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 Ã¢â¬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!