- File Size: 3070 KB
- Print Length: 905 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Harvey Berrick Publishing (May 9, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FGHIFR6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,730 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Traveling Series (boxed set) Kindle Edition
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- The traveling man (5*)
- The traveling woman (5*)
- Roustabout (3,5*)
I’m very happy that I bought this box because I really enjoyed the stories in it. The first two stories were my favourite of the three but I enjoyed the third story ‘Roustabout’ too. I can’t remember reading a book about carnival before but I really liked the atmosphere and the surroundings. I liked the ‘Carnival world’ very much. To know that there is a place where you are accepted for who you really are, where you can create your own family not by blood but by loyalty and deep friendship.
The first two stories (The traveling man and The traveling woman) were about the same couple, Kes and Aimee. The first book ended in a cliffhanger so I was really happy that I had this box so I could immediately read book two. I just fell in love with this couple and their story. I really liked the fact that the writer started this story from their childhood and that she didn’t used past and present in their story. I loved the way that their friendship slowly changed into something more. First love can be very intense and when you have Kess, that is especially true. One of the things that I enjoyed very much was the honesty between Kess and Aimee. Their friendship and relationship is something special. The side characters made me laugh and I love their loyalty and friendship with Kes and Aimee.
After loving the first two books in this series very much I was very curious about the third story in the box. ‘Roustabout’ is the story of Tucker, one of the other stunt riders that travels with Kes. We met Tucker in the first two books, there we saw a little bit of him, in this story we get to know him a lot better. I must confess that it took me a while to get into the story, but that’s because I (personally) am not a big fan of manwhores and Tucker is a big one. It’s only from the moment that he and Tera are really becoming close that my feelings are changing and that I’m much more invested into the story. That doesn’t mean that the story isn’t good. The writer knows how to write emotional stories and this story is no exception but I think after Kes and Aimee’s story my expectations were a little bit too high. I was very happy to see everyone again from the carnival. I liked the fact that we also saw glimpses of Kes and Aimee in this book.
One thing that I really appreciated about this story is how the relationship between Tucker and Tera grew. It grew slowly from an one nightstand into friendship into a relationship. They didn’t have all the answers for their future and that was okay. I loved that! Because that also happens in real life. Sometimes you just don’t know but you still want to try it.
With the first book ending in a cliffhanger, the second one, The Traveling Woman, picks things up soon after the events in the series starter. Kes and Aimee had another chance to be together and Aimee got to experience life on the circuit with Kes, but his unwillingness to share all his secrets had her leaving him and heading back to New Hampshire for the job she loves, even if it means having to live with heartbreak yet again. But then Kes decides it's time for him to finally go after the only woman he's ever loved and he not only surprises her by showing up outside the school she teaches at but shocks her when he says it's his turn to see how she lives her life. It's clear that Kes and Aimee's love has survived many challenges, but Aimee knows that Kes's life is meant to be lived on the road. Will one or both of them have to sacrifice their own dreams in order to stay together, or will their decision come too late when tragedy strikes and fate forces Aimee to make hard choices that could very well put a permanent end to their formidable love?
Books one and two were about Kestrel Donohue and Aimee Andersen, but the third book, Roustabout, is all about Kes's half-sister, twenty-seven-year-old Tera Chastain Hawkins, and twenty-nine-year-old Tucker McCoy, Kes's fellow Daredevil and one of his closest friends. The attraction between Tera and Tucker is pretty obvious, but Tucker is hesitant to pursue anything, not only because Tera happens to be Kes's sister but also because Tera belongs to a world foreign to Tucker, making them seemingly unsuitable as a pair. But lust, and later, love, are difficult to go against, even as Tera and Tucker try to keep things exclusively platonic between them. When Tucker's past makes an unwelcome return and a twelve-year-old secret is revealed, chances of anything more between him and Tera are put at risk. Add to that Tera's parents making it clear exactly what they think of her being with someone like Tucker, and it looks like too many odds are stacked against them. Can the roustabout turned daredevil find a home with his PR maven?
I wish I had the right set of words to explain why I fell head over heart in love with The Traveling Series. I've been to my own fair share of carnivals, both as a child and as an adult, and just like the real-life version, this world author Jane Harvey-Berrick introduces us to and entices us to immerse ourselves in was fascinating. While some may see the carnies as nothing more than people who go from one place to another, providing temporary entertainment to curious masses, this series shows how they become a family, one that is even stronger and more close-knit than the ones that share the same bloodline. Both pairs--Kes and Aimee and Tucker and Tera--come into their respective relationships with their own sets of baggage and hang-ups. Kes and Tucker are far more haunted by their pasts than either of the women in their lives and reading about how they banish those ghosts with the love and support of Aimee and Tera, respectively was the highlight of my reading year. The Traveling Series deserves five-plus stars times ten. ♥