Tanja reviews (Watch Me) Break You (Run This Town #1) by Avril Ash (published by Sinner’s Haven Publishing; September 9, 2014).
Why I read it: The fault lies with a friend of mine on Goodreads. While reading this book she constantly put some comments on GR, which of course I followed. My thoughts? I WANT TO READ IT, IT SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE A BOOK I WOULD ENJOY :D. I already had it on my wishlist as RGR was offered the book by the author for free in exchange for an honest review. Naturally I jumped immediatedly at the opportunity to do it.
They’re in a war for control of the streets, but love will be the ultimate prize.
Here comes trouble…
Men. Women. Drugs. Dima Zhirkov’s favorite things. Add in the element of danger and he should be right as rain. But not today. It’s not working, hasn’t for a long time. He’s grasping at the flimsiest of straws to prove he’s indeed strong enough to run his streets. Until he sets eyes on him. In the midst of a room full of strangers, Dima is drawn to a man as cold and dangerous as he is beautiful. Captivated, Dima embarks on a ruthless campaign to get his new toy into bed.
Here comes the danger…
Xavier “X” Storm is content to pull the strings while someone else handles the day to day dealings of his gang, The Rude Boys. He’s after what Dima holds closest—the Coney Island streets. He contracts out the job of killing the Russian, except Dima isn’t that easy to kill. When he suddenly shows up in X’s path, tempting him to indulge in the dirtiest play, he finds Dima isn’t all that easy to shake, either. His cocky attitude and rough submission tempts X to go where he’d vowed to never return, and they plunge head first into an affair fueled by possessive obsession.
Run for cover
Sex and pain Dima can handle, and X delivers the most depraved kind. Their connection is explosive, their games addictive, but Dima can end it whenever he wishes. He doesn’t see that X is breaking him down, giving Dima everything he wants and even more than he ever thought to need. By the time he realizes who X is and what he wants, Dima is raw and bullet riddled. It’s run or fight. And Dima doesn’t back down. Neither does X.
COLD::::WITHOUT REMORSE::::KIILLINGS IN COLD BLOOD::::TORTURE::::HEAVY BDSM::::VULNERABLE
If you can deal with characters who are and do exactly like above mentioned then this book is for you-if not, you probably should stay away.
Dima and X are, each of their own, the boss of a criminal organization and therefore enemies. They are not bad boys, they are worse and I loved every second with them. I loved the whole enemy to lovers aspect of this book, not that Dima was aware of who X really was until the end. After he found out….let´s just say he didn´t take that information well 🙂 .
Let´s start at the beginning. Dima is highly intelligent as well as ruthless and cold hearted when it comes to his streets. But he is also extremly vulnerable. Imagine a life where you don´t know who to trust and you have to be strong 24/7, even if that doesn´t come naturally to you. In order to to fullfil his responsibilities he needs an outlet which doesn´t include various sex partners, drugs and alcohol. Why? Beacuse he has all that and after a time it just doesn´t help anymore. So Dima goes to a BDSM club to find himself a new Dom, who can give him what he craves. There he stumbles upon Xavier “X” Storm. One glance at that beautiful stranger is enough and Dima decided X is his next Dom.
I loved, loved, loved Dima´s cockiness. What he did to ensure that X becomes his Dom is….well you have to throw your moral compass out of the window. Not that X behaviour was any better, but that´s what those two are. The author doesn´t shy away portraying two men who act wtihout remorse more often than not. That makes the story so believable for me.
The BDSM parts in this story is heavy. Don´t expect just light spanking, you wont get it. There is breath play and extreme pain involved. Dima is a pain slut, point. Me, I love those kinky stories but it´s not for everyone so beware if you don´t like that.
It was beautiful to watch as they fell in love with each other, not that they acknowleged it until near the end. They are extremly possessive of each other, but that´s the way with those two….exactly what they need. As I mentioned before, Dima didn´t know that X actually was his enemy. X on the other hand, was aware of who Dima is. X is like Dima highly intelligent but contrary to Dima, he is the man behind the scenes. If he has to deal with people outside his gang, he sends his cousin. His day job actually had me laughing so hard, I would never have guessed it. Anyway, X struggles a lot with his decisions, especially how to tell Dima who he really is. The fall out of those two was spectacular. The consequences of it brillianty written, it kept me glued to my kindle.
All in all this story is really well written, with characters you either like or don´t like. It´s action packed with murder attempts and torture and in the middle two enemies who fall in love. I´m looking forward to book two, which has X´s cousin as one of the main characters. Highly recommended!
9 pots of gold
Always in love with the written word, Avril finally decided to do the writing in August of ’09 and never looked back. Spicy love scenes, delicious heroes, and wicked women burn up the pages of Avril’s stories, but there’ll always be a happy ending; Av remains a believer of love in all its forms.