Book Review ~ Carnival Nights (Carnival #1.5) by K.B. Nelson

Carnival Nights: Carnival #2 - K.B. Nelson


“Happy Birthday, Charlie Scott...”


This is definitely not how Charlie thought she'd be spending her nineteenth birthday; bunking with her fugitive lover in a cheap hotel room. But he's got a surprise for her...


Blue knows two things: he's the luckiest guy in the world, and she'd be better off if she never met him. He blames himself for the life she was forced to leave behind, but tonight he's planned her a birthday party that she'll never forget.


With one foot on the pedal, it's only a matter of time before they find themselves on the run again. But for now, even if it's only for one night, they'll set everything else aside and party amongst a sea of neon lights.


"One night can change everything”


Carnival Nights is a novella that bridges the time between the end of Carnival and the beginning of Amusement.




K.B. Nelson is one of my favorite authors who I recently discovered this year with her debut novel Carnival (you can read my review here).  I devoured Carnival in one sitting and have been going through major withdrawal ever since waiting for Amusement to be released – I need more Charlie and Blue!  Lucky for me and fans of Ms. Nelson, she has given us Carnival Nights to help with our addiction to this amazing series.   I am amazed at how much awesomeness is in between the pages of this novella!


Carnival Nights gives the reader some insight on the time in between Carnival and Amusement.  Charlie and Blue are on the run and working another carnival circuit.  Life on the road is not easy for Charlie and Blue, but they have each other.  And all you need is love, right? 


“He’s my world. And I’m his.”


Ah, young love (sigh).


It’s Charlie’s nineteenth birthday and Blue has a big surprise planned for her.  He is feeling really guilty for dragging Charlie into his world and wants to try and cheer her up a bit. They end up at a rave, hook up with some drugs and are having the most awesome night ever.  Hey, they deserve it right?


It must be mentioned - the sex scene at the rave….yeah….totally HOT!  I had to reread that part several times, because it was just that good.


“It’s here in the aftermath of a good fuck that I feel the

safest. Safe from the world and safe from our past. It’s here that I’m

reminded that I’ve got her and she’s got me. And the hot sex is just

an added fucking bonus.”


The night does not go as planned and things go further down the path to hell the next day.  The words ‘You’re fired’ are never a good thing to hear upon waking up seven hours late for work.


“Shit just went south real fucking quick.”


Yeah, drugs will do that do you…just sayin'.  Blue made a very stupid unwise financial decision that night and with their current employment status, well, life is not looking real rosy for the two lovebirds.


“It’s beyond crazy how alive drugs can make one feel. They lit up my world and took me to places I didn’t even know existed. Took me to places that made me see the beauty in everything. I went down the rabbit hole and it changed my life. At first, it was for the better. But like a game of dominoes, everything fell apart, piece after piece.”


Life is spiraling out of control once again for Blue and Charlie.  As one life is hanging by a thread, major decisions must be made.  But will they be the right ones?


“Deja-fucking-vu. We’ve been here before, back when we were forced to leave Lakeview. At that moment, I knew that was the right choice, but I never had a real hand in deciding our fate. My heart wouldn’t allow that. This time, I’m in the driver’s seat and from here on out, something’s gotta change.”


And that folks is where Ms. Nelson leaves us – hanging once again.  So many questions are racing through my mind and I must wait.  Again.  But I know that this ‘wait in line’ will be well worth the ride because that is how talented Ms. Nelson is.  She is able to grab hold of your attention with her words and keep you enthralled until the very last page is read.  Blue and Charlie’s world is a wild, rocky and turbulent one, and I can’t wait to see where Ms. Nelson takes them in this series.  Whatever direction it takes, I know it’s gonna be good and I will be there hanging on to each and every word.


“I don’t know where we’re going or what we’re going to do, so I

guess I’ll just drive until I can’t drive anymore.

But that’s a difficult chore when you’re unable to see the road


And I’m not talking about the rocks. I can see them just fine. It’s

everything else.”


*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.