Review: Ride It Out by Cara McKenna

Review: Ride It Out by Cara McKennaRide It Out by Cara McKenna

Series: Desert Dogs #4
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Intermix on September 19, 2017
Pages: 315
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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There’s a new deputy in town, and she’s a law unto herself.

Jeremiah Church is still aching for justice to be served after his father’s murder. Though the killer has been caught, the authorities are no closer to knowing why the Churches were targeted—and if the family’s still at risk. When Miah receives an anonymous letter hinting at a darker conspiracy, he decides it's high time he seeks justice on his own terms, with the help of his fellow Desert Dogs.

Patrol Deputy Nicki Ritchey is new to Fortuity, and hoping to make a clean start for her and her son. Involved in the Church’s case, she's kindled a friendship with Miah that's evolving into something more. But Miah is crossing lines with his personal vendetta, and Nicki’s attraction is making it tough to tell right from wrong… 

The Delight

The last Desert Dogs story and it was one I was highly anticipating.  Miah, who has been crushed by unrequited love and then the loss of his father, gets his story at last.  And what an engaging story it was.

Review

As I just said, this is the fourth book in the Desert Dogs series.  Each book has presented a new mystery and new couple, but there is an over-arcing plot that ties them all together with Ride it Out bringing things full circle and tying up the loose ends for the four friends and everyone else in the small Nevada town of Fortuity.  So, all that to say, best read in order.

Miah has been an easy to like character for much of the series.  He’s the straight arrow of a group of four childhood friends, but he’s not afraid to buy in when his friends need him.  Now, its Miah’s turn to need help.  He’s in a dark place in his mind because of his dad’s unsolved murder and what he feels is an empty life crushed under the weight of the ranch and their tight finances.
Into his life comes Nicki.  She is the only one who knows what it feels to have a beloved parent cut off in the prime due to murder.  She’s also a sheriff’s deputy, a city girl from Chicago who brought her widowed mother and precocious preteen son to be the only black family.

They make an unlikely pair, but I enjoyed seeing the romance build from friends to lovers to a need to be together even though both think Nicki might not stick it out in a strange place.  And oh my did this pair burn up the sheets and hey, a blanket out under the stars… I loved the dynamics that came out while they were having their sexy times that showed Nicki was a strong, confident woman who was honest and went for what she wanted and on the other side, there was Miah reveling in her strength and womanhood and not the least intimidated or obnoxious about letting her take charge.  He was proud of her and proud to be with her.  And he had some wonderful interaction with her son.

Much of the book is a good balance of their romance and the murder mystery plot.  Miah starts out angry, bitter, and in need of justice even if it means doing crazy stuff to get the case moving forward from where it’s stalled out.  Naturally, Vince and Casey are right there partnering him to go above and beyond the law.  The clues start falling into place and the big reveal comes in the end.

I know it comes up many times when people see the covers, titles, and series title, but I’ll pause here to say that these are not biker romances.  These are just a group of small town folk who enjoy riding their bikes and call themselves a nickname since childhood.  Though, that said, they aren’t exactly sterling citizens at times.

Ride It Out took its time and was not a quick read, but I wasn’t disappointed or distracted.  I enjoyed this last story in the series that dd a great job of wrapping it up.  Those who enjoy a light romantic suspense paired with western small town should definitely give these a go.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I’m glad it’s not a Motorcycle Club series. I just don’t like them much. I have no issue with bike riding. My dad has a bike and he loves it. It’s the whole motorcycle club thing that I just don’t like.

    • Yeah, I know many who don’t care for them so I thought I’d point that out in case people shied away from this good series because of the title or covers. 🙂 Cool that your dad loves to get out on his bike.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Ah you and Anna I see have similar tastes 🙂

    • LOL, a great deal of the time, it seems. She’s got a great quote up today over at her blog from the book that was one of the best. If you haven’t seen it, go get a good laugh, Debbie. Haha!

  • I’m glad to see that the final book worked well for you. Those final books can be difficult at times. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Don’t I know it. I’ve had a fair few over the years that were real disappointments. But not this one. 🙂

  • You have me wondering if I should pick up these books again. I was a bit bored with book one. But I do love the setting of them. I do think that the blurbs and covers are a bit misleading because they aren’t MC romances, more small town style.

    • Well… I was only okay with book three, but I did like the rest. This one was my favorite. If you give it a chance, hope you like.

  • This sounds like a fun read. You had me at “blanket under the stars” 🙂

    • Yes, that scene was very, very nice. 😉

  • Thank’s for the review. I’ve got this series on my TBR to try. ^_^

    • Oho, hope you enjoy it, Angela. I think the first and the last were my favorites.

  • I’m trying to remember if I saw the other books of the series but I’m not sure about it. In any case this one looks good even if it is not a quick read

    • It wasn’t as well known when book one, Lay It Down, first released. Hope you get the chance some time, Melliane!

  • I loved seeing them going from friends to lovers, too. They really were a wonderful pair and so dang hot together. Glad you enjoyed it, too!

    • For sure. I think this was my favorite of the series and edged out Vince’s book that started it all.

  • I really enjoyed how things wrapped up, too, Sophia Rose. I think Miah was my favorite Desert Dog of the group and I felt bad for him when Raina moved on with Duncan. Wonderful review! 🙂

    • It was so great to see him finally get his chance, right Rachel? 🙂

  • Nice there is a overarching plot while each book has a new couple and a new mystery, I like that in a series. This sounds like a great series. And I like the sound of how this one has a friend to lovers romance with an unlikely pair who are good for each other. Glad to hear this book wrapped up the series well.

    • Yes, the overarching mystery really grabbed my attention too, Lola. It was neat how Miah’s romance went after his sadness over the past.