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The Carny

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  183 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Two people from opposite worlds, one unforgettable kiss. You can't judge a carny by its cover. At a town fair on the coast of Oregon, handsome Native American carny, Vincent Youngblood, bestows an unforgettable kiss on shy, awkward teenager, Charlotte Davenport. Then disappears without another word, leaving her baffled and enamored. Ten years later, Charlotte is still ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 7th 2012 by Inkspell Publishing
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Oct 19, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

We'd only known each other for a total of seven minutes.

Charlotte Davenport, the seventeen year-old daughter of a wealthy, local hotel owner shares a kiss with Vincent (Vin) Youngblood, a Native American carny. It's The Kiss she still remembers ten years later, and Vin's the boy she's never forgotten.

Now at twenty-eight, having been jilted at the altar by her fiancé, managing the hotel she's going to inherit and doesn't want, and living back home with her parents, Charlotte's life is e
Jun 16, 2012 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
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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 impres
Diana Leneker
May 26, 2012 Diana Leneker rated it it was amazing
You know how, when you are in high school, and all your cool friends have boyfriends? And no matter what happens, you always seem to be the odd person out? But in your heart you just know that if that one special person would notice you, that you could rock their world? If definitely will love reading this book.

Brooke Moss is the author of The Carny....a story about 2 people who come from different walks of life, not quite sure where they fit in with their families, and their community
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Favorite Quote: “We’d only known each other for a total of seven minutes “

How important was your first kiss? How long did the feeling last? A minute? A day? A Year? When seventeen year old Charlotte Davenport received her first kiss from carnival worker Vince Youngblood, nothing came close to replicating that feeling for 10 years. Now, Vince and the carnival are back in town and Charlotte is hoping that the second kiss will be just
Jun 29, 2012 Marissa rated it it was amazing
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 immediatel
Pavarti Tyler
Jul 06, 2012 Pavarti Tyler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: porn, for-review
DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC of this book as a part of the author’s promotional blog tour.

The Carny is a delightful read. Super fun, fast and well written. The dialogue flows easily and funny and the characters are familiar. The Carny is a sweet read that makes you fall in love with the possibility that men like Vincent Youngblood could possibly exist. He’s funny, charming, handsome and totally climbable. Through the whole book I wanted to just vault up him like a rope ladder.

Set in the Pacific
Cecilia Robert
Jun 13, 2012 Cecilia Robert rated it it was amazing

A kiss is just a kiss--- or is it? How powerful/memorable is a kiss? Good enough to last a few seconds, an hour, ten years...

Charlotte Davenport and Vincent Youngblood story begins with a kiss when she and her two friends visit the local carnival. The first time she meets Vincent (Vin) and the last time she sees him until ten years later.
Seasons change, and since the story is written in Charlotte's POV, we see what she went through in the last six months. Then the carnival rolls back to town,and
Lisa Markson
May 22, 2012 Lisa Markson rated it it was amazing
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The Carny
By Brooke Moss

This was such a touching and tender story of love against all adversary. Charlotte goes to a carnival with her two friends while they are in high school, she meets this carny by the name of Vincent. He hears one of her friends teasing her about her experiences with boys. He says that he washer boyfriend and kissed her. He rocked her world with that one kiss. Through the years she always wondered what happened to him. They meet up again and they reconnect and ha
Jun 25, 2012 L rated it really liked it
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I absolutely loved it! The characters were so crisply sketched. I could totally feel the characters of Charlotte and Vin and their magically pure love! The humor was apt in all the situations and made the reading even more enjoyable. Way to go Brooke!
Nicola Marsh
Sweet, subtle, heart-warming romance.
Jul 08, 2012 Rhianna rated it it was amazing
A Love Story with Humor and Heart

In Charlotte Davenport's family appearances have always come first. Stuck between what her family expects of her and the pressures of being a teenager, Charlotte finds herself caught in a lie that leads to a kiss that will haunt her for a decade. After locking lips with shaggy haired, Native American Vincent Youngblood at the carnival he's working at she finds herself drawn to every one to pass through Northwestern Oregon. After being dumped at the alter she find
Jul 03, 2012 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 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
Jun 27, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary
GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance/Family Drama
RECEIVED: Review for Tour

First off this book in every way is one of my favorite romance books that I’ve read all year. After I finished reading it I immediately went back and read a couple of pages over that I loved, especially the epilogue which was fantastic. The Carny is about two people who have a love that is undeniable but many obstacles stand in their way especially their unstable families. Brooke
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Jul 30, 2012 Joy (joyous reads) rated it it was ok
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One kiss was all it took for Charlotte to know Vincent Youngblood will be someone that she'll not soon forget, and for the next ten years, she couldn't go to a carnival without ever searching for the familiar long, dark hair and tall stature of Vincent. When they meet again, Charlotte's romantic notions were replaced by disillusionment. Jilted at the altar by a man she thought she loved, Charlotte moved back home and took over the reigns at her father's hotel. Family life remained the same: ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Mindy rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Khelsey Jackson
May 29, 2012 Khelsey Jackson rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Davenport will never forget her first kiss, from a carny. Vincent Youngblood has been in her heart for the past ten years. After she was left standing at the altar and being cheated on she moved back home. Her mother needs someone around to take care of. And that lands on Charlotte, her two sisters are married. Charlotte goes to the same carnival that she meet Vin ten years ago. When she is face to face with the man that stole her heart. He looks just as good as he did back then, maybe ...more
Aubrie Dionne
Jun 16, 2012 Aubrie Dionne rated it it was amazing
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 s
Honestly the main character took those stars off. She's very good at making assumptions and there were so many cringe-worthy scenes with her having the wrong conclusions about Vin that I really couldn't. I had to physically stop reading for a moment and ask aloud "omg woman WHYY" because she just needed to chill.

The book also has a great exploration of family issues and racism though. The ending was so cheese but I enjoyed it, despite the unrealistic resolutions. :)
Mar 12, 2014 Vani rated it really liked it
Es un libro lindo y tieernísimo para pasar el rato ^^
(A pesar de que tiene como 400 páginas jaja)
Sasha Summers
Aug 15, 2012 Sasha Summers rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! I will gush more about this fantastic read shortly. So stay tuned...
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Four Stars

That kiss. That one kiss at the entrance gate of the tilt-a-whirl when I was eighteen was enough to give me hope. Hope that real romance and real passion actually existed in the world.

Charlotte Davenport’s life is not what it’s all cracked up to be. Sure she comes from a wealthy and prestigious family, but she considers herself, sort of an outsider. Physically, she is nothing like her two older sisters. Though she is beautiful in her own, unique way, she has always lived in their sha
Laurie Treacy
Apr 26, 2013 Laurie Treacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
The Carny is like a modern day telling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. When we first meet Charlotte at a carnival one summer evening, she is in the midst of being humiliated by her supposed mean girl friend while on line for a ride. Charlotte's humiliation? Had she been kissed or not? Trying to hedge the question, she is aided by the carny collecting tickets. This good looking, sweet young guy saves Charlotte from being the talk of her high school by giving her what she didn't want to admit she's ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Penelope rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Ahhh, what a romance! Brooke Moss writes a novel full of tenderness and compassion that is just so beautiful! I was so taken with the main characters and their quest for love and acceptance. Charlotte Davenport comes from a very wealthy family. The family is so snooty and uppity with their “better than everyone” demeanor. While Vincent Youngblood is the handsome Native American that runs the tilt-a-wheel at the local carnival. They had met when they were both teenagers ten years ago. Since that ...more
I was thrilled when I was contacted to take part in a promotional tour for Brooke’s newest release “The Carny”. I was lucky enough to read her novel “The What If Guy” last year and fell in love with her writing style. This was one of those books that I couldn’t say no to.

At age 18, Charlotte and two friends are enjoying the carnival. A chance encounter brings her face to face with handsome carny Vin and one unforgettable kiss that she can’t get out of her head. Even after 10 years, she can’t get
Sierra Dean
I started out really enjoying this book. Brooke Moss writes small towns with beautiful warmth, and I'm a big fan of small town novels, especially ones that center around a fair or carnival or any kind of festival.

I had some issues with the ebook formatting and some editing mistakes that shouldn't have been missed by the publisher (I will point out I don't blame the author for these mistakes, but this was sloppy on the part of the editor/line editor/etc), and that sort of thing drives me crazy wh
Author: Brooke Moss
Published By: Inspell Publishing
Age Recommended: 14
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
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"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 y
Aug 14, 2012 Englishrose rated it liked it
This was an interesting book with some fun characters and a compelling storyline. Charlotte, to me was the kind of character that I just want to wring their necks for being so silly. She did have some good personal growth that was a main focus of the book, but I still felt she had a way to go at the end. Vin is just about the sweetest, most loyal, amazing kind of guy there is. Almost unrealistic in how perfect he was, but he was still a good character. Many side characters filled in the story ...more
Aug 03, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the story and the characters. I loved how the main character really developed a back bone and eventually gave her family hell for how pretentious they were. I was impressed with Melody in stepping down off her Clydesdale to acknowledge the fact Vin just wasn't a fling for Charlotte. I loved how Melody told her to go after him after that disastrous dinner "party." The only thing that kept me from giving this book a total 5 stars was because I liked Vin, don't ...more
Allison Blanchard
Dec 04, 2012 Allison Blanchard rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book! It has everything from witty dialogue to beautiful descriptions to laugh out loud humor. I was swept away by Vin and Charlotte and their beautiful love story. I adore Brooke Moss's writing style and look forward to future/other works. I will continue to reread and reread "The Carny" over and over. Simply amazing.
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Brooke writes complex, character-driven stories about kismet, reunited lovers, first love, and the kind of romance that we should all have the chance at finding. She prefers her stories laced with some humor just for fun, and enough drama to keep her readers flipping the pages, and begging for more.

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