5- Star ARC Review + Character Interview: Falling for Jillian by Kristen Proby

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FALLING FOR JILLIAN Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes the third romance in the Love Under the Big Sky series, featuring a veteran struggling with PTSD and the one woman who can help him recover—and learn to love again.

Jillian thought she was a city girl through and through; the fast cars, high fashion, and glamour—she loves it all. But when her ex tells her he’s having a baby with his new wife (after Jillian struggled for years to get pregnant), she hightails it back to Montana to cry on the shoulder of her best friend, Cara.

But in truth, Jillian would rather be comforted by someone else…specifically Zack, Cara’s brother-in-law. Zack is a veteran of the Iraq War who came back to the family ranch to raise his preteen son after the boy’s mother took off. He’s struggling to re-establish a relationship with his son, and warding off the demons of PTSD, which still haunt him. The last thing he needs is bold, brassy Jillian…but why can’t he keep his hands off her?

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Character Interview

We are so excited that we were given the opportunity to ask Zach and Jillian some burning questions that our readers wanted to know.

Hi Zach!   We have just a few quick questions for you and really appreciate you taking the time to talk to us.  

When was the first moment you saw Jillian and realized you were attracted to her? Do you remember what your thoughts were in that moment?  I was seventeen, and a junior in high school, and she was fifteen. She was my best friend’s younger sister, so I knew that I had to keep my mouth shut, but she was going to the prom with some guy I don’t remember, but she was all done up and for the first time, she looked like a woman and not just a little kid. She knocked me on my ass.

Being a parent and having a relationship is HARD. What are some tricks you and Jillian have learned to keep things *ahem* going? Boy, you’re not kidding! Let’s just say, thank God my kid has friends who invite him over for sleep overs.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about Jillian? The one word that plagues your mind every time her name is mentioned? Nurturing. That beneath that tough girl exterior is a soft, nurturing, maternal woman. She’s simply amazing.

Hi Jillian!  It is soo good to meet you.  Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for us.  

What about you Jillian? When was the moment you saw Zack and thought, “Damn…” Oh wait. That might have been what I thought. You get what I’m asking, though, right? Do you remember that moment? Oh, I so know what you’re asking. Zack’s always been hot. Let’s be honest. I had a huge crush on him when I was a kid. But I think it was when I came home for the 4th of July and he was home and single, at the bar. You’d never know it to look at him, but the man can dance!

Seth and Zack are a packaged deal, obviously. What is one of your favorite moments you’ve had with the two of them? Making cookies with them was so fun. Snowmobiling. But my favorite was Christmas.

What is the one thing that comes to your mind when Zack’s name is mentioned around you? Is there a favorite part of him that you just can’t get enough of?  Have you seen the man’s ass? It’s a really spectacular ass.

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Kelley’s Review

I was up until 1am. I could not put this one down. I have been looking forward to Zach and Jillian’s story since we met them in Loving Cara. The chemistry between Zach and Jillian is scorching. Kristen weaves a fairytale of two broken souls as they climb their way out of mounds of baggage for a chance to love again.

I loved Zach from the moment I met him in Loving Cara. He took on the task of caring for his estranged son when he got dropped off on his doorstep with so much compassion it brought me to tears. Zach is battling so many demons from his time in the military when he gets reunited with his son and yet he is able to put those demons to rest and concentrate on what really matters. Seth’s behavior shows signs that he was abused by Zach’s ex-wife Kensie. Zach would never know the extent of the abuse if it were not for Jillian.

Jillian and Seth find a common bond as Jillian reveals pieces of her broken childhood to Seth. The two become kindred spirits and Jillian begins to soothe Seth’s soul. The more Zach sees Jillian bond with Seth the deeper he falls in love with her. Jillian and Zach were a lust at first sight couple and seeing their character development was so enchanting. Their wounds begin to heal as their souls find comfort in one another. Jillian made my heart burst with joy. She was so kind and sweet and yet a complete minx with her skin-tight jeans and Jimmy Choos. She keeps Zach on his toes and off-balance most of the time. She is the Yin to Zach’s Yang.

Of course Kristen had me crying big ugly tears when Zach gets some news that he does not handle well and ends up really hurting the ones he loves the most but the end of this story is so sweet that you cant help but smile and be filled with warm fuzzies. 5 big fat stars Kristen Proby!! Bravo on another amazing read.

Author pic_MontanaAbout Kristen Proby:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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Cover Reveal: Turbulence by Whitney G.

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By Whitney G.

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Fuck me recklessly
Kiss me harder.
Take me again and again…

He and I met under a cloud of clichés:
Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy fucks girl.
Our story was supposed to end right after the orgasms, right after we went our separate ways.

But then we saw each other again…
And neither of us could walk away.

Our rules were simple.
Our passion was scandalous.
Our hearts were supposed to be safe…

But when you find something so all-consuming—something so intoxicating and inescapable, you’ll risk everything you’ve ever had, even if you’re destined to crash and burn.

This is us.
This is our messed up love.
This is turbulence.

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A self diagnosed candy addict, travel junkie, and hypochondriac, Whitney Gracia Williams LOVES to write about characters that make you laugh, cry, and want to (in the case of Selena Ross) reach through your Kindle and slap them.She is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of Reasonable Doubt, the Mid Live Love Series, the Jilted Bride Series, the My Last Resolution Series, Wasted Love and Captain of My Soul.When she’s not locked inside her room, feverishly typing away on her laptop, she can be found here: http://www.whitneygracia.com/She also loves getting emails from her readers, so if you want to tell her how much you loved her stories, email her at whitgbooks@gmail.com
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Happy Release + Giveaway : Intoxicate by Tessa Teevan- Explosive Series – Book 4

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By Tessa Teevan

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Marry me.

Two words Kalli Montgomery never expected to say out loud to Xavier Cruz, even though she’s been in love with the sexy, single father for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately, she hasn’t just been friend-zoned for the past ten years. No, even worse, he’s treated her like a little sister, no matter how hard she tried to prove she could be so much more. When she agrees to spend the summer as the caregiver for his daughter, Lily, she knows it’s her last chance to finally make him take notice.

As unexpected circumstances threaten to disrupt his home life, Xavier’s desperate to keep his family together. He’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means marrying a woman he doesn’t love. For Xavier and Lily, Kalli will do just about anything, even at the risk of getting her heart broken in the process.

Little does she know, sometimes love isn’t quite as unrequited as one may think. Xavier sees her-he always has. And the vow he made all those years ago never to go there with his best friend’s little sister is wavering, and it’s wavering fast. When they come up with a plan that leads to wedding bells, it’s a no brainer.

This marriage of convenience has one rule: absolutely no falling in love.

Easier said than done. Throw together a girl who believes rules are meant to be broken, and a man whose whole career revolves around following orders and you get a recipe for disaster. What could possibly go wrong?

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      Shooting a glare at him, I throw my hands up in exasperation. “Are you telling me that this whole anticipation thing is one-sided? Is it that easy for you to resist? I really need to step up my game.”

Xavier’s eyes fall to my lips for a quick moment before he looks back up at me. I see the desire in his expression, and without him even saying a word, I know he wants this, too. So why is he making me wait?

“You have no idea how much I want to kiss you right now. How many times I’ve thought of doing just that. Every time you were curled up against me on the couch, I wanted to kiss you. Every morning when you showed up, I wanted to kiss you. Every time you said goodnight to Lily and then slipped out my door? I wanted to kiss you before you left. It’s not a new development. The first time I ever saw you, Kalli, I wanted to kiss you. And I’ve wanted to ever since.”

His admission floors me. He’s told me before that he “saw” me, but I had no clue it was from the very beginning. I’m not really sure how to process it. In fact, he beats me to the punch.

“So now you know. This will be just as hard for me, but it will be so damn worth it. Because when you’ve wanted something for as long as I’ve wanted you? It’ll be the best feeling in the world when I finally get it.”

“Our first kiss will be that epic?”

“A first kiss to rival them all,” he quips, grinning at me. He holds his arms out wide. “Now, we’ll start with a hug and work our way up.”

“I feel like I’m sixteen again,” I tell him as I wrap my arms around his waist.

His hands come down to my back and he gives me a big squeeze, my head pressing against his firm chest. I love this feeling of being in his arms, him holding me close. There’s nowhere on the planet I’d rather be than right here with him. As much as I want him, I know he’s right. I don’t care when it comes. Because when it does, our first kiss will be unforgettable.

His chest rumbles as he chuckles. He squeezes me tight one last time before letting me go. “And it’s only just the beginning,” he tells me. “Have a good night, crazy girl.”

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      I’m a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.

   If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.

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Cover Reveal: Controlling His Pleasure by Lili Valente – Under His Command – Book 1

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Controlling Her Pleasure

Under his Command, Book #1

Lili Valente

Releasing February 16, 2015

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“Lili Valente writes white-hot, grab-your-lover, take-me now sex, and

a story that demands the pages be turned.” – Lauren Blakely

“I am willing to submit to Blake anytime. Lili Valente writes hot, hot, hot!” -Sawyer Bennett

 

* * Warning: This book features a big, tattooed, Dominant alpha male—give him your trust and he’ll command your pleasure. All. Night. Long.* *

Blake Roberts has everything he’s ever wanted—fame, money, and ownership of the hottest chain of tattoo parlors in the country. But he’s haunted by his first love, the matching tattoo they share a constant reminder of who he was before he learned how to control his emotions, his desire, and a woman’s pleasure.

He needs to purge her from his heart, and he’ll do whatever it takes to be free.

Erin Perry’s been burned by love and she’s not ready to put her body under a man’s control, let alone her heart. But then Blake shows up, the only man she ever truly loved. Blake is ruthlessly handsome, and seething commanding energy that has her aching to submit.

To be pleasured, tamed, owned, and put under His control.

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Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn’t be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich’s red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale. These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts.


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2015 Favorite + 6 Star Reviews for Burned by Karen Marie Moning

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Burned

Fever Series – Book 7

By Karen Marie Moning

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“Mac is back and badder than ever!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward

MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons return in Burned, the latest novel in the blockbuster Fever series from Karen Marie Moning.

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil is blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

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Tracey’s Review

The Hoar Frost King has been defeated and the people of Dublin have begun the process of rebuilding their beloved city. But in a city where fae and human co-exist, there is a new normal, and nothing is what it was before.

Two years in the making, the release of BURNED by Karen Marie Moning is finally here, and, oh, my goodness, it is more than worth the wait. Picking up immediately following the action in ICED, this is a read that is everything that fans of the FEVER series could have hoped for and more. Although Karen originally intended to have Dani O’Malley as the focus of the three books written as follow-ups to the original FEVER series, she changed things up with this book. Mac and Barrons, the McKeltars, and the Nine are all a big part of BURNED, and I couldn’t be happier. I started reading and barely put this book down, absolutely enthralled and dying to see what action was going to unfold next. Karen has done an excellent job of answering questions that have had readers anxiously awaiting this next piece of the story (she has, of course, also left us hanging with bated breath for the next part of the saga). Although I had ideas of where these characters and their stories were going, I was surprised at every turn, and in a wonderful way. Seeing all of my favorite characters again, and learning more about them and the secrets that they hold, was absolute magic. I absolutely cannot wait for FEVERBORN and FEVERSONG, the last two books in this fantastic series. Can I recommend this book and series more highly? No. I give BURNED six stars, and put it on the list of my best reads of 2015.

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Robin’s Review

Really. If I could give Burned 10 stars, I would. It’s Karen Marie Moning’s best work yet, and I found myself wondering at the complexity and brilliance of her writing. Burned is thoroughly addictive and extremely hard to put down. I laughed and cheered and smiled and cried tears!

There are huge reveals in Burned, including epic moments which pack a punch! I was thrilled to have many of my older questions about the Fever series answered. Since finishing, I have also enjoyed pinpointing Moning’s specialty in the text: subtle clues and foreshadowing which have left me with an abundance of new questions about the characters and a feverish desire to discuss Burned with others. This newest chapter of the Fever series exceeded my hopes and expectations, and before I even finished, I knew Burned would become one of my all-time favorite novels! If you haven’t read the Fever series, I encourage you to pick up a copy of the first novel titled Darkfever!

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Robin from Smut Book Junkie Reviews was lucky to win a VIP pass to the Burned Signing on January 24, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  This was a celebration event for long awaited release of Burned by Karen Marie Moning.  The fans came out in masses.  J R Ward helped Karen celebrate her best selling release.

Congratulations Karen Marie Moning…. Burned has taken the reader world by fire and the readers are consumed in the flames.

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About Karen Marie Moning

karenmariemoning2Karen Marie Moning (rhymes with ‘awning’) is a # 1 New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels, including the RITA award-winning Highlander novels and the internationally bestselling urban fantasy “Fever” series. Her books have been published in nearly 40 languages, and her events draw fans from all over the world.

Moning graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Society and Law. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a bartender, a computer consultant, and an insurance specialist.

Moning began her career writing paranormal romance set in Scotland but as she became increasingly fascinated with Celtic mythology, she switched genres to Urban Fantasy and location to Dublin, Ireland, so she could focus on the Tuatha de Danann, or Fae–an ancient race of immortal beings who have lived secretly among humans for millennia.

Moning recently completed a graphic novel for Del Rey, featuring an original story about MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons, and the first installment in a new Fever World trilogy, ICED. She is under contract with Random House Publishing for two additional books set in the Fever universe.

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Happy Release: Ansleigh’s Grotto by J.T. Cheyanne

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By J. T. Cheyanne

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Dylan Matthews lives in a world of fantasy. As a video game designer, there are no limits on how far or wide his imagination could stretch. He loves his work and excels at bringing the visions in his head to a game console. The luck of his Irish heritage seems to touch him when his prototype Zombie ApoXalypse is bought days after he inherits a mansion in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. Life is indeed magical.
Ansleigh has waited centuries for one man, only to find him and then lose him due to his own inability to trust in their burgeoning love. The magick of Mother Earth flows within him and through him allowing him to nourish the Grotto where he makes his home. Yet, he yearns for the male that nurtures his soul. When the whims of Fate bring his Cosantoir back into his life, does he have the courage to accept his heritage?
As the fantasies in his head become reality and the monsters of nightmares crawl through the forest, can Dylan forgive broken promises to protect the Croi? There is no pause button when the Fae and human worlds collide. Will Dylan have what it takes to master the maze and win Ansleigh’s freedom?

 

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Lis’ Review

The story of Ansleigh’s Grotto is full of magic, interesting characters, and a beautiful love story. Dylan is a man who seems to have a charmed life… he’s just inherited a wonderful estate, his work for the gaming company is well received and his career is taking off. Yet when he returns to claim his inheritance, he realizes that something.. or rather, someone, is missing from his life but he just can’t quite remember who.. or why.

The meeting with Ansleigh of the title is rather normal..he’s an employee on what is now Dylan’s estate. Just like Silas and Aggie, who work in the house that Dylan now calls home. But we soon learn everyone in this book has a bit of fae magic inside them and that’s where the fantasy world and the real world collide.. in a big way.

The story is short, but the detail is rich and what makes this book so special. JT Cheyanne paints a picture of the estate Dylan inherits with such detail and precision that when the trees begin to talk, and the wind becomes malevolent, it’s so believable because we’ve become immersed in this fae fantasyland. As we read, we see what Dylan sees, feel what he feels, even smell what he smells. We question and wonder right along with him. Just like the video games Dylan designs, we are drawn in with each description, each portrayal of emotion that before we know it, the struggle to regain the love between Dylan and Ansleigh is real. The battles between the Seelie and UnSeelie fae are real. And the antics of the sprites and elves are real.

Dylan and Ansleigh’s love story is sweet yet sexy and powerful. We cheer for them but it’s truly the other fantasy characters that give life to this story. Sprites who are the equivalent of a bickering Tinker Bell and Peter Pan, elves who hide their true identities in the guise of elderly servants, and the Taco Bell godfather voice who advises Dylan to “Live mas” brought humor and depth to the whole fantasy becomes reality story. The evil UnSeelie is just as well developed. Like the fae of myth, he is handsome to look upon, but rotten and deadly underneath. The author’s research of the Irish legends is detailed and believable, and she brings some of the more interesting creatures to life in this book.

Deep down, this is a love story that touches on themes we are all familiar with. Is the bond of love strong enough to overcome past mistakes? Is a newfound love worth fighting for? Is the realization that no matter what the obstacles thrown in the path, two people who love each other with all their hearts and souls will ultimately triumph in their desire and intent to be together? Both Dylan and Ansleigh struggle with these questions and ultimately discover that despite the paths they have traveled separately, despite what they thought they knew, coming together again brings answers to questions that can and do make their history complete. JT Cheyanne has created another winning love story that you don’t want to miss.

Author Bio:

J.T. Cheyanne resides in the beautiful state of Alabama. J.T. lives with her two sons and daughter. An avid reader since fourth grade, she has only just started writing her own stories. She also has several works in progress with a co-author. When she’s not writing, she enjoys coaching cheerleading in her local youth organization.


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Traveling Man by Jane Harvey-Berrick -2015 Favorite + 6 Star Review + Giveaway

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Traveling Man

The Traveling Duet Series – Book 1

By Jane Harvey-Berrick

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I was ordinary. Nice.

He was extraordinary. And he wasn’t always nice.

Moody and difficult, brilliant and beautiful, Kes scared me and he protected me. He could be incredibly hurtful and incredibly thoughtful. He wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect for me. He challenged me, he took me out of my safe little box and showed me the world could be magnificent. He was everything I wasn’t.”

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Aimee Anderson is ten when the traveling carnival first comes to her nice little town. She doesn’t expect her world to change so completely. But meeting Kestrel Donohue puts her life on a different path.

Even though she only sees him for the two weeks of the year when he passes through her home town, his friendship is the most important of her life. As a child’s friendship grows to adult love, the choices become harder, and both Kes and Aimee realize that two weeks a year will never be enough…

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He’d grown taller. Not as tall as his grandfather yet, but nearly as tall as my father. His shoulders were wider and I could see his biceps pushing through his ragged t-shirt, but he was still on the thin side, wiry, I guess. He looked stunning, like he should be in a boy band—you know, the bad one that makes all the parents fear for their daughters’ virginity.

I watched him out of the corner of my eye as I turned to study the competition. I had to admit it wasn’t looking good. The girl was taller than me and wore a low cut tank top that showcased a lot of cleavage. Her boobs were no better than mine, I decided—there was just more of them on show. So whereas I looked safe, nice you might say, she looked dangerous. Her arms were covered in colorful tattoos, her ears pierced five or six times each, and she had silver rings through her lip and eyebrow. Her face was hard, but beautiful, even caked in makeup.

I guessed she was maybe two or three years older than me, it was hard to tell.

As if she felt my gaze on her, she swung toward me, her eyes blazing.

“No rubes back here!” she yelled. “Get the fuck out!”

I was shocked that a complete stranger would speak to me like that. I froze, my eyes darting to Kes. He turned to look at me, his frown of annoyance changing to a warm smile.

“Chill, Sorcha,” he muttered. “The shrimp’s a friend.”

I wanted to laugh. I wanted to cry. He was pleased to see me, but so dismissive. I stood there with my mouth hanging open. And then I was in Kes’s arms, breathing in the scent of sweat and soap and something like fresh hay that was so familiar.

“Hey, kid! How you doing?” he said, as he led me away.

His voice had deepened. No longer childlike, it was a light, pleasant tenor.

“Don’t call me kid!” I snapped, punching his shoulder.

He laughed and rubbed the spot where I’d hit him. His dimple popped out and I wished I’d hit him harder—then kissed him better.

“Okay, not a kid,” he smiled, but then I watched his eyes darken as they drifted down my body, pausing at my chest, then doing a slow sweep along my legs and hips. “No, not a kid,” he said again, and this time his voice was gruffer.

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2015 Favorite Michel’s Review

This book was brought to my attention while I was signing up for another blog tour.  The cover caught my attention.  When I read the synopsis for the book I knew I wanted to read this book.  When the ARC was delivered to my kindle I had to start the book immediately.  From the very first page I was hooked.  I could not put the book down.  I was mesmerized by the characters and their story.  After I finished the book the I could not stop thinking about it.  It was such a special, magical kind of story that captured my heart and imagination.  Traveling Man was a 6 star book and made the 2015 Favorite List.

Imagine living in rural America, in a very small town where nothing ever happens.  A town that is full of simple minded people and ordinary life.  A town where excitement is non existent.  Then one day a caravan of huge trucks rolls through town stirring up the dust.  These trucks are not just passing through, they are stopping at an old abandoned farm.  They are bringing a magical world to this small town.  The carnival has arrived.  Magic is in the air.  The excitement level has escalated from zero to ten.  For two weeks this sensation is going to breath life into this small world.

Aimee Anderson is celebrating her tenth birthday.  She has been granted a special wish.  She can celebrate her birthday anywhere she wants.  She has watched the trucks roll through town.  She knows the only thing she wants is to feel the magic the trucks have brought to her small world.  She wants to go to the carnival.

Her birthday wish is granted and she is going to the carnival.  She could of never imagined that the one wish would give her the most precious gift of a lifetime.  She has been given the gift of a life long friendship and ever lasting love from a boy that ispart of that magical world.  She has been given Kes Donohue, the boy extraordinaire.  For two weeks every year, she will get to leave her ordinary world in the background and become a part of the world that Kes belongs to.  For two weeks every year she will experience friendship, magic, excitement, and love.

Kes and Aimee come from two completely different worlds.  Her world is structured.  Aimee is smart and lives in a world of books.  She has a stable home, a predictable family, and a predictable life.  Kes lives in an RV.  He travels the country throughout the year.  He doesn’t attend school.  His family consists of his grandfather, his older brother, their pet monkey, and fellow carnie friends. At a young age he became a showman and dare devil. There are not many children in his world and he has no friends.  When he sees Aimee at the carnival absorbing all the wonders that most people don’t see, he knows he wants to share his world with her.  He wants Aimee to share her world with him.

These two ten year old children form a deep friendship in less than two weeks.  Their families are reluctant to allow the friendship because of how different their worlds are. Both families will see that this friendship is special and is beneficial for both the children. With reluctance they will allow this friendship to flourish.

Kes and Aimee will spend two weeks every summer together for six years.  They will grow from children to young adults.  They will change throughout the years.  They will discover new feelings that are much deeper than their friendship.  They will discover love.

Their sixteenth summer will bring their friendship to a halt.  Their hearts will be broken and their lives torn apart.  It will be the end of their magic.

For eight years Aimee and Kes will be traveling on new paths in their lives.  They will become adults and begin new careers.  They will be in control of their own destinies.  They have both changed drastically.  They are no longer the children with wonder in their eyes.  That is until the magic hits them once again… their paths will cross once more. Can they bring their two separate worlds together and create the magic once again?

Traveling Man was mesmerizing.  I love books where the readers get to experience the characters coming of age. Experiencing the characters go from childhood innocence to the angsty teenager and finally the full grown adult is like watching yourself grow through the pages.  Being able to experience that first kiss and first love is magical.

Jane Harvey- Berrick captured the world of the carnival.  Throughout the book I felt like I was right there with the characters. I could feel the smallness of Aimee’s world.  I could feel the electricity in the air. I could smell the hotdogs in the air, I could taste the funnel cakes, and I could feel the  excitement like it was electricity in my bones.  I became a part of the book.  She also brought her characters to life and the reader felt every emotional moment.

I absolutely loved Traveling Man!  I cannot wait for the next book.

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About Jane Harvey- Berrick

qupVbuSBI 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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