Series: Grip #1
Published by Self-Published on 3/2/17
Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out.
I’ve been doing it for years.
I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I’ve got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary.
And Marlon James – Grip to his fans – is nothing short of extraordinary.
Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I’ve thrown away the key.
All that’s left is friendship and work.
He’s on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true.
I manage his career, but I can’t seem to manage my heart.
It’s wild, reckless, disobedient.
And it remembers all the things I want to forget.
Check out my review of the prequel, Flow, for more background on this couple and the plot.
“The thing you think is your greatest weakness,” I assure her. “Is your greatest strength. That capacity to love, everyone doesn’t have it. That grit to fight for the people who mean the most to you, it’s priceless.”
I am in love and I am in love in a way that I never expected. With Grip, of course I fell deeper down the well of lust and longing for my beloved Marlon James (who I have to fight a multitude of hoes for), but it was my quick spiral into infatuation for the heroine, Bristol, that I never saw coming.
Grip is a superb romance. This novel has facets of brilliance that shine together to create a near flawless gem of a read. In this novel, two strong, soulful, vibrant characters embark on a journey of love so dynamic that a hangover is guaranteed. In fact, I wasn’t going to write a review for this book because I knew that anything that I said would fall very short in conveying how I felt about it. So, I am just going to focus on what I’ve been doing for these few weeks since I finished this book.
I have been reading Grip over and over again. I have been attempting to start a new book, reading a few chapters in more than a few books, putting them down, and then going back to re-read this book. I have been trapped by Grip since I started it. Here is why:
“Don’t you feel how connected we are?” I ask. “If I break your heart, I break mine.”
Chemistry: Grip and Bristol have had insane chemistry since before the beat dropped. (See what I did there?) Seriously, I’ve felt their reluctant feelings crackling since the first scene I read with the two in the Soul Series. That chemistry only grows in Grip and it expands to a level so great it bursts off the page.
Thoughtfulness: Grip features two intelligent characters. Their intelligence isn’t only hinted at, it’s shown in their dialogue, and readers who love meaningful and moving conversations will love this book.
Originality: This read is unlike most contemporary romance reads not only for its racially and culturally diverse cast, but also for its authenticity and openness. This is a modern romance because Bristol and Grip’s world looks like our world, which makes the romance even more bewitching. Grip and Bristol come from two different worlds, and the fact that they find each other and have to fight their (and other’s) fears and misconceptions to build a future together is a beautiful thing.
Character growth: My next comments probably won’t go over well because typically authors are adamant to make it clear when you can pick up their books at random, so not to shy away new readers. I know why, sales and all that. But, I’m a reader, and I don’t care about sales. I care about characters and stories.
I do see Grip as a standalone.
I also believe that you’ll have a better experience if you’ve read the other books from this world. I’m sure new readers will connect with Grip and Bristol, but seeing as we’re humans, and better yet readers, who have the capacity to connect fiercely on a deep emotional level with characters, the more you know, the better. Always. And I believe that the love I feel for these characters, especially Bristol is more faceted because I was able to see them from the outside first. Seriously, the layers are delicious. Bristol is now one of my favorite heroines, and that’s a feat by the author made even more impressive because home girl wasn’t even on my D list after the Soul Series. I thought I knew her, but I had no idea. See, layers.
“He thinks he loves me? He hasn’t met a love like mine. My love is a Pandora’s Box. Grip snapped my hinges and pried me open. He let this love out. My love has a wild streak. Good luck trying to tame it.”
Grip is one of the most compelling romance novels I’ve ever read, and a book I see myself rereading many times in the future. (I’m patiently waiting for the audiobook.) It’s a reluctant friends-to-lovers story that is so so much more. It unfolds like the smoothest, sexiest, love song. It has grit; it has fire; it has heart. I absolutely recommend.