Finally Returned Home, Reef McKeena
Finds His Beloved Alaska Facing Its Greatest Threat
Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now, working together as search-and-rescue for Alaska's arduous Iditarod race, a growing attraction seems to be forcing aside old arguments. Then Reef catches Kirra sneaking from camp in the middle of the night.
Kirra's uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing: Frank's daughter has been kidnapped. Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl's lifebut appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.
Pettrey is the Winner of the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Inspirational Romantic Suspense
"Pettrey keeps the stakes high for her characters and her readers who know and love the whole McKenna clan will be pushing for romance to bloom as suspense mounts." Booklist about Silenced
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About the Author
Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the author of the bestselling romantic suspense novels Silenced, Stranded, Shattered, and Submerged, winner of the 2013 Holt Medallion for First Novel and the Colorado Romance Writers 2013 Award of Excellence. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. She can be found online at www.danipettrey.com.
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By Dani Pettrey
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Rainy Pass, Alaska March 10, 2:17 A.M.
Exhilaration pulsated through Reef. Not helpful at two-something in the morning, when he should be sleeping, but he never tired of Iditarod excitement. It was his first year back volunteering since he was a teen at his dad's side, and it'd been an adrenaline-packed thirty-six hours since the restart in Willow.
He rolled over, facing the cabin-turned-communications-bunkhouse front window. A dull sliver of moonlight crept around the curtain's edge—enough to make out a shape moving across the room toward the door.
He propped his weight on his elbow, studying the form he'd been studying far too much lately. Kirra. What was she up to now?
He couldn't believe that, of all the search and rescue volunteers working the Iditarod, he and Kirra Jacobs had been paired as a team. He also couldn't help but wonder if one or more of his siblings had influenced that decision. Not that he actually minded—and quite frankly, that's what scared him.
They'd been assigned to sweeper duty. Keeping an eye out for any lagging mushers. The snowstorm whipping through Skwentna and on into Finger Lake was slowing the mushers' time by hours—except for the leaders, who were already through and on to Rohn before the worst of the storm hit, creating an even greater than usual gap between first and last place. When he and Kirra had reached their shift to sleep, there'd still been a couple dozen mushers out.
Slipping to his feet, he crept across the cold wooden floor to intercept Kirra. His hand wrapped around the doorknob a fraction of a second before hers.
Her breath hitched.
He leaned against the door, the frigid outside temps seeping through the frame.
"Reef!" she hissed under her breath, glancing over her shoulder. "Get out of my way." She shoved against him, but he easily held his ground. A good half a foot shorter and, he'd wager, seventy pounds lighter, did she seriously think she could just nudge him out of the way?
A smirk danced across his lips. He liked her style. "If you haven't noticed, it's close to ten below out there, not to mention the middle of the night. Where on earth are you headed in such a rush?
"Wait a minute ..." His smirk turned into a grin. "You're not headed out for a middle-of-the-night rendezvous, are you?" Not the perfect and prim Kirra Jacobs? A thrill shot through him. Was there more than expected beneath the straitlaced exterior of the lady who'd oddly enough been haunting his dreams?
She adjusted her gloves with oomph. "Don't be ridiculous."
He lifted his hands with a chuckle. "You're right. What was I thinking?"
"I don't have time for this." She elbowed him in the ribs, hard, opened the door, and jetted past him. "My uncle's missing."
"What?" He yanked his jacket and gear from the peg and headed out after her.
The sub-zero temps stole his breath, searing his lungs with a cold burn. "Kirra, wait!"
She headed for the barn around back where the snowmobiles were stored.
"You're seriously going to race out into the night after him?"
She yanked the snowmobile keys o[ the hook overhead. "I've waited long enough." She shook her head. "I can't believe I fell asleep before he checked in."
"The mushers come at all hours, especially with this storm. You can't stay awake 24-7."
"I slept too long. I just called the checkpoint. Frank still hasn't checked in. Something's wrong."
He rested his gloved hand over hers as she slid the key into the ignition. "Maybe he's just running behind. This storm is causing havoc."
"He's been at the front since the race's start. Even if he took a rest at Finger Lake, he'd have been here by now."
Reef lifted his hands, letting large flakes cling to his flattened palms. He gazed up at the tendrils of white descending down on them. "Not if he's waiting out the storm."
"He'd never wait out the entire storm. No one but a rookie would. You'd fall so far behind, you'd never catch up."
"Fine. Then we'll wake the team and do this search right."
"Ben will never order a night search. He'll make us wait until morning and the storm lightens, and then they'll have the Iditarod air force take a look first."
"And what's wrong with that? It makes good sense."
"Really? You're lecturing me on good sense?"
Touché. "I'm just saying it's dangerous."
She cocked her head to the side. "I thought you thrived on danger."
Not anymore ... He didn't mind the occasional adrenaline rush that extreme sports provided, but this wasn't that. Heading into the Alaska Range alone at night could get Kirra killed.
"You're not talking me out of this." She started the snowmobile. "Now, please get out of my way."
He exhaled, his mind racing through the options. "Fine." He climbed on the back.
She stiffened as he settled behind her. "What do you think you're doing?"
"I'm your SAR partner. I'm going with you."
"Look, that's nice and all, but—"
"You know me well enough to know I'm not budging on this one." He wrapped his arms around her waist.
"I really don't think this is a good idea."
"Sitting here arguing when we could be out looking for Frank? I agree."
She wiggled, trying to break free of his snug hold. "That's not what I meant."
"Look, I've got all night, and I'm not going anywhere." He relished the feel of her in front of him, and that gave him pause—as did the shock waves bolting through him.
"You're being ridiculous!" She squirmed some more.
He grinned. "Actually, I'm rather enjoying this."
"Ugh." She released a highly o[ended exhale. "You really are ridiculous."
His grin widened. He loved getting under her skin. In fact, he was thinking of all the ways ... Whoa! This was Kirra Jacobs, and he was no longer that guy. "Look. You either come back in the shelter with me or I'm going with you. End of story."
"Fine." She ground out, then thumbed the throttle.
* * *
Kirra tried to ignore Reef's arms wrapped around her, his body molded to hers on the snowmobile. She considered insisting on some distance, but she wasn't foolish enough to refuse the only available source of warmth. Every inch of her body was covered except her eyes, and still the cold permeated her bones.
Loath as she was to admit it, Reef was right—this was crazy. But leaving her uncle and his dogs out to fend for themselves in this weather would be akin to murder. Frank always ran in the top ten. Always. Something was definitely wrong. They needed to reach him before he froze to death.
Thankfully she knew his favorite parking spots, as the mushers were prone to call the places they stopped to rest the dogs and themselves. She'd start with the spot closest to Rainy Pass, arriving from Finger Lake's direction, and work her way out from there. Maybe one of Frank's dogs had been hurt and he'd had to hunker down before reaching the checkpoint. If that were the worst of it, she'd be thankful, but she couldn't shake the sense of dread lodged in the pit of her stomach, the quivering that wouldn't ease.
Leave it to Reef to play the chivalrous knight. Seriously? Reef? Just her luck she'd gotten paired up with him again.
She exhaled, trying to release the pent-up tension from her body, the warmth of her breath quickly swallowed by the cold. The more time she spent with Reef, the more he surprised her. And she hated surprises, especially when it came to men.
Accelerating, she pushed the engine to its max, as snowflakes the size of half dollars pelted her face. She blinked, the simple motion made difficult by the ice crusting her eyelashes. Was she putting herself and Reef in danger being out in such harsh elements—yes—but she didn't have a choice. This was Uncle Frank.
She took the last upswing to her uncle's favorite resting spot at full speed, the front of the machine lifting over the rise. Reef's laughter echoed over the roar of the wind and the purr of the engine. She slid to a stop and left the engine idling.
Reef hopped o[ beside her. "I'm impressed. Didn't know you had that kind of speed in you." His face was covered from the nose down, but she could see his smile in the crinkle of his eyes.
She adjusted her headlamp and pulled the flashlight from her jacket, pressing it on. She fanned the light out across the thick cascading snow, so thick it was difficult to make out where the ridge began and where it dropped off.
"Thank God." Her uncle's voice echoed along the fifteen-foot crevice that bordered the ridge. "I hoped you'd think to come looking for me here."
"Frank." Relief swarmed inside as she moved toward his voice.
Reef's strong arm grabbed around her waist, yanking her back. "Whoa!"
Her feet dangled in the air over the dark emptiness below, her flashlight dropping into nothingness.
Was Frank on the other side of the crevice?
Reef swung her back and set her down, his hold remaining firm.
She pushed at his forearm.
"I'm not letting go unless you promise to be more careful."
She nodded, her heartbeat whooshing in her ears.
He let go, and she instantly missed the warmth of his embrace.
"Kirra," Frank yelled.
"Yeah." She moved with great care toward the edge, Reef keeping in close stride with her. Thick trees on that side prevented the moonlight's penetration—she couldn't see anything.
"I need you to listen. We don't have much time."
"Are you hurt? Are the dogs?" Why was he on the opposite side of the crevice from the race trail?
"We're fine, but your cousin's not."
"Meg?" What did she have to do with any of this?
"Some men have taken her."
"What?" A nervous laugh escaped her lips. He couldn't be serious. "What are you talking about?"
She yanked the secondary flashlight from her pants pocket and shone it across the space. She could barely make out Frank's form silhouetted by the snow. His dogs stood in a line in front of his sled, harnessed and ready to go.
"Listen carefully." The edge in his voice deepened. "Some men kidnapped her. They're holding her hostage until I do something for them."
She sensed Reef shift, as if he intended to say something, but she was thankful when he said nothing, allowing her to take the lead. "What do they want you to do?" What could they possibly want from her uncle?
"I can't tell you. I have to do what they say or they'll kill her. But you might be able to help."
"Find Meg before I reach the finish line in Nome. If you find her, I won't have to finish the job."
"Job? What job?"
"Stop asking questions and listen. You find Meg and then find me. If I know she's safe, I won't finish the job. Otherwise, I fear a lot of others may be hurt too."
"I don't understand."
"You don't have to. Just do what I say and find your cousin before I reach Nome."
"I'll call the cops as soon as we get back to Rainy Pass."
"No! No cops. They said if they saw a cop anywhere around, they'd kill her. Promise me, Kirra. No cops. I can't lose Meg."
"Okay. No cops."
Diesel growled and Frank's eyes widened. Kirra looked over her shoulder and saw a light approaching through the gloom. The rumble of a snowmobile drew near.
"I took too long. They're here."
"Who's here?" She looked again to the light and then back at Frank, but he was gone.
"Frank! Frank!" She fanned her light along the opposite ridge, finding nothing but snow.
The snowmobile stopped but remained idling as a man stepped from it.
She lifted a hand, shielding her eyes from the floodlights mounted on the front. "Ben?" Had he followed them? "Thank goodness." He could help them track Frank down, get him to sit still so they could make sense of what he had said.
Reef grabbed her hand, tugging her close. "I don't think that's Ben."
The man, hooded and in full snow gear, stepped toward them, his head angled down. His right arm lifted, his thinly gloved hand gripped around a gun now aimed straight at them.
Kirra swallowed, her mind too muddled to wrap around what was happening.
"What did he tell you?" the man grunted.
Reef stepped back, pulling her with him toward the tree line.
"Nah-uh." The man extended his arm, his gloved finger hovering over the trigger, his face covered with a ski mask. "Stay right where you are." He stepped forward, snow crunching beneath his boots. "What did Frank Weber tell you?"
"Who are you?" Reef asked, trying to buy time while he figured out a way to get Kirra and himself closer to the trees. This was only going down one way. He could read it in the man's eyes.
"None of your business," the man replied.
Reef moved his hand to Kirra's wrist, strengthening his grip on her. If they could just make it to the trees, they'd have some cover. Only a few feet ... He held up his free hand, inching back. "Look, we don't want any trouble."
The man's arm sti[ened. "I said stop moving!"
Reef held in place, his lungs burning. Adrenaline heating his veins. His legs itching to move.
"What did Frank tell you?" the man gritted out.
"He told us he was fine, that he didn't need any assistance," Kirra said.
Reef looked to her. Smart.
"That's it." She shrugged. "He didn't check in at Rainy Pass, so we came looking. He said he was just running behind."
"That's it. The storm has held up a number of mushers."
"All right. Well, then I suppose it's a shame I'm going to have to kill you over nothing, but I can't risk it."
Reef didn't waste a moment. He yanked Kirra into a run, pushing her in front of him. "Go!"
The gun fired, the explosion reverberating with a hollow ping. They wove through the trees as the gun fired repeatedly. Fierce heat lanced Reef's side.
Kirra screamed as the ground gave way beneath them.
Reef's jaw slammed onto the rock-strewn ice as he barreled down a steep incline, pain throbbing afresh with each bump and bounce. Everything whirled white around him as gunshots echoed. His free fall spun in a rapidly increasing rate until he slammed into something solid with bone-shattering pain.
"Reef?" Kirra crawled to his side. "Are you okay?"
He nodded, ignoring the pain surging through him. "Are you?"
"Yes. Come on." She tugged his hand. "I know where we are."
Her gaze darted up the hill. "He's coming."
Reef made out the form stumbling down after them.
"Come on. I know where we can hide."
He scrambled to his feet. The pain was throbbing, but he pushed forward.
The man's footsteps crunched after them, unrelenting as the howling wind.
"Hide?" Had Kirra said hide? "Shouldn't we keep going?" Keep moving. Nausea roiled through him.
"We can't outrun him. Not with you injured."
"I can keep going."
"I don't doubt that, but this is best. Trust me." She clamped hold of his hand.
Jagged slits of breath burned his lungs, moisture seeping down his right side.
"It's just ahead ..." She surveyed the terrain as if suddenly uncertain, then pointed. "There."
All he saw was snow. "I don't see ... anything."
"That's the point. He won't either." She bent and pulled him down. He crumpled against the snow. It felt cool against his face.
"We have to go low from here," she said, tugging him.
Swallowing the pain, he crawled forward, following Kirra into deeper darkness.
Branches and undergrowth slashed at their jackets, scraping the fabric with slithering sounds.
"Keep low," she said.
The moonlight around them dimmed, debris thickened beneath them, the earth growing ... warmer?
"Just follow the sound of my voice," she instructed. "Only a little farther ..."
Queasiness sloshed in his gut.
"Here," she finally said. "Sit down."
Exhausted, he slumped against something hard.
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Dani Pettrey is fast becoming one of my very favorite authors! Sabotaged is a wonderful book that will keep you guessing until the very end. Kirra is a Vet and she has known Reef McKenna since she was a little girl. She always liked him until he teased her in school and then became a rather wild guy. At that point, she gave him a wide berth. Fast forward and we find them thrown together as they find out that Kirra's cousin Meg has been kidnapped and her father, Frank, forced to do something for these kidnappers. They don't know what he's been forced to do, but they do know that if he doesn't do it, Meg will be killed. Frank is running the Iditarod race when all this happens and so they are trying to figure out where he has gone as he hasn't checked in and they don't know where Meg is being held. Kirra and Reef start looking into Frank's past and Meg's life at college to see if they can find a clue. I really liked all the twists and turns in this book and the fact that I never was sure who was the bad guy or why. I love a book like this that keeps you guessing! I also loved how Kirra and Reef turn to prayer when they need direction and how Kirra's faith is reinforced as she goes through this difficult situation. It's all so natural how the author writes their faith into the book. This book is part of the Alaskan Courage series but you don't need to have read the previous books to know what's going on, however, I'm going to highly recommend that you do! It's a wonderful series full of wonderful characters that you won't soon forget. I hope you'll read this book because you'll enjoy it immensely! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me for my honest review by Bethany House
Deb's Dozen - Instant action, instant intrigue, insurmountable circumstances—interwoven with romance and Alaska’s beauty. Reef McKenna, the rash rapscallion of the family McKenna, of the family McKenna, has reformed. After being accused of and acquitted of murder, he turned his life around. Finding a relationship with Christ was a huge part of his journey. Kirra Jacobs, the girl he’s cared for since he was a young boy, is paired with him on the Iditarod Search and Rescue (SAR) team. Kirra’s always been the good girl, always ready to chew him out when he screwed up, so Reef’s concern drives him to follow her when she sneaks out of quarters in the middle of the night. Kirra is incensed when Reed stops her, then admits she is concerned because her uncle, Frank, is missing. He alone of all the teams in the race has not checked in. This kind of behavior is highly unusual for Frank, so Kirra is determined to take one of the snowmobiles and go looking for him. Reef’s not about to let Kirra go off on her won and finally convinces her that where she goes—he goes. They find Frank, who warns them off—kidnappers have taken his daughter, Meg, and unless he meets their demands, she will be killed. Willing to do anything to save his daughter, Frank has agreed to do what they have asked. Hearing the noise of another snowmobile, Frank is quickly off. Reef and Kirra at first think the snowmobiler is part of the SAR team, but find out otherwise when the man pulls a gun. Kirra makes it safely to the trees, but a shot grazes Reef. After she pulls Reef to safety, they elude the man and make their way safely to a cave Kirra knew about from working the race with her uncle and Meg previously. With Reef and Kirra now missing, too, Darcy and Gage and the rest of the McKennas get involved. What has Frank been asked to do? Where is Meg? Who shot Reef and disabled their snowmobile? Will they make it to camp safely? Mush along with them on the Iditarod and elsewhere to find out. Sabotaged is Dani Pettrey at her best. Instant action, instant intrigue, seemingly insurmountable circumstances, all interwoven with a growing romance and beautiful Alaskan scenery. Sabotaged wraps up the Alaskan Courage series nicely except for those of us who have fallen in love with the McKenna family and would love to read more of their adventures. Five books in the series—five stars for each! Dani Pettrey is a delightful, personable author with a number of awards to her credit. She’s won the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT medallions, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best, among others. Last January, as I sat in the lobby after the Writer to Writer Conference, I thought I saw Dani walking through the lobby. I messaged her to ask if she was indeed in Hershey—she was! She nicely came down, and we had the opportunity to chat for a few minutes—what fun and how kind of her to do so! I look forward to reading many more Dani Pettrey books in the years to come! Bethany House Publishers gave me a copy of Sabotaged for my candid review.
After reading the first four books in Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series, I was a little conflicted about the release of Sabotaged, which is the fifth and final book in the series. I mean, of course, I was excited for another Dani Pettrey novel (who wouldn't be?!) but I hate saying farewell to characters I've come to know and love (the McKennas, y'all!). Sabotaged is a slight departure from the rest of the series. It doesn't feel quite as adventurous because much of the story takes place away from the race. And the overall pace feels much slower. However, as the story progresses and the clues begin to fit together, I felt the urgency fueling the characters' actions and got swept up in the mystery. It was also interesting to see Reef and Kirra finally be thrown together after getting hints that there could be a romance between the two of them earlier in the series. They've known each other since Kindergarten, so a lot of the "get to know you" stuff is out of the way. In Sabotaged, we get to see them get to know each other as adults, work through baggage from past relationships, and figure out their feelings for each other. Although it happened pretty quickly, the relationship felt natural. I really enjoyed digging into Kirra's past—between a tragedy in college and family secrets, there's a lot to explore there. I wish we could have gotten in on more of Reef's past and the change that's come about. As always, one of my favorite aspects of a family series is getting to connect with other characters/siblings from previous books. Two of the other couples played significant roles in Sabotaged, and a wonderful epilogue at the end tied the series together quite nicely. If you've somehow missed out on this series, I highly recommend it! While each book can be read as a stand alone novel, I think you should read them in order for maximum enjoyment. [3.5 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Dani has done it yet again! Written another book that is a masterpiece!! I hate to see this series come to an end, but I know there are more wonderful books yet to come from Dani! This book is so intense, full of suspense, danger and romance all rolled into one! Just when you think that you have it figured out, things change. You will be riveted to your seat reading this book. Make sure that you order your copy today. 5 stars!
Talk about opposites. Former troublemaker Reef McKenna and goody-two-shoes veterinarian Kirra Jacobs were always at odds as youngsters. They’ve been paired together as search-and-rescue (SAR) volunteers for the Iditarod. Reef and Kirra are inexplicably and, surprisingly to them, amazingly drawn to each other. But first, Kirra’s Uncle Frank, a highly experienced musher, has her very worried. Frank’s taken himself out of the race with nothing more than a cryptic explanation: Find Meg before he reaches the finish line. And so begins a frantic search by Reef, Kirra and the entire McKenna family to stop a villain who’s willing to risk, not just one life, but the lives of so many others to get the result wanted. Reef and Kirra will do a lot of traveling around the state of Alaska … and they’ll be followed almost every step of the way. “Sabotaged” rounds out the five books in Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series, and I have enjoyed it every step of the way. Throughout this story and her others, it is nice to see the burgeoning faith of her main characters (especially Kirra, who’s holding onto much anger, guilt and pain from the past) and the steadfast faith of the previous main characters. She pairs the suspense and faith with strong characters who have distinct personalities, plenty of adventures and clean romance. The story moves as fast as those top-running sled dogs of the Iditarod. I highly recommend this story, but like with any race, I’d start at the beginning of the series. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
Dani Pettrey has done it again, and we are back in Alaska with the extended McKenna family. This time we are following the Iditarod and Kirra Jabobs and Reef MccKenna are thrown together in a desperate effort to rescue her Uncle Frank’s daughter, and her cousin, Meg. Again there seems to be danger at each turn, and who have to wonder who will be left by the end of the book. Whether someone is shooting at you, or being a car careening off the road and into icy water there is lots of danger and more to go around. The question we start asking is “why”? How can anyone survive all that seems to be happening? We are introduced to the stealing of a valuable Fabragé egg, the rich oil fields, and the natural minerals that abound in Alaska, and are trying to connect the dots as to what needs to be done to save Meg. Or is there another angle that we are not seeing clearly. Through all the troubles we find great faith and a love of God, He is there with then at each turn, and all they need to do is ask for his help. There is also a bit of romance going on here, one we have followed from another book, and a new one, but will the budding love be able to survive? I loved this book and the others in this series, they are all page-turners, and full of mystery. You don’t have to have read the previous books to enjoy this one, but I would recommend you read them, they are all equally as exciting as this one. Enjoy! I received this book through Bethany House Bloggers Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
I had been wanting to read Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series for a while, but I hadn’t gotten around to it yet. After reading Sabotaged, book 5, this series quickly moved way up on my TBR list! Sabotaged gripped me from the very first sentence, and didn’t ease its grasp until well after I had finished the book. Even months from now, these characters will stick close to my heart! First things first - setting. I found the setting of Alaska very interesting - there was just so much going for it. I enjoyed learning about the Iditarod, and the SAR (search and rescue) units that follow it so closely. The whole process was interesting to read about, and I learned so much without it feeling, even remotely, like school (which is a great bonus from reading well written novels)! The characters were all so realistic, relatable, and inspiring. I loved reading about Reef and Kirra. They had history together, as they had known each other since Kindergarten, and I loved watching their perceptions about each other change and grow into something pure and true. They worked so well together, and showed beautiful support for each other as they learned to trust again and accept help. I appreciated that they weren’t perfect, that Reef wasn’t afraid to show his feelings, and Kirra was willing to try letting Reef be the support that God wanted him to be to her. Their faith was inspiring, beautiful, strong, and true. Through past experiences and their present struggles they held strong to that faith and trusted when they most needed to! Though I haven’t read the first four books of this series (yet), I did appreciate that the characters from the previous books are seen throughout this one, and I enjoyed that there were sections written form their perspectives too. All of the perspective changes flowed seamlessly, and opened up whole new alleys of learning about the mystery and discovered information! The mystery in this novel was intriguing and impeccable. I love a good mystery, and this one was no different! I loved it all, from the variety of suspects and motives, the heart pounding action, the clues, the guessing, the questioning, and the idea connecting. The teamwork was exceptional, and I loved how they were all so willing to help. I was beginning to wonder toward the end if everything was going to come together before the last page, but I was not disappointed and the ending was not rushed in any way! If you want a mystery, great characters, suspense, swoon worthy romance, heart pounding action, faith, and much more, you need to pick up this book! Sabotaged is easily my favorite inspirational romantic suspense novel, and I know you won’t be disappointed if you give it a chance! I’m only sorry that I didn’t pick up this series sooner, and I can’t wait to read the first four ASAP! I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion, and all thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
Great finale, though I’m sorry to see it end! Sabotaged is the fifth and final book in Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series. In it we finally get to read Reef’s story and find out what happens with him and Kirra. I’ve really enjoyed the previous books in the series, so I knew this one would be great, too. Dani is definitely a master storyteller. From the first page I was pulled into the story until I could almost feel the biting cold and sense the tension as they fight the clock and try to get ahead of the villains. Her writing is very smooth and flows quite well, though there was a time or two when I had to read a sentence over again to make sense of it, though that could be blamed on my own distraction. I loved all of the descriptions and details that brought Alaska to life and also explained police procedure and the reasoning they used to decide their next step. I did find it a little odd that they seemed to know so well procedure and tactics, but then considering the previous books, that made sense. There were a couple times that it seemed a bit improbable, but it is fiction, so I don’t expect it to be entirely realistic. While the plots don’t intertwine, I definitely recommend reading the other books first, if you can. They help set the story and give you a chance to get to know all of the characters better. I really fell in love with Kirra Jacobs in this book. I liked her from Kayden’s book, Silenced, but we get to know her so much better here and she really comes to life and jumps off the page. We finally begin to understand the pain she carries and why she pushes Reef away. She is so realistic and seemed like a friend, someone I would know. Her pain is palpable that I found myself wanting to cry for her. She asks questions of God and searches for answers, despite her past. I actually felt like what happened to her was glossed over a bit, but at the same time, I can understand the author not wanting to bog down the story too much. Reef McKenna has been the “black sheep” of the family, the one who doesn’t seem to belong. I’ve been anticipating his book since we met him, because I wanted to see him find his place. It didn’t take much to tell he was hurting, but he’s finally figured out Who to turn to. His focus has shifted to God and he’s doing his best to turn his life around. I loved getting to know this new Reef, the one who chases after God and doesn’t run when things get hard. I also loved the spiritual side of the story. Some may consider it preachy, but I loved the focus on God. The characters turn to Him and pray quite a bit, though it’s more of a running dialogue with Him. Dani doesn’t flinch from the hard questions, but rather takes the time to examine them and find an answer, even if it isn’t the easy one. Though I’m sorry to say “goodbye” to the characters, this book had a wonderful ending. I generally want to cry at the end of a series, but something about this one just left me smiling. I loved the one last look into their lives and the hope of a bright future for them. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing 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.
What a fabulous finale to the Alaskan Courage series! I loved the fact that Reef and Kirra have known each other almost their whole lives. They both have pre-conceived notions about who the other person is based on past knowledge. It is very enjoyable to watch their relationship change from antagonizing each other as they did in childhood, to feeling a very real attraction and admiration begin to grow between them. This book has it all! It is full of the great action and suspense that has been a part of each book in the series. The attraction between Kirra and Reef begins quickly and sets up a wonderful tension between the two. Both Reef and Kirra have changed so much since their high school days, and Kirra’s recent backstory is one that touched my heart. Reef has gone through quite a change himself and is no longer the bad boy that Kirra remembers. Another thing I loved about this book is that, once again, we get to connect up with the other members of the McKenna family and see what is going on in their lives. Sabotaged is an excellent story, full of attraction and adventure. I it loved from the first page to the very sigh-worthy epilogue at the end of the book. I would like to express my thanks to Dani Pettrey & Bethany House for the complimentary copy of Sabotaged that I received in exchange for an honest review.
Another heart stopping adventure from Dani Pettrey! The 5th book in the Alaskan Courage series Sabotaged does not start off slow and you're into the action right from the start! I've enjoyed reading about the McKenna family and it was nice to get tidbits here and there on how they all are doing. Especially at the end ;) While you may be able to read Sabotaged as a stand alone story I recommend starting with Book 1 in the Alaskan Courage series. Find out the birth order and get a better look at the family member's personalities. There's plenty of prayer and faith in this one too. You'd better be on your knees when you're going through all of this! Christian fiction readers that like some action in their stories will enjoy Sabotaged.
Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey is the fifth and final book in the Alaskan Courage series. I have enjoyed every McKenna book even though a couple weren't as good as the others. I went in hopeful but nervous that the final story would fall short of the first book. But all my trepidation was for naught because Sabotaged ended up being one of my favorites in the series. To me, it was on par with Submerged. Kirra Jacobs is helping at the Iditarod when her uncle goes missing from the race. Concerned that he hasn't shown up at their checkpoint, she sneaks out to find him. Reef notices Kirra leaving and follows her, but once he realizes he can't stop her he tags along, too. But a simple check on Frank's whereabouts turns into a much bigger problem. Chased, shot at, and frostbite are some of the things they battled when they finally make it back to the base. Once they are warmed up, they share the news of Kirra's uncle. Frank's daughter, Meg, is being held hostage, and the men holding her require Frank to do a mission for them in order for his daughter to live. Terrified, Frank complies, but he doesn't tell Kirra what his mission is. Kirra and Reef go searching for clues of Meg's disappearance, but what they find is much more than they bargained for. Will they be able to find Meg before disaster strikes? And what about Frank's dubious past? Is everything she knew about him false? Kirra and Reef's story was wonderfully done. I loved the different subplots all tangled up with the main mystery which added even more suspense and tension. Plus, this book flowed really well. There were no boring or slow parts, and it was fast paced right from the get-go. It kept me on the edge of my seat leaving me with no choice but to devour it in a couple days. I just had to know who did what, and how they were going to get out of it all safe and sound because obviously, they would, right? ;-) It was a thrilling read and a great ending to the McKenna clan even though I'm hoping for more stories about them! I can't wait for more books by Dani Pettrey! I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely loved this book. I hated putting it down for even a minute! Action-packed from the very beginning, Dani Pettrey captures the adventurous spirit of our hero, Reef, perfectly. The Iditarod race provided the perfect background for the story and brought to light the amazing setting that is Alaska. The plot was fast-moving, well-developed, and amazing. I love that Dani incorporates all of the McKenna clan in each book, but this can definitely be read as a stand-alone. The characters are fantastic. This book focuses on Reef, the wayward, wild, crazy brother (who makes his first appearance in Shattered). We get to see a new side to him, and it makes me love him so much more. Kirra is the perfect girl for Reef. She is adventerous, strong, and stubborn enough to test him, but vulnerable and sweet enough to make Reef better. I loved their story and who they became together. The message of the story focuses on letting go of your past and focusing on the future. Dwelling on our past isn't what God wants us to do, even if our pasts are difficult. With His help, we can face the past, and move on. "Love in the difficult parts of life. God in them - in the sorrow and the pain." God knows the plans He has for our future, and that can give us hope! Overall, this book was the perfect ending to a fantastic series. I was SO excited to receive my copy and a little sad at the same time. Our time with the McKenna's has ended, but I can't wait to see what else Dani Pettrey has in store for us! **Thank you Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**
I've had the delight to read almost all of the novels in Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage Series and am only missing out on one. In her fifth book, Sabotaged, readers will get the chance to see if sparks will fly between Reef McKenna and Kirra Jacobs. They have been interested in one another since childhood but never actually got together but more like on one another's last nerve. It seemed like a romance that should have been destined from the beginning but things just keep them apart. When Kirra's Uncle Frank, is threatened with blackmail, he abruptly leaves the Iditarod race when his only daughter Meg has been abducted. Knowing the Frank is the only way to make their plan a reality, he warns his niece Kirra how dire the situation can be if any police are called in to help. Since Kirra is stationed at the Iditarod as part of the Search and Rescue team, she is alarmed when Frank goes missing late at night when he should have checked in. Knowing she can't leave things to chance she hopes she can find him before the severe storm moves in. She just wasn't expecting Reef to prevent her from going alone. Knowing that great minds prevail in highly stressful situations, it will be a race against time to find the people responsible for Meg's kidnapping, and to figure out what role Frank is playing in all of this before it's too late. I received Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Pulse Point Design for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This has been such an adrenaline laced series from the first novel Submerged. It is heart-racing, edge of your seat suspense that wraps around a faith filled McKenna family in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness where any situation can change at a moments notice. Not only do you have the weather posing an issue but just the vast territory that remains unexplored gives Dani quite the canvas to write this series as her gorgeous backdrop. Reminds me of the movie Cliff Hanger with Sylvester Stallone but Dani's guys are much better looking! For those that love extreme suspense, you'll definitely want to pick this one up and I'd rate it a full 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
I had such mixed emotions as I began this book! I was anxious to read Reef’s story, but I was also reluctant to let go of the McKenna family. I am happy to say that Sabotaged is an exciting conclusion to an exciting series! The drama quickly unfolds in the icy tundra of Alaska. As mushers race to the finish in the Iditarod, Reef McKenna and Kirra Jacobs find themselves in a race against time. The danger continues to escalate in this page-turning suspense and the twists and turns will leave you breathless. I loved the uniqueness of this storyline, the spiritual threads that run throughout, and the tender romance that developed. Sabotaged is a compelling story that kept me guessing and I enjoyed every minute of the adventure! Sabotaged is the fifth and final book in Dani Pettrey’s acclaimed Alaskan Courage series. While each book in the series can stand on its own, I encourage you to read them in order to better understand the characters and their stories. If you are a fan of romantic suspense, this is a series I think you will love! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
First off, I have to say, I am just fascinated by Dani's talent! As a homeschooling mom myself, I just have no idea where she finds the time to write, much less come up with these amazing stories. Obviously, God has given her an incredible talent for writing as well as developing plots. I have read every McKenna book, and can't pick a favorite even if I tried! Each book has its own character and special place in my heart. If you haven't had the opportunity to meet the McKenna's then you should take it! Even though I would recommend you begin at Book 1 - Submerged, each book is a stand alone and can be followed whether you read the whole series or not. This book, Sabotaged, is no exception. I was caught up from the beginning in Reef and Kirra's Iditarod experience as well as the mystery surrounding it. It contains one twist after the other, filled with suspense, mystery, and of course just the perfect amount of romance! My favorite part of the book, was the way Dani incorporates faith into her series. Reef and Kirra's faith as they pray together, for me, just touched a heart string. Kirra has secrets from her past, and fears she has been dealing with for years, not to mention the newest fear for her uncle and cousin. Reef becomes an anchor for her, and encourages growth in her faith in God as he helps her face and deal with her fears. In turn, she is surprised and amazed at his change in character from what she had always seen growing up. This new identity resounds with her and love begins to grow. But for anything to come of it, they must be able to escape the clutches of the enemy and survive as well as find a way to rescue her cousin and uncle from a definite uncanny end. Of course, as in all the other books in the series, watching the love blossom between the other McKenna siblings is also a bonus. A midst all the bizarre circumstances, Jake is trying to find a way to propose to Kayden, and Gage and Darcy are an amazing team. Following them through all the books makes you feel like you know each and every one of them personally. Do I recommend this book? Yes! Yes! And Yes!! And all the other books in this series for that matter! I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for my honest review. I was not asked or required to review it positively.
Great book to end the Alaskan Courage series. I have enjoyed reading the entire series. Dani Pettrey is a top notch Christian suspense author; right there with Dee Henderson, Irene Hannon, and Lynette Eason. There was good character and plot development. The clues came at about the right pace, and it was hard to guess who the real bad guys were until near the end. My only disappointment, and it was a big one (hence 4 instead of 5 stars) is that there was no resolution to Frank and his kidnapped daughter Meg. The whole book was about finding them. But, once found and rescued, they are not mentioned again. It left me wondering how they dealt with their harrowing experience. Meg had abandoned Kira years before when Kira needed her. Did they resolve this issue? How did Meg feel about her abduction, and how had her relationship to her father changed after her rescue? I wish Pettrey had tied up these loose ends. Since this is the last of the series, it is doubtful we'll ever know the answers. I would highly recommend this book and the others in the series. All were well written and enjoyable reads.
This time Reef McKenna takes a stand to help and protect a childhood nemesis in this adventure full of twist and turns. A page turner that is not predictable. The Iditarod Race becomes the background of this Alaskan adventure. Even the characters are surprised by each new twist and turn. They find themselves turning to prayer for guidance. Characters deal with real problems and find that life isn't always fair or easy. It deals with real campus issues as well. This is a scary ride as eco terrorist become part of the plot.
Growing up, Goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and trouble-maker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now as they work search-and-rescue together for Alaska's arduous Iditarod race, a growing attraction seems to be forcing aside old arguments. Then Reef catches Kirra sneaking from camp in the middle of the night. Kirra's uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing: Frank's daughter has been kidnapped. Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl's life---but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen. This was a good book! The first I've read by this author, and I'd be interested in reading more by her. Even though it was the 5th in a series it didn't seem to throw me off much, I think that while the books have a lot of the same characters, they don't necessarily have to be read in order. I actually do have one of the other books in this series that I had gotten for free a while back on my iPod, so now I'm looking forward to reading that one! All-in-all a good, suspenseful read that will hold your interest right up until the end. I received this book for free from Bethany House publishers in exchange for my honest review.
I love this book and all the ones that came before it in the Alaskan Courage series. I’m so sad to come to the end of the final book. I love the characters. This book focused on Kirra and Reef. Their story is very complex. Of course, if you’ve read the prior books, you’ve already met them and know that there is a puzzling mystery concerning Kirra. It is so heart-wrenching to finally learn her story. As we saw in Silenced, Reef is a changed man. In this book, can he finally come to trust his childhood nemesis? Sabotaged is a very exciting and fast-moving novel. The plot is convoluted with twists and turns more than I could figure out or imagine. There is so much going on throughout the story. It is a true page turner. I would have liked to have read it all in one sitting, but had to get some sleep, so I regretfully put it down until the next evening. What a fun challenge to read! If you like romantic suspense, do not miss this book and the rest of the series. If you like books about families, this series is amazing. The McKennas are a wonderful and interesting family. I highly recommend Sabotaged to people who enjoy Christian fiction. If you haven’t tried Christian fiction, but would like to do so, this would be a good series to try. Start with the first book, Submerged, and you will be hooked!
Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey is the final book in the Alaskan Courage Series and is a suspenseful tale from start to finish. Although I had not read the first four books, I was able to follow along in the story easily enough. Kirra Jacobs and Reef McKenna have known each other since childhood and although they’ve never been great friends, they find themselves thrown together in an effort to save Kirra’s cousin, Meg, who has suddenly gone missing. Meg isn’t exactly a goody two shoes, so tracking her down is challenging when it seems no one is taking them seriously in the matter. But Kirra knows something is wrong and she’s determined to find Meg. Kirra’s uncle Frank, (who is also Meg’s father) has gone missing as well in the middle of the Iditarod race. As one of the most experienced racers, it seems highly unlikely that Frank just lost course. Entangled in a web of past secrets, hidden agendas and shady characters, Kirra and Reef trek across Alaska searching for Frank and Meg all the while dodging killers out to silence them. Sabotaged is a nail-biting story that will grip the reader from the very first page and keep you enthralled until the very end. I received this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here.
Romance & suspense on the Iditarod trail! Iditarod. What a magic word. And when you pair it with the name Dani Pettrey you have the winningest combination on the trail. If I hadn't already fallen in love with Dani Pettrey's suspense stories, and the McKenna family, I would have picked this book up solely based on the cover. I had been looking forward to this book since the cover and blurb were first revealed to fans. Believe me, it didn't disappoint. Sabotaged was such a fun book to read. Not only was it my favorite genre and from a favorite author, but it also features my favorite sporting event of the year. It was so neat reading those oh-so-familiar checkpoints. And the suspense? Sabotaged is full of Dani's trademark adventure and romance. I found myself breathlessly turning pages as they edged closer and closer to probable disaster and the final showdown. If you've read any of the previous books in the Alaskan Courage series you will know how much of a nail-biter they can be. Wonderful cast of characters, I really liked Reef and Kirra, with appearances from all of the McKenna clan. I'm just sorry that Sabotaged is the last book in the series, I really don't want to say goodbye. One of the things that really stood out to me is how people often don't, and won't, fit into the boxes we create for them. Just when you think you've really got them pegged, they surprise us. Past mistakes, thoughts, and attitudes, are just that, past. Sabotaged is a wonderful tale of adventure and suspense set in the Alaskan bush during one of the toughest and most exciting races in the world. Iditarod!
Fantastic book! Pettrey rounds out her series within another victory. Sabotaged is the final book in the Alaskan Courage series and the tells of the final McKenna sibling to find love. And it was definitely Reef's time! If you've been following the series you will probably agree that it was time for "bad boy" Reef to settle down. If you're new to the series, you might find a hard time understanding the full extent of the love story. However the plot of the story could probably stand alone, the cast of characters might feel overwhelming. So, I recommend reading more than one. If you are just starting out with the Alaskan Courage and you don't want to read all four previous stories, try starting with Shattered. It is book 2 but it introduces the kind of person that Reef is ... was. Love can change any heart. My thoughts on this book are quick and painless today. I really enjoyed the story. The plot was fantastic and exciting. I enjoyed the ticking time bomb of the race ending equaling disaster. Then as each hour and day passed the suspense was ramped up further. The setting of the Iditarod was unique and fun. I have never read a story from that perspective. Overall I am filled praise for the final chapter of this family saga. A great read. My only concerns are few and perhaps a little petty. I found a lot of repetition in the wording. I assumed it was because the couple drives, flies and traverses over a lot of ground in the short time of the story which made for a lot of "he held the door for her" kind of repetitive statements. Also the massive amount of travel made it hard to keep the setting straight and where each of the characters actually was. As for the romance of the book, I really enjoyed the story of Reef and Kirra. It was nice to see Reef mature into a strong and capable partner for Kirra. He lost his 'black sheep' persona and was able to present himself as a great hero. Sometimes the slow brewing of a love story from characters who have know each other for a very long time is a deeper, more mature form of love story. I really liked it. So, if you like adventure and fast paced suspense you will enjoy this story. If you like sweet romance with a strong faith element, then you will like Sabotaged. Thanks to Bethany House and Dani Petrrey for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to rate it positively.
Sabotaged By Dani Pettrey The Alaskan Courage Romantic Suspense Series are just awesome. I have a couple of the series but withed I had them all. Will look for them and hope Dani comes out with more in this series, because I love the characters and the plot is great keeps you on your toes. As you travel the Alaskan country side in the adventure of the family and friends and no friends of the McKenna clan you will stay on you sitting one the edge of your seat and turning the pages as fast as you can because you can't wait to see what the next page holds for you. As you go on the Iditarod race you are going all over Alaska trying to find out why Frank, Kirra uncle is missing and where's his daughter Meg while all this is going on. His niece Kirra is scared something has happened to her Uncle Frank he hasn't shown up at one of the stops he was suppose to make. So why is Kirra sneaking out of camp? Reef is teamed up with Kirra even though they have been at each others throats for along time. Reef decides he is going to stay or should I say go where ever this taking Kirra because she can't go it alone in the harsh weather that Alaska is famous for handing out.As the weather escalade's so does everything else around them. What is about to happen will have you biting your nails and reading as fast as you can. This is a must have book especially if you have any of the others. I recommend this book highly. A wonderful thrill ride in Alaska winter wonderland. HAPPY READING!!!!!!!!!!!! I received this book free from Bethany 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 on one else's. 5 Stars ISBN 978-0-7642-1196-6 . .
I want to say up front that I’m a little late in the game to be hopping into this series by Dani Pettrey – four books behind in her Alaskan Courage series, to be exact – but I couldn’t resist giving Sabotaged a try. And I’m so glad that I did. There was no need to worry if I’d connect to the story and its characters. I was hooked from the first page and flew through the entire book in 2 days. What stood out to me the most was the strength and growth of the characters, mainly Reef and Kirra. I really enjoyed their friendly banter and blossoming relationship throughout the book. They anchored the story quite nicely with all the plot twists and curves that wrapped around them. Returning readers of this series will undoubtedly enjoy the appearances of the other family members too. Their subplots accompanied nicely. I also really appreciated the depth and development of the plot. The pace was well-crafted, keeping me turning the pages as fast as I could read them. The dangers along the race and the difficult lessons of the heart held my attention. The seeds of faith, hope, and healing were sown delicately. I had hoped for an adventure and this story delivered beyond my expectations. I’m a new fan of this author. ;) Now to go back and read the rest of her series… Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.