Release Blitz, Review & Excerpt: Carnival (Traveling #4) by Jane Harvey-Berrick

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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.

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.
“What?”
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.”
“Oh!”
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.
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5stars

5 Sawdust and Stardust Stars

What an amazing way to finish an absolutely fantastic series! This is the 4th book in the Traveling series but can be read as a standalone.

This is Zef’s story and OH MY GOSH! I loved him so much. Zef is one of the Daredevils, a carnival act that involves amazing death defying motorcycle stunts. He is the anti-hero. He is an ex-con who used to lose himself in drugs and alcohol. After prison he joins the traveling carnival and attempts to turn his life around. While he finds his new family with the daredevils and starts living clean, he feels like something is missing from his life. He has a need for something more.

I loved that Sara and Zef’s relationship took time to build. They meet when Sara runs away from home and hides in Zef’s rig. At first Zef found Sara very annoying. There is a large age gap here and while Sara has a crush on him from the start, he views her as a kid. I found Zef hilarious when he spoke without thinking and said some potentially hurtful things because you know he has such a good heart that it came from obliviousness more than the intent to hurt Sara. He really was clueless at times.

“…Would you ask me out?”
“No.”
She sucked in a deep breath, looking hurt and confused..
“Why not? Am I that awful?”
“Shit, no! Of course not! You’re kind of pretty… when you’re not crying… but you’re just a kid…”

As Zef gets his head on straight and realizes he has strong feelings for Sara, I really start falling for this man. SWOON WORTHY!! This man was so sweet and so thoughtful. He became Sara’s protector and lover. This sexy, tattooed ex-con had such a great heart and was the epitome of the perfect man. Zef is now on my top list of best heroes!

This book was also so sexy at times. After their shows, the Daredevils all had an adrenaline rush that they needed to release. I loved how Zef tried to restrain himself with Sara because he didn’t want to hurt her. His tenderness made these scenes even more sexier to me.

Another great aspect to this book are the carnies themselves. This traveling carnival was a family. These people were rejected by society but in the carnival they were accepted. They loved and supported each other through the good and the bad. This was a group of misfits who were always there for each other.I got so emotional towards the end of this book. I hate that this is the last book in this series. I’m going to miss these guys so much. Of course I have to acknowledge Bo. I love this freaking monkey so much!

I highly recommend reading this whole series but this book can be read as a standalone. Book 1 and 2 need to be read together (Aimee and Kes’s story). I have not read Book 3 which is Tucker’s story but that will be rectified ASAP.

5 Stars
Contemporary Romance
Series: Book 4 (Interconnected Standalones)
POV: Mostly Hero
Heat Level: Mild to Moderate
HEA

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2 comments

  1. Just the Blurb and the Excerpt are enough to get me sold. And that cover, *melting*, I just fell in love with it right away.

    Your blog is awesome. Just subscribed so I won’t miss out on really great romance reads. 🖤

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