I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Breaking Fences by Juliana Haygert
Series: The Breaking Series
on June 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: NA contemporary romance
Warning: strong language, bullying, sex scenes
Word Count: 95,000
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 **
This started out really strong. I did not read the first book but I never felt like I was missing anything. And actually, now I want to go back and see if I am missing anything!
Bia is a really strong girl. I just loved this character. But there are also some things that I just didn’t get. I do understand that people are racists everywhere but the whole college scene was a bit too much for me. It just didn’t seem to make sense. But it did show how strong and how formidable a gal Bia really is. Heck, just up and leaving for college by herself shows how courageous she is but having to deal with the daily bs of college life definitely won her some heroine points in my book.
Garrett is also interesting, although, he confused me a little as well. The whole bet thing started off with him in my bad graces but soon I started to like him. I do not even know how that started but I found myself wanting their relationship to grow.
All in all it was a really good read but I think I would have enjoyed more if I read book one first. This is a stand alone and I completely understood everything that happened, including the twist at the end, but I just like starting at the beginning of things. I guess that is my OCD talking.
In short: this was a fun read, minus the college stuff. I mean really, how hateful can people be?! I enjoyed the times when Bia was with the horses, her true personality shined.
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.