Book Review: Silenced by Dani Pettrey, Rating: 4/5

Silenced by Dani Pettrey
Book Four of Alaskan Courage Series
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Rating: 4/5
Bethany House – Romantic Suspense

As the expert rock climber in her family, Kayden McKenna is used to taking care of herself and is determined to not have to rely on anyone else if she can help it. After losing both of her parents, she doesn’t want to ever suffer the same heartbreak. After finding the dead body of a fellow climber, something is off. She suspects that someone tampered with his chalk, but that would mean murder. Will her expertise help figure out what happened or is the situation even more dangerous than suspected? When the local sheriff (her soon-to-be brother-in-law) assigns family friend and former detective, Jake Westin, to be his next deputy to investigate, the two of them are in for a dangerous ride. Ever since Jake’s past was revealed, Kayden has treated him differently. For Jake, he’s been in love with Kayden for a long time. He will always remember and love the wife and unborn daughter he lost, but his heart and life are Kayden. Too bad she doesn’t even know his feelings, but he knows that Kayden is still grieving the death of her parents, especially her mother’s battle with rheumatoid arthritis. Can he keep her safe without his past getting in the way? Can Kayden open up her heart and let Jake in?

I was so excited to continue reading this series by Dani Pettrey! After finding the first three books at my local library, I had to get the next one as soon as possible! I was NOT disappointed. I loved getting to know Kayden and Jake’s characters more; however, I didn’t think that the characters were as well developed as the other books with the McKenna siblings. I loved that the book was almost like watching an episode of Castle – I do love a good procedural TV show with great chemistry between the main characters. I felt like there was less of a religious/inspirational thread through this story than her other books, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it was different than what I was used to.

I absolutely could not put the book down – read it in a few hours. The pacing was good and kept my attention. My only critique (and the reason for a 4 rating instead of 5) is the near ending and actual ending were a little confusing – without spoiling anything – I still have some questions regarding the ending but it was still very satisfying. I look forward to the next book about the last brother, Reef.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good, clean, romantic suspenseful story.

I received this book for free from Bethany House and NetGalley but was not required to give a positive review.

If you’d like to check out my other Dani Pettrey review of Book Three, Stranded, click here.

GET IT: Inspy Kisses Collection #1 on sale for $0.99 Kindle edition!


So I just received an email from one of my favorite authors, Camy Tang, and she contributed to this brand new novella, Inspy Kisses, First Kisses! Yay! For a limited time, the novella is only $0.99 for the Kindle or other e-book version of preference, so get on it! Also, if you purchase the book, you can send a FREE copy to a friend aka send a kiss! Details can be found here.

From the website:

Enjoy this collection of love stories with a theme of FIRST KISSES. The First Kisses collection includes:

From New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Linda Goodnight comes a new historical romance The Rambler’s Bride
In 1870’s Kansas, Widow Esther North will do most anything to save her land from her powerful cousin and the coming railroad-even kiss a stranger! The kissing cowboy, Jericho North is bent on revenge from his brother’s widow, and the will hidden in his pocket is all he needs to make it happen. But he hadn’t reckoned on a baby…and neither he nor Esther had reckoned on love.

From USA TODAY and Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author Janet Tronstad comes a new retro romance Lovebirds at the Heartbreak Cafe   
Janet pens a brand-new Retro Café Sweet Romance starring a 1950’s truck driver (Buddy) and a waitress (Penny) who both have enough trouble without everyone in Webster’s Crossing thinking they are falling in love.

From #1 Amazon Bestselling author Debra Clopton comes a new contemporary romanceHer Mule Hollow Cowboy   
Rescuing a beautiful cowgirl from being trampled has professional bull rider, Cliff Masterson, dreaming of romance, home, hearth and that first kiss…but Maddie Rose has had enough people in her life leave and she’s not willing to risk her heart on a rambling cowboy—Sparks fly when these two are near. Can the Matchmakin’ Posse of Mule Hollow help this couple find their happily ever after?

From #1 Amazon Bestselling Author Margaret Daley comes a new romantic suspenseDeadly Hunt   
All bodyguard Tess Miller wants is a vacation. But when a wounded stranger stumbles into her isolated cabin in the Arizona mountains, Tess becomes his lifeline. When Shane Burkhart opens his eyes, all he can focus on is his guardian angel leaning over him. And in the days to come he will need a guardian angel while being hunted by someone who wants him dead.

From fan favorite Camy Tang comes a new romantic suspense Necessary Proof   
Alex Villa became a Christian in prison, and because of his efforts to help stop a gang producing meth in Sonoma, he has been set up for the death of a cop. Can computer expert Jane Lawton find the evidence that will prove his innocence before the gang eliminates them both?

From fan favorite Lacy Williams comes a new contemporary romance Kissed by a Cowboy   
Former shy-girl Haley Carston is back in Redbud Trails, Oklahoma, to care for her dying aunt. She didn’t count on cowboy Maddox Michaels, her high school crush and the man who might just bring her dreams of marriage and family back to life…

Watch the trailer!