Series: Hundred Oaks, #5
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 15th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: For tour
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Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.
But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.
"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You
~Thanks to the lovely Giselle @ Xpresso Books Tours for organising this tour!~
Currently, I have only read two of the Hundred Oak series and it definitely seems that I should remedy that because this series is so much fun. While a have a few of my criticisms, whether you are a sports junkie or not–this is worth checking out.
Annie was a very easy character to click with for me. I used to run long distance a lot two years back (now not so much because of school and homework and new interests, though I still enjoy running occasionally) so before even picking this one up, I had a feeling I would adore it. And I was right! Ever since her boyfriend passed away, Annie has been determined to finish what he started: a marathon. So Annie, despite hating running herself, begins training with Matt and week by week she trains hard, increasing her stamina so she can finish the marathon that is 6 months away. Annie’s unrelentless determination to finish what her boyfriend started was touching, and while she did have her ups and downs, you can tell how strong and real Annie’s relationship was. Annie’s regret and guilt about her boyfriend’s passing being mainly because of her rejection to a marriage proposal was also well addressed.
While I loved Annie, less ideal was the love interest, Jeremiah. WAIT! Don’t start running towards me with pitchforks and knives, YET. I have reasons. Personally, I felt like Jeremiah was a little too typical; perhaps I’m being over-crtical however I struggled to warm up to him throughout the entire novel. He’s a bit of a cocky person–adrenaline junkie (goes high on adrenaline) and has scars all over his body. I am absolutely sure that a lot of readers will love him but I have seen this character trope more than the fingers on my hand and if you get me, it becomes boring and unoriginal. I also think I failed to image Jeremiah as a real person, he didn’t feel as well and thoroughly constructed like Annie and several other characters in this series. Aside from that, I thought the romance was pretty cute, and I preferred it so much better than Racing Savannah. Their relationship is best described as realistically developed, though I wasn’t a huge fan about their first kiss–which is a shame because it would have been a-freaking-dorable if they did not go as out of hand as they did.
I loved the sports side to this novel. While I don’t really talk about it much online, I do love some sports, and running is definitely one of my top ones. I have become a total pig over the last two years *big proud smiles*, but before that, sports I loved and did as frequently as reading. I could totally understand Annie’s stress about her running and I think the way Kenneally developed it was fantastically drawn out. It’s not everyday you get fun contemporary romances with a huge dose of sports, and this series does great justice of it.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe was a highly entertaining contemporary romance that had an excellent and strong sport component. It’s my favourite Hundred Oaks novel so far and I will definitely be checking books 1, 2 and 3 now.
~Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for supplying the review copy!~
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