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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 ...
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.
"Pettrey builds a world that captures the reader with vivid and compelling descriptions... I strongly recommend this novel to romantic suspense fans. While Shattered can stand alone, you won't want to miss Submerged, the first book in the series" --Radiant Lit
"Shattered is a fast-paced suspense and the romance thread is a sizzling undercurrent throughout every chapter.... Fans of Dee Henderson's O'Malley Family series will love Pettrey's McKenna clan." --USA Today
"Pettrey is an excellent author painting vivid word pictures which allow her readers to feel as if they are there, part of the story... This is one series that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat, peeking around corners, looking for the next exciting scene." --Christian Manifesto
"Dani Pettrey delivers an intrigue-filled adventure, the experience of a deep friendship before falling in love and the selfless heroism of ordinary people." --Titletrakk.com
"Dani Pettrey is a wonderful new addition to the Christian fiction and suspense genres. Her debut novel, Submerged, was a smashing success, and Shattered is even better...The character development keeps readers hooked and eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series." --Portland Book Review
"Shattered, book two in Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series, once again draws readers into another hard-to-put-down romantic suspense with snappy dialogue, realistic characterizations and fast-moving intrigue." --Suspense Zone
Posted January 12, 2013
Second Good Book in a Great Series
When Piper’s younger brother is accused of murder, the family pulls together to save him. Piper, however, cannot wait for the police to complete their investigation, so she investigates on her own, until Deputy Landon Grainger, a friend of the family, steps in to take over. Unable to let go, Piper joins Landon and they encounter the killer’s hostility.
Piper is a great character, but Landon’s feelings of inadequacy toward Piper really make him interesting read. Pettrey has a way of making her characters come alive through their thoughts and dialogue. The entire family is an interesting mix of Christian and non-Christian, that is dealing with their emotions from the death of parents. The mixture makes the family seem a more realistic and absorbing read. The mystery-suspense part of the story is compelling as their investigation moves from Alaska to Canada and California. Great mystery, solid inspirational romance in a very believable story. If your favorite genre is inspirational romantic suspense, put this on your list.
Received from NetGalley.
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Posted May 4, 2013
I could not put this book down! If you like adventure and romance in a Christian fiction book, you will not be disappointed.
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Posted January 28, 2013
I can't begin to say how much I loved Shattered. Before I started the book, I wondered if Dani Pettrey could top her debut novel, Submerged, which went on my all-time favorites list. Her second book far exceeded my expectations and left me wanting more. (Shattered can be a stand-alone read, but as another reviewer mentioned, you'll enjoy it much more if you read Book 1 in the series first.)
Pettrey is a master at weaving suspense, romance, and mystery, and Shattered had plenty of unexpected twists and turns that kept me reading way past my bedtime. I've officially fallen in love with the McKenna family and can't wait to see where their future adventures take them!
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Posted March 27, 2013
I have not read the first book in this series and you do not have to read the first book in this series to be able to get into this book. It didn't take me long to read it either because I couldn't put it down.
This book got me hooked during the first chapter and it is a fast–paced story that is both a mystery and a romance.If you like this kind of books I think you will love this one.
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Posted August 15, 2014
I really love this book. I enjoyed both the romance and the suspense. The suspense is exciting and the story complex. The romance has an interesting storyline and is built upon the couple really knowing each other and not just upon a superficial relationship. I am always hoping to meet great characters in a novel, and this book delivers. The stories in the Alaskan Courage Series are all about the McKenna family, but with the focus on one particular family member in each book. It’s fun to get to know everyone better as the series progresses. Some of the characters are Christian and others are not. In this book one of the characters makes the decision to become a follower of Christ. That commitment is one of the focal points of the story.
This book can definitely stand alone, but I suggest you read the books in order to get the most enjoyment out of them. I highly recommend Shattered by Dani Pettrey to those who like romantic suspense.
Posted July 3, 2014
Mystery, action, love..this book delivered! Set in Alaska a great adventure awaits the hero and heroine as they search for a killer. Book 2 in the Alaskan Courage series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 3, 2014
Loved this book, hard to put it down. Great story,within the McKenna family,the friends around them, suspense, romance, mystery. Felt like you were right in the story first hand.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2014
Shattered, Dani’s second novel in the Alaska series, leaves the McKenna family shattered when their prodigal brother’s return leads to his arrest for murder. Deputy Landon Grainger knows the McKennas, but his boss is pushing him to solve the case and charge the most likely suspect. Pursuing the truth puts his job in jeopardy as the impetuous Piper McKenna begins her own investigation determined to exonerate her brother. The two follow clues deep into the back country and although their long friendship may be turning into something deeper, the case is becoming deadlier at every turn.
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Posted December 22, 2013
Posted November 19, 2013
This was fun to read, but I didn't find it as absorbing as "Submerged", Dani Pettrey's first book. She uses the same characters as she did before, a very likeable family of 20-something siblings, with values similar to mine, and she also makes allowances for their failings and foibles (which makes them very human and relateable). It's definitely not a book for guys, but for women who are looking for a mystery/adventure with wholesome characters and a Christian theme, this is a good choice.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2013
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book ever since finishing Dani Pettrey’s contemporary romantic suspense debut novel, Submerged. Her first book was pretty good (I gave it 4 star review here), though my favorite characters in the book were not the main characters, Cole and Bailey. In my opinion, Cole’s little sister Piper McKenna, and their long-time friend, Deputy Landon Grainger stole the show. And boy, was I excited when Shattered was first advertized, and I learned that it was going to be all about them. I wasn't quite sure, because there are quite a few siblings and close friends in the McKenna clan–really, it’s anyone’s guess who’s story could be up next.
Okay, so I was already primed for this book. For so many reasons:
1.) Dani Pettrey can write.
2.) She has an engaging “writer’s voice”.
3.) She skips over writing the parts no one wants to read in the first place.
4.) Her stories are well thought out and complexly suspenseful.
It’s odd to find a book about two people who are already in love with each other... but who can’t seem to get to the point of acknowledging the facts. It’s likely not tried often because of the difficulty in getting the relationship to play out just right–and the longer-than-usual wait the reader has to see the hero and heroine end up happily together.
But Dani did it, and she did it well.
Bethany House Publishers provided me with a paperback copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion
Posted October 17, 2013
Posted October 15, 2013
I really enjoyed reading this book. The developed smoothly. Some books that I have read are "choppy" and don't have a smooth rythm to them, but this book takes its time to develop and is a really good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2013
Posted October 9, 2013
Suspense and Romance at their best!
Everything is ratcheted up in the second Alaskan Courage book – the excitement, adventure, danger, romance... I really liked the first book, Submerged, I loved Shattered, now I am really looking forward to the third book, Stranded.
This book features the youngest McKenna, Piper, and older brother Cole's best friend, Landon as the heroine and hero. Landon has been in love with Piper since that incident last summer (Submerged), Piper is just starting to think a little differently about her 'adopted big brother'. Just when things might be making a change Piper's brother is accused of murdering a friend on the ski circuit. Piper knows her brother couldn't possibly commit murder but Landon is more cautious. Piper says he should feel more with his heart but Landon knows that can get you into trouble. Will they be able to get past the wedge driven between them and also find the killer?
Piper and Landon are some of the most likable characters I have read about in awhile. Landon is a good guy just doing his job, while trying to protect Piper and nail the killer – whoever he is. Piper is a smart cookie, a little impulsive, and fiercely loyal.
I think this book appealed to me because the focus was a little more on the suspense and slightly less on the romance. But believe me, this book delivers plenty of both! I could hardly put this book down. At the end of each chapter I kept saying “Just one more chapter, just one more”, and I really did mean it every time, honest! Part of the storyline seemed like it could have been taken from the headlines, it kept me glued to the pages.
One of the threads in Shattered was how God will often tug the heart using family or friends and then use circumstances to finally bring the person fully to Him. To me, it also was a reminder that our lives should be a witness but ultimately it is God that brings people to Him. None of the McKennas beat their non- Christian family and friends over the head, but they also live their beliefs in every way.
So the findings of this investigation are: GO find a copy of Shattered and start reading it NOW!
(I won this book in a giveaway and am in no way obligated to review it. I have chosen to do so and all opinions are my own)
Posted September 28, 2013
I absolutely have fallen in love with the McKennas family and was so happy to continue to read their story, especially Landon's and Piper's!
I was surprised how the book begun and that Reef was the culprit for the supposed crime. Dani took the mystery part of the story down a different path then she did in Submerged, which I liked. She kept me on the edge of my seat much of the book and left me thinking so hard near the end about who was the killer. Plus, I learned some really interesting things concerning the Mongols (which I have never even heard of it until reading Shattered) and the BioTech Lab concerning the insulin.
I am glad that just like Submerged Dani included a good spiritual aspect, but I was slightly disappointed that it wasn't as in depth as the first one. However, their was a good message and Dani told the truth without beating around the bush!
My one complaint about the novel is that during the middle I felt that Landon and Piper's feelings were a little drawn out for me concerning the confusion/uncertainty they were both experiencing if the other one liked them. I grew a little bored and just wanted to speed it up a little bit because there were more pressing things at hand such as finding out info about Karli's killer! Later on in the story though Dani has a good mixture of romance and mystery that brought me back in!
Overall, a four star book with great romance, suspense, and positive message (plus a GREAT ending)!
Posted September 28, 2013
Posted September 23, 2013
SHATTERED by Dani Pettrey is an exciting inspirational Romantic Suspense set in Yancey, Alaska. #2 in the "Alaskan Courage" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, " Submerged". What a fast paced, action packed thrill ride through the Alaskan and Canadian countryside. Filled with what ifs, adventure, and suspense that will have you turning pages all through the night, I know I did. Join, Piper McKenna, her brother, and Deputy Landon Grainger as they navigate dangerous territory on their quest for the truth,a killer, and the complication of a friendship that might turn into more. Ms. Pettrey is a masterful storyteller! Her intriguing plot, her enduring,charismatic and engaging characters will capture your heart. With twists and turns, you will not be able to put "Shattered" down until the very last page and than you will be looking for the next chapter in the "Alaskan Courage" series. A must read for suspense readers everywhere. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted September 17, 2013
Posted September 17, 2013