⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Crazy intense, crazy good

Break You (Boys of Trinity Hall, #1)

Whoa boy, that is one smoking, intense, hot and extremely well written read. I’ve never read anything by this author before so I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but this seriously took my emotions for a ride from start to finish. I love enemies to lovers romances but often struggle with bully romance – but let me tell you, this is a great one. If you like your (anti)heroes to be kinda bad, a little tender and a lot sexy, you’ve found your man with Xavier. I hate that I loved him so much, because he is not the typical hero. While I didn’t always agree with his actions, I was along for the ride with him as he worked out his complicated feelings for Rocky. This book features some scorching hot hate sex, plenty of depth to the relationship, a gritty but not super dark vibe, and characters you can’t help but love. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you’re ready for a bit of an emotional roller coaster, this is most definitely worth a read.

The story follows Xavier, a privileged white college student. He openly admits that he’s not the nicest guy (the opening scene with him banging another girl showcases that well). When he meets Rocky, it’s hate at first sight. She challenges him in ways he never expected to like, and she keeps showing sides of herself that he begrudgingly respects. They go from never having seen each other to running into one another all the time, and each interaction only intensifies their feelings – the good and the bad. When Xavier discovers who Rocky’s brother is, it changes the dynamic of the relationship and he’s not sure how to feel about that. There’s as much hate between them as there is love, but it’s definitely a journey to cross from one to the other.

I think this is exceptionally well written – I’ve read plenty of bully romances and they can be hit or miss for me. Xavier certainly takes things to the extreme, but there’s an undercurrent of like/lust/love there too. The more he gets to know Rocky, the more things change for him and he’s not really built to know how to handle the emotional overload. I really, really liked his character (though sometimes I wondered why) and saw him grow throughout the book. I also loved how strong Rocky is – her reactions were always unexpected, and they kept Xavier on his toes. This is an extremely steamy book but it’s about more than sex – there’s a slow emotional burn and we get to know these characters well. Add in the bully storyline, and it’s a rich, multi-faceted book. It’s my first time reading something by this author but it won’t be my last, that’s for sure. I received a free copy via Booksprout – then purchased it for my collection – and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Break You by M.V. Ellis. My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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