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BATTLE SCARS by JANE HARVEY BERRICK

Standalone Military romance.

SYNOPSIS
From the dusty plains of Afghanistan to the sleek corridors of the New York Times, journalist MJ Buckman seeks the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. What she doesn’t expect to find is a man who’s her complete opposite … and fits her perfectly.

Marine Sergeant Jackson Connor knows that relationships don’t work for men in the military. He’s living proof of that. But when a steely-eyed temptress in a flak jacket, who carries her moral cause in front of her, crosses his path, he’s furious, curious, and all kinds of in-lust.

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A grown-up love story about two people who aren’t looking for love, but realize how precious it is when they find it. They don’t play games and there are no stupid misunderstandings, just life standing in their way.

Can they compromise? And what does that look like in a modern relationship between two driven people?

Assignment Vs deployment.

They’re always traveling in different directions. What relationship can survive that?

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘They’ve left behind their families, their community leaders, everything they’ve known, and all they carry with them is their fear and anger.’

There is absolutely no question that Jane Harvey-Berrick writes the most detailed and researched military romances; we never question that this Author knows exactly what she’s writing about. There is also no question that this type romance is very close to her heart and that she puts her soul into her writing it. Battle Scars is an in-depth and topical snapshot at the world we live in today and whilst there’s a beautiful romance running through it, it certainly has a strong message and pulls at the heart-strings as well.

‘Where did such hatred come from?’

We found Maggie and Jackson to be two very mature no-nonsense characters. There was no unnecessary drama and we fully believed every moment we spent with them. They were each beautiful in their own way, their lives, struggles and love believable. We slowly fell in love with them as the story progressed and found Maggie to be one of the strongest female heroines we’ve come across in a while.

‘I knew. I’d met the love of my life. And I wasn’t letting him go.’

We have to say that the writing was stellar in Battle Scars; we felt the dry heat and sand in the back of our throats, we smelt the aftermath of fire and we felt the desperation and fear. What began as an instant attraction became a deep searing love story continuously tested by the battles, wars and circumstances people face today.

“I don’t know what this is, Maggie, what’s happening here, but it feels good. And I don’t want it to stop.”

This is a story of friendships, loyalty, respect, hope and love. It’s a story of finding the one person who makes you want to fight for, no matter the cost. It’s a story of sacrifice and compromise. It’s a story of life and the world we currently live in.

‘…we’d both learned that it was pointless to worry about things that hadn’t happened yet and maybe never would; you had to live for today. Control was an illusion.’

If you’re looking for an easy read military romance that literally transports you into the very poignant world of Maggie and Jackson and a wonderfully well written romance, then Battle Scars should definitely be added to your reading list.

“It’s okay, Maggie,” he whispered as my shoulders shook. “You’re home now.”


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SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM – THE RHYTHM SERIES BOOK ONE by JANE HARVEY BERRICK

Standalone read in a series.

DANCE. Guns. MUSIC. Bullets. RHYTHM. Pain.

SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM
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SYNOPSIS

DANCE. Guns.

MUSIC. Bullets.

RHYTHM. Pain.


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.

Slave to the Rhythm

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4 Stars

“In the daylight – that’s when we’ll work things out. Now, in the darkness, we’ll just hold each other. Tonight, let’s believe the fairytale.”

If there’s one thing we can say about Jane Harvey Berrick’s writing, it’s that she always manages to capture our imagination with the beauty and visionary of her stories and never is that more apparent than in parts of this story. There was one particular moment where we felt as though we became a part of the story, watching with anticipation and enthusiasm as a production number was brought to life right before our eyes, bringing forth the energy, excitement and wonderment of the theatre. We were there for every breathtakingly beautiful moment of that scene!

‘His smile lit the dark corners inside me.’

Slave to the Rhythm began with a heart pounding realness that had us holding our breaths as Ash Novak’s dream becomes a living nightmare. What appeared to be a new start in life was a spiral into hell for him and it was with an uneasy sense of foreboding that we became part of Ash’s plight.

Was it fate, that he met Laney? She was like an angel descending on him in his time of need and what this young lady lacked in physical ability she more than made up for in tenacity and heart. Laney loved to save people and Ash definitely needed saving.

‘Now I understood. I was in Hell.’

We did expect a little more grit than what eventuated considering the underlying theme of human trafficking and the Russian Mafia’s involvement. We had expected our hearts to be racing and the suspense to be in abundance and whilst Slave to the Rhythm did begin this way, it petered out to something else.

We never felt the ‘danger’ Ash supposedly faced and the build up to the story didn’t match the middle.  It felt a little too safe considering what and who Ash was up against. We really, really loved the ‘afters‘ which provided us with so much emotion and enjoyment, this part of the story shone like a beacon and we’ll never forget the awe we experienced whilst reading it.

Slave to the Rhythm, may not have brought the heart pounding suspense had expected, but it certainly delivered on the thrilling visual of the dance together with the romance, beauty and  emotion we love in a story. We felt the connection between these two characters who were both damaged in their own way. Together these two halves really did make a whole and they stole our hearts.

‘Ash had come into my world through rage and violence, but every time I saw him, I smiled; when he walked into a room, he lit it up.’

We think readers will devour this story and you can bet we’ll be eagerly awaiting Luka’s book… what a story he will have to tell!

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ROUSTABOUT – The Traveling Series by JANE HARVEY BERRICK

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‘Roustabout’ is the third book in the Traveling Series. Although you will meet characters from the first two books, this is a standalone story featuring one-third of Hawkins’ Daredevil stunt riders, Tucker McCoy.

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SYNOPSIS

Twelve years ago Tucker McCoy walked away from the hell that was his family with not much more than the shirt on his back. No regrets. Never once looking back. 

Living his life as a roustabout turned stunt rider with a traveling carnival keeps a smile on his face. His new family are the people he’s chosen to be in his life, the people who travel his road. Kes, Zach and Zef don’t share his blood, but they share his hopes and dreams. Understand his fears and know what makes him tick. They’re his brothers, his real family. 

If you keep moving, no one can catch you—it’s a simple rule. So when Tucker crosses paths with Tera Hawkins, he knows he should move on. There’s no woman that’s ever been worth breaking his rules for. Besides, she’s off limits, untouchable. He knows stronger men would walk away, but dammit, he’s always been weak. 

All he can offer her is a night she’ll never forget, but will that one taste be enough? 

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯ Stars

“This is the carnival, where magic happens…and dreams come true.”

We first met Tucker McCoy in the Traveling Duet Series. He was the fun loving womanising carefree best friend of Kes, who shared a brotherhood within the carnival life they had both embraced as part of the Hawkins Daredevil Stunt Riders traveling show.

We love getting down to the nitty gritty of a character, finding out what shaped them, how they came to be and Jane Harvey Berrick delivered a touching and captivating love story for Tucker and Kes’ half-sister, Tera in Roustabout.  We really enjoyed this book and have to note that this could easily be read as a standalone as the author provides enough background to understand Tucker’s place in the Carnival and his relationship with Kes, Aimee and the carnival crew we met in the Traveling Duet series.

Tucker and Tera couldn’t have been more opposite and yet we believed their love story. It was built from friendship to love and handled in a most engaging and true manner by Jane Harvey Berrick. As Tucker’s story unfolds we hear of a young man forced to flee an impoverished and difficult life, following an act of betrayal that would affect him deeply. Fate stepped in that day when he became a part of the Carnival at the tender age of 17 finding the loyalty and family he so craved.

“…we’re on two different roads, TC. Crossing paths was an accident, but it’s not meant to be.”
“Can’t we made our own road? Choose our own path?”

We really loved the way this author developed Tucker and Tara’s story. Tucker had been judged all his life. He’d heard it all…poor kid, loser, carnie but Tucker wore it all with a smile on his face and a carefree attitude which hid the suffering man inside. Learning what was under his façade was heartbreaking. Tucker’s coping mechanism was women and meaningless sex, a way to lose himself and forget the memories that plagued him.

“You don’t have to smile for me, Tucker, not unless you want to.”

In his corner though was a tenacious girl who despite her privileged upbringing would understand Tucker and would love him for the man he is. The loyal, honest, tough man who, if allowed to love, would love with a ferocity.

“Don’t ever cry for me.”
“Someone has to.”

We do have to make mention of the cover for Roustabout, specifically the fact that the model bears no resemblance to the authors description of Tucker in the book.  If a cover model is to be used to interpret a character then it should remain faithful to the authors description and reflect the appearance as close as possible. In this case it was completely opposite which we found off putting, sadly.

However, putting that issue aside, it must be said that we adore Jane Harvey Berrick’s writing. She seems to capture the emotion, the pain, the love, the hurt and the healing so beautifully and so simplistically. In Roustabout we meet a young man who rose above his adversity and a young woman on a path to finding herself in the man she loves.

‘Sometimes you’ve got to want to be saved.’

 **Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author with thanks**

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THE TRAVELING WOMAN – THE TRAVELING DUET #2 by JANE HARVEY BERRICK

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The Traveling Woman

  SYNOPSIS

THE CONCLUDING STORY of Aimee and Kestrel, begun in THE TRAVELING MAN 

How many times do you gamble on love? When love has knocked you down, should you give it another chance? When does optimism become stupidity?

And what happens when the man you’re in love with is never still, always moving, always traveling? Do you say goodbye, or do you leave behind everything that you’ve worked for, everything that you’ve ever known? Can a traveling carnival be my home? 

Oh. You thought I had the answers. No, sorry. No answers, just a lot of questions—and a heart that wants to rule my head. 

Can one person be my home?

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Traveling Woman

 Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

 ✯✯✯ 1/2 Stars

Kes and Aimee’s story began in the 5 star; The Traveling Man and concludes in The Travelling Woman, a story of two people wanting to make their relationship work, yet struggling to live in the other’s very different world.  Kes is the adrenaline seeking junkie with wanderlust in his blood and Aimee’s the girl who craves a sense of calmness and stability in her life. Can their love conquer all obstacles? Could you take that big leap of faith to follow your heart?

‘His element was the air around him. I had roots and he had wings – could they ever work together?’

There was much we enjoyed in the Traveling Woman and it brought a fitting resolution to Kes and Aimee’s journey, but sadly in The Traveling Woman, we didn’t experience the same heartfelt, bone crushing emotion and wide eyed magic we felt in The Traveling Man.

‘Kes wasn’t safe. He wasn’t a sensible choice. He made my heart race, and swoop, and die a little. When I was near him, I burned. When he was far away, my blood moved sluggishly.’

The beginning of The Traveling Woman felt a little stilted and lacked the fluidity and cohesiveness of the first book however this was later remedied and our emotions were once again tested as Kes and Aimee’s journey continued on its way with the latter part of the story bringing us a closer to the dizzying heights and magical feel we experienced in book one.

‘Kes’s love was hard and uncompromising. Love to him was fierce, not soft and yielding.’

Our overall love for this series guarantees The Traveling Duet will always be a series recommend from us. Kes and Aimee’s story is one we wouldn’t have missed for the world!

**ARC provided by the author, with thanks**

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THE TRAVELING DUET SERIES by JANE HARVEY BERRICK

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THE TRAVELING MAN (The Traveling Duet #1) by JANE HARVEY-BERRICK

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The Traveling Man

SYNOPSIS

I was ordinary. Nice. He was extraordinary. And he wasn’t always nice.

Moody and difficult, brilliant and beautiful, Kes scared me and he protected me. He could be incredibly hurtful and incredibly thoughtful. He wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect for me. He challenged me, he took me out of my safe little box and showed me the world could be magnificent. He was everything I wasn’t. 

Aimee Anderson is ten when the traveling carnival first comes to her nice little town. She doesn’t expect her world to change so completely. But meeting Kestrel Donohue puts her life on a different path.

Even though she only sees him for the two weeks of the year when he passes through her home town, his friendship is the most important of her life. As a child’s friendship grows to adult love, the choices become harder, and both Kes and Aimee realize that two weeks a year will never be enough.

Traveling Man

Jointly Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯✯  Exquisite stars!

‘I felt safe and protected. I felt like I belonged.’

Okay; we just read what we’re sure will be a top favourite for 2015. We already knew that Jane Harvey Berrick is a master of beautiful evocative writing so that came as no surprise. However, we weren’t prepared for such an exceptionally stunning piece of emotional writing that demanded and consequently accepted our entire hearts as the characters captured us in every way possible. To say we loved everything about The Traveling Man is an understatement and we highly urge and recommend you pick this story up and fall in love with this Author all over again or for the first time as the case may be.

“Do you know what I dream about? My dream would be to die looking at the lights on the Ferris wheel. When I get old, when my body has given up, that’s what I want to see. And in that dream, you’re standing next to me.”

The Traveling Man brought everything we remember and love about the Fairground to the forefront of our minds; our memories, the scents and the sounds. We saw the bright lights. We could smell the enticing candyfloss and we could hear the laughter and murmurs of awe. It brought us back to a time before and we felt as if we were there in the thick of it seeing the story play out; feeling the emotions and succumbing to the passion and emotional heart-break of what transpired. We were mesmerized to the point where we just couldn’t put this story down; we read through romantic sighs as well as big heartfelt tears.

“I make mistakes and I move on. That’s what I do, that’s what I’ve always done. I leave, and other people leave. You’re the first person in my whole life who stayed. And then you were taken away. But now you’re here again….and you’re trying to leave me…”

We got to spend moments of a childhood with two very different, yet equally beautiful characters; Aimee and Kes who come from very different ‘worlds’. Aimee’s childhood is somewhat stifled, emotionally repressed in a way. Black and white with no colour nor laughter. She hasn’t got very much stimulation nor adventure except for that which she gets from her books. Aimee as a child was sweet, gutsy and adventurous; with an overwhelming sense of understanding and compassion. All of which carried through to adulthood. She was and is a fantastic heroine. One which we cannot help but root for and keep in our hearts. She was rational, pragmatic and we fully believed in her character and actions.

“I’ve never had a real friend before,” Kes said, his eyes searching out the edges of the horizon. “I didn’t know I was missing anything.” I heard what he wasn’t saying, at least I think I did. “I’ll miss you too.”

 Aimee watches from afar as the carnival arrives in town and has but one wish; to go and experience her own version of exciting colourful mystique. A 10th birthday wish is reluctantly granted and she makes a discovery – a friend which will change the course of her life in every way imaginable. She meets a sweet carnie boy named Kes.

‘He could breathe fire, he could eat flames, but the word ‘love’ burned on his lips.’

Kes stole our hearts from the get-go. Our fiery and sweet boy who struggled with the carnie label preventing him to fully enjoy the friendship with a girl who saw the size of his heart and revelled in his presence. Their bond was tangible both as childhood friends and what came later. We marvelled at their friendship which grew spanning years with only a brief two weeks of togetherness every time. We felt it and we believed it.

‘I had two weeks of memories that shone as insubstantial as my dreams, and fifty long weeks to wait for my life to start again. I sat on the grass and cried.’

The thrill of their growing all-encompassing love felt incredibly real even many years later after all that was. Their journey which hasn’t ended is marred by perceptions, responsibilities and what transpires when two different worlds collide.

Kes’ story, of what we experienced, broke our hearts over the course of the book. It left us wanting to know his secrets and feel everything we possibly can as this beautiful and gorgeous man really did steal our hearts. We can’t describe how much we love our Kes. To the moon and stars – beyond the Fairground – as far as the eye can see from the very top of the Ferris wheel.

**Reviewed honestly from an ARC copy provided by the author with much thanks**

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