Book Review: Break Your Heart by Rhonda Helms

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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Favourite quotes:

“Math is constant. It’s ordered. It’s comforting. And, frankly, it gets a bad rap. I think we need more women in math. We need more people of color in math”.

“Strength doesn’t mean doing everything alone. It can also mean knowing when you need help. Even if it’s just another person to talk to”.

“Sometimes you have to silence the noise around you to listen to what your heart is whispering”.

 

Megan Porter is a senior at prestigious college in Conencticut and she is very excited to start her mathematics graduate program in a few months. She loves math, she loves socialising and she is driven to succeed. But first, she has to get through senior year. And that means taking on brand new classes, meet new people, perhaps rekindle a few flames in between, and of course say goodbye to her roommate Casey who has plans to move in with her boyfriend soon.

One of the many exciting new things Megan is tackling is her cryptography class, and the teacher just happens to be her advisor. At least he was until he had a heart attack. The new teacher is Dr. Nick Muramoto, a professor who is ten years older than Megan, very enthusiastic about math and cryptography, and just happens to be very smart. And incredibly handsome. Obviously he is overseeing Megan’s thesis now. An attraction develops between them throughout their interactions, and soon they are unable to stay away from each other. But Nick just got tenure and he has a lot to lose. And so does Megan. But the more they try to pull away, the stronger they gravitate towards each other. Are their feelings worth risking what each of them has been striving to achieve their entire lives? And can Megan and Nick deal with the inevitable crash and burn when it comes?

 

The reason I haven’t written reviews in a while is because my tablet broke last month, and I couldn’t fix it until two days ago, so I didn’t have access to the majority of my books for almost a month. Yes, it was torture. But I was over the moon when I finally managed to fix it! And all by myself too! “Break Your Heart” was the first book that popped out on my newly restored Kindle, and I was in the mood for more New Adult after having finished the amazing “Off Campus” series.

Teacher-student romance are either a hit or a miss for me. “Break Your Heart” was most certainly a hit. Not only was I immensely pleased to read a book with an African-American protagonist with STEM aspirations and an Asian-American love interest, but I also appreciated that the book was well-written and characters weren’t caricatures and there “just to score diversity points”. They felt real and relatable, especially the women. Megan was obviously the star of the book, but her friends Casey and Kelly weren’t just there to fill in spots on the background. They had their own backstories that didn’t make the narrative all about Megan, which I really liked. And the female friendships in the book were also wonderful to read about. The male characters were a bit bland – there is a “nice guy”, an “uneducated entitled jock” or five, and other stereotypical college males. But this story wasn’t about them.

The character of Megan Porter is that of a modern young woman who is ambitious, driven and yet knows how to have fun and to capture a guy’s attention, and values life outside of work and academia. She might be a math enthusiast, but we can clearly see that family and friends would always come first for her. Before math, and most certainly before a guy, even one as amazing as a hot college professor who is very, very good in bed.

When it comes to romance, I understand that in a New Adult book, it is one of the primary subjects, but I don’t like when that’s all the book focuses on. Luckily, the author didn’t do that. True, the relationship between Megan and Nick took up a lot of the novel, but there were also subplots that focused on Megan dealing with issues many young women deal with today. Family, friendships, the future and other things that were important to Megan might have all been affected by the relationship, but we got to see how Megan dealt with them without making her life all about Nick, and that’s what’s important. The romantic scenes and the sex scenes were okay – I’ve read better, but I’ve been spoiled by Dahlia Adler, Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy who are so damn good at writing them they basically ruined sex scenes for me that are written by other writers.

I would certainly recommend “Break Your Heart” to fans of New Adult and to those who are looking for a nice way to spend an afternoon.

 

Recommendations

You might enjoy “Break Your Heart” if you liked:

“Last Will and Testament” by Dahlia Adler

“Easy” by Tammara Webber

“Pretty Little Liars”

 

Have you read “Break Your Heart”? Do you have a favourite teacher-student romance? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it! 🙂

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