BLOG TOUR/REVIEW - SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM by JANE HARVEY-BERRICK

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DANCE. Guns.

MUSIC. Bullets.

RHYTHM. Pain.

Music in my head, dance in my body, the rhythm of my heart.

How far can you fall in just one month? How quickly can the human spirit be broken? Where does evil hide in plain sight?

Ash wants to dance. Needs it. To leave behind a life of expectation and duty, to set his soul free.

But life is never that simple. Every step is a journey on a new road.

For every action, there is a reaction.

Every choice has a consequence.

And when you meet the wrong person, all bets are off.

Laney tolerates her limitations, pushing quietly at boundaries. But when Ash crashes into her world through rage and violence, it sets off a chain reaction that neither of them expected.


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Laney POV
His eyes glowed, passion firing through them. Then he lowered his head and kissed the back of my hand.

It was a sweet, old fashioned gesture, totally at odds with the lust I saw as he let his eyes stroll across my body, seemingly unable to choose between my breasts or my lips.

I helped make up his mind by folding my arms around him and tugging his head down so I could press my lips against his.

He opened his mouth, then proceeded to give me the hottest, slowest, most tantalizing kiss I’d ever had. He was telling me that he was in control and he’d kiss me the way he damn well wanted.

Playful Ash, serious Ash, flirty Ash—I couldn’t help thinking that sexy-as-sin Ash was proving to be my favorite.

His hips moved in a slow rhythm that may have been dancing or may have been back-to-basics grassroots grinding. I reached down for the heat between his legs, massaging the growing bulge at the front of his jeans.

A shudder ran through his body and he ground harder against my hand. I couldn’t wait to be skin to skin.

I unbuttoned his shirt clumsily, fingers deft as sausages as I tried to get at his bare skin. He laughed against my lips and lifted his arms so I could pull the cotton over his head.

Skin like warm silk, smooth and soft, covering hard muscle, my fingers dragged across the planes and ripples of his chest and stomach, then fluttered over the welts and scarred flesh of his back.

Ash kicked off his shoes, and rid himself of the rest of his clothes before prowling toward me. His eyes said, naked now! Mine replied, make me.

He swept me from my feet so swiftly, my stomach swooped, and he carried me to the bed, our bed, working my clothes from my body between slow, hot kisses.

I closed my eyes, needing some defense against his beautiful face and the sensations that threatened to overwhelm me. He was an ocean wave, the high tide, and I was drowning in happiness and physical pleasure.

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SHANDA'S 4 STAR REVIEW
 
Slave to the Rhythm was way more intense and gritty than I expected it to be. I have read several Jane Harvey-Berrick books but this takes her writing in a different direction.

Slovenian born Ash Novak has come to the US to dance. After he arrives, he is thrown into the sinister world of the Bratva. His excitement over his future is quickly destroyed. He is made to do things that destroy his soul, he is scared, and starting to feel hopeless. The things that happen to Ash were scary and at times a bit jarring.

Life takes a turn for Ash when he meets Laney. A woman dealing with a debilitating illness but her need to help Ash saves his life. Laney soon brings Ash into her life and does everything she can to help him pick up the pieces. The after effects of what happened to Ash were very believable. He is emotionally unstable and living in fear. His adjustment to Laney's world is hard and at times emasculating for him. He is dealing with trauma, his fear for his friends, and the ever looming question of what happens now. Ash just wants to go back to dancing but at every turn he is hit with disappointment. On top of everything else he felt like less of a man every time he had a failure.

Laney and Ash were an odd pairing at times. I think the trauma Ash dealt with and the issues Laney wouldn’t deal with hurt their chemistry for me. Ash brings passion to Laney’s life and it was something she desperately needed. But I was frustrated with her not dealing with the “baggage” in her life sooner. Laney needed to do things to make her feel alive and hanging on to the old wasn’t helping her. I think Ash needed something good to hold on to and Laney gave that to him.

All in all I really enjoyed this story. It was unique, action packed, and worth the read. I am really looking forward to the next book.

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For as long as I can remember, I wanted to write. Perhaps it was growing up in a village well known for its mystery and folklore, which sparked my imagination as a child.
I enjoy writing in several different genres, and I've just published my first romcom, 'Dazzled'.
All my books have a little me in them, and I'm inspired by the personal stories of those around me. It's often from a simple discussion overheard in the train ('Exposure'), in a café, or in the street, where ideas for characters or scenes come to me.
I fell in love with both Sam ('The New Samurai') and the eponymous Sebastian in 'The Education of Sebastian' and the sequel 'The Education of Caroline', and missed them desperately once I'd finished their stories. I love writing dialogue and always try to include touches of humour in the most poignant stories.
Whether you like adult romance novels, new or young adult writing, thrillers, or fantasy, I hope you'll enjoy the journey through my stories.

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