Series: Hundred Oaks #4 (can be read alone)
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Chick Lit
Release Date: December 3rd, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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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…
The first Hundred Oaks novel, Catching Jordan, was an absolute favorite of mine, while the following two (Stealing Parker and Things I Can’t Forget) weren’t as good but still made me laugh and cry. Racing Savannah wasn’t a particularly bad book, but it just felt a bit flat. I expected to bawl my eyes out in the last part of the novel as I did with the first three, but there wasn’t nearly enough angst–or any other emotion, in fact–to make me cry.
We’re given a fairly generic setup: the rich boy and the poor girl. And of course, he’s her boss. Even though it seems like nothing interesting will come out of reading Racing Savannah, Miranda Kenneally does know how to entertain her readers. There was humor mixed in, mostly coming from Savannah’s friends, Rory and Vanessa. They were a cute pair and I adored their support towards whatever Savannah wanted, as well as their banters.
As for the actual romance, I liked Savannah and Jack well enough. There were some times where I questioned their feelings for each other, but it was overall an alright relationship. They didn’t really share the bond that the other characters in the previous books had, which was very disappointing. It felt a little forced, as though they were dating/flirting for the sake of it, not because they really liked each other. In other words, there wasn’t enough development in their relationship. It would’ve been fine with me if, for example, they were best friends for a long time like Jordan and Henry. I wished they’d gotten to know each other more, instead of all the casual flirting here and there.
Now, my favorite part about Savannah’s character was her love for horses. She deeply cared about them, as if they were humans rather than just animals used to earn money. She wouldn’t let anyone hurt them and openly cared for them. She was very passionate about her job as well. Despite the danger of being physically hurt (permanently and not), she would stop at nothing to reach her goals.
Overall, I did enjoy some parts of the novel but not as much as I did the previous books. Some scenes felt off and stiff, but the side characters definitely made up for it. If you liked the first three books in the series, this one is still worth a shot.