‘Manik, an all-new standalone Dark Romance from Amo Jones is Available Now!
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.
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I’ve only just discovered Amo Jones’ dark romances, so I haven’t quite delved into all of her demented and distorted goodness, but with that being said, I’m quite well-versed in ‘mindfuck’ reads, and I can unequivocally say that Manik is such a story, and while it’s confusing, at times, due to the manic-like pace to the plot line and the twists and turns that leave readers’ heads spinning, that’s exactly what makes Manik and Beat’s story all that it is because their lives don’t follow a normal pattern…don’t indicate that they have all of their ‘things’ in order. Their lives are chaotic – a maelstrom of danger and darkness, mayhem and misery – which means that until the very end of their tale, nothing and no one will be what they seem and it’s good to keep that idea in mind as readers struggle to understand the events that occur and struggle to piece together any kind of outcome that won’t result in pain and suffering in every conceivable way.
It was a good call on Jones’ part to include Manik’s perspective in the story; it’s very much needed in order to understand all that is this complicated alpha hole – a man who takes whatever and whoever he wants, never asking permission or approval because it’s not in his genetic or social make up. There’s a definite edge to this man from the very start of the story and that personality trait only exacerbates itself as everything unfolds, and while Manik is more than overwhelming, it’s his presence that allows him to say and do anything and everything.
Beatrice aka ‘Beat’ is Manik’s match, not because she’s as ‘in your face’ or mesmerizing as Manik is, but because she can hold her own with him and stands up for herself, even when she might not want to or feel capable of doing so. She may appear small, but she’s definitely mighty, and it’s her strength that speaks to Manik…that makes him want to dirty her up…to bring her to the depths of his hell on earth and never let her go despite the knowledge that they shouldn’t want each other…that their pairing could cause more harm than good…that Beat’s sass, intelligence, and stubbornness may not help her in Manik’s dark and dangerous world, but hell if either of them can keep fighting what’s between them.
It’s more than obvious, due to the chaotic and jumbled string of events that occur throughout the story, that Amo Jones’ characters set the pace of the plot…force her hand in telling their story as authentically and as raw as possible; they’re the puppet masters and Jones is the puppet – not in a bad way, but in a way that allows Manik and Beat to be their own mouthpieces not the other way around, and it’s the characters’ hands-on approach that leads readers down one complicated, jagged, and messed up road, but while it was a torturous journey, the one idea that remains clear is that these two have what it takes to make it, in whatever way they choose, which speaks volumes about not only who they are at their core but also what they bring out of each other and what they give in return.
I’m so ready for more powerful prose and multifaceted, complex characters from the marvelously messed up mind of Amo Jones. It’s so easy to see just how much of her heart and soul she puts in her writing because it’s painstakingly illustrated in her setting and in the complicated chaos that make up her stories.
4.5 Poison Apples
About Amo Jones
Amo Jones is a small country girl totally winging this author thing (she’s probably doing it all wrong). She likes cake, loves wine, and her religion is magic. She’s a profound work-a-holic, but when she’s not writing, you can find her chilling with her kids & partner at the nearest beach, with a cocktail in her hand.
New Zealand is not a state of Australia and rugby is the best sport ever played.
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