Review: Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson & Ashley Suzanne

Posted December 21st, 2015 in book review / 16 comments

Review: Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson & Ashley SuzanneBreaking Noah by Missy Johnson, Ashley Suzanne
Publisher: Loveswept on May 12, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 244
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars
Heat: three-flames

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.

At A Glance

Great story, but the characters’ actions were hard to take.

The Good

Who doesn’t love a good revenge story? Zara is convinced her deceased cousin’s professor, Noah, is the reason her cousin killed herself. Commence revenge plan: seduce Noah, record seduction, then ruin Noah in every way possible.

Zara was kind of a crazy bitch but I couldn’t blame her. I’d go a little crazy if my cousin/best friend committed suicide because of a guy. I loved Zara’s blasé attitude about screwing and ruining Noah. She has very little care about her body or reputation. She was all about the revenge, that was the focus. Then those damn feelings started creeping in. Stupid feelings. I understood. Noah is kind of irresistible. He is not perfect though. But still, he does have a very good heart and he really cares for people. He’s a rare breed in that way. I would have loved to have had a teacher like that in college.

The events that played out were a crazy ride of fucked up. I loved seeing Zara seduce Noah, she was so aggressive and confident. Very Poison Ivy-esk. When things went down, it was heartbreaking and I just couldn’t see them getting past everything. But I felt satisfied with the surprise ending.

The Bad

Even though I loved Zara and Noah in a lot of ways, I hated their actions. They are both cheaters (not that they had the best partners, but still). Zara was faking interest in Noah from the beginning, so it was hard to hope she ended up with him. Noah didn’t know the real Zara. Plus, Zara’s plan for revenge was half-assed and that just didn’t sit well with me. I expect more out of her.

Noah is a good guy, he really is, but the way he fell for Zara when she was so obviously playing a game of seduction, it made me think less of him.  If they were falling in love, I could see rule breaking being okay, but this was animal attraction and sex. Come on, Noah, you’re smarter than that.

The Snuggly

There is a lot of sexual tension, foreplay and a sex scene or two. It was actually really hot because Noah was so buttoned up and shy in a lot of ways, but he is a domineering animal in the sack. I loved it. So did Zara.

Final Thoughts

Breaking Noah was an odd one for me. I liked it, but my love/hate relationships with the characters left me conflicted. I expected more out of this book, but I don’t regret reading it. I do recommend it because I think a lot of people could like it as long as they like flawed characters and can handle the concept of cheating.


The things I thought to do to that girl made an erotica novel look like a fucking children’s book.

I know he wants me, and even though my plan isn’t to fall for him, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want him, too.

With Zara, we have chemistry, passion, and enough anger to make everything interesting. She’s perfect.


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16 Responses to “Review: Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson & Ashley Suzanne”

  1. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Yea, I had a feeling that when you said: “…but the characters’ actions were hard to take” I knew I wouldn’t like what was coming. Yea, cheating… no. Don’t think this one is for me. Brilly review!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Cheating is such a touchy subject and hard to take. I am the same way.

  2. Jaclyn Canada

    The concept of getting over your cousin killing yourself for a guy would be painful and dramatic to explore. I could see that really messing up a character and it would be interesting to see how she got through that. Sad to see that so many of both character’s decisions were in poor taste though.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      It really messed with your head, that’s for sure. Very traumatic in a lot of ways.

  3. Kristin

    Hmmm… just reading your review left me conflicted. It sounds good but I think I would have the same problems with it that you did. Thanks for the honest review.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I know, I wanted to like this one more because the concept was awesome. It is good though, just not great.

  4. Red Iza

    I can see why you didn’t like some parts, but I can only see why you don’t regret reading it. I think I’d enjoy that one 😉

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