After a stint away from Yancey, Alaska- and Gage McKenna- Darcy St. James is given a chance to return when a co-journalist friend asks for her help in an undercover investigation on an Alaskan cruise ship. Darcy eagerly seizes the opportunity and lands a job as a travel reporter. However, when she reports for duty, Darcy learns that her friend has gone mysteriously missing and she can't get a straight answer from the cruise employees. As a result, Darcy shifts her focus to finding out what happened to her friend.
Meanwhile, unaware that Darcy will be working on the same ship, Gage lands a job as an on-shore adventure trip guide. When Darcy and Gage's paths finally cross, sparks once again fly. Gage is drawn into Darcy's search for clues to what happened to her friend as both a partner in the investigation and by his desire to keep Darcy safe. As their feelings for each other grow deeper, they discover evidence that Darcy's friend may be involved with an undercover international sex trafficking ring leaving Darcy and Gage in a race against time to find her friend before she is lost in the system for good.
Stranded incorporates an intricate web of clues laced with danger around every corner that keeps the reader engaged and wondering who exactly on the ship can be trusted. Darcy's feistiness shines through this adventure along with Gage's intriguing calm and aloof nature. My heart melted when Gage admitted he'd fallen for Darcy first. His attention toward her, jealousy, and protectiveness of her was enchanting for this reader! Pettrey does an excellent job bringing to the forefront the intolerable crime of sex trafficking weaving the potential threat of the crime into the story in such a plausible way that this reader is actually nervous about going on an Alaskan cruise for mine and my husband's 25th wedding anniversary! As a side note, Jake's past is revealed in Stranded providing a hint of what may come in future books! Can't wait to see the next plot play out!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the publisher or author in any way for this review.
Dani Pettrey has delivered yet another thrilling adventure from the Alaskan Courage series. With a boat-load of fun characters and thrilling adventures, reading this book was a blast. I love how Dani Pettrey kept some of the same characters from previous books. Sure, Stranded is about Gage and Darcy, but the book still had some of the McKenna clan in it. Not as much as I would have liked, but you take what you can get. As far as reading the book, it was phenomenal. Dani Pettrey is such a gifted writer. She really knows how to convey the characters emotions to you. She also makes it seem like the storyline and characters were real. At times, I wish the story would pick up the pace a little, but by absolutely no means was it boring. Also, I thought the underlying story was a bit depressing. As you read it, youll understand, I dont want to give anything away, but at times it was a bit mood-dampening. Not to say that real-life tragedies dont happen, I was just expecting more of a happy vibe like the last one, Shattered. Reading it was, like I say, a blast. If you love the McKenna family (and if you dont something is seriously wrong with you) then hands down, you should give it a try.
I hope you let out a few laughs and find the storyline as inspiring as I did.
Stranded is the third book in the Alaskan Courage series. I love this romantic suspense series, and enjoyed the third book as much as the first two. Although Id recommend you read the books in order for the most enjoyment, this one has enough action and excitement to stand on its own. Each book focuses on one member of the McKenna family. Stranded features Gage, whose romantic interest is Darcy St. James. Gage and Darcy already have some history from the previous book, where they had bid each other farewell and gone their separate waysat least by outward appearance.
The author writes in such a way that as a reader, I felt like I was right there in the story. I love books like this one, where I dont feel like Im just an observer, but I feel as if Im right there in the midst of the action, heartache, or excitement of the current moment. Stranded pulls the reader swiftly through a myriad of emotions and situations.
The faith element in this novel is a major part of the plot, and should give Christian readers an opportunity to ponder our own love and commitment to our friends. Do we really have the heart that Darcy has for her friend, Abby? Although, Darcy does tend to get on my nerves somewhat with her penchant for following her gut instincts, she is certainly focused and driven toward her goals, one of which is seeing Abby become a follower of Jesus. Gage, also, has not made a commitment to Christ, so we again see him battling and trying to come to terms with his past.
There are some great sub-plots, which add interest to the story and give readers an opportunity to know the characters on a deeper level. I love this type of family series, where each book allows the reader to become better acquainted with various members of the core group of characters. Im really looking forward to reading the fourth book. If you enjoy romantic suspense and family sagas, why dont you give this series a try? I think you will be very happy with the Alaskan Courage series.
Dani has done it again! It honestly amazes me the variety in each one of her stories. You honestly cannot predict what is going to happen based on the previous stories you have read in the series. Oh yes, you can predict that you will be pulled into the story from the very first page, that you will bite your fingernails and stay up late because of the suspense and simply "needing" to find out what happens next, and that you will be cheering the characters on (or wanting to give them a good kick) in terms of both solving the mystery and finally coming to terms with their feelings for each other. However, the timing of significant events, the pace of the romance and the type of mystery is different in each one so you literally don't know when or how things are going to occur. For me, this is what separates this fantastic series from many other suspense fiction series.
I enjoyed Gage and Darcy's story and loved how Dani included the outdoor adventure activities more so in this one than the others. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept you glued and guessing as to who the baddies actually were and what was going to happen next. Stranded also has some exciting new news about Jake that is not only going to rock Kayden, but you as well!
I LOVE this series that features the McKenna family and their friends. The Alaskan location is wonderful and "refreshing" as not a lot stories feature the winter climate. Darcy St. James and Gage McKenna are the featured/lead characters this time around. Their story is pretty special. I was totally engaged with their story. All the characters are well developed and believable. Story itself moved along at a good pace. I can't wait for the next book in this great series!
Publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and give my opinion and review.