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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.
Breaking Fences is the story of Bia, who has broken out from under the wings of her father and her family and gone off to college in Colorado. Her family, originally from Brazil, is in California while she is off starting this new adventure all on her own.
This poor girl.
Ugh. I hate mean girls. I really do.
I also hate stereotypes.
Bia has to deal with being stereotyped by mean girls, and personally, I think she is incredibly strong. I don’t know if I could have stayed, at her age, in that place in my life, I probably would have ran back to my family. Bia runs to riding horses. It is what she knows and loves.
She already knows Garrett a bit from interactions around the college and he is at the ranch that she rides at.
I adored Bia, I loved Garrett, and I had so much hope for them. Honestly, there are not a lot of likable characters in this book and a whole lot of dislikable ones (it is supposed to be that way). In Colorado Bia’s circle of people she can trust and is comfortable with is made up of Tom, Pheobe, and hopefully Garrett.
I loved Garrett too, until the very end when he was tarnished a bit for me. I get why he did what he did in the beginning, but it kind of spoke of his character a bit too, that bothered me. I still like him as a character and as a human, everyone makes mistakes, but when this one moment came out, it just kind of dulled his shine a bit for me.
I have to add that I loved the horses as characters. It wasn’t described just as I saddled up a horse and took it for a ride. The two main horses had their own personalities that shone through throughout the book. I adored that. They added a lot to the story.
All in all though, it was a very sweet read. Perfect for reading on a summer day at the beach, if it would ever stop raining around here.
Thank you so much for my copy of Breaking Fences! I enjoyed it!
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.
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