ARC Review: Ringmaster by Brianna Hale

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ARC Review: Ringmaster by Brianna Hale

3.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: May 13 2020
Genre: New Adult
Published by Self Published
Format: eARC

“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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About Brianna Hale

There's nothing Brianna Hale likes more than a large, stern alpha male with a super-protective and caring streak, and when she's not writing about them she can usually be found with a book, a cocktail, planning her next trip to a beautiful location or attending the theatre. She believes that pink and empowerment aren’t mutually exclusive, and everyday adventures are possible. Brianna lives in London.


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This sounds really good! Thanks.

Sophia Rose

I’m glad this one turned out so well. I was curious about it when I saw it on your haul video. I want to read about Cale now. 🙂

Under the Covers Book Blog

<3 I was so happy too. Hope you give Cale a shot

Amy R

Thanks for the review, adding to my wishlist.

Under the Covers Book Blog

Hope you enjoy it when you get to it

Kathleen Bylsma

Excellent review and thanks!


I’m intrigued. Thanks for the review Francesca


I’m intrigued. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Francesca