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Posted August 12, 2014
Breaking Fences is the second book in the Breaking Series by Juliana Haygert. This series can be read out of order. Each book stands alone just fine. This book is told from Bia's point of view, but don't worry we get to see Hannah and Leo too.
The moments when she was at the ranch were my favorite. I enjoyed being around the horses vicariously through her. When Garret was with her at the ranch, those moments were that much better.
I loved this story. Give me horses and a love story any day and I'm in literary heaven! Thank you Juliana!
The ARC of Breaking Fences by Juliana Haygert was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Posted July 5, 2014
Having followed her family in leaving Brazil, Bia is now determined to get out from in the shadow of her famous brothers and father and begin her own life. She wants the full, American, college experience, and living in a dorm hours away from her family seems to be a good start. But her positive outlook is crushed when she becomes the target of bullies, and before long, her only escape is a nearby ranch with horses. But she can’t escape Jonah and Garrett, two half-brothers who have a little secret from which no good can come.
But... There were places in the story where the English was just… Well, it didn’t sound like Americans talking. It wasn’t bad grammar or anything; it was just strange word choices that made the very American characters sound like perhaps English wasn’t their first language. It was odd.
And like the previous book, Breaking the Reins, there were issues with the horse aspect of the story. For instance, anyone who’s ever owned or taken regular care of a horse knows that if its nose is wet and cold, there’s a problem. But apparently this was normal for perfectly healthy horses in the story? My horses’ noses were always warm and softer than velvet. Well, except for when the Arabian got sick, which he liked to do around 3 in the morning on a school night. Anyhow, that wasn’t the only thing the book got wrong when it came to horses, but it was the most obvious. Well researched or not, these mistakes were pretty distracting.
The Verdict: The major conflict of the story was that Bia was different, foreign and unable to fully integrate into American college society, and while I’m sure that’s not uncommon, the level of bullying was a bit hard to stomach and not entirely believable. That may just be that my experiences are so different than what was portrayed in the book, but I wasn’t entirely sold that an entire campus would believe someone’s a slut simply because some catty girls and frat boys make ignorant assumptions about ethnicity. Then again, my college was so ginormous that you were lucky if you knew 10% of your own graduating class. And I’m also in a state where our worst assumption about Bia might have been that she was Mexican (like most of our population) instead of Brazilian — we seem to think everyone with a decent tan speaks Spanish. So maybe I’m not the best judge of all that. But back to the story…
Bia was a lot of fun, a strong character who, despite the bullying, was quick with words & determined to shoulder the burden. What really warmed me to her was her relationship with the horses. Truth be told, I’m more likely to get along with someone who prefers animals to people, so her little escape was right up my alley. And that part about Midnight? Absolutely perfect.
Then there was Garrett, who was all kinds of hot. Bia tried to keep him at arm’s length, but that was one hot cowboy. I was disappointed in him, though, for his role in things. He may have been a good guy who made a stupid mistake, but he should have come clean about it a lot sooner than he did. Knowing what Bia was going through with all the rumors and social nightmare, his keeping things a secret was all the more upsetting.
All in all, though, it was still a good book, fraught with drama and angst as the characters navigated through a bumpy college romance. Bia and Garrett are so different from each other that they’re perfect for each other, and watching them figure out themselves and their relationship was nothing if
Posted July 3, 2014
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).
Posted July 2, 2014
Within the first few minutes of starting ‘Breaking Fences’ I felt the tension just run out of my shoulders and I felt such relief I could have started celebrating. Finally, a new adult book where college isn’t depicted as the best time of someone’s life. I loved the different take that Juliana Haygert used when it came to Bia’s college life, the struggles she faced, the problems with friends, the need to escape, the feeling of being misunderstood and judged because of being different. This was a story about a girl at college that I could really relate to. My own University experience was in some ways the worst three years of my life, so having a heroine, a nice girl who is passionate, kind and dedicated, who didn’t just fly through University was just so refreshing to read, and helped make this one of the top books I’ve read this year.
I loved Bia’s character, and I feel there are many girls out there who will relate to her and her struggles. I loved that whilst she came from money, it didn’t change her, or make her treat anybody as though they were inferior. The chapters where we see Bia with the horses at the ranch was written so fluidly and was described in such a beautiful way that I felt as though I was there too, and had found my own sanctuary to hide away in when things to too tough in the real world. It is the sign of a really talented author to make a reader feel this, and I commend Juliana Haygert for a job beautifully done.
Now moving on to Garrett. *sigh* Garrett was my kind of man. I loved the slight rugged broodiness he exhibited, and the dedication he showed to the horses at the ranch, and also to a family who didn’t deserve the devotion he bestowed upon them. I loved the mystery behind Garrett and where he came from, as well as the reasons why he drew Bia in only to distance himself again quickly. The author created a stunning character, whose development was timed perfectly, and when his secret is revealed at the end, his demeanour throughout the whole novel is explained and you both want to forgive him immediately, and also slap him around the head as a member of Team Bia.
There are a lot of messages linked nicely throughout this story, with the meaningful relationship that a human can create with an animal if they treat it in a way that it deserves, as well as the cruelty of prejudice, and how it can ruin somebody’s life as there is no way to defend themselves.
Juliana Haygert has created a beautiful story which both broke my heart and warmed it as we see the good nature of some people cancel out the cruelty in others.
5 Stars and a definite recommended read.
Posted June 30, 2014
Bia just wants a life for herself, something that separates her from her polo playing brothers. Her love of horses takes her to Colorado for college, where she meets Garrett. Despite the rumors flying around campus, Garrett finds that Bia is nothing like who her rivals say she is. He doesn’t come from the best of backgrounds, but he tried to be the best he can for her and show her how much he believes in her.
It’s tough going for these two. From the beginning, school is a challenge for Bia. Not academically, just socially. People who claim to be her friends turn out to be backstabbing, rumor spreading, petty little girls who don’t like the order of things on campus being disrupted by a foreigner. Garrett struggles with circumstances not of his making along with actions made at the beginning that could come back to haunt him in the end. The decision to become involved with each other didn’t happen overnight. It evolved, and it was nice to watch them come to terms with their feelings before falling into bed together.
Ms. Haygert does a wonderful job of bringing together two people who are so different yet so alike, who are willing to discover what it means to be their own person, to live their own life, to give everything they do their very best. Bia and Garrett aren’t just party-going, bed hopping college students. They’re looking for something–a place to call home, a life to call their own–and find it in each other. Their individual dreams of what they perceived to be as the road to their own happiness converged into a reality that was very different, but very perfect for them.
***Received from Xpresso Book Tours for an honest review***
Posted June 23, 2014
Needing some space from her oh so popular Polo playing brothers and cousin, Bia thinks it is time to finally leave the nest and find her own way in the world. So she sets off to Colorado in hopes to make her dreams of becoming a vet come true. Bia likes to believe there is good in everyone. But those thoughts are quickly smashed when she sees how ugly some people can truly be. Her life is quickly turned upside down in college and she is made out to be someone she isn't. Finding a ranch with horses is her only escape. But it is who she finds there that becomes another escape all together.
Absolutely loved this story. Not as much as book one, BREAKING THE REINS, but almost just as much. While there was a few repetitive phrases throughout the book that sort of bugged me some, it still didn't take away from the story itself. I loved it actually and had this want to read book one all over again. Loved being reminded of why I fell in love with this series in the first place.
I hurt with Bia as she endured the hell her classmates bestowed upon her. The women were so catty and mean, and the guys were absolute jerks. So yeah, I can see why the feisty Bia we all knew from before went into hiding through most of this one. I would have done the same, if not left long before.
I loved the flow of the book and the romance that was sneaking up on us from the start. It came at the perfect time and I was loving it! And already I am wanting more. I really hope that Haygert has plans for a book about Hillary. I hate to think that we end this with her still broken and alone.
5 Wonderful Stars!