New Release and My Review: Slave to the Rhythm by Jane Harvey Berrick

New Release and My Review:  Slave to the Rhythm by Jane Harvey BerrickSlave to the Rhythm by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Genres: Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Romance
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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.

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

“Why have a beating heart if you don’t know why it beats – or for whom.”

Slave to the Rhythm is a new standalone contemporary romance novel by Author Jane Harvey-Berrick. It is a compelling friends to lovers story.

“…it’s one thing to choose to be by yourself; it’s completely different to be alone in a crowd.”

Laney is different. She approaches life with her eyes wide open, knowing that at any moment it could change. Ash is excited to be exploring a new life in America, the dream. We meet the two of them at an interesting juncture in their lives, as they become aware of one another, and the enigmatic attraction they have. From here, we are wrapt in their stories as they weave in an out of one another, creating an alluring and fascinating account of their encounters with each others and those that influences their lives, both for the good and bad.

“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.”

Best prologue EVER! Sweet mother. I nearly choked on my drink. I did not expect that at all, and simply stared at the page in awe. I was a goner at 3%. No going back, no putting it down, full steam ahead into the unknown. It was like knowing you’re getting a new car of average make, and the dealer pulling up in Aston Marton, pure bliss. What ensued was a dramatic and emotion-filled story replete with hope, dashed dreams, cruelty, tragedy, chance meeting, and destined opportunities, each facet of the story holding the gem in the middle, protecting and securing it. There were points in the story that consisted of neither highs nor lows, but told of past and present information about our main characters and their surroundings, which continued to pique my interest. Laney and Ash were characters that anyone could easily fall in love with. They were two ships lost in the night, trying to make if through life’s fog to their lighthouse. It was breathtaking and beautiful, and their moments of passion were charged with sensuality as they sizzled off of the pages. My mind was engaged, sorting through moments of various emotions that had me recoiling in anger, gasping in surprise, crying from the injustice, and beaming with pride. But mostly, I was mesmerized. It was the characters, the dialogue, and the vast variation in story line and plot. Author Jane Harvey-Berrick combined all of these story components and created an exceptional story that all should read.

“…I love you. I don’t want to dance alone.”


Lane’s POV
I tiptoed into the living room to get a couple of cookies from the kitchen. I noticed that Ash had left the drapes open and it gave me a chance to study his beautiful face, younger and softer in sleep.
But he wasn’t asleep, and I froze.
He was stretched out on the couch, his bare chest almost luminous in the glow of the street lamps.
One hand rested on his chest, but the other…
The thin sheet was pushed down to his thighs and he was stroking himself. His long fingers that had massaged me so thoroughly earlier in the evening were firmly grasping his hard dick and working it up and down, his thumb sweeping over the wide head. His eyes were closed, his mouth slightly open, and his breaths were quick and shallow.
I knew I should turn around and go, leaving him alone in this very private moment, not watching like some creepy voyeur. But I couldn’t. I was mesmerized by the sight of him pleasuring himself, his hand moving faster, his firm chest rising and falling rapidly.
He muttered something in his own language, and I could tell by the tightness in his face that he was close. And God, if it wasn’t the hottest thing I’d ever seen.



5 Stars

About Jane Harvey-Berrick

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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