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Heh. This week's pick is one of my favorite authors Cara McKenna. Lay it Down is out tomorrow and ahhh I loved it! It had such an earthy feel to it. Review is down below for yall interested. Anywho. This is from shortly after they met at a local bar. Kim's in town to do a photography shoot for the new casino being built and Vince is a local who's not so thrilled about said casino or anyone associated with it...
"Can I ask you a question?""Think you just did.""You're coming off kinda bipolar, Vince. I can't tell if you're trying to get in my pants or run me out of town on a rail.""Me neither, but it's turning me on. How about you?"
And then this one. Gah. I don't know why but this one totally made me catch my breath just a wee little bit.
She looked like no woman he'd ever been with, the kind they didn't make in Fortuity. Calm, cautious. Not innocent, yet so goddamn in need of dirtying.
Lay It Down (Desert Dogs #1) by Cara McKenna
Heat: 3 out of 5, Rating: 4 out of 5
Oh yes, McKenna did it again! Lay It Down had me from pretty much page one as Vince and Kim head off in more than one way. See, there's a casino being built in Vince's small town. And...he's not so thrilled about this fact or any of the people connected to it. Including one new arrival who's been tasked with doing a photo shoot of the progress happening and that catches his eye something fierce and that he might just need to help prove something fishy is happening where the casino is concerned.
I so loved Kim and Vince. They felt real and like people you could actually know. They weren't perfect and shiny or ridiculously well off but they were interesting and genuine and just ones I wanted to know more about. Vince is one that'll make a girl shiver. He's gruff, course, rough around the edges and, damn me, sexy as hell. He's an average guy just doing what needs to be done to get by every day. While Kim wasn't too remarkable I liked her. She rolled with things, stepped outside of her comfort zone now and again and had to make some tough choices. The chemistry and heat between them was explosive. The two were good together. They came from vastly different worlds but they were good. The sex scenes were incredible. Very raw and passionate. Make everything tingle down to your toes good. And outside of that they mixed well too. Things could get a little weird and difficult in Vince's personal life with his family and I loved that she didn't give up or just leave him when she so easily could. Made me instantly love her just a bit more.
The suspense/mystery was fantastic. Vince's best friend died shortly after the story began of an apparent drunk driving accident but Vince is sure something foul is afoot and no matter that everyone think's he's crazy he knows something is wrong with how things were explained. It made for a very nice backdrop as the two fell in love and tried to figure things out. It was a nice mix some flipping intense moments and those that bordered on the eerie side and had those tiny little hairs on the back of my neck rising. I was able to figure out most of it out pretty easily but it was still fun going along for the ride and was just a good murder mystery.
I'm pretty excited this is going to be a series. I loved meeting all of Vince's friends and getting to know them as things unfolded and they went about life. If the rest of the series is anything like Lay It Down it's going to be one hell of a ride!
Have you read McKenna? Have a favorite?
Do you like reading about real life average people?
More McKenna on herding cats!
Review--After Hours-- 5 stars!
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