Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #4
Published by: Sourcebook Fire
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
They’re from two different worlds.
He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.
With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…
Giddy up! A Miranda Kenneally book with horses! This was the book that ultimately made me start reading the series. When I saw what Racing Savannah was going to be about, I knew I had to start the Hundred Oaks Series so that I wouldn’t be so behind when this one was released. Little did I know how obsessed I would become and read them all in such a short time. I went on a serious binge. I can’t help it though, they are too dang addicting! It is literally almost impossible for me to stop reading once I start. So of course, I completely devoured Racing Savannah. I know this is going to come as a complete shock, but I loved it!
When I read the blurb, I didn’t recognize any of the names from the previous books, so I thought maybe this book would be totally detached from the others and wasn’t sure how I felt about that. That is, until I started reading it! I absolutely love what Kenneally did with Racing Savannah. It takes place about four years after the first three books, but there are definitely connections to those characters. Familial connections. It’s like Hundred Oaks: The Next Generation. Okay, I’m kind of exaggerating, but you get my drift. Plus, previous characters do make an appearance in a big way and it made me downright giddy!
Alright, but as for Savannah and Jack … loved them. Mostly Savannah, though. I can’t help but love a girl who knows how to properly handle a horse. She grew-up riding and exercising race horses, and when she moves to Cedar Hill Farms with her groomer dad, she gets an opportunity to take it to the next level: Jockeying! The move to this new place, new school, and new friends, pushes her to want more for herself. She realizes that she wants a better life, and it’s up to her to go after it.
Jack owns Cedar Hill Farms. Well, technically his dad does, but Jack is looking to eventually take over the family business. There is a major rule that must not be broken, though: don’t date the staff. I understood why they felt that was a good rule, and I agree with it. I thought Jack was going to be douche, and he did have a moment or two of that, but I understood why and where he was coming from. But overall, he was a pretty good guy. I enjoyed his and Savannah’s relationship, and thought they were cute together.
And in true Kenneally fashion, there were great supporting characters. Rory, oh Rory. Loved him and his friendship with Savannah! He was hilarious. And Vanessa! I loved seeing her all “grown-up”, and the fact she becomes such a good friend to Savannah made it even better.
So yes, Racing Savannah gets nothin’ but love from me. I was kind of spoiled being able to read all four books in such a short time, but now I feel depressed because I have to wait months for the release of the next one.