Friday, June 17, 2016

Luka (The Rhythm #2)
by Jane Harvey-Berrick


I'm not a good man.
I'm not a bad man.
But I've made some bad mistakes, made the wrong choices.
Who hasn't? But the consequences are tearing us apart.

I love two people.
I love them differently.
The world tells me I have to choose. Why? Why do I have to choose?
Loving hurts. Dancing heals.

Love makes you soar, makes you fly and sets you free—and then it lets you freefall until you're smashed and bleeding on the ground. Ultimately, love is the worst thing that can happen to a human being.

Im my opinion.
I love two people.
I love them differently.
One is a man.
One is a woman.
And they are brother and sister.

**** A stand alone novel in the best-selling Rhythm Series. ****

We strolled up Charing Cross Road talking about the usual first date stuff: music we liked, where I was from. He’d even been to Slovenia, telling me about a bachelor party he’d gone on in Ljubljana, although he called it a ‘stag night’.
“I loved the city, but it was a bloody awful weekend. All Harry’s friends were straight. They knew I wasn’t, but it was obviously uncomfortable for them. God, the strippers were the worst! Ugly old trouts with waxed pussies like badly made Barbie dolls—hideous!”
I smiled at the image.
“Wouldn’t bother me.”
“Well, it didn’t bother me, but it’s not exactly my cup of tea either.”
“You … drank tea?” I asked, puzzled.
Seth laughed. “Sorry! That’s very British. But your English is so good … it means, not my scene.”
“Oh, okay. I like strippers if they’re good—women or men. I have sex with both.”
“You’ve had sex with strippers?”
“Yeah, but…”
“Sure,” and I turned to watch his face. “Both: men and women.”
His eyebrows shot up and his mouth popped open.
“You … I … really?”
“Is that a deal breaker? You said you didn’t want to play games.”
“You’re really bi?”
“Yeah, I’m really bi.”
“You have sex with women?” he asked, his mouth twisting with dislike.
“Jesus! Yes, often. And with men, often.”
“When was the last time you … with a woman?”
“The night before I met you.”
“Wow.” Seth shook his head slowly. “I don’t know what to say.”
My shoulders tensed.
Seth was staring at me, a confused expression of dislike on his face.

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What can I say about Jane Harvey-Berrick other than she's BRILLIANT! I have never met one of her stories that I didn't love. Every character is so unique, every story is so well written that sometimes I don't realize that I'm just the outsider, that I'm not actually involved in the story, but that's exactly how she makes me feel!

I honestly didn't know what to expect when I started this story. I knew it would involve dancing because we already met Luka in Slave To The Rhythm and I new it would involve love. It's hard to put into words what I went through while reading because I feel like I'm still processing everything. Luka is in London while the team takes a break from Slave and meets someone. He's always made it perfectly clear that he is bi and never apologizes for it. He's never even thought about getting into anything serious with anyone but things seem to progress with his current lover. Just when he thinks he's ready for the next step his life is blown wide open.

I love that through it all his friends from Slave, like Ash and Laney are always there for him. He can call upon them whenever he needs an open ear, or open heart for that matter. The struggle that Luka goes through is one that not a lot people go through and it's utterly heartbreaking.

This is such a beautiful story about love and lose. It shows that it's ok to move on and still live! Live fully, and boldly. My heart is still with this story and I think it always will be. Luka captivated me from the beginning to the very last word.

5/5 Fangs.

Complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Jane is a writer of contemporary romance fiction, known for thoughtful stories, often touching on difficult subjects: disability (DANGEROUS TO KNOW & LOVE, SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM); mental illness (THE EDUCATION OF CAROLINE, SEMPER FI); life after prison (LIFERS); dyslexia (THE TRAVELING MAN, THE TRAVELING WOMAN).
She is also a campaigner for former military personnel to receive the support they need on leaving the services. She wrote the well-received play LATER, AFTER with former veteran Mike Speirs. ( )

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