Title: The Carny
Author: Brooke Moss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 7th, 2012
Format: eBook and Paperback
Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting! Today I am hosting for Enchanted Book Promotions, and today's title is The Carny By: Brooke Moss, and wow this was an incredible story, so please see an Excerpt below, and my Review, along with other Features :)
Two people from opposite worlds, one unforgettable kiss. You can't judge a carny by its cover.
At a town fair on the coast of Oregon, handsome Native American carny, Vincent Youngblood, bestows an unforgettable kiss on shy, awkward teenager, Charlotte Davenport. Then disappears without another word, leaving her baffled and enamored.
Ten years later, Charlotte is still living in the small fishing town of Astoria, while being trained to--reluctantly--take over for her philandering hotelier father when he retires. After all, who else will do it? Her two perfect sisters are busy being married to their flawless husbands and having cookie cutter children, while Charlotte remains single, childless, and every bit as mousy as she was a decade ago.
As Charlotte struggles to climb out from underneath her judgmental parents thumb, the carnival rolls back into town, and Charlotte finds herself face to face with Vin again. He's back to run his father's carnival, walking away from a promising career in medicine he started in Chicago. Will her biased and judgmental family accept her relationship with a man who is not only a Native American, but works as a carny for a living? And what unsavory secrets bind the well-educated and seemingly superlative Vin to that ramshackle carnival? After all, you can’t judge a carny by its cover.
One of his hands rested on my arm, closing the space between the two of us. “You deserve better friends.”
I didn’t respond. I just stared up at those two shining eyes that were reflecting my own face back at me. His face was coming closer to mine. My knees knocked together, and I wavered in my spot before his other hand came up to anchor my other arm.
“I think I should kiss you.” He raised his eyebrows. “To really drive the point home.”
His lips touched mine before I could agree with him. They were soft and full, and tasted faintly of the soda pop he’d been drinking. The spin cycle in my stomach came to a sudden and abrupt halt, as did all activity of my internal organs.
Everything froze. The music on the loudspeakers faded away, and the crowd around us melted like crayons, blurring into an undecipherable picture. His mouth parted my lips tentatively, and his tongue brushed the inside of my upper lip, sending a shockwave of catastrophic earthquake proportions up my spine. Every hair on my body stood up and the ground swayed under our feet.
When we pulled apart, both of our eyes opened back up sluggishly, as if we’d both been dreaming. I realized that neither one of us was breathing.
“Whoa…” He stepped back, tilting dizzily. He looked at me like I’d just announced the cure for cancer. “Charlotte Davenport.”
I pressed my fingers to my lips. “Vin Youngblood.”
“Hey, can we get this love story finished up?” A kid in line called out. “There’s a line clear around the ride, and you two are sucking face.”
I was suddenly the wallflower again, embarrassed to be in the spotlight. I squeezed through the gate and tromped along the noisy metal tilt-a-whirl floor for the car where Regina and Kasey watched with open mouths. My hair slid out from behind my ear, and shaded my face once again.
I first just have to blurt out that: I Loved this story! Loved it. :)
Getting that out now, I have to say, what first intrigued me into reading this story, was the cover. You see above, there's so much color, and it's just really eye catching, beautiful. You see the couple (Vin and Charlotte) above, and down below you see the carnival, and both of those images really appealed to me, along with the synopsis. What really grabbed me though, was Chapter 1, it just sucked me in, wanting to immediately know more! The Excerpt provided is from the first chapter, and when you read where that puzzles together, you will understand, and want to quickly turn the pages; I assure you. The story starts out with an unbelievable first kiss that forever marks both Charlotte and Vin, but they do not reconnect until ten years later. That seems like a lonnggg time, but sometimes that wait could be worth it, and here you will their reunion, and (sigh) their feelings for one another come back again, and it takes off from there. What does unfortunately stand in their way is racism towards Vin, because of his Native American ethnicity and because he is a carny, and that will not do for the Davenport family, especially Charlotte's father. There had to be conflict, obstacles, and the new couple's love is tested through different ways. One being Racism, and you will see how this bugs and frustrates Charlotte when someone she knows talks rudely about Vin, his friends/family, his ethnicity, his occupation. Some lines here were perfectly written for characters that you probably will dislike; I know I was shocked when a reference was mentioned here and here, and it is just shocking to think that there are probably some that have not moved with the times of change, and here you will read characters that have not changed with the times towards equality.
What I loved was how hooked I was towards the writing on scenery, making me wanna visit Oregon even more. Next, the
romance between Charlotte and Vin was just beyond wonderful to read. Moss wrote the story, the characters, everything, just incredibly well. The feelings were also really relatable, as I found myself to understand and connect with Charlotte's feelings, towards her family, friends, and of course towards Vin. Having this from her point of view was very helpful to understand her story better, and we see her change from an obedient individual to a stronger human being that stands up for herself. Vin was a great developed character, as we read through his conversations what pain he went through in his life, since first meeting Charlotte, and really, you fall in love with him...he's just one character that you will love, as he is what Charlotte envisioned he would be...
So, I encourage you to purchase this novel when it comes out. You will not be disappointed! This was just phenomenal, and I Recommend It!
*My Rating: 5/5
*My Audience Rating: PG-13
Brooke Moss lives in beautiful eastern Washington state, with her nerdy husband, four dirty-faced children, and one dim-witted dog. When she’s not changing diapers and spinning tales, Brooke often changes the color of her hair, fancies herself a cheese aficionado, and as the mother of a child on the Autism Spectrum, enthusiastically supports autism awareness. She loves to write stories that are equal parts hilarious and heart-wrenching, and enjoys finding the love story in every ordinary couple’s past. Now…if she could just climb out from under that pile of dirty laundry.
Find Brooke elsewhere on the web at www.brookemoss.com and on Twitter at @BrookeMoss4.
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