Thursday, July 3, 2014

Review: Breaking Fences by Juliana Haygert

 Title: Breaking Fences (The Breaking Series)
Author: Juliana Haygert
Source: Received through blog tour in exchange for an honest review


All Beatriz “Bia” Fernandes wants is to prove herself—to her family and friends—though it’s hard to prove anything with an overbearing father and three famous polo-playing older brothers. After her acceptance into college results in a heated family argument, the Brazilian girl leaves everything behind to find her own American dream.

College life away from home is perfect until the people she believes to be her friends turn on her. With lies and rumors threatening to suffocate her, Bia turns to her only freedom. Riding.

But one thing gets in the way of her escape. Garrett Blackwell and his bad cowboy attitude. Working at the ranch is his obligation, bugging Bia is his newfound hobby. His thick skin and easy grin don’t hide what Bia already knows—this misunderstood and lonely cowboy fights his own demons. Brushing horses’ coats and mucking out stalls shouldn’t be this sexy, and it isn’t long before he becomes a part of her distraction.

However, escaping won’t solve her problems, and it’s up to Bia to break down the fences around her and prove her strength—not to her family and friends, but to herself … and for Garrett. Because standing on her own doesn’t have to mean standing alone.

** Companion novel of Breaking the Reins. Can be read out of order **


Breaking Fences is the second book in The Breaking Series by Juliana Haygert (however, it can be read as a stand-alone). This is a great New Adult contemporary romance that centers around Bia Fernandes. She is the younger sister of 3 famous polo players. She loves her family, but she feels like she is living in their shadow. She moves to Colorado to attend college, and hopefully make something of her life.

College in Colorado isn't everything that Bia hoped it would be. She's all alone in a world of catty college girls spreading rumors about her being a slut – because she is Brazilian. She is miserable, so on weekends she leaves campus to spend time at the nearest ranch. Luckily, she is a strong woman and tries best not to let all of the negativity at school get her down. She loves horses and riding, and she's not afraid of hard work. She ends up working at the ranch for free. She doesn't need the money and it's something that she loves.

She quickly meets Garrett, a sexy cowboy that works at the ranch. He is also the half-brother of the worst jerk at school who keeps trying to get her into his bed. Bia is very attracted to Garrett, but is worried that he will believe all the rumors. It's hard to tell what he is thinking in this book. Sometimes I like dual points-of-view, but in this case I'm glad that the book was solely from Bia's point of view. It made Garrett seem that much more mysterious.

There is a lot of chemistry and sexual tension between Bia and Garrett. It took a frustratingly long time for their romance to start. Once they got together, it was super steamy! These two characters were great and perfect for each other. I love the New Adult genre. It's the perfect mix of drama and passion. I will definitely read other books in this series. I really hope that there will be a book about Hillary and the rest of the brothers. There were some inconsistencies toward the end of this book, but I was given an advanced copy for a blog tour – so these issues may have been fixed for the final version. If you like the New Adult genre, and/or you are a fan of horses – then I definitely recommend this book (and series).

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