Friday, March 11, 2016

"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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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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A long time ago I made myself a promise not to say that I am a fan of an actor as long as that particular actor was only on my “good side” and I loved all of his roles.

Only when I could honestly say that I dislike - better yet – straight on HATED him in at least one role in the middle of several that I loved I would consider myself a fan. (that part is important for me – there must be roles before AND after I liked)

When I started reviewing for Blogs I noticed that there were so many authors out there writing great books. But how many books do you need to read from an author to consider yourself a fan – I wondered ...

Soon it became obvious – basically the same rule applies like in the actors case. You need minimum 3 books and the second one in that calculation has to be one you do not like (in most cases because of the ending).
  • I read “Dangerous to Know & Love” and I loved Daniel with all of my heart. Then
  • I read “Lifers” and I liked Jordan but it took until
  • “Playing in the Rain” to find my LOVE-HATE book when it comes the author Jane Harvey-Berrick.

Now all I had to do was wait … Than I read the Blurb for her new book “Slave to the Rhythm” and I had this feeling that this will be IT – the book to officially make me a fan of Jane Harvey-Berrick.

When I read the first chapters … I was devastated – I thought I made a mistake – because those “wrong people” mentioned in the Blurb – they are the kind of people where I usually call my co-blogger Lauren in to review the book as they are not my favorite reading subject AT ALL.

Could I really be that wrong I thought ? I could not believe it - so I broke my 3 chapter rule (the rule that says – if a book does not catch me within the first three chapters – I should stop)

Don’t get me wrong – the book was great at that moment – just not for me because of the “occupation” of those “wrong people” (it is really hard to review without spoilers sometimes) … but I am so glad that I read on.

Because it was only short afterwards that I was drawn in irrevocably into that story and even though it strangely never made me cry or laughed - this book is still one of the most emotional ones I read so far this year.

The relationship between Ash and Laney has such a strong dynamic.

Ms. Harvey-Berrick managed to transfer all those emotions into the surrounding story I am not sure how she did it but in some ways the story goes backwards while moving forward.

Ash and Laney do not even realize how their relationship is developing – They consider themselves several things – some of them not good or even legal – never noticing what the reader already sees as obvious.

It takes outsiders to hold up a mirror in their face for them to realize. Interesting enough I can not even say that I fell in love with the characters – strangely I fell for the storytelling. The way the author told the reader how the relationship progressed.

At some points I wanted to poke Ash or Laney to point out the obvious.

This book has a strong story to tell to its readers and dating the 29th Feb 2016 I am officially a FAN of Jane Harvey-Berrick



Note to the author : you are still not forgiven for “Cody” #Playing in the Rain though … I always understood the reasons but I can not forget the “how”