Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Review: Break Your Heart by Rhonda Helms

Break Your Heart by Rhonda Helms
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Fearless and flirtatious, Megan Porter isn't your typical math major. On the fast track to graduating with honors, a spot in her school's masters program is nearly guaranteed. But her senior year is quickly turned upside-down by her new thesis advisor, cryptography professor Dr. Nick Muramoto. Young, effortlessly good-looking, and intellectual, he's far more intriguing than the immature jocks Megan usually goes for. And as she decodes the hidden messages he leaves in the margins of her assignments and in their emails, she realizes this might be more than a schoolgirl crush--especially after they share a passionate kiss...Soon Nick and Megan grow closer, and their different worlds begin to merge. But if their relationship is discovered, Nick's career could be over. With Megan's parents close to campus on business, hiding their love becomes an even greater challenge. Yet keeping secrets will lead Megan to discover hers is just one piece in a much larger puzzle--next to her mother's stash of painkillers--that may put her carefully laid plans for the future in jeopardy.

I'm a fan of student-teacher stories, so I was really looking forward to this one.  I especially liked the fact that it was taking place in college with people way over the age of consent, and with a young professor whose attempting to qualify for tenure.  Lots of angst and potential conflict there.

I liked the characters, especially Megan, very much.  I loved how motivated she was.  She knows what she wants out of life and she's going for it very carefully. The introduction of Dr. Nick Muramoto is something of an unexpected surprise, and she's not sure where her attraction and feelings for him come from.  I liked Nick, but I couldn't help but wish I had gotten to know him just a little bit better.

I thought there was some good sexual tension between these two , but I might have waited just a bit longer for it to develop, let them fight it a bit longer before finally giving in.  I wanted to feel more of that build-up, and I definitely wished the author had stretched out the angst an danger of discovery aspect just a little longer.  I wanted to bite my nails a bit longer, be worried just a bit more, before the inevitable happened....because you know it's going to.

I did, however, love how the author handled it from there.  It was a different ending than I've come to expect, so kudos to the author for originality here.  The story was good, pretty fast-paced, and my favorite aspect was the female lead, Megan.  I loved her strong, motivated character.  A good story.
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