Release Day Blitz + Review: Carnival by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Empty inside, cold in his heart, Zef turned to whisky and drugs to fill the void.

Instead, he ended up with a prison sentence and a new determination to get clean and make something of his life.

Since his release, Zef has been on the road, finding his spiritual home with a traveling carnival and working as a motorcycle stunt rider.

Live fast, live hard, keep moving.

He doesn’t want to be tied down to anyone or anything. Fiercely loyal, the only people he cares about are his brother and his carnie family.

Until a crazy girl who’s run away to join the circus crashes into his world.
But now his old life is catching up with him, and Zef has to choose a new road.

A standalone story, and the last one in the TRAVELING SERIES.

Free via Kindle Unlimited

It wouldn’t have been so bad if I’d landed on my good leg, but I didn’t, and the pain was so intense, my vision went black and all I knew was deafening silence.

I woke up a few seconds later wondering if I’d died and gone to Heaven, because the view was pretty damn good and surely an Angel was watching over me. But as my vision cleared, I realized that Sara was on her knees in the dirt next to me. I think she was screaming, but my ears were ringing so badly, I couldn’t tell.

“…call an ambulance?”

I struggled to sit up, but she held me down by my shoulders.


Kes was next to me, lifting my visor carefully.

“Wait for the paramedics, man.”

Flames of pain were running up from my ankle to my thigh.

“I think I fucked up my knee again,” I groaned.

“Does anything else hurt?”

“Only my pride,” I lied.

Kes grinned and I heard Tucker’s relieved laugh behind me. I squinted up at him.

“Everyone else okay?”

“Yeah, Zef,” he grinned. “We’re all good. You certainly gave the crowd their money’s worth. Can you do that again?”

Then Sara screamed at him.

“Shut up! Shut up! He could have died! He’s hurt! He’s really hurt, and you’re just making a big joke of it!”

And then she burst into tears.

Tucker’s mouth dropped open, stunned into silence. I saw Kes gesturing to Aimee to take Sara away.

“No! I’m not leaving him!”

And she flung herself across my body, gasping and crying. I thought she was going to have a complete meltdown when the paramedics tried to pull her off me.

“Sara, honey,” I gritted out while my whole body felt like it had been run over by a charging rhino, “they’ll do a much better job of getting me onto a stretcher if you climb off of me now.”


She stumbled back, wiping her eyes and nose as I helped the paramedics get me onto the stretcher.

The crowd was on their feet, expressions of interest or horror, depending on how macabre they liked their shows, so I gave them a quick wave and heard applause and cries of relief.

“We’ll see you at the hospital,” Kes called after me.

I gave him a thumbs up, then relaxed back on the stretcher, my knee throbbing like a mofo. Sara was walking next to me, still crying, so I lifted up my gloved hand and she clung onto it as if it would save her from drowning.

But waking up and seeing her sweet face, thinking it felt like Heaven, I wondered if I was the one who was drowning.

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**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

I love the Traveling series, and was happy that the author decided to write another book focusing on Zef. He looks and comes across as tough but he he will do anything for the people he loves. He made some mistakes in his past and paid for those. Now he is on the right path and lives a simple carnie life. This simple life is disturbed when he finds a young woman hidden in the back of the rig. It's obvious she is running away from something but isn't ready to open up. Zef does his best to stay away from her, but she sees something in him that draws her in. And eventually the pull between these two is too strong. You will have to read this book to see what will happen next.

"Sometimes you didn't choose the life; sometimes the life chose you."

I really enjoyed Zef's character and the author gave such a great view into his mind and life. The story is mostly told from his POV, which made it more difficult for me to connect to Sarah because I didn't know what was going on in her mind. She had her immature moments which made it harder for me to see her as the right person for Zef. She made some stupid decisions in the past as well, which she will have to own up to. I was glad she became more mature towards the end but in my opinion I felt like the development in Zef and Sarah's relationship was rushed. I didn't believe when they proclaimed their love for each other, it just didn't feel real to me. I loved Zef, and I feel like I could've loved Sarah if there was more chapters told from her POV. Overall it was a more than okay read for me. I loved reconnecting with all the previous characters and the whole carnival setting is just one of my favorite. There were a couple of things not working for me in this book but I still think it was a nice addition and conclusion to this series.

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