Saturday, March 18, 2017

STILL LIFE by Dani Pettrey

Avery Tate worked with Parker Mitchell as a crime scene photographer. Though she loved the work, her feelings for Parker were beginning to shift from friendship to something deeper. Knowing they could never be a couple, she quit working for him to try to forget about him. Parker Mitchell is a crime scene analyst who has a real gift for forensic detail. He worked really well with Avery and liked her a lot but struggled to pursue anything deeper. His heart still belonged to Jenna, whose murder remains unsolved. Avery returns home to support a childhood friend who modeled for a photography exhibit. Her friend never shows up to the exhibit but the picture Avery sees is one of her friend looking the picture of death. She fears something has happened to her friend. In desperation, Avery calls Parker and they, together with Parkers friends, try to figure out what happen to her friend. What they discover, both professionally as well as personally, is whole lot more than they bargained for.

Wow! I loved this story! In 'Cold Shot' you get to know the group of friends and their background but it concentrates on Griffin and Finley. In 'Still Life' you'll find all the same friends but it focuses on Avery and Parker. Parker is a guy you can't help but love. Who doesn't love charming and protective with a beautiful Irish brogue! I was really looking forward to getting to know him better and I was not disappointed. He and Avery work really well together and I loved their interaction together. Especially when he called her love or lass. (sigh) Avery is such a nice person but she struggles with letting go of past mistakes. It made her easy to relate to. Though this has romance in it, it is also very much a suspense/thriller type story that has several unexpected twist and turns with comic relief in just the right places. The spiritual aspect of the story was really well done, though not pushy, and focused on being a new creature in Christ despite your past. Always a good reminder. The underlying mystery concerning Luke (which started in the first book) remains unsolved but some interesting things come to light. The titles for both the first and second books match their storylines really well. Dani Pettrey is a favorite author and in my opinion just gets better and better. I would recommend reading the Chesapeake Valor series in order to help understand the friendships better as well as the background about Luke. 'Still Life' comes highly recommend from this reader. I can't wait for Blind Spot!!!

*This complimentary copy was provided by Bethany House through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some favorite moments:

He hadn't realized how strongly, how deeply, he cared for her until she was no longer at his side daily - working together in close quarters, in adrenaline-fueled situations, into the long, late hours of the night. He loved Avery, but he still loved Jenna. Jenna was his first and, until now, only love.

"You're strong and tender, intelligent, and far too witty for me to keep up with. Not to mention beautiful inside and out. Don't be ashamed of your past. You're a new creation in Christ. Focus on that."

Parker and Avery approached, both wearing a nice shade of pink lip gloss on their lips. Griffin chuckled. "What?" they both said. ..."Seriously, what was with the chuckle?" Griffin glanced at the pink sparkly shine on Parker's lips and took pity on the man. "You got a little something..." He pointed to his own lips. "Right there. Nice shade on you, though."

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