Caro’s Review: Luka by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Posted June 24, 2016 by carolin in Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Caro’s Review: Luka by Jane Harvey-BerrickLuka by Jane Harvey-Berrick
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Published by Self Published on June 16th 2016
Genres: Romance
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five-stars

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 received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

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Book Review: 5 stars

five-stars

It’s no secret, that I love Jane Harvey-Berrick’s books. Her writing just clicks with my mind, I get her and her characters (mostly). Whereas she doesn’t shy away from writing about taboo issues like a minor falling in love with a woman a decade older than him or a young, deaf man struggling to make ends meet, she created a new and darker world with her first book in this series “Slave to the Rhythm”. It was a very realistic and heartfelt story about a bunch of dancers, who got into the fatal hands of human traffickers and fell victim to too many crimes known to manhood. Some parts of book one were so real, that they made me sick to my stomach but bow down to this amazing author at the same time.

In this second installment, another dancer of this dancing-crew is in the spotlight, Luka. We’ve met him in book one, but I couldn’t really get a read of him, he was an enigma. This changed in “Luka”, I got to know a beautiful soul and good person, whom I’d love to befriend, if he was real. Jane’s writing and her characters make this story seem so real, that I really ponder each and every time I read a book by her, if she has been in her character’s shoes herself. But I guess, she’s just a highly talented author. At least, I hope so…

The level of darkness in this story was not as significant as in “Slave to the Rhythm”, but that wasn’t necessary for “Luka” at all. This story took a whole other direction and I was very surprised by the new course of action the author took. Everyone, who shied away from book one, because it was a dark romance, I can definitely say that you can go on and read “Luka”, it may be a bit dark but not in the same way as book one – but more in the sense of the realistic display of very real and human problems like depression.

And as a mom and passionate reader, I have to yet again thank Jane Harvey-Berrick, for not shying away from ‘taboo’ issues but for calling those out, who make certain things taboo to society. I truly love her for it!

Also, I was sooooooo happy about Jane, finally pulling the plunge for an M/M-story! Ever since “The traveling man”, I was so in love with a gay character she created and hoped for her to write his own story. But all encouragement aside, she didn’t do it *sniffle*. To learn, that her latest character Luka is bi-sexual and that he is together with a man and a woman made me almost pop a vessel, I’ve been so excited. And let me tell you, she aced the M/M-parts perfectly!!!

The only thing that bothered me a bit was the ending. Because even though everything fit together in the end, it felt too abrupt. Maybe it was just my own wishing for another ending. But I can say, that I personally would have loved for a bit more at the end, maybe a look into the future of a few months or even years. Just to have a bit more of closure. But in the end, I guess it was a happy ending where it counted, since this was Luka’s story with a dose of romance interwoven.

This book was very angsty, most of all the second half of it made me grind my teeth more often than not and even cry a few tears of frustration. Angst-fans: Read the book. NOW! LOL

All in all, I rate “Luka” with 5 stars and can recommend it to everyone. Due to explicit situations of sexual content, I recommend readers 18+.

five-stars
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