Sabotaged – Dani Pettrey – Bethany House Publishers – Published 3 February 2015


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.

And so ends the Alaskan Courage Series – and what a fitting end it is. Reef and Kirra, thrown together as a SAR support team, find themselves in the midst of a kidnapping. Determined to find her cousin and help her uncle, Kirra is surprised when Reef offers her his help to stop the unfolding tragedy.

I had to stop and catch my breath after the first chapter. This book is jam packed with action. If you’re a lover of Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series (as I am) you will already know that Sabotaged is a must read. For those of you that haven’t yet come across the series, then know if you love romance, action, suspense and drama all wrapped up in the glorious scenery of Alaska and with the added bonus of a big family of siblings to follow through adventures and love, then you need to get reading. You could read the books out of sequence as each story is complete in its own right, but some of the stories are introduced in the previous books, so reading the books chronologically would certainly make it easier to keep up with the characters and backstories. In any case, it’s worth it to read them all.

The story jumps very quickly into the action and starts out feeling a little choppy as we switch points of view from Reef and Kirra, to the rescuers and then to the bad guys. As the story develops, the action is fleshed out a little and I loved seeing the interactions between past characters, particularly Kayden and Jake. The suspense is edge of your seat stuff and keeps at a fair pace through the entire book. Reef and Kirra are swoon-worthy. I loved Kirra’s struggle with her past and Kirra really is the focus, with Reef having sorted some of his issues in the last book (I did mention Reef is gorgeously handsome, sensitive, kind and playful, right? Sigh). The romance starts right from the beginning, although it was alluded to in book four. Given that Reef and Kirra have been friends/rivals/enemies since kindergarten the relationship never feels rushed and makes for some sweet moments throughout the story. Sabotage is a great conclusion to the series, and while I am sad to see the last of the McKennas, I can’t wait to see what’s next for Dani Pettrey.

Fiction. Christian. Suspense. 

The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.