Roustabout by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Traveling, Book 3

Synopsis: 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: Jane Harvey-Berrick is an author that I particularly like. Her novels are not just romances, they deal with tough but terribly real themes that force us to look at the world differently. In the « traveling » series, she immerses us in the world of fairground artists and their lives on the margins of society. The first two volumes focused on Kestrel and Aimée, on how to reconcile two lives that everything opposes. Kestrel also presented some difficulties that made him a fascinating and terribly endearing character. Tucker is one of his best friends, a member of this stuntmen whom goes from fair to fair.

The least we can say is that the author has managed to create an incredible character! His past is unclear, we know little about him. He was not born in the fairs, he came late to never leave. Run away? Afraid? Criminal? What led him to cut off all contact with his previous life? What hides his eternal smile?

This is another vision of the United States that Jane-Harvey-Berrick shows, a black vision, made of a raw realism, overflowing with truth. And scary …

I really loved this character, everything seems to slip on him, but he is the perfect incarnation of « we can run fast, the past always catches up ». Escape is useless, it only delays the inevitable.

The one who will help him face his demons is Tera, Kestrel’s half-sister. She belongs to a world of ostentation, where the spots of politics and appearances shine. Her brother is none other than the illegitimate son her father had with a fairground girl. She is determined to rub shoulders with this world and build bridges between these diametrically opposed worlds. Tera would probably be my only downside in this story, I had a little trouble attaching myself to her. But this is very personal, and this series is a must read!

Céline

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