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A Corpse That Only Leads to Secrets. An Old Flame with Danger Written all over Her. Things Are about to Get Very Complicated. When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead offi A Corpse That Only Leads to Secrets. An Old Flame with Danger Written all over Her. Things Are about to Get Very Complicated. When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer's boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits. The already volatile situation is complicated even further by the arrival of Gabby Rowley--Finn's boss's sister and an investigative reporter with unrelenting questions about the crime. Now that she's returned, the tug on Finn's heart is strong, but with the risks she's taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it. Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can't ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?


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A Corpse That Only Leads to Secrets. An Old Flame with Danger Written all over Her. Things Are about to Get Very Complicated. When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead offi A Corpse That Only Leads to Secrets. An Old Flame with Danger Written all over Her. Things Are about to Get Very Complicated. When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer's boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits. The already volatile situation is complicated even further by the arrival of Gabby Rowley--Finn's boss's sister and an investigative reporter with unrelenting questions about the crime. Now that she's returned, the tug on Finn's heart is strong, but with the risks she's taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it. Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can't ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?

30 review for The Killing Tide

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    Fans of Dani Pettrey can expect a thrilling ride in this first book of what I expect will be another great series. When I saw that she will bring out a new book, I had great expectations and I was not disappointed. From the first page of the first chapter, right till the end of the book, I was taken on a suspenseful ride with so much happening that I was engaged right till the end and was shocked by the revelation of the villain (who was quite twisted). I loved the premise Fans of Dani Pettrey can expect a thrilling ride in this first book of what I expect will be another great series. When I saw that she will bring out a new book, I had great expectations and I was not disappointed. From the first page of the first chapter, right till the end of the book, I was taken on a suspenseful ride with so much happening that I was engaged right till the end and was shocked by the revelation of the villain (who was quite twisted). I loved the premise of the plot and the Coastal Guard Investigation Service team we meet. Noah, we have met in the Chesapeake Valor series but here we get to know him and his team. All of the members in the team was so interesting and lovable - I am hoping for an extended series with books about each of them. The ending just made me want to pick up book 2 (please release soon!). Finn and Gabby - Finn quickly stole my heart and I just enjoyed his character more as the story continued. Gabby, with her venturesome personality cause quite a few suspenseful scenes. The author did a great job of introducing small hints of events in their pasts which was revealed as the story developed. I also enjoyed the Rowley family dynamics and hope to see more of them in the series. If you loved investigative stories, for example NCIS, and teams where they are more like family, and never-ending suspense, you should definitely go and get this book! *I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Finn and Gabby were an interesting couple. It’s always a challenge for an author to show a couple with history meeting again after a space of time, and Pettrey mostly did a good job compensating for all the things we didn’t see about their history. The danger starts right up on page one and the story is off to a thrilling start. Gabby’s got a target on her back and her brother doesn’t hesitate to call his buddy Finn to help keep Gabby safe. I really enjoyed Noah’s protective streak and how deter Finn and Gabby were an interesting couple. It’s always a challenge for an author to show a couple with history meeting again after a space of time, and Pettrey mostly did a good job compensating for all the things we didn’t see about their history. The danger starts right up on page one and the story is off to a thrilling start. Gabby’s got a target on her back and her brother doesn’t hesitate to call his buddy Finn to help keep Gabby safe. I really enjoyed Noah’s protective streak and how determined he is to make sure his sister lives through this threat. Finn was a likeable hero who won me over pretty fast. He’s a man’s man and takes his job seriously. I have a nephew in the Coast Guard, and I love finding stories whose protagonists are also. Their investigative service (CGIS) plays heavily into solving this mystery and the thrills never stop as the plot twists and turns on itself countless times. I read it all in a single sitting! 18+ for heavy romantic attraction and focus on romance Clean with a bit of violence. Thanks to the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    Dani Pettrey is a talented author, and I won't deny that. While I haven't actually found one of her books that I hands-down love yet, I keep coming back and trying more. This series, in particular, seems to have a lot of promise. Plus, I can't get over that gorgeous cover. Plot and story wise, Pettrey's books are sound and incredibly unique. I am always sucked in by that aspect and can't stop turning pages! I had no idea who the perpetrator was until it was revealed near the end, and I was quite Dani Pettrey is a talented author, and I won't deny that. While I haven't actually found one of her books that I hands-down love yet, I keep coming back and trying more. This series, in particular, seems to have a lot of promise. Plus, I can't get over that gorgeous cover. Plot and story wise, Pettrey's books are sound and incredibly unique. I am always sucked in by that aspect and can't stop turning pages! I had no idea who the perpetrator was until it was revealed near the end, and I was quite shocked! Although for a moment, I had to remember who that character was, so maybe a little more interaction with him in the book would have made that clearer for the reader. The ending took a pretty creepy turn that I didn't particularly care for, but the action and suspense throughout was on point. My adrenaline was racing at times! Character and romance wise are where I feel that Pettrey falls short. For me, at least. The characters seem to be based entirely around each other and the romance, leaving little room for character arcs and development. Characters can make a or break a story for me most times, so that is perhaps why I feel a lack of connection with Pettrey's books. Although I will say that her secondary characters seem to be so much more developed and I honestly found myself more attached to them than our main characters. And as for the romance, it ends up being far too steamy for my tastes. There are many heated scenes throughout including passionate kisses, loads of physical attraction and 'tingles' and 'jitters' at the other's nearness\touch. While of course it never becomes an all-out sex scene in any way, I nonetheless found myself blushing and skimming through these scenes. The romance was based so much on physical attraction and not the characters personality or character qualities, which always gets a thumb-down for me. All in all, if you are looking for a suspense-y, action-packed story heavy on the romance, definitely check this one out! It wasn't my favorite, but it could be yours. :) FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Nice start to a new series! I didn't guess who the primary villain was which is great. The main female character took some crazy risks that I was shaking my head about. Pettrey set up the next novel in spectacular fashion and I can't wait to read it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    There's plenty of action and suspense in this quick-paced novel that introduces us to a new team of agents, their friends and family. Gabby has a tough shell and is 100% devoted to her job and identity as an investigative reporter- and the risk to her life seems like an afterthought. I was surprised at how cavalier her attitude is about the safety of herself and others, but perhaps that's just her defense mechanism. She and Finn have had a relationship in the past but she left him behind to purs There's plenty of action and suspense in this quick-paced novel that introduces us to a new team of agents, their friends and family. Gabby has a tough shell and is 100% devoted to her job and identity as an investigative reporter- and the risk to her life seems like an afterthought. I was surprised at how cavalier her attitude is about the safety of herself and others, but perhaps that's just her defense mechanism. She and Finn have had a relationship in the past but she left him behind to pursue a new job opportunity in another city. So in this book the chemistry and angst is already present in their interactions. Part of the story is told from Rissi's point of view as well, and I'm hoping the next book features her as the main character. She is the youngest member of the CGI team as well as the only female, and she also competes in various water sports competitions during the story with Gabby's brother Noah and Travis, another agent. The different loose threads and angles they are each investigating in the beginning tighten up as the plot progresses and the reading was full of tension as it drew closer to the climax. A great one for suspense fans! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abbi

    I have been a Dani Pettrey fan since her debut and I have anxiously awaited each new novel as was definitely the case with this one! First of all I have to talk about this epic cover! It’s simple while being unique and interesting! And I love the colors too! Now for what was inside the stunning cover. Sadly for me this book didn’t quite hit the mark of what I’ve come to expect from a Pettrey novel. The non-stop action and suspense was definitely still there-it seemed like you never kne I have been a Dani Pettrey fan since her debut and I have anxiously awaited each new novel as was definitely the case with this one! First of all I have to talk about this epic cover! It’s simple while being unique and interesting! And I love the colors too! Now for what was inside the stunning cover. Sadly for me this book didn’t quite hit the mark of what I’ve come to expect from a Pettrey novel. The non-stop action and suspense was definitely still there-it seemed like you never knew what was coming next! Every chapter had something else happening! But at times it felt like there was almost too much going on and the connections that were being made came across as a little coincidental at times. There were quite a few characters introduced at the beginning but as the story progressed it became easier to keep track of them all. I liked Finn and his dedication to rescuing people and finding justice. Gabby though did not make herself very likable. Reporters are always a hard sell for me and the way she put getting a scoop above everything, even her own safety, was more than a little irritating. I did appreciate that there had been a bit of a relationship in the past between Gabby and Finn so that things on that front didn’t seem so rushed. I wouldn’t have minded just a little more actual romance in the story, but with everything going on it was hard to find time for that! The rest of the group was fun and I’m looking forward to getting more of their stories in the next books! I have a pretty good idea of who will be next and I think it will make for an interesting story! So while this book didn’t quite live up to my expectations, other people are loving it (so don’t just take my word for it) and I trust this author enough to know that she has more amazing stories in store for us and I cannot wait to read them! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I'm a huge fan of Dani Pettrey's previous two series, so it's no surprise that I was eager to pick up The Killing Tide as soon as possible. I found the book easy to read. It started off great and I found the story to be enjoyable. The book was written very well and I liked the characters...although Gabby could be a little frustrating at times withe her carelessness. All in all, The Killing Tide was very good and I'm looking forward to the next book; I have a feeling I know I'm a huge fan of Dani Pettrey's previous two series, so it's no surprise that I was eager to pick up The Killing Tide as soon as possible. I found the book easy to read. It started off great and I found the story to be enjoyable. The book was written very well and I liked the characters...although Gabby could be a little frustrating at times withe her carelessness. All in all, The Killing Tide was very good and I'm looking forward to the next book; I have a feeling I know who the main characters will be and I can't wait for their story. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title via the publisher. It does not impact my review. It’s always a disappointing thing when a book by one of your favorite authors doesn’t end up working for you. This was the case for me and The Killing Tide. What I Liked -I thought the actual mystery aspect of the story was well done. It was pretty well-paced and Pettrey did a good job of weaving together multiple cases. -I liked the setting and that many of the main characters are i I received a copy of this title via the publisher. It does not impact my review. It’s always a disappointing thing when a book by one of your favorite authors doesn’t end up working for you. This was the case for me and The Killing Tide. What I Liked -I thought the actual mystery aspect of the story was well done. It was pretty well-paced and Pettrey did a good job of weaving together multiple cases. -I liked the setting and that many of the main characters are in the Coast Guard. That’s something new I haven’t read a lot of before and I found it pretty interesting. -I thought Pettrey did a good job with incorporating the characters’ faith in into the story. There wasn’t really any big lesson, it was just daily life and I liked that. What Didn’t Work for Me -Gabby drove me crazy for pretty much this whole book. The first time we meet her she narrowly escapes an attempt on her life and she ends up going to her brother so he and his Coast Guard friends can help protect her. But then she fights against the notion of needing to be protected the whole time and continually runs away from the people who are supposed to be watching her, which I just found really annoying and selfish. And her whole defense is that she needs to chase the story because God made her passionate about it and to ask her not to do it is wrong. Um, pretty sure that’s not how God works. She just really, really rubbed me the wrong way and pretty much ruined the book for me. -The romance didn’t really work for me. We find out that prior to the events of this book, Gabby and Finn had started a relationship, which was cut short when Gabby moved away. They both already had strong feelings for each other when the story starts and so we miss all of the build up. I never really felt their chemistry when they’re reunited and so I never got invested in them as a couple. -There are a lot of characters that are thrown out in the beginning. I had a really hard time keeping them straight. It took about half the book before I could start to tell them all apart. While I don’t have a problem with any of them, none of them really stood out to me as someone I would be excited to read about next. -I think my biggest problem with the book, though, is the way that Gabby was involved in the official investigation. Let me preface this by saying Gabby is not in law enforcement, she is a reporter. Throughout the story Finn has her help him process a crime scene where there were multiple murders, she uses Coast Guard computers to do her own research on the case, she accompanies Finn while he is investigating leads and persons of interest, and she is part of debriefing sessions of multiple cases. And the reason for all this? She’s incorrigible and would just go out and investigate on her own if they didn’t include her, so might as well keep an eye on her. THIS IS NOT HOW LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKS. My brother is a police officer and I talked to him about some of these things and asked what would happen if he involved a civilian like this while working. He would be fired. I understand for the sake of fiction there are certain allowances made, but I feel this is just way too unbelievable. And this is a complaint I have about several books by this author. Overall Overall, The Killing Tide was just not for me. Even though the pace seemed steady and there was a lot of action, I found myself bored for most of the book. I found Gabby so unlikable that it made it hard to get through the story at times. However, everyone I know that has read this have all really loved it, so it might just be me and my mood. I do plan on reading more from Pettrey in the future and am hoping my experience with this book is just an anomaly. Overall Rating (out of 5): 2.5 Stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    My Review 3.5 Stars The Killing Tide has an amazing cover and it’s even better in print. I’m visual, so I base whether or not I want to read a book on the cover first and the blurb second. Both of these things made me anticipate the release of The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians 1). The mystery and suspense is good too. Anyone who has read a Pettrey book knows she is one of the “big fish in the sea” when it comes to writing compelling stories. So this was how she was going to/>So My Review 3.5 Stars The Killing Tide has an amazing cover and it’s even better in print. I’m visual, so I base whether or not I want to read a book on the cover first and the blurb second. Both of these things made me anticipate the release of The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians 1). The mystery and suspense is good too. Anyone who has read a Pettrey book knows she is one of the “big fish in the sea” when it comes to writing compelling stories. So this was how she was going to die… Quite a first line, huh? Waves of intrigue crash onto the page right from the beginning. The plot is believable as far as the Coastal Guardians go with their extensive training and investigative techniques. Gabby, the heroine, is an investigative reporter with a back story involving Finn, our hero. While Gabby is not afraid of danger, many of her attitudes and actions seemed irresponsible and bratty to me. She’s constantly going against wise counsel where her safety is concerned. I just couldn’t connect with her character. And I would have found her inclusion in every aspect of the CGIS case more plausible if she had been introduced as official support personnel. Regardless of my disconnect with Gabby, I still liked the story and I learned a lot about the United States Coast Guard while reading The Killing Tide. I’m anticipating book two highlighting more of our brave Coastal Guardians. I recommend this book to fans of contemporary romantic suspense interlaced with strong faith. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    What a thrilling romantic suspense! Dani Pettrey has sure made quite a beginning for this new series. Gabby Rowley is an investigative reporter who just had an attempt on her life - forcing her to hide for a while. Unintentionally, the situation leads her back to where she spent her winter recuperating from a disastrous stint in South Sudan, Finn Walker`s loft. Despite tending a broken heart and even though we're only given snippets of their time together, it`s obvious why Finn was ab What a thrilling romantic suspense! Dani Pettrey has sure made quite a beginning for this new series. Gabby Rowley is an investigative reporter who just had an attempt on her life - forcing her to hide for a while. Unintentionally, the situation leads her back to where she spent her winter recuperating from a disastrous stint in South Sudan, Finn Walker`s loft. Despite tending a broken heart and even though we're only given snippets of their time together, it`s obvious why Finn was able to crawl under Gabby's barriers. I guess it was a risk to start a series with characters who have a history together rather than hinting in a previous book about past hurts. I was wary I'd feel something was missing, that I'd be thrown into their story. Let me make it clear this was not the case! Dani Pettrey was able to develop each character very well, leaving no space for doubt that we know these characters well. I love the dynamics between the dive team and the Rowley family. I hope Noah gets his story so we can hang out with them. For now, I'm super excited about Rissi's story!! *I received a review copy from the editor. All opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    This has a composite cast with the set up for book two. Like other Dani Pettrey books there’s action, romance, and a host of characters working together. A truly enjoyable read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    The Killing Tide was packed with action right from the first page. Gabby Rowley was a very strong willed character whose actions sometimes frustrated me, mostly toward the first half of the book. I felt that she grew a lot within the pages of this novel, and by the end of the story, she had sorted out her priorities. Finn Walker was a character that I really liked in The Killing Tide. We find that he and Gabby had a past relationship, which Gabby threw away for a job opportunity. The The Killing Tide was packed with action right from the first page. Gabby Rowley was a very strong willed character whose actions sometimes frustrated me, mostly toward the first half of the book. I felt that she grew a lot within the pages of this novel, and by the end of the story, she had sorted out her priorities. Finn Walker was a character that I really liked in The Killing Tide. We find that he and Gabby had a past relationship, which Gabby threw away for a job opportunity. The fact that Finn still cared for Gabby and willingly took on the responsibility for her protection, even after she broke his heart, made him stand out to me as a special person in this story. I liked the way the team ran their investigation into the deaths that occurred toward the beginning of the novel. There were many team members to meet in this first book of the series, and hints of possible romantic interests for future stories. I loved the way this book concluded and am excited to read the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)

    . . #jawdrop There's so much I want to say about this book! But, I can't because it's all spoilery! The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey was filled with strong faith, many prayers, the strongest supporting cast ever and action-packed twists! The blend of mystery, suspense and short chapters made this book an page-turner! I am so excited to see that the next book in this series, The Crushing Depths, will have Rissi Dawson as the main character. She was my favorite from this story . . #jawdrop There's so much I want to say about this book! But, I can't because it's all spoilery! The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey was filled with strong faith, many prayers, the strongest supporting cast ever and action-packed twists! The blend of mystery, suspense and short chapters made this book an page-turner! I am so excited to see that the next book in this series, The Crushing Depths, will have Rissi Dawson as the main character. She was my favorite from this story and I can't wait to read more about her in June 2020! If you're a fan of romantic suspense, you won't want to miss The Killing Tide! The Killing Tide is available now - visit Christian Book to purchase! I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley, however I read a finished hardcover copy that was borrowed from the local public library. A positive review was not required. Opinions expressed are completely my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat! The story was a bit confusing for me at first, maybe because it dived straight into the action without explanation, but a quarter of the way in I was hooked. I did not expect the person behind the crime to be who he/she was at all- the best thing for a mystery read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was an excellent debut to Dani's new series! It was a very easy and quick read but boy did it pack a ton of suspense and surprises within its pages. I love the new crew of folks we are meeting in the Coastal Guardians and I can not wait for ALL of their stories! This a series that will be on must read as they release pile! The story moved very quickly and flowed well throughout and it definitely kept me guessing. There multiple things that happened that I was not expecting. Highly recommend This was an excellent debut to Dani's new series! It was a very easy and quick read but boy did it pack a ton of suspense and surprises within its pages. I love the new crew of folks we are meeting in the Coastal Guardians and I can not wait for ALL of their stories! This a series that will be on must read as they release pile! The story moved very quickly and flowed well throughout and it definitely kept me guessing. There multiple things that happened that I was not expecting. Highly recommend for anyone that loves great Christian fiction suspense stories! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “He was drawn to her like the tides were to the moon.” “He’d done exactly what he vowed not to do. He’d fallen in love with her all over again.” The Killing Tide, the first installment in Dani Pettrey’s new Coastal Guardians series, is an action-packed romantic suspense novel that takes readers on an extremely dangerous and thrilling ride and keeps them highly invested in the storyline until the very last page. Dani Pettrey is a favorite author of many romantic/>The/>“He Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “He was drawn to her like the tides were to the moon.” “He’d done exactly what he vowed not to do. He’d fallen in love with her all over again.” The Killing Tide, the first installment in Dani Pettrey’s new Coastal Guardians series, is an action-packed romantic suspense novel that takes readers on an extremely dangerous and thrilling ride and keeps them highly invested in the storyline until the very last page. Dani Pettrey is a favorite author of many romantic suspense readers because of her thrilling storylines, her swoon-worthy heroes, and her ability to weave the characters’ faith seamlessly into her novels. Gabby Rowley finds herself in extreme danger after her work as an investigative reporter leads to $30 million in cocaine being seized by the DEA and a major drug dealer being sent to prison. After Gabby faces an attempt on her life, her brother Noah, a special agent in the Coast Guard Investigative Service, and other members of his team are enlisted to provide protection for her. As Noah, Finn, and the rest of the CGIS team investigate the suspicious death of a Coast Guard officer, the case becomes more complex and dangerous than they ever anticipated. Sparks continue to fly between Finn and Gabby, as unresolved feelings from the past resurface. The chemistry between Finn and Gabby is off the charts, and the romantic storyline will have readers swooning. Readers will become familiar with the entire Coast Guard Investigative Service team in the novel, and it is heartwarming how this team of special agents has a family-like dynamic and supports each other during the good times and the bad. There are many new characters introduced at the beginning of the novel, which is typical in the first book of a new series, but readers will quickly fall in love with the entire CGIS team. These characters will undoubtedly be featured in future installments of the Coastal Guardians series. Gabby and Finn’s faith helps them face the difficult situations they encounter in their daily lives, and even in their deepest struggles and moments of doubt, God is always with them. The Killing Tide is highly recommended for readers of romantic suspense, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Lynette Eason, Lynn H. Blackburn, Rachel Dylan, Natalie Walters, and Elizabeth Goddard, and fans of TV shows such as NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Hawaii Five-0. Readers will be eagerly anticipating the second book in the series, The Crushing Depths, to discover more about their favorite members of the Coast Guard Investigative Service team. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. Additional Quotes: “The ocean settled her soul like nothing else. Being near God’s creation reminded her of His sovereignty and majesty. Setting the moon in the sky to control the tides . . . it awed her. Jesus walking on water, calming the storm . . . Knowing He tamed something so wild and free settled her soul in a way nothing else did.” “God had most definitely made a masterpiece with Finn Walker. Combining his stellar physique with green eyes, a strong jaw, and chiseled cheekbones made it hard not to sigh when he walked in a room.”

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jes Drew

    The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey was a fast-paced thriller with a great romance mixed in. I loved Finn, who is trying desperately to do his job in solving the mystery, getting justice for his friend, protecting the sister his boss foisted off on him despite their past, and trying to convince Gabby to love him again. And then we follow the female coast guard team member, Rissi, every few scenes or two in her own attempt to solve the mystery- and try to ignore the ghosts of her past.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    3.5 stars, rounded up This is the exciting first novel in Pettrey's Coastal Guardians series. It starts with action and doesn't let up until the last page. That's not to say that the book is short on romance, because it delivers a hefty amount of that as well. I really liked and identified with Gabby's character and appreciated the journey she needed to travel in order to trust again. One slight shortcoming is the sheer number of characters introduced. I get that it's necessary in the 3.5 stars, rounded up This is the exciting first novel in Pettrey's Coastal Guardians series. It starts with action and doesn't let up until the last page. That's not to say that the book is short on romance, because it delivers a hefty amount of that as well. I really liked and identified with Gabby's character and appreciated the journey she needed to travel in order to trust again. One slight shortcoming is the sheer number of characters introduced. I get that it's necessary in the beginning of a series, but I thought that giving back story for so many of them was confusing. I hate to admit that when the ultimate villain was revealed, I had to turn the pages back in my book to figure out who the person was. Overall, this is the truest definition of a heart-pounding romantic suspense novel--both the action and adventure and the love story make the heart beat in their own ways. I am looking forward to the next books in this thrilling series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chanel

    With such a chillingly, stunning book cover and an engaging first line, I was immediately pulled into this riveting suspense featuring a Coast Guard team's pursuit of justice amid murder, lies and intrigue. The action and plot didn't disappoint - and I was very anxious to see how it would all end! I also really enjoyed learning about the Coast Guard and what they do. The cast of secondary characters from the team were a likeable bunch that was easy to support, root for and relate to. I enjoyed t With such a chillingly, stunning book cover and an engaging first line, I was immediately pulled into this riveting suspense featuring a Coast Guard team's pursuit of justice amid murder, lies and intrigue. The action and plot didn't disappoint - and I was very anxious to see how it would all end! I also really enjoyed learning about the Coast Guard and what they do. The cast of secondary characters from the team were a likeable bunch that was easy to support, root for and relate to. I enjoyed the beach setting as well; the author created wonderful imagery that I could easily picture and take part in. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with the heroine and the romance in this book. Gabby Rowley, a career-driven investigative reporter, comes across as flippant by showing little to no concern for her own safety after an attempt on her life by dismissing the protection of the Coast Guard team in favor of pursuing a story and only begrudgingly appreciating the concern of the team and her family. Her behavior was irritating for majority of the book and, in the end, I couldn't bring myself to like her. The romance was hard to relate to because their relationship has a high-level intensity with little emotional connection. Consequently, there was a disconnect for me since it felt too fast and focused primarily on their physical attraction. Overall, I enjoyed the suspense and the secondary characters enough to eagerly await the next installment in this series. And though The Killing Tide was my first read by this author, I’m still excited to check out her backlist and read more from her.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Guess what is releasing this next week? Good news, right? Dani Pettrey is a talented author and one of my favorites in the romantic suspense genre. I've been anticipating this book for what seems like a long time. Oh and just a shout out to the cover! I love when a book cover represents what is inside so well. It just makes me happy. And I love those colors!! You better buckle up for this book. Seriously. It is nonstop, petal to the metal, fast paced, forward momentum. I was sucked in Guess what is releasing this next week? Good news, right? Dani Pettrey is a talented author and one of my favorites in the romantic suspense genre. I've been anticipating this book for what seems like a long time. Oh and just a shout out to the cover! I love when a book cover represents what is inside so well. It just makes me happy. And I love those colors!! You better buckle up for this book. Seriously. It is nonstop, petal to the metal, fast paced, forward momentum. I was sucked in from the first few pages and had a hard time putting this one down for "real life". haha. Sometimes with suspense novels, it's more about the plot than the characters. I don't know how Dani Pettrey does it, but there is such a fantastic balance of character building in the midst of a growing mystery and death defying scenes. It makes for such an awesome story. I love the setting for this new series and also the homage it pays to some largely unsung heroes that protect our waters. I'll admit that some of it creeps me out (think underwater fighting, drowning and sharks!) but it's okay, I'm okay. 😨 It could never be my job but I sure am grateful for those who are our coastal guardians. This book spotlights Finn and Gabby (I LOVE Finn! Gabby, not so much) but also introduces us to a team of people who this series will revolve around. The stage has been set for the next novel and once again, I am left anticipating the next book. It cannot get here fast enough. Content: violence, death, Christian elements, kissing - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    The Killing Tide follows in the way of Dani Pettrey’s previous titles with a strong mystery story, plenty of action and high-stakes suspense, and charming, faith-filled romance. When investigative journalist, Gabby Rowley’s life is threatened by the drug lord she helped send to prison, her protective big brother, Noah, insists she return home with him to Wilmington, North Carolina, where he and his Coast Guard Investigative Service team can keep an eye on her. But when bodies begin to The Killing Tide follows in the way of Dani Pettrey’s previous titles with a strong mystery story, plenty of action and high-stakes suspense, and charming, faith-filled romance. When investigative journalist, Gabby Rowley’s life is threatened by the drug lord she helped send to prison, her protective big brother, Noah, insists she return home with him to Wilmington, North Carolina, where he and his Coast Guard Investigative Service team can keep an eye on her. But when bodies begin to pile up, including one of their own, Gabby is drawn to the investigation, even if it means working alongside old flame and the man she left behind, Finn Walker. The Killing Tide plunges readers straight into the story and lives of the many characters. It took me a little while to work my head around the plot and backstory. It felt like perhaps I had missed a prequel, like I should know these people and the people they know. Instead, the characters’ backstories are mostly filled in throughout the novel, while some are just alluded to, with more details perhaps to be revealed in the second book in the series. The writing jumps around a lot in The Killing Tide. The pace is very quick and the action, deaths, twists and investigation clues just keep coming. Some sections are only a half a page long, before they jump to another thread of the story, another character’s perspective, and then switch again. Once I got my head around who was who and how they fit together, The Killing Tide was an easy story to enjoy. Aside from Finn and Gabby, there are a lot of other main characters, some of which share in the chapter perspectives. Finn and Noah, Gabby’s brother, are teammates, and their fellow CGIS unit are a tight-knit group. As Dani Pettrey often does, this book is situated around a strong family-like work team. I really enjoyed the multiple threads of the investigation. Just when you think all the clues have been laid out, another death is revealed or another layer to the organisation was discovered. The end bad guy was a surprise and I liked how that was a plausible and clever reveal. All the main characters are strong men and women, equally capable of saving themselves and others - and they need to do so multiple times over. The Killing Tide is a fun and exciting first book in a new series. Book two in the Coastal Gaurdians series is set to follow Rissi - another member of the CGIS team and the past that returns to haunt her. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  22. 5 out of 5

    Inspirationalfictionreader

    Dani Pettrey is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. I love her writing style and her stories always keep you flipping the pages while furiously trying to figure out who the bad guy is! I also love how she incorporates the entire team into each of the stories in that particular series. By the last book, you feel like they are old friends! I liked reading about this new group of characters and their relationships with each other. I also enjoyed that they were members of the Co Dani Pettrey is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. I love her writing style and her stories always keep you flipping the pages while furiously trying to figure out who the bad guy is! I also love how she incorporates the entire team into each of the stories in that particular series. By the last book, you feel like they are old friends! I liked reading about this new group of characters and their relationships with each other. I also enjoyed that they were members of the Coast Guard, which is a branch of the Armed Forces that isn’t featured a lot. My biggest issue with this story was Gabby. I felt like she not only needlessly put herself in danger, but others too. I also didn’t feel like it was realistic to have her help with the investigations, since she was not part of the Coast Guard. I also felt that there was just too much at play in this story, which made it seem a bit improbable. Even though I didn’t connect with this story as much as I would’ve liked, I will definitely be reading the next story in this series. I think Rissi and Mason have an interesting history and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    Dani Pettrey starts off a new series with The Killing Tide, about a group of Coast Guard Investigative Service special agents. This one centers around Finn Walker, who is facing a very dangerous crime with little to no evidence, while at the same time dealing with the woman who broke his heart coming back into his life again. Gabby Rowley, sister of one of the Coast Guard special agents, and investigative reporter, is supposed to be in hiding because of a threat to her life. But Gabby has a mind Dani Pettrey starts off a new series with The Killing Tide, about a group of Coast Guard Investigative Service special agents. This one centers around Finn Walker, who is facing a very dangerous crime with little to no evidence, while at the same time dealing with the woman who broke his heart coming back into his life again. Gabby Rowley, sister of one of the Coast Guard special agents, and investigative reporter, is supposed to be in hiding because of a threat to her life. But Gabby has a mind of her own and doesn't want to stay hidden and keep her nose out of the crime that's taken place. The crime that the Coast Guard needs to solve, not her. Pettrey once again gives her readers a book full of suspense and great characters. We get a brief glimpse of all the special agents, and know that they each will most likely have a book dedicated to them. Fans of Pettrey will delight in this kick off to her new series, *My thanks the Bethany House for a complimentary preview copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    Dani Pettrey definitely knows what is required to create a romantic suspense. I adore how she creates a whole cast of brave heroines and heroes to fill her stories. By entering into a new story, Pettrey invites her readers into a world that becomes real and unique. In Killing Tide, readers are introduced to a team of Coast Guard Investigative Services that are as close as family. They spend time together, caring for each other inside and outside the job. The characters are memorable, yet brave. Dani Pettrey definitely knows what is required to create a romantic suspense. I adore how she creates a whole cast of brave heroines and heroes to fill her stories. By entering into a new story, Pettrey invites her readers into a world that becomes real and unique. In Killing Tide, readers are introduced to a team of Coast Guard Investigative Services that are as close as family. They spend time together, caring for each other inside and outside the job. The characters are memorable, yet brave. Gabby has a past that Pettrey hints out and doesn't resolve by the end of the first edition. While Finn has a past too, but Pettrey didn't keep it hidden from the readers. The romance between Finn and Gabby flourishes and sparks from the past romance they shared. Killing Tide is a death-defying story of chasing buried treasures and uncovering the truth of a boat explosion and castrophy of a dead man. The story captured my attention pretty quickly, and Pettrey didn't let go until the last hair-raising moment. I enjoyed spending time with these characters and can't wait to see what dilemma they find themselves in for the next story. I received a complimentary copy of The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Denise Hershberger

    This was an amazing book! I really loved all the characters. I especially loved the coast guard centered story for a change of pace. I especially loved Gabby. I really related worth how she was torn in two directions. She was far from perfect, but I loved her. Finn was dreamy. Also not perfect, but definitely a true hero! Pettrey is a fantastic writer. I had no idea who the bad guy was or how the story would conclude and the whole book kept me on my toes. I cannot wait to r This was an amazing book! I really loved all the characters. I especially loved the coast guard centered story for a change of pace. I especially loved Gabby. I really related worth how she was torn in two directions. She was far from perfect, but I loved her. Finn was dreamy. Also not perfect, but definitely a true hero! Pettrey is a fantastic writer. I had no idea who the bad guy was or how the story would conclude and the whole book kept me on my toes. I cannot wait to read book two! I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Wow. I've been waiting to read this new series from Dani Pettrey for a long time now, and let me tell you it was well worth the wait. Pettrey is so good at keeping readers on the edge of their seats, all while bringing these romantic scenes at just the right moments. And with swoony Finn as the hero in this installment, it's pretty much impossible not to have a couple of **sighing** moments. In addition, readers will enjoy the suspense, the action, and the hunt for the truth. There we Wow. I've been waiting to read this new series from Dani Pettrey for a long time now, and let me tell you it was well worth the wait. Pettrey is so good at keeping readers on the edge of their seats, all while bringing these romantic scenes at just the right moments. And with swoony Finn as the hero in this installment, it's pretty much impossible not to have a couple of **sighing** moments. In addition, readers will enjoy the suspense, the action, and the hunt for the truth. There were several times I thought I knew for sure how the bad guys were going to pan out. Of course, the more I read the more I changed my mind, but then towards the end Pettrey delivers such a twist in who the ultimate bad guy was, I really didn't see it coming. And I loved it! In fact, I had to skin back through previous chapters to see if I could see the bad guy in that person while I originally read about them. Pettrey brilliantly brings all the pieces together in the end, and had this reader catching her breath and unable to put the book down until I reached the end. Let's talk about the romance a bit. There's just something about two people who know they should be together but try to fight it. All this tension builds up as the story goes on, until it explodes with a toe curling kiss that you're just waiting for. But I love what Pettrey does after that. It's not all roses, and glorious and them finally being a couple. Nope, instead she builds up more tension, and has the readers just begging for more. **sigh** Finn and Gabby just might be my favorite Pettrey couple. I will say that in the beginning of the book, Gabby kind of annoyed me. She acted before she thought, and found herself in some pretty silly situations. And I get it - she was all about uncovering the truth for her story. But at some point I wanted her to step back and understand all the risks she was taking in doing so. And while it was slowly, almost painstakingly slow, I think she started to get that. Yes, she still put herself in danger, but she thought about it first. It was a step in the right direction and actually once this shift sort of happened, I found myself enjoying her character even more. To say that I cannot wait for the next installment in this series is a huge understatement. But until it comes out, I'll just enjoy Finn and Gabby's story a bit longer! If you haven't had the chance to read this one yet, I highly recommend that you do :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Dani Pettrey certainly came out of the gate swinging with this new series! Fans of romantic suspense, heavy on the suspense, will want to get their hands on a copy of The Killing Tide immediately. I have been eagerly waiting for this book since I devoured the Chesapeake Valor series last year. Pettrey writes some of the best suspense out there and she did not disappoint. The pace was breakneck and every time I thought I had finally wrapped my head around what was happening new evidenc Dani Pettrey certainly came out of the gate swinging with this new series! Fans of romantic suspense, heavy on the suspense, will want to get their hands on a copy of The Killing Tide immediately. I have been eagerly waiting for this book since I devoured the Chesapeake Valor series last year. Pettrey writes some of the best suspense out there and she did not disappoint. The pace was breakneck and every time I thought I had finally wrapped my head around what was happening new evidence would surface and I was back to square one. I never in a million years could have expected the final reveal and I wouldn’t want it any other way! With such an intriguing team of Coast Guard Investigators introduced, I’m not sure who’s story I want next. One thing I know for sure is that I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "Blood pooled like a cloud in the heightening tide of the super moon - the killing tide." Gabby Rowley's life has just been threatened once again, and she thinks she knows why. As an investigative reporter, her instinctive abilities to uncover crimes has recently put a powerful drug lord behind bars; and someone is out for revenge. Suddenly being shuffled from Raleigh, North Carolina to the coastal town of Wilmington, Gabby's family has placed her directly in the cross hairs 3.5 stars "Blood pooled like a cloud in the heightening tide of the super moon - the killing tide." Gabby Rowley's life has just been threatened once again, and she thinks she knows why. As an investigative reporter, her instinctive abilities to uncover crimes has recently put a powerful drug lord behind bars; and someone is out for revenge. Suddenly being shuffled from Raleigh, North Carolina to the coastal town of Wilmington, Gabby's family has placed her directly in the cross hairs of another dangerous person; a man who is no threat whatsoever to her life, but certainly has the strength to break her heart in two. . . . . for a second time. Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker has to steel himself against the waves of emotion that coincide with seeing Gabby Rowley; she has returned to Wilmington for her own safety, nothing else; seeing him again had nothing to do with her decision. . . . .besides, she was the one who walked out of his life without a backward glance. Sure, Gabby can stay in his loft apartment, and sure, he will help the Coast Guard community keep her free from harm, but so many things become unsure, especially when a string of lethal crimes ignite Gabby's thirst for truth. Admittedly, the first half of this book was a bit confusing; numerous characters and a steady stream of violent events; coupled with the sense that there was a missing back story or two, but by the time the story was fully underway it was quite engaging; and its ending staged a clever beginning to more than one story about these brave coastal guardians. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher; the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "The Killing Tide" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the first book in a new series. After Harper's investigative reporting puts a drug lord in prison, he orders his people to kill her. Her brother, Noah, asks her to stay with one of his Coast Guard team, Finn, so they can keep her safe. Noah's team must also investigate the death of a Coast Guard officer who has been murdered. Harper wants to help her friend, the wife of the murdered officer, discover why he was killed. She's not rea "The Killing Tide" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the first book in a new series. After Harper's investigative reporting puts a drug lord in prison, he orders his people to kill her. Her brother, Noah, asks her to stay with one of his Coast Guard team, Finn, so they can keep her safe. Noah's team must also investigate the death of a Coast Guard officer who has been murdered. Harper wants to help her friend, the wife of the murdered officer, discover why he was killed. She's not really interested in being safe and knows how to protect herself, so she faced danger from the murder investigation as well. The constant danger to the main characters kept the suspense high. The characters were complex, dealt with realistic struggles, and I cared about what happened to them. Finn and Harper had dated before the start of this story, so it was a matter of Harper deciding if she loved and trusted Finn enough to keep her reporting close to home. Some of the characters prayed to God to help them stay safe, etc. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this suspenseful novel. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rissi

    The Killing Tide: An Exciting New Favorite Romance Mystery! STORY | Gabby Rawley is determined not to let a threat to her safety stop her. As an investigative reporter, Gabby buries herself in work in order to forget the mistakes of her past, and the choices she’s made in pursuit of this career. It’s her life, and no one will scare her away from it. But when her boss insists she go somewhere safe, Noah, her Coast Guard investigator brother comes to take her back to their small hometown where his best f/>STORY The Killing Tide: An Exciting New Favorite Romance Mystery! STORY | Gabby Rawley is determined not to let a threat to her safety stop her. As an investigative reporter, Gabby buries herself in work in order to forget the mistakes of her past, and the choices she’s made in pursuit of this career. It’s her life, and no one will scare her away from it. But when her boss insists she go somewhere safe, Noah, her Coast Guard investigator brother comes to take her back to their small hometown where his best friend, Finn can protect her. The trouble is, Finn and Gabby have a past, and living under the watchful eye of the Coast Guard protector isn’t something Gabby looks forward to. When the death of a friend distracts this tight-knit Coast Guard, Gabby looks at this as a chance to do what she does best: pursue a new story! But what cost will the leads ask of them? REVIEW | Anytime I return to a fictional world of intrigue and mystery, I’m reminded just how much I enjoy this genre. One of my favorite authors to take me on an exciting pulse-pounding adventure is Dani Pettrey. The launch of her newest series begins with The Killing Tide, an exciting new mystery that doubles as a new favorite. What you’ll find inside these pages is heroism, danger and of course, the romance that any good contemporary romance/romantic suspense novel does best. You’ll also meet a fierce, memorable team. This book is very strong on being a kind of ensemble team. In this way, it’ll remind TV aficionados of shows like NCIS. Why this surprises me, I don’t know. Each of Pettrey’s novels has a “unit” firmly encased in every story. Here, it’s specifically a Coast Guard team. Read the review in its entirety on Finding Wonderland Sincere thanks to Dani Pettrey, and Bethany House for kindly sending me a copy of this novel in consideration of review; all opinions are my own.

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