by Dani Pettrey
Trade Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Released: February 3, 2015
Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through Netgalley.
Book Description from Back Cover:
Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey’s search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light.
Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits. Kirra’s uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank’s daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, Frank must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper’s bidding or she will die.
Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl’s life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.
Sabotaged is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the fifth book in a series. It can be read as a stand alone, and it didn't spoil the suspense storylines of the previous novels. The attraction that blooms into romance actually started in the previous book, so the starting intensity of their attraction might seem surprising if you haven't read the previous book. Also, the past main characters were highly involved in this story, so it might be more meaningful if you start earlier in the series.
The dog racing and SARs was a backdrop to the story; most of the story involved flying or driving around Alaska to track down Franks past and Meg's present. The mystery had clues about who was involved and why, so some of it was guessable, but the full story didn't come out until the end. The suspense was created by the physical danger to a number of characters and from the emotional healing that Kirra journeyed through before embracing the romantic relationship.
The Christian element was deeply entwined with the storyline as Reef was trying to depend more deeply on God and Kirra was wrestling with why God let something really bad happen to her in her past. I didn't find it preachy or abrupt. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this suspenseful novel.
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Excerpt: Read an excerpt on author's website