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Burn It Up

(Desert Dogs #3)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  54 reviews
In the latest from the acclaimed author of Give It All, mount up and ride a roaring motorcycle to Fortuity, Nevada, where the heat is rising…

After a decade spent chasing shadier pursuits, Casey Grossier has come home to the badlands to settle down in Fortuity. Vowing to put his days of dirty money behind him, he’s cleaned up his act and become co-owner of Benji’s Saloon.
Paperback, 331 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Signet
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3 stars. Review posted October 26, 2015

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I liked Burn It Up. I even enjoyed it in parts. As per usual, I definitely dug McKenna's very good writing. Although Burn It Up was also my least favorite in the series, mainly due of the annoying heroine. I do prefer my heroines to be self-confident and the opposite of shy. I want them to embrace their sexuality, be demanding and strong in more ways than one. Abilene, however, is the blushing, self-conscious type and that is…well...not really my kind of ty
3-3.5 Stars?

In the previous book, Casey was clearly smitten with Abilene and even finding out she was pregnant didn’t seem to deter him much. In Burn it Up Casey has become so much more to Abilene, a friend, a helper, and pretty much a surrogate father to baby Mercy. He delivered Mercy when they couldn’t get to the hospital in time, so has more than just an attraction for Abilene; he has a deep connection to both her and the baby. Abilene has come to rely on him so much, and she is attracted as
Overall rating: 3.5 stars!

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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

In the third installment to the Desert Dogs series, Cara McKenna finally gives Casey Grossier his book. From the very first book, Casey has been my favorite of the boys. He has that bad boy thing going for him, but now that he also a bar to run, he’s really come far from his wayward ways.

This becomes especially true when a woman and a child come into his life. Though neither of them belong to him, Casey is more than willing to take care of Abilene Price and Mercy from the threat of her ex, a n
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't quite like some developments in the final 20% but those are minor quibbles and overall it's a another solid story by Ms. McKenna.

Now, give me Miah's HEA, pretty please!

I'm late with my full review but here it is.

I love Cara McKenna's writing and her erotic stories push many of my boundaries in reading. This romantic suspense series is tamer in terms of sex scenes but it still has the depth of exploring relationships and the human mind/emotions which I consider typical of Ms Mckenna's ro
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Cara McKenna never does the expected, and she certainly doesn’t follow any ‘romance novel formula’. Her characters, one of my favorite things about her novels, are often blue collar, ex-cons, criminals, other shady types, and even the occasional ‘regular person’. Burn It Up’s Abilene Price and Casey Grossier are no exceptions. Both Abilene and Casey have many secrets, and honestly, their secrets are pretty bad. Some readers may not like c
☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne}
Rated 3 Stars

I liked the first 2 books but just didn't care for this one. : (
Stephanie  G
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having spent a decade on the shadier side of life, Casey Grossier has returned home and cleaned up his act but despite his best efforts he can’t shake his crush on his sweet-faced bartender in this riveting romantic suspense.

Abilene Price is trying to outrun her mistakes and build a safe, respectable life for herself and her baby which means she needs to keep her distance from her boss and the reader can’t help but enjoy this emotional romance that grips the heart as Casey and Abilene both try t
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Casey and Abilene wasn't a pairing I was excited about, and after finishing the book, I'm still not entirely convinced they should be in a relationship. I find them interesting separately, but not as much together. It helps that Cara McKenna always leans more toward HFN than HEA in her books. That said, I did enjoy the book more than I expected to. Not gonna lie, the sexytimes helped a lot. Cara McKenna knows what she's doing. Just sayin'.
Anna's Herding Cats
Jul 30, 2015 marked it as eventual-reviews
Damn gorgeous covers on this series!

Reviewing for herding cats & burning soup.
Maria Rose
This third story in the Desert Dogs series doesn’t focus too much on the mysteries that have been part and parcel of the first two books in the series, but is definitely a continuation of the plot. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone, and there is enough background given that you could jump into the series at this point, but I do recommend going back and reading the first 2 books if you haven’t already, as they give you a good sense of all the characters, and what’s been happenin ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars So Abilene and Casey have been the dark horse couple of the series so far. They both have huge secrets and that is part of the frustration of the book, was we wanted in on the secrets as well and they were both pretty big secrets. I get why Abilene reacted the way she did, but what I was disappointed about was that the whole issue was wrapped up in the last two pages of the book. They make a good couple though and I look forward to seeing them in other books. I hope that James Ware get ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Disappointed in this one. Couldn't force myself to read the second half. And I couldn't tell you anything about this book other than "It's about Casey and Abilene" because NOTHING happened in the first half.
Jul 30, 2015 added it
Setting this aside - about half way through the story and I'm so bored. There is no spark or chemistry between the leads, the story is dragging, it's just boring.
Ana Trofin
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Slow and steady wins the race :) this was such a down to earth book and so human that I hope I get at least another one because we still have a bachelor in Fortuity:)
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This joint review was originally published at The Book Pushers

Reviewed by: E and Marlene

E: I have been enjoying McKenna’s very unorthodox “Motorcycle Club” series since the first installment. It is full of murder, conspiracy, friendship, and finding love while trying to save a dying town. One of the other reasons why I enjoy this series is because it doesn’t contain any of the elements I find problematic with more typical Motorcycle Club stories. I got a laugh when McKenna herself had a characte
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The third book in the Desert Dogs series tackles the story of Casey Grossier and Abilene Price. Casey is the Prodigal who came home to help, but reluctantly. Abilene has been lost for a long time, but has found a home in the dusty 'end of the earth' desert town of Fortuity.

Alright, so this is a story that I was ready for since Casey blew into town and had that tantalizing secret past and the strange dream connection to his mother. I wondered what would be the new direction of the series after t
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this book not knowing it's the latest in a series....that being said I found it easy to catch up on who's who and how they fit together.
That being said, Casey is a trip...trying to leave his past behind and become a "better man" while worrying if he's going to go off the bend like his mom has. Should he get involved further with Abilene and baby Mercy when there's a chance he won't remember them in a few years? And what of this no more running from responsibility and putting others befor
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having noticed the two leads in the previous books as secondary characters, I was not excited to hear this book would be about them. A very young (22) single mother who bartends and is attractive for being small, soft and big eyed in a naive virginal way - so, not kick ass. And an irresponsible, shiftless 33 year old man-boy who is skinny with a red beard.

Yeah, no.

But this is Cara McKenna and a series with a continuing storyline I'm interested in, so I bought it in print and settled in to take
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
In Burn It Up, the Desert Dogs have been boiled down to a small group of men who meet once in a while around a kitchen table to talk about almost nonexistent business. Casey Grossier, who was once a wild member of the Desert Dogs, has now settled down to owning a bar and occasionally riding his motorcycle for excitement. Abilene Price and her baby have been taken in and are living on the ranch. Her baby's father, James Ware, is being released from prison, and Abilene expects trouble from him. Sh ...more
Eva Millien
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having spent a decade on the shadier side of life, Casey Grossier has returned home and cleaned up his act but despite his best efforts he can’t shake his crush on his sweet-faced bartender in this riveting romantic suspense. I couldn’t help but become engaged in Abilene and Casey’s characters as this story is quite the emotional rollercoaster of a romance but while the romance part of the plot has an ending there is some sad affairs that affect the Desert Dogs and the town of Fortuity that hasn ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Burn It Up, Desert Dogs #3, by Cara McKenna
Grade: DNF; F

No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t finish this book. I got about 70% of the way through and finally gave up. I struggled for over a week with trying to get into Casey and Abilene’s story and not matter how hard I tried it just wasn’t going to happen. I have read both previous books in the series and was actually excited to read about Abilene and Casey but I found their dialogue horrible and the romance to be really lacking. I am really d
All of these stars are for Casey. Abilene made me furious with how ridiculously judgmental she was over his admittedly shady past, especially considering her own checkered history. Casey did so much for her and the baby and worshiped the ground she walked on without asking for anything in return. Ugh, she just made me super mad. The smut was hot, though. Cara McKenna never disappoints when it comes to that.
Scandal (Scandalicious Book Reviews)
I love this much! Seriously, I do not like Abilene at all but still, this book was pretty awesome! That's a testament to some mighty fine writing, don't you think?

Lola and I did a video review, follow the link for a look-see!
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm a fan of the Desert Dogs and I've been anxious for Casey's story. I felt let down with this installment because there was minimal focus on his "dreams" or "flashes" of future events. I must have assumed incorrectly as I thought light would've been shed on this characteristic or "ability" of his. Instead focus was directed on DNA and his anxiety about having dementia in his older years. Casey and Abilene have shady pasts that few people know about. Their relationship begins to blossom into so ...more
Anne Crow
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance, western
I wanted to like this more than I did, just because I liked the second one so much and was hoping to find out more about Casey's visions. The first half felt a little repetitious - there's only so long I can read "oh my secrets" without being annoyed that I'm not getting any of them. Then things picked up.

However, while I love how she writes the relationships between her main characters, and this book was no exception (and she writes real sex scenes between real people which is awesome), I had
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

What a stern read!
Wow. No fun here.

As always with Cara McKenna, I found in this book everything I like about genuine feelings and complex characterization.
But the reading was laborious, maybe because of the heroes carrying so many heavy secrets from their past and the need they had to think about their choices.
It wasn’t an easy romance with rainbow and butterflies. But a slow and somehow painful one with the Fortuity’s mystery on the background.

Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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