Friday, March 11, 2016

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Slave to the Rhythm by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Slave to the Rhythm
by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Release Date: 8 March 2016

DANCE. Guns.

MUSIC. Bullets.


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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Wow! This story started off with a bang. Seriously. I was hooked from the prologue itself and right up to 25% I was basically falling off my seat with the suspense, paranoia and danger that surround Ash, the dancer who came from Slovenia to Las Vegas to chase his dream, only to get entangle with the Bratva


I thought this is going to be a dark romance and I'm both exhilarated and nervous. However, the rest of the story was pretty mellow once Ash removes himself from the situation and we get to concentrate on the budding romance between him and his savior, Laney. Of course, the Bratva mess is always on the forefront of Ash's mind and towards the climax, we got a pretty kickass showdown.


Laney, is a woman with a heart of gold and suffered from a health issue. When she saw stranger in need, she jumped in to help without hesitation. Everyone says she is crazy and that she is giving too much, but she sees something in Ash and make her reluctant to let him go. 

Regarding the romance between Laney and Ash. Hmm... It would be awesome if only there isn't a current boyfriend in the mix. Although it add a layer to the story, it was also a tricky situation. Not many author can make this work nicely. While, I'm enjoying reading about Ash and Laney's friendship, connection and intimacy, I can't help but feel that something isn't right. She had a boyfriend! I also wish that Ash didn't outright dislike the boyfriend from the first meeting. I think he got something better to focus his attention on, like how to get back on his own two feet. Thank goodness the triangle didn't remain long and I get to enjoy their romance without worry.


The highlight of the entire story is the dance, duh. I never find male dancer sexy until I read this book. The way Jane's depicted Ash movement is seriously mouth watering. I'm considering watching a Broadway just to see it with my own two eyes.

The first part of the story and the subsequent part does feel as if I'm reading two different book. One is full of danger, another more towards contemporary romance. The romance here is not as cookie cutter and there are some element of some flaws being introduced. I think it shows some raw emotion and life can't be always perfect. And lastly, I can't wait for Luka's story, but please not with Yveta.

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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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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