By: Missy Johnson & Ashley Suzanne
Releasing May 12, 2015
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.
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I stare down at my bland cafeteria lunch, my breathing erratic. It took forever, but I finally found a table away from the prying, curious eyes of the other students . . . where I can sit and eat . . . alone. Not that I’m hungry, though. I’m too anxious to eat . . . too worked up. I’m sure anyone close enough to hear my accelerated breathing and my heart pounding away faster than the drum line would think I’ve completely lost my mind—but I don’t care. Now that I’m here, this whole thing has suddenly become real. I’m more shocked that I was able to channel my inner Karly and remain calm and collected. I send a silent prayer thanking her for the strength to get through my first class with him.
I’m actually doing this. Months of planning and I’m actually at Northwestern, in his class, living out my calculated plan of revenge on the person I hate more than anyone else in this world; the person who stole my best friend . . . my cousin . . . right out from under me without any warning at all.
Even his name makes me feel sick. I’m honestly surprised I was able to be so close to him—alone with him—for more than a few minutes without ramming a pencil through his eye. But death would be too easy. He needs to pay for his mistake. I just need to figure out the best way to go about this. There really are a lot of options. Maybe I’ll just sit back and let the situation work itself out, and if he turns out to be the creep I know he is, he’ll play right into my trap and half the work will be done for me.
I push my tray across the table, unable to stand the sight of food right now. I need just a little while to calm down. I hate that he’s being so nice to me. It doesn’t change anything, though. This morning, before I actually laid eyes on him, there was just a small spark. Now, after having heard his voice, I can picture him saying all those things to lure Karly, then trying to break her. Who am I kidding? He didn’t just try, he succeeded. And now that tiny spark has turned into a flame so large it’s capable of engulfing me whole.
I’m going to destroy him . . . it’s the one thing I can do to try to get some justice for Karly. I’ll be sure she comes out the winner. He doesn’t get to live his happy little life while she’s rotting away in a box six feet under. She deserves more.
HOLY SMOKES!!!! I devoured this book within 24 hours of starting it. Once I read the Prologue, I was a goner….I couldn’t put it down. Breaking Noah is a hot, sexy forbidden romance with some mystery sprinkled in. Zara is completely and totally devastated by her cousin’s suicide. They weren’t just family, they were best friends. She knows that a man is responsible after reading the suicide letter that was left. After uncovering some information, all clues point to her cousin’s literature professor, Noah. Zara is on a mission to make Noah pay for what he did to her family. So, she puts her plan in motion enrolling in Noah’s class. He isn’t what she pictured him to be…yeah he’s sexy as “you know what,” but his demeanor doesn’t suggest he is some creeper that targets young college girls. But, looks can be deceiving. As she gets closer to him, it gets harder for her to maintain her objectivity. How is she supposed to annihilate the man who sets her body on fire and who is finding his way into her heart?
Noah and Zara’s chemistry is off the charts hot and sexy!!!! Noah had me the first time I met him, along with Zara. In fact, there were many times I liked him a lot more than I did Zara. I could understand why she had the pain and hatred in her heart, but she allowed those emotions to cloud her judgment. At times, I wanted to be her best friend and help her, and other times I wanted to slap some sense into her! Breaking Noah was not only your standard forbidden romance, it was deeper. It was a lesson in learning to trust others and lean on them for support when life pulls the rug from under your feet. If you don’t, emotions and pain can take you down a dark path. It was also about trust, forgiveness, and the realization that you may not know those you love as well as you think you do.
I have read books by both authors, so I knew they were incredibly talented. But, together they are even better. I can’t wait to see what these two talented writers have in store for me next!
**ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review**
ARE ANY OF YOUR CHARACTERS BASED ON SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
Ashley – Well, some of my characters take on personalities of people I know, but they’re not actually based on real life people. Wait, I take that back. In The Destined Series, Danny is based on my husband’s best friend who passed away and in The Claim Serials, Wendy is based on my friend who died of cancer a few years ago. It was my way of giving Danny and Teresa the happily ever afters they were never able to have in real life.
Missy- I tend to take some inspiration from people who are in my life, not so much basing a character on people I know but some of my characters might possess traits similar to those I know. I tend to use a lot of myself and my experiences in my characters more so than other people.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START WRITING?
Ashley – Ummmm I’ve always been a writer. When I was little, I used to LOVE writing stories for my family and I packed my high school schedule with as many English classes as they had. Actually, when I went to go back and get my diploma, the only classes I could take was Physics and Art …so, getting my diploma depended on my ability to cut and paste. So, I got my GED instead. But publishing, I realized in February of 2013 that indie publishing existed and I was so inspired to get my story out, I got right to work.
Missy – I’ve been writing since I was a kid and it was something that never really went away. The few years before I started publishing my writing I wrote to relieve stress and anxiety. Reading a good book is always a good inspiration too. I want to make people feel the same way that book made me feel kind of thing.
DO YOU HAVE A PLAYLIST WHILE YOU WRITE? IF SO, IS THERE ANY SPECIFIC GENRE YOU TEND TO LISTEN TO MORE OFTEN THAN MOST?
Ashley – I have tons of playlists. Music is just as much a part of my life as writing. And I typically stay in the 90’s style of music more than anything, but I love a little bit of everything. Just like my reading style, my musical style is very eclectic.
Missy – Nope, I write in complete silence. I can’t even have the TV going in the background.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE SNACKS/DRINKS WHEN YOU’RE WRITING?
Ashley – Snacks? Did you say snacks? I love all snacks. I don’t discriminate. And drinks … PEPSI is life. Chocolate cheesecake is the devil and hostess mini muffins are the antichrist. Again, I love all the snacks.
Missy – Oh definitely chocolate and coffee. Though being pregnant the last few months I’ve had to swap most of my caffeine for decaf tea. I try and convince myself it’s as good.
IF YOU HAD UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF MONEY, WHERE WOULD YOU TRAVEL TO?
Ashley – hmmmmm that’s a tough one. I’d love to travel the world. Show my kids the world. But if I had to pick just one place, one place just for me, I’m going to Australia to see Missy. This woman, I love her with my entire heart and have never seen her face. Heard her voice a few times (OMG yes the Aussie accents are ADORABLE … especially when you’re as shy as Missy … YES, she’s REALLY shy)
Missy – Haha, yes I am shy J I’m hanging to travel to the US and meet some of my writer friends. I’ve been to the US once, but it was many years ago and way before I started writing. I’d also love to go somewhere cold and snowy cause I’ve only seen snow a few times.
DO YOU HAVE A WRITING CAVE? IF SO, WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Ashley – I’m actually in the process of making my own cave. Right now, I’m on my recliner or in my bed. I hate sitting at the kitchen table and I tried making a place in the garage so I could go outside, but my ADD just has me watching squirrels. So, the husband got me a fancy new desk and if (and I really mean IF) I clean my room (I’m worse than a teenager), he’ll rearrange the furniture and make me a little corner just for me. I want it really bad, but I’m far too lazy to actually clean the sty that has become my room.
Missy – I write mostly in the living room with my pets trying to fight for my attention. My dream is to build a nice little outdoor writing oasis but that might be a few years off yet J One thing I do love doing is going away for a few days to a nice hotel or retreat to write.
WHO ARE YOUR MUST READ AUTHORS?
Ashley – damn, you really have hard questions, don’t you? Okay, if we’re talking TRADITIONALLY published, I’m going to have to go with Sylvia Day, Janet Evanovich (my absolute favorite), Megan Hart, Maya Banks, Gail McHugh, Larissa Ione and Colleen Hoover. If we’re talking INDEPENDENTLY published, I have a LOT more … Madeline Sheehan, Nicole Jacquelyn, SE Hall, Angela Graham, Aurora Rose Reynolds, Erin Noelle, Claire C. Riley, Harper Sloan and a bunch more!!!
Missy – I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover and Jasinda Wilder (but then again, who isn’t?) Other go to authors for me are Ashley Suzanne, Lexi Buchanan, Paullina Simons, Alessandra Torre and a heap of others I can’t think of at the moment.
DO YOU DO ANY RESEARCH FOR YOUR CHARACTERS?
Ashley – It depends on the character, I guess. My latest indie book, Rekindle, the hero was a fireman and the heroine was a paramedic. I had a little research to do to make their characters true to their profession. In my title, Calling Card, the hero was from Ireland, so there was a bit of research to make the dialogue of his family true as well.
Missy – Yes, depending on the character. I like to tackle some pretty heavy subjects which often involves a lot of research. I also base most of my books in the US so I have loads of research right there in getting the slang and dialogue right. I’m lots better than I was, but my editor still manages to find a few words or phrases that are so completely Aussie she has no idea what they mean J
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER FROM YOUR BOOKS?
Ashley – WOW … Now you want to know which one of my kids is my favorite? Geeeeze, you don’t take it easy do you?!?! Okay, gun to my head, Skylar from The Destined Series. He’s my favorite, but not by much!!
Missy- Wow, hard Q. I’ll always have a soft spot for Jack Falcon from my Beautiful Rose series.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR FANS?
Ashley – I really hate the word “fans”. I have readers and friends. And the thing I love most about them is how much they support me. They have no idea who I am, but they’re all willing to buy my books when they’re available on Amazon, order signed copies from me and ask me questions. Absolute best thing is the messages when they finish one of my books. It’s only happened a few times, but when I can impact someone’s life and help them through something … that’s the greatest gift of all.
Missy – Their support. I still find it hard to believe that there are people out there who love my books. Nothing makes me feel more special than a message from a fan who’s read and loved one of my books. THAT is why I write.
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.
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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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