In Shattered, the second installment of the Alaskan Courage Series, Pettrey incorporates danger, adventure, and heart-tingling romance as has come to be expected of her writing style. Reef McKenna, next to the youngest of the McKenna siblings, has been accused of murdering fellow snow-boarder, Karli Davis. But his sister, Piper, is convinced of his innocence. When family friend, Deputy Landon Grainger, is assigned to the case he is torn between his close relationship with the McKenna family and his loyalty to finding out the truth about Karli's death. As Piper launches her own investigation in order to prove Reef's innocence and pleas for his help, Landon reluctantly acquiesces and joins her for fear that Piper will endanger herself. As Landon and Piper make there way through the Canadian wilderness searching for clues, they both find that they also must sort through their feelings for one another that have grown well beyond friendship.
I have grown to love this series and could not put this book down! Although the plot line to search for clues to find Karli's real killer is laced with danger, corporate greed, and adventure, it is completely upstaged by the developing romance between Piper and Landon! In Submerged, readers were made privy to Landon's attraction to and feelings for Piper by the end of the book. Shattered picks up several months later revealing that Landon still hasn't made his feelings for Piper known and is struggling with her dating relationship with Denny turning to inappropriate coping methods. The investigation into Karli's murder provides many opportunities for Piper and Landon to be alone which gives them the perfect setting for their budding relationship to take root. Landon's deepening love for Piper shows through his tenderness and fierce protection of her. Piper, on the other hand, begins to understand that the feelings for Landon that have confused her since last summer are actually because she's fallen in love with him. I absolutely love, love, love Pettrey's character development with these two! Pettrey's characters are so authentic and she isn't afraid to broach delicate subjects such as dealing with vices, temptation (I found it rather amusing how many cold showers Landon had to take!), having the courage to be vulnerable and exposing your heart, and the awkwardness of taking a relationship from a dear friendship to a romantic one. I am especially thankful that Pettrey has the boldness to incorporate these traits in her characters in a "Christian fiction" story where all to often the characters are watered down instead of exhibiting the God-given passion for life that He has instilled in us as His creations. I was very happy with Piper and Landon's outcome and can't wait to see what's next for the McKenna clan and their friends!
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If you ever wonder why Im tough on books its because of this one. This book is so amazing that it makes all the other books Ive read seem not so great. I have only good words to say about this book. It makes you want to move to Alaska right away and join the McKennas. This isnt really a suspense book, rather an adventure and mystery. Kathleen, another member of the Inkwell Review team, doesnt really like any type of suspense, yet she loved this book. I love the atmosphere of this book. Its very family oriented. All of the siblings are so close and so uplifting to read about. I cant believe what a short review this is, but theres nothing more to say except READ IT!
I really love this book. I enjoyed both the romance and the suspense. The suspense is exciting and the story complex. The romance has an interesting storyline and is built upon the couple really knowing each other and not just upon a superficial relationship. I am always hoping to meet great characters in a novel, and this book delivers. The stories in the Alaskan Courage Series are all about the McKenna family, but with the focus on one particular family member in each book. Its fun to get to know everyone better as the series progresses. Some of the characters are Christian and others are not. In this book one of the characters makes the decision to become a follower of Christ. That commitment is one of the focal points of the story.
This book can definitely stand alone, but I suggest you read the books in order to get the most enjoyment out of them. I highly recommend Shattered by Dani Pettrey to those who like romantic suspense.