Stranded (Book # 3 in the Alaskan Courage Series) by Dani Pettrey

strandedGenre: Mystery, Suspense, Romance
Publisher: Bethany House Publisher
Publication Date: September 2013

Darcy St. James swore she’d left undercover reporting for good. However, a friend’s desperate plea drags her back into the world she believed she’d escaped. Before Abby can explain what is going on, she vanishes from the cruise where she’s been working, and Darcy doesn’t believe the explanation her superiors provide. Her investigation reveals that the previous summer another woman also disappeared in a similar and equally suspicious manner.

Gage McKenna volunteered to carry out a summer-long engagement organizing various adventures and excursions for the passengers of the cruise line. He’d intended to flee his growing thoughts and feelings toward the beautiful reporter he’d met several months earlier. He never counted on running into her on the ship or the danger she would obstinately walk into. Much to his annoyance, keeping the stubborn beauty safe suddenly becomes his top priority.

Dani Pettrey has done it again! Stranded is a gripping and suspenseful tale filled with all the characters that readers have come to love throughout the  Alaskan Courage series. As usual, I anticipated the books arrival for months only to have the last page creep up on me much too quickly when I finally had it in my hands.

Romance fans will love watching the once hard, bitter, and angry Gage crumble and give way to a fiercely loyal and protective man. Don’t we all wish we had someone like him in our corner? It’s impossible not to love Darcy, the woman whom with God’s help brings this change about. Through their story, readers learn that it’s never too late to return to the Heavenly Father.

Just as she did in her first two books, Pettrey masterfully wets the readers’ appetites by dropping some major bombshells regarding the next set of protagonists for the upcoming sequel only to leave us hanging again. What I learned has me down on my knees pleading for the fourth installment, Silenced. My already growing curiosity toward Jake has peaked at a whole new high. I loved watching as, much to Kayden’s shock (and even horror), a slightly girly side started to emerge. Don’t get me wrong, she’s still rough, tomboyish Kayden, but she’s suddenly confronted with emotions she didn’t know she had, and definitely doesn’t know how to deal with them.

Fans of Pettrey will be enchanted by the love story and hooked by the suspense. For those who have yet to crack the spine label of one of her novels, I can’t think of a better time to begin — though I suggest starting with the first book.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!

**Originally posted on Radiant Lit.

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