Submerged by Dani Pettrey
It was by complete accident I found this book at my local library. I was actually bending down tying my shoes when the cover art caught my eye. (I do judge books by their covers…. lol). This book is about a young women named Bailey who returns to her hometown of Yancey, Alaska for her aunt’s funeral .Growing up in Yancey she had a reputation of being “easy”. However, once she moved away she had gotten saved and changed her life. But like most, her hometown won’t forgot or let her forget her old reputation. While there taking care of business about her Aunt’s shop, she meets her ex-boyfriend Cole. Cole and his siblings own a diving store and end up needing her help in a recent murder investigation (because of her knowledge of Russian history). The investigation ends up linking back to her aunt’s death. Overtime as they continue investigating, her and Cole see a new future together, in light of their past.
I really really enjoyed this book. Pettrey’s writing style is similar to that of Dee Henderson’s. She has a way of pulling you into the story and the character’s mind by the very first page. I love how there was romance that wasn’t cheesy. And that there was action throughout the story keeping me on my toes.
I have never had an interest in Russian history, and I have never been scuba diving. Both of these subjects are a big part of this book but being someone who knows nothing of either subjects, I felt “in the loop” on all of the character conversations and I closed the book feeling a little more knowledgable. 🙂
The only part about Submerged I would maybe consider a “con” is the fact that sometimes the main male character (Cole) played a little bit too much on his innocence. Not giving away too much detail, in his and Bailey’s past, she had cheated on him with another local boy. Cole had remained pure and because of that, I feel like he seemed too…. perfect. I feel like everyone has their faults and while he does show some of his in this book, I feel like Bailey’s was put out for all to see while Cole’s remained less serious. But, that might just be my take on it considering I am a woman reading this. My husband would probably see it right the opposite;)
I definitely can NOT wait to finish this series:):) I haven’t been able to find anything written by Pettrey at my local Hastings, Books-A-Million, or Barnes and Noble, which saddens me because this book was such a wonderful read and I’m looking forward to reading more in this series and by her. 🙂 This is a series that I would buy just to have on my bookshelf to look back through and re-read:) If you enjoy Dee Henderson’s books and style, you will love Pettrey’s!