Today I’m doing a review of Breaking Fences by Juliana Haygert! Truthfully, I really loved this book! So be sure to read through the entire swoony review and then check out the giveaway at the end of this post :). Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you.
It took me a whole day before I could calm down enough to write this review. Here’s the thing, I’ve read all of Juliana’s work–published or otherwise. Some I’ve really enjoyed, others not quite as much.
THIS book easily falls into one of my all time fav’s stories. Bia and Garrett are the next IT couple in NA contemporary romance. The way Juliana articulated and messed the aspect of college with the concept of horses was simply brilliant.
I won’t bore you with too many details of the book, since you can read the excerpt to get the gist of it, so let me point out what I LOVE and didn’t.
BIA and GARRETT: They are both strong characters and the character development in this book is amazing! Both Bia and Garrett grow so much from the beginning to the ending, especially Bia who goes against her father’s wishes and moves out of her house.
BIA’s Character: It takes a strong willed person to stand up to bullies. Period. But to face them with the integrity the way BIA does is absolutely amazing. I’d have slipped a curse here or there or punched her nemesis in the face a time or two. What’s different is that, Bia isn’t bullied by just the stuck up most-popular girl on campus. She’s harassed by nearly EVERYONE she encounters–both guys and girls. It’s bullying to another level–especially when her integrity is challenged on a day-to-day basis.
Horses: I think I fell in love with Midnight. Almost as much as Argus. Nuf said.
Bia & Garrett:You know how I said I loved Bia and Garrett above? Well there’s an aspect of their relationship that I absolutely wanted to kick between the legs. It was the way Bia continued to forgive Garrett. Good thing is the forgiving piece doesn’t come until the last 90%ish of the book, so I wasn’t too ticked off. However, it was enough of a bother that I did doc a whole .25 star for this book.
Apart from her character, I definitely thought, Juliana could have really had Garrett grovel for forgiveness… made him suffer for his choices. The Garrett we come to know and love toward the end, wasn’t enough for me to forgive him so easily. I wish that Juliana had prolonged on how they got back together.
Rating: Overall, this book was so easy to read and I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. I’m giving it a 4.75-stars
About the Book:
Breaking Fences by Juliana Haygert
(The Breaking Series)
Publication date: June 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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.