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Drive It Deep

(Desert Dogs 0.5)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  111 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The author of Give It All and Lay It Down reveals a glimpse into the past in this blistering new Desert Dogs prequel about love gone wrong.

Jeremiah Church and Raina Harper have been close since they were kids, back when life was all about hot Nevada summers spent running wild on the backs of their motorcycles with their friends. Now in their thirties, their lives are chang
ebook, 150 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Penguin / InterMix
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Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cara-mckenna
3.5 stars. Rating clarification see below. Review posted July 9, 2015

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"I'm not choosy who handles me tonight," Vince said, and downed his shot. "Most any willing party will do."
Miah shook his head. "Know what's sexier than consent, Vince? Enthusiasm."

Rating clarification
Miah 4.5 stars
Raina 2 stars
Writing 4 stars
Overall rating 3.5 stars

"It's amazing, the red flags people manage to ignore in the name of getting laid. And Miah's worse than most; he's a romantic. Just make damn sure he knows where
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Going into a story where you know there won't be a happy ending is a tough thing. But weirdly enough, I actually like this prequel novella more than I did the full-length Raina book. (Though to be fair, I'm not a huge fan of the Desert Dogs series overall--they just aren't my thing as much as literally all of McKenna's other books.) For one thing, I never really warmed up to Duncan, the guy she eventually ends up with (and please, we're talking genre romances here so you'd know that ju ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
I was so excited to read another book from one of my favorite series by Cara McKenna, one of my favorite authors only to realize after page 1 that this was a prequel to the series and is the story of Miah & Raina.

Okay, so this gives us their back-story but I just couldn’t get into their relationship here…I already knew that these two were not going to have a HEA…because Raina gets hers with some else in book #2, - that made it difficult for me to bec
Anna's Herding Cats
May 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015, for-review
1.5 stars

This is one of the times I really curse myself for being a non-blurb reader. A lot of times that leads to fun surprises. But, unfortunately, with Drive It Deep that wasn't the case and it's definitely one I would have avoided. I freaking love Cara McKenna's books. I rave about them often and they consistently get 4.5-5 stars from me but for the first time I'm not recommending one of her books. Which just guts me.

Drive It Deep takes place two years prior to the other books in the series
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Cara McKenna is one of my autobuy authors so when this book came out, I got it without reading the blurb or even caring about who the book was about because I genuinely adore all the characters in the series. BUT what you should know about this story is that it’s actually a prequel even though it’s listed as book 2.5 in the series. It occurs a couple of years before the first book and actually features Raina, a heroine who already has her HEA in the previous book. So you’re probably thinking,
Angie Elle
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Thank you to PENGUIN and Netgalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Drive it Deep from Cara McKenna takes a heroine from a previous book in this series, Give It All, and delves into one of her past relationships. While tagged as book 2.5 in the series, it’s a prequel according to the blurb and several Goodreads reviewers. This was my first read of the series, and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.

I thought Miah was a wonderful character. He was a nice man with
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Poor Miah!

It was a unique experience for me reading this novella and knowing that it won't end on a happy note. I absolutely loved Miah and Raina was just herself, totally different, out of the box!

This full review is also posted on my book blog - Ellie Reads Fiction

It's a novella telling Miah and Raina's story set two years before the events in the book 1 and 2. It was slightly weird reading it, because I knew there won't be any HEA for the characters, yet I was curious about them and their rel
Maria Rose
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you haven’t heard already, this is not a romance with a ‘happy ever after’ so consider yourself warned.

It’s a prequel novella to the Desert Dogs series ( though books 1 and 2 have already been released) and takes place two years before book 1. It’s the story of two friends, Jeremiah (known to his friends as Miah) and Raina, who become lovers for a summer. Each of them will get their own HEA in the series but not with each other- in fact, Raina’s story has already been told in book 2, Give It
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

3 Hopefully Miah gets his HEA soon stars!!

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Intermix | Penguin Group

Ugh! Up to this point I have loved this series and all things Cara McKenna but I have to admit that I didn't love this book. I liked the idea of it and of course I loved getting to know Miah more but there was just something about it that didn't completely grab me.

For starters it took me quite awhile to get into this book compared to the others. As well as it was hard to fully get into i
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, pub-2015
2-1/2 stars.

This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool.

I have recently become slightly obsessed with Motorcycle Club stories, and I already love Cara McKenna. So when I saw her Desert Dogs series, I knew I had to read them.

This story confused me at first since it's numbered 2.5 in the series. I think it actually should be .5 as it occurs a few years before Lay It Down, the first book in the series. (ETA: This has now been changed) I read Give It All, the second book in the series, and I know
Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: biker, part-of-series
I didn't read the blurb, saw Cara McKenna/Desert Dogs and went "click". My Bad. Not bad in sense of total waste of time, just a little bad in that it takes place before the real stories of Desert Dogs - a prequel.

When you know how things already end up, it's about the journey and not the destination. In this case, the relationship between Raina and Jeremiah. It's an ok read with some good hot stuff, but not an essential to the great series of Desert Dogs.

Bring on book 3!
Lorraine Joy
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Drive it Deep will drive you crazy when you realize it is a prequel to Raina's story where she winds up with someone else. Let the church say WTF??

This is the story of Miah and Raina. Miah and Raina have been friends for years and years without any outbreaks of lust and/or freakyness. However, when Raina's father passes away, Miah starts to see her in a different light which quickly leads to seeing her butt naked.

Drive it Deep is all about reconciling who you presently are with what you could b
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
JavaGirl's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I found this Desert Dogs prequel to be a bit of a disappointment. I’m not sure what I expected, maybe to get to know Alex--whose death the mystery/suspense element of this entire series revolves around—a little better. It felt strange to read about a brief sexual relationship between Jeremiah (Miah) and Raina, especially after reading Raina and Duncan’s story. I didn’t feel that I learned anything new about Raina; her unresolved issues wit
Anne - Books of My Heart
I got this novella from the library to see if I wanted to read on in the series. I guess it is a prequel introducing the town and its characters. None of them were very compelling. The main couple featured has grown up together as friends. They have distinct ideas about what they want in life and only one of them is willing to compromise at all. This is not HEA or even HFN. There is too much sex and not enough else.

I am not sure if there is or will be a motorcycle club or what the Desert Dogs ar
Under the Covers Book Blog

Cara McKenna is one of my autobuy authors so when this book came out, I got it without reading the blurb or even caring about who the book was about because I genuinely adore all the characters in the series. BUT what you should know about this story is that it’s actually a prequel even though it’s listed as book 2.5 in the series. It occurs a couple of years before the first book and actually features Raina, a heroine who already has her HEA in the previous book. So you’re probably thinking, w

Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
« Some things were just for pleasure, just for now. Just for however-long, and afterward, for the memories. Plenty of wonderful things ended—meals, parties, vacations. Nobody would ever suggest that you not bother experiencing them just because they were going to come to an end one day. »
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raina and Miah's short lived story. You know the story because it was written after the first two books. I was dreading the outcome and how bad it would be, but was surprised, still sad but an entertaining one! That is why read sometimes entertainment.
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review posted at:

Rating: 4 stars

Jeremiah Church, rancher of Three C's in Fortuity, Nevada knows what he wants his future to hold. I loved meeting Miah on a deeper level, prior to the pain you could feel coming from him in previous installments. We find out early that Miah loves, he loves hard, with all of himself. Raina and Miah have been friends since they were young. This proof of their history, friendship and trust built on a steady foundation. We run
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning

"When people show you who they are believe them"-Maya Angelo
When we fail to believe what we see, we become vulnerable. Like our fingerprints, people are different and do not always respond to life's events in the same manner; therefore, the idea of love may not bring about the change we desire for others. This is Miah's and Raina's predicament.
With this novella, we know the end from the beginning, yet hope springs eternal that Miah will receive the desires of his heart.
This is a "g
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I get it, Cara McKenna doesn't "do" HEAs. It sometimes drives me nuts (seriously, are Laurel and Flynn married with babies in some alternate universe??) but generally I can deal with it because at least there's a HFN and I can let my imagination create the ending I really want. But I think this kind of story is a big miss - for me. The writing is fantastic, as it always is, and the sex is HOT. But if you need to have at least the possibility of a HEA in order to read a book, you shouldn't read t ...more
Scandal (Scandalicious Book Reviews)
this is somewhere in the 4 - 4.5 star range for me. If you are current with the series, you know this book isn't going to end all. The way this novella is told is exactly what I wanted to know about Raina and Miah. It broke my heart and honestly, it didn't put it back together...and isn't that what happens sometimes? We already know she has her HEA and man o'man, I hope Miah gets his soon because old boy deserves some happy.

Here's my review over on Romance@Random
Tina  Peacock (Formerly -Bookcrack)
Full review at This novella made me re-read this series with fresh eyes and enjoy it more! This should be book 0.5 NOT 2.5! If you are NEW to the Desert Dogs series, or have only read book 1, I'd say -You'll love DRIVE IT DEEP which is a glance at 2 yrs PRIOR to book 1. It's a fantastic novella, pure McKenna smexyness BUT it needs to be labeled A SERIES PREQUEL as in 0.5... NOT 2.5. This is Miah (Jeremiah Church) and Raina's story BEFORE books 1 and 2. It's everything I would ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, hot-as-fuck

Honestly, Raina has to be the luckiest person in Fortuity- she banged two hottest guys there.

So, if you heard anything about this novella, than you know what's the deal, but if you didn't - it's not traditional romance because it ends up with a heartbreak.

I, personally enjoyed it in context of whole series because 1)it confirmed that Duncan is the right guy for Raina and 2)because I love Miah even more now and want to see him happy.

Oct 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: library

This is not a standard romance with a HEA. It's a great story, and I love the setting and characters and writing, but it's definitely a prequel rather than a stand-alone novella. I do not recommend it as a late-night mood-lifting read.
Ana Trofin
Jun 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
soooo unnecessary... Raina and Duncan had a book and then some and it was glorious... no need to dig up the past. and this novella was rushed and had no one on the edge of their seats because we all know what happened!
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I don't know what to say? Who wants to read a romance book without a HEA and an abrupt ending. Really, I feel like this story was TMI for anyone who wants to read about the heroine in the future or anyone who has already read about her. Great writing but I actually wish that I hadn't read it.
Boxy Frown
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm
Great non HEA about best friends turned lovers. Stay tuned for the link to a First Look at Heroes and Heartbreakers!

ETA link above!
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
The story behind Miah and Raina's attitude towards one another, which we were exposed to in the first full length book of the series (Vince's story).
Beret Brenckman
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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Since she began writing in 2008, Cara McKenna has published nearly forty romances and erotic novels with a variety of publishers, sometimes under the pen names Meg Maguire and C.M. McKenna. Her stories have been acclaimed for their smart, modern voice and defiance of convention. She was a 2015 RITA Award finalist, a 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award winner, a 2012 and 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award ...more

Other books in the series

Desert Dogs (4 books)
  • Lay It Down (Desert Dogs, #1)
  • Give It All (Desert Dogs, #2)
  • Burn It Up (Desert Dogs, #3)
  • Ride It Out (Desert Dogs, #4)