Review: (Watch Me) Break You (Run This Town #1) by Avril Ashton

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Review: (Watch Me) Break You (Run This Town #1) by Avril Ashton

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’s 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.

Title: Watch Me Break You
Author: Avril Ashton
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Love the Sinner, A Sinner Born, Sinner, Savior, Sinner's Fall
Series: Run This Town
Published by Sinner's Haven Publishing
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: September 9, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 278
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: four-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
300 Review

I knew going into (Watch Me) Break You that I was getting a violent read. In fact that is why I choose to read it. I wanted something dark. I think that is what was lacking for me. I believed that I was getting a dark romance. This book is heavy on the BDSM in a dark and bloody world with a couple that have violent roles in their gang life yet Xavier and Dima seem to get dangerously close to a hearts and flowers romance until the secret is found out and then things get violent and bloody quick with a ruthlessness that fit the book perfectly. I didn’t hate the book, I didn’t love it either. In the end I was just left with meh feelings towards it with no desire to read the next couple.

“I do bad things, illegal things.”

Either one of the main characters could have said that, and it would have been true. Xavier and Dima both have large responsibilities to the gangs they lead and the streets they control. Falling into bed with each other was a bad choice. Falling in love should have been the worst thing that happened. It was much too obvious that one character would know exactly who the other was. So of course he is going to keep that secret to enjoy a little more time with the other, to fall a little more, a little harder, but he’s going to tell him the truth. I believe we’ve all read that book. The fallout was exactly what (Watch Me) Break You needed. It came at a time when I was getting a little bored with my read.

From the very beginning Dima and Xavier have a complex relationship. They are in a bit of a turf war with each other although Dima doesn’t know that Xavier is involved with that same street life that he is. Dima has a very specific set of kinks that he has no problem demanding Xavier to be a part of. He just has to keep his kinks a secret. The head of Brooklyn’s Russian Gang has a certain image to uphold. Dima is already in a situation where he is fighting for people who didn’t want him fighting for them in the first place. He’s not liked by some of his people and they’d see his kinks as a weakness. Xavier on the other hand sees exactly what they are, kinks that he wants to play with.

I cannot point to anything specific as to why I didn’t enjoy this book more. Nothing ever really caught me. Perhaps I wanted more of something but I just have no clue what that something is. I will not go any further into the Run This Town series. I will definitely try another Avril Ashton book though.

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