Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor Series #1)

Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor Series #1)

by Dani Pettrey


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ISBN-13: 9780764211973
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: Chesapeake Valor Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 115,674
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dani Pettrey is the bestselling author of the Alaskan Courage series. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing's Best Award, among others. She and her husband reside in the DC metro area. She can be found online at

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Cold Shot

By Dani Pettrey

Bethany House Publishers

Copyright © 2016 Dani Pettrey
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1197-3


Fog wafted over the silent hilltop, dancing in eerie waves amidst the centuries-old trees, the weathered trunks the sole markers of the lost graves littering the grounds surrounding them.

Shoving his frost-nipped fingers into his stiff jeans pockets, Angus Reed shifted his weight, trying to pump some warmth into his limbs. His cousin Ralph moved slowly, methodically, over the grid they'd compiled.

Gazing up at the slip of a moon glimmering behind the clouds, he whispered, "Come on. Stay out just a while longer."

It was too risky to use any light other than the moon's, even if it was the observant ranger's night off. Angus shook his head. The man possessed a level of dedication and fastidious attention to detail the other rangers did not.

His leg twitched. The search was taking too long. "Anything?" They should have found it by now.

"Shh," Ralph hissed. "I gotta concentrate."

The twitching intensified. Concentrate quicker.

An owl screeched overhead, sending Angus's heart racing. He caught a glimpse of its shadow disappearing with the moonlight into the thickening cloud cover.

"Maybe we should come back another night."

Ralph's detector hummed to life.

Angus smiled. He knew it. Too many men had died on this hill. Many left to rot in mass graves, even more unaccounted for — just like his great-great-great-grandpappy.

Why should that woman and her team get all the treasure just because they had a sanctioned dig? His kin died defending this hill. Why should some anthro-archaeologist or whatever she was swoop in and steal what belonged to the families of those lost?

Nah. He was taking what was his — a chunk of the history his kin helped shape.

The detector whirred to a fevered pitch at the base of a gnarled oak tree, and Angus's shoulders slumped with hard-earned relief. About time.

"Told ya." Ralph snickered. "Get the shovel — and some light."

The thickening cloud cover left them no choice. They needed some light to work by. Resting the flashlight on the ground would hopefully limit the beam's reach.

Clutching the handle, he cut into the earth. A foot down, the tip of his metal shovel twanged off a hard shock of resistance.

Ralph gaped at him with a tooth-filled grin. Angus couldn't remember the last time he witnessed his burly cousin smile — the sight bringing the days of them as young 'uns running wild through the Pennsylvania countryside back with a whoosh.

Pulling a trowel from his bag, Angus aimed the light downward and set to work uncovering the source of resistance.

Griffin grabbed a flashlight from his desk drawer and slipped it into his belt loop. He preferred the stillness of night, nothing but the moonlight to guide his steps, but the moon had all but disappeared behind the burgeoning blackness of sky about to let loose with rain. Hopefully he'd get his rounds in before it started. Leave it to Hank to get married on a cold, soon-to-be very wet, November night.

Not that he minded swapping shifts. In fact, he far preferred patrolling the park after hours, without the usual throng of tourists — just him and the battles' casualties sharing the hallowed ground. He'd drive the necessary perimeter, then park behind Devil's Den and climb to his favorite lookout, which afforded him the best surveying spot outside of the tower.

His gun in his holster, he shrugged on his coat and zipped it up. Grabbing his hat off the hook by the station door, he stepped out into the brisk night. The air was thick and held the promise of rain, the fresh scent tantalizingly close.

Clearing the lower grounds, he made it to Devil's Den before the rain began. After parking his car, he took off on foot from the boulder-strewn area, heading for Little Round Top. Yes, there was a road winding around the back side of the hill famous for the 20th Maine's heroic standoff, but driving took the fun out of it. This time of year he was likely to see deer — even bats if he was silent enough — blending in with the darkness.

Cresting the rise, a faint glow caught his attention. Halting, he listened.

Two muffled voices.

He crept closer, pulling his weapon. Vandals or relic hunters, most likely. Either way he wasn't approaching multiple unknowns unarmed.

"There it is!" a man hollered.

"Keep digging," a second man responded.

Griffin's jaw clenched as the men and the grave they were desecrating came into view.

"Looks like we found ourselves a soldier and some fine artifacts."

Griffin clicked on his flashlight, holding his weapon steady. "Oh, I'd say you found yourselves a whole lot more than that."

* * *

Finley's phone vibrated against her rib cage.

Please be an out.

Slipping it from her clutch nestled tightly between her body and the stiff chair arm in the darkened concert hall, she glanced at the number and recognition dawned.

Ranger McCray? Seriously? At nine o'clock on a Saturday night? The man really had no life outside of work. She looked over at the date her mother had set her up on and winced. Actually, she was only pretending at one. Had been ever since ...

Blackness flashed before her eyes, and then the shining light.

She blinked, her chest tightening, her palms moistening.

No. Not now. Not surrounded by all these people. Please.

Nauseated terror sloshed over her in a clawing rush, frustration and irritation following. How could it come on so fast?

Do the stupid breathing thing.

Sucking in what was supposed to be a deep inhale, her rib cage barely inched up, but she focused on the stage before her and forced herself to release the pitiful amount of air slowly, like a balloon squeaking out tiny spurts as it deflated. One, two, three, four.

She let the memory of panic drop, or at least pretended to. She was getting good at that — pretending. But she had no choice. She refused to let the world see what a mess she'd become. Least of all, a ranger who was too uptight for his own good — or anyone else's.

At least with Ranger McCray what you saw was what you got. He didn't tiptoe around her, which was refreshing, but then again, he didn't know. Though she doubted it would make a difference. The man possessed no filter, no sense of pretense, which she admired ... at least half the time. The other half she wanted to throttle his ridiculously handsome neck.

God was using McCray and their time together as a test. She'd sensed it the first time they met, but it was a test she'd ignore. Despite what God thought, she was anything but ready for it.

Her phone vibrated again in her palm, and she looked back to it. Clicking on the voice message, she held it to her ear, attempting to ignore the offended looks of the other concert patrons.

"Ms. Scott," Ranger McCray began with that tone — his nerve-pricking emphasis on Ms., which burrowed under her skin. How many times had she asked him to call her Finley?

"This is Chief Ranger McCray from Gettysburg National Military Park."

Like she didn't know who the infernal man was. If she'd had any idea the planned three-month dig would run so far past estimated completion, that she'd be forced to endure his brooding and incessant lectures about disturbing hallowed ground over and over, she never would have applied for the grant in the first place. It seemed a safe enough job. Controlled. Helpful. Just how she needed to spend her summer. But she hadn't foreseen Ranger McCray or the feelings he stirred — both the good and the bad. "We've got a ... situation. Could use your expertise. Come as soon as you get this."

What possible situation could he have with an archaeological dig at a Civil War battlefield at nine o'clock on a Saturday night?

He, of all people, would manage to find one.

Glancing over, she found Kirk's basset-hound-brown eyes staring at her. "Is everything copacetic?"

"Actually, no." Beginning with his use of the word copacetic. Was that the fourth or fifth time he'd used it tonight? She gripped her clutch. "Work emergency. I'm afraid I have to go."

* * *

Griffin tapped his booted foot. How long was this going to take? She lived an hour away, and it had already been an hour and a half.

He rested against the two-hundred-year-old oak, garnering a little shelter from the downpour.

Ralph and Angus Reed were now in the custody of Gettysburg police under charges of trespassing, vandalism, and grave desecration. Once Ms. Scott found time to arrive and determine the general age and possible identification of the remains, they'd know if further charges would apply. Feeling a storm in the air and in his knee, he'd quickly tarped the site as the first drops of rain fell, but the sooner she arrived, the sooner the proper processing could begin.

Twenty minutes later the storm subsided and he bent to examine the condition of the remains, praying the tarp had done its duty.

Shining a flashlight on the exposed bone, he froze. Was that ...?

He leaned closer, examining the ring still hanging around the metacarpal and what appeared to be soft tissue holding it there.

He swallowed.

If what he was looking at was in fact soft tissue, this was not a Civil War–era grave — it was a modern one.


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Cold Shot 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the author's last series set in Alaska, and this new series looks to be as amazing. I am looking forward to the next book in order to get to know the cast of characters even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like her other series, Dani Pettrey does it again. She knows how to add the right amount of suspense, romance, and a love for God. I can't wait for the next book!
inkwellreviews More than 1 year ago
My review from As you have already guessed from the 5-star rating, this book is PHENOMENAL! This is one of my favorite suspense novels of all time. To start of listing all the good thing about this book, the first is character development. I think the best thing Dani Pettrey did was convey the character’s emotions. It was almost like I could feel what they were feeling. Second, is that Griffin McGray has three best friends. So the story isn’t always about him. You never get bored with it. It was so refreshing to read a story like that. Third, is that Finley Scott is a Forensic Anthropologist. The work she did was so interesting (in a non-gruesome way). So I did learn a little bit from reading this book, which is pretty rare. The humor in it is icing on the cake. On top of that, it was so good that I almost read it all in one day! Should I go on?
BethErin 9 months ago
The Chesapeake Valor series is an epic, binge-worthy romantic suspense brimming with perilous escapades and tender moments. Let your mind feast on intense investigations as simmering attraction and blossoming relationships set your reader heart aflutter. As former best friends, Griffin, Parker, Declan, and Luke, reunite through professional collaboration, they seek answers to not only their joint and tandem investigations but also vow to solve the mysteries which bind them together. Each man faces unique personal and professional challenges along the way, including matters of faith and love. As a stalwart mister steady, Griffin immediately captivated my reader heart. The way he hides behind his broody, “Ranger Grumpy” façade while secretly stifling his burning desire to claim and protect super intelligent and beautiful Finley reduced me to a simpering puddle of reader satisfaction. Pettrey’s masterful storytelling weaves intricate investigations with complex intimate relationships in a delightfully complex multidirectional plot. I have already begun rereading this intense adventure and I highly recommend the Chesapeake Valor series. I am eagerly anticipating future works from this author! I borrowed book 1 through my local library and received a complimentary copy of books 2-4 from the publisher. I was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across the third book in the Chesapeake Valor series somewhat on accident. I was drawn into the synopsis of the book and nabbed it up. That's been months ago because life keeps happening all around me. And it's third. I've nabbed up the first two and here we sit. Mystery is one of my top genres to read and the Christian Fiction market for this genre just isn't vast enough. As I stumble across new to me authors I jump in feet first. Usually that comes up pretty amazing, sometimes it comes up pretty OK, and on rare occasion I just pray I can find the worlds to express why it didn't work for me at all while knowing that it will for someone else. Thankfully 'Cold Shot' came in right in the middle of that list. Let me draw you into my brain for a minute and explain why this book didn't work for me. It wasn't a total didn't work so don't panic there's good stuff too. Characters. Volume. The sheer number of characters that were too much alike was overwhelming and honestly, I've already started book 2 in this series and I still can't tell anyone apart. They are too similar, the guys and the girls as well, and they blur for me. This is a known Fizzy issue if you can remember but I felt like I was drowning in characters who I couldn't keep straight. Secondly I want to talk about the faith content. I love a good mystery that weaves in faith through the characters in an authentic way. Authentic is the key word here. The faith was solid in this book but it didn't feel authentic, it felt formal and stilted and almost like a toss in. I just didn't connect with these characters and their faith base. The final big issue I had with this particular book was how much happened off screen. I had a hard time finding myself in the midst of the drama and suspense. I had a hard time connecting all the dots, even when it was wrapped up, because so much was told to me instead of involving me. That alone is a killer (no pun intended) in a murder mystery. Yes, I was given enough clues to follow along and to be fair, the main reason this book is rated as high as I did is solely based on the fact that with the information I was given I never did piece it all together until it was presented to me. I wanted to love this book. Honestly, I needed to love this book. I have heard such great things about the author and about the series. I'm not sure how much the lack of love and veering toward OK was more a me thing or a book thing. What I do know is that the bones are there for greatness. So I'm going to follow those bones, keep reading book two, obviously read book three and then figure it out from there since the fourth book is coming out later this year.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
COLD SHOT by Dani Pettrey Chesapeake Valor series. 1 4 guys in college decided to go into serving the public then 1 goes missing. Griffin changes job after a failed sniper job went bad. Now park ranger, with remains of the civil war buried to patrol. Till someone wants to dig one up and maybe find something of value. The find, a body, a ring, that are too new, and someone wants this Jane Doe. Finley trying to overcome fears of the night and noises. Griffen trying to overcome his loss and shuts himself off. A gripping story, of why someone is going to such length and continues, wanting the body. Killing all that stands in his way. The characters are well defined and what personal things they are dealing with. A good beginning to a new series, her books are always winner, and doesn't disappoint the readers..
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
GREAT NEW SERIES! Cold Shot is the first book in Dani Pettrey's new Chesapeake Valor Series. It does not disappoint! It's the story of life-long friends who have had the best of times together and the absolute worst of times together. Their lives are continually merging because of their chosen professions of differing branches of law enforcement. They always have each other's backs. This book has great characterization, chemistry among the characters, interesting background and settings, great mystery, and intrigue to keep you interested from beginning to end. Can't wait to see what happens next!!
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tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
I can not wait for the next one to come out Griffin has love and he has lost, he lost someone very close to him and his best friend went missing. Griffin left his job as a SWAT sniper agent and he is ready to put that life behind him. As working as a ranger he stumbles upon two guys and a dead boy on what should have been a battle field in the civil war. What he discover puts him and his friends in what appears grave danger. They seek to find out whats happening and he needs to do one thing protect Finley and keep his heart in tact and his mind on the game it seems these guys are playing. Finley is a Forensic Anthropologist and is called out when a dead body is found and it brings back a situation that seems to hit to close to home for her and she knows she need to fight the demons of the past and get to the bottom of this murder. But when things start happening it appears that someone has it out to stop them at no cost. Will Finley, Griffin and his friends be able to find the killers and bring them to justice or will one of them end up dead? Oh My gosh what can I say about this book, from the first page it had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed this book just when you think you have the story figured out the author throws in a twist to the story. The author does an amazing job at keeping you hooked on the story till the very end. I can't wait to read more from these friends. The twist and turns in the story truly will keep wanting more and keeps you guessing till the very end. This book is listed as a romance suspense, while there is a ton of suspense in the book there is not a whole lot of romance but the way its played out is very natural and doesn't seemed forced at all, and its the perfect amount. You really can not go wrong with this book its a good clean read with a suspense add to the mix.
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
What a great start for the Chesapeake Valor series! I love romantic suspense and "Cold Shot" did not disappoint. Griffin and Finley's story was front and center in this book, but we were also introduced to many of future friends that will have their own books in the future. This is how a well written series should be. "Cold Shot" is well constructed with romance, suspense, intrigue, friendship and many other emotions that crop up between friends while working to solve a murder and finding criminals. This is my first book by Dani Pettrey, and I look forward to reading more from her. Read it in one day because I couldn't put it down. A must read for your library if this is your genre! 4.5 Stars!
TamaraTilley More than 1 year ago
COLD SHOT by Dani Pettrey has laid the foundation for a new and amazing series. When Gettysburg park ranger, Griffin McCray, finds a body at the famous site, he calls in forensic anthropologist, Finley Scott. Knowing the remains are not from the Civil War, Finley, Griff, and his childhood friend, FBI agent Declan Grey, set out to identify the victim and her murderer. McCray is a quiet—keep to himself—kind of guy, but he’s having a hard time ignoring the attraction he feels for Finley. When Finley brings in Parker Mitchell, a crime scene analyst, Griff is forced to face demons from his past. Unbeknownst to Finley; Griff, Declan, and Parker were all childhood friends. The three of them, along with Luke Gallagher were a band of brothers, inseparable, until a tragedy fractured their friendship. Finley Scott is determined to find out how a woman’s body ended up in Gettysburg. She knows Griff, mainly because of her previous work at the Gettysburg site, but his stand-offish personality kept her at arms-length. Parker, a crime scene analyst is a colleague of hers, who also is a friend of Griff’s. However, the relationship is heavily laden with underlying tension. With Declan also working the case, Finley is amazed to find out the three men grew up together, but now are obviously estranged. So, Finley has three mysteries to solve. Who is the woman, who killed her, and what tragedy befell the three men working with her and destroyed the friendship they once shared? Immediately, I felt the connection between Griff and Finley, and also sensed the tension when Parker showed up at the scene. Just like Finley, the reader wants to know what came between these childhood friends—and believe me, the reader will not be disappointed. A lot of history bonds these men together. Failure, guilt, and the lack of forgiveness ruined their friendship. Even so, when given a chance to mend fences, they must decide if what they once shared is strong enough to overcome the hurt that destroyed them. Though it sounds like the book is centered around the men, the relationship between Griff and Finley is also front and center. Knowing the danger Finley has exposed herself to, Griff assigns himself as her bodyguard. With his background, he has the skills to keep her safe, but the more time Griff spends with Finley, the more the attraction between them intensifies. I enjoyed COLD SHOT and can’t wait for the rest of the series. With the mystery surrounding Luke and Jenna (I’m not going to spoil it and say who she is), there is definitely a lot more story for Pettrey to unpack. Out of the four friends, it was clear COLD SHOT was centered around Griff, but Declan and Parker were vital to the story. I hope the next installments are the same, with all three friends making large contributions to the story, instead of relegating any one of them to the background with only a few mentions from time to time. I waited anxiously for a new series from Pettrey because I absolutely loved her Alaskan Courage series. Maybe, because of that anticipation, I was only slightly disappointed that COLD SHOT wasn’t as amazing as I wanted it to be. It was a good book, as you can see from my review, it just didn’t quite fulfill my anticipation. I think, because of the underlying tension, the men came off as a bit cold at times. Nevertheless, I have great faith in Dani Pettrey, that with each installment, I will feel for these characters what I felt for the McKenna clan.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I am absolutely, irrevocably in love with this series and this is only the first book! I can't believe I have to wait until 2017 for the next one! While the epilogue wrapped up Griffin and Finley's story quite nicely, I was shocked at the revelation Kate threw at us at the end. Dani Pettrey shines once again in her masterful descriptions and plot lines. Suspense abounds along with a lot of faith and romance in this exciting story. I felt at home in the Chesapeake area with Finley, Griffin, Declan, Parker, Avery, and Kate. I loved Finley. She is strong in an understated way. She is smart and sassy. She dealt admirably with parts of her past, but as we all do, had to work really hard to really let go. Griffin is also a strong character in an understated way. His accomplishments make him shine, yet he doesn't allow them to give him a big head. I would have liked to see more sparring between the two characters. Their interactions before their feelings were revealed amused me. Griffin's past with Parker, Declan, and Kate made for an intersting side story, and I can't wait to see their relationships continue to heal. Both characters grapple with coming to terms with their past. They both endured ugly, hard things. But they both had to realize that "God brings beauty and light to the darkest places" and that He can bring "beauty out of brokenness." Once they both accepted this realization, they could fully embrace what God brought to them: each other. Overall, I am hooked on this series already. I am eagerly anticipating the release of book 2. Dani Pettrey writes another nail-biting, edge of your seat romantic suspense with a deep message.
Queenbethanny More than 1 year ago
Richly suspenseful - I kept turning the page with this in depth story. Her story was unique and intriguing. The characters are developed and complex. Dani is doing a great job of setting up future stories and setting up the lives of her characters. The one drawback for me was the religious element. I found it disjointed and not relevant to the story at times. I also wished that the main characters romance had a bigger role in the story.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Cold Shot, Chesapeake Valor series book 1***** by Dani Pettrey Former SWAT team sniper, Griffin McCray is content with his new life as park ranger at Gettysburg. He finds this work peaceful—peaceful until skeletal remains are uncovered near Little Round Top that are not from Civil War-era—shattering his peace. Anthropologist Finely Scott soon discovers evidence that points to the work of an expert sniper. She calls in a trusted friend, FBI agent Declan Grey, to help in solving the crime. Suddenly Griffin comes fact-to-face with his past—Declan. Can he come to terms with the past—hurt, anger, guilt and tragedy—and work along his long-ago friend? I love Dani Pettrey's books and Cold Shot delivers another 5-star rated book! From the first page to the last page I was caught up in the character's lives, their struggles and challenges. There is a back-story between Griffin and Declan that parts of come to light in the storyline—not telling. I am sure in the following books we will learn more of their story and of their other friends—I hope. Finley soon became one of my favorite characters, along with Griffin. Oh, the chemistry between Griffin and Finley are powerful and I loved the way their relationship developed despite the danger surrounding them. Just like Griffin, Finley struggles with things from her past—anxiety attacks (for good reasons!—again not telling)—but she does not let them interfere with her job. The reader is taken on a fast-paced, gripping—had me on the edge of my seat as I read—suspenseful story with action, mystery and danger, all woven into a complected plot. Twists and turns, unexpected surprises along the way—including the ending, forgiveness and romance. I loved the faith both Griffin and Finley shared and prayed often throughout the case. Of course, there are the bad-guys who keep our hero and heroine on their toes to find out who the bad-guys are and apprehend them quickly. Now I have to wait patiently—maybe not so patiently—for the next books in the series. ~I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher, this is my honest review~
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness!! Ladies and gentlemen, this is a public service announcement: please run--not walk--to your nearest bookstore and pick up this gem!! (But in all seriousness, do exercise caution.) Ms. Pettrey's debut series, Alaskan Courage, was a favorite so I was eager to see what this new series held in store. And, trust me, I was by no means disappointed. I first sat down with the novel thinking I'd only read for an hour before getting on with making supper and other household chores... Hah! One hour turned into two and then into three. Cold Shot is that good, people! Sure enough I finished this book in one setting as I couldn't put it down. Along with this new release arrives a new crew to absolutely love. Griffin, Finley, Declan, Parker, and the others form a great team. Once they worked past some initial awkwardness, they proved to be very effective working together. I can't wait to see what case they tackle next!! I could gush so much more, but I shall not. Don't want to give anything away. ;-) But if mystery and suspense is your thing, this book will be a perfect fit. I highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
This is a book that will tease all your senses! The sailor’s rope around the picture frames on the walls, the smell of thick chowder simmering in the kitchen at family meals, the thick fur of Winston, the Irish wolfhound, laying in front of the couch, all combine to pull the reader in, make them a part of the family. The characters prize family and deep friendships, so to be invited in with such vivid language brings an extra level of enjoyment to the reading of this work. There are quite a few players in this story, and the author switches points of view throughout the chapters to give us a full look at what is going on. This can be a difficult balance to achieve, but is well done here, keeping the reader engaged in trying to put together the pieces. The characters are very cool, with lots of little facets that catch the light and are revealed as we travel through the work. The introductions of each were well written, working to move plot ahead, instead of stopping and relying on exposition. I would recommend this work as a great example for authors, like myself, who often struggle with that. Also, giving each character an existence before the events of the book allowed them to feel more real, and the referencing of past conflicts at just the right time helped to deepen the 3-D image the author created. With so many points of view, it can be hard to see the connections at first, but the author wraps everything together very well, bringing the book to an action-packed, but complete, resolution. I really enjoyed this work, and will definitely be recommending it to friends! I received a review copy of this work from the publisher
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
First comment: I loved this book! I’m a pretty frequent reader of suspense novels and even though Dani has been one of my go-to authors since I picked her first book, she definitely blew this one out of the water! I can’t even imagine her topping it. It kept me on the edge of my seat from the very first page and I bemoaned every single time that I had to stop reading and pretend to be a productive employee/member of society. Dani always does a fantastic job with the technical details of her stories and this one is no exception. I love the investigative side to any mystery and this one kept me especially enthralled. I had to know what would happen next! Her writing is also excellent and I enjoyed meeting a whole new cast of characters. Each one is unique and I appreciated how she defined them all and brought them to life. The extra details here will definitely make it easier for me whenever I pick up the next book to remember who is who and what’s going on. Speaking of, when is the next one coming out?! I cannot wait! There’s also a bit of a mystery that seems to be trailing from this book into the next and I’m really anxious to find out where that’s going to go! Even though Finley and Griffin are technically the main characters in this book, all of the characters share page time, which was unique. I found that I really liked that approach. The view point comes from several different perspectives throughout the story, which I personally enjoyed. Some may find it a bit confusing at first, but all of the characters were so distinctive that I was able to sort them out pretty quickly. I easily fell in love with the whole cast, but definitely Finley and Griffin. They are such vivid characters and seemed to climb right off of the page. They’re both struggling with past wounds and doubts, and I really enjoyed watching them overcome them. I also adored their relationship! It’s so sweet! Though there are a couple “steamy” moments, much of it focuses on them just getting to know one another and working to solve the crime. This book is also a little different in that both Finley and Griffin are already Christians. There isn’t a “come to Jesus” moment to be found in this book. The spiritual side of the book was very unobtrusive and beautifully done. It focuses on topics such as trusting in God’s timing and learning to lean on His strength. I loved the lessons woven throughout the story - they highlighted, without overshadowing the main plot. Overall opinion: This is a book that will definitely be claiming a place on my keeper shelf and most likely a spot on my list of favorite reads from this year! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
Can I just say there are so many excellent releases happening right now and in the coming months? So exciting! Speaking of… fans of Dani Pettrey and romantic suspense, I’ve got good news! Not only is her new series finally out, but I have to say, I like it even more. I knew I’d like this book because of the characters. Based on all their jobs alone, yes please. FBI, SWAT and forensics? Yep. Criminal Minds and Law & Order: Criminal Intent were my jams. I loved the focus of friendship and their brotherhood; the good and the hard. I became an instant fan the three friends, their dynamics and what they work through and their development. I loved that with all the mystery and suspense (which I really enjoyed), there was a theme of forgiveness. Oh! And the story took a different path than what I thought and weaving the stories the way she did worked fabulously and bumped my rating up. While fans of romantic suspense will appreciate the romantic aspects between Griffin and Finley (in classic Pettrey style), when it comes to suspense novels that usually takes a back seat for me because I’m so hooked on the mystery, the who and the why. But no worries, there’s a healthy balance of both. Also, through two specific characters (well, all of them really), I was reminded of the power our lives and legacies have to impact and inspire the people we come in contact with. Never stop doing what you’re passionate about that’s making a difference! I’m looking forward to the next one, can’t wait to see whose story we get next! (Although I think I might know) P.S. Portions of the book sales go to changing the world (she shares more in the Author’s Notes), which is awesome! (Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review) Originally posted at:
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Cold Shot is a suspenseful story with twists and turns, keeping the reader guessing until the end. Sometimes I was a tiny bit confused about what was going on, but overall it was a good read with nice main characters. The author tried her best on creating a good mystery – and did a nice enough job – but I found the bad guys under developed and they didn't feel like a real threat to me. Griffin and Finley – the main characters – were pretty good developed, as well their friends and colleagues that helped in finding the killer of a murdered woman. Although things were missing in the storyline, I did enjoy the book - but I don’t know if I would read future books by this author. Thanks to NetGalley for my review copy.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Hot guy on the cover notwithstanding, this first book in the Pettrey’s new Chesapeake Valor series is packed with well-crafted action, high-stakes tension, and keep-you-guessing suspense. Oh yeah – and some pretty heart-clenching romance too :-D One thing I love about Dani Pettrey’s writing style is how descriptive she is without over-telling. Instead, she creates an atmosphere of senses that pull you into the scene – sounds, smells, sights, even tastes and sometimes touch too. I think, especially in a suspense novel, this heightens the tension for the reader and helps us invest emotionally in both the characters we meet and the setting of the story. In this first CHESAPEAKE VALOR book, we do get to meet a variety of characters in order to set up the rest of the series. With the glimpses we receive into their lives, their stories, their possible romantic interests, I am more than ready for the other books! And the subplot of their friend Luke’s long-ago disappearance is quite intriguing as well. But back to Cold Shot specifically- The case kept me on my toes. Seriously. Just about the time I thought I had it all figured out, Dani threw another curve ball into the mix or took our team down a different path altogether, leaving me delightedly flummoxed. And don’t relax. Almost ever. Even when you think it’s safe. I’m just saying. The romance – blissful sigh! Wonderful chemistry mixed with respect and humor. Dani Pettrey writes a guy’s perspective on romance so well – the female’s perspective too, for that matter – but being able to write a guy that sounds like a guy, even when he’s experiencing warm fuzzy feelings, is a rarity that is not to be overlooked. (Irene Hannon and Becky Wade do this really well too, among others.) We even get some peeks into the brewing romantical possibilities among Griffin’s friends and the women in their lives, which also has me looking forward to the next books. Most importantly, however, is the message that sometimes time doesn’t heal all wounds. Sometimes only God can do that. And we have to be willing to let Him. A tough lesson to learn – but a vital one. Bottom Line: Dani Pettrey’s first offering in her new series is inventive, action-packed, and extremely well-written. Cold Shot bursts onto the scene with brilliant suspense and compelling characters that make it nearly impossible to put down. In fact, if you are at all prone to biting your nails when tensions are high, you may need to schedule a manicure once you’ve finished reading this novel! If you like romance with your suspense, Griffin and Finley are happy to oblige with some breath-stealing moments that are adorable and full of heat all at the same time. Fans of Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason, and/or Dee Henderson need to be reading Dani Pettrey too. Highly recommended! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I have been to Gettysburg twice in my lifetime and have fond memories of both. One more recent visit was just a couple years ago. As a lover of history, the battlefields and sights draw me in. Another place I have always enjoyed visiting is the Chesapeake area. It is beautiful there. That whole vicinity on the eastern coast has its seeds entrenched in history and is extremely fascinating to me. But that isn't the only reason I wanted to read this book. I also think Dani is an outstanding author. I have enjoyed every book she has written, and couldn't wait to read this new series. Agent McCray has settled for a mostly peaceful job as a ranger in the Gettysburg National Military Park, since his life plans went astray. He, along with three other guys, were a tight bunch, with lives planned, determined to make an amazing team together until one went missing -the glue that held them together. After that, they drifted apart. When a sniper shooting went wrong, McCray blamed himself, and left the force for a different pace. During a archaeological excavation in the park, he meets Finley Scott, the drop dead gorgeous forensics doctor in charge of the dig. As the sparks begin to fly, Griffin is thankful the dig is wrapping up, that is, until a body is found. A recently buried one. Friends reunite as an investigation begins. Adding with it, suspense, mystery, and danger! What should have been a simple missing person ID is now turning into a tail-spinning, treacherous quest for truth. I admire the spiritual aspect of Dani' s writings. Not only does she keep her audience enthralled and on the edge of their seats, but she incorporates a level of spirituality that comes as natural as breathing. To me, that's the way life should be lived, with no defining lines between the supernatural and the daily grind. Both Griffin and Finley seem connected to God and deliberately make choices and decisions based on their relationship with Him. Their prayerful thought lives flow freely amidst the chaotic, unpredictable pages of the book. This story will take you on a ride you won't soon forget, as you once again fall in love with her characters. I was blessed with a copy of this book courtesy of Bethany House publishers in exchange for my honest review.
DarleneLTurner More than 1 year ago
Griffin McCray and his best buds did everything together—the four musketeers. They had their lives all planned out. And then the unthinkable happened. One vanished. Their friendships crumbled. Years later, after leaving his life as a SWAT sniper when a botched case turned deadly, Griffin resigns himself to living a quiet life as a park ranger. That is until skeleton remains are discovered in his neck of the woods—on his watch. Beautiful forensic anthropologist Finley Scott discovers evidence suggesting the remains were the work of a sniper. She’s soon targeted and Griffin steps in to protect her, but tries to keep his past a secret. And . . . his heart from falling captive to her charm. Griffin’s past catches up with him when his best buds arrive on the scene to help solve the investigation—one as an FBI officer and the other as a crime scene analyst. Everything spirals out of control and the entire team is put at risk. Will Griffin and Finley deal with the skeletons in their closets before the sniper who has them in his sights takes the cold shot? Cold Shot is book one in Dani Pettrey’s Chesapeake Valor series. This is a series where the main characters are men. This is unusual for a female author. Did it work? Yes! Ms. Pettrey sets this series up nicely with the feud of these high school chums who severed ties but are now reunited years later to solve a crime. The tension between Griffin and Parker was great. Each character was well rounded and played a vital role in this story. I can see they will be involved in the books to come. They all had their weaknesses and strengths. The plot was fast-paced but also slowed down at times in order for you to catch your breath. Excellent pacing! The dialogue was witty and believable. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me turning the pages, trying to figure out who the assassin really was! I definitely want to see more of this Chesapeake brotherhood. I give Cold Shot five targets. You’ll want to keep this one in your crosshairs! **Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
*My Thoughts* I don't know what it is but I had a HUGE influx of mystery/suspense novels at the beginning of this month. All I know is, I could not handle that much suspense. I was overwhelmed. Then, this beautiful specimen of a book showed up in the mail and I squealed so loud, I scared my cat out of a dead sleep. It was LOUD. Why?! I ADORE Dani. Seriously. I was blessed to be a part of her Sabatoged tour last year and after that, my sister and I were so hooked, we bought the other four in the series! I've been waiting for this one ever since. I was a little depressed that her next series wouldn't be set in Alaska, it was just SO good. Fortunately, the lovable characters, faith messages, and swoon worthy moments were just as amazing in this book as in her Alaskan Courage series. Okay, maybe this is crazy, but the other thing I love about Dani is her obvious creativity. C'mon?! How many characters have the names Griffin and Finley? Their names match their personalities and I love that. I also love how she does such a great job of using multiple dialogues. Most of the time, I find authors use two characters' point of views and then you wait for the next book. Not Dani. She dives right in with such grace, I'm aching for the next book before I even finish the first! This book took me about 3 hours to devour it. Yes, 3 straight hours, I was addicted! I've read it at least three times since I first turned the pages and every time I come to the same conclusion: Edge of your seat suspense, swoon worthy romance, and lovable characters mixed with faith and humor. How do you get any better?! You don't. That's why I'm anxiously awaiting the next book. And the next one. And the next one. get the point. ____________________________________________________ *My overall thoughts* Three words. Addicted. Addicted. Addicted. Okay, so that's one word but it completely describes my feelings on this book! _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey... (500,000,000 is more like it!) 5 stars!! _______________________________________________ *I received this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
Cold Shot will take you on a ride you won't soon forget with shocking turns, compelling characters, and a threat lingering at every corner. This was my first introduction to Dani Pettrey's writing and woozah! Awesome! I was immediately drawn in by her writing style. I really enjoy her descriptions and use of imagery to draw the reader in. Cold Shot mainly focuses on Griffin McCray and Finley Scott, but the story is filled with other intriguing characters like Griffin's childhood friends Declan and Parker, among others. I loved Griffin and his somewhat grouchy exterior--give me a tough hero any day--but I also liked the other sides to him that are revealed through the book. If we're talking favorite characters though, I think Parker may take the cake...I mean, come one. That Irish accent? *swoon* I also enjoyed Finley's character and her tough, yet delicate sensibility. At first I was a little confused as to what her actual "job" was, because of where we come in at the beginning, but that got cleared up pretty quickly. As for the plot, loved it! I will say there were a few parts I was almost lost...there is a lot of information given at certain times and, though it's necessary, it felt a little overwhelming at times. It wasn't a distraction though, just a speed bump for me. I also enjoyed the location--hello backyard! She mentioned Severna Park and I was like "woohoo" becuase I often go up there for photo shoots. But I digress. The only things I noticed that I was less a fan of were a few "leaps" the characters made at one point. More like assumptions, I guess? I felt they were a little to convenient for the case. And I felt like Griffin was a little bit too enamored with Finley at the, this I would almost not mention, but I'm just being honest here. I can see where there is a foundation for it, but I felt like his thoughts were very...overt? But eh--not a real "issue" to me, just a passing thought. It in no way affected my enjoyment of the book. As a whole, I really enjoyed Cold Shot and I definitely recommend it. I feel like it was a solid, "team based" romantic suspense. I also loved the approach of multiple viewpoints--it heightens the tension and gives depth to the story. Dani's writing is so solid and I am definitely a fan. Excited to go back and check out her Alaskan Courage series (since a sweet friend just gifted me Submerged, book 1). Dani - you've made me a fan! My rating: 4.5* Originally posted on my blog: _______________ I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
COLD SHOT By: Dani Pettrey I love to gaze at the cover and see what story the cover holds before I start the story the author has among the pages. So as I gaze at the cover of the face of the handsome man it tells me he is a rugged outdoor type. Serious about whatever he is watching. As I look into his eyes it is as if he is staring back at me and looking deep into my soul to see what lies beyond the outer appearance. As I enter the pages of this book it pulls me right into the story with nonstop action, danger some quilt and friendships that are deeper then the ocean and higher than the Mountain, friendships that they will protect even with their very lives. The twist and turns of this story will keep you on the edge of your seat. About the time you think you have it figured out Dani will throw in another twist that has you rethinking and trying to figure out who did it. I can visualize what Dani is writing about because she describes the scenes so well. Dani will have you laughing, crying and have you scared at what may happen at the turn of the next page. I recommend this book highly. I have read a lot of Dani books and she writes each book that keeps you turning the pages, this book is no different it is a great read. I received this book free from Bethany House for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s. 5 Stars ISBN 978-0-7642-1197-3