Cold Shot – Dani Pettrey

Cold ShotIn her newest romantic suspense series, Dani Pettrey sets up an excellent story with Cold Shot that has just the right amount of suspense, romance, and action to keep the pages turning.

Griffin McCray works as a park ranger at Gettysburg. It isn’t the life he thought he would have, but after a case went horribly wrong while he was a SWAT-team sniper he knew he needed a quieter life.  That’s what he had until one night while he was patrolling and came upon two men hunting for relics that uncovered skeletal remains.  He calls in forensic anthropologist Finley Scott to help determine how recent the body might be.  She has been working in the park and he knows she can help.  After several different obstacles are put in their way they finally id the body as that of a young lawyer that has been missing since spring.  She was killed by a sniper, which drags Griffin even further into the case and makes him have to call on old friends for help.  FBI agent Declan Gray, Griffin’s old friend, takes over the case.  Everyone will have to work together to solve a case that is so much more than what it may seem at first glance.

Dani Pettrey has a way of entwining just the right amount of romance and suspense to make for a great read.  I have to say that to date, Cold Shot might be my favorite of her novels.  The story starts strong and doesn’t slow down.  On a few of her previous novels I felt the romance took away from the suspense.  Here that wasn’t the case.  The tense moments were very high and the romance brought it down only a notch.  One thing Pettrey does very well is make realistic characters that are well defined and easy to relate to.  Some writers have a difficult time writing characters that I enjoy reading about, but I enjoyed these.  The main focus of this story was Griffin and Finley. I expect the next in the series will focus on one of the other main male characters and find him a female romantic lead.  That seems to be the formula Pettrey goes with and for her it works well.  This is a good clean Christian romantic suspense story and that is very enjoyable.  I would recommend to other readers.

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