Feature Friday: (Watch Me) Break You, by Avril Ashton

Happy Friday Back Porch visitors!

The weather is weird. One day cold–meaning I’m in front of the fireplace, the next day warm-ish and suitable for the back porch.

It took me a bit longer to think up a Feature for today and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t think of this book and series sooner. I stumbled across this back in 2014, didn’t read reviews, didn’t do much research, I just loved the cover and the blurb. This was an amazing find and so were the rest of the books in the series that I pounced on the day they released.

Enjoy and THANKS for stoping by!


cover-avrilashton-watchmebreakyouMen. 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.


Dates read:
Edition read:
September 9, 2014
Sinner’s Haven Publishing
Contemporary, BDSM, M/M, GLBT+
278 e-book pages
3rd person
Series, book 1 of Run This Town
November 2014
Kindle Edition
See the book on GoodReads.

Rating:     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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**I didn’t write a review for this after I read it…so you’re getting random thoughts waaaay after the fact.

I devoured this book — rabid doesn’t even begin to cover how obsessed I became while reading.

This is diiiiiirty, rude, raw, gritty, sexy, unapologetic criminal-badassery at its finest.

This is enemies to lovers.

It’s love that is forbidden because of the world they live in…these two men who’d just as soon kill each other.

It’s need and want, hunger and brutality.

And but there’s love here too. The kind that holds you by the throat and punches you in the gut. The kind that takes no prisoners.

And…DAMN…was it fantastic.

It’s also not the end. There are four books in this series. They are all centered on the same world that just continues to grow in increasingly delightful raunchy and wicked ways.

I might hafta schedule a re-read…just talking about this is making me flush.


3 thoughts on “Feature Friday: (Watch Me) Break You, by Avril Ashton

  1. We are so on the same page with this read. I’ve read Avril’s M/F IR romances but this was my first M/M by her… oh my. Whew. Whewwwwwwwwwwwwww. Something about that enemies to lovers trope. Oy.

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