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Keep your friends close—and your enemies closer...
Bar owner Raina Harper can’t say for sure what Duncan Welch is to her. With her small Nevada town under siege by a ruthless casino development and still reeling from a spate of murders, she knows that trusting the public face of the corporate invaders is risky to say the least. Though, damn, it’s one fine-looking face...
Duncan may be a mercenary when it comes to getting the job done, but he’s no villain. In fact, the calculating fixer soon finds himself in the bad guys’ crosshairs, framed and facing professional ruin. To clear his name, he’ll need help from Raina and her roughneck motorcycle club, the Desert Dogs. Gaining their trust won’t be easy, and the molten sexual tension between Raina and Duncan only makes things more complicated—especially since Miah Church, Raina’s friend and ex-lover, would sooner strangle Duncan than shake his hand.
One thing’s certain, though: If they don’t deal with their incendiary attraction soon, the whole damn town might go up in flames...
Give It All by Cara McKenna is the second book in the Desert Dogs series. I have not read the first book in the series. Though I haven’t been introduced to the characters or settings in this series before, I felt I was easily able to dive into the Desert Dogs world and the town of Fortuity, Nevada.
Raina and Duncan couldn’t be at more opposite ends of the spectrum. Raina Harper is a tattooed bar owner connected with the Desert Dogs MC in Fortuity, Nevada. Duncan Welch is a polished, pompous, uppity rep who is in Fortuity working for a corporation wanting to build a casino in Fortuity. Duncan is British, and I loved listening to the audiobook for that reason. Duncan and Raina together just doesn’t make sense, but I think that’s why it works so well.
There is a bit of mystery/suspense to this story as well. Duncan has been set up for money laundering and possibly being involved in a murder. When he is staying at the local hotel (he can’t leave town per the FBI), his car is vandalized. Raina takes him in and sets up a watch system with other members of the Desert Dogs MC. While he is staying at Raina’s place, their attraction to each other reaches a sizzling level. When they finally give in to their attraction, look out. It is hot and there are sparks flying everywhere.
I loved that we got to really see the nitty gritty details with Duncan and Raina. Duncan is not the polished, put-together guy that he portrays. He is flawed and deeply scarred by things that have happened in his past. Raina is a wounded creature, too. In that way, they are able to understand each other. It was enjoyable to watch these two characters grow individually and together. The author did a fair job of making the story easy to understand even though I hadn’t read the first book in the series. I liked the mystery of the bones and that aspect of the story alongside the steamy romance. Overall, this was a good story.
The narration was very well done. Tom Weiner does an excellent job shifting between the somewhat Southern accents of those living in Fortuity and Duncan’s British accent, as well as the female characters. I was impressed with the narration and I really think that made the difference in how well I enjoyed the story. I will be seeking out other books narrated by Tom Weiner.
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