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 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.
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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