Breaking Noah: A Novel

Breaking Noah: A Novel

by Missy Johnson, Ashley Suzanne

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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.

Praise for Breaking Noah
Breaking Noah is an engaging novel with all the heat, humor, and twists I’ve come to expect and love from these two authors.”New York Times bestselling author S. E. Hall

“Who has two thumbs and is hot for teacher? This girl! Breaking Noah is a steamy, sexy must-read.”USA Today bestselling author MJ Fields

“Ashley Suzanne and Missy Johnson have succeeded in weaving together an incredible story full of revenge, betrayal, heartbreak, and, ultimately, love. I can’t wait to see what this duo writes next.”—Nicole Jacquelyn, author of the Aces series

Breaking Noah captivated me from the very first page. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Noah and Zara’s chemistry is so scorching hot that you can’t help wishing for them to get their happily ever after.”—D. Kelly, author of the Acceptance series

“With healthy doses of heartbreak, angst, tenderness, and redemption, Breaking Noah is a different type of love story but will pull on your heartstrings and gut. Johnson and Suzanne spin an intricate web that will suck you in from the very beginning.”—Rachel Blaufeld, author the Electric Tunnel Series and Redemption Lane
“Seductive, sexy . . . The storyline was quite engaging and pulls you into the excitement of wanting to see how everything unfolds. The characters each bring something to the story that makes it more intricate and entertaining. . . . There are a couple of good twists and turns in the story that make the book a wonderful read.”—Books Movies Fandoms
“Sexy and fast paced . . . I would read more from these authors in the future, and I think that they make a great writing team.”—Ramblings from This Chick
“There is a fantastic epilogue, so hold out for the HEA!”—Books Need TLC
“I loved Noah and Zara’s story, and I can’t wait to read more books by Ashley Suzanne and Missy Johnson.”—Reading Past My Bedtime (five stars)
“The story itself took twist and turns I didn’t see coming, and that was what made this book so amazing. The way the story and plot unfold had me shaking my head and squeezing my eyes closed at times. I felt like I was moving throughout the story with the characters and could do nothing else but hold on for the journey.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101886656
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 983,283
File size: 865 KB

About the Author

Missy Johnson is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia, with her husband and her confused pets (a dog who thinks that she is a cat, a cat who thinks he is a dog . . . you get the picture). When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.
Ashley Suzanne has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a youngster, she was always creating stories and talking to her imaginary friends. Thankfully, her parents also carried this love of fiction, and helped her grow into the bestselling author she is today. When Ashley isn’t coming up with her next story, you'll most likely find her on the couch, telling her husband all about her new book boyfriend, or spending quality time with her two gremlins . . . er, adorable children.

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Breaking Noah 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Zara Hamilton wants revenge against Noah Bain, a college professor, because he got her cousin pregnant and then threatened her, which made her cousin commit suicide. It was difficult to remember, while reading, that Zara is 21 years old. She seems so much younger and she definitely acts younger. I had to keep reminding myself that any relationship between them as far as teacher/student was inappropriate but as far as age goes, it was okay. I don't want to say too much about the story because I don't like to give spoilers but there is a huge plot twist in the story! And one you'll have to find out for yourself by reading this book. Noah seems like such a great person and teacher. It's hard to imagine he'd do the things he's accused of but as proven in the story, you think you know someone and it turns out that you really don't. Fantastic story with great suspense and some smokin' hot sex scenes. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
It didn't take me very long to realize that this is not my type of story. First, it starts out with a college-age girl hanging herself because she was pregnant by her professor and didn't want to tell anyone. Not a cheerful way to start a story. As I continued to read, I realized I didn't want to continue the story. Basically, Zara enrolls at her  cousin's college and in the supposed father's(the professor) class so she can seduce him and catch him and make him tell the truth. So this is one of those "forbidden" romance stories and that is not my thing at all. 
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne is a stand-alone romance told in dual POV. Alternating between Noah, the hotter than hot and nicer than nice English Lit professor and Zara the incredibly smart yet exceedingly dumb student. I had a hard time getting invested in these characters, mostly Zara, which is why it was almost a three star (meh, I liked it) read but the times when Noah and Zara where together were electric so it became a four star (huh, I really liked this) read. I think it was my own personal distaste at Zara's revenge plot. There's a few things that I just am not comfortable reading about and this level of revenge she had been planning for Noah was not my own personal cup of tea. The story was very different, the twists were good (I didn't see most of them coming) and it was an enjoyable read for me. If college level student/teacher relationships are your thing along with grief-ridden revenge plots that ultimately end with the bad getting theirs and the good guys on top (literally) then this steamy read is one you'd enjoy.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, grief, pain, betrayal, secrets, suspense, and heartbreak.  This is Zara and Noah’s story. Zara is looking for revenge after the suicide of her cousin and best friend Karly.  She is attending the college and is determined to make Noah pay for Karly’s death.  She will seduce him and then figure out a way to seek her revenge.  But what if you start to fall for the one man you believe led your best friend to her death?  What if you question everything you thought you knew?   What if your feelings are growing every day and you enjoy the time you spend together?  Would you question if you were doing the right thing?  What if you are wrong? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.  I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from these authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!  Just the type of book I wanted to read.  I am tired of skimming through a 30 page sex scene.  I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I was supremely intrigued by the idea of this one--wanting to see what Zara was planning on doing, how she'd follow through on it without "falling" for Noah (although we know inevitably that it's bound to happen). She was determined, I'll give her that, and the two of them together definitely had a steaminess factor that was off the charts. However, both Noah and Zara are hard to root for (separately and together) because they make very (and I mean VERY) poor choices in life. The whole plan is hardly foolproof when emotions come into play, not to mention a horrible boyfriend (that you can't believe the main character is with) causes all sorts of trouble. When secrets are revealed and the truth comes out, everything implodes... then gets put back together again almost right away. Wait, what? Yeah, you heard me. Breaking Noah was an intriguing story that fell together a little too easily in the end to be believable. I was definitely enjoying it, and I think the main reason why I was okay with some of the things that were too ridiculous/too perfect to be true is because I couldn't stop reading. If I can't stop reading a book, the author (or authors in this case) did a good job. However, the story didn't blow me away. My Rating: Pretty Good
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
Although Zara already planned to transfer to Northwestern, when her cousin Karly dies, she transfers earlier than intended. She believes one of Karly’s professors is involved in her death so she wants revenge. She wants him to pay for what he did. The first time she walks into Professor Bain’s class she immediately catches his eye. It’s like I see, I like, I want now! This was a little too quick for my taste. Not really any build up to the romance. When they first get together they are at the college for heaven sake. If you know it is wrong to have a teacher/student relationship then why would you risk getting caught having sex at school. I guess you needed to be reminded they are student and teacher. Yea, know that already. I think Zara is a little annoying and too quick to put the blame for Karly’s death on Professor Bain. But as she gets to know him a little more she was torn. Does she destroy him or does she fall for his charms. It was somewhat predictable. I wasn’t sure how she zeroed in on Noah? He couldn’t have been Karly’s only professor? Despite the fact both are in relationships, they decide to hook up. In the case of Zara, you could sort of see it since her relationship with her boyfriend Dillon was pretty much over. They really did not seem to care about each other at all. They were basically roommates; no romantic interest. But with Noah it was a little harder. He actually seemed to really care about Shannon. So his cheating was a little harder to take. Perhaps they should have resolved their relationships with their significant others before getting together. It was a little predictable in the end but overall not a bad book.
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
¿ ¿¿ – 3.5 Stars Usually with a Professor and student novel there tends to be “weirdness” however, there wasn’t much age difference in the Professor and the student. Hey, the student could go out to clubs, have a glass a wine and indulge in relationships due to her being of age. It definitely turned this book into something realistic. Zara moved to Northwestern to be where her cousin, Karly was. Her and Karly were close like sisters, or so Zara thought. Maybe there is more distance between them than she ever knew could exist. Zara finds the professor Karly couldn’t stop talking about, and Zara makes a plan. She plans to get his attention, and make him beg for her. The plot of this story had me up until 3am, I was flipping pages so fast, I wanted to know where the plot was going as it began to thicken with more tensity. I enjoyed getting to know most of the characters but Dillion, he came off as a complete ass. I guess he just truly is. What I didn’t enjoy? There were parts in the book that just didn’t seemed to “click” with me, it seemed that some parts were forced together, or details were missing. I was never pulled into the main characters connection like I wanted. I felt something didn’t develop there. I was more tied up in the storyline/plot than I was the characters, thus is why I am not liberating in what I loved about them, because to be frank I think they will be forgotten, but the storyline will always be remembered. I hope that makes sense. On another hand, the storyline and, or plot was suspenseful, intriguing, shocking and had me wanting to continue to find out more. I truly enjoyed the idea. Noah was more likely to get to known than the others just due to his character: his charm, humor, and at times seriousness. Disclosure: I received this ARC from the Publisher/Tasty Book Tours, for an exchange of an honest review.
psee More than 1 year ago
3 Star Review I am all over with how I feel about this book. Normally I am not one who considers cheating to be taboo in a story so that is not what bothers me about this book, perhaps it is just the premise and the heroine.  Told in alternating POV, we get Zara and Noah's POV. I should mention that we also get Karly's POV, Zara's cousin, as the prologue, and that was really gripping and haunting and sad. I couldn't wait to read more. Knowing the premise of the book I really didn't have a problem with Zara seeking revenge, it was interesting in a twisted way. The prologue only solidified my thoughts. The issue is you can tell repeatedly in the story that Zara really has no clue what went down or whether Noah is the responsible party and that bothers me. Noah himself is no real gem either. I get that he is this really wonderful professor who previously befriended a student, but then after a brief encounter he finds himself wanting to not only befriend another student, but then take things further. Oh yeah, all the while he still has a girlfriend. Don't get me wrong, I get that his girlfriend seems to be in name only, but that doesn't excuse him. The crazy thing is it probably doesn't even really matter, (view spoiler) Despite the crazy stuff that irks me, I did like how everything comes out. Didn't really think the one person was bright enough to do something like it, but I am glad there was some fallout. Honestly the ending has me conflicted. I'm not sure I can get behind a HEA for two characters I really don't feel much for and I feel bad about this. Even though we get an epilogue which I normally love in books, this one didn't do much for me. So frustrating. Perhaps it is just my hangup though and others will love this book.  Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
MelissaJ72 More than 1 year ago
Best laid plans... The blurb had me at hello. Our story starts out with Zara trying to put together the reasons behind her best friend, her cousin's death. She comes to the conclusion that there can only be one explanation. A college professor, Noah, so she hatches a plan to seduce him and ruin his life. She changes schools and enrolls in his class. I was intrigued by the whole idea behind the plot. I was very interested to see how it would all come together. As we move farther into the story Zara develops feelings for Noah, wondering if perhaps she might be wrong about him. Noah starts out feeling protective over Zara because of what happened to her cousin. Not long after though he begins to have feelings for her, feelings he knows he shouldn't be having, but just can't help. Finally there is a grand reveal so to speak and all of the questions built up throughout the book are answered. This story was well written and moved along at a nice fast pace, and the plot and characters were developed well. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
LoriLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
I read most of this book in one setting! I started it and could not stop turning the pages. The first chapter drew me in so deep, I had to know what happened, and what was going to happen.  Zara has a plan that seems like it is going perfect. Hurt the person who hurt her cousin. But she never planned on Noah. Zara is pretty messed up over her cousin’s suicide. I can’t think of anyone in real life who would actually conceive of the type of plan Zara sets out to execute. But the hurt and loss she feels are relatable so she is a sympathetic character. Noah is a professor who is haunted by the suicide of one of his students. He is kind and genuinely wants to help Zara. Zara has a boyfriend named Dillon who never seems to be around. The spark obviously died out a long while ago, but he reminds Zara of her cousin, who introduced them, so the connection to the past keeps her in his life.  This is a romance, but it is also really suspenseful as we try to piece together what happen in the past, who wronged who, and why Zara can’t seem to hate Noah like she thinks she should. As she realizes her true feelings, secrets are revealed that change everything. The only way to have the future she wants is to trust the last person she ever thought she could.  I love stories with romance and suspense and this had a great blend of both. The steam and chemistry were perfect. The way all of the secrets came to light, and the conclusion was pretty satisfying, although I would have written a harsher penalty for the bad guy, because he was really, really bad.  I am always amazed when two different writers can create such a cohesive story. This was pretty close to perfect. A copy was provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
KrisD9 More than 1 year ago
**Received an ARC copy on Netgalley for an honest review** In this story, we follow Zara as she makes a revenge plan to take down the teacher that she believes is responsible for her cousin’s suicide. The story has an interesting enough premise to draw you in because it has that forbidden love kind of story because Noah is Zara’s teacher. But after that, there is not much new to bring to the table. The story follows along a plan that has been done quite a few times before and you can predict what’s going to happen before it does. There is one small twist in the story, but the author drives by it and not really develops it. I liked that the book had dual point of view so that you can see both Noah and Zara’s point of view. This allowed insight to Noah and see that he might not be as guilty as Zara believes. Though, I think it may have helped the story if it was only told from Zara’s point of view, It’s because you get inside Noah’s mind you figure out quickly that he had nothing to do with Zara’s cousin’s suicide. There is a certain quality to Noah and Zara’s relationship that makes it interesting to read, maybe one time through, but it doesn’t have that element that will make you want to re-read the story over and over again.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything by these authors but thought this story sounded interesting. Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. This is basically Zara's story of revenge. Zara was best friends with her cousin Karly. Zara would be transferring next year to Northwestern University to attend college with Karly. Unfortunately, Karly has other plans. She finds herself in an impossible situation and decides to commit suicide. After receiving the letter Karly mailed to Zara before the suicide, Zara decides she is going to seek revenge on the person responsible for Karly's death, her lit professor, Mr. Noah Bain. Zara transfers to Northwestern and starts her plan in motion. I loved the wicked ideas Zara came up with. I found myself laughing out loud at time. As Zara's plan is moving forward, what Zara didn't expect was to start falling for Noah. These two have a LOT of chemistry! They are both two lost souls, both feeling guilty for Karly's suicide, and both stuck in relationships that are going nowhere. The twist and turns this storyline took where awesome. I really loved the ending. Very fitting! I look forward to reading more from these two. Great characters and a really great, intriguing story that kept me reading. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
've never read anything by Ashley Suzanne, but Missy Johnson is one of my favorite authors! It was a good book, of course!! After Karly's death Zara felt Noah, a profession, was guilty and needed to pay and she was just the person to make him pay!! She devised a plan to take care of him, but will she follow through? This book has twist and turns and was a good read! Didn't want to put it down!!
clpetit56 More than 1 year ago
Breaking Noah is a well-written, engaging and addicting love story. If you are looking for a book with sizzling sex and forbidden love that will make your toes curl... this is the book for you. A real page turner.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
First of all, it needs to be said that I am most certainly not a fan of books written by two people. Weird, I know. But I do have reasons. What if the authors are great together but their books are crap when they write alone and then they never write another book together after I've fallen in love with their combined writing style?!? Or what if the authors are horrible together and then I never give either of them another shot because that one co-written book is just the worst thing ever and I miss out on their solo books and they are awesome?!? OR ... well, I don't have another or right now but I might come up with one later. Probably not though. But those are my reasons. Well, it's really just one reason and just said differently another way. Fine. That's my one reason why I don't like co-authors. Whew. With that out of the way I can safely tell you that this was one amazing book. I didn't mind the co-authoring this time! Total success! I really, really, REALLY enjoyed it. The whole seducing a teacher thing isn't new by any means but I've never read a book that revolved around that and certainly not a book that had a vendetta as the reason why there was some seducing going on. I will say this, a big thank you to the authors for not making Zara (the main character) wear one of those cliche plaid skirt and knee sock concoctions. When I read the professor part, I was just totally for sure that the authors would do this but for once, I was wrong and man, am I glad that I was. I fell in love with the main character, Zara, pretty quickly. I loved her spunk and sass that she seemed to approach everything with. The plot was absolutely perfectly paced. I never felt a lag in the storyline or the yearn for more info. I did feel a bit pissed with the novel at the end but that was only because it was over and I just wanted more of the story. This was one that I was really sad with when it was over because being the greedy reader that I am, I just wanted more. The writing style of Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne created one of my favorite and memorable reading experiences that I've had in a long time. I don't know how these two write on their own but together, they are gold. I will pick up anything that has both of their names on it in the future and I know that I'll get immersed in a story that I won't want to put down and will never forget about. Breaking Noah will be reread (and probably soon). You need to get your hands on this book right now. I promise, you won't regret it. * I received this book in exchange for an honest review *
JDinFlorida More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars --- Overall this was a decent read… and if you like student/teacher romances, you’ll most likely enjoy this book. Things I liked: *This was a hot student/teacher romance *The romance between professor/student was with an “of-age” student, with very little age difference between Zara and Professor Bain *Professor Bain’s character Things I didn’t like: *Zara’s boyfriend – I questioned why she stayed with him… it seemed out of character as the book progressed *Zara’s personality and actions in the 2nd half of the book. Things just didn’t match up so well for me there. I didn’t understand why she did many of the things she did… and it seemed out of character for her. Despite the few things I didn't like... I would have still read this, BECAUSE it's a student/teacher romance. I love ALL s/t romances. So, if you're like me... and you love s/t romances... you'll want to read this one too!!! ARC Kindly provided by Netgalley.
NadineHunter More than 1 year ago
While I started the book with a "WHAT THE HECK!" (the prologue really trough me for a loop..I so wasn't expecting what happened to happen) it turned out to be a pretty good book. I wish I could have given it five stars but at times Zara really got on my nerves. I really liked Noah and the chemistry he had with Zara was hot, I just wish she wasn't so vindictive. That being said, it was an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more books by Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne.
AmazeballsBookAddicts-2_ More than 1 year ago
Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne are two of my favorite authors. Put the two together and you get a powerhouse of a story. Breaking Noah starts with a crazy heart string pulling scene. It pulls you right in and I didn't want to put it down until I finished. Zara is an amazing character. She is a strong, independent girl. Her best friend and cousin Karly commits suicide. Karly left a note for Zara. Zara keeps the note to herself but the note is enough for Zara to seek revenge. Zara sets her sites on Noah. Noah is a college professor. Noah seems to truly care about people and seems to be a good person. It doesn't hurt that he is super hot. He is in a relationship that he has doubts about. Zara walks into his class and cause him to rethink things. Zara is also in an relationship that she not happy with. During Zara's revenge plan she struggles with her feeling for Noah. This story kept me on my toes guessing what would happen next. There is a crazy twist or too. This is a definitely must read. A copy was received for a review.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
Stand Alone Novel, No Cliffs, A Few Good Twists! 4.5 stars! BREAKING NOAH Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne  May 12, 2015  Publisher: Loveswept approximate pages: 228 (print) Romance: Contemporary, New Adult / College, Mystery / Thriller / Suspense ** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review ** -- MY THOUGHTS -- Judging a Book by it's Cover:  Seductive pose. Subtle color palate. Great use of light and shadow. The synopsis sounds ruthless, yet intriguing.  Looking Deeper:  Written in a first person POV, alternating between Zara and Noah, all clearly defined for easier comprehension.  Wow.... that's all I can say at first. Within the first few chapters, this seems like a pretty straight-forward cut-and-dry story line. I've never been happier to be wrong. The synopsis does a rather good job at setting up the plot, so I'll not go into that any further at the risk of revealing spoilers. Instead, I'll get straight to the breakdown. Noah is an awesome lead male. Kind, caring, compassionate. Zara is fiercely loyal to her beliefs, smart, and strong. Together, they have the makings of a power couple. The magnetic pull and  chemistry is continuously at war with her thoughts and beliefs making their connection all the more a force of nature. The secondary characters were an interesting blend of wonderfully supportive to love-to-hate-them. They full the full spectrum for a nice variety. The dialogue and interaction was, most of the time, believable and natural, there were a few instances that were eye-roll worthy, but then maybe that's par for the college-age course. The plot is complex, much more so than I'd expected it to be. It is written very well and flowed quite smoothly. The conflicts are not handled well in some instances, but that lends to the plot more buildup and drama for later. The final conflict is truly fantastic and leaves the reader feeling vindicated and free of the oppressing weight that hung in the shadows. There's virtually no predictability, in fact there were a few things that surprised me. The conclusion is fantastic. This is, by far, one of the better New Adult / College sub-genre books that I've read this year.  ------------------------ Heat Level: 4.25 ------------------------ Score:  4.4 Stars: 4 (If I could grant 1/2 stars, it would be a 4.5) -- REVIEWER INFO -- Tina J / Happily Ever Chapter
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't a huge fan of this one. While the writing and basic story are good, I had a difficult time connecting with the characters. I mostly found the main female character quite annoying so it made it hard to really get into the book. If you love a good revenge romance you may enjoy this though, if that's the case I would recommend it.