Ride it Out (Desert Dogs #4) by Cara McKenna
Publication Date: September 19th by Intermix
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About the book:
There’s a new deputy in town, and she’s a law unto herself.
Jeremiah Church is still aching for justice to be served after his father’s murder. Though the killer has been caught, the authorities are no closer to knowing why the Churches were targeted—and if the family’s still at risk. When Miah receives an anonymous letter hinting at a darker conspiracy, he decides it's high time he seeks justice on his own terms, with the help of his fellow Desert Dogs.
Patrol Deputy Nicki Ritchey is new to Fortuity, and hoping to make a clean start for her and her son. Involved in the Church’s case, she's kindled a friendship with Miah that's evolving into something more. But Miah is crossing lines with his personal vendetta, and Nicki’s attraction is making it tough to tell right from wrong…
We finally get Miah’s story in Ride It Out and I couldn’t be more pleased. I felt bad for him when Raina didn’t return his feelings, and moved on with Duncan. I’m happy that they’re a couple, but I wasn’t thrilled that Raina would pass up Miah, because I thought he was such a catch! Well, her loss, and I can’t help but think Miah is better off without her. Miah’s always been a favorite of mine because he’s been the one of the Desert Dogs that wanted to settle down with a wife and family, and I do love a guy that craves a traditional future instead of the usual player/no commitments kind of guy that’s more common in romance novels.
Miah’s all out of sorts since his father’s murder, and who can blame him? He’s had to take over the business end of things instead of tending to the ranch, and he hates paperwork. More than that, Miah hates the fact that the police have no new leads, no clue who murdered his father and it’s been six long months. The only silver lining in this dark cloud is Nicki, the new Fortuity Deputy. She gets his despair, and anger over his father’s death like no other since her father was murdered as well. Nicki checks in regularly and so they’ve formed a friendship and a simmering attraction that just grows stronger the more time they spend together. I loved that they had a solid foundation of friendship before they ever took things to the next level. Made it so much hotter when they finally came together.
Miah and Nicki are tentative and not without the usual new relationship insecurities, but they fall hard, irrevocably before they’ve even noticed. There are obstacles, mostly on Nicki’s side as she has a son, Matty, who’s not settling in Fortuity all that well, at first. Miah takes the boy under his wing, assigning him duties on the ranch inspiring a love of the land, animals, and the cowboy life that makes such a positive impact on Matty. Love seeing Miah in that fatherly role, because he was such a natural at it.
There is some drama with the murder investigation of Miah’s father, which ties into the ongoing mystery in the series. Miah and his father were targets, but why? Miah sidesteps the law to get answers because there’s been no advances in the investigation, and Nicki reluctantly helps because she knows exactly how Miah feels.
Ride It Out was a solid and satisfying end to the Desert Dogs series. Cara McKenna writes beautifully sensual, and compelling stories, and Ride It Out was no exception!