Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #5
Published by: Sourcebook Fire
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.
But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.
Did I ever think that Miranda Kenneally would let me down with Breathe, Annie, Breathe? Absolutely not!
I’ve loved every book of the Hundred Oaks Series so far. Kenneally has a wonderful knack for easily bringing the reader in and making them experience all the feels. It’s funny, because this book and Racing Savannah are what got the ball rolling for me to read the series. I read a guest post by Miranda when Things I Can’t Forget (3rd book) was released, and she mentioned her next two books would revolve around horses and running – two things close to my heart. I read the first book soon after that and became obsessed.
In Breathe, Annie, Breathe, high school is over and college will soon be starting for Annie, but what she is mostly focused on is working towards her goal of finishing the Country Music Marathon. The same marathon her boyfriend planned to run before he died. Annie feels a lot of guilt for the events surrounding his death.
I loved Annie! My heart went out to her so much. Not only because she lost the boy she loved, but also because of how alone she was afterwards. However, she really grew and opened herself up throughout the book and became such a strong person. I admire how motivated she was and how hard she worked. Listen, people think running is easy, but it’s not. There’s a reason runners have the saying “My sport is your punishment.” I think Kenneally really captured the spirit of a runner with Annie.
Then there’s Jeremiah. I took an interest in him during Things I Can’t Forget. Not in a creepy way! He had one of those personalities that just popped and stuck with me, despite only making a small appearance. So I was excited that he would be the love interest in BAB. He’s no Sam Henry, but he was still a really fun character.
I liked Annie and Jeremiah together a lot. Their flirting was really cute, especially when they got competitive with each other. The chemistry between them and the friends to lovers trope was all really nice.
Friends and family always play a big role in this series, and BAB was no exception. This was an aspect I enjoyed quite a bit – the friendship growth and the familial support. Kenneally definitely writes sibling relationships really well.
These books can technically be read as standalones since each one focuses on a different couple. However, I highly suggest you start from the beginning, because you’ll miss so many great connections. One of my favorite things about this series is seeing what characters from the previous books will be in new ones, and seeing what roles they play in the MC’s life.
So overall, I was very pleased with Breathe, Annie, Breathe and how everything turned out. As of now, there’s no blurb for Best Day Ever, the sixth book in the series, and it is killing me! I need to know which characters it will focus on.
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