ARC Review: Lay It Down by Cara McKenna

Posted August 4, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 2 Comments

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ARC Review: Lay It Down by Cara McKenna
Lay It Down
by Cara McKenna

4 Stars


Released: Aug 5, 2014
Series: Desert Dogs #1
Published by Signet Eclipse
Pages: 300
Format: eARC


“Wrought with high-octane suspense and sizzling sexual tension, Cara McKenna gears it up with a powerful presence in the first of a promising series. ” ~ Under the Covers

In the first instalment of the Desert Dogs series, Cara McKenna takes the biker craze but spins it towards a murder mystery reader’s dream. To be honest, I was expecting an erotic biker romance from McKenna, but LAY IT DOWN is so much more than that.

In addition to the sizzling sexual tension, this book is wrought with suspense about the death of one of Vince’s best friends, Alex. Vince receives a drunken call from Alex one night in which Alex tells him about the presence of these bones he has discovered. Chalking it up to the alcohol, Vince doesn’t pay much attention to Alex’s talk until he ends up dead the next morning. Suspicions rise when the threat of a big-time casino upsets the people of Fortuity, Nevada and Vince considers the timely death of his friend before calling his brother, Casey home.

While I loved that McKenna added in the mystery plot, there was one thing that I wished wasn’t included. Vince and Casey’s mother is old and slightly senile. She speaks prophecies and tells Kim Paget that she will see something that will help Vince. I wished that bit of foreshadowing wasn’t included simply because now everything Kim did, I zoned into it, knowing it was important due to the prophecy. It drew the mystery out of the story a little bit.

However, there are so many fabulous things about this story and much of it revolves around the characters. I found all of them amazing, from the main couple of Vince and Kim, to the secondary characters, Raina and Casey. With such an interesting cast, McKenna will no doubt hook readers in with this story.

The magic occurs in the dialogue. Upbeat and free-flowing, the vernacular that these bikers have give them character and life. The brotherly teasing between Casey and Vince had me laughing out loud. A similar thing happened whenever Raina has her moments. I’m definitely looking forward to their books.

If you’re a fan of Lorelei James’s Rough Riders series, I think you can appreciate McKenna’s character dynamics. With sexy heroes and tough as nails heroines, I feel a resemblance between the two series. However, I will point out that LAY IT DOWN is more of a suspense novel as opposed to an erotic romance.

Wrought with high-octane suspense and sizzling sexual tension, Cara McKenna gears it up with a powerful presence in the first of a promising series.


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About Cara McKenna

Cara McKenna writes smart erotica—sexy stories with depth. A little dark, a little funny, always emotional. She also writes red-hot romance under the name Meg Maguire. Her wonderful publishers are Ellora's Cave, Harlequin Blaze, Loose-Id, Penguin / Intermix, Samhain, and Signet Eclipse. She loves writing sexy, character-driven stories about strong-willed men and women who keep each other on their toes, and bring one another to their knees.


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Thanks for the review, I have added this to my wishlist.


Thanks for the review Annie