Short Review | Lay It Down by Cara McKenna (Desert Dogs #1)

Hello everyone & happy Sunday!

Hope you are enjoying a nice relaxing Sunday at home. I am working today but it's cool - will be going on vacation & celebrating my birthday in Miami with my family & friends at the end of the week ^_^ Can't wait!

Anyways - On to the book review :)

Here is the blurb that can be found on the back cover of the book:
Backbreaking days, wild nights, and the hard hum of steel between your thighs...

That’s a life well lived, according to the Desert Dogs—four friends who call Fortuity, Nevada, their badlands home.

Vince Grossier is the self-crowned outlaw king around here. But when Fortuity’s slick new mayor invites a shady casino development to town, the invaders’ cutthroat takeover tactics quickly turn deadly. With police turning a blind eye, it’s up to the locals to fight back, and Vince is on the front line. The pretty photographer hired by the developers might be the key to infiltrating the enemy. And a temptation too good to pass up.

Finally free of a controlling ex, Kim Paget’s not looking to be taken for a ride—not on the back of some tattooed roughneck’s bike and definitely not in his bed. But when she finds evidence that her bosses are rattlesnake-dangerous, Kim must entrust her safety to the man who threatens danger of a whole different kind.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. And, I should say that while the blurb made me curious enough to request it, I was still a bit put-off by the man on the motorcycle on the cover. While he does look... inviting *cough cough* men on motorcycles don't really do it for me. I am happy, however, that I gave this book the chance it deserved because while it was a semi-easy read, it was interesting, compelling and sexy enough to keep me turning its pages.
Lay It Down starts off in Alex's point of view. Who is Alex? Well, he just so happens to be the friend mentioned in the above blurb - ya know, the one that dies. So already, you kind of know what the final mystery is - Was he murdered? Was he simply drunk driving?
The big mystery here is not so much how he died but why. There seems to always be a new addition and solution to the grande mystery and you are immediately engaged and kept that way throughout the novel.
The relationship between Vince and Kim is sweet and combustive all at the same time. Vince is a real macho-man; he fixes cars and bikes as well as breaking rocks for a living. He's done some hard time, rides a motorcycle and I honestly don't think you will  meet a man with much more testosterone. He isn't all hard-ass all the time, though, and spends his time at home helping to watch over his ill mother. Which, by the way, seriously intrigued me - the mother, not Vince (in this situation, anyways). I don't want to give it away but I will say that there is an extremely minor paranormal element (if you can even call it that) in this novel that I was pleasantly surprised to stumble over.
Kim seems to also be surprised by this "soft side" to Vince and is hypnotized by his body and shocked - as well as turned on - by his complete lack of discretion.
Overall, Lay It Down is a great, easy read, perfect for summer - or any time throughout the year, really. The plot moves at a steady pace and I will say that I never found myself waiting for a particular scene to pass, feeling as if the plot was slow-moving at all.
Also, those sexy-time scenes between Vince & Kim? Hot as hell.

Basic info. about this book:

Name: Lay It Down (Desert Dogs #1)
Author: Cara McKenna
Review Source: Provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Publishing Company: Penguin Group - Berkley, NAL/ Signet Romance, DAW
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Rating (out of 5): 4.0

Recommend? Yes!

Where it can be purchased: The Book Depository | B&N | Amazon

Author online: goodreads | website | Twitter

I know I know, I've been on a kind of contemporary kick lately. I promise this won't last long. Honestly, I feel like all I read is Paranormal or Sci-Fi or Urban Fantasy (don't judge me) and I wanted to change it up a bit. While the change of genre has been interesting, I am a Paranormal Junkie on the real - no shame here, people! So enjoy these contemporary reviews - or not, whatever - because the Para stuff will be back, soon!

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