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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

4 stars-- Ride It Out (Desert Dogs #4) by Cara McKenna #QuoteTastic


Woo! Cara McKenna! Yall know I love her books. So dang sexy and just all together delicious.

Ride It Out is Miah's book. Finally! He's the romantic of the group and I'll admit his book took me by surprise. I was not expecting his heroine to have a kid. But it worked out great and made for some fantastic scenes. This one had me and my 35 year old grey hair having self laughing...

"I actually need a word with you, man to man."

That had Matty sitting up straighter, his expression businesslike. "Okay."

Miah cleared his throat. "How would you feel if I asked your mom out? Like, on a date, I mean."

A pause, as surprise or confusion bloomed all across Matty's face. "Oh. Um, no offense, but you're, like, way too old for her."

Miah scoffed. "We're the same age. Or close to it."

Matty's brow bunched. "Aren't you, like, fifty?"

Miah couldn't help but laugh. "I'm thirty-five. How rough do I look, exactly?"

"You got grey hair."

"Not that much. Jeez, you really don't make it easy for a guy, do you?"

The kid shrugged, then leaned down to pet the dog. 

"So, what d'you think? Okay if I take your mom out to dinner sometime?"

"I guess that's cool. Don't get your hopes up, though."

"No?"

"My mom's, like, really pretty. You're nice and the ranch is cool and everything, but you're not in her league."

Miah snorted. "Break it to me gently, kid..."

Ride It Out was all kinds of yummy-- strong heroine, gentle hero, a bit of mystery and suspense, some up front and honest loving. It was exactly what I expect from McKenna and so very good, yall.

The Gist: Miah's dad was killed months earlier and every since one of the new deputies in town--who totally caught his eye-- has been checking up on him and his mama. And resisting naked shenanigans? Getting dang near impossible. As is digging into his father's unsolved case before it goes entirely cold. 

Sooo Miah and Nicki. Oh, yall, I liked them. Individually they're both pretty awesome. He's a rancher and a full out romantic at heart. All he wants is to find his mate and start a family with her but so far it's eluded him. I loved him having that squishy romantic side to go with his bad ass alpha cowboy side. Noms!

And Nicki's a new arrival to small town Nevada. She's a cop, a single mama, and her and her family are the only black people in their tiny new town. She was a great heroine and doing her best to give her family a fresh start.

Now the romance. The chemistry's there-- whoboy was it!-- but their romance was slower burning. I loved watching them start things- sometimes a little awkwardly-- and heat em up right good, too. They didn't play games and were refreshingly upfront and honest about what they wanted, needed, thought. I really loved that. A couple little bedroom quirks on his part were interesting and unique, too. 

The suspense kept me guessing, too, as Miah and his buddies started poking around his father's cold case and bringing info to the surface bit by bit. 

All in all, another excellent read from McKenna. The heat, the romance, the characters, the mystery-- it all had me completely engrossed and begging for a little more reading time. Nicely done!

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…  

Amazon | Goodreads | McKenna on HCBS
   
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