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Roustabout by Jane Harvey-Berrick REVIEW

Twelve years ago Tucker McCoy walked away from the hell that was his family with not much more than the shirt on his back. No regrets. Never once looking back. Living his life as a roustabout turned stunt rider with a traveling carnival keeps a smile on his face. His new family are the people he’s chosen to be in his life, the people who travel his road. Kes, Zach and Zef don’t share his blood, but they share his hopes and dreams. Understand his fears and know what makes him tick. They’re his brothers, his real family. If you keep moving, no one can catch you—it’s a simple rule. So when Tucker crosses paths with Tera Hawkins, he knows he should move on. There’s no woman that’s ever been worth breaking his rules for. Besides, she’s off limits, untouchable. He knows stronger men would walk away, but dammit, he’s always been weak. All he can offer her is a night she’ll never forget, but will that one taste be enough?

Review

★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★

Once again, Jane Harvey Berrick has done a fantastic job of transporting me to the carnival; the magic and wonder of it all, taking centre stage and making me feel like I was right there.

If you have read Traveling Man/Woman, you will know that Tucker McCoy is part if the Daredevils team, performing the stunt motorcycle act in the traveling carnival. If you haven’t, no worries, you can read this as a stand-alone, no problem at all.

Tera Hawkins is forbidden, she is Kes’s sister and off limits. Kes, who is his best friend and stunt team member, has only just connected with the sister he never knew he had, so Tucker knows that there is absolutely no way that he would allow him to be with Tera, in any shape or form.

Tucker has had it rough, he suffered badly in childhood and is a broken man. He refuses to even think about entering into a relationship with a woman, especially with his lifestyle on the road. Despite his past, he is a happy go lucky kinda man, who always sees the bright side of life, making everybody feel good and generally being the life and soul of the party.

This book takes you on a journey to find out how two people with completely different lifestyles, one a carnie stuntman, and the other a political publisist, can manage to form a lasting relationship in the face of so many hurdles.

I just love JHB’s writing, she really knows how to weave a story together and make you FEEL. Roustabout had angst, promise, humour and of course a good dose of steam.

This is the third book in the Traveling series, but can be read as a Standalone. Told in dual POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Excerpt

The motorcycles circled the stadium like gladiators, or maybe like men jousting on horseback in days gone by: charging at each other, daring each other, until eventually they were ringed around the outer fence, each preparing for their first jump. Zef went first, blasting off the ramp, followed a split second later by Tucker in the opposite direction, and I was so certain they were going to crash in the middle, I screamed and closed my eyes. Aimee squeezed my hand hard, causing me to wince. I opened my eyes just in time to see Kes leaping through a circle of fire, the flames glancing off his helmet. On and on it went, higher, faster, closer. Sweat trickled down my body, pooling under my armpits, leaving me drenched and weak. The engines revved and hummed, and then they all charged together, a flying tower of men, with Kestrel cartwheeling over the top of them. The crowd screamed and clapped and cheered, and Aimee and I stood up, shrieking with them. “Oh my God!” I yelled over the noise. “I nearly had a heart attack!” Aimee laughed and wiped her eyes. “Every time,” she whispered, her voice shaky. “Every time.” I followed her back to the RV where the guys were peeling off their sweat-soaked leathers, standing in their underwear, huge smiles plastered across their faces. Tucker scooped me up in a sweaty hug, his hot skin slick to the touch. “You are amazing!” I said honestly, a relieved laugh breaking out of me. “Stinky, but amazing!” He laughed loudly, his head thrown back, his eyes crinkling with happiness, and then he kissed me, deeply.

About the Author

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I lived in London for over 10 years and have a love affair with New York. It’s only since I have moved to the countryside, that the words have really begun to flow. 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. Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

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More in this Series

The Traveling Man (Traveling #1) The Traveling Woman (Traveling #2) Roustabout (Traveling #3)

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