The Traveling Woman by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Series: The Traveling Duet #2
Published by Harvey Berrick Publishing
Published on April 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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THE CONCLUDING STORY of Aimee and Kestrel, begun in THE TRAVELING MAN ……
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?
“Kes wasn’t safe. He wasn’t a sensible choice. He made my heart race, and swoop, and die a little. When I was near him, I burned … Maybe we’d burn together. But maybe, just maybe, we’d fly.”
And an absolutely beautiful conclusion to Aimee and Kes’ amazing story that began in The Traveling Man.
Sequels or conclusions to a much-loved story are always slightly terrifying to read, so after adoring The Traveling Man as much as I did, I was understandably nervous going into this one, but Jane Harvey-Berrick has done a fantastic job with this book, and I am one very happily satisfied little reader!
This review may be a little bit spoilery if you haven’t read The Traveling Man, and you definitely need to read that book before you dive into this one. And why wouldn’t you? It’s a beautiful story that captured my heart from the very start, and that same feeling of being immersed into something very special is continued here. And I can happily say that that god-awful cliffy is resolved very early on, leaving us the rest of the book to get lost in the wonder that is Kes, Aimee, their circle of family and friends and the crazy, magical world that they inhabit.
Once again the story is told from Aimee’s POV, and it picks up a month after the end of the last book View Spoiler »and yes, the reunion is just a little bit epic!
“God, Aimee, we’ll make it work,” he growled out against my skin. “I know we can make it work. Don’t ever leave me again. Please, baby, please.”
SWOOOOOOOOOOON! « Hide Spoiler. Best friends since childhood, Aimee and Kes are still madly in love, but they are very different people who inhabit very different worlds, and with their being together requiring one of them to sacrifice so much, they have a battle on their hands to figure out how they can possibly make a life together.
His element was the air around him. I had roots and he had wings – could they ever work together?
I love this relationship! It’s not all rainbows and unicorns, it’s hard work, and Kes himself is hard work. He’s not a perfect boyfriend, he’s stubborn and aggressive with a short fuse and they argue and fight, but their love and passion for each other is out of control, and simply put – they are best friends and soul mates, so while part of their being together is effortless, they still have to fight for it, and I loved seeing that.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was getting to know Kes more. View Spoiler »Seeing him out of his element, trying to exist in the ‘real world’ was sweet but sad. Settled in one place, he’s like a caged animal desperate for freedom, but it just shows how much he loves Aimee by being willing to try to be a part of her world, and I loved him for that « Hide Spoiler. He goes through a lot in this book, and the way he handles himself is understandable, but you can also see the change that he has gone through since the first book, and his growth as a character is really well done.
“You’ve always been my girl, Aimee. The only one who ever mattered. You know that, right?”
And Aimee proves herself to be a worthy partner for him. Strong, determined and brave, she loves her man fiercely, and that is evident in everything she does. Yet she’s not a doormat and isn’t afraid to stand up to him. She’s got some sass, and I love that about her.
This book will take you on a bit of a ride. It’s emotional at times, but it wasn’t overly angsty, there is no stupid behaviour and I never got annoyed with the characters. This is a real ‘resolution’ book, while still very much being a continuation of Aimee and Kes’ story, recapturing the feeling of the first book, and showing us everything that we want to see View Spoiler »
“I’m so fucking happy you’re here,” he said, resting his forehead against mine.
“I’m not just here,” I whispered. “I’m home.”
*dreamy sigh* « Hide Spoiler.
Honestly, I could have stopped reading halfway through and been thrilled at how everything worked out, but apparently Jane likes to push, and she pushed things in this one. Not a necessary storyline, but an interesting one, and I really liked how it played out, and the impact that it had on both Kes and Aimee and their life together.
I also loved getting to spend time with the extended cast of characters. This is such a close group with fantastic dynamics, and they all added so much to the story. Hilde, in particular, was a hilarious surprise!
Hilde sighed. “Just like his brother – always on the go. Sometimes I just want to lie in bed and sleep – without sex.”
I burst out laughing. “I can’t imagine that happening anytime soon.”
Hilde grinned at me. “I would probably complain if it did. But I save money on my gym membership. My thighs could crack walnuts.”
This book is beautifully written with laughs, drama and a sexy and very soulful romance. I loved being back in this world with these characters, and I enjoyed every minute of their journey.
I stopped suddenly and Gregg all but ran me over, knocking my purse from my arm and making me stumble.
“Really, I can explain about Lulu,” he babbled, but I wasn’t listening to him.
I was staring at the man on the other side of the parking lot, his silver-gray eyes fixed intently on me.
“Kes,” I breathed, my heart starting to gallop.
I squeezed my eyes shut, wondering briefly if I’d fallen over the edge of sanity and conjured him up, imagined that he’d come for me. But when I looked again, his eyes were still watching me, full of fire.
Gratitude, hope, love, shock—so many emotions twisted inside me.
He was leaning against an electric-blue motorcycle and a plain black helmet dangled from one hand. A leather jacket hung from his broad shoulders, his long legs encased in dark denim and ending in heavy black biker boots. He looked dangerous, and when he pushed his free hand through his dark hair and straightened up, his heated eyes never left mine.
He was here. Really here. For me.
My body hungered for his and my arms longed to reach out for him. The words ‘I love you’ burned on my tongue, but I bit them back.
He was here, but I needed to know what it meant. So I locked my heart away. Kes still had secrets.
But he’s here! My happy heart screamed.
His eyes swept up and down my body and a pulse of heat washed over me as color rose in my cheeks.
But then his eyes narrowed slightly as he lasered in on Gregg, and I could see the rage boiling up inside him.
“Oh shit,” I said softly as Kes stalked toward us.
I pulled my purse back onto my shoulder and glanced at Gregg who was still talking. Finally, he noticed Kes striding over and his eyebrows lifted with surprise. But it was Kes who spoke first.
“Can we talk?”
I stared at him. “You want to talk? That’s new.”
He winced, regret and pain on his face, and glanced across at Gregg. “Am I too late?”
I met his eyes and spoke honestly.
About Book #1
The Traveling Man
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.