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Lay It Down: A Desert Dogs Novel Mass Market Paperback – August 5, 2014
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About the Author
Since she began writing in 2008, Cara McKenna has published more than thirty romances and erotic novels with a variety of publishers, sometimes under the pen name Meg Maguire. Her stories have been acclaimed for their smart, modern voice and defiance of convention. She was a 2010 Golden Heart Award finalist and a 2012 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee. She lives with her husband, with their feet in New England but their hearts in the Pacific Northwest.
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Top Customer Reviews
Ok let's start with that smoking hot cover! You will be thinking oh no here we go again another MC book but you would be completely wrong. This is the story of guys who like to ride and they would go to the wall to protect those they care about but this is anything but a book about a group of guys who hang around getting drunk or laid everyday. This story features Vince and he may ride like the wind but he's more than just the average bad boy with a love of fast living. He has spent his life growing up in Fortuity, a run down town that's about to get its own Casino but there's trouble brewing . When Vince gets a call from his friend who mysteriously then winds up dead he's a man on a mission and Vince is not the type to shirk what he sees as his duty. No one seems to believe that it wasn't an accident but Vince knows better and sets out to get the answers he needs.
Kim's life is at a crossroads. She's not sure just what she really wants or needs anymore and an assignment for developers seems like the perfect opportunity to just breathe and regroup. She's not looking for any type of entanglement but the smoking hot Vince has all Kim's alarms going off ! He's rough , he's more than a bit wild but Vince has an unexpected side to him and Kim just wants to learn more. Vince can be charming when he wants and right now what he wants is to charm Kim but Vince quickly realises that Kim needs to stay around if he's to get to the truth. So not what I was expecting but in a good way. This new series features a group of friends who you could describe as bad ass cowboy bikers! They live in and around the town of Fortuity in Nevada and although they may not always obey the law they do believe firmly in justice. Vince in this story is a seriously intense and sexy guy but he doesn't rush things and he had unexpected depths. I loved his intense urge to protect his mother and his willingness to do anything to look after her. It's a hard life being a care giver but Vince is never bitter and it warmed my heart to read this. Oh he's not a saint or anything and his attitude towards his brother had me laughing out loud. Which leads me to the supporting characters , I'm beyond curious to know what their stories will be and very curious about the real story behind the shady goings on in Fortuity.
Such interesting characters and a romance that developed at a realistic pace . It's a story that's never rushed and Kim and Vince are allowed to form a realistic emotional attachment. Is it sexy? Yes it is but the build up added to the fun. Kim is written in a way that makes her feel like a friend and although she's not perfect it's easy to like her. Vince was almost sweet and no not the sickly saccharine kind of sweetness but the sort that has a woman licking her lips, what a guy!
If you want to read about two imperfect people finding someone to care about whilst solving a mystery then this book should fit the bill. Add to the mix hot loving and even a little bit of a paranormal twist and you will be utterly ravenous to read more. A great story with a fabulous setting and visuals that come to life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these Desert Dogs and happily recommend this book.
Four and a half from me
Cara McKenna is a master at writing stories with a bit of quirk. It can be that the character has an unexpected kink, personality or occupation. Or they story might revolve around an unusual circumstance. Whatever it is, I go into a McKenna book just knowing there will be some sort of hook that will have me dying of giddy as I read. Lay It Down didn't have that. It was mainstream, which is fine. I'm sure that this novel will find a huge audience for that very reason. But for some reason, deserved or not, I just felt somewhat let down.
Lay It Down is not an MC book. And fine, that doesn't really bother me, and it's not promised in the book description, but.... it's kind of implied. A lot of readers are going to look at that cover and assume. Vince Grossier is a dude who just happens to ride a bike while trying to solve a murder mystery and get into his favorite gal's pants.
Lay It Down read like a cross between a modern-day western and romantic suspense. The story is set in northern Nevada, with the townspeople, led by Vince, dismayed over a casino development. There's a lot of talk about the red dirt and quarries and shafts (not the fun kind). Though it's actually fit the story, it didn't turn my crank. The same for the romantic suspense element. There's an old murder, a new possible murder and bad guys who'll stop at nothing to get their way. The story does not end on a true cliffhanger, but there seems to be a big series arc. I just don't have a lot of luck with the sub-genre.
Something I love about McKenna's other work is her ability to make me believe in a couple, despite impossibilities. I've believed in a hermit alcoholic with a penchant for ropes and his sweet lady love. I've believed in a Parisian male prostitute and his virgin lover. I've always felt that connection. With Kim and Vince, I totally bought the physical, but didn't really understand why exactly they fell in love.
There's an element of magical realism in Lay It Down, and it just didn't work for me. Vince's mom and his brother both have "the sight". They're able to predict the future and it does play an important role in the story, at least on the mom's end. I don't know, it felt unnecessary, to me.
As long as I'm wearing my tightest pair of rantypants, let me just add one more issue. I love the swears. I use the swears a lot in real life. I like to mix things up which means I vary my swears. But geez, it felt like every other sentence started with the word "Goddamn..." I mean, I get it, it's a great swear word but what about the other greats? They were vastly underused. I swear, I got so annoyed that my eye started twitching every time another sentence started with that word.
Okay. I know this review is coming off as pretty negative, but I did like Lay It Down well enough. The main characters were fairly engaging, as were the secondary characters. I'm hoping future books will focus on different leads, particularly Rayna and Vince's brother Case. The story was interesting, it just didn't pull me in. My favorite part, to no one's surprise, was the sex. McKenna is always stellar at the physical interactions between her characters, and Lay It Down was no exception.
So. Do I recommend Lay It Down? I do, but long-time McKenna fans should be prepared for something completely different.
She spoke to his throat, watching the pulse tick there. "I want you to know, you're the most obnoxious man I've ever met."
He nodded thoughtfully, looking not at all surprised. "That's why I dialed back my usual wooing tactics."
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