Review: Ride It Out by Cara McKenna

Posted September 19, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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Review: Ride It Out by Cara McKenna
Ride It Out

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Series: Desert Dogs #4
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Intermix
Released on September 19, 2017
Pages: 315
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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.


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.

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Quinn's Book Nook
4 years ago

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.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

Ah you and Anna I see have similar tastes 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

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!

Melanie Simmons
4 years ago

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

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

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

Lover Of Romance
4 years ago

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.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

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.

4 years ago

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

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Evie

Yes, that scene was very, very nice. 😉

4 years ago

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

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Angela

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

4 years ago

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

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

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

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

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!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

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

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

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! 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

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

4 years ago

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.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lola

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