★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★
This book was such a breath of fresh air to me, in a huge sea of books all competing for the readers attention this one really stood out with its unique and gripping plot which involved some very serious underlying themes.
Our main hero Ash is a Slovenian dancer who has traveled to Las Vegas in a quest to live his dream doing what he loves, but his excitement is short lived when he finds himself embroiled in the dark and disturbing world of the Russian Bratva and forced to do unimaginable things that can change a man forever.
Ash meets our heroine Laney in the most unlikely circumstances, and together they face an uncertain future, one that has forced them to spend time together, two complete opposites that positively attract.
“She was so passionate, so full of life. I admired everything about her. Except her two left feet. She couldn’t dance – probably not even to save her life…”
What I loved most, other than the original and engaging plot, were the way in which the two main characters interacted with each other. Ash was so full of hope and enthusiastic about life, but also a man who had lost his pride. Quite often he could get moody and morose, but Laney knew exactly how to handle him, she was such a sweet and selfless character who appreciated him and all his characteristics. Ash was the perfect man for Laney, never treating her as less than she deserved and all he wanted was to make her proud to be by his side.
The romance was a slow burn, which is perfect for me because I love to watch the development between two people who are transitioning from acquaintances to friends to lovers, watching the fall happen before my eyes, it really helped me connect and believe in their eventual love and respect for each other.
I loved the theme of dance, and Jane managed to really trasnport me into the world of stage dancing and make me feel like I was there, and the added playlist was a great touch.
Wonderfully real characters and a proper page turner, I enjoyed every minute of this book.
Slave to the Rhythm is a standalone contemporary romance, told in dual POV
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review