Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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

Title: Slave to the Rhythm 
 Author: Jane Harvey-Berrick
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: March 8th, 2016
Review Source: eARC
 
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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I have never read a book by Jane Harvey-Berrick that I did not love. Slave to the Rhythm did not disappoint. I love how Jane’s books can be the most off the wall stories but you walk away believing every word of it. Some of this book was hard for me to read at times. You get so invested in the characters that your heart breaks a little but boy in the end it is worth the anguish. 

Ash has been a dancer for many years. His mother passed away when he was young and his father did not like the idea of dance for a boy. Ash is from Slovenia and dance is pretty frowned upon if you are a man. Looking for work he stumbled upon an add online. The company paid for him to go to Las Vegas on a work visa. He was so excited to finally do what he lived for. That is until the nightmare unfolded in front of him. Come to find out who he really works for is the Russian Bratva. Now in too deep he finds himself deep in the crime world and no way out. 

Laney is on vacation with her two best friends in Las Vegas. She suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis, which this weekend’s flare up has landed her in her wheelchair. At a club she sat by herself not wanting to burden her friends when Ash comes and asks her to dance. Feeling hurt because she’s in a wheelchair she sputters off at the mouth and leaves but later on realizes that someone noticed her not for her disability but for herself. The next day Laney and her friends go to see a show. Who goes to Vegas without seeing a show? Laney excuses herself to the bathroom and stumbles in on a horrific crime taking place and poor Ash is in the middle of it. Flabbergasted and scared she flees. Can she get Ash out of there without being followed?

This is not just a love story but also a crazy roller coaster ride that you will not want to miss. The raw emotion was phenomenal. I loved the passion that Ash carries for dance. Laney is such a strong woman that anyone would envy. The characters were amazing and so was the plot. I did not want to put this story down. Ash and Laney will both capture your heart.
Laney's 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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