By Simone Sowood
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Different town every week means a different woman in my bed. No complaints here. That’s how I f*cking want it.
One look of my handsome smile has them weak in the knees. One touch of my rock hard muscles has their panties dropping. One night of pounding with my pierced, tattooed c*ck and they beg me to stay.
But when the weekend’s over, I move on to the next town, and next woman.
One look at the beautiful blonde and I know she’s the one I want in this town. One taste of her innocence and I need more.
The last thing she wants is anything to do with me; she know’s I’m nothing but trouble — until a fight with her parents pushes her straight into my arms.
I’ll be damned if I’m letting her walk away, no matter what her rich parents think of their precious princess with a bad boy.
I finally have a woman I wanna keep. I’m not letting her go now.
The carnival life. Townies treat you like sh*t and judge you and think you’re no good. They’re not like us.
The carnival life is romanticized in this surprisingly tender and enjoyable love story, but in all fairness, the actual carnival serves more as a backdrop and doesn’t consume or overwhelm the story. The real story revolves around Emily “Goldie” Kennedy and carnival ride foreman Steel. What starts as Steel’s usual new town, new hook-up, rapidly evolves into something more genuine when he really starts to get to know Goldie. He’s drawn to her in a way he’s never been drawn to a woman before – and author Simone Sowood does an exceptional job of making it believable. Goldie and Steel talk for hours, and this is strange, foreign territory for muscle-bound, man-whore Steel. Goldie is easy to like: she’s twenty, still living at home, suffocated by life in a small town, and being protected by her well-to-do parents who are more concerned with their reputation than anything else. She could easily have been written as a rebellious, spoiled, and entitled brat, but instead Sowood created a realistic portrayal of a sheltered young woman who learns to follow her heart, listen to her gut, and make mature decisions. She’s sweet without being overdone, and her willingness to fight off other people’s judgements was laudable.
These two have a refreshing and respectful relationship, so much different than most “bad boy/good girl” hook-ups. You can’t help but like Steel, and I really enjoyed how the author wrote a character who was tender, had plausible emotional fears and concerns that Goldie wasn’t “real”, and was always ready to do the right thing by her – and for them. He was truly a good man, further proving how judging a book by its cover is never a good idea. When Steel drives Goldie to return to and put her family first for the sake of their baby, this plot angle turns out to be nearly a fairytale. Sowood gives readers a satisfying conclusion to a creatively crafted storyline and sweet romance.
“The only animal you need to worry about being attacked by is a dragon.” – Steel, extra chapter, 10 years later
Original review posted on Amazon and Goodreads on January 14, 2017.