The grandeur of the traveling circus is at its peak in the early 1920s when sixteen-year-old Laila Vilonia is searching for an escape from her bleak future. Behind the gates of the legendary Marvelle Circus, she is thrust into a mysterious world she never knew existed—a paradise populated with outcasts. It’s in this glamorous new home that Laila sparks a controversial romance with notorious sideshow performer, "The Disappearing Man," and learns just how dangerous her new life can be.
Touring the picturesque eastern coast of America, Laila’s immersed in friendship, vaudeville, festivals, sequins, and serial killers. But behind the curtain, a sadistic plan is brewing that will crack the very foundation upon which she’s become so dependent.
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"High octane drama unfolding from the first page." -Beth Bruno, author of Wild Tulips.
"A dark and eerily beautiful love story." -Flirty & Dirty Reviews.
"I simply couldn't put this book down." -TwiMom227 Reviews.
"I credit this book to getting me out of my reading funk." -Lost in YA Wonderland.
"Ms. Kayne is going places, she's a fantastic writer...I can't wait for the second book!" -Absolute Forest of Words.
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In the wake of the disaster that nearly killed circus star Laila Vilonia, a wave of vengeance is recoiling like the sea. Her loyal friends must form an unlikely alliance with her lethal lover and his identical twin brother in order to end the rival circus’s rampage of devastation. Friendships are tested to the breaking point and lovers’ bonds are irreparably shattered, leaving a fog of unease lingering over the grounds.
But the show must go on. Laila fights her growing urge to numb herself from the nightmares that haunt her while trudging forward with a groundbreaking new feature spectacle to dazzle the hundreds of thousands of adoring fans they entertain along their tour. Laila’s fame is legend, spanning from coast to coast, which only intensifies the drama of life at the Marvelle Circus. But can she thrive in a showman's underworld dripping in revenge, glamour, secrets, and betrayal?
COMING SUMMER 2014