July 12, 2014

Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert

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 absolutely loved Breaking the Reins. Maybe because I'm a huge fan of cowboys and horses in general and this book is quite centered on those themes. Polo players, ranches, the horse life. Add some intense emotions and off the walls chemistry with a foreign cowboy and, well, PERFECT. The chemistry between Leo and Hannah is undeniable (yep, even Hannah can't deny it, though she tries...) and it's hard not to really root for them to to work out when Eric is such a jackass.

There's a bit of "disturbing" content so if you're more of a light-hearted-romance type, this book isn't for you. It does contain some more graphic scenes of violence and abusive behaviour. It's a bit hard to stomach that someone could do that to another human being but it really brings to light that these types of people do exist in our world and they truly can be anyone--even the nice, charming, good-looking guy. Creepy. 

I read these books out of order (I read Breaking Fences first) but it wasn't a big issue. I actually ended up liking Hannah and Leo's story more than Bia and Garrett's. That being said...I'm totally loving this series so far and I hope Juliana continues on with it--there are more brothers, afterall!!

Breaking the Reins is now available:

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