Friday, January 30, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway!- The Traveling Man (Traveling #1) by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Title:  The Traveling Man (Traveling #1)
Author:  Jane Harvey-Berrick
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  January 27th 2015

Plot:  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. 

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.

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC via LBTS PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

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The Traveling Man was all around an intriguing read for me that had both its positives and negatives. Sure, it kind of had some clichéd ploys where I felt were used to superficially heighten the stakes of things, but as a whole I liked it.

I think what carried the plot for me was always the questionable factors of how two people with vastly different backgrounds and who only get to see each other for two weeks a year could build a relationship? Sounds quite unheard of to be honest.

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It truly makes one wonder the power of falling in love and making a relationship work even if you hardly see each other. Must be some higher power type of thing, huh? *wink wink*

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As for any cons, well, it wasn’t that I disliked anything per say. I just had a love-hate relationship with both protagonists, as many conflicts do arise, as well as secrets, and it’s just a bunch of touch and go from there on out with a lot of unnecessary and sometimes vexing drama schemes that at times grated on my last nerves.

So, my thoughts as a whole?: Positive over all, but I do have a substantial amount of mixed thoughts and feelings regarding this story line. Some of it just wasn’t my cup of tea while the rest coincided greatly with the rest of the plot and characters nicely.

I will definitely be holding on to finish what I started in the upcoming (no release date set as of yet) sequel and conclusion, The Traveling Woman of this two-part series!! You can bet on that!! All I have to say in that regard, is that there better be some huge turn around and foreclosure since the way things ended here in bk1 was one hot mess!

Until then, ladies and gents!! I’m out!!


My Rating:


I gripped his biceps then pulled him closer, sliding my hands over his satiny skin.
The feel of his erection digging into my hip made me pause.
“We can’t,” I whispered.
“Why not?” he mumbled as his hand disappeared up my t-shirt.
“Because everyone saw us come in here—they’ll all know what we’re up to.”
“So! I’ve only just met them—it’s embarrassing!”
Kes chuckled. “No secrets between carnies, Aimee. We all live too close to each other for that. Cut one, we all bleed.”
“How sweet. But I don’t want my new family to know that we’re in here fucking, five minutes after I met them.”
“They won’t care,” he said, squeezing my nipples hard enough to make me gasp.
“I care,” I said, as my voice wobbled unconvincingly. “And there are kids out there, Kes! We can’t give them the wrong impression.”
This time he laughed loudly.
“I never knew you were such a prude!”
“I am not!”
“Jesus, Aimee! These are carnie kids. They live in trailers and RVs like us. They’ve heard their parents fucking a thousand times. They’ve seen the stallion take the mare when she’s in heat, and believe me, once you’ve seen that, every guy has performance anxiety.”
I laughed a little when he said that, but he wasn’t finished.
“Do you remember when we were kids and you asked me how I knew that Madame Cindy was Dono’s girlfriend? I heard them. I knew what sex was before I could say the word. These carnie kids are just like that. We’re not doing anything wrong, we’re not hurting anyone.”
His tone had started off light and amused, but had become more serious and insistent as he’d gone on.
“Maybe I am prudish,” I said quietly. “It was the way I was brought up. I just happen to think that making love is a private thing between two people: not a public display of your testosterone, unless you’re doing it to make that stallion blush.”
He sighed and shifted onto his back. “Did I imagine you rubbing my cock while we were laying in the field at the carnival when we were kids?”
I didn’t answer, but fiddled with the hem of my t-shirt.
“You want to wait until everyone has their backs turned, pretending that they don’t know what we’re doing in the privacy of our own home?
“Yes, exactly.”
He turned his head to smile at me. “My funny girl.”
I smiled back, and he reached out to wind his long fingers around mine. He brought my knuckles to his lips and kissed them one at a time.
It was the sweetest gesture, and I fell a little more under his spell.

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 About the Author 

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I 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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