Title: Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks #5)
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Source: ARC from Publisher
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 gruelling 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 int he opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.“Breathe, Annie, Breahe 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.
You all know by now that I absolutely LOVE Miranda Kenneally and her books. With every book of her’s that I read, I just love her even more. It was no different with Breathe, Annie, Breathe. I devoured this story and it quickly became a new all-time favourite.
Annie never thought she would be training to run a marathon. But then again, Annie never thought her boyfriend would die and she would finish high school in a haze of grief. This marathon, Annie is running it for Kyle. To honour him since, he was the one who was planning to race in it. But training for a marathon is hard work. It’s more difficult than Annie could have possibly imagined. As she’s getting stronger and her heart starts healing, Annie meets Jeremiah Brown, an adrenaline junkie she can’t seem to stop thinking about. Before long, Annie is finding herself doing something she thought would never happen again: she’s falling for Jeremiah. But will Annie be brave enough open herself up to love and let Jeremiah in?
I can’t even begin to explain how much I loved Breathe, Annie, Breathe. But I will do my best. Even if it won’t even come close to doing the book justice. Because this book was just SO PERFECT. I had been looking forward to reading it for such a long time, and when I finally got my hands on a copy, there was no stopping me. I was reading it RIGHT THAT INSTANT. And so I did and I loved it right away. I loved EVERYTHING about Breathe, Annie, Breathe. It was just a fantastic story. In a way, this story was a little different than Miranda Kenneally’s other stories. The sport aspect was there, and it was quite central to the story, but the person taking part in the sport was very much reluctant to do so. In a way, the story was more about getting over grief and opening yourself up to love after having been hurt.And the romance was definitely there in Breathe, Annie, Breathe. It might actually be my favourite out of all of Miranda Kenneally’s romances. The best part of it was that it started out as a friendship before it became more. Well, there was that one (hot) scene by the river that took me by surprise but was completely appropriate and fitting in the context of the story. But Annie and Jeremiah were friends. And I loved them. And they’re pretty much the reason that I loved this story as much as I did.
I absolutely loved Annie. There were so many reasons to love her and I could relate to her in so many ways. I’ve never run a marathon but I was a cross-country and track runner all through middle and high school. All those thoughts and feelings Annie has about running over the course of the book? I’ve had those and more. Because of that, Annie just felt very real to me. I could feel her pain, how much she was hurting because of Kyle’s death. But I could also see that she was trying to find a way to move forward, even if she didn’t realize it herself at first. And I loved the relationship she had with Jeremiah. And I ADORED Jeremiah. Out of all of Miranda’s boys, Jeremiah is officially my favourite, having replaced his older brother, Matt (who is still a close second…there’s just something about those Brown boys). I don’t even know if I can put Jeremiah into words. He was a player but he was also the sweetest person. He cared so much for everyone in his life, but at the same time he was willing to do just about anything to get an adrenaline rush, even if it meant putting his life in danger. All of Jeremiah’s flaws and imperfections are what made him so perfect. So there you have it, I might be a little bit in love with Jeremiah Brown. It couldn’t be helped. And like with all of Miranda Kenneally’s other books, I loved all the cameos by characters from the other books. I love the way I’m able to see them in each new book, just to make sure that they’re okay and are getting the happy ending they deserve. Hopefully, there’ll be glimpses of Annie and Jeremiah in future books. Especially Jeremiah (Yes, I have a one-track mind. Sue me).
If you hadn’t guessed it, I more than loved Miranda Kenneally’s Breathe, Annie, Breathe, I ADORED it. It was even better than I hoped it would be and I couldn’t help but fall in love with this story and these characters. If you haven’t yet read any of Miranda Kenneally’s books, you are seriously missing out.
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