Release Day Blitz (Excerpt): Carnival by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Title: Carnival (Traveling series #4)
Author: Jane Harvey-Berrick
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.25 stars

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Empty inside, cold in his heart, Zef turned to whisky and drugs to fill the void.Instead, he ended up with a prison sentence and a new determination to get clean and make something of his life.

Since his release, Zef has been on the road, finding his spiritual home with a traveling carnival and working as a motorcycle stunt rider.

Live fast, live hard, keep moving.

He doesn’t want to be tied down to anyone or anything. Fiercely loyal, the only people he cares about are his brother and his carnie family.

Until a crazy girl who’s run away to join the circus crashes into his world.
But now his old life is catching up with him, and Zef has to choose a new road.

A standalone story, and the last one in the TRAVELING SERIES.

Grace Review
One more Daredevil to tame.
Kes and Tucker have found love, and yet it is Zef, who finds the love in the most unlikely of places.

When I heard Zef was getting a book, my immediate thought was it would feature Mirelle. And he probably would have thought the same. But sometimes life throws you a curveball and you can’t prepare yourself, you just brace for the impact.

This curveball comes in the form an 18-year-old runaway by the name of Sara Weiss.
The whole situation with her was a bit strange to me. She is so fragile and emotional (for reasons we later learn about), it really takes time to understand her and find out her backstory.

Although it is obvious that Sara has some immediate attraction to Zef, it is not reciprocated. I think initially Zef is leery of her, which comes off as hostile. But this new girl comes out of nowhere, doesn’t share anything about herself, yet takes over his room. I’d be pissed too! However, Zef softens up to her with time, especially after her secret is revealed.

While I love Zef and this gang of carneys, I didn’t understand his progression from co-worker to eventual lover. It may have helped if he was tempted by her early on, but kept his distance. Instead, his attraction seemed to be overnight. Even though I didn’t fully buy into his new commitment to Sara, it was still a sweet transition, and I liked how protective he was of her.

Through four books, I have grown close to the gang. And it was inevitable that eventually things may change for this travelling family. I’ve adored a lot of the side characters like Ollo and Bo, so this loss was tough. *wipes tears*
“Always Free!”

The men of the Donahue Daredevils have lived wild, and at times, reckless lives. However, each has come to learn the power of love, which has someone tamed the beasts within them. And it is always fun to watch the might fall (in love).

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

It wouldn’t have been so bad if I’d landed on my good leg, but I didn’t, and the pain was so intense, my vision went black and all I knew was deafening silence.
I woke up a few seconds later wondering if I’d died and gone to Heaven, because the view was pretty damn good and surely an Angel was watching over me. But as my vision cleared, I realized that Sara was on her knees in the dirt next to me. I think she was screaming, but my ears were ringing so badly, I couldn’t tell.
“…call an ambulance?”
I struggled to sit up, but she held me down by my shoulders.
Kes was next to me, lifting my visor carefully.
“Wait for the paramedics, man.”
Flames of pain were running up from my ankle to my thigh.
“I think I fucked up my knee again,” I groaned.
“Does anything else hurt?”
“Only my pride,” I lied.
Kes grinned and I heard Tucker’s relieved laugh behind me. I squinted up at him.
“Everyone else okay?”
“Yeah, Zef,” he grinned. “We’re all good. You certainly gave the crowd their money’s worth. Can you do that again?”
Then Sara screamed at him.
“Shut up! Shut up! He could have died! He’s hurt! He’s really hurt, and you’re just making a big joke of it!”
And then she burst into tears.
Tucker’s mouth dropped open, stunned into silence. I saw Kes gesturing to Aimee to take Sara away.
“No! I’m not leaving him!”
And she flung herself across my body, gasping and crying. I thought she was going to have a complete meltdown when the paramedics tried to pull her off me.
“Sara, honey,” I gritted out while my whole body felt like it had been run over by a charging rhino, “they’ll do a much better job of getting me onto a stretcher if you climb off of me now.”
She stumbled back, wiping her eyes and nose as I helped the paramedics get me onto the stretcher.
The crowd was on their feet, expressions of interest or horror, depending on how macabre they liked their shows, so I gave them a quick wave and heard applause and cries of relief.
“We’ll see you at the hospital,” Kes called after me.
I gave him a thumbs up, then relaxed back on the stretcher, my knee throbbing like a mofo. Sara was walking next to me, still crying, so I lifted up my gloved hand and she clung onto it as if it would save her from drowning.
But waking up and seeing her sweet face, thinking it felt like Heaven, I wondered if I was the one who was drowning.

Writing is my passion and my obsession. I write every day and I love it. My head is full of stories and characters. I’ll never keep up with all my ideas!I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas.

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