Blog Tour - Breaking Fences (The Breaking Series #2) by @Juliana_Haygert ~ Brianna's Review and Giveaway
*I received an early copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.*
When I finished “Breaking the Reins” last year, I was in love with Juliana’s style of contemporary romance. Upon finding out that she was continuing the series, I knew I had to read this one. This was especially true when I saw the synopsis for the story, and who it was about. Overall, I’m definitely glad I read this, and it was yet another winner for me.
The main character of this book was Bia, the little sister of Leo from book one. She was strong, a lover of horses, and stubborn. I liked the fact that she didn’t change for anyone, especially guys. Her compassion for horses was great to read about, and I loved seeing the story from her eyes. I felt bad for her, considering the obstacles she faced. However, I found it really admirable that Bia tried her best to do something for herself by going to the ranch, even when things weren’t going so well for her.
The side characters in this book were interesting. There was Tom, a helper on the ranch that Bia went to in this novel. He was an older man, but I really liked seeing his interactions with Bia. I felt like they had a nice relationship. I just wish that we would have found out what became of him at the end of the story. Then, there was Jonah, who was really creepy, and caused Bia a lot of problems. Finally, there was Garrett, Bia’s love interest and Jonah’s half-brother. I really liked him. He was a cowboy, and had a passion for horses like Bia did, and it was obvious that the two were good together as a couple. He did some not-so-good things in this book and I found his hot-and-cold act a bit annoying, but I liked him overall. It helped that he had a very sad and sympathetic backstory, of course.
The plot of this novel was all about Bia going off to school in Colorado, and getting more than she bargained for. There were lies, rumors, and awful sorority girls. In the midst of all that, she ended up finding Jonah and Garrett’s family ranch, where she spent lots of time with horses, and did work for free. I found that I really liked this story, despite how annoyed I sometimes got at the actions of Bia and Garrett. The pace wasn’t too slow, and I found it hard to put the book down for any reason.
Overall, this was a really good book. It had a strong-willed heroine whom I liked, and a good love interest with a fully-developed backstory. There were horses, lies, and college life. I definitely think that this was a good second book in the Breaking series, and I’d recommend it to any contemporary romance fan, and even more to contemporary New Adult fans.
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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