Coming June 2014
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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.**
About the Author
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.
When I first found out that there was going to be a another book in the world of Breaking the Reins, I was super excited. Then, when I discovered that it was all about Bia? I pounced on an opportunity to get my hands on a copy, ASAP! Bia was my favourite character in the previous book, and Haygert didn't disappoint me.
I think what I love most about Hayget's Breaking series, is that they are a contemporary romance novel with substance. It's not just about the possible relationship between Bia and Garrett. I mean, sure, it has that element - it would be a bit dry without it - but there is a balance between that and the personal struggles and growth the characters make as they are learning to pave their own way in the world as adults. From rumour mills to family disagreements to sexual assault to the strange behaviours of the the male species, Bia jumps the trivial and not so trivial hurdles thrown in her way. I found the writing so engaging, with the time flying, by along with the pages, and I felt very much like I was right there alongside Bia at each leg of the race.
I really felt like I learnt a lot from this book about both Brazilian culture and horses. To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of horses (I had one stand on my foot and break a couple of toes when I was a kid), but seeing them from Bia's and Garrett's point of view, it was easy see them as the same beautiful creatures she does. Then there is Brazil thing. What I found most interesting is that the university scene in Brazil seems to be very similar to how things are here in Australia, which I found wicked cool. Without a doubt, reading Breaking Fences was a learning experience for me as well as an fun way to pass the hours.
The one thing that left me a little bummed after finishing Breaking Fences, was that I really wanted to see a scene where Garrett meets Bia's brothers. I mean, that's something I would pay money to see, and without a doubt would be highly entertaining for the outside observer, and extremely uncomfortable for Garrett. :)
Haygert delivers a highly entertaining story in Breaking Fences, with highs and lows that keep you enthralled to the last page.
3 out of 5