Reviewed by JustJen
Title: (Watch Me) Break You
Author: Avril Ashton
Series: Run This Town #1
Heroes: Dima Zhirkov/Xavier “X” Storm
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 212 Pages
Publisher: Avril Ashton
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Warning: Includes strong BDSM elements.
Russian Mafia, Gangs, Kinky Criminals, oh my! This is gritty, dirty, kinky and just loaded with hotness.
Dima is a complicated guy. He’s the head of a Russian gang in NYC. He didn’t/doesn’t want the job, but does it anyway after he inherited it from his father. Many of the older members do not like his new ways, and his brother is not happy about it either. Now, unfortunately, he is gay with a dark need. Nothing up to this point, drugs, sex, etc. work anymore. He goes to a BDSM club to meet that need and sees the one man he believes can give it to him. That man is Xavier “X.”
These two don’t accept things very easily though, and Dima has to resort to some pretty rash measures to get X’s attention. Queue some amazingly hot scenes. I mean, smoking hot. Dima wants X to dominate him, make him submit, beg and take everything X is capable of dishing out.
Underlying all of this is Dima trying to run his gang. He is going up against Jamaicans who are trying to move into his territory. There is a lot of back and forth with retaliations, killings, and other gang behavior.
This story is full of twists and turns, secrets and betrayals, all of which make for one exciting, fast, page turning story. If you are a fan of Ms. Ashton’s Brooklyn Sinners series, this has the same feel with an added dose of grit and smut. This is not the typical BDSM story. Heed the warnings. This has definite BDSM elements, but there are real guidelines followed. It is dark, painful and often brutal at times, but that is just the way Dima wants it.
Throughout this story, I was trying to imagine how these guys were ever going to make it through to the end in one piece, let alone together with an HEA. Everything does play out though, and it is worth it to see how that all happens.
Climb aboard this roller coaster ride and buckle up. It is a heck of a ride, and I’m super excited to read the next installment.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*