SubmergedSubmerged by Dani Pettrey
Series: Alaskan Courage
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Bethany House on May 1, 2012
Pages: 320
Also in this series: Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, Sabotaged
Also by this author: Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, Sabotaged, Cold Shot, Sins of the Past

Rarely do I have to wait long on the arrival of a book once I decide to do a review.  That was not the case this time.  My unprecedented wait time for this book was 2 months…that’s a long time for someone who is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a much anticipated book!  Needless to say, Submerged was definitely worth the wait!

Although I am not a deep sea diver (I can’t even snorkel in the pool) I loved reading of the dives and adventures that took place underwater in the great state of Alaska (one of the places I would love to travel to)!  Last Frontier Adventures, a local scuba rental and guide shop, seems like a typical small town family owned business, with the McKenna family running it.  A great place to work and connect with friends, although if I were to work there, the first thing I would do would be to disconnect the door sound announcing the phrase “Wipe Out”, every time someone entered the shop!

The story starts out with a death, a bit of a mystery, and a touch of home-town regret.  From the start, Bailey’s story is one familiar to many…she’s lived a past she would like to forget, but is unsure how to move past it in the small town she grew up in.  I loved the real and raw emotions we glimpsed from Bailey; Pettrey did an excellent job in writing this character with a believable past!

Cole may not have had as rough of a past as Bailey, but he has had his own share of trouble to deal with.  I found myself rooting for these two characters, hoping they could work through their problems and get from life what they deserve…true happiness!

The dynamics of the McKenna family are amazing…such a close-knit, loving family that truly knows how to let their hair down and have a good time!  They leave you longing for what they have…sensing contentment and “family” do exist!

I give this book 5 stars and can not wait until Shattered (the next in the series) comes out in February!!  I look forward to Piper’s story, hoping it leads her on a journey of a lifetime.  And if a certain childhood/family friend can be included in that…all the better!

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