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Review: Break Your Heart by Rhonda Helms Sta


Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Formats availablePaperback, Kindle


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.


This is the first time I’ve ever posted a negative review here. Usually if my opinion of a book is low, I either don’t finish it or keep my opinion to myself, but I decided to share my thoughts on this one because it started out so promising before it disappointed me. I really liked the premise and the pacing is excellent – I read most of it in less than a day. But unfortunately, the story ultimately fell flat.

For one thing, the characters didn’t feel fully developed. Megan is presented as a star student with excellent grades, a shoo-in for the master’s program, but she hardly ever studies (or works on her thesis, which is due at the end of the semester) at all. Instead, she spends a lot of her time partying, which just seems odd for a committed, serious student with a major project deadline approaching. But even though it’s evident she drinks quite a bit, she gets upset because her date has a few beers with dinner. It just didn’t add up for me.

Nick has a Ph.D. in math, a discipline he’s obviously passionate about, but one of the first things he asks Megan is why she chose to major in math, of all things, when she was obviously intelligent enough to do anything. Shouldn’t he understand why she likes math, since he does too? This kind of inconsistency in the characters becomes more and more prevalent as the story moves on.

Another thing I didn’t care for was how Megan and Nick’s relationship seems to be purely physical. While they obviously talk about academics, those conversations aren’t very detailed and few and far between. By comparison, the sex scenes were sometimes so graphic, I think this would have been better classified as erotica, rather than romance. I ended up skipping over most of those. I would’ve rather seen the other side of their relationship highlighted, personally.

That being said, I really like Casey, Megan’s roommate, and I realize now her story is featured in another of Helms’ books, Scratch. I will probably pick that one up, because I’m interested to learn her backstory.

I was given a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 About the Author:

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago and loves writing teen and New Adult romance. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She also freelance edits manuscripts.

When she isn’t writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, two kids, a dog and a really loud cat. Visit her website at for more information about her and her releases.



Olivia Ard is the author of women's fiction trilogy The Bennett Series and Readers' Favorite 5-Star recipient 'Tis the Season. She is pursuing a second degree in sociology. She and her husband JD live in Central Alabama, where they await their miracle baby's arrival this November with joyful expectation.

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