By: Miranda Kenneally
Hundred Oaks – Book 4
Available Dec 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…
This Blonde’s Review:
I have read and enjoyed each of the books in the Hundred Oaks series so far. Keep in mind that this is looking back on how I felt about the other books afterwards, but I believe I may like this one less than I did the others. That does not mean it isn’t enjoyable, just that I wish it could have been as good as the others.
Savannah is very talented with horses and all she wants or plans to do is work with them. She catches a lucky break when one of the horses where her dad works gets free and she’s able to show off her skills before she even realizes who she’s showing them to. Savannah has her hangups, including her dad’s pregnant girlfriend and being all too aware of her family’s financial situation, but overall adjusts to life in her new town easily enough.
Jack is the hot rich guy that she shouldn’t touch. Plus he’s her boss so there is that additional level of no to any potential relationship they could have. He’s known as a player who doesn’t get serious about anyone, yet somehow he wants to get serious about Savannah. As much as I enjoyed her I wish there was more that showed why he would care about her so much. The growth wasn’t there for me, it was mostly about how they tried not to get involved and it got harder to resist as they spent more time together. But this book wasn’t from his perspective, it was from hers. So it may make sense not to know since she doesn’t really understand herself.
The other books in the Hundred Oaks series have been with characters who are were present in the other books. Since Savannah is new to town she wasn’t in the others and I don’t remember Jake being in the others either. He could easily have been but as a small part. We are able to see some followup on the first books’ characters the way that an outsider would. It was nice to see where their relationships were even if the additions seemed a very fragile connection to the first books.
I feel like all I’ve done is point out what I didn’t like. I wasn’t just being nice when I said I did enjoy this book. I loved that Savannah would stand up for herself. She is a girl in a guy’s world and she had to fight for it, knowing that they’d give her a hard time until they saw what she could do. She was willing to take on the dangers of being a jockey because she loved the horse that she was on and she knew it would be good for her future if she could do it. She’s caring, offering to help her dad’s girlfriend even with the tension between them. She also has a big heart and cares for the horse she’s working with, his fears matter to her as more than just a job.
I also really liked Jack even though I didn’t want to. He’s way too charming and blows hot and cold towards Savannah way too much in the beginning. He won’t stand up to his dad and just wants to make his parents proud and happy, which is both a good and bad thing. But he’s smart enough to see that Savannah matters. And he cares about doing the right thing. That’s huge and what could win just about anyone over.
If you’ve enjoyed the other books in this series you know you have to read this one. There is no doubt about it. If this would be your first Kenneally book I would recommend starting at the beginning because they’re so good you don’t want to miss them and I know I prefer to start at the beginning. If you can’t or don’t want to you’ll be okay starting here, it doesn’t spoil anything about the others that you wouldn’t get just from reading the descriptions.
This book is great for anyone who enjoys reading about a couple who come from two different worlds. They have to overcome their ideas about themselves, each other, and their families’ ideas of what they should be to each other. It also gives you the amusing and interesting extra characters, human and horse, that you can’t help but love who really make any book complete.