Author: Jane Harvey-Berrick
Series: Traveling #3
Release date: September 9th 2015
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US
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 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?
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'Roustabout' is the third book in the Traveling Series. Although you will meet characters from the first two books, this is a standalone story featuring one-third of Hawkins’ Daredevil stunt riders, Tucker McCoy.
Tera Hawkins is a young woman working for her father’s political campaign. A year ago, her world is shaken to its core, not only did her father cheat on her mother, also the existence of two half-brothers came to light. The treatment of her half-brothers mothers by her father makes her resent him, just as her parents’ reaction and cover-up of the whole situation. Because Terra never had siblings, she wants to form some sort of relationship with her half-brothers. Therefor she visits her brother Kes whenever her work allows her, on the fairgrounds he’s working with his wife Aimee and their house in the countryside. It’s here she meets Tucker McCoy, a member of Kes’s stunt team. Despite the differences between them, the lives they lead, she finds herself very attracted to him.
“I’d never done anything like this before, but I figured that a man I was powerfully attracted to like Tuckers… this was the place to start living my live.”
Tucker didn’t have an easy childhood, ignored by his mother and beaten by his stepfather he leaves town after learning the truth about the girl he thinks is his girlfriend. He just walked away, joined the carnival and never looked back for 12 long years. Tucker is a man who enjoys his freedom, does what he wants, when he wants and with whom he wants as long as it stays casual. Due to his upbringing, the life he leads and his respect for Kes, he feels he doesn’t deserve a good girl like Tera.
“I knew Tera was attracted to me, and I was definitely attracted to her, but that was the problem. She was Kes’s sister: she wasn’t someone I could fuck and forget.”
Tucker and Tera see each other every time she comes to visit her brother and his wife; they feel a mutual attraction but don’t act on it. One day Tera decides she’s done, done with being the good girl, do the right thing and let her father dictate her life. She wants to start living, truly living and finally give in to her attraction to Tucker. Knowing he’s not a relationship kind of guy she offers him one night of hot sex, no promises no expectations. Tucker knows he should say no, she’s his best friends half-sister and she is, in his opinion, too good for him. After dancing around each other for a bit, they finally give their relationship a real chance.
Roustabout brings you back to the world of The Traveling Man and The Traveling Woman, the first two books in the series. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the people from the previous books, to see glimpses of their lives and relationships. The story being told isn’t an unique one, but it’s written in the beautiful style of Jane Harvey-Berrick, full of real feelings and emotions, love and hope.
“Shock, relief, satisfaction, astonishment, disbelief, hope. Most of all hope. So many emotions flowed through and over and around me. I drowned in them, drank them in, feeling unworthy, blessed, and determined not to fuck up.”
I was excited for this book since I heard Tucker would be getting his own book, and this story did my excitement justice. I loved the story, the leading characters, and the road they traveled. I give this book 5 beautiful stars.