I already anticipated a great suspense story coming from Terri Reed, so this one set in freezing cold Alaska where four friends went on an “off the path” hiking expedition set my heart to racing! I could just feel the tingling, hair-raising sense of doom well before anything happened. Ariel was right to question whether it was a good idea or not, but she'd do anything to celebrate her best friends upcoming wedding. After her edge of the cliff rescue, it's up to Alaskan State Trooper Hunter McCord and his K-9 unit team to find out what happened and why. Three missing friends, one dead hiking guide and who's behind the attacks are all answers they need to find before it's too late!
The K-9 unit continuity stories Love Inspired puts out are some of my favorite because you not only have the main mystery that gets solved in each book, but also an over-arching mystery throughout the series that's solved with the last book. These will lead the reader closer to learning what exactly happened on the mountain the day Ariel was pushed. I already love this first book that starts the series off with a bang! You have an immediate feel of dread as the author dragged you in with her opening scene and keeps you hooked until the end. I loved both Ariel and Hunter; they have strong, independent type personalities and butted heads more than once. Ariel rankled when Hunter got into his “take charge” attitude, but he quickly learned to back off and give her more room. I also loved the dogs—Juneau, Hunter's K-9 partner and Shasha, Ariel's husky puppy who added their own personalities. There's lots of interaction with the canine characters, which was definitely one thing I very much enjoyed! I was also kept guessing as to who was behind the attacks on Ariel until the reveal at the end. That's a good suspense writer when they keep you in the dark like that; it adds an extra depth to an already tense story.
You will find faith, danger, mystery, puppy love and two people taking a chance on love in Alaskan Rescue! I recommend this to anyone who reads inspirational suspense and looks forward to a happily-ever-after at the end!
*I received a complimentary copy from the author and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions are mine alone. *
A mountain search-and-rescue mission turns into a fight for their lives.
Sent to find a wedding party that disappeared during a hike, Alaskan state trooper Hunter McCord and his K-9 partner, Juneau, discover bridesmaid Ariel Potter hanging from a cliff. But this was no accident—she was pushed—and her hiking companions are missing. Now it’s up to Hunter and Juneau to find them…and make sure whoever wants Ariel dead doesn’t finish the job.