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‘My life is empty, and the only reason I dance is because they’ll have no reason to love me if I don’t.’

Break by Mila Crawford was compelling and quite different to anything we’ve read in a while. It was toxic, emotional, problematic, and passionate. It was dark, dysfunctional, and disturbing. It was tragic, harrowing, heartbreaking, and intense. The scenes describing the dance though were written with such passion and beauty we felt as if we were watching it come alive.  Mila Crawford created something incredibly vivid with her words and we were there for the roller-coaster ride with Dash and Natalya as they navigated one fucked up relationship and dance career.

‘I would have done anything for her, and all she did was leave me in ruins. I was dumb once, but I’ll never be that naïve again. I used to hate seeing her cry, but now all I want is for her to break down into nothing. I want her to feel the emptiness and loneliness, be trapped in it like I was for eight years. I had to crawl my way out of it. I want to watch Natalya crawl. Beg me for mercy.’

What happens when a homeless freestyle dancer with a scholarship to a prestigious dance academy befriends a prima ballerina with a controlling mother who demands her own brand of unbalanced perfection? Carnage, that’s what. Our hearts broke for them both, especially when their consequent actions became so extreme and disturbing. Revenge is certainly not sweet in Break by Mila Crawford.

‘Is this even dancing? This pulsing joy, this almost violent exuberance where I feel like I can fly and slay dragons in the same breath? It feels a lot like love…’

Dash and Natalya as characters were compelling, we went from insane dislike -we especially struggled with Dash at times- to compassion, to being disturbed by them, to understand all the why’s and finally liking them for the journey they had to survive, the beauty of their dance and what they went through to find their own messed up version of love.

“You can hate me all you want, but I am never going to stop taking care of you. You can reject me. You can push me away, but I can’t stop how I feel about you or my need to keep you safe, to feed you, to try to shield you from those who want to do you harm. I fucked up, and I know it. I’ll regret that for the rest of my life. But I won’t give up on you.”

We have to say that this is our favourite book by this Author as it was so well-written with a myriad of emotions. The passion was intense and at times it was super-hot, we have to say we’ve never read about food kink before! ‘I’m already confused about food, and when Dash feeds me, it feels like foreplay.’ We do have to mention that there are a lot of triggers in this book, so go carefully into Dash and Natalya’s story  -to name a few- you’ve got CNC, violence, degradation, eating disorders, and mental abuse. It’s certainly not an easy read at times. But then again, there are also sweet and poignant moments too in this friends to enemies to lovers romance.

‘I had a long way to fall, and Dashiell Cunningham had a long way to climb, but here we are together, about to bring down the house.’

Synopsis

She was the sad rich girl with all of life’s comforts.
I was a homeless kid running away from an abusive father.

She was a classically trained ballerina.
I was a self-taught street dancer.

She was the first person to show me kindness.
I was the first person to discover her secrets.

She was my entire world.
I was a thorn in her side.

I gave her everything I had.
All she gave me was betrayal.

I vowed to destroy her life like she destroyed mine.
Pick it apart, piece by piece, until there was nothing left.

Until our paths crossed again…

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