Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Review of Breaking Reins by Juliana Haygert

Synopsis: "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.

**New Adult Contemporary Romance Novel**
**Contains scene of domestic violence**"

My Review: There were so many elements to this story that I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what would happen next. I rather enjoyed the characters, especially Leo and Argus (I know he is a horse but he still plays a big role and has his own unique personality). Though at times I did find Hannah to be a little immature and other times she seemed right on target. It was very interesting to watch the development of all the different relationships, Hannah & Eric, Hannah & Leo, Hannah & Argus, Hannah and her family. When you start the book, it feels like there was a previous novel you missed out on, but as the story progressed some of those holes are filled in with backstory. I also enjoyed that at the end of the story there is a short blip from the author about how this book came to be and where the ideas came from, there is also a Portuguese-English translation for those phrases and words that pop up. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.

Note: this book is a new adult book and has some very adult themes and scenes.
My Rating: I really enjoyed reading this book, it was a little longer than some I have been reading lately but so powerful. I see that she has more planned in this series and I think I will continue to follow it.  I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.


  1. Sounds intriguing. Something that would be hard to put down.

    1. It was very hard to put down, you would probably enjoy it.

  2. I agree with Jenny, it does sound intriguing. I'll keep my eye out!

    1. Can you loan kindle books? Maybe you can borrow it, but I don't know if it is like Nook and you can lend.