found. Choosing to listen to his heart instead of his head, Jake decides to come alongside her and assist as deputy in the investigation. But as the mystery grows, Kayden and Jake will have to decide which is the bigger danger: a killer at large, or giving away the key to their hearts?
For the most part I'm mainly a Historical Fiction lover, but for a change of pace, I really liked this book! It starts out as a classic murder mystery with a plentiful suspect list and a million plausible motives. Then the story branches out a little, and it suddenly becomes a lot more dark and sinister than you'd originally expect. On one hand, I liked that. It switched things up a bit. On the other, it came across as a little disjointed. The shift was kind of abrupt and made me wonder about a few things that felt like loose ends.
But that may be because I didn't start from the very beginning of this series. The characters in Pettrey's books are all deeply connected, and while she does an excellent job of catching up a reader with all that's gone on before, I couldn't shake the feeling of coming late to the party. From this book alone, it appears as though relationships are big to Pettrey books. Both romantic and familial. I really enjoyed that aspect of it, but I think I'd need to go back and read the first three books to really "get" it.
Overall, Silenced doesn't quite get a spot in my "Favorites" list, but it does make me very glad to have tried out Pettrey and eager to read some of her earlier books! Who knows-maybe a "favorite" is hiding out there. :)
(I received this book for free from Bethany House on NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)
Dani picks up right where she left off but Silenced highlights Kayden and Jake's story. A story that I have been waiting to read since Pettrey's first book in the series. There was something mysterious about Jake from the beginning and was thrilled to find out his back story and get inside his head. His love for being a policeman never stopped and his skills are all still there in this book.
Kayden has also always been a favorite of mine. I think of all the girls Pettrey has written about I can relate to her the most. She has a hard exterior and a fear of letting people in. But will Kayden let Jake through that tough exterior?? Of course she does!! Don't worry that isn't a spoiler. It is how Jake breaks through Kayden's barriers that make this book worth reading.
One of my favorite parts of the book had to have been the wedding! Cole's and Bailey's of course! I just loved how Pettrey described the way Jake and Kayden were feeling while they danced. It just seemed amazing. So fun!!
Overall, Dani Pettrey is an fun and refreshing author. I love her style of writing. I love her characters. I love just the flavor she brings to her work. I can't wait for the final book.