Break You (Boys of Trinity Hall, #1) By M.V. Ellis

    Excellent writing. Crazy-badass African American heroine. Wasn't too enamored of the cocky bad boy hero. And eventually, all that anger, biting, pinching, pranking, bullying and general verbal nastiness started turning me off, although it apparently turned the main characters on each and every time. I don't like it when people are violent with each other and then call that lust or attraction. Sorry to be such a Dull Delia! On the bright side, Rocky and Xavier butt heads constantly in this madcap college intrigue - their verbal sparing was often hilarious.

    The story was well structured and I enjoyed the author's clean writing style - you can tell that she was raised in England. I was looking for something different, and I certainly found it. I'm rating this a 4 out of 5 because the writing was so good and the story - despite violating my no no list for a good romance - was action packed and intriguing. Enjoy!

    English I’m being lazy there were parts that I liked and parts that I didn’t. Overall, an ok read... spoiler: 8 years to get married? All that says to me is the guy had commitment tissues. Especially since they already had kids. A real alpha guy would have dragged her down the isle. Unless he didn’t want to? Ruins the romance, and basically the epilogue. I deducted a star just for that crap... English Xavier and Rocky have an enemies to lovers, bully romance with a small world twist.

    The story flows like a dream. It's well written and vividly visual. You could picture these characters, see the scenes and will need a towel to clean the stream off your reader.

    Plus we get a glimpse into the future 8 years later. I would gladly read more from this author. A+. I received an ARC for an honest and voluntarily review. English
    ⭐️ 4 Cygnus Dei Stars ⭐️
    When I first read the blurb of Break You, I was really intrigued about this story! Bully romance is a trope I’m hooked to and this one sounded somewhat dark and intense! M.V. Ellis twisted an enigmatic story with hints of darkness with a couple sharing off the charts hot chemistry as her main protagonists.

    When I was first introduced to Rocky, I was amazed by the girl! Seriously, she’s so badass and and doesn’t shy away from speaking her mind and making some situations extremely amusing and engaging. When she first meets Xavier, he’s a true jerk like every rich boy at Heathcote University and she puts him in his place with her fierce words. From there, every single one of their interaction leaks animosity, but also pure attraction!

    Under all her bravado though, Rocky has a more fragile side she keeps hidden to others. She didn’t have a great upbringing, but always persevered with her dreams of a better future. She’s truly a good example of dedication and bravery. As much as Xavier seems to be her complete opposite with all the money and his high status at the university, everything is only a façade. He might act all cold and superior, but inside he’s only alone and bitter about his family! I loved discovering facets of both their personalities! They’re complex characters I appreciated a lot!

    The novel is filled with suspense and the intrigue takes a direction I wasn’t expecting making my read even more thrilling. The blackmail and secrets had me gasping for air. The sexual tension between Rocky and Xavier provided some utterly steamy hot moments!

    Break You is a book that kept me invested all read long. The shady business and secrets, intense chemistry, but also the emotional instants only make this read more solid. M.V. Ellis started this new Boys of Trinity Hall Series in such a powerful way. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the next novels set in this world!

    ** ARC received in exchange for an honest review ** English I absolutely loved this book. The characters, the writing, the romance, the banter, the obstacles, the cover.

    Holy smokes, I lived and breathed this book - It was my own favorite dessert ya know.

    Cannot recommend it enough - this one will stick with me for sure.

    -TMR

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    Xavier
    This is not a love story.
    I hate you not for who you are, but what you represent.
    I’m the whispers in the darkness you can’t quite hear.
    I’m the unease that can’t be explained, but won’t go away.
    I’m your worst nightmare come to life.
    I’m the filthy rich guy who’s coming for revenge.
    Everything you’ve ever had.
    Everything you hold dear.
    I won’t stop until I break you.

    Rocky
    You were once my savior.
    Now you’re my bully.
    I’m the girl from the wrong side of the wrong side of the tracks.
    No match for your money, your might, or your wrath.
    But I’m not going down without a fight.
    When I go, I’ll take you with me.
    Because we’re more alike than you want to admit.
    And more connected than you know.
    This is not a love story. Break You (Boys of Trinity Hall, #1)

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    I signed up to read this book because of the cover, holy hell have you seen that? 🔥I also love Bully romances so when I read the blurb I was like hell yeah!

    Break you is the love hate relationship of Xavier and Rocky. Their sexual chemistry and burning desire between the pair of them is off the charts.

    Who doesn’t love a rich possessive alpha hole because I know I do and Xavier lived up to that title. I loved that Rocky didn’t just bow down to him though! I will admit Rocky and some of her decisions did annoy me at times.

    The first half of the book I found a little slow to get into but once I started reading the second half I couldn’t put it down. With twists and turns I never saw coming, MV Ellis had me on the edge of my seat trying to predict what was coming next.

    If you love a good Bully, enemies to lovers, hate to love romance then this is the book for you. English

    Life has made Rocky Gordon into a tough woman who won't let anyone put her down. Although she always had to struggle, now she studies in a prestigious college on a scholarship, surrounded by wealthy spoiled students, but keeps a low profile so she doesn't get in trouble... until she meets the meanest guy around.

    📚 “𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝗲, 𝗔𝗻𝗴𝗿𝘆 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗯𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗱. 📚

    Xavier Cross is the rich, arrogant bad-boy who always gets what he wants - and he wants revenge on the person who hurt him the past. 💣
    I absolutely loved him (well, MOST OF THE TIME. sometimes he really went too far, damn it!!!) and I especially enjoyed watching him develop during the book. He was a perfect mix of a villain and a romantic. 😍

    📚 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗼𝗳𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘀. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘁, 𝗜 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝗴𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗶𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝘄𝗼 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂.” 📚

    When the two first meet, it's hatred at first sight! 🔥
    Even though Rocky is the complete opposite of him, he can't stop thinking about her. She challenges him like no one ever did... 💙
    But when Xavier discover her big dirty secret, he uses it to break her and avenge his old enemy. But who will be the one to break in this story...??? 😱

    📚 𝗜 𝗮𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲. 𝗜 𝗮𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲. 📚

    First of all, I fucking LOVE this cover!!! It's one of the sexiest covers I've ever seen. 🔥🔥🔥
    Recently I read lots of bully's novels, and most of them were pretty much the same. What I liked in this book is that it takes place in college and not high school, which was refreshing...
    I loved the unexpected Twists, the twisted dark plot, the strong characters and the hot (as fuck) crazy sex scenes! Oh man, I thought my Kindle was going to burn with their crazy passion and hatred (talk about angry sex!). 😍💥😍💥

    📚 “𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝘀 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗮𝘀 𝗜 𝗱𝗼.” 𝗛𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀𝗻’𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗼𝗻𝗲.
    “𝗦𝗮𝗺𝗲. 𝗙𝘂𝗰𝗸 𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗯𝗲𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗱. 𝗜 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗜 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲.” 📚

    Although I enjoyed the book, there were a few things I didn't like... First of all, the beginning was slow and I almost lost my interest, but after some chapters, it caught on. 💙
    Plus, I really liked Rocky's character - her wit made me laugh out loud! And yet, to my taste, she forgave Xavier much too quickly for everything he did, which didn't quite fit her bad-ass personality. 😬

    📚 “𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻’𝘁 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽, 𝗟𝗼𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗕𝗼𝘆.”
    ...“𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗿𝘆, 𝗜 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗺𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗲𝘀.” 📚

    Besides that, this was a really great book - a thrilling dark romance with lots of passion, lust and... even sweet romantic moments! 💙💥
    This is my first read from this author's, but it certainly won't be the last! 👏

    *** 𝕀 𝕣𝕖𝕔𝕖𝕚𝕧𝕖𝕕 𝕒𝕟 𝔸ℝℂ 𝕗𝕣𝕠𝕞 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕒𝕦𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕣 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕒𝕟 𝕙𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕤𝕥 𝕣𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨 ***

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    First page:
    the hero is having sex with someone in the bathroom meanwhile the heroine is banging on the bathroom door because she wanted to pee 🙃

    PEOPLE, Stop fucking in public bathrooms for God's sake, I don't want to get STDs 😭

    I read enough books where they do it in public bathrooms, I'm never going to use public anything at this point.

    I wasn't in the mood to finish because I kept thinking about all the public toilets I used in my life 😪, I wasn't impressed by what I read anyway. English DNF

    too much of drama and very slow English Xavier Cross tasted like cigarettes, sin and regret. A whole lot of regret. But my body didn’t care.



    This was a new author to me, but the cover had me breaking my rules again....skipping down my TBR list to read it.  The blurb was interesting, & after reading the prologue it set the tone for what I figured was going to be an exciting read. I had no idea just how truly explosive these two would be together.....almost to the point I forgot what the story was about outside their insanely good verbal sparing & incredibly hot angry sex. This is one of those books I wish other authors read to truly see what chemistry is all about.  I loved it, from start to finish.

    She was beyond… well, just beyond. Anything and everything. For someone who pushed every one of my buttons outside of the bedroom, she ticked every box inside.
     
    Book Facts: Told in dual POV, Break You is book 1 in the Boys of Trinity Hall series. It can be read as a standalone & does have an extended HEA. Two people who represent everything the other hates, a rich boy & the girl who is key to his revenge. They hate each other but have magnetic pull towards one another. He NEEDS to break her, she is much stronger than he could have ever imagine. They can deny a lot, but their explosive chemistry isn't one of those things. This is not a love story, but there are connections that can either make it one or destroy any future they could have. When revenge is what you seek, will you stop at nothing to get it? Or will you finally be faced with something that is worth even more?

    “Don’t be pissed, Angry Girl. I told you I was an asshole.”

    Timeline of Thoughts:
    Starting: Gawh that cover....idc what the book is about at this point.
    5%: Well Rocky came out with a bang....she keeps this up she might earn a top 5 spot on my heroine list.
    12%: I am pretty sure I know exactly who Rocky's brother is already.
    20%: You know how certain characters just have chemistry so explosive you can feel it? These two are seriously EXPLOSIVE.
    21%: Gawh they are SO HOT.
    46%: Again with these two...I can't see it ever turning to love but they are so hot.
    53%: I am not half as interested in the actual plot happening as I am of just the two of them together.
    70%: Honestly I just want a book of these two have nonstop hate/angry sex & hateful back & forth banter.
    76%: I know what this connection will be and OMG so sweet!
    83%: Wait, why would he think she would be cool with that exactly?
    86%: OMG REALLY? Why was Loaded Boy doing that in the first place?
    94%: My FAVORITE part of this book (that's not angry sex related)....all the feels (even though I called it earlier on).
    98%: Extended epilogue? Heck yes! I am always up for HEA over HFN endings!
    Finished: I geniunely loved this story because of this couple!

    The Five:
    Double the Loves from Book: the cover, staff bathroom incident,  Dr. Reylton, their explosive chemistry, Angry Girl/Loaded Boy, Kik, Question #8, Pete, the workout bar scene, warehouse meet.
    Quotes:
    “Challenge accepted, Angry Girl. Every. Fucking. Time.” I punctuated each word with a thrust, and this time didn’t resist when she locked her ankles behind me. “Now open your goddamned eyes.”
    -Xavier

    “I hate that I want you as much as I do.” He wasn’t the only one. “Same. Fuck me from behind. I don’t even want to see your face when I come.”
    -Xavier & Rocky

    “What do I want from you, Angry Girl?” He pushed his long finger slowly into and out of his mouth, sucking it clean before answering the question I’d started asking earlier. “Everything... and I’ll get it, no matter what.”
    -Xavier

    Now, let’s go back to your place— I’m gonna screw you in your bed, missionary-style with the lights on, Angry Girl. What the hell? We have our whole lives to have old-people sex. We don’t need to start now.
    -Xavier & Rocky

    If that’s sex with someone who hates me, I literally never want to screw someone who loves me.
    -Xavier

    Honorable Mention:
    “Xavier, I can’t—” I couldn’t even finish the sentence. My back arched again, and my eyes closed involuntarily. “Yeah, you can, and you will.”
    -Rocky

    Final Thoughts:

    Current Feelings:



    1. These two have the most intense, rage- fueled chemistry I've ever seen in a couple from a book. Holy crap. Its so believable from the start. This is seriously how I felt (summed up by Drew):
    There was so much heat, I could have fried an egg in the air between the two of you. As it is, I got a boner just watching.
    2. I absolutely love their back & forth hateful banter however, I don't like that Rocky is made to sound so much more angry & unhinged for seemingly no reason. She comes off far more hostile & downright cruel to him even when he isn't being like that back.
    3. As sad as this is to say, this may be the very first romance I've read featuring an interracial couple (blonde boy & FOC with braids). I hate this isn't a more common occurrence, but I LOVED the visual and how refreshing it was!
    4. There were some pretty evident issues with quotations being used in places a conversation wasn't taken place, or a piece of dialogue not being closed off by quotations as well. A few typo errors as well, but the quotations made it a little hard to read at times (trying to figure out what convo I was missing at the time).
    5. The great thing about this book is is fueled by one central plot driver yet its revealed just how intricate & deep it all goes. Even the way things are wrapped up hold true to the way the story is told. Plus that extended epilogue? When I get to see into the future to a true HEA (& not just a few weeks or months later), it always makes me love a book a little more. 

    Overall, despite the minor editing errors I absolutely loved reading this book. I know at least one reader considers every book's couple as having explosive chemistry, I can say I have rarely (if at all) seen a book couple define it to this degree.....its that intense & delicious. I could have read a book with no plot except these two going at it physically or verbally. Lucky me though, because the plot is a really good one as well! I definitely recommend this read. My only problem is not getting more of Xavier & Rocky!

    It means that the first time we locked eyes, at Trinity Hall, both angry and in combat mode, it was a done deal, no matter how much we both tried to deny it, or avoid it, or smother it. It means you were mine from the start, Angry Girl.



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