For three years, readers had a standing invite on a journey with the McKenna family. Fictional yes, but so real is their depiction it seems as if they might be next-door neighbors or best friends. 2015 brings about the last story from the saga that started in 2012 with Submerged. This is the book readers had to wait for considering it’s about the one sibling that we never really did meet.
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STORY: The wild child of the family, Reef rarely spends time at home during his adult years. Instead he travels and tries to fill his restlessness with casual dating and the adrenaline of extreme sports. Now he’s finally settling down and finds peace in his belief in God. But his reunion with family and childhood friend Kirra Jacobs is short. Kirra’s uncle disappears during an Iditarod musher race. Somehow it ties into a past Kirra never knew of her uncle and her cousin, Meg, is missing.
Sabotaged, by Dani Pettrey | Book Review
To say I enjoy this series is an understatement, but then, I think most of my returning readers know this I’d gotten to “know” these characters so well and even gotten my mother addicted to the books. Reef’s character is something of an enigma throughout the four prior books. Sure he does appear here and there, but we never really know him. Reef is the “black sheep” of the McKenna family and it makes him hard to like in the way we do his siblings. He’s the brother we are most concerned for. That said, I’m glad the beginning see Reef already “together.” This paints him as more of a worthy hero. I love the budding romance between him and Kirra, especially since they had been friends (sort of) for many years. Kirra’s past isn’t without pain and her progression along with their relationship is also well developed.
Beyond the relationships, the excitement is not without lots of twists and turns. The first few pages alone are full of adrenaline, giving us no time to ease into things. Don’t misunderstand, this isn’t a negative. It merely pulls us in that much quicker. I like that the plot takes some different turns – one being the heroine isn’t kidnapped, but cannot elaborate beyond this. If I do, guys, well you just have to read it. (As a side-note, it’s cute to see the siblings with their respective love interests as well.) If you haven’t read this series yet, it’s not essential to understand Sabotaged however I do recommend starting from the beginning. It makes the relationships, and particularly Reef’s character, all the more compelling. Plus they’re worth it.‘SABOTAGED,’ BY DANI PETTREY #FWarchives #BookReviews #RomanticSuspense Click To Tweet
Though it’s bittersweet to wave goodbye to this family, I did enjoy every adventure with them and am eagerly awaiting Dani’s series arriving on store shelves in 2016. I’ve no doubt her signatures of faith, loyalty and family will be as much a presence of them as they were for the Alaskan Courage series.
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Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
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Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Alaskan Courage, book 5
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary/Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5
Sincere thanks to the author for providing a complimentary influencer copy of Sabotaged for reviewing purposes.