on March 8th 2016
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Also by this author: The Traveling Man (Traveling, #1), Dazzled, Slave to the Rhythm (The Rhythm #1), Dangerous to Know & Love, One Careful Owner: Love Me, Love My Dog, Behind the Wall, Undefeated
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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‘…against all reason, all reality, I was falling for this frustrating, flawed, broken, battered and beautiful man. Why was I so careful with my health… and so reckless with my heart?’ Laney
Tragic. Compelling. Bold. Beautiful.
Slave to the Rhythm is a unique and deeply honest tale of one man’s fight against the harrowing truth of corruption and slavery hidden within the alluring lights of Las Vegas. Jane Harvey-Berrick has entered the literary world of dark, disturbing and gritty all the while spinning her magic and integrating that new-found darkness with sunshine, with our heroine, Laney. A sweet woman with health limitations but with the strength and heart of a lioness.
This book is remarkable in every way. I heard the music, I felt the beat from the tips of my fingers to the tops of my toes. Every scene was leading to one pivotal grand performance that played out like a theatrical production that literally swept me off my feet.
Dance. Love. Fear. Hate. Acceptance. This story has everything I could ever wish for in a book – the balance between the darker aspects and the strength in which those obstacles were overcome was perfectly weighted by the authors nurturing ability to write with such intricate detail. Her words can destroy you one minute and have you fall in love the next.
I’m so pleased I went in blind because I didn’t quite know what to expect and I felt I had a better reading experience because of that which is why this review is very vague in terms of the plot overview.
Ash and Laney’s journey isn’t forged overnight due to the horrific circumstances in which they meet, but nurtured through friendship and healing and those stories always make for the best kind because as a reader you can connect to them on such a deeper level.
At the core this is a love story, but fundamentally it also speaks of a very real and terrifying truth that is happening right now and I applaud the bravery this author took in exploring that, and the challenging choreography scenes that helped continue paint a vivid and emotionally sound picture. Another incredible book journey by the amazing JHB!
5 ‘sunshine’ crowns