Monday, February 9, 2015

Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne

3 "Took Me to School" Stars

Back Cover Blurb -
What happens when you start falling for your worst enemy? Fans of Abbi Glines and Monica Murphy will relish this addictive novel of smoking-hot seduction—and revenge gone so wrong, it’s right.

I wasn’t always this jaded. I had a clear head, things I wanted out of life, and a concise plan on how to get there. For being only twenty-one, I pretty much had it all figured out. Until the day my cousin died.

I spent months going over all the details surrounding her death, trying to figure out how I missed the signs, and the only thing I could come up with was she would still be alive if it wasn’t for one person: her professor. So I transferred to his college, enrolled in his class, and set my new plan in motion.

First I’ll seduce him. Then I’ll ruin him. I’ve just got to stay strong and not let his charm and my emotions get the best of me. Because someone has to pay for her death. If it’s the last thing I do, I’m going to break Noah.
There was so much I loved about this book and then again, so much I hated, I didn't know whether to go enroll in some college classes or commit homicide!

Zars is a girl who lost her best friend in the world, her cousin Karly, to suicide and she is out for revenge against the man that caused that to happen. Without much thought or evidence, she concocts a scheme that will bring that man to his knees and this is the story of that journey

Let's start with what I loved.

A teacher/student affair is normally looked down upon and in most cases, it's pretty gross. That is however, because we assume that the age difference between the two participants spans decades and the student is normally of illegal age. Now, what if I told you this story was between a college student and her professor and the age difference was really only about 6 years and the student is old enough to buy alcohol? Changes things a bit right? Might even sound a little sexy perhaps? YES... Give me a hot, sexy, nerd any day! Put "Professor" in front of his name and I'll be putty in your hands and that is what we find in Breaking Noah. The concept of this book is what intrigued me, but it was the writing and super, sexy, love scenes that had me turning page after page. Ms. Johnson and Ms. Suzanne really took a matter that could have easily been a disaster and turned it into a story worth reading and turned scenes that could be viewed as "icky" into "yummy".

What didn't work for me.

The ending and Zars. Pure and simple. With such a taboo topic for a story line, the ending just didn't quiet hit the mark for me. It was almost too fairy tale. I would have expected a little more grit and edginess and instead I got a nice little package with a bow on top. Don't get me wrong, I do love when my stories are wrapped up nice and pretty, but with the seriousness of the subject matter and the build up of the story line, the ending just fell flat and the epilogue only frustrated me more. Also, to be honest, I had a severe love/hate relationship with Zars. Though I was compassionate to her plight and understood some of her actions, the immaturity and Jekyll/Hyde personality she displayed through most of the book was painful, at best.

Overall, I would recommend this book to readers looking for a fun, sexy read, because it is that, but don't expect too much more.

Happy Reading, until next time...

I would like to thank NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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