About the Book:
Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author Provided / Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Alaskan Courage, book 5
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary/Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5
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Review: For three years, readers were invited on a journey with the McKenna family. Fictional yes, but so real was their depiction it seemed as if they might be next-door neighbors or best friends. Ushering in 2015 brought about the last story from the saga that started in 2012 with Submerged. This is the book with the most build-up considering it was about the one sibling that was never really properly introduced. The wild child of the family, Reef rarely spent time at home during his adult years. Instead he travelled and tried to fill his restlessness with casual dating and the adrenaline of extreme sports. Now he’s finally settled down and found peace in his belief in God. But his reunion with family and childhood friend Kirra Jacobs is sort lived. Kirra’s uncle disappears during an Iditarod musher race. Somehow it ties into a past Kirra never knew of her uncle and her cousin, Meg is missing.
To say I’ve enjoyed this series would be an understatement, but then, I think most of my returning readers know that. I’d gotten to “know” these characters so well and even gotten my mother addicted to the books. Reef’s character was something of an enigma throughout the four prior books. Sure he did appear here and there, and always to younger sister Piper’s delight, but we never really knew him. Given the hints of his history, I suspect this is a good thing. Reef was the “black sheep” of the McKenna family and it made him hard to like in the way we did his siblings. He was the brother we were most concerned for. That being said, I was glad that the opening of the book has Reef already “together.” He has things figured out compared to where he was and it paints him as a noble, considerate and worthy hero. I loved the budding romance between him and Kirra especially since they had been friends (sort of) for many years and Kirra had always harbored a bit of a crush on Reef. Kirra’s past isn’t without pain and her progression along with their relationship is also well developed.
Beyond the relationships, the excitement is not without lots of twists and turns. The first few pages alone were chocked full of adrenaline, giving us no time to ease into the characters. Don’t misunderstand, this isn’t a negative. It merely gets us engrossed that much quicker in the pace and adventure. I liked that the plot took some different turns – one being the heroine didn’t get kidnapped, but cannot elaborate because, guys… you have to read it! It’s cute to experience the siblings with their respective love interests as well – there’s plenty of endearing flirting even in the catch-your-breath excitement! If you haven’t read this series yet, it’s not essential to the understanding or enjoyment of the Sabotaged however I do recommend starting from the beginning. It makes the relationships and particularly Reef’s character all the more compelling, plus they’re worth it.
Though it’s bittersweet to wave goodbye to this family, I enjoyed every adventure with them and am eagerly awaiting more news on Dani’s series arriving on store shelves in 2016. I’ve no doubt her signatures of faith, loyalty and family will be as much a presence of them as they were for the Alaskan Courage series.
Synopsis: Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey’s search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light. Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits.
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. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper’s bidding or she will die. 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.- Goodreads
Coming Next from Dani Pettrey: The Chesapeake Valor Series, arriving in 2016
Sincere thanks to the author for providing a complimentary influencer copy of this book for reviewing purposes.