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Still Life

Book Review: Still Life

Author: Dani Pettrey

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Back Cover from Amazon of Still Life:

Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead–and the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot. Worse, her friend can’t be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

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            Dani Pettrey is brilliant at what she does. I loved her previous series set in Alaska, and I’m finding that I like these just as much. Still Life is the second book in the series, and I would definitely recommend reading them in order, it helps to set up some of the relationships and dynamics that happen in this book.

Still Life is…chilling. Reading it at night is not recommended. I rushed through this book in the same break-neck pace that Dani sets, with each ending to the chapter begging me to continue reading. I love how each character has their specialty that they bring to the team, but they don’t have those because they’re just unnaturally good at them, they all have motivation and reasons. The setting is different than her other series, but where the wilds of Alaska and its animals were an issue, abandoned buildings and unstable people are just as dangerous in the Chesapeake Valor series. The mystery, suspense, and adventure are great in this series, but the romance keeps perfect pace with it.

Over all, I really enjoyed Still Life, and would definitely recommend it!

About the Author

Biography from Amazon’s website: Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. 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 one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her web site at www.DaniPettrey.com!

I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sabotaged

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.

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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 danipettrey.com.

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.