With each new release, I fall more and more in love with the McKenna family. After reading Stranded last fall, I was eager to read Kayden and Jake's story and I was not disappointed! The suspense combined with many unanswered questions pulsed the story onward at a fast clip. In the few times I had to put the book down, it left me feeling like I was going to miss something, as if the story would go on without me.
I try not to pick favorites, but Kayden has intrigued me from the first book, Submerged. I wondered what she guarded under her tough, stubborn exterior. Her character is simply intriguing. Jake equally so, once his past was revealed in the previous book. The reason, I think, that Jake and Kayden work well together, both as romantic interests and lead characters, is that they battle inner demons. They're realistic. They aren't perfect. They don't have it all figured out. They struggle just like the rest of us.
The mystery and suspense was well paced and the road to the end was twisty and full of sharp curves. I never felt bored. I will say I had figured out the murderer, but I never anticipated... Oh. You'll have to get your hands on your own copy. ;-)
I really, really, enjoyed this time spent with Kayden and Jake. We also spent some considerable time with Reef and Kirra, which I loved, given their story is next and the last in the Alaskan Courage series (something I have yet to fully admit to myself). Oh, and the best part about Silenced? We get to witness Cole and Bailey's wedding AND Landon and Piper's!! Gah! So much cuteness. I loved Silenced and now I eagerly await the unannounced title for the conclusion in Pettrey's brilliant series. Things to know: There's talk of murder. There are two or three accidents- neither of which are described great detail. Two characters dislocate their thumbs to escape handcuffs and then relocate them.... OUCH. I recommend to readers who don't mind a bit of minor "violence."
I received a complimentary review copy from the author, Dani Pettrey, through Bethany House, in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thank you!!
In SILENCED, Book 4 of author Dani Pettrey’s award-winning Alaskan Courage series, a relaxing day of rock climbing takes a dark turn when Kayden McKenna’s route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Was the climber’s death a terrible accident or something more sinister?
When the case is handed to Yancey’s overburdened sheriff, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With the truth of Jake’s past now revealed, Jake agrees to use his investigation skills for this one case–but nothing could prepare him for where the case will take him.
As Kayden and Jake work together to uncover the truth, will they also find a refuge in each other? Or will the deadly plans of a killer destroy their chance at love?
To celebrate the novel, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the RUGGED ROMANCE SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story. This giveaway starts May 1, 2014 and ends May 21, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST).
Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Friday, May 23, 2014, and announced at DaniPettrey.com. You can view the prizes and enter the sweepstakes by going here.
One more thing before you go! I've arranged a giveaway of Silenced! You can enter via the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older, the winner will be announced Saturday the 17th here on the blog, and everything else you need it know is on the widget.