Book Review and Giveaway! — Dead Drift

11 Jul

Burning debris littering the ground . . . smoke pluming in the acrid air . . . this is just the beginning if he fails.

Seven years ago, operative Luke Gallagher vanished to become part of an elite team set on capturing a deadly terrorist. When Luke returns to face those he left behind, their help becomes his only hope of stopping his target’s latest threat of an attack that would shake America to its core.

Private investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving or looking for Luke after he disappeared. But she also never imagined he left her or his life by choice. Now he’s back, and together they must unravel a twisting thread of secrets, lies, and betrayal, all while on the brink of a biological disaster. 

Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist’s next mark?

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than 400,000 copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).

Her Alaskan Courage series and Chesapeake Valor series have received praise from readers and critics alike and spent multiple months topping the CBA bestseller lists. Dani has also been honored with multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award finalist, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award.

From her early years eagerly reading Nancy Drew mysteries, to paging through Agatha Christie novels or watching on-the-edge-of-her-seat adventure movies, Dani has always enjoyed mystery and suspense. She considers herself blessed to be able to write the kind of stories she loves — full of plot twists and peril, love, and longing for hope and redemption. Her greatest joy as an author is sharing the stories God lays on her heart. She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband. Their two daughters, a son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons also reside in Maryland. For more information about her novels, visit

My Impressions:

For fans who have been eagerly awaiting the last installment in Dani Pettrey’s Chesapeake Valor series, Dead Drift will not disappoint. Full of the action-packed suspense and sizzling romance Pettrey is known for, this novel also offers a satisfying conclusion to several mysteries that have been teased throughout the series. Recommended!

All of the characters who have made up the ensemble cast of this series are present in Dead Drift, but this is really Luke and Kate’s story. Separated by years and circumstances beyond their control, they are back together as they hunt down terrorists with deadly intent. In the midst of danger, their love again blooms. I really liked the chemistry between these two characters. But it isn’t just the bad guys that threatens their future — they have to overcome guilt and distrust. They both need to learn that what they really need is to depend more on God. The second plot line that was introduced in book 1 is brought to a very satisfying end, bringing needed closure to more than one family. Both the terrorism thread and the cold case mystery kept this reader guessing and puzzling along with the characters. I felt invested in both stories and could not wait to get to the end. This one is a real page turner!

Dead Drift brings to an end the Chesapeake Valor series, and I am a bit sad. It was a great way to get my suspense-fix! For those of you who haven’t yet read it, don’t be surprised if you are spending a few days binge-reading.


Audience: adults

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(Thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



I have a copy of Dead Drift and a bit of book swag to give away. Leave me a comment for a chance to win. (US only, please.) The winner will be randomly selected on July 27, 2018.

24 Responses to “Book Review and Giveaway! — Dead Drift”

  1. Karen Rhoades July 11, 2018 at 7:51 am #

    I can’t wait to read this book!

  2. Bethel Burton July 11, 2018 at 7:53 am #

    I just read cold shot and loved it. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

  3. Dayna Wright July 11, 2018 at 8:15 am #

    Seriously looking forward to reading this book. So thrilled to have found your books.

  4. Jeanne Crea July 11, 2018 at 8:42 am #

    Thank you so much for the review and the chance to win. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Dani at the fiction readers Summit in May. I would love to read this whole series!

  5. Amanda Wilson July 11, 2018 at 10:23 am #

    I am currently reading the Alaskan Courage series. Cannot put them down. I started the series about 5 days and am already half way through book 3. 😀 Gifted author for sure!

  6. Mayor Sonni (@Readeropolis) July 11, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks for the chance to win! Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres. The Chesapeake Valor series is new to me.

  7. bellesmoma16 July 11, 2018 at 10:54 am #

    I want to read this entire series. Time! I need more time. 😊
    Loved your review!

  8. kathyaking July 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

    I would love to read your book and give a review. You are a new author for me, which happens to be my reading goal. To only read new authors for a year. Would love to add your name to the list.

  9. Loraine Nunley July 11, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

    You had me at ‘Dani Pettrey’. 🙂 I loved her Alaskan Courage series but I haven’t gotten to reading this one yet. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

  10. Perrianne Askew July 12, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    This book certainly sounds exciting and right up my alley! You can’t go wrong with Danni Pettrey anyway and I haven’t had the opportunity to read this one. Thank you for reviewing and the giveaway.

  11. Anita Yancey July 12, 2018 at 4:57 pm #

    I love reading books with secrets and lies in them, so I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for this chance.

  12. isisthe12th July 12, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

    I would love to read Dead Drift! Thanks for the chance.

  13. Arletta Boulton July 12, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

    It’s always sad when a good series comes to an end. Time to reread the series! lol Thanks for the review.

  14. Nicole Cook July 14, 2018 at 7:47 am #

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  15. lorsna July 14, 2018 at 8:36 am #

    It will be exciting to see how Luke and Kate overcome their past to create a future. Thanks for the chance to win their story!

  16. Margaret viss July 14, 2018 at 8:41 am #

    Would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity!!

  17. Karen July 14, 2018 at 9:58 am #

    I still haven’t had a chance to read any of Dani’s books, but oh, I hear that they’re so good! I can’t wait to be able to binge read this series!

  18. danipettrey July 14, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    Thanks so very much for the awesome review and giveaway!

    • rbclibrary July 14, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

      You are so welcome!

  19. Hulah Gorby July 14, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

    Love all of Dani’s books! Can’t wait to read this one!

  20. carylkane July 20, 2018 at 9:18 am #

    Dani is one of my MUST read authors! Thank you for the chance!

  21. Frances Moss July 22, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    One of my favorite authors!!!! I have read the other books in this series & can’t wait to read this one!!!!

  22. Patty July 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

    I haven’t read any of Dani’s books yet. I am making an effort to read more new to me authors this year!

  23. Ellen July 23, 2018 at 8:44 am #

    This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it.

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