The Carny by Brooke Moss | Book Tour Review

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The Carny by Brooke Moss
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Enchanted Book Promotions)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Publication Date: 7 July, 2012
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 he 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.

If you were looking for a romantic book that will have you sighing, then you've come to the right place. I began this book expecting a run-of-the-mill love story, but what I got is a terribly sweet romance with surprising depth, that had me saying "awww," over and over again. I love the connection and communication that goes on between Charlotte and Vin. I love that when there was a misunderstanding, these two characters were able to talk things out, and understand each other. And that ending! *faints* Okay, I'm getting ahead of myself.

One of the points in the book is about racism--specifically the hypocritical aspect of claiming not to be a racist, while actually being racist. While I like that the book approached this topic, I can't help but feel like it some of it was over the top. I thought the references to hypocritical racism were funny in the beginning, because I've encountered similar situations and conversations before...but they kept happening, and a few of the comments made by Charlotte in an attempt to dissuade racism, came across as unnecessarily long, and awkwardly worded, lectures about race equality.

With that said, I not only love the issues that are presented in the book, but I also love how they are dealt with. Charlotte's family is pretty dysfunctional, and that means there is a lot of family drama--most of which gets heaped on Charlotte's shoulders, as she is the last child to leave the nest. She's a sensible girl in a stressful situation, and all she needs to set herself down the path of her dreams, is a little nudge.
*Enter tall, dark, and handsome.*
*Cue swooning.

Brooke Moss used tried-and-true story lines, but gave them the perfect original twists. Charlotte and Vin are such a great pair, and together (or apart) they both learn more about themselves, and how to deal with their situations in life. I definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a romantic story.

Side note: Sometimes I get stuck in a YA rut, where I basically only read YA for years at a time...and then a book like this comes along, and reminds me of the perks of being an adult, and of reading about adults. Thanks, Brooke Moss! ;)

Temp. Guide
Read this if:
...you like love stories, you have a thing for the carnival life, and you don't mind a good heaping of family drama.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Some swearing, racial slurs (which are addressed each time they occur), hot HOT make-out scenes, and a few instances of implied sex.}

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  1. I don't usually read Romance but the plot really interest me. I may have to check this one out.

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed The Carny...and that you totally "got it"! :D

    Thanks so much!
    --Brooke Moss

  3. I could use a good romance about now. This one sounds delightful. I love when adult books remind you that YA isn't all there is.

  4. Carny sounds like my type of romance novel. Great review, definitely adding this one to my TBR list.

  5. Oh and the cover is pretty too! I've added it to my list because it seems like a great summer read.


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