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Review: Shattered by Dani Pettrey

Well, my pink party is over! *Sniff* But the fun doesn’t end. Heart Bouquets is still available and for only 99¢ for a limited time! And not here on Faith~Driven Fiction either! I’ve got a review of a NEW FAVORITE today and Wednesday begins a series on heroes! Can’t wait to start this one!

Now I like to read. And there have been some books that I’ve looked forward to. But can’t-wait-to-read is another animal entirely. I can count on one hand the number of books that fall into that category. Mostly because I normally learn about books after they’ve released and not before. But this one was different! After reading the first book of Dani Pettrey‘s Alaskan Courage series, Submerged, I drooled every time I heard about Shattered, book 2. 

Submerged, the first book in The Alaskan Courage SeriesSubmerged was easily the best book I read in 2012 and you can find my review of it HERE. If I go by most of my experiences, the second part of a series will never live up to the intensity or excitement of a first book. Especially when book 1 is a debut novel. Nevertheless, I looked forward to this new book.

And I’m glad I did.

Shattered didn’t live up to Submerged. Shattered far surpassed the first book for intensity, romance, subplots, you name it! Tweet This!

And as I’m discussing heroes in the next few posts, you can bet that Deputy Landon Grainger will be one of the prime examples of my articles.

BHP_Shattered_Keyline03.inddShattered gripped me from the first sentence. Well, the second. “What was that.” How many times have I awakened from a dead sleep with that question on my lips? With my heart pounding, and my ears straining to hear another sound like it, yet fearing that very possibility. Pettrey started her story in that late-night terror, and events spiraled from there.

Here is the information from the back cover:

Piper McKenna couldn’t be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed–but despite the evidence, Reef swears he’s innocent. And Piper believes him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he’s also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon’s career.

With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada’s rugged back-country – and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

I know. 2013 is still young. But I’ve completed three books so far already and Shattered holds that top spot as my favorite. Maybe even my all-time favorite. At least in the top 5. I so love discovering a treasure!

If you enjoy suspense and romance, you’re going to love this book. And while you’re buying it at Amazon, consider picking up a Kindle copy of Heart Bouquets for only 99¢.

Oh and for a special treat, visit Dani Pettrey’s Pinterest board about Landon’s and Piper’s world. You’ll love it! Oh and visit with a few more of my co-authors at the Write Integrity Press blog. You’ll meet Stephanie Craig over there today!

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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