“Dance Like The World is Watching”
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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Slave to the Rhythm has captured my heart and imprinted itself on my soul. In a flawless execution Jane Harvey-Berrick has used the majestic and evocative art of dance to create a devastatingly powerful and heartbreakingly beautiful story of survival, hope, loss and love. Riddled with heartache, suspense and hopelessness Berrick’s characters bring to life the dark, dangerous and multi layered world of mafia initiated human trafficking. Slave to the Rhythm will tear your heart into pieces. Brutality and manipulation will shock you and the heaviness surrounding this story will often feel inescapable. BUT remaining true to theme of this story the music, the rhythm and the beauty of dance will save you.
Ash comes to Las Vegas, America on a working visa. Two times Slovenian dance champion, the world is his oyster and he is determined to show off all his skills and have all his dreams come true. But in a series of unexpected and unwelcomed events Ash realizes he is just a pawn in a world he is now unwillingly a part of. A prisoner in his own life, Ash feels helpless and vulnerable; death frequently feeling like the only way out.
Laney has been planning her trip to Vegas for eight months. Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis everything needs to be organized in advance for her trip to run smoothly. Often confined to the use of a wheelchair, Laney is familiar with the feeling of pain, loss of control and imprisonment. Determined to not let her illness consume her life, this girl’s weekend is a pivotal moment in Laney’s life.
Surrounded by vibrant lights and loud music Ash and Laney lock eyes and a spark is definitely felt. But with the deafening presence of their insecurities their meeting becomes a fleeting moment in both their lives. Or so they think… Meeting again in an explosive moment of events, their lives are linked. Unable to change the past and holding on to a sliver of hope, that may change the future, these two broken souls find solace in the most astonishing way.
Highlighting the importance of the broken but beautiful features of her main characters, Jane Harvey-Berrick waves her magic wand and perfects every angle of this gripping story. Deep and complex a Slave to the Rhythm is a multidimensional kaleidoscope of emotions. Told with such with truth and brutality when the sun shines on Laney and Ash’s story it is breathtaking and blinding.
With Slave to the Rhythm, Jane Harvey-Berrick will have readers FEELING every single moment. Like a choreographed masterpiece Berrick will hold your heart in her hands, Allowing Slave to the Rhythm to remind us the sun always shines on a rainy day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.