November 4, 2016

5* Review: BREAKING THROUGH by Juliana Haygert


Author: Juliana Haygert

Source: eARC from author for review


From the outside, Hilary Taylor has it all—beauty, money, a caring family, good friends—but inside she’s struggling, full of fears. Events from the past forever changed her, and though years of therapy have helped, she still has a long way to go…. No matter how much progress she’s made, Hil isn’t sure she’ll ever be able to trust men again. Especially one who sees her as nothing more than a pretty face. But Hil knows it's time to face her fears, and the best way to do that is to start small.

To Guilherme Fernandes life is about three things: polo, parties and pretty girls—only one of which he takes seriously. Gui is too focused on his polo career to waste time on relationships, however he can’t help but be intrigued by the beautiful yet troubled Hil. So when she decides she'd like to learn more about horses, Gui is happy to find himself in the right place at the right time. But what was supposed to be a one time thing, soon turns into a weekly date.

As Gui helps her discover a new found love for horses, Hil’s guard begins to crumble. The more support Gui offers, the more she wants to accept...and the more the lines of friendship blur. Despite knowing better, Hil can’t help it as Gui slowly breaks through the walls she’s built. Now she has to decide if she’ll stop him there, or if she’ll finally let her fear go and allow Gui to reach for her heart.

Companion novel of Breaking Free and Breaking Away. Can be read as a standalone. Genre: NA contemporary romance. Warning: strong language, sex scene, mentions of rape and domestic violence.

My take...

For the past 3 years, Hilary has done all she can to get by and come off as normal as possible to her friends and family. But inside her mind, she is still an emotional wreck, all thanks to what Eric did to her that one night. With a little help from a friend, Hilary slowly works her way through her fears. A whole list, in fact. But the more time they spend together, Hilary starts to fall for Gui. Will she be able to break through all her fears and be able to have a relationship, or will her fear overcome her and keep her hostage forever?

Such a wonderful, wonderful read. I absolutely loved it so!! The story was beautiful told, perfectly plotted, and the main characters are embedded in my heart. Love that a book can do that to a reader. I really took my time with this one once I started. Not for the fact that I couldn't get into it. But because I did so quickly and I could tell this one of those books that would stay with me long after I was done. So I wanted to enjoy the journey and only allowed myself to read a little bit at a time. Until last night; when it got so good I couldn't put down and read way past my bedtime. Which I am unfortunately paying for this morning.

I love Gui and Hilary so much. They had such a strong connection and intensity when they were together. You could tell he really cared about her right from the start. And seeing Hilary discover all these new feelings, all thanks to him, was amazing to see. Just beautiful!!

BREAKING THROUGH is a definite page turner and a charming romance all rolled into one incredible story. Yes, you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend reading book one first. With BREAKING FREE you will get a much needed back story to Hilary...and another gorgeous romance between Hannah and Leo. 5 Stars!!!

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