I anxiously awaited the opportunity to review Dani Pettrey's second installment to the Alaskan Courage series. I previously read and reviewed the first book in the series, Submerged, where I was introduced to the McKenna family in Yancey, Alaska and the suspenseful romance of Cole McKenna and Bailey Craig.
The sequel, Shattered, picks up with a focus on the youngest McKenna sister, Piper. The distant and rarely heard from McKenna brother, Reef, returns to Yancey and is arrested and jailed awaiting trial for murder. Piper sets out to prove his innocence at all costs. Deputy Landon Grainger is a long time friend of the McKenna's and desires to believe Reef is innocent. However, due to the overwhelming evidence that is mounting against Reef, Landon is finding it difficult to believe him to be innocent. This presents further complications as he is aware of his ever-growing feelings for Piper and his desperate need to protect her from the danger she chases.
My biggest dilemma when writing reviews on fiction novels is trying to convey enough of the story line without revealing too many of the surprises. My review of Shattered is no different. This book was a fun and enjoyable read. I finished it quickly and would read it again. I enjoy a good, modest, suspenseful, romantic read. Dani Pettrey is quickly emerging as one of my favorite authors at the top of my list with Dee Henderson, Kristen Heitzmann and Irene Hannon. I think readers of Submerged will similarly enjoy Shattered. It provides familiar characters and a new and twisted plot. If you haven't read Submerged, I suggest picking it up first to get better acquainted with the McKenna family. If your reading interests are similar to mine, I think Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series will find a permanent spot on your bookshelf. I will now anxiously await the release of book three, Stranded, set to be released in the Fall of 2013.
I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of my unbiased review.