Series: The Traveling Series #3
Author: Jane Harvey – Berrick
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 9, 2015
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Twelve years ago Tucker McCoy walked away from the hell that was his family with not much more than the shirt on his back. No regrets. Never once looking back.
Living his life as a roustabout turned stunt rider with a traveling carnival keeps a smile on his face. His new family are the people he’s chosen to be in his life, the people who travel his road. Kes, Zach and Zef don’t share his blood, but they share his hopes and dreams. Understand his fears and know what makes him tick. They’re his brothers, his real family.
If you keep moving, no one can catch you—it’s a simple rule. So when Tucker crosses paths with Tera Hawkins, he knows he should move on. There’s no woman that’s ever been worth breaking his rules for. Besides, she’s off limits, untouchable. He knows stronger men would walk away, but dammit, he’s always been weak.
All he can offer her is a night she’ll never forget, but will that one taste be enough?
The motorcycles circled the stadium like gladiators, or maybe like men jousting on horseback in days gone by: charging at each other, daring each other, until eventually they were ringed around the outer fence, each preparing for their first jump.
Zef went first, blasting off the ramp, followed a split second later by Tucker in the opposite direction, and I was so certain they were going to crash in the middle, I screamed and closed my eyes.
Aimee squeezed my hand hard, causing me to wince. I opened my eyes just in time to see Kes leaping through a circle of fire, the flames glancing off his helmet.
On and on it went, higher, faster, closer. Sweat trickled down my body, pooling under my armpits, leaving me drenched and weak.
The engines revved and hummed, and then they all charged together, a flying tower of men, with Kestrel cartwheeling over the top of them.
The crowd screamed and clapped and cheered, and Aimee and I stood up, shrieking with them.
“Oh my God!” I yelled over the noise. “I nearly had a heart attack!”
Aimee laughed and wiped her eyes.
“Every time,” she whispered, her voice shaky. “Every time.”
I followed her back to the RV where the guys were peeling off their sweat-soaked leathers, standing in their underwear, huge smiles plastered across their faces.
Tucker scooped me up in a sweaty hug, his hot skin slick to the touch.
“You are amazing!” I said honestly, a relieved laugh breaking out of me. “Stinky, but amazing!”
He laughed loudly, his head thrown back, his eyes crinkling with happiness, and then he kissed me, deeply.
KFF’s 5 ★ review by Sarah Bookhooked
After reading the first two books in the travelling series and absolutely loving them, I wanted more!! Then when I heard that Jane said she was writing Tucker McCoy’s story, I can honestly say I was itching to get my hands on this story. And what more can I say than Jane has written another beautiful story in this fantastic series!
Tucker is known as the joker and the womaniser of the trio of the Hawkins Daredevils Stunt Team that he rides with yet behind all that, he’s such a beautiful character. He has a big heart for his Carnie family who after his terrible past, you can see why they are as he calls them, his real family, his brothers, Kes and Zef. I was really hoping that he would get his happily ever after like Kes did with Aimee.
Tucker had such a terrible time when he was growing up. His only friend was Renee, and they only had each other to help them through the tough times, but when you grow up with a past like they have, you have to do what you can to get to where you want to be…Tucker found this out for himself with Renee after what she did to him.
Quote ~ “Maybe I thought that if Fate or life or my own damn family was going to shit on me, I’d smile at them all. I’d keep smiling till my lips cracked, and I’d never let them know that they’d beaten me.”
Then at the other end of the spectrum is Tera who we found out at the end of the travelling series and is Kestrel half sister…the senator’s daughter. At 27, she has always been taken care of in the way of money, accommodation, education and love from her family. Now don’t get me wrong, she’s not a feeble girl who doesn’t know how to take care of herself, it’s just the way it’s always been for her. However, after meeting Tucker, she knew what she wanted, and she was prepared to stand her ground against her family to be with him. But amidst his womanising past, he was only ever interested in one night with any woman, or after finding out Tera was Kes’s half sister; merely be friends with her. Could Tera change his mind and could they be more than just friends?
When these two got together it was like an explosion in a chemical factory. They are so utterly perfect for each other that the steam factor was off the scale! But once Tera saw past the mask that Tucker was so used to wearing and she saw the real him and he was talking about his past, I felt like I was in Teras shoes and I was his ‘sugar’. I honestly wanted to cry and hold him! Please don’t misunderstand me. These two have to go through an awful lot to get the ending they deserve. I loved it when Tucker finally accepted his feelings for Tera after everything they had been through.
Quote ~ “The people you love always let you down; they always leave you. That’s all I knew. But you . . . you kept coming back.”
And this is how much Tera loved him. How proud of him she was.
Quote ~ “That was my man out there. My man performing those harebrained stunts. My man who looked so incredibly hot in his racing leathers, so fearless as he flew through the air, a man adored by men, women and children, a man who would be in my bed tonight.”
It was great to see and catch up with all the characters from the other books, too. I can truly say this has been one of my favourite series. I’ve read Jane’s writings which are absolutely beautiful and I can only hope for more. I think one of my favourite quotes that stands out for me and sums up this beautiful series is simply…
“This is the carnival, where magic happens . . . and dreams come true.”
The Traveling Man (Traveling Series, #1)
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.
The Traveling Woman (Traveling Series, #2)
How many times do you gamble on love? When love has knocked you down, should you give it another chance? When does optimism become stupidity?
And what happens when the man you’re in love with is never still, always moving, always traveling? Do you say goodbye, or do you leave behind everything that you’ve worked for, everything that you’ve ever known? Can a traveling carnival be my home?
Oh. You thought I had the answers. No, sorry. No answers, just a lot of questions—and a heart that wants to rule my head.
Can one person be my home?
About the Author
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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