ARC Review: Give It All by Cara McKenna

Posted February 3, 2015 by Annie in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Give It All by Cara McKenna
Give It All
by Cara McKenna

4 Stars


Released: Feb 3, 2014
Series: Desert Dogs #2
Published by Signet
Pages: 352
Format: ARC


“In GIVE IT ALL, McKenna’s writing is flawless, delving deep into character’s psyche while also introducing an intricate suspense plotline” ~ Under the Covers

In the second installment to the Desert Dog series, Cara McKenna has every intention of snatching reader’s attentions and running with it. In GIVE IT ALL, McKenna’s writing is flawless, delving deep into character’s psyche while also introducing an intricate suspense plotline concerning the aftermath of what happened in the first book of the series. While you don’t necessarily need to read the first in the series to appreciate this story, it is ideal if you want the full reading experience.

Raina Harper is one tough woman who intimidates but also intrigues Duncan Welch. Though they seem like polar opposites, their unexpected romance blooms beautifully under McKenna’s care. I loved how she was able to keep both their strong personalities in tack, never compromising who they were while creating a believable romance.

Duncan surprised me. His OCD, while not his defining characteristic became something that initiated the help that Raina offered. Without it, there wouldn’t be much depth to his personality, but McKnna also uses it to create more vulnerability in a self-made man. I found him very intriguing.

GIVE IT ALL definitely showcases McKenna’s talents as a writer in this suspenseful but also deeply thought-provoking instalment to the Desert Dogs 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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Sounds good …thanks Annie

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose

I really like this series and love what she can do with character development. I was never comfortable with Duncan and Raina, but their story was still engaging.

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Under the Covers Book Blog

Yeah, her character development in this one was really impressive.

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review, I haven’t started this series yet but I want to.


That is a pretry hot cover!