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When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer's boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits. When investigative reporter--and Finn's boss's sister--Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she's back, the tug on Finn's heart is strong, but with the risks she's taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it. Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can't ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?
I loved Finn, the main character in this particular story. He’s been hurt and rejected by Gabby in the past but can’t seem to let her go. His protective, tender, loving ways really carry the story through to the end. Gabby’s a self-centered, headstrong, and impulsive investigative reporter whose brother is Finn’s boss on the CGIS team. She’s been terribly hurt, emotionally and professionally, by a man in her past so has a hard time accepting Finn’s love. Finn is persistent though, even as they track down a mastermind trying to kill Gabby and a smuggling ring that becomes more slippery as they uncover who is actually involved. I really enjoyed getting to know Riss, another member on the team, and can’t wait to find out her full story!
I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Author: Dani Pettrey
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
What an exciting adventure with tons of action, intrigue and more! So, how to share without revealing too much? The opening scene reminded me of the movie
Scenes change and the readers will find themselves on a wild ride as Gabby, a news reporter, is trying to stay a step ahead of her pursuer who intends to do her mortal harm. So, her employer calls her brother to come and take her out of town in order to keep her safe. However, Gabby loves to ditch those who are protecting her in order to chase down story leads.
Now, we get a sneak peek into Finn and Gabby’s past because Finn is part of the team tasked with keeping Gabby safe. The CGIS team takes turns keeping Gabby right by their sides while various members are investigating several cases that have cropped up. Are all these cases related? Well, you’ll have to read the tale to find out. But wait there is more!
Gabby and Finn’s individual life histories are littered with painful memories and broken hearts. Gabby and Finn are the two main characters in the first book, but there are other members of the team that I am thinking the author will craft very intriguing stories for us to enjoy. We get sneak peeks into the past of team members’ lives like Rissi, Noah, Caleb, and others that I am hoping are going to show up in future books in this series.
If you never have read Dani Pettrey’s novels, let me say you are in for a treat! They are exciting, engaging, suspense-filled to the max along with family and faith threads that will warm your heart. Grab a copy of The Killing Tide, then get ready to rock and roll with action and adventure!
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You never know what is around the next corner, and it is a good thing, the surprises are very abundant, and most I never saw coming, and don’t won’t get too comfortable in your
Past meets present, and facing your life hits you head on, and while there is a bit of romance, you need to hold your loved one’s close as you don’t know whom will be here tomorrow.
When you think all that is bad has finished, be careful!
I love that this is the first in this series and more is to come!
I received this book through Net Galley and Bethany House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.
The North Carolina coast is the setting of The Killing Tide. Many of the characters are members of a US Coast Guard investigative team that participates in ocean rescues, retrieval dives, and investigations of criminal cases. Among the investigators is Finn Walker who is enlisted to keep journalist Gabby Rowley safe following an attempted hit by a drug dealer. Gabby is good at her job, and soon inserts herself into the CGIS investigations. She is not, however, good at keeping out of trouble! 😉 Finn and Gabby have a past and unresolved relationship issues, and their chemistry is still firmly in place. Fans of romantic suspense will love their interactions and the tough spots in which they find themselves. The cases being investigated seem unrelated, but soon a common thread emerges. I liked the ways the group worked together to piece the puzzle together. I also liked that I was kept guessing and was surprised by just whodunit. The faith element in The Killing Tide is strong. Main characters Gabby and Finn are believers, yet have struggles common to the Christian life — guilt, feelings of not being good enough, and superimposing desires over God’s will. The two encourage each other to silence the accusing voices in their heads and find God’s truth and purposes.
The Killing Tide is a great start to the Coastal Guardians series. I can’t wait for more!
(Thanks to Bethany House Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
The action in this book begins immediately and it never let up. Just when I thought there couldn't be anything else happen, BOOM, it did! There was a scene that had me wondering just how much more Gabby could endure and I didn't come close to guessing the conclusion. As Finn and Gabby work together to find the killer (or killers), they once again experience their incredible chemistry and Gabby begins to question if her work is really all that she wants. But, along with the intense intrigue and suspense, there is an underlying message of faith. I appreciate the many prayers that Pettrey is able to incorporate into her plot; she subtly shares her Christian beliefs without cramming religion down her reader's throats.
The Killing Tide provides romance, mystery, and thought-provoking dialogue and it is perfect for fans of Christian romantic suspense. In late June 2020, the next book of the Coastal Guardians series will be available and I am eagerly waiting for The Crushing Depths.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
Wow! Be prepared to read until you reach the last page and then wonder how you missed figuring it out. This thriller had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what on earth could happen next. Gabby Rowley is a well-known journalist that has put herself in
Noah, her brother, and his team work with the CGIS or Coast Guard Investigative Service. Sent to stay with the team as a precaution, Gabby finds herself involved in an investigation that has so many twists and turns, never mind the danger, that one has to wonder if she will be any safer. I found myself wishing I could take Gabby and shake her, hoping to dislodge her fixation on figuring everything out by herself, no caring about her safety. As she learns more about herself, will she begin to rely on God to lead her? The author has introduced us to a wonderful set of characters that I look forward to getting to know better.
What a fabulous beginning to the Coastal Guardians series. This digital copy was received through Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House Publishers, NetGalley and CelebrateLit. All impressions and comments are my own and were in no way solicited.
I can’t imagine the danger they face everyday having to board vessels not knowing what they will find. When one of their own is found dead on a boat, Finn goes into action to start the investigation. Finn has his hands full trying to keep The Coast Guard name from getting slandered by accusations. He also has to deal with Gabby. They don’t have a nice past together but here they are working together. Gabby was not my favorite because she seemed to not be able to do what she is told. Her life is in danger, yet she wants to get in the middle of Finn’s investigation. I thought it was a bit selfish of her to push her way around and having Finn constantly watch out for her.
The mystery is quite good and I liked how the twists keep readers guessing who is guilty. If only Gabby would stay out of the way, or maybe she has a vested interest in solving the death of a Coast Guard. The deeper Finn digs into what happened on the boat where someone died, the more danger comes his way. It is a story that captures the thrills of chasing the bad guys while trying to unravel all the people involved. Get ready for a bumpy ride as we travel on sea and land to catch the killers before they destroy more lives.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
I received this book from Celebrate-Lit for my honest review.
I am so thankful that I read this one first because it introduces you to the characters in the series. I am really looking forward to reading The Crushing Depths releasing June 30th.
I loved the story! I also love that it took place in NC where I live. I've even been to Wilmington before! I loved the chemistry between Finn and Gabby. I also
Even though this is the first book in this series, I kind of felt like I was supposed to already know the characters (which isn't a good thing when it's the first book in the series). I see another reviewer also asked about that and was
What I liked:
*It's a clean romance.
*The characters do pray--though their prayers are usually in times of need (stuff like, "please, God, let Noah be okay" rather than me as a reader feeling that they pray in other times too.
*Gabby is able to take care of herself if she needs to do so.
*The Rowley family seems to be a close, loving family. Noah's team also seems to have a closeness and a trust that the others will back them up or be there.
What I didn't like:
*Gabby making stupid choices (sneaking out of the station to go investigate, trying to duck her brother and his colleagues because she "doesn't need a babysitter", etc.)
Clean read with