“He’s [Cale] a total badass with a heart of gold and made this story worth the read.”
~ Under the Covers

When I saw this was a romance set at a circus, I knew I had to read it. I’ve read only a few books with this setting but it’s somehow always drawn me in and captivated me. And this is my second time trying Brianna Hale so I was excited to hopefully have a different experience since I had to DNF my last one.  I’m happy to say that RINGMASTER delivered exactly what I was hoping for. A cast of misfit characters that are all broken in their own ways and struggling through some unique situations while performing amazing acts in a traveling circus. Oh and falling in love at the same time.

So this is an age gap romance and I have to be honest here. I thought it would bother me a bit because the heroine is quite young (of legal age when anything happens), but she comes from a very tragic background and I wasn’t sure how the power dynamic of falling for her rescuer at such a young age would work for me. It felt like she would be in a vulnerable position and easy to be taken advantage of. I shouldn’t have worried because we have the most caring of heroes. I will also mention that this is a slow burn romance and it fit this story perfectly.

But honestly, the reason I kept reading for was Cale.  He’s known heartbreak from a very young age, and he’s still built his life up to help others while having the freedom he needs.  He’s a total badass with a heart of gold and made this story worth the read.  I loved how attentive but also tentative he was in his relationship with Ryah.  She’s a spirited young woman finally able to spread her wings and it was fun to see that happening in this setting.  I was only missing a little more of the actual acts, even though we get plenty in practice.

I’m glad I gave this book a chance.  It’s a surprisingly sweet story and it’s certainly left me wanting to read more from this author.

 

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