When it comes to reading contemporary romance, there is always one author that I know I can depend on…Miranda Kenneally! Her novels set in Hundred Oaks are consistently cute and charming while staying true to real life.
Racing Savannah is the latest in the series, and centres on a lavish estate that breeds racing horses. When Savannah moves to Cedar Hill Farms with her father to work, her dream of becoming a professional horse jockey looks like it could finally be within reach. The only rule Savannah is given is to keep her distance from the Jack, the owner’s son. Cocky, rich, and with a reputation as a ladies man, Jack is from a completely different world, and yet Savannah can’t seem to get him out of her mind. With both families working to keep the two apart, Savannah and Jack must decide what is more important in life: their feelings for each other, or the demands of their parents.
As in the case of Catching Jordan and Chasing Parker, the characters in Racing Savannah felt like they had been taken straight from the real world. Savannah is tough, tenacious, and full of spirit, and I was cheering for her from the beginning. Although I wasn’t completely won over by Jack as a love interest, I really appreciated the fact that Kenneally didn’t make him the perfect prince charming. Fans of the Hundred Oaks series will also be happy to know that some of their favourite characters from the previous books make cameo appearances in this one! I broke out in a smile seeing Parker, Will, Jordan, Sam, Drew, Ty’s sister Vanessa, JJ…the list goes on and on!
I’m not going to lie though, one of the things that I loved most about Racing Savannah was the horses. While most girls growing up in the 90s were obsessed with the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync, I was busy fangirling over horses. With my constant pleas to my mother for horseback riding lessons going unheard, I was forced to live vicariously through the characters in the horse related books that I read. Although my horse crazy faze is far behind me now, I couldn’t hold back my childish excitement when I discovered that Racing Savannah was focused on horse racing. I wasn’t disappointed! Reading Racing Savannah felt like watching an episode of Heartland, and I loved every second of it!
The Bottom Line: Racing Savannah is a fantastic contemporary romance and a great edition to the Golden Oaks series! I can’t wait to see what Kenneally comes up with next!
Rating: 4 Stars
Available: December 3rd, 2013