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.**
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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!
New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
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.