Pettrey adds another exciting link to the Alaskan Courage Series with Silenced! After Kayden McKenna discovers a dead body on a cliff during a climbing expedition, Sheriff Landon Grainger enlists former detective and family friend, Jake Westin, to help solve the mystery of the climber's untimely death. As Kayden lends her climbing expertise to Jake's case, the two begin spending quite a bit of time together- alone. Pettrey expertly presents both the attraction and tension between Jake and Kayden. Jake's feelings for Kayden were first hinted at in Submerged but have steadily risen to the surface in the next two books in the series. In this novel, he can't hide how deeply he cares for her as his protective nature of her continually surfaces as they hunt for the climber's killer. Kayden, on the other hand, has appeared hostile toward Jake since the first book, but Silenced reveals that her harsh outward dealings with him in previous novels simply masked her own deep feelings for him. As the two grow more intimate, they also get closer to finding the climber's murderer and are relieved when the case is solved. However, in an exciting twist, the reader finds that there are actually two mysteries intertwining throughout the plot! And the second one adds multiple layers of danger and excitement to the already adventure-laden story!
I have enjoyed all three of the previous novels in this series, but Silenced is by far my favorite! I adore Jake's fierce protection of Kayden as he quietly keeps his feelings for her hidden beneath the surface. This aspect of their story is so endearing to me because it is the very fierceness of his protection that so transparently displays to the world his very deep love for her! It used to bother me in past novels when Kayden was downright hateful to Jake, but Pettrey reveals the source of Kayden's actions as a carefully constructed veil for her own feelings toward Jake and the health fears she faces. Loved that her "tough-girl" exterior was softened and that she let glimpses of her true feelings for Jake slip through the cracks. Also, the stalker mystery (which to me was the "secondary" plot to Jake and Kayden's love story) was gasp-worthy once I realized the "first" mystery wasn't the real mystery Jake and Kayden were experiencing all along. Filled with suspense, danger, adventure, and of course, romance!
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Dani Pettrey, is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the author of the bestselling romantic suspense Alaskan Courage series. She is winner of the 2013 Holt Medallion for First Novel and the Colorado Romance Writers 2013 Award of Excellence. She and her husband have two daughters and reside in the D.C. Metro area. To learn more about the author and her books, visit her website at danipettrey.com.