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Great Review from Booklist for RACING SAVANNAH

Thanks to Booklist for the great review!

Racing Savannah.

Kenneally, Miranda (Author)

Dec 2013. 304 p. Sourcebooks/Fire, paperback,  $9.99. (9781402284762).

Kenneally (Stealing Parker, 2012) again looks at sports through a female lens, this time tackling male- dominated horse racing, in this fourth Hundred Oaks novel. Savannah, her widowed horse-trainer father, and her father’s pregnant girlfriend move to Tennessee’s Cedar Hill, a farm that trains horses for races including the Kentucky Derby. When the teen notices that she is the only one who can control Star, a horse that bucks all riders, she seizes the chance to realize her dream of becoming a jockey. But placing herself in this potentially deadly sport is not Savannah’s only danger. There’s also her instant attraction to Jack Goodwin, the farm owner’s cocky, flirtatious son. Savannah decides she wants more than “friends with benefits” (even if she can’t stop thinking about those skin-to-skin benefits), but wonders if she will always be considered “the help” in Jack’s world of privilege. The author’s knack for weaving forbidden romance, breezy dialogue, and details of this lesser-known sports venue places it in the winner’s circle for reluctant readers and chick-lit fans.

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Favorite Reads Released in 2013 (so far…)

I am procrastinating on edits, so I decided to make a list of the top 10 2013 books I’ve read so far… which morphed into the top 11 books I’ve read so far… which morphed into a much longer list including books that came out in the past but I read for the first time this year.

This list is in no particular order because that would be way too hard for me.

1. Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian: Great, realistic boy POV!

2. Just One Year:  Willem’s characterization is fantastic – coming to terms with his father’s death and figuring out his relationship with his mother. I didn’t really consider this book a romance; I found it to be a great coming of age book.

3. A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers: Yes, the sexytimes were crazy sexy, but what I actually loved most about this book was ITALY. I’ve been there before,, and this book made me feel like I was there again.

4. When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney: More boy POV! Again, I loved the character development and travel in this one. I’ve never been to Japan and this book’s depiction made me excited to go there one day.

Break to note that I seem to have a big thing for reading about travel.

5. Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare: This historical romance was hilarious and I loved the attitude of the main character, a barmaid who falls for a Duke.

6. Love Irresistibly by Julie James: *Thinks about guy character Cade Morgan* *fans self*

7. Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood: Best. Cliffhanger. Ever.

8. The Bridgertons Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn: 2nd epilogues about my favorite historical family, the Bridgertons! I love that series.

9.  Uses for Boys by Erica Lorainne Scheidt: A lot of people didn’t like the main character, but I found her very compelling and realistic. Loved the prose.

10. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller: I enjoyed Callie’s character development, all the Greek references, and Alex (of course).

11. Always Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: This is the 25th and last book of my beloved Alice series. I started reading these books when I was about 8. The series ended perfectly – and I cried for a while after finishing.

Past books I read for the first time this year and LOVED: Girl of Fire and Thorns, Melt Into You by Roni Loren (the cop play-acting scene at the end was about the wildest thing I’ve ever read), Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James (hilarious!), the Travis series by Lisa Kleypas (I <3 the Travis men), and On Dublin Street by Samantha Young.

What are your favorite reads of 2013 so far?

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