Sunday, March 22

Audio Review: Give It All by Cara McKenna

Give It All

Desert Dogs, #2
Cara McKenna

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Narrator: Tom Weiner
Date of Publication: February 3, 2015
Abridged or Unabridged: Unabridged
Length of Production: 12 hrs and 24 mins

Available at the following retailers:
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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...
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Lay It Down. My biggest complaint was the narrator's style and how he portrayed the female characters. Tom Weiner is back, and I still disliked the very bad falsetto he used with the female characters. However, Duncan's clipped British tones were nicely done. It felt like the narrator really tried to put some more emotion into the story. So while I'm still not sold on him for a romance novel, it wasn't as bad as the last book.

We met Duncan in the last book, and there were several mysteries surrounding him. You could feel the attraction between him and Raina, but it wasn't until this book that their chemistry really exploded. Duncan really wasn't anything like I expected, while Raina was the more predictable one. Discovering all of Duncan's hidden secrets was incredibly interesting.

This story continues the story arc from book one about the death of the Deputy Alex, the missing bones and the casino being built in Fortuity. So I would advice reading book one first so you don't miss anything. As stated in my first review, this is not a Motorcycle Club (MC) book. It's a book that happens to feature motorcycles and the people who ride them. This was an excellent follow up to the first book and I gave it 4 stars.

A special thanks to Audiobook Jukebox and Blackstone Audio for the opportunity to listen and review the book.


  1. I loved this one. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I think I'm glad I went with print for this series though.

    1. Duncan was such a great character... and hearing those crisp British tones. Yeah. Almost worth the atrocious female voices.


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