Published by Harvey-Berrick Publishing on March 8, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Dark, Fiction, Mafia, Survival, Suspense/Thriller
Format: eBook, Paperback
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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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*Possible Spoiler Warning*
Slave to the Rhythm by Jane Harvey-Berrick is such a gritty, real, and raw moving novel. It’s tells a story about surviving something horrific and overcoming the darkness. Clawing your way to the light at the end of the tunnel, tooth and nail. No matter what.
The characters in this novel are survivors and fighters. They are entirely what drives this novel. Ms. Harvey-Berrick embues the characters’ stories with so much passion and emotion that your heart breaks for them during their struggles and it soars during their happiest moments.
Ash Novak is a dancer from Slovenia who has left his home to find work in Las Vegas as a professional ballroom dancer. However, when he arrives in Vegas and sees a minivan waiting with four female foreign dancers, and the first thing the man rounding them up into the van asks for is their passports, he begins to realize something is off. Once their taken, the horror story for Ash begins… (As a reader, I honestly, had to skim a few parts because it was too hard to read. Trigger warning: abuse, assault)
Ash is in a living h*ll for forty days until he is rescued by an angel, Laney, who happens walk in by chance as he is bring attacked by his captors.
Once Ash and Laney leave Vegas, they head to Chicago where Laney’s police captain father can help Ash and his friends still captive get free. Thus, starting another layer to this story, the one of Ash and Laney.
Ms. Harvey-Berrick’s characters, Ash and Laney, are very well-written and are juxtaposed in their differences in their abilities: Laney has lived her life with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and is unable to move freely physically- a slave to her body’s whims but has remained positive, whereas Ash whose passion is dance, though physically is free to move and dance, is emotionally and mentally enslaved, by his attackers and his nightmares. Each need the other more than they realize and watching them grow, how they support the other, and love is beautiful. You will need Kleenex for this book! Fair warning. 🙂
Overall, Slave to the Rhythm is a terrific novel and I wholeheartedly recommend it. Can’t wait to read more by this author.