SabotagedSM1Book Review: Sabotaged

Author: Dani Pettrey

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Bethany House’s website description of Sabotaged:

Finally Returned Home, Reef McKenna Finds His Beloved Alaska Facing Its Greatest Threat

Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now, working together as search-and-rescue for Alaska’s arduous Iditarod race, a growing attraction seems to be forcing aside old arguments. Then Reef catches Kirra sneaking from camp in the middle of the night.

Kirra’s uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing: Frank’s daughter has been kidnapped. Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl’s life–but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.


I love the suspense that Dani is able to create in her books; Sabotaged was no exception. I was kept guessing, along with Kirra and the McKennas, as to who was behind the kidnapping and why they had taken Meg in the first place. I liked how there were false leads, but they were kept interesting so that they didn’t detract from the story.

The romance in this book is well done. Though Kirra and Reef are only together a short period of time, they’re with each other pretty much 24/7 as they race to find Meg and her kidnappers. Their feelings for each other progress naturally, and in such a sweet way.

I genuinely liked both Kirra and Reef. They feel like more than just characters on a page. Each has individual struggles that they must overcome in the book, and I felt for them both as they muddled their way through those. I couldn’t help but cheer them on towards healing, a better relationship with God, and each other.

Confession time: I haven’t read books 3 and 4 in this series yet, so I’ll definitely be going back and reading those, though I’ll already know a few spoilers. So far, though, Dani has become one of my favorite authors as far as suspense, doesn’t matter what genre. She does a great job of crafting a sweet romance and a heart-racing suspense that balance each other out perfectly. I’m eagerly anticipating the next series she takes on. If you’re a fan of the suspense found in Colleen Coble’s books, but also love the warm-hearted family aspect of Susan May Warren’s books, then you’ll enjoy the Alaskan Courage series.

About the Author

Biography from Baker Publishing Group’s website: Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, and Silenced, and new release, Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson. You can find her online at

I was given a review copy of Sabotaged from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.


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