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A blissful day of free climbing turns ugly when Kayden McKenna discovers the body of a dead climber. Kayden’s experience and expertise immediately alert her that the fall was no accident, a claim soon confirmed by the Yancey coroner.
Ever since Jake Cavanagh’s secret past was revealed (by Darcy in Stranded), Landon has been trying to convince Jake to become a deputy with the Yancey Police. Short staffed and desperate for help, Landon finally convinces Jake to take on this one case.
Kayden’s expertise and connections to the climbing community make her a vital part of the investigation team, and Kayden and Jake are paired together to solve the murder. Working closely together and spending time alone may finally be the catalyst that brings two stubborn, broken people together.
Silenced by Dany Pettrey is the fourth book in the Alaskan Courage. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, though I recommend that they be read in order as each book features the same characters, and it’s a pleasure to continue their journeys with them.
Kayden discovered heartbreak at the age of sixteen when her beloved father passed away. Never mind the pain she felt at losing a loved one, she saw what it did to her mother when the love of her life died. That’s when Kayden made the decision to never give her heart to a man - if you didn’t give someone your heart, they couldn’t shatter it. Two short years later Kayden’s mother passed away from Rheumatoid Arthritis. That loss made Kayden completely withdraw into herself, refusing to ever be dependent on someone else. Kayden became the strong one in the family; the one who never let anyone see her pain, the one who never broke down, the one who never cried – at least not where anyone could see. Her mother’s illness also fuelled her to become the health nut we have come to know and love. Kayden fights every day and denies herself life’s small pleasures in the hope that living a rigidly healthy existence will keep her from suffering the same fate as her mother.
Jake used to be a dedicated, if arrogant, detective. His refusal to back off a murder case ultimately cost the lives of his wife and child, something Jake has never been able to forgive himself for. Once the guilty parties were behind bars he left the police, left his town and started drifting from one place to the next, never settling in one place for too long – until the McKennas. Before Jake knew what hit him, he had a new family; but there was truthfully only one reason he stayed: Kayden. Even though she made no secret of the fact that she didn’t trust Jake, she had his heart and there was nothing he could do about it.
Kayden was fascinated and intrigued – and very possibly, in love – with Jake since the moment she met him; though nobody would ever suspect. Kayden’s open hostility and distrust towards Jake was a point of contention with her family, but it served its purpose – nobody would ever guess he held her heart. Ever since the truth about Jake’s past came out, Kayden’s fallen even harder for the strong, silent man who has become a part of her life. This case, spending all this time alone with Jake, would take every bit of her willpower to stay strong, to remind herself why they could never be together.
Getting to know the woman who holds his heart is a gift Jake couldn’t be more thankful for. He can’t hide his surprise, though, as Kayden continues to open up towards him. Could there be any chance, any chance at all, that Kayden could actually return his feelings? The climbing community doesn’t take kindly to Kayden suspecting one of them to be guilty for the murder, and subtle and not-so-subtle threats soon surround Kayden, bringing out Jake’s protective instincts. Yet when the case is wrapped up, the threats continue – and they get darker. When Kayden is severely injured right before his eyes, with him powerless to stop it, Jake can no longer ignore the truth – his past has come back to haunt him, and to once again rip the woman he loves out of his life.
I love the McKenna family, and I love this series, but Silenced may be my favourite yet. Kayden and Jake have both intrigued me from the start of the series, and I thoroughly enjoyed finally getting into both of their heads – and hearts. What a joy to watch them embrace their feelings for each other. Who knew Kayden has been in love with Jake all along? Yet it makes perfect sense.
The focus on faith is again ever present. Kayden and Jake share a strong faith, and it makes them that much more compatible, and brings them that much closer to each other. I especially love Pettrey’s soundtrack for the book, and Jake and Kayden’s song happens to be one of my personal favourites – Collide by Howie Day; perfect!
In Submerged the McKennas took me diving; in Shattered they took me skiing; in Stranded they took me on several outdoor adventures, including kayaking, and in Silenced they took me climbing. Pettrey’s writing is truly exceptional – she doesn’t tell you, she shows you. I’m always right there with the McKennas, joining them in their adventures – that’s one of the things I love most about this series; I know I’m in for some adventure, suspense, and romance. This time around we also get to attend two weddings: Cole and Bailie’s, and Piper and Landon’s. It’s such a pleasure to watch these relationships take off and grow.
I really look forward to the next book in the series, Sabotaged, which will focus on Reef and Kirra. I’ve had a soft spot for Reef ever since reading Shattered, and I’m very intrigued by Kirra who we met in Silenced. I look forward reading this story knowing that she might be the one to finally anchor Reef, and he might be the one to repair the damage that was done to her – though we don’t know what happened to change her yet. Sabotaged is scheduled for release in 2015 – a long wait, but sure to be well worth it.
Author: Dany Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Number of pages: 337