‘SILENCED,’ BY DANI PETTREY. Review of book four in the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series. All review text © Rissi JC

There is nothing quite so disappointing as a series that introduces us to a cast of beloved characters, only for some of them to never have their own story. Most series work as the usual three-book trilogy, which for the best kind of books is never enough. Silenced is book four in the adventurous, Alaskan-set series about a group of five siblings, which focuses on eldest sister, Kayden McKenna and the man who quietly loves her.

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STORY: Ever since the McKenna’s “adopted” him, Jake Westin’s troubled past has slowly healed through his love of Kayden. Only trouble is, Jake’s love is unrequited. Mistrusting Jake’s unusual knowledge of criminology and refusal to reveal his past, Kayden closes off her heart to him until he’s willing to open up. When she discovers a body during a family day of rock climbing, the McKenna family must chase the truth to piece together a mystery.

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Anyone who puts up with my book tweets will know that I read at the pace of a turtle, but I devour the better part of this book in one day. Peeps, it’s that good. Silenced is the book that Dani builds be the “one” we’re most anxious to get our hands on. This because (back from book one), it isn’t long before we realize Jake’s heart is Kayden’s. If you admire the subtle build up of this romance, I think it’s safe to say, everyone is going to appreciate Jake and Kayden’s story. It’s full-on in excitement, too. Before reading Silenced, I’d learned that the format takes a different approach than the normal suspense novel. I can not confidently say that this proves a secret can be revealed prior to the final ten pages, and be very effective.

There are adventurous books that struggle to meet a happy medium in keeping the reader turning the pages and good character growth. This is not one of those novels. The characters are magic, which is what makes the suspense work so well; it’s the characters who bring it all together. To some, Kayden may seem a heroine difficult to relate to because she doesn’t effortlessly open up or show love; she’s an internal person who loves fiercely. This is her strength; and is also her greatest weakness and what makes her fragile. As a reader, I love her all the more for who she is, not the expectation of who she should be is. Then there is Jake. (*swoon*) I cannot tell you all what a fantastic hero he is.

Coming to book four is bittersweet. As I reluctantly end novel, I realize again how close we are to the end of these Alaskan adventures. There’s weddings (I cannot say how beautiful Cole and Bailey’s wedding scene is; I love that we see it in Cole’s point-of-view), more insight into Reef and I suspect, we have met the girl who is about to steal his heart. With her flair for descriptive scenery, beautiful family ties and adventure, Dani Pettrey again writes another 5-star piece of high-stakes escapism.

About the Book:

Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author, publisher
Publication Date: May 2014
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Series: Alaskan Courage, Book 4
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5

Sincere thanks to the publisher and author for a complementary review copy of this book; all opinions are my own.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


  1. Great review! I love Dani's books & have really been looking forward to reading Kayden & Jake's story! :)

  2. Wow, Rissi. I'm moved, humbled and honored. Thank you SO much for taking time to read and write such an amazingly poignant review. Means so much to me :)

    1. Dani, thanks for dropping by! I meant every word sincerely in this review and am honored to have the chance to read Silenced. Thank you for sharing the McKenna stories with us – we're on pins and needles for that final book. :)

  3. Music to my ears. Going to ''like'' your review on Amazon! I've finally recently received this one and I'm making my way through it. Way to go Rissi for such a heartfelt and generous review.

    1. Aw, yay! I'm so pleased you have Silenced now, Ganise and are reading through it. I sure hope you're liking what you've read thus far. *fingers crossed* For me, this is one of my favorite of the McKenna novels thus far – I couldn't chat enough about it nor did I want to put it down.

      Happy reading – and thanks for the Amazon "like." :)

  4. I've got this one on my Kindle and need to read it. I've helped promote it this month (wasn't the promotional giveaway and tour so fun??!!!), but haven't gotten to reading it yet. Now I need to bump it up – after the Inpy's.

    1. The promotional information Dani puts out each year is fabulous and I'm grateful to be a small part of it – how fun to take part with SO many fellow fans, too! :) Squee! You most certainly do need to bump this one up. So. Much. Good. Will be looking for your review, Tressa. Eventually. ;)

    1. Same here, Heather! Loved this series and like you, am both excited and have feelings of bittersweet emotions about the final book. :)

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