Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Jane Reviews: Stranded by Dani Pettrey

Series: Alaskan Courage # 3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Bethany House
Released: Sept. 13, 2013
353 pages
About the Book:
When Her Friend Goes Missing, Every Minute Counts

Darcy St. James returns to Alaska to join a journalist friend undercover on the trail of a big story. But when Darcy arrives, she finds her friend has disappeared. Troubled by the cruise ship's vague explanation, Darcy uses her cover as a travel reporter to investigate further.

The last person Gage McKenna expects to see during his summer aboard a cruise ship leading adventure excursions is Darcy. And in typical Darcy fashion, she's digging up more trouble.

He'd love to just forget her--but something won't let him. And he can't help but worry about her as they are heading into more remote regions of Alaska and eventually into foreign waters. Something sinister is going on, and the deeper they push, the more Gage fears they've only discovered the tip of the iceberg.

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟    (4 stars)

Book 2 ended with me thinking Gage and Darcy were on the road to beginning a relationship, but this one begins 5 months later and they haven’t interacted at all since. I was a bit disappointed to discover this.

Darcy and Abby used to work together as investigative journalists before Darcy decided pursue sports journalism instead. Abby is working on a cruise ship and calls Darcy out of the blue requesting her to join her. Upon Darcy’s arrival she can’t find her friend, she is told that Abby decided to go home. Darcy does not buy that story and begins trying to figure out what Abby was investigating under the guise of being a travel reporter promoting this cruise. Unbeknownst to Darcy the McKenna family has been hired to lead the adventure tours for the cruisers, which puts in her contact again with Gage. Darcy’s investigation leads her into some scary stuff and while Gage wants to keep her at arm’s length he can’t help but try to protect her.

The suspense kept me invested. I liked Darcy’s persistence; she is determined to find her friend no matter the cost. This determination put her in some precarious situations and if it wasn’t for Gage and his family things could have ended really badly for her. The crime itself was pretty disturbing to think about and while I was pretty sure I knew who some of the guilty parties were I was shocked at how many people were involved in the end.
While I liked that Gage was there to protect Darcy I did get frustrated with him and his mistrust of Darcy. He judged her because of his experience with a previous ex and it took him way too long to give her the benefit of the doubt and see her for the person she was. Eventually though he realized his error and things ended well. I hope to catch up more with these two in the next couple books.

(I purchased my copy of this book;  opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)


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