In the second e-novella in Molly Harper’s Bluegrass series of contemporary romances, two people determined to fulfill their own agendas come head to head—and find love in the process.
Kentucky Tourism Commission employee Bonnie Turkle is up Mud Creek without a paddle. When she gets permission from the state historical society to restore McBride’s Music Hall in Mud Creek, Kentucky, to its former glory, she thinks the community will welcome her with open arms. Instead, her plans interfere with a proposal to sell the property to a factory that would bring much-needed jobs to the town.
Even though Bonnie is trying to preserve mayor Will McBride’s family heritage, he is more concerned with the welfare of his people than memories of the past. Will finds her optimistic sentimentality extremely annoying—but that doesn’t stop him from kissing Bonnie senseless.
With an inspection deadline looming and local saboteurs ruining her restoration, Bonnie must find a way to compromise with Will to save McBride’s and the town…while hopefully winning a few more kisses in the process!
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Some of the first books I listened to when I joined Audible was Molly Harper's Jane series. They were all read by Amanda Ronconi and I listened to them all in a row, as fast as I could. I then went back and purchased every Molly Harper book available to me on Audible. I pre-ordered this book because I knew that the story would be great and I wouldn't be disappointed.
I've listened to tons of audiobooks since I started and I've heard some really good stories. But Molly Harper's books are special. I've listened to them all several times and they never get old.
The books are witty and smart and funny. Her dialogue is true and her characterizations are spot on. Amanda Ronconi's voice is a perfect fit to Ms. Harper's stories.
I dare anyone to listen to one of her books and not be cheered by the experience.
Her books make me happy!
Molly Harper is one of my favorite authors. Though the titles in the Bluegrass series don't have people staring at me because I'm snort-laughing and wiping tears from the corner of my eyes like the Naked Werewolf books do, they are still authentic Molly Harper and are wonderfully light, funny, and entertaining.
Rhythm and Bluegrass follows Kentucky Tourism Commission's Bonnie Turkle as she tries to salvage historical treasures from a once famous music hall that's scheduled to be demolished (and replaced with a factory site that might just save the town). Mud Creek mayor/volunteer fireman/occasional damsel-in-distress rescuer Will McBride doesn't have much love for the music hall and what it's meant for his family, but he still doesn't mind Bonnie ... until she registers it as a historical site and halts not only the negotiations of the new factory, but also the hope of recovery for his entire town.
The story is peppered with the main character's love of history, wonderfully crafted "locals," and Harper's trademark wit, not to mention a satisfying dose of romance. You don't need to read My Bluegrass Baby first in order to enjoy Rhythm and Bluegrass, but I do recommend reading both. And everything else Molly Harper writes. I'm just saying.
P.S. Amanda Ronconi is INCREDIBLE.
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Ok so I love Harper/Ronconi but every one of her stories are starting to seem predictable and familiar just with different character name. I am still an avid fan and she never ceases to make me laugh.
She is still an auto download for me I just wish she would switch it up a bit and keep us guessing.
Ronconi is one of my top 3 narrators
I loved this book. It was way too short thought and that is my only complaint. Amanda Ronconi did a great job as usaul with Molly Harper's writing style and this book made me laugh out loud at my desk at work while listening. You don't have to read My Blue Grass Baby before reading this one but you should any way because that book was great too. I highly recommend this book if you have read any Molly Harper in the past and enjoyed it or if you have a good sense of humor and like a little romance in your books.
I love any book by Harper and paired with narrator Ronconi. I buy it as soon as I see the two names together. book is hilarious!
Amanda Ronconi is my FAVORITE NARRATOR, hands down. Authors have to love her for delivering the full intent behind their words, whether they be sarcastic, witty, lusty, emphatic, demanding, you name it. I would never have thought I'd pick books based on the author, but if it's Amanda, I'll always give it a try. She hasn't let me down yet!
Molly Harper's main characters never fail to be witty, snarky, quirky and lovable. Her books constantly make me laugh, snort and spit out my coffee. Oh and her romance also rocks. Keep them coming Molly!!! PLEASE
If you're like me and are already a Molly Harper fan, rest assured that this book will not disappoint. If you're not familiar with her work, my guess is that this book will serve as an excellent introduction to her writing. This novel is full of laugh-out-loud humor and witty conversations between the various characters. It doesn't take long to see the rising chemistry between Bonnie and Will. And the interactions Bonnie has with Mud Creek's uniquely funny cast of characters certainly adds something special into the mix.
Amanda Ronconi serves as an excellent narrator. In my opinion, this type of book is what she does best. Her delivery of the characters' lines are always spot-on, and she does a great job in giving each character its own voice.
Ronconi is not only one of the best female narrators but one of the best narrators period. She does an amazing job infusing life into even the smallest roles and her male voices are fantastic. Rhythm and Blues is no different, each character is nuissanced and with Harper's sharp wit will keep you chuckling throughout the whole listen.
I would have given 5 stars for story but felt a little let down that it was so short, the character development could have been a bit more elaborated on. This short but sweet listen was full of fun, chuckles and just the right amount of sweetness without being overly saccarhin. Harper and Ronconi are a team made in audio heaven.
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Rhythm and Bluegrass by Molly Harper was a fun romp with small town laughs that brought me back to my roots. As someone who grew up in a super small town, this reminds me a lot of the people I grew up around. The character were fun, the end was a little rushed, and overall I smiled A LOT!
Narrated By Amanda Ronconi / Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
Amanda Ronconi and Molly Harper are one of those duos that I think work well together. Amanda gets Molly's humor and always knocks it out park.
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I am a big fan of Molly Harper. I have read most of what she has written.
There are times however, when her snark and wit come a little close to the inappropriate/constitutes-abuse line. It's one thing to joke about quick little punches to arms and throwing things at others in frustration and another to do purposefully malicious and physically harmful things to another person. This time, she crossed the line. Relationships are not supposed to have this level of malice attached. I would call what Will did to Bonnie abuse, and it was concerning to me as a doctor who works with couples in domestic violence situations to see this kind of mean behavior toward another person put in a positive light. I was disappointed and thought the author went too far this time.
Otherwise cute premise for a story and the narrator was fabulous once again. Just a "meh" this time and some residual disappointment.
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