Manik by Amo Jones
Released: October 1, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Amo Jones
Reviewed by Keyrsten
I’m Beatrice Kennedy, but everyone calls me Beat. I live a low-key life, fresh out of college and drifting from town to town until I find my home.
I love music, and how it stirs even the deepest and untouched parts of your soul. Depending on what you choose to listen to, would depend on what it touches. It’s the drug we all damper in, only different strains. My strain is Jazz. The smooth instrumental strums that take over me. The sound of cigar smoke, bourbon and an old dusty fedora hat. My strain wasn’t rap, and it sure wasn’t laced with some A-class shit like murky blue eyes casted down from the Lord and the Devil’s handcrafted smile. I knew who he was—the whole world did. One fateful night set off a chain of events, events that no one was coming back from. You can’t save people who don’t want to be saved. You can’t pull them up from the ocean when they’ve latched themselves to an anchor. Love was my anchor, destruction was the water that was drowning me, and the rope that was so tightly clamped around my ankles, was woven with the lyrics of Aeron Romanov-Reed, also known as, 'Manik. He steals hearts from all around the world, but one night, he stole something that wasn’t his to steal.
Holy mother of darkness. This book. This damn book put me through quite the emotional ringer, and dammit I loved it. The storyline was dark, crass, and jarring ... but yet it had moments of utter beauty and tenderness layered within it's darkness. She kept me guessing from one moment to the next. There were times where logically I felt I shouldn't enjoy the evolution of their relationship, but my heart bleed for the raw emotional love that developed between them.
The musicality of this book was outright hypnotic and orgasmic. When you have a story that involves a dancer and a rapper, hitting the musical aspect can easily fall flat or feel over saturated. Every piece of music, every rap, every dance had it's purpose and weaved together flawlessly with the story. When Manik rapped, you could feel the beat and hit of every lyric. When Beat danced, you could feel the raw emotion and flow of her body. The music helped weave together this tragically beautiful love story.
Sometimes I wanted to slap the shit out of Manik, but then turn around and kiss him brutally. His character was such an enigma that I was left intrigued by every new layer of himself that was revealed. Beat. Damn Beat is such a fighter. She is one of those broken souls that capture you with their utter beauty and pain, yet would tear you to pieces for the ones she loved. Every tattered sin Manik laid before Beat she accepted with open arms. She not only loved the man, but she loved the beast he kept leashed inside. Her love for him is pure. His love for her is deadly, lethal even. But when they combine? It's chaotic beauty.
Rating: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.