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Breaking Her Defenses

(Thirty-Something in the City: The Coopers #1)

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4.73  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Johannesburg… City of Gold. City of Love?

Adam Cooper can’t do relationships, and has two failed engagements to prove it. His work as a lawyer, a shark in the courtroom, brings out a side of him that women don’t like or understand.
With his last breakup, he was left so disillusioned he not only swore off relationships but even took an extended break from the work he loves.
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Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 245 pages
Published March 21st 2019
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Rowena
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am always in awe when I discover a new author with a debut book that amazes me. This newest release is no different and a definite must read for anyone who love to read a really great romance story. Well written, characters are fantastic and a relatable story are just a few reason that I highly recommend this read. I need the rest of the family story and hope the author writes their story.
Fiction lover Tasha
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like a romance where one or both of the lead characters have a painful past. Because... well, love heals all.
Breaking Her Defences scores on both. Adam Cooper is a good guy who wanted a relationship, he's been engaged twice and has been hurt twice. Whats worse, both girlfriends made him feel it was his fault, so he's lost faith in himself as a potential husband. A really shame because he comes from a large loving family, the kind who are always in an out of one-another's houses, in and out of
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Pat
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so worth the read with the great character and storyline development that kept me totally captivated as I turned each and every page! This was the first book that I have read from this author and it definitely will not be the last!
Teri
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After seeing her family crumble in the worst of ways she endured the system until she was able to find her brother. Now the hard part begins. Moving and starting a new life she had no idea what the change would mean, for her it was a means to an end. He was gun shy after a couple of failed attempts at marriage but she called to everything in him. Lies of omission and an unwillingness to have a white night take care of everything causes unexpected results. Finding a place that's home, new friends ...more
K.C. Freeman
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet romance with authentic characters who prove that romance isn't all clouds of happiness and rainbows, but opening yourself up to the possibility of love without letting go of who you really are. Loved the story, the characters, and can't wait to read the remaining books in the series.
Coco.V
Jul 19, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Isabelle D'A
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Breaking Her Defenses by Bailie Hantman is a gripping and beautiful love story. It's full of unconditional love based on a dark past, one that has broken their hearts but that only themselves can mend, and subsequently heal each other.

Breaking Her Defenses is Adam and Holly's journey through life, love but most importantly to each other. You will particularly like how strong they evolved to be and how they remained true to each other. So many factors could have ruined their relationship but they
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Carla
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carla's Five Star Review

Adam Cooper is married to his job, and he has two failed engagements to prove it. His last break up has left him reeling both personally and professionally. He has all but given up on finding love until Holly Monroe unexpectedly shows up in his life.

Holly's life has been far from easy. She lost her parents at a young age, and she has always ached to have a loving family. Now, for the very first time, she has some hope that her dream might actually come true. However, her
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Jordan Leger
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First i need to say that, I for one, hope to be reading more of this family. This was really great reading.

Holly needed a change in her career and made a choice to move. She came across a room for rent through her real estate agent, or flat as the author says it, which I liked. Within the first few seconds of getting to her new place, she meets Adam. And from what we all will gather, he is already smitten with Holly.

There is more to this story of course, but you won't find much of a spoiler al
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Wendy Livingstone
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For a debut novel this author has blown me away, and she is certainly an author to look out for in the future! Adam is a dedicated career man after two failed engagements he is convinced that he does not want another relationship. Holly has had a tough life and moves to a new town to follow her dreams. No spoilers; this is a definite must read, you will not be disappointed. This is a beautifully written story which is filled with secrets, drama, and love, which all had me totally captivated thro ...more
Sophie Ruthven
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot believe this is a debut author. Seriously I'm in shock.
This was the kind of book I expected from someone with more than a few books under their belt.
It is full of drama and secrets, plus love the fact it talks about the struggles SA is currently going through with load shredding.
Cannot wait to read more from this author as many of the characters hinted at back stories, and as I fell in love with every one in the tight nit bunch, I can't wait to learn them all.
Bravo Bailee Hantam, you're
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Tracy Reads
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!
It was light-hearted but emotional and very good
The storyline kept me interested in the book from start to end and I already want more!
I cannot wait to dive into the others, Holly is going through a rough time but you know shes not a whiny girl she's just pulling up her big girl panties and getting on with it, Hopeless romantics you're going to love this one, great book, well worth the read.
Reva Coomer
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm really impressed with this book and author. Congratulations on making me fall in love with the Cooper family. Fantastic characters and great story line. Holly was very likable and a good for Adam. The writing style is a little different than I'm used to, but still a fantastic read. Can't wait to hear more from this family!
JennSanta5
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great first book by a new author. Adam & Holly are a beautiful couple that I can say I was truly rooting for. I fell in love with the Cooper family and really hope to see more of them. ...more
Brandy Freeman
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I have read by this author, but it won't be my last!

This book drew me in from the start!
Andrea Morgan -Bookaholic Sisters blog
Brilliant start to a series thats just going to get better and better !!!

Ok so i really didnt know what to expect from this authors debut book ,i loved the sound of the story from the blurb and hoped it lived up to my expectations,but what you get it soooo much more.

I absolutely adore adam and holly's story i was hooked from the first page, adam has been deeply hurt in the past making him believe he never wants to fall in love ever again and holly is running from her past ready to start a new li
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Natalie
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a debut novel this is!! I was hooked from the first page and literally finished this in a day.

The chemistry between the characters Adam and Hilly is fanrasic and you can actually feel the pain that Holly is in. 

It has everything. Romance, suspense some angst and a happy ending.

I highly recommend this book
Marnie
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
📚 Small town romance, big heart 📚

I love small town and family romance series, and author Bailie Hantam did a great job with her debut book that starts off her 30 Something series.

The Cooper Brothers have always had each other’s backs and are close to their mother, especially since their father bailed when they were younger leaving Judy and the boys to juggle jobs and responsibilities that shouldn’t have yet been theirs to shoulder. Not only that, he’d left behind secrets that could potentially s
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Char Davis
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is an emotional rollercoaster ride to healing and love.Holly Monroe has always only had herself to depend on.When she moves to a small town to try and get her brother in her care.He's living in an orphanage.She knows what it's like having lived in an orphanage until she turned eighteen.Then she went to school to learn so she could support herself.She feels guilty not trying to get him sooner.Mrs.Connor her new landlord and her son's and their friends make Holly feel less alone for the ...more
Ashleigh Christou
“You should read this book!” So I thought I’d give it a go and I read it in one sitting! I loved it! I liked the fast pace and the secret back stories of the characters that you just have to find out so you keep reading and next thing you know, you’re finished the book.
Adam is delightful, a little moody but the perfect match for Holly, who has not the nicest past but is doing her best to put it behind her. But will her secrets be her undoing? You have to read to find out so “you should read thi
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Cynthia Carpenter
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The emotional push and pull from Adam and Holly takes you on a read that will keep you wanting more from these two. Each have a past that is heartbreaking and doesn't leave them much for trusting peopl, and when one hides the truth from the other will they be left broken once again or will they find away to overcome it all? Amazing read that will bring tears to your eyes and make you laugh and all the feels as you read. Can't wait to read the next
Elaine
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Talk about an emotional book!! Definitely a great title for this book!!
Holly moves to a new city so she can straighten out her life as she seeks custody of her brother! Adam is at his mother's when Holly shows up to move into his mother's flat!
Heat and emotions will consume both Adam and Holly, but will the lies be the end of their connection or will it make them stronger?
Tammy Crawford
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this very emotional story. This book had secrets, heartbreak, a very loving family, and romance. I fell in love with the whole family. Holly and Adam's chemistry was amazing, but their relationship was an emotional rollercoaster. Can't wait to read more about the family. You will love this book. I highly recommend.
lori
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my I absolutely loved and enjoyed this story. Adam and Holly were so great and their story was fantastic. Matter fact I loved all of the characters. I'm excited to read the next in the series. I want to see more of these characters. Definitely recommend reading
Book-Lovin-Momma
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adam and Holly's story was full of emotion and insight. I really liked that these two weren't perfect, that they had their fair share of flaws. They not only recognized them, but accepted that it was a part of who they were. The Cooper family is amazing - their family dynamics was heartwarming yet full of the drama that families have. I'd love to read their stories as well. This book wasn't overloaded with steamy scenes, but there were enough to feel the chemistry between Adam and Holly. This wa ...more
Michele
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This my first book by this author. It will not be my last. I can not wait to read more from this author! I really enjoyed the characters and their story. I loved the family and the insights to each member and how their relationships play a role in the story. How far one will go to make their dreams come true? Is it worth It? A highly recommended read. Check this one out! I am voluntarily leaving my review after reading an advance copy of the book from the author.
Natalie Alice
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a debut novel this is!! I was hooked from the first page and literally finished this in a day.

The chemistry between the characters Adam and Hilly is fanrasic and you can actually feel the pain that Holly is in.

It has everything. Romance, suspense some angst and a happy ending.

I highly recommend this book
Leny Kumpol
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too short

There were too many characters around, with their interesting side stories which were very basically hinted at. Its like a teaser for many more exciting times so when the story of Adam and Holly ended, happily, i may add, there seemed to still be unfinished business. Not a very satisfying feeling to have when you are done with a book. But it was a good enough read.
Viper Spaulding
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully engaging story

I loved this easy-going story of Adam and Holly's romance. The emotions are deep and heartfelt, and the characters really come alive. The ending was wonderfully rewarding, and the HEA was sealed with a delightful epilogue.
Clayr Catherall
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great debut book! Really enjoyed Adam and Holly’s story. Looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.
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