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- Publisher: Harvey Berrick Publishing (March 8, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 8, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ADL94B6
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Reviewed by Kelsey at Kelsey's Korner Blog
Slave To The Rhythm by Jane Harvey-Berrick
5 perfectly written stars
This was one hell of a read, one beautifully and perfectly written piece of literature.
This author rarely disappoints me. She's on my go to list, my without a need to know the synopsis list. But I'll be honest and confess I did read the synopsis on this occasion. I was immediately intrigued and loved that Jane was writing something darker.
Although it possibly wasn't as dark as I'd expected, I certainly wasn't disappointed. Far from it.
Every word written was a delight to read. The storyline was original, the characters were very likeable, the attention to detail and research was top notch!
Jane's writing just keeps gets stronger. She writes like a world class dancer. Her style being powerful, elegant and graceful. The words in Slave To The Rhythm leapt off the page and I couldn't fault this beautiful story.
This is one of those times.
Jane Harvey-Berrick has given her readers a story unlike any I've read. She has incorporated so many different assets that give this book the amazing read that it is. I could not for the life of me put this book down and once I was finished, I was stunned with so much emotion that it gave me great appreciation towards the countless endeavors that Ms. Harvey-Berrick put into this book.
"...if you buy me daisies instead of tulips, I will lie and say I love them; if you eat the last cookie and leave the jar empty, I’ll lie and say I wasn’t hungry; if you wear socks with sandals, I’ll lie and say I don’t care—but I promise, I’m not lying about this.”
It is without a doubt that the author did her homework on each and everything she wrote about and that truly amazes me considering how powerful the topics are throughout the book. My heart is soaring with so much feeling and satisfaction yet a part of me is also rethinking & putting things into a different perspective too. One where we are very ignorant as a society in being knowledgable about and/or just not even knowing the existence of the situation at hand. (I reflect on quite a few different instances in the book and not just one) I would also like to quickly mention how astonished I was by her creativity at the end. I have never been so impressed with ....well, I can't say because I don't want to "spoil" it! INCREDIBLE!
The outcome is a magnificent book that I recommend to any and all romance readers! This is without a doubt a 5 star read and I believe that it's so powerful, it should also be recognized by many/ if not all in the Magical World Of Books!
This beautifully written and poignant story successfully combines the absolute horror of a struggling dancer's journey to find success, with the most unexpected tender love that captures his heart. What Ash Novak goes through in order to simply do what he adores most in this life is almost incomprehensible. The utter devastation and brutality he endures would make another man give up. But the fated interruption in the form of one Laney Hennessey gives him renewed hope that he will forever find his rhythm.
What Jane Harvey-Berrick has written is nothing short of perfection. She manages to take us on a ride like no other. One that will make you cringe at times. It might even make you sick to your stomach. But it's the perseverance, the drive from both Ash and Laney that give you the strength to carry on. You are right there with them as they take on the world that threatens to derail them at every turn. But then you get to the crux of what this book is all about: that in the end, it's quite simply a touching love story. The way these two cherish one another brought me to my knees and there is an adoration that warmed my soul to the core.
In addition, the author once again pays attention to detail and you are immersed into the dancing world almost immediately. There are wonderful segments that I could imagine distinctly in my mind, almost as if I could reach out and touch Ash and his fellow dancers as they performed. I became their partners and was swept away by their moves through the author's profound words.
This is a book not to be missed. Yes there are some dark moments but overall it's the light between two lovers that casts the most breathtaking of shadows. A story of hope, of joy and of a most lovely destiny that was certainly the best surprise of all.
There are some very dark parts to this story and it's not for the faint of heart at times. The subject matter touches on human trafficking and slavery right here in the United States, something that happens every single day. This is only one story out of hundreds of thousands of nameless immigrants who disappear without a trace. This is Ash and Laney's story.
Top international reviews
5 my sunshine stars.
" With you I am reborn..."
What a journey.
Ash went from being a dancer with hopes and dreams, leaving his country of Slovenia and going to Las Vegas too.. in only a matter of weeks becoming a victim, helpless, tricked, and threatened by members of the Russian Bratva.
Slave to the Rhyhm is a gritty journey with dark and real life struggles and sutuations in the undertones that eventually finds the sunshine.
The sunshine is Laney.
Laney is on vacation for a girls weekend and stumbles on and witnesses something that changes events for both her and Ash.
Laney is wheelchair bound some days and suffers from Rheumatiod Arthritis and lives with a boyfriend that acts more of a carer than a lover. A weekend away and a weekend to show she is more dependant than her boyfriend gives her credit for turns into both a nightmare and a blessing.
I can't even sum up this beautiful but bitter sweet love story, Jane Harvey-Berrick is so creative, each book I read by this author I am taken on a journey with the characters and this has so many twists and turns that I never did end up where I predicted to be and that was from the first chapters.
Slave to the Rhythm is a dark and gritty read yet also a powerful love story.
Two people who save each other in two completely different situations and two people who unexpectedly become one.
Contains disturbing scenes, talks of rape and abuse but doesent go into descriptive detail, there's mafia involvement, danger and enough drama to make your breath hitch.
Not forgetting beautiful intimate scenes and amazing strong characters.
"In the daylight that's when we work things out. Now, in the darkness well just hold each other. Tonight, let's believe the fairytale".
Told in first person dual pov. Available in KU. Leads to a breathtaking hea.
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 newfound 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
The first few chapters of the book were quite hard to read, filled with so much emotion and some very 'difficult' bits in it that were horrible to read but set the story straight away.
This is definitely not your usual love story, it has so many twists in it and some very hard parts to read about but as you read it you get in tune with the characters, they draw you in and you're completely enthralled in their story and I spent the whole time wanting to know what will happen next! It kept me hooked from beginning to end and if I didn't have kids and work I'd have sat down and read it in one sitting lol
A strong partnership grows between Laney and Ash that soon becomes a strong love. I don't want to give anything away but all I will say is that this is an amazing story, it has so much emotion in it and grips you from the beginning!
I would highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the next! 5* in my opinion are not enough!!
As the book starts with Ash's arrival to Las Vegas, at first I was disappointed, it is another book about russian mafia with the use of stereotypes. I actually considered stoping the read. I have also found some of the scenes rather disturbing as I do not like violence in any form. Luckily the book moved swiftly to Ash's and Laney's story in Chicago and from there on I just simply couldn't put it down. This plot was also important for the development of the rest of the story so it was justified (even though I was disturbed a little).
I loved that main heroine is a disabled person who fights to live as normally as possible. I also loved the fact that Ash is such a proud, compassionate man and fights for the respect and to maintain his values in spite of being in dire position. They both have to overcome a lot of obstacles to be who they are; beautiful people inside and out.
Jane's strength as an author is the use of variety of characters, colourful people with variety of backgrounds. They are often witty and vibrant personalities which ads flavour to her books.
As the book is described 'the rhytm series', I am looking forward for the other stories and releases. I would love to know how Yvette is doing now.
The last paragraph in the prologue brought tears to my eyes. It was so unexpected and just goes to show how truly gifted the author is at writing.
I don't want to write too much about the story, because I think its better to jump in head first and enjoy the story as it unfolds. Just know it involves a hot, Slovenian Alpha male dancer, who follows his dreams to make it big in Vegas, but when he arrives he realises things are not what they seem. Soon he finds himself on the run across America, from the Russian Mafia, with a truly, wonderful heroine, Laney. And this is how their love story begins.
It has to be one of my favourite books this year and I would recommend it to everyone. 5 glorious, sunshine stars.
Ash thinks he has got his big break into showbiz only to discover the dream is in fact a horrible nightmare from which there's no escape. The attention to detail during these dark scenes will leave you heartbroken.
Jane paints such vivid pictures with her words that you will have no problem seeing it in the mind's eye.
While yes the material can be dark, modern slavery and abuse the story is heart warming through out.
I really enjoyed the dancing scenes and the love story which is at the heart of it all. It moves along at a fast pace and you won't want to put it down. This has got to be the read of the year. ARC received for an honest review.
Needless to say I would highly recommend this book as a 'must read'.
Ash and Laney's story is not one of convention, boy meets girl, oh no it's so much more than that and yet at it's heart that's just what it is, a rip roaring heart stopping love story set against a back drop of heartache, evil and the infallible humane spirit
hold on to your hats cos this aint a smooth sail to the altar but when it happens it's so unexpected and yet so right, for them!