Wednesday, 9 March 2016

BLOG TOUR: Slave to the Rhythm by Jane Harvery-Berrick

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DANCE. Guns.

MUSIC. Bullets.


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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Seeing this is Jane's work, I know I shouldn't have been surprised by this at all, but in all honesty, it did, in ways that I didn't expect.

Aside from the fact that this is Jane's work, which generally almost always makes me pick it up sight unseen, so to speak, the cover (gorgeous!) just lured me in further, then the blurb (as if I needed to read it!) just intrigued me. But beyond that, the blurb really gives you just enough without giving anything away.

It ended up being more emotional than I anticipated and I totally appreciated it. It touched on subject that not a lot of people are familiar with yet very prevalent more than one thinks. It touched on the aftermath of horrific events. It touched on what it feels like to live a life that not a lot of people understand or unsure how to react towards, be that coming from lack of knowledge or just plain insensitivity. It touched on finding love despite it all. It touched on acceptance and moving forward.

Laney and Ash met at the most unpleasant time for Ash. Laney became Ash's salvation but in more ways than one, Ash has become the same for Laney. Ash has a noble spirit whether he acknowledged it or not. His passion oozes thru his craft and bleeds everywhere else. There is such vulnerability there that Laney totally got. You can understand his emotional instability brought on by his experience. I understand why Laney felt the way she felt. Laney has a latent strength that not a lot of people acknowledge. Her high spirits are commendable given the hand she's dealt with. She's caring, generous, and beautiful inside and out.

Within the short amount of time that Lane and Ash got to know each other, I believed the emotions that developed. There were horrific events that completely blindsided me, turns of events that was almost expected but still caught me off guard, emotional outbursts out of nowhere that caught me off balance but totally understood, and unexpected moments of levity that gave me smiles... sigh...

Thank you, Jane, for another emotional ride! Looking forward to Luka's story:)


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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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