Dani Pettrey
Bethany House

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, the man 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.

I have heard so many good things about these books, so when I saw this title available for review, I selected it quickly...momentarily forgetting that it's the fifth in a series. Basically, I ran up to the library and snatched up all four previous books before reading this one.

While some might think this McKenna family book marathon got me excited about reading Sabotaged, I think the opposite may have happened. Don't get me wrong: the books have their good points. They are suspenseful. But there are a few things that really bothered me and while it wasn't so bad after reading the first book or two, I'm afraid that  after five books all having these same issues, I'm more than a little tired of them.

The first and most prominent problem is the romance. There's just so much physical attraction and awareness of the characters', shall we say, attributes.  I wouldn't go as far as to say that the characters were lustful, it's just...I don't know how to describe it exactly. I could just do less of the character's thoughts about how kissable their love interest's lips look, capisce?

Sabotaged, like the other books in this series, was decently written in the fact that the characters did have some dimension and the story built tension. That being said, the writing itself didn't blow me away, and if it hadn't been for the snappy pace, it wouldn't have kept my attention for as long as it did.

So while I admit part of the reason I didn't enjoy Sabotaged is due to my personal preference in reading material, a lot of it might have been because I just didn't find that it lived up to the hype. I found this entire series to be "meh" at best, although I know  that many, many people have enjoyed these books. I just wasn't really one of them.

Rating: 6

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Sorry for your disappointment. :/ That's never a fun way to read a series.


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