Monday, August 20, 2012

The Carny

Brooke Moss
Contemporary Romance

"Kasey wasn't telling the truth, but when you're seventeen and on the verge of social humiliation, the Ten Commandments didn't actually apply."

Charlotte Davenport is the youngest daughter of a small-town influential family whom she has never been able to stand up to.  Her father is rude and demanding.  Her mother refused to have any conversation she doesn't like - which leads to a lot of talk of remodeling.  Her older sisters married boring men whose best qualities seem to be their wallets.  But Charlotte has never said anything or done anything other than what they expect of her.  Which has led her to a job she hates, her fiance leaving her at the altar, and living back at home.  When a trip to the local carnival reveals the man she fell in love with after one kiss as a teenager, life seems to change for the better.  Because Vin is absolutely perfect for her - even if he's not perfect for her family.  She will need to learn how to stand up for her family - that is if she can be sure that Vin is worth the effort blow-out she's been avoiding for twenty-eight years.

My Opinion: This was an interesting book with some fun characters and a compelling storyline.  Charlotte, to me was the kind of character that I just want to wring their necks for being so silly.  She did have some good personal growth that was a main focus of the book, but I still felt she had a way to go at the end.  Vin is just about the sweetest, most loyal, amazing kind of guy there is.  Almost unrealistic in how perfect he was, but he was still a good character.  Many side characters filled in the story which focused on Charlotte and the turning points in her life - catalyzed by dating her carny.  There is a healthy (or unhealthy, depending on your preferences) dose of over-dramatized reactions, but the story is sound and good.  To warn you, this book is a little edgy for me due to more swear words than normal and a bit too casual reference to closed-door scenes.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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