About This Book
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 adored Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series and couldn’t wait to dive into a whole new setting and cast of characters for her new Chesapeake Valor series. Pettrey did not disappoint. I was dropped into the midst of an intriguing mystery from the very first page, and the intrigue only escalated from there.
Griffin and Finley reminded me a bit of the TV show Bones, with their combination of law enforcement and forensic anthropology backgrounds. They both had dark pasts that were hinted at as the story went along, then ultimately explained at the exact right times in the story. As hero and heroine, they were both very easy to root for! I felt at times like the romance between them was a bit too easy, in that the only thing keeping them apart were their individual fears, so I wasn’t 100% sold that they’d earned their happily-ever-after on the last page… but it was still a highly enjoyable romance to watch unfold!
The only other thing that lost me in this new story was the overwhelming cast of characters. In her usual fashion, Pettrey had two minor characters as viewpoint characters in the story, setting them up as the hero and heroine of the next book. They, Parker and Avery, I had no problem with. But there were several scenes with as many as eight different characters in the room, speaking and interacting, calling each other by their first and sometimes last names, so that I was thoroughly confused at more than one point who was speaking to whom about what! Added to this confusion was that almost all of the characters felt like they had surnames for first names. All in all, they just made me work a little too hard to keep the plot straight which, unfortunately, pulled me out of the story once or twice.
But overall, this was a fast-paced, energetic start to what promises to be an exciting new series, and I can’t wait to read more from this talented author!
Available February 2, 2016 from Bethany House Publishers