Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Slave to the Rhythm written by Jane Harvey-Berrick (291 pgs) – finished reading 3/9/16 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance

I was waiting for this book to come out because I’m a huge Jane Harvey-Berrick fan, and it did not disappoint! This author has another winner on her hands! The writing was exquisite and the characters were amazing. And, that ending – totally EPIC!!! Holy crap! This was one amazing story! I loved it! I was definitely swept away by the passion of the dance. Two characters that are intensely portrayed while helping each other without any ulterior motive. I wouldn’t say that this is a dark read, but it was pretty graphic with some of the abuse portrayed. As much as the two main characters are compassionate and kind, the villains were depicted equally as realistic. They were vicious and showed no mercy. I cringed numerous times as they destroyed the hero’s spirit. Aljaz (Ash) Novak is a very sensual man. He’s a Slovenian born ballroom dancer that’s just newly arrived in America. Las Vegas to be exact. When arriving in a van at the hotel in which the theater is housed where he’ll be working amongst other dancers, he realizes that something just is not right here. He eventually finds out that it is run and owned by the Russian Bratva, which do not want their motives questioned. Poor Ash! He just wanted to live and dance in America, and what he stumbles into is horrifyingly tragic. The man is damaged beyond belief, and the one person who is a witness to it all is Laney Hennessey. She decides to help him to her disbelief, and together they leave Las Vegas behind. Laney was such a sweet and caring young woman who, unfortunately, suffered from a debilitating medical condition that was not always the easiest to deal with. She lives a pretty simple life, and when Ash barrels into it, she can’t help but standby him as he tries to help his friends when he knows their lives are in danger. The couple’s relationship starts out as just friends, but as they spend more time together it becomes more romantic and sexual.

I can’t say enough of how much I loved both main characters. Ash being so exciting and erotic with that sexy dancer’s body. And, Laney being so beautiful and confident as she commits to helping Ash wholeheartedly. She believes in him, and he genuinely protects her as none other could. And, when they come together it’s beautiful and sensuous. HOT and STEAMY!! Totally arousing! Their love story is moving and tender. And, like I said, I loved that ending! It was perfect! It just showcased the “slave to the rhythm” concept completely. This was one entertaining read which I would highly recommend!

And, that gorgeous cover just lures you in to read this book!! AMAZING!!

Review Written, 3/15/16

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