Thursday, May 08, 2014

Silenced by Dani Pettrey (Review, Giveaway, & Fun)

About the Book
Jake Knew Something Was Wrong.
But He Never Guessed How Wrong.
A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna's route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something darker? When the case is handed to overburdened sheriff Landon Grainger, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With Jake's past now revealed, he's ready to use his talent for investigation again--but he could never prepare for where the mystery will take him.
Kayden's climbing expertise soon leads her and Jake to the realization that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is onto them. When strange things begin happening in Yancey, Jake is terrified that once again his world may put someone he loves in danger. But the truth is far worse than he could ever imagine.

My Thoughts
Once again Dani Pettrey has delivered a wonderfully beautiful novel that I couldn't put down! From the first sentence to the very last word I was completely enthralled. Ever since I read Submerged I have been anxiously awaiting Kayden and Jake's story and let me just say it completely surpassed all of my expectations!
I obviously loved Kayden and Jake and I adored watching them finally get together. Jake was so stinkin' cute with how much he loved Kayden and how well he knew her without her having to tell him things. He always seemed to know exactly what she needed and when, yet also knew when to let her do things on her own. And it was great to peel back the tough layers of Kayden's exterior and see what made her tick. It was also sweetly amusing how hard she tried to deny her feelings for Jake when everyone else could clearly see that she loved him.
The suspense part was so perfectly executed in such a way that kept you guessing for quite awhile then had you constantly turning pages to see what was going to happen next. And the rest of the story was filled with the fun and craziness of the McKenna clan. I loved getting to see more of all of the characters from the previous books and I especially enjoyed the weddings! Dani did such a beautiful job of describe them that I almost felt like I was there!
I could go on forever about how amazing this book was but I should probably wrap-up! Let me just say that this book is filled with edge of your seat adventure, sigh worthy romance, tight-knit sibling relationships, and everything else that I've come to expect from Dani Pettrey! I honestly cannot wait until book five, Reef's story, comes out!

Meet the Author
Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves-the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one's faith and plenty of romance. She's a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her web site at!

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


My Top Ten Titles
I thought it'd be fun to share some of my guesses for what Reef's book will be titled! These are all just random picks (most of which I'm pretty sure won't be it) but the real title and the cover will be revealed on May 23 so keep an eye out!


Dani Pettrey and Bethany House have graciously given me the chance to giveaway one copy of Silenced to a commenter on this blog! 

The Rules and Details
  • To enter leave a comment on this post with your email. You can just leave your email or you can have some fun by telling me what you think book number five will be called, your favorite McKenna sibling, whether or not you've been to Alaska, or anything else you can think of! I love comments!
  • Giveaway will run from today Thursday 5/8 until Friday 5/16 I will draw a winner and announce it here on my blog on Saturday 5/17. I will also email the winner and they will have one week to reply to my email or I will draw a new winner. I will choose the winner using!
  • No purchase is necessary
  • Odds of winning are based on number of entries
  • One entry per person
  • US Residents 18 and older ONLY
Rugged Romance Giveaway
To celebrate the novel, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the RUGGED ROMANCE SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.
This giveaway starts May 1, 2014 and ends May 21, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST).
Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Friday, May 23, 2014, and announced at

In SILENCED, Kayden’s adventurous nature and skills as a pilot come in handy as she and Jake race to uncover the truth. If you’ve always dreamed of hopping on a plane to chase your own adventures, but don’t have a well-trained pilot and a Cessna at your disposal, we’ve got the perfect prize for you.  
Our Grand Prize winner will receive: a $250 gift certificate to Alaskan Airlines, good toward travel to multiple destinations across the Continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii

As Jake and Kayden crisscross the Alaskan wilderness looking for answers, they also see some of the most glorious scenery on earth:  soaring mountains, crystal clear lakes, and incomparable wildlife.  Could there be any better setting for a glowing romance? Now you can share in the romantic scenery, even if you don’t live in Alaska.  
Our Second Prize winner will receive: The Kiss at Wonder Lake 31″ x 23″ Framed Art Print

Kayden has always been practical, no-nonsense, and slow to trust. She’s definitely not a romantic-at-heart who longs for a handsome man to whisk her away for a picnic in the mountains.  Right? ; )
If you, like Kayden, have secretly dreamed of a romantic mountain-top picnic, this is the prize for you.
Our Third Prize winner will receive: The ultimate picnic pack for a romantic afternoon. This insulated backpack includes silverware, plates, napkins, plastic long-stemmed glasses and a wide selection of gourmet picnic snacks
How to Enter:
Go to and complete the entry box, anytime between May 1 and May 21.


Courtney Clark (The Green Mockingbird Blog) said...

Ooh, I can't wait to read this one! I confess, I've never read any of Dani's books, but they have been on my radar lately and are now on my some-time TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway, ladies.


Unknown said...

Great review, Abbi! I also love your title guesses, especially Shackled and Snatched! I thought about doing a list too but decided not to because Sabotaged was the only one that I could come up with! :D
Can't wait for May 23!

Abbi Hart said...

Courtney-These books are amazing and you won't be sorry if you pick them up! Though I highly recommend you read them in order!

Caitlyn-Thank you! I can't wait either!!!

Lydia said...

I am really looking forward to reading Silenced. "Shackled" would be a great title for book number 5.


Sylvia said...

I'm going to guess "Sabotaged" or "Subdued". Those seem like good titles.


Aerykah said...

Thanks for the giveaway! :)
I absolutely love this series & have been so excited to read Kayden & Jake's story! :)

crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

squiresj said...

I have never been to Alaska but sure would love to go. I have a prayer partner there I met years ago on a prayer chain. She has talked with me over 10 years. So please count me in
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Abbi Hart said...

Lydia-It's well worth the wait!

Sylvia-Can't wait to find out what it's actually going to be!

Aerykah-Yeah this series is pretty amazing! I hope you get to read Silenced soon!

squiresj-That's cool that you have that connection to Alaska!

Kelli Standish said...

Yes! "edge of your seat adventure, sigh worthy romance, tight-knit sibling relationships", is Dani's writing summed up perfectly!!! Thank you so much, Abbi, for this fantastic post, and for helping us share about Dani's fabulous writing and her new sweepstakes. You're awesome :)

Amanda Dykes said...

Oh, what a wonderful post! I agree-- Dani has such a way of weaving these characters' hearts into her stories, you come away feeling like they're old friends (or family!). Thanks for your fantastic post! (No need to enter me in the book giveaway :) ~Amanda

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've never read any of Dani Pettrey's books, but it sounds like I should! The Alaska setting and outdoor lifestyle appeal to me, and the plot sounds compelling.
Here's the link to my Friday post: MOVING IN.

Merry said...

Awesome series! My guess would be the next book would be Shadowed or Sabotaged.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Tea said...

I Iove mysteries that involve the great outdoors. A dead climber? Luv it.:)

Lydia said...

I won a copy of Silenced in another giveaway. Please remove my entry from this one.

Sylvia said...

Could you remove my name from this drawing, please? I found out that I won this book in another giveaway. Thank you!

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