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The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey July 28, 2020

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They know the power and peril of the ocean.
But as they get closer to the deadly truth . . .
An even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface.

When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker, Coast Guard Investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are flown to the scene thirty-eight miles from shore. Tensions aboard the rig are high, and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the “plague on the environment” from continuing its work. Meanwhile, rumors are circulating on board about an ancient curse lurking in the depths below.

Mounting evidence shows the death might not have been an accident. Was the man killed by one of the activists or, more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only numerous suspects, but also their own haunted pasts and their attraction to each other.

Just as the case seems about to break open, worse news arrives: a tropical storm has turned their way. Now they’re cut off from any rescue–right where the killer wants them.

My thoughts:

This is the second book in this series and I have to say I liked the first one but I liked this one even more. I think because I am getting a grasp on Dani’s writing style and I know the characters better.

That is one thing Dani does an excellent job doing, laying the ground work for future main characters in previous books. I knew Rissi had a very broken background and Mason was there for her so it was nice to get a better understanding of her story.

The suspense was also well done, never sure what was going on and who was behind the violence, she had me guessing.

If you like romantic suspense you might want to give this one a try.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own. 


Review and Giveaway: The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey June 18, 2020

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About the Book

Book:  The Killing Tide

Author: Dani Pettrey

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Release Date: August 2019

BHP2Killing-Tide-194x300When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer’s boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.

When investigative reporter–and Finn’s boss’s sister–Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she’s back, the tug on Finn’s heart is strong, but with the risks she’s taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can’t ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?


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About the Author

Dani-Pettrey-300x206Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance.

Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).

She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland. For more information visit

More from Dani

Pettrey kicks off her new Coastal Guardians series with an intense blend of suspense, love, and faith. The Killing Tide features romance that’s as thrilling as the action, and faithful characters integrated seamlessly into a complex web of crime.

— Kate Campos BookList


The Killing Tide is the first book in my Coastal Guardian series. My husband was Navy, so why am I writing about the Coast Guard? Because I think their mission to keep our waters and our country safe should be highlighted more. Before I started writing The Killing Tide, I’ll admit I knew little about the Coast Guard. I had a friend in high school who joined the Guard right after graduation, but that’s about the depth of my experience with them. Then, my husband and I watched a movie called The Finest Hour.


If you haven’t seen it, I highly urge you to. It’s the true story of one of the most dangerous and daring rescue attempts in Coast Guard history. Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernie Webber takes a small team to rescue the crew of the Pendleton T2 oil tanker, which split in half off the coast of Cape Cod during a brutal nor’easter in 1952. I won’t ruin the ending for you, but let’s just say it’s a wonderful testament to courage in adversity. After watching it, I knew I had to write a series about the Coast Guard. I began researching and came across the Coast Guard Investigative Service and my interest was highly peaked. After talking with Coast Guardsmen, both newly in the service and those long retired, I began to see the story weaving together like a movie in my mind. I hope you enjoy reading the CGIS Wilmington teams’ adventures, cases and…of course, romances.


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Inside the Wong Mind, June 30


To celebrate her tour, Dani is giving away the grand prize package of a Kindle, $20 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of The Crushing Depths!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My thoughts:

I read the first few books Dani wrote when she began her career and I liked them but didn’t love them. But it had been a few years since I read her books so I thought why not give it a try again.

This was a good book but, like the others, I didn’t love it. There was so much going on and POVs that I had trouble really connecting with the characters. I will say as the book went on I got more engaged in the plot but never really with the characters themselves.

I believe I have signed up to review the next book so maybe now that I know the characters I will feel differently in second book.

One thing I really do like about her books are the short chapters, for me that makes it feel like the book goes much quicker.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 


Stranded by Dani Pettrey November 25, 2013

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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.

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Check out Dani’s website here.

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


Review and Giveaway: Shattered March 25, 2013

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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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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.