Sunday, May 11, 2014


Silenced by Dani Pettrey

5 Stars

Dani Pettrey takes us on another Alaskan adventure with her latest release Silenced.
This is the 4th installment in her Alaskan Courage series.
This is a romance that I have looked forward to happening and it's interlaced with adrenaline pumping suspense. 

We go back to Yancey, Alaska and the McKenna family.  This is Kayden's story.  She is one of the co-owners of Last Frontier Adventures and works as a pilot in the family business.  She is the oldest sister and probably the most affected by her mother's death.  One of her greatest fears is getting rheumatoid arthritis like her mother.  As a result she has become a health nut, runs 10 miles everyday and eats only organic food.  Kayden also doesn't trust easily and loves free climbing. 
Jake Westin Cavanaugh is the kind of man you can't help but notice when he walks into the room.  He's quiet, but his boy language exudes confidence. Yet when you look into his eyes it's evident that there's a sadness that goes to his very soul.  He's known grief in his life, but doesn't like to talk about his past.  Currently he's employed as a guide with Last Frontier Adventures.

Jake and Kayden are strong characters with lots of sparks igniting between them.  On a day unlike any other Kayden heads out to do some mountain climbing and is accompanied by her sister, Piper, and Jake.  Kayden being the most experienced takes the most difficult trail which unfortunately leads her to encounter a gruesome discovery of another climber who has perished.  She immediately deduces that this is not a random death from a fall, but what appears to be a murder.  Once the scene is secured and the sheriff arrives the investigation begins.  With Jake's past history of being in law enforcement the sheriff asks for his assistance into checking out some leads and of course with Kayden's knowledge of climbing she is asked to assist also. 
The first place they need to check out is Imnek where he lived and Rocktrex,  the gym the victim practices his climbing.  The climbers community is a close knit one and instantly they meet resistance to their questions.  The other climbers can not believe that Kayden would actually think one of them could be involved in this death. When strange things start happening to Kayden it is attributed to retaliation for the questions being asked at Rocktrex, but Jake is not so sure.  He is still haunted by the last case he worked on in Boston which cost him both is his wife and unborn child.  Jake had sworn to not let himself get close to anyone again so they would not be put in danger by his job, but Kayden got thru his defenses.  As factors come to light it appears the killer is on to them, but can they catch the killer before Kayden's life is put in danger? 

My Review:

I rated this book with 5 stars because I absolutely loved it. This is a wonderful book. I became invested in this series while reading the first book.  With each story you learn more about the family dynamics and how each have become who they are.  Each character has had their own difficulties to deal with.  I have been curious about Kayden and Jake and was so pleased they received their story.  I love the characters of Jake and Kayden, both have strong personalities, but can still show their vulnerabilities to one another. This is a wonderful romance, but I like the fact that the characters must work for it to happen.    Both have strong moral convictions and try to live by them.  The masterful use of imagery immediately draws the reader into the story.  The plot flows effortlessly.  I liked revisiting with characters from previous books and seeing how their lives have progressed.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance or adventure.  I received this book from the author for an unbiased review which is seen above. 

Meet the Author:

Dani Pettrey- Press Photo 3

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, and her latest release, Silenced. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super adorable grandson.

In SILENCED, book 4 of author Dani Pettrey's award-winning Alaskan Courage series, a relaxing day of rock climbing takes a dark turn when Kayden McKenna's route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Was the climber's death a terrible accident or something more sinister?
When the case is handed to Yancey's overburdened sheriff, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With the truth of Jake's past now revealed, Jake agrees to use his investigation skills for this one case–but nothing could prepare him for where the case will take him.
As Kayden and Jake work together to uncover the truth, will they also find a refuge in each other?  Or will the deadly plans of a killer destroy their chance at love?
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  1. Katrina,
    Thank you SO much for your thoughtful review and awesome post. I deeply appreciate your continued support, and I'm thrilled you enjoy Jake and Kayden's adventure.

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Loved this book and I am really looking forward to the next adventure. You truly have an amazing gift of writing.