The Carny

The Carny

by Brooke Moss

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ISBN-13: 9780985148317
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication date: 02/08/2014
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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The Carny 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Review: "The Carny" by Brooke Moss was simply sweet, wonderful and heart warming romantic read that I could not put down until I had finished it. I love it from the first page. Just how powerful and memorable was this kiss? Well, I will say it lasted for over ten years. WoW! Charlotte Davenport and Vincent Youngblood's story starts out with a kiss while she was at a carnival. Ten years later they are now adults and now they were back together. There will be a lots of soul searching in the novel...'love, prejudices, misunderstandings but most of all second chances at love and a final acceptance.' "The Carny" was a well written story that was very clever, intelligent and funny.I found myself laughing out loud while reading this novel. All of the characters were all absolutely wonderful really making this story simply a excellent read. This is a lovely romance had such a wonderful hero that I just couldn't get enough of and if you are interested in a sweet funny romance...you have come to the right place...."The Carny" I would recommend to you.
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
Everyone knows that one mean girl that your friends with because of your parents or another friend or a relative (or they are a relative) and you don’t really like them, but you put up with them anyway. Well, Charlotte the proverbial good girl, has that friend, who also happens to be the “easy” girl of their high school. While at the carnival at the town’s local crab festival during their senior year in High School, this friend attempts to humiliate Charlotte by making fun of the fact that Charlotte hasn’t had a boyfriend of any significance. The ‘carney,’ boy working the ride they are planning to get on comes to her rescue claiming to have been her boyfriend. Then he kisses her once and vanishes. Fast forward ten years, Charlotte was dumped at the altar, is living back at home with her neurotic and vacuous mother and self-absorbed womanizing father, working for the family business in a job she hates, and generally being everyone’s doormat. Still, every year she goes to the carnival and looks for the boy who gave her the spine-tingling kiss against which she finds all other men wanting; and even better, he has thought of her too and wants to get to know her. And that’s just in the first chapter. This book was fabulous! (and I don’t use exclamation points randomly) This book was a wonderful tale of two people who tried to do what was right for everyone else to the point that they almost missed out on what was right for them. Luckily, that chance second meeting gave them both something they had been missing. This book was so engrossing that I didn’t even notice that it was 2:00 am before I finished, but I just couldn’t put it down. And when I did put it down it was with a happy sigh. Not that their weren’t issues… let’s just leave both their families out of it. I give this book 5 out of 5 clouds. I can’t wait to read more from this author. My feel good moment of the day. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
PenelopeL More than 1 year ago
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! ;) *I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Vanilla_Orchids More than 1 year ago
Can love flourish when family and friends are prejudiced against the one you love? Rate: 4.5 While standing in line at a carnival, Charlotte's friend Regina begins teasing her about her love life, or lack there of. When Regina's taunting of Charlotte is overheard by Vin, a tilt-a-whirl operator at the carnival, he feels the need to step in and defend her. And when they have a moment apart from the prying ears of her friends, they introduce themselves, feeling this strong connection. Before Charlotte gets on the ride, Vin kisses her. A kiss that neither one of them ever forget. I keep saying it over and over again, but I really love it when I can connect with a book. The Carny did just that. Not only did it make me think, but it made me laugh, and it definitely made me cry. Charlotte didn't fully realize until she met Vin again, ten years after that kiss, just how rude and bigoted some of her friends and family were. She's had to deal with feeling like the "not-so-perfect" one in her family. She felt inferior to her parents and sisters. They seemed to want to change her, mold her into who they wanted her to be. It was as if she was never good enough just being herself, despite the fact that who she was was a very caring, loving, understanding person. Something that set her miles apart from her family. Vin had dealt with being made fun of, name calling, and the lack of respect for his Native American heritage his whole life, but he didn't let that turn him into a hateful person. All he wanted was to help people. Whether that was as a doctor or simply helping out his family, in particular his sick father, who is the owner of the carnival that he worked at years ago. And with Charlotte, Vin sees the beauty in her that even she doesn't see in herself. Sure, Charlotte and Vin's journey throughout this book isn't all perfect. Like with any relationship, they have some ups and downs. But it only made them stronger people. I really enjoyed seeing Charlotte come out of her shell and stand up for herself and others. There were a number of things about Charlotte's story that, in some small way, mirrored my own life. And I envy how her story turned out. Perhaps that's why this book was so emotional for me. As pathetic as it may sound, I'm having to wipe away tears as I write this review! Even so, I know that this is one book that I will read again. Once I started reading The Carny, I didn't want to put it down. I really enjoyed the story so much. Now, being that what I read was an ARC, I did find some minor errors in it. There was also a time or two when I felt the flow of the story threw me off a little bit. That tended to happen when Charlotte would take you back to a past occurrence. It was the return to the "now" that tended to throw me off. None of those things ruined the enjoyment of the book for me though. I really look forward to reading more of Brooke Moss' work in the future. One more thing before I forget, I loved the way the story wrapped up. You're given a glimpse into the future of these characters. I was really happy about that. A lot of times when I'm finished reading a book, I'm bummed out that I don't know what became of the characters that I grew to care about. This book had a satisfying conclusion to it! ** I received an eARC copy of the book from InkSpell Publishing for review.**
MarissaA More than 1 year ago
I first just have to blurt out that: I Loved this story! Loved it. :) Getting that out now, I have to say, what first intrigued me into reading this story, was the cover. You see above, there's so much color, and it's just really eye catching, beautiful. You see the couple (Vin and Charlotte) above, and down below you see the carnival, and both of those images really appealed to me, along with the synopsis. What really grabbed me though, was Chapter 1, it just sucked me in, wanting to immediately know more! The story starts out with an unbelievable first kiss that forever marks both Charlotte and Vin, but they do not reconnect until ten years later. That seems like a lonnggg time, but sometimes that wait could be worth it, and here you will their reunion, and (sigh) their feelings for one another come back again, and it takes off from there. What does unfortunately stand in their way is racism towards Vin, because of his Native American ethnicity and because he is a carny, and that will not do for the Davenport family, especially Charlotte's father. There had to be conflict, obstacles, and the new couple's love is tested through different ways. One being Racism, and you will see how this bugs and frustrates Charlotte when someone she knows talks rudely about Vin, his friends/family, his ethnicity, his occupation. Some lines here were perfectly written for characters that you probably will dislike; I know I was shocked when a reference was mentioned here and here, and it is just shocking to think that there are probably some that have not moved with the times of change, and here you will read characters that have not changed with the times towards equality. What I loved was how hooked I was towards the writing on scenery, making me wanna visit Oregon even more. Next, the romance between Charlotte and Vin was just beyond wonderful to read. Moss wrote the story, the characters, everything, just incredibly well. The feelings were also really relatable, as I found myself to understand and connect with Charlotte's feelings, towards her family, friends, and of course towards Vin. Having this from her point of view was very helpful to understand her story better, and we see her change from an obedient individual to a stronger human being that stands up for herself. Vin was a great developed character, as we read through his conversations what pain he went through in his life, since first meeting Charlotte, and really, you fall in love with him...he's just one character that you will love, as he is what Charlotte envisioned he would be... So, I encourage you to purchase this novel when it comes out. You will not be disappointed! This was just phenomenal, and I Recommend It!
VanessaLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
MOVE OVER DANIELLE STEELE AND NORA ROBERTS! There is a new romance author coming around the corner and her name is Brooke Moss. When I first read the synopsis from the publisher, I was so excited to begin reading it. I was anxiously waiting and waiting until the book came out, and when I finally got the opportunity to read it, I couldn't put it down, I read the book in five hours. I spoke to the author and she told me she poured her soul into that book. I read it and I was very pleased and impressed. The book was simply addicting! There were plot twists every few chapters, and moments that leave you in awe and made you get a bit angry at the characters, this is my kind of book! I wanted to slap Regina and Charlotte's family for how horrible she was to Charlotte. I felt so sorry for Charlotte, she had a horrible family to her and she found her true love and someone who appreciated her for who she was and didn't want to change a single thing about her. That is my kind of man. I am so happy this book is getting published and I urge people to read it. If you have been a fan of Nora Roberts or Danielle Steele, it's nothing compared to this book
AubrieNH More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Davenport has an unforgettable kiss one night when she’s standing in line at the carnival: a kiss that will rival every other kiss she’ll have for the next ten years. The mysterious and darkly exquisite Native American boy named Vincent Youngblood disappears soon after, leaving her craving more. Years later, after being left at the altar, she’s back at the carnival, and so is the mysterious man of her dreams. More gorgeous than before, he’s excited to see her, and all she has to do is summon the courage to ask him out. Fortunately, he beats her to the punch. The Carny is an original and fresh romance set against the festive backdrop of the carnival and the historical resort town of Astoria. The first chapter sucked me in, and I wanted to be Charlotte waiting in line for the Tilt-A-Whirl. What an amazingly magical moment! My heart went out to Charlotte as she dealt with the family she never fit in with, the job she never wanted to have, and the position she never thought she’d be in after moving back home at almost thirty. I wanted her and Vin to find their happily ever after, and Brooke Moss definitely delivers. I look forward to reading more of her writing in the future!