In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled.
Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet–until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern–a young social justice lawyer missing since spring–and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents
I loved, loved, loved Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage and I had my doubts about whether she could pull off a new series without somehow ‘feeling’ like the last; or not being as good as the last. Have no doubts. Have no fears. This series is awesome, and it’s probably to early to say, but I feel like it’s going to be better than the last.
What I liked:
I actually went into this blind. I had no clue what the series was about or what this particular mystery was about. And it was lovely. I loved every page of this book.
Complexity: This book obviously has a mystery, but then it has a mystery that will likely span the entire series and then another mystery that will span at least one or two books. It’s layers upon layers of feelings and emotions and issues.
Friendship: The book starts off with broken friendships and I found myself just as invested in these men, their pasts, and their futures as I was with the plot.
Romance: The romance starts off in medias res (in the middle of things). Griff and Finley already know each other. They already have a repartee, but because of the incidents in this book, they begin to really fall for each other. I loved that there was more than attraction there, but respect and understanding. Their relationship made sense to me. But there was still that lovely sizzling quality to the romance that I always really like.
Mystery. I was invested. The book has a lot of twists and turns you won’t see right away.
Spiritually, there are a lot of great themes of forgiveness and how you can’t be free until you let the other person go; trusting in God even if you’re afraid; many of the main characters prayed often and sought God’s guidance and yet the book didn’t feel like a Christian infomercial. These were God’s people living their lives.
What I didn’t like:
There was nothing I didn’t like. Every page was awesome!
Romantic scale: 9
Overall, I obviously loved it. I read this book New Years Day and it just gave me so much hope for 2016!
**I received a copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**