"Still Life" is Dani Pettrey's second book in Chesapeake Valor series. This book continues the story line that began with "Cold Shot." Avery Tate and Parker Mitchell are the two characters featured in this adventure but the reader continues to get glimpses of Declan, Tanner, Lexi, Griffin and Finley. Avery is attending an art showing where she is to meet her best friend, Skylar. Only Skylar never shows. Instead, a mysterious photo of her shows up at the art show. Avery and Parker team up to find her with the help of their friends. They are sure they have their suspect, Sebastian, but then another twist occurs in the investigation. Join this adventurous team on another life and death mission.
An enjoyable read but pretty predictable as each couple pairs up during their adventure.
I received this book for free to review and give my honest opinion from Bethany House.
WOW - FANTASTIC - are the first two words that come to mind when I think of the novel. The story is imaginative, hideously good, elaborate and descriptive. The author sure took their time to build the characters and what their roles would be. To have the villain's thoughts brought out is creepy and awesome you can't get any better than that. Dani Pettrey has you guessing who, what and definitely where they are. The law enforcement officers have everything in control - especially since they leave all things in the hands of GOD. In GOD's hands all things are safe. So, do they find the villain? Do the two law enforcement officers fall for each other? Do they let GOD heal their pasts so they can move on? Is the girl safe? This and many more questions can be answered by reading this advantageous book. It is well worth it. I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt Thank you to Dani Pettrey and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Still Life" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
Avery Tate is a gifted, but blacklisted, photographic artist who quit her job as a crime scene photographer and her boss, Parker Mitchell, so she could sort out her growing feelings for him. Now she finds herself supporting a friend in the photography world that turned its back on her, that friend is missing and theres a chilling photo of her posed as if she were dead. So Avery seeks out Parkers help to find her missing friend.
Still Life is book two in the Chesapeake Valor series by Dani Pettrey, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Pettrey is a gifted suspense and romance author who has crafted an edge-of-your-seat, stay-up-way-past-bedtime story. The chemistry between these two leading characters is not the main focus of the story, yet the relationship creates a mild undercurrent to the story.
Im looking forward to the third offering in the series, Blind Spot, due to hit shelves in October!
After a hiatus from Baltimore's photography scene, Avery Tate finds herself back in the fray of things when her friend, Skylar, invites her to the opening gala for a Black Dahlia-inspired photo exhibit that Skylar posed for. Only Skylar doesn't show for the gala. Avery begins to worry when, after studying her friend's photo, she fears the depiction of death is far too real. Suspecting foul play, Avery reaches out to the one person she trusts to help her find the truth- expert crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell. Avery and Parker had worked together previously, that is, until her feelings for Parker became too much. Knowing her heart may be trampled in the process, Avery courageously works along side Parker tracking clues to her friend's disappearance hoping to find her alive. What she finds in the process is redemption from her own shameful past, comfort from friends as she faces Skylar's ultimate fate, and an abiding love she never thought possible from the man who stole her heart. Filled with unexpected twists to the plot, Pettrey once again presents an exciting romantic suspense thriller with an ending that is full of surprises!
I am loving this series, and especially enjoy having the whole Chesapeake Valor gang woven throughout the plot of Still Life. Their support and care for each other and the interplay between the different personalities is delightful! In Cold Shot, readers were introduced to Avery as a minor character. Still Life reveals a strong, brave, and determined female lead through Avery's character which is quite refreshing! No wilting flower here! A vulnerable side of Avery is also showcased as she has to face Parker knowing her heart may be broken and that any hope she may have at a relationship with him may be crushed when he discovers a past that shames and embarrasses her. But of course, the lovable Parker Mitchell had other plans! As in Cold Shot, Pettrey showcases Parker's depth of emotion as he loves hard, plays hard, and is fiercely protective of those he cares about. Once he lays to rest his feelings of betraying his first love who was murdered seven years ago if he pursues Avery, Parker unleashes his feelings for her revealing a deep love filled with devotion and passion for her.
One last thought I'd like to share. I have read in some other reviews that readers have felt uncomfortable with the dark, morbid back drop of this novel in the Black Dahlia theme. It is an author's job to draw the reader in and make them feel as though they are part of the story and surroundings. If the reader did not feel the urge to sleep with a light on or look over her shoulder, Pettrey would not have done her job well. I say BRAVO to Pettrey!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I received a free preview copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
If you enjoy romantic suspense novels than this book is for you. First of all, I must applaud Dani Pettrey's work once again. Every book that I have read by her has piqued my interest, kept me on my toes, and left me wanting more. She is truly a phenomenal and talented author.
Still Life is the second book in the Chesapeake Valor series and with it came the reuniting of the characters from the first book Cold Shot. I would recommend reading this series in order since the characters and some situations are brought into both stories which appear will carry on into the next book. Besides, the first book was just as good so it won't be hard to start at the beginning.
Avery is the main female character in Still Life and I must say that I simply loved her! She has quite the past--a past filled with pain, sin, and heartache, but at nineteen-years-old she comes to know the Lord as her Savior, and from that day forward she is a new creation in Jesus Christ. The author did a beautiful job of reminding the readers through Avery's character that God loves us and no sin is too great for Him to forgive. Oh, the blessed forgiveness that He offers - what a gift! On several occasions Avery struggled with her past because of the situation she was in, but she was always reminded that she was indeed a new creation in Christ and nothing could change that. . .absolutely nothing! Avery just might be one of my favorite characters from the many, many books that I have read.
And Parker. . .oh, what a delight he was! He is strong, kind, compassionate, and ever so understanding with Avery and the situation with her missing friend. He is certainly a man of valor.
Still Life was another book that kept me up late at night turning the pages in hopes of finding out the ending of the story and of course when it came to end I wanted to start it all over again. While the suspense may have been lacking a teeny tiny bit, it was till very good and well-written. The characters alone kept me intrigued as the author has a way of bring them to life. And the romance in this book is simply precious. It was not overdone nor was it nonexistent. . .it was the perfect happy medium.
I would not recommend this book to young/teen readers, but rather to older and married women. Still Life is easily a 4 star read.
** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **