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Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey


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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  
 
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 beyond that, 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.

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  1. This was my favorite of the series. And he's my favorite of the siblings.

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    1. That's awesome, Dawn! I'm glad that your favorite sibling's story didn't disappoint. :)

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  2. Great review! I loved reading Sabotaged and it was hard to see the series end. But now I can go re-read them all :) Can't wait to see what her next book will be like!

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    1. Exactly! These will be keepers on my shelf and rereads as well. They're such wonderful books. Ditto. Eager to learn more about Dani's 2016 series. I'm sure it'll be equally as fabulous. :)

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  3. Rissi,
    I cannot tell you how excited I am that you enjoyed Sabotaged so much. Warms my heart. Thank you for taking time to read Reef's story, write such a thoughtful review, and for your awesome support. Appreciate you!

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    1. I did indeed love Sabotaged as I have each of these five novels, Dani. Thank you (again) for the chance to help promote it and for stopping by. I'm looking forward to your 2016 series. :)

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  4. Is it bad that I just realized 2016 is next year? In my head I have been thinking that I have to wait two years for the next series. This excitement might just get me though the year.

    Also I am totally pumped it takes place in the Chesapeake Bay Area, that's where my people are from.

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    1. Yay! Thank goodness you won't have to wait two years, right Kaylee!? :) I hope you enjoy this series and how exciting! It's always cool when a series is set in a area you love or are from. :)

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  5. I loved Sabatoged, too! I found it sad to wave goodbye to this family, too, but I'm especially looking forward to her next series (and rereading this one in the meantime). :) Great review as always, Rissi!

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    1. It was definitely bittersweet, but as you say the excitement for Dani's next series is enough to make fans eager. Whatever comes next I'm sure it will be awesome.

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts, Rachelle! :)

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  6. Ahhh!! I have to read this book! Fantastic review, Rissi, as always. :)

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    1. Indeed, Bekah! I'm pretty sure you'll love it. :)

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  7. Rissi, I agree! It IS so bittersweet to wave goodbye to the McKennas, but it has meant the world to have you along for the entire 5-book journey! Thank you for your words, and for all you've done. You are AWESOME.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Amanda. It's been my pleasure to help in some small way promote this series. It's been an exciting journey from book one to book five and I don't mind saying, I'm eager to read Dani's next series in 2016! Thank you for letting me be a part of the fun. :)

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  8. Fantastic review! I cannot wait to read this book yet it will be so sad to see this amazing series end!

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    1. I know that feeling all too well, Abbi! I am most excited about Dani's next series though too. It sounds promising - and I've no doubt it'll be awesome. :)

      Thank YOU for reading.

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  9. I have definitely enjoyed this series so far and can't wait to read this one! It will definitely be bittersweet when completing this series for sure!

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    1. Same here, Laura! It's bittersweet to say goodbye. This family has been one of my favorites in this fictional world. :)

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  10. Love love loved this book! I believe it's my favorite of the series (other than Piper's story) and I can't believe it's over!

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    1. YAY! I'm so glad you loved it too, Cassie. I thought it was wonderful. If the series had to end, this one does so in style. Bring on 2016 and Dani's next series. :)

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