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Stranded by Dani Pettrey November 25, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:44 am
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Stranded

by

Dani Pettrey

From the back cover:

When her friend vanishes from a cruise ship, reporter Darcy St. James isn’t satisfied with their explanation that she simply left her job of her own accord. Something isn’t lining up, and Darcy believes the only way to find the truth is to put herself in Abby’s position.

Within days, Darcy learns her friend wasn’t the only person to disappear mysteriously. Last summer, a woman vanished under almost identical circumstances.

Gage McKenna has taken a summer-long stint leading adventure excursions for the passengers of various cruise lines that dock for a few days of sightseeing. He’s surprised to find Darcy working aboard one of the ships, investigating a troubling report.

Something sinister is going on, and the deeper they dig, the more Gage fears they’ve only discovered the tip of the iceberg.

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My thoughts:

This is the third book in a series. I really enjoyed the first two and was very excited to read Stranded.

This book has a great plot and characters. It was great catching up with the McKenna family and seeing how they were doing. Darcy St. James showed up in book two and was a spunky character I really enjoyed.

Dani wove a suspenseful story and had me wondering how were the bad guys and who were the good guys. I just wasn’t sure who I could trust.

For whatever reason, I didn’t find myself flipping pages (or tapping the screen) early on in the book as fast as I did with the first two books. As I said, it was a very good story but it didn’t give me the heart-pumping, nail-biting read I have come to expect from the first two books.

If you pick this book up first, don’t worry, you won’t feel lost if you haven’t read the others. Although you will understand the other characters better if you have read the first to books (Submerged and Shattered).

If you enjoy romantic suspense I think you’ll like Stranded. So give it a chance and grab your own copy.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Check out Dani’s website here.

An ebook of this book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

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Review and Giveaway: Shattered March 25, 2013

Filed under: Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:38 am
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Shattered by Dani Pettrey

From the back cover of Shattered:

When her prodigal brother Reef’s return to Yancey, Alaska, is shattered by his arrest for murder, Piper McKenna is determined to protect him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he’s also sworn to find the truth. And he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth puts Landon’s career in jeopardy.

When Piper launches her own investigation, Landon realizes he must protect her from herself–and whatever complications await as the two follow clues deep into Canada’s rugged backcountry. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

My thoughts and giveaway:

If you like romance and suspense you will love this book.

I read Submerged, Dani’s first book and liked it, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed Shattered. I can definitely see her growth as a writer.

The book had me hooked at the first chapter, which is what you want. Each chapter packed a punch and had me turning the pages as fast as I could.

I like how the chapters are very short. Downton Abbey fans will appreciate that 🙂 Short chapters make me feel like I am reading faster, even though I know I’m not.

Dani also laid the ground work for future books and I can’t wait to get my hands on them and see those characters again and what will happen in their lives.

The only downside I really saw was the main female character, Piper, didn’t really have any flaws, no baggage, nothing to deal with. I enjoy flawed characters, it makes them more relatable. But I liked Piper and that missing element is easily overlooked because the rest of the book is very good.

In both books you can see a Genesis 5020 in the hurting characters lives. They use their hurts to help others.

Overall, I recommend this book. If you enjoy Dee Henderson you will enjoy Dani Pettrey.

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You can learn more about Dani here.

You can leave a comment and win both books!!! Leave a comment by March 31st at 5:00 PM to be entered and you could win Submerged and Shattered.

A review copy of this book was given to me by Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

As a side note; I am reading so many books that I will have to start posting on Tuesdays once in a while. Tomorrow I will be sharing a great non-fiction book I just finished.