Series: Breaking #2
Publisher: Self Published on June 10, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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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.
Check out my review of Breaking the Reins (The Breaking Series #1)
I adored the companion novel, Breaking the Reins, which tells the story of this main character’s brother and girlfriend. So of course I wanted to read all about Leo’s sister!
Breaking Fences follows Bea, sister of famous polo players, as she leaves home in California to attend college in Colorado despite her father’s wishes. Here, Bea is eventually labeled with a bad reputation due to her nationality. However, she finds solace in the riding ranch half an hour away where the brooding Garrett works. Attraction builds but Bea is facing extreme bullying and Garrett has secrets of his own, one that could blow everything up.
I enjoyed this novel just as much as its companion, even though there weren’t any psychopaths in this one. This one was appealing in its own way. You have the main character facing a ton of crap at her new university where she is incapable of fitting in. You have the boy with burdensome secrets. It was a more emotional novel than Breaking the Reins and it was equally as entertaining.
“When she put it that way, I felt like there were fences—built by me and by everyone in my life—around me. Fences carefully placed to keep me safe or to drive me crazy. Family misunderstandings, insecurities, living alone, fake friendships, stereotypes, and lies—my fences.”
Bea was a lot different from Hannah. Bea was strong and determined and loud and bold, even though she started losing some of those traits while away at university. Regardless, I admired her character for not taking the crap outwardly and reacting; instead, she internalized it. But she wouldn’t let them see how they affected her which I adored. She was a character who was struggling to find herself but one who would not be oppressed or scared away. She was determined, stubborn, and loving (to the horses, of course).
“‘Hey,’ I called, taking a few steps closer. ‘Talk to me. I can see there is a storm inside you. Let it out.’ His half grin took over his lips, but it didn’t have its usual pull. This time, it was a sarcastic one. ‘Believe me. You don’t want to see my storm coming out.’ ‘I do.’”
Garrett had all types of problems of his own. He was solitary, brooding, and somewhat depressing. He dealt with a lot of stuff in his personal life that really made me sympathize with him. However, at times I disliked him because of the things he did. Regardless of that, he still wiggled his way into my good graces.
“‘Are you gonna make out with the horse?’ Garret asked, I turned my face to his voice. He was under the doorframe of the tack room. ‘He’s not my type.’ Garrett raised an eyebrow. ‘What type is your type?’ Boldness filled me. ‘I like tall guys, with strong arms, who usually wear cowboy boots and hats. Oh, my kind of guy also rocks dirty jeans and a sweaty T-shirt.’ The corner of his lips curled up, and he shook his head. ‘Too much bark, not too much bite.’ I let go of Midnight, turned around, and leaned against the horse stall, staring at him while Midnight poked my back with his muzzle. ‘Come closer and we’ll see about that.’”
Bea and Garrett couldn’t have been more different characters. They made each other stronger. The romance was slow-building….really really slow. However, it worked for them. They had a lot of stuff to deal with and Bea was labeled as a slut so it was realistic the way that their relationship progressed.
This novel, like Breaking the Reins, heavily emphasized horses. In this case, the main one was Midnight Dream, a horse that was basically being abused by its owner, Garrett’s half-sister. I liked seeing the relationship between Midnight Dream and Bea. Even though I liked Garrett’s character, I often found myself rooting for the horse instead!
Breaking Fences was a great companion novel to Breaking the Fences. Filled with secrets, bullies, and adorable horse, it was the perfect mix for a great read.