Shattered by Dani Pettrey
Bethany House Publishers, February 1, 2013

Piper McKenna couldn’t be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed–but despite the evidence, Reef swears he’s innocent. And Piper believes him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he’s also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon’s career.

With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada’s rugged back country–and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

I bought Submerged as I’d wanted to read it for a while and as I had Shattered on my Kindle from NetGalley, I really wanted to read the first book in the series before diving into Shattered. I finished Submerged and headed straight for Shattered. Whilst I didn’t love Submerged  – I felt the romance between Cole and Bailey a little slow and was confused by the Russian history – I wanted to read Shattered so badly. Why? Landon and Piper. I fell in love with these two about halfway through the first book. Piper is stubborn but adorable and she just captures your heart even when you want to throttle her at times! Landon spends much of the book wanting to throttle her as well, but holds back because he loves her as much as she infuriates him – in fact they infuriate each other very well. These two have chemistry and it just jumps off the page!

Dani Pettrey does a great job of giving her readers the romance they need, whist still holding back and weaving in this great mystery that just gets deeper and deeper by the chapter. I had no idea how the mystery would end or who was the culprit.

I highly recommend this book and I cannot wait for Stranded to come out – it’s going to be a long wait till October 1st!

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.