Thursday, 12 September 2013

BLOG TOUR - Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert (Review & Giveaway)

Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert 
Publication date: August 14th 2013 
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.

After a fire takes her grandma’s life and kills her horse, Hannah’s immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can’t turn away even though she’s not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.

Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.

But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.




I really wanted to read this book after seeing the cover and reading the blurb. The thing that really caught my attention was the mention of horses. I have always loved horses. I loved learning about ranch life and I especially loved Argus. I nearly cried for that poor horse. I am a huge animal lover so I wanted to kill the people that mistreated him. I loved the whole aspect of Hannah teaching him how to trust people again.
The book starts off a bit slow but things begin to pick up around half way in. When Eric first hit Hannah I would have expected her to get out of there straight away. But instead she made excuses for him and stayed with him. This really annoyed me. There is no excuse for hitting the person you love. If a boyfriend ever hit me I would be gone in a flash. I wanted to scream at Hannah to get out of there, to tell someone what was happening. She was just so naive.

Leo I liked. I thought he was a great love interest and I felt so bad for him that Hannah couldn't see what a great guy he was and leave that bastard Eric behind. He was a total cowboy, wearing the boots and hat. I totally swooned. Who doesn't love a hot cowboy ;)
The ending annoyed me too. I felt Hannah acted very blaze about the whole ordeal. She didn't seem to be affected at all by it which dumbfounded me. If I went through what she went through I wouldn't be all hunky dory the next day. 

Overall it was a good story with a good premise. An emotional read and a book that I know horse lovers will love.

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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1 comment :

  1. Yes, I do enjoy books about horses. My favorite is still The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans


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