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The Crushing Depths Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All thoughts are 100% my own.

About the Book

The Crushing Depths
Author: Dani Pettrey
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 30, 2020
They know the power and peril of the ocean.
But as they get closer to the deadly truth…
An even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface.
When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker on the first drilling platform off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. Tensions surrounding the oil rig are high and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the structure from being completed, while rumors are being whispered about ancient curses surrounding this part of the ocean.

Mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all. Was he killed by one of the activists or, perhaps more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only a plethora of suspects, but also their own past and attraction to each other.

Just as the case seems like it’ll break open, worse news arrives. A tropical storm has turned their way and soon they’re cut off from any rescue–and right where the killer

wants them. It’s a race to discover his identity before he eliminates the threat they pose.
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About the Author

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today). She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband. Their two daughters, a son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons also reside in Maryland. For more information about her novels, visit www.danipettrey.com

More from Dani

Enjoy this special recipe for a Lavender and Honey Latte that makes a special appearance in my book!

My Thoughts

The Crushing Depths is book number two in Dani Pettrey's Coastal Guardians series. While the lead up to this story is introduced in book one, and you'll get to know the team a little bit better reading it first, I do believe this could be enjoyed as a standalone as well.

To be honest, I was iffy on the first book in this series. Though I'd looked forward to reading it since its release, it just fell a bit short for me. Still, I felt that more than anything it truly was the lead character that I didn't seem to connect with. I had appreciated the brief portions in that book that gave Rissi's perspective, so I wanted to give the series another shot with this book--- which did focus mostly on Rissi and Mason. The verdict? It was definitely worth the second chance. I could not put this one down.

The romance between Rissi and Mason was sweet. They had known each other as teenagers and lost touch. At the end of book one, we leave off as the two are being reunited after all those years. In The Crushing Depths, it picks right up where that one left off. While they were strictly friends when they were younger, there were always deeper feelings there. Coming back together, they find that time has done nothing to dull those feelings. I love a good second chance romance, and this one was truly fantastic. I found myself wanting to read even more of their backstory.

Still, as much as I enjoyed the romance, the suspense is definitely the highlight of this book. From the start, there was back to back action and mayhem. It kept me guessing not only what would happen next, but also how it all tied together. There were many viable suspects given throughout the story, which certainly kept you guessing as well. While it seems as though it can be assumed who the ultimate bad guy in the story is fairly early on, there were definitely some unexpected twists thrown in there that kept things interesting.

At the end, I did feel like I had a few questions left unanswered, however I also feel like throughout this story, we were also set up for things to come in future books, so perhaps those will be answered there. Overall, this was a great read and I am so glad that I gave the series another chance. It is definitely one that fans of Christian romantic suspense will want to check out, and I for one cannot wait to see what comes next.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 13
Artistic Nobody, August 14 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Mia Reads, August 15
Emily Yager, August 15
Stories By Gina, August 16
CarpeDiem, August 16
Betti Mace, August 17
Lighthouse Academy, August 17
KarenSueHadley, August 17
Livin’ Lit, August 18
Life of Literature, August 19
Older & Smarter?, August 20
Mary Hake, August 20
Empowermoms, August 21
Amanda Tero, August 22
Splashes of Joy, August 22
Simple Harvest Reads, August 22 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, August 22
Worthy2Read, August 23
Hallie Reads, August 23
Live. Love. Read., August 25
Remembrancy, August 25


To celebrate her tour, Dani is giving away the grand prize package of a necklace, tumbler and a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

  2. I read "The Killing Tide" and I loved it, but there were so many characters to keep track of that it was hard for me. Dani is one of my favorite suspense writers so I'm not going to give up on her. Maybe I need to read this one to make more sense of who is who....I bet you I would enjoy it :-)

    Thanks for your honest review and participating in the blog tour for "The Crushing Depths"

  3. I appreciate getting to hear about your book. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Thanks much for sharing your book and a giveaway. Sounds great!

  5. Dani Pettrey is an amazing author! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Thanks so much for hosting. This looks good.


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