Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

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Liked this much more than Jordan.

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This is a young-adult romance novel. Why did I read it? Well, it had horses in it!! I like horses!!

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Once I pick up these books, I simply can’t put them down!

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Thank you Miranda Kenneally for another great addition to the Hundred Oaks Series! I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'll read anything you write.

What I loved: The covers in the Hundred Oaks series are some of my favorites. They have clean, bright colors with clear images that accurately represent the story within. And by not showing the model's faces, it allows readers to imagine the heroine/hero anyway they want to!

Twelve Things I Loved About Racing Savannah

1. It's hard to go wrong with a story about horses. The relationship Savannah has with Star was so sweet and her back story broke my heart.

2. If GQ Cowboy were a thing I would be a lifetime subscriber. ;)

3. Miranda Kenneally doesn't do "insta-love", but she does write "insta-attraction" and pretty freaking well, I might add. I enjoyed watching Savannah try to fight off her attraction to Jack. (I would've lasted about as long as it took him to say, "Hello.")

4. Savannah is a pint-sized bada*s full of sass, but she isn't a harda*s. I loved that she wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted despite the risks. I wanted to high five her when she stood up to Jack and I wanted to hug him when he finally stood up to her. (Also, I just kind of wanted to hug Jack, period.)

5. The fathers in this story are present and involved and even though the relationships aren't necessarily easy, they are positive.

6. The social class issue/differences felt believable.

7. I am a die hard Matt Brown fan ("Things I Can't Forget") but, SWEET BUTTERMILK BISCUITS Jack Goodwin is a close second. *fans self* He is a fantastic blend of swoon, swag and southern gentleman.

8. There is a scene in the middle of the book that ties in some of the characters from previous Hundred Oaks books and I got all choked up over seeing them again. I also wanted to go back and reread all of "their" stories again.

9. I think everyone needs a Rory in their life!

10. I'll admit, I thought I knew how this would end, but I was wrong and happily so.

11. Lollipop addictions.

12. Star Wars sheets. That is all!

What Left Me Wanting More: Not a darn thing.

Final Verdict: Horses, hot guys and a girl with sass, RACING SAVANNAH is a winning combination and I couldn't put it down!


I'm so excited to have Jack Goodwin with me on the blog today! If you haven't had a chance to meet Jack yet, you will soon. He's the resident heartthrob in RACING SAVANNAH. *cue the drooling*

Jack, I'm sure you get a lot of horse related questions, so I thought we'd talk about some other things instead.

Jen: Describe Savannah in three words.
Jack: Feisty. Beautiful. Determined.

Jen: If you had to plan the perfect date, where would you go and what would you do?
Jack: I have a thing for the County Fair that comes once every fall. I love grabbing cotton candy and then screaming on the Tilt-a-Whirl and then kissing on the Ferris wheel. The only problem is that if my little sister catches wind I'm going to the fair, she'll beg to go, too. And you can't bring a little sister on a date with you... Or can you? I bet girls would find it very sweet that I love my sister and take care of her. And maybe I'd get a kiss from my date. But then I'd be using my little sister. And my mom would find out and yell at me. Gah, dating is confusing!

Jen: Favorite lollipop flavor? *wink wink*
Jack: Cherry! (That's Savannah's favorite flavor too.)

Jen: What song do you have on repeat right now? (This can be on your iPod, in your truck or in your head.)
Jack: That Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" video has been seared into my brain. And I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Jen: Something you are afraid of?
Jack: When my father retires, I'm supposed to take over Cedar Hills Farms, which has been in my family since the Civil War. I've been training my entire life for this, but what if I screw up the finances somehow and we lose the farm and all the people who work for us lose their jobs?

Jen: Favorite Halloween costume growing up?
Jack: Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!

Jen: Cupcakes or Pie?
Jack: What a silly question. Cupcakes, of course! Especially those cookie dough cupcakes made by Jen Cupcake Girly. Hers are the best. <-- I heart you, Jack. To infinity and beyond! Look out Sam, Will and Matt, y'all have some serious competition now. ;)

danidevito_6991's review against another edition

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I really enjoyed this short little novel. I finished it in a couple hours and was throughly intrigued throughout. My only critique is it's a little simple for my taste. But the character development is on point and I love the relationship she has with her father. I'm not in love, but I don't hate it either. It's a nice rainy day book.

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Pompous rich kids in public school? Teenage boys immediately friend zoning themselves?


I’m not entirely certain why Miranda Kenneally chooses to be overly descriptive about how to wax a floor but then depicts a climactic fight scene in four, incongruent sentences.

But anyway, these kids were making some crazytown decisions...I just can’t.

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Racing Savannah is another fast paced romance by Miranda Kenneally. I recommend this one to horse lovers!

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lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A


Has some slow parts but enjoyable plot. Kinda predictable but cute. 

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Honestly, I think Miranda lost her touch after Stealing Parker. Things I Can't Forget and Racing Savannah just weren't as good as the first two books in the Hundred Oaks series, and that makes me sad.

Racing Savannah is about a dirt poor girl, Savannah, who works for multi-millionaires, the Goodwins, on their estate. She is an exercise boy to begin with, then becomes their jockey. Savannah is great with horses, and her relationship with the Goodwins' "bratty" horse, Star, is adorable.

As one would expect, Savannah and Jack Goodwin, her teenage boss, lust after one another, but cannot be together because of their differences in status, yada yada yada.

For starters, I am happy this book finally got back to being sports-oriented. It felt like it matched the series more. I don't know a whole lot about horse racing, nor do I care to, but this book did a good job explaining everything that was going on and the importance of certain races, etc., so that you never felt lost.

Unfortunately, as I said above, this book just doesn't have the magic touch Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker did. The romance just wasn't as good as the first two. I mean, I eventually grew to like Jack, but he isn't a book boyfriend or anything. It wasn't that special. Though, I did like how Savannah made Jack work to get her back after that scene
Spoilerwhere she went down on him and professed her feelings, only to have him say they would have to be friends with benefits. Talk about a dick move.

This book, though it took only a couple days for me to read, felt super long. The pacing seemed to drag, and I wasn't engrossed enough in the story to feel like I absolutely had to read it at all times. I just...didn't care about it as much as I would have liked to.

There are two things I really loved about this book, the first being the horse Tennessee Star - Star for short. He was an adorable little horse and made me smile all the time. He reminded me of a super hyper puppy and I wish he was real, because I would love to know him. The second best thing about this book was how all the stories continued to intertwine and we got to see what is going on with the first three couples.
SpoilerWill and Parker got married, Matt and Kate are engaged, and Sam and Jordan are still going out. Sam and Jordan better get married in Breathe, Annie, Breathe or I'll be mad.
Racing Savannah takes place four years after the other three books, so it really gives us a good look into everyone else's future.

Racing Savannah had many flaws, but also had its perks. It wasn't the best of the Hundred Oaks series by any means, but it was a good, mindless romance, perfect for summer.

3.5 stars.

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I love Kenneally's female characters. Their so strong and know themselves or want to. It makes her books so much fun to read.