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.
This is Book 5 of the Alaskan Courage Series. While you can read it as a stand alone, if you have any intention of reading any of the other books in the series, you really should go in order because the characters are the same for all of them, and you'd miss out on a lot of stuff just reading the last book. That being said, I was kind of sad that this book wasn't more about Reef's and Kirra's relationship. They apparently got their time in the last book, and so the fun beginning stages and the development weren't really there. We just get to jump right in. I also kind of wish there was more about Reef's development, but I guess that was sort of gone over in the last book too. He goes from being a bad boy accused of murder to having found a strong faith and makes a complete 180. While that's awesome, because it's done over a couple of books we don't really get to see that change happen.
I love knowing all the characters and their stories, so I really dig books like this. It was fun to see it all come together in the end with everyone in the family together. I'm not the type of person who can just read one book and then be done with it (if it's a series), so if I read one, I have to go back and reread all of them, even if the others didn't really do much for me. In this series, the first two were the best, and then I just kept reading because you have to finish the series. If you haven't read this series before, definitely try the first two in the series, as those were the best and had the most development.
Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: February 2015
Source: I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.