Review: Annika Martin’s Breaking the Billionaire’s Rules

How to Write a Successful Rom-Com a lá Annika Martin

✅ Create a heroine who is sassy, witty, hilarious, and a knock out

✅ Incorporate a hero who is worth billions, make him look like a jerk, but then give him a heart of gold

✅ Build the most delicious chemistry between the main H and h, set it up as hate and make them fall in love

✅ Give the h supportive friends who help set up the funny of the story and walk with her when she struggles

✅ Put a bunch of funny dialogue in the h’s mouth and sit back, listening for the LOLs of the readers

Yes. All of these components are found in Breaking the Billionaire’s Rules. I highly recommend this read if you’re feeling sad, you’re feeling happy, or you just need a good laugh and a bit of a cry.

First and foremost, it’s been awhile since I’ve fallen in love with the male hero before the heroine in a book. Typically, I read rom-coms with women who impress me, even those who might be a bit “ditzy.” But in this book, I was a fan of Max Hilton. Not the image Max Hilton, the real Max. Why? He illustrates the reality of living in our 21st multi-media world. From the outset, after reading his book, we’re supposed to hate him. He’s a misogynist. He sees women as objects. His rules are demeaning. However, that image is one that is manufactured as a mask, much like the masks we create on our social media. The real Max is sensitive, really sensitive. His past is fraught with trauma and pain, yet he hides it behind a cool, confident exterior. It isn’t until Mia re-enters Max’s life that we finally meet the “real” Max. When that happens, there are fireworks and chemistry and all of the perfect “happily-ever-afters.” When Mia finally recognizes the true Max, this book becomes gold; Max becomes gold as a hero.

Mia is all of us: confident until someone makes her feel less. She is a theater actress. In that world, she struggles with finding success; however, she works a job that provides for her, even though it might be demeaning. In her day-to-day life, we can trust that Mia knows herself, and she’s happy with her life. When Max enters the picture, Mia sees her self as “not enough.” This insecurity fuels many of the funny moments in this story, but it also reminds us of the stress of relationships, about our simple want for love and acceptance. While her character exists to bring Max to his knees, we commiserate with her lack of confidence in taking on this task. And I empathized with her through the first part of this book.

Overall, this story has a little bit of everything: humor, heartbreak (the part where Max finds the chart broke my heart), and love. There were moments when I was laughing out loud (the cheese puff scene when Mia eats Max’s cheese puffs and shows the evidence on her body), tearing up, and feeling happiness for the beauty of their eventual HEA. Annika Martin’s Breaking the Billionaire’s Rules is the rom-com you need to read. It clearly checks all the boxes.

Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In love and romance,

Professor A



I teach students to write for college. I love to read writers who write romance. Why not review and promote the writing of people who love to write romance? Win-win for me

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