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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I can totally relate to Bia's character which, I think, made this book so enjoyable for me. In the quest to stretch her legs in a world away from her family and all she's ever known, she learns that the world is not necessarily a nice place. I totally agree with her. It's not as cracked up as they make growing up to be. People are cruel and for no good reason. Anyways, it took a bit for Garrett and Bia's relationship to really get serious but I liked that about it as I'm not a huge fan of insta-love situations. I was a fan of the fact that Bia wasn't a pushover. I hate it when female characters have no backbone. Aside from that, have I ever mentioned that I have a soft spot for cowboys!!? Hah. Garrett was an instant hit in my books. The book was a good one--easy to want to read in one sitting. It worked well as a standalone, though, I did put the companion novel on my TBR list straight away!
About the Author
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.
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