May. 19th, 2014 Silenced by Dani Pettrey
Get your copy of SILENCED by Author Dani Pettrey!

I’m so excited about today’s post. We’ve got a great book, an opportunity to win a FREE copy from Bethany House publishers, and a fun sweepstakes you can enter.

All of these great opportunities are in celebration of the release of Silenced, the fourth book in Dani Pettrey‘s Alaskan Courage series.

The Alaskan Courage series follows the adventures of the five McKenna siblings. When Silenced opens, Cole and Bailey (from Submerged) are in the final stages of planning their wedding, with Piper and Landon (from Shattered) just a few months behind. Reef (who gets his own story in Book 5, yeah!) has promised to come home for the weddings and Darcy and Gage (from Stranded) are doing great.
Silenced is Jake and Kayden’s story, and I was so excited to finally figure out what made the cool and distant Kayden McKenna tick, and to find out how she would treat Jake Westin, now that the truth about his past has come to light.
Here’s the scoop on Silenced
A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a dark turn when Kayden McKenna’s route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Was the climber’s death a terrible accident or something more sinister?
When the case is handed to Yancey’s overburdened sheriff, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With the truth of Jake’s past now revealed, Jake agrees to use his investigation skills for this one case–but nothing could prepare him for where the case will take him.
As Kayden and Jake work together to uncover the truth, will they also find a refuge in each other?  Or will the deadly plans of a killer destroy their chance at love?
I’ve come to expect page-turning reads from Dani, and Silenced did not disappoint. I tried, really tried, to stretch it into a three-day read. 
Didn’t happen. 
I got about 1/3 of the way in before life pulled me away, but once I picked it back up the next evening, I knew I’d be reading until I got to the end. I closed the book after midnight, exhausted and satisfied. 
I read a lot of romantic suspense, so as it became clear that the investigation into the murder of the rock climber was winding down, I started to get a little anxious. There was still a lot of book and not a lot of story left. 
That was when the story really cranked up, and I loved that twist. You know how I feel about spoilers, so that’s really all I can say.
As a rule, I only read a series in order, and while I realize not everyone feels like that is the only way to do it (even though it totally is) 🙂 I should say that if you read these books out of order, I think you’ll be missing too much to be able to fully appreciate the character and romantic development. By the time you get to Silenced, you’ve already seen Jake and Kayden interacting for three books, and been in their heads quite a bit in the last book, so these characters are already familiar. And I know for me, I was rooting for Jake to finally break through Kayden’s tough shell.
So, who wants to win their own free copy of Silenced?!?! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here on the blog, or you can also earn entries by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can earn up to 4 entries! I’ll draw a name from all the entries on May 26th and Bethany House will mail a copy to the winner. (There’s a lot of fine print below, so be sure to read that part.)
Another great giveaway is happening until May 21st over on Dani’s site. You have a chance to win airline tickets, a gorgeous Alaskan print, or a very fun picnic basket. 
Enter the RUGGED ROMANCE Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

All you have to do is visit to enter!
Wow! Such a packed post! Be sure to enter both for the free copy of Silenced and the great prizes in the Rugged Romance Sweepstakes!
Super fine print for the free book…
No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries.Giveaway begins May 19 and ends at midnight May 26. Up to 4 entries per person. Entries can be made by commenting on this blog post or by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Giveaway open to US residents, 18 and older. I will contact the winner via email and winners will have three days to respond before I will award the book to the next winner.


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  1. Sandra says:

    I wanna win that book!! 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Me too! Amy C

  3. Susie says:

    Sounds exciting, pick me,pick me!!

  4. Amanda Dykes says:

    Lynn, I loved reading your review!I agree; Kayden and Jake having played such important roles in previous books really enhanced the reading experience when they got their own story in SILENCED. Thank you for all of your help sharing about Dani's book, Lynn! No need to enter me in the giveaway. 🙂

  5. Dani Pettrey says:


    Thanks so much for taking time to read and review Silenced. Really enjoyed your review :)) Appreciate the shout out. Have a wonderful evening!


  6. Lynn,
    I had so much fun reading this review. I was nodding with every line. This was my favorite: " I tried, really tried, to stretch it into a three-day read. Didn't happen." LOL!!! Agreed!
    And that anxiety, where there was more story to go, and the murder investigation wrapping up? I so felt that too… like, my gosh, how is she going to get herself out of this one… and then WHAMMO another twist.
    You captured so much in this fabulous review, and we so appreciate your help sharing about Dani's story and her fun giveaway. Thank you 🙂
    Cheering you on,