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Breaking the Reins (Breaking #1)

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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 focus
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Published August 14th 2013 by Createspace
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May 06, 2014 Juliana marked it as mine  ·  (Review from the author)


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Priya Kanaparti
Jul 12, 2013 Priya Kanaparti rated it it was amazing
AHHH! GUYS, I got the first chance to read this book AND OMG GOD! LEO HOT, ERIC - CAN I KILL HIM NOW? AND ARGUS - my heart is soo in love and ARGUS is a horse!!!

This story is warm and heart wrenching. It's about trust, betrayal and domestic violence that plagues our society. I encoruge you guys to get a copy of this book when it comes out. It'll have you teary, SWOONY, and wanting to punch ERIC in the FACE.

Juliana, you my dear did an awesome job with this book! Do we get to see stories from the
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Sep 02, 2013 Haley ~ YA-Aholic rated it it was amazing
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Well...I actually have no idea how to start off this review. I have been sitting here thinking and thinking and NOTHING I say is really expressing how much I enjoyed this book. Just know that I absolutely, 100% fell in love with Breaking the Reins.

Breaking the Reins is hands down, the best New Adult novel I have read so far (and I have read a good number of them). This book had me completely enraptured in the sto
Ashley Williams
Aug 24, 2013 Ashley Williams rated it it was amazing
This was a great read, one that totally enveloped me until the last word. Here are five reasons why I liked this book:

1. It was a total surprise. When I read the synopsis, I was pretty hesitant.. I don't like reading about spoiled rich girls, and then add horses, abuse, and Polo on the top of that, I was just unsure. But after the first chapter, I knew my preconceived notions about this was wrong. The story isn't just a romance, it's a story about healing, finding strength, and surviving.

2. Han
Nemo (Young Adult At Heart)
After Hannah’s grandmother and beloved horse died in a fire that wiped out the barn, she inherits the ranch and manages it whilst attending college and keeping up appearances with the rich polo crowd her boyfriend Eric is involved in. Then Argus appears – battered and tortured, he’s in need of a whisperer to help him recover, and Hannah doesn’t think she’s up to the job – until she meets Leo, Eric’s polo rival, Brazilian, and magic with horses. Hannah finds herself attracted to Leo, but Eric nee ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Marlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars aren't enough. This book has everything: romance, suspense, abuse, family issues, grief, craziness. The way the love between Hanna and Leo grows up is so beautiful, so slowly and deeply... Take my breath away everytime he calls her morena
I almost cry in the last chapters, but definitively I yell out loud many times
I need read this book a couple times more... with the full playlist please

Oh lo siento, mis pensamientos corren en español.

Realmente este libro es tan espectacular que piens
Jun 26, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
First Impressions: Wow, just like the saying goes; I didn’t know what to expect, but I didn’t expect this!

Hannah is strong and independent. She has only had one boyfriend and only one person has ever kissed her- Eric. But she was young, much younger to him. Two years later, he is still trying to get her to marry him and sell her grandmother’s ranch. Hannah feels she is still too young to get married and doesn’t want to sell her grandmother’s ranch, her home.

Eric is determined and ruthless. It t
*I received a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.
*Full review can be found here:

I think this is my favorite Juliana Haygert book so far. :) The chemistry between the two main characters was sizzling, the abuse and trauma aspects well-done, and the journey of healing and strength will leave you with a warm feeling by the end of the novel.

Actual rating: 4.5 stars!

I was a little wary going into this novel, mostly because it had dom
Paula  Phillips
Aug 22, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing

Growing up , I used to love reading the books where horses featured from The Saddle Club to Pony Pals . So when I saw that Juliana Haygert had written a new adult novel with horses included, I just had to read it and readers I was in for a roller coaster of a read. Breaking the reins starts with a tragedy and then flips to Eight months later where the main story begins and Hannah is now living and running her Grandmother's ranch with the help of Jimmy - a stable hand. When trying to fix a broke
Aug 17, 2013 Meredith rated it really liked it
Horses, Hot Brazilians, and Horrifying Secrets

The story seems simple, a young girl wanting to break free from her wealthy family to find her own place in the world. But it’s so much more than that. Hannah has many stories to share. On the surface she seems so put together and determined, but the truth is she’s broken. I honestly don’t know who I rooted for more in this book, Hannah or the battered horse, Argus. My heart broke for Hannah. She’s strong and independents, yet trapped in an existence
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I started it. I had tried Haygert's DESTINY'S GIFT and realized it just wasn't for me. And I have read her short story, HER HEART’S SECRET WISH, and adored it. So I knew, even though one book didn’t, click this one would. I was so right. BREAKING THE REINS is a whole other genre and I think that helped. Maybe I am getting burnt out on paranormal/fantasy reads. And I will tell you this...this book hit the spot! I really enjoyed this Contemporary Ro ...more
Jennifer Seay
Aug 15, 2013 Jennifer Seay rated it it was amazing
***I received and ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***

This book was wonderful! I really enjoyed the story and it pulled me in from the beginning. Hannah and Leo's story was amazing. I have to say, Juliana did a great job describing the emotions and feelings behind some domestic violence situations. This book was not easy to read in these scenes and those who have been victims such assaults may have difficulty reading these parts, but Hannah was strong and overcame her demons! Wha
Nicole Johnson
Aug 15, 2013 Nicole Johnson rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free for an honest review...

From the very moment I started this book I had a good feeling. The vibe I got from the first few pages. Had me waiting for the book to unwind.

Hannah had the good life money family and the the Perfect boyfriend Eric
But Eric had a whole secret life filled with more secrets than you could imagine.

Along came Leo !!! Hot Leo ! Killer smoke killer abs. And a perfect gentleman!! What more could you ask for.

Anywho this book had the perfect balanc
Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
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“He was broken. I was broken. But perhaps we only needed to give in to each other to be saved.”

Breaking the Reins follows Hannah Taylor as she takes over her Grandmother’s ranch following an accident that took both the life of her grandmother and the life of her horse. Hannah is dealing with her boyfriend, Eric, who is becoming more and more paranoid and jealous, especially after Leo, a Brazilian polo player, shows up and steals his title as number one polo player. But Leo is
May 16, 2014 Nahomi rated it really liked it
Original posted @ Books and Swoons

I took a chance when I picked this book. I don't normally like to read these kinds of stories, but I am so glad I did! This book completely took me by surprise, in a good way! Breaking the Reins is a story that deals with a lot of very interesting and real issues such as: self-esteem, depression, domestic abuse, and substance abuse.

Breaking the Reins is fast paced and full of mystery. Beginning with the mysterious fire that killed Hannah’s grandmother and hors
Jun 26, 2014 Jasmine rated it really liked it
***I received a free copy for an honest review***

As I sit hear thinking about what to say about this book, my mind keeps replaying the book over and over in head. It was that GOOD! I got so caught up with Hannah's life...all the good and all the bad. The summary already says a lot of what to expect in this story, but I don't think it prepared me for what was gut wrenching and heartbreaking story of one girl's life turned upside down with all that has happened in her past and present. Yes, it did
Jul 04, 2014 Hilda rated it it was amazing
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 "disturb
Ashley Ehlers
Aug 20, 2014 Ashley Ehlers rated it it was amazing

Was originally posted on paranormal Sisters:

I've be grudging to do this review for so long because there's so much amazingness in just 382 pages and I don't want to spoil any of it! Yet I don't know how to express my feelings for it or didn't know if I could do it justice and help paint a picture for you by just saying "Oh my god! Oh my god! You must read this freaking fantastic book!" haha. So here I am writing it and I'm doing a pretty good job at it. S

Hannah Taylor has always been around horses. She's the heiress to an equestrian empire. Her grandma is a modest woman, she has a beautiful ranch when Hannah has grew up and rode her horse Hercules. In the last two years, Hannah's life has been focused in Eric Bennet, a charming but possessive man, best polo player, and business partner of Hannah's father. They seem the perfect couple, good looking, cute, rich... but things aren't always what they seem.

Leonardo Fernandes is a Brazilian polo playe
May 07, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Hannah's life revolves around horses, her grandmother's ranch and Eric. She is trying to please everyone else, rather than listen to her heart and do what she wants: what her grandmother did - run the ranch and rescue horses.

Hannah and Eric's relationship is "perfect" from the outside, but on the inside Eric tries to over power Hannah in every aspect of her life - school, the ranch, her future, even what she eats and drinks!

Leonardo seems like he is TOO perfect, so I had a feeling there was mo
Pauline Ang
Jan 05, 2016 Pauline Ang rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-ebook
Originally posted at Fathomless Reveries

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and author for providing an eBook copy of this novel. This in no way affected my views of the novel.

Breaking the Reins is a whole lot different from Haygert’s other novel, Playing Pretend. This wasn’t a light read, in fact, it was very heavy with all those domestic violence involved. However, this gave more power to the story, especially between Hannah’s family and the love triangle of Eric/Hannah/Leo. Although I haven’t rea
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 tur
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The story:
At a glance, Hannah has the 'perfect' life, wealthy family, popular and handsome polo player boyfriend, and soon to take over her father's business. But after loosing her Grandmother and beloved horse in a mysteries fire, she's devastated. But after inheriting her grandmother's horse ranch, Hannah starts to see a different future for herself. Her Grandmother was somewhat of a 'horse whisperer' and saved mistreated horses, and many believe that
Sep 03, 2013 Krista rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
If I had to use one word to describe Breaking the Reins, it would be intense. All the relationships in this book are very heavy on the emotion, and Juliana Haygert haz the skillz, because I was feeling it ALL.

Hannah is one lonely girl. After a fire kills her grandma and her horse, she is left with her grandma's ranch to run by herself. She's not close with her parents or her sister, and she doesn't really have any close girlfriends. She does, however, have Eric, her boyfriend, but even he has s
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
"Let me try to be clearer. You are mine. Period. You can't escape me. Each time you turn and try to run, will be only that. A try. Because I'll catch you and I'll make you regret ever trying to run from me."

Looking at the cover for Breaking The Reins you would be forgiven for thinking that you were going to get a nice sweet story that involves a girl with a love of horses. And to some extent, you do get that. But this story completely blindsided me with it's depth. I was so thoroughly unprep
Aug 29, 2013 Lena rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
I always enjoy a book with a horse ranch/ farm theme, because I loved horseback riding when I was little, and part of me still wants to do it. So that was one of major reasons why I wanted to read this book. The other part was the tough issue/ topic of a abusive relationship. There are books out there that have abusive relationships in it... but I liked this book because it shows you the progression of a abusive relationship. Hannah, though a strong, independent character, still became a victim ...more
S.J. Pajonas
Nov 11, 2013 S.J. Pajonas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, new-adult
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. First off, if you get freaked out by domestic violence, this book won't be for you. But with that caveat, I super enjoyed this. I know NOTHING about horses except they are large animals with four legs and people ride them. I think I've ridden a horse once or twice in my life (Girl Scout days) but that's it. And I know even less about polo! But I didn't feel like either of these things hampered my ability to get into this story and love it.

Hannah was
Mar 07, 2014 Jessirae rated it really liked it
Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert is what I call one outstanding and well thought New Adult novel!

I’m going to start with Hannah. She wanted a simple life. She wanted to attend college and keep her grandmother’s ranch. She wasn’t into the money and fancy things that was part of her life. I liked Hannah for simply being Hannah. She wanted to do what she wanted to do and she didn’t let her father, mother, boyfriend, or anybody else tell her what she should or shouldn’t do. She was noble, wanti
Hannah (In The Best Worlds)
I made the mistake of starting this book on my way to go hang out with people. So I had a good hour of reading on the train and then I had to be social. Which was hard to do when all I could think about were Hannah (yes! an MC named Hannah. LOVE that), Leo and Argus. I haven't really read books that prominently feature horses since I was about 14. But, when Juliana wrote Breaking the Reins of course I was so excited. Because of course this isn't just another book about horses. Breaking the Reins ...more
Naj (Unputdownable Books)
Aug 24, 2013 Naj (Unputdownable Books) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
New Adult or NA, the newest genre to make it’s way in the market and is currently the hottest thing in the Indie sector of publishing and book blogging. I haven’t read many of NA books yet and this book marks the 3rd book I’ve read in the genre.

I’ve learned to not expect much from books since I always gave bad reviews to the books I expected way too much from. So, I read this book with zero expectations and I have to say. I loved it!
The beginning was a bit hard for me to get into, the writing
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