Carny by Simone Sowood
Rating: 4 Stars
Steel is a carnival worker and has been for the last ten years. He loves the life – he goes from town to town, and usually that means he has his choice of women. One look at his muscles and handsome face has them begging for a night with him. Until Emily…
Emily is a good girl; she always does her parents bidding and doesn’t do anything out of line – no matter how badly she wants to. But when she catches Steel’s eye he knows he has to have her. For the first time she goes against her parents’ wishes and spends some time with Steel. And now that he has had her, he does not want to let her go.
My feelings were all over the place while reading this – Steel’s carny friends had me rolling with laughter, Emily’s parents had me seething with anger, and Emily’s relationship with Steel had me sighing in happiness. The dirty talk was so intense, as is to be expected from such a tattooed bad boy as Steel, that even Emily’s innocence didn’t keep her away. The two had a great chemistry and I liked that they put each other first the entire book. There were plenty of places throughout where one of them expressed their happiness was fueled by the other being with them. This book had family drama like crazy that caused so many troubles, and it was quite a ride to see the couple overcome the obstacles that are thrown their way.
Simone Sowood writes a bad boy so well – I almost wish I had one myself 😉 One of my favorite things about this book though was that the bad boy was willing to change for the good girl, in a sense. Typically the good girl is corrupted into the bad boy lifestyle and then they live happily ever after (which may have also happened in this book – I won’t completely spoil it). But in this book, the author wrote Steel’s character in a way that he was happy to change some things up for his girl. I liked that. The author switched the POV between the two characters and that really helps the reader get deeper into the story.