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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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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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I received an author’s copy of this story for an honest review.
Devastating and beautiful, Slave to the Rhythm is one of the best books I’ve read in 2016. I sat down with every intention of just reading a few chapters but the words took hold and I could not stop until the very last page. Haunted and touched by the powerful story I then went back and quickly read it a second time. Slave to the Rhythm is a unique romance that shines light on the very dark subject of human trafficking and Jane Harvey-Berrick handles it masterfully.
Slave to the Rhythm is told through its two leads very distinct and skillfully crafted POV’s. Ash’s passion for dance helps him hold onto his humanity when faced with betrayal and terror. Laney’s desire to live life on her own terms despite physical limitations gives her the strength to fight for someone else in need. Ash and Laney’s characters may have come from opposite worlds but the bond that forms between them quickly had me seeing them as a greater whole.
For those with triggers please be aware that Slave to the Rhythm does include several scenes of both physical and sexual violence. The scenes are not gratuitous and fit with the reality and horror of human trafficking. If you can stick with it I promise you’ll be thrilled with the moving and joyful conclusion.
“My body knew I wanted you before my brain did. I was numb for so long – you’ve brought me back to life. You’ve saved me over and over.”
“When I dared to look, her eyes were gentle, warm. It was one of those quiet, subtle moments, where words weren’t needed to communicate the deepest feelings.”
“Why have a beating heart if you don’t know why it beats – or for whom.”
“The world spun around us at a dizzying pace, our lives a confusing mass of moments, colored by highs and lows, joys and sorrows.”
“I wondered later if our love was built in tiny, paper-thin slices, moment by moment, day by day.”
Do not miss Slave to the Rhythm, it will be a hard but worthy read that will stay with you. Ash’s best friend Luka will be getting his own story later in 2016 and I look forward to finding out about his journey.
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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.