February 12, 2015 Rissi JC 21 Comments

‘SABOTAGED,’ BY DANI PETTREY. Thoughts and review on the final Alaskan Courage novel. All review text is © Rissi JC / RissiWrites.com

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.


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.  

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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.  

About the Book:

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Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author Provided / Publisher Provided
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.

About Rissi JC

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

Rissi JC

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

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  • Dawn Janis February 12, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    This was my favorite of the series. And he's my favorite of the siblings.

    • Rissi February 13, 2015 at 7:21 PM

      That's awesome, Dawn! I'm glad that your favorite sibling's story didn't disappoint. :)

  • Heidi Robbins February 12, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Great review! I loved reading Sabotaged and it was hard to see the series end. But now I can go re-read them all :) Can't wait to see what her next book will be like!

    • Rissi February 13, 2015 at 7:22 PM

      Exactly! These will be keepers on my shelf and rereads as well. They're such wonderful books. Ditto. Eager to learn more about Dani's 2016 series. I'm sure it'll be equally as fabulous. :)

  • Dani Pettrey February 12, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    I cannot tell you how excited I am that you enjoyed Sabotaged so much. Warms my heart. Thank you for taking time to read Reef's story, write such a thoughtful review, and for your awesome support. Appreciate you!

    • Rissi February 13, 2015 at 7:23 PM

      I did indeed love Sabotaged as I have each of these five novels, Dani. Thank you (again) for the chance to help promote it and for stopping by. I'm looking forward to your 2016 series. :)

  • Kaylee@onewellreadchick.com February 12, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Is it bad that I just realized 2016 is next year? In my head I have been thinking that I have to wait two years for the next series. This excitement might just get me though the year.

    Also I am totally pumped it takes place in the Chesapeake Bay Area, that's where my people are from.

    • Rissi February 13, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      Yay! Thank goodness you won't have to wait two years, right Kaylee!? :) I hope you enjoy this series and how exciting! It's always cool when a series is set in a area you love or are from. :)

  • Rachelle February 13, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    I loved Sabatoged, too! I found it sad to wave goodbye to this family, too, but I'm especially looking forward to her next series (and rereading this one in the meantime). :) Great review as always, Rissi!

    • Rissi February 13, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      It was definitely bittersweet, but as you say the excitement for Dani's next series is enough to make fans eager. Whatever comes next I'm sure it will be awesome.

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts, Rachelle! :)

  • Bekah M. February 13, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Ahhh!! I have to read this book! Fantastic review, Rissi, as always. :)

    • Rissi February 14, 2015 at 10:41 PM

      Indeed, Bekah! I'm pretty sure you'll love it. :)

  • Amanda Dykes February 13, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Rissi, I agree! It IS so bittersweet to wave goodbye to the McKennas, but it has meant the world to have you along for the entire 5-book journey! Thank you for your words, and for all you've done. You are AWESOME.

    • Rissi February 14, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      Thank you for the kind words, Amanda. It's been my pleasure to help in some small way promote this series. It's been an exciting journey from book one to book five and I don't mind saying, I'm eager to read Dani's next series in 2016! Thank you for letting me be a part of the fun. :)

  • Abbi Hart February 16, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Fantastic review! I cannot wait to read this book yet it will be so sad to see this amazing series end!

    • Rissi February 16, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      I know that feeling all too well, Abbi! I am most excited about Dani's next series though too. It sounds promising – and I've no doubt it'll be awesome. :)

      Thank YOU for reading.

  • Anonymous February 16, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    I have definitely enjoyed this series so far and can't wait to read this one! It will definitely be bittersweet when completing this series for sure!

    • Rissi February 16, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Same here, Laura! It's bittersweet to say goodbye. This family has been one of my favorites in this fictional world. :)

  • Anonymous February 17, 2015 at 3:18 AM

    Love love loved this book! I believe it's my favorite of the series (other than Piper's story) and I can't believe it's over!

    • Rissi February 17, 2015 at 6:01 PM

      YAY! I'm so glad you loved it too, Cassie. I thought it was wonderful. If the series had to end, this one does so in style. Bring on 2016 and Dani's next series. :)

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