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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Molly Harper's books are always funny and clever and an auto "buy" for me (except when she writes about icky witches - the only book I passed on). I especially like her vampire and werewolf stories.
This book was hysterical, as usual, and I was enjoying it alright until it hit a sour note with the very unfunny and malicious behavior of the mayor and "hero" of the story. Romance is alway a perk in Molly's stories, but this one didn't work - at all.
The author tried to create conflict in a way that was a little contrived -- the heroine tells the worse of her plans without explaining right away the solution that made it a NON problem. So of course misunderstanding flourished and seemed a little ridiculous. But the way the mayor lashed out was vicious and should have killed an attraction that was in it's infancy. Did for me. With a poison pen he tried to sabotage her project, trash her reputation and threaten her career. And just when all is about to be forgiven (amazingly), he acts like an asshat again. But the romance had ceased to be cute long before that.
The book seemed really short to me -- but I was ready for it to be over. I laughed at the authors funny lines right up to the end, but the story was not up to par. When I saw it was only 5 hours long, I got irritated. I don't waste credits on short books as a rule, so I was not happy with Rhythm and Bluegrass as an audio book.
Molly Harper and her dry wit make me laugh every time and Amanda Ronconi is the perfect match for reading her. Do not miss any of her books.
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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Bonnie Turkle thought she had the perfect life a great job that kept her on the road visiting all the great history that her state of Kentucky had to offer. With no real “roots” to keep her grounded, this was the ideal job for her, until she finds herself knee deep in a rescue mission, for both an old music hall and a broken hearted man. What is a geeky historian to do?
Bonnie works at the Kentucky Commission of Tourism under our beloved Sadie, (from previous book My Bluegrass Baby) as the multimedia historian. She's pretty reserved, until it comes to history. She loves getting her hands dirty and restoring items to their original glory. But her life is missing something... When she butts heads with the towns Mayor over his family's property, while also falling in love with him, the fun begins! These two knuckle heads are a good time all by themselves. They had me laughing, frustrated, and cheering for them throughout the entire book. I didn't know if I wanted them to rip each other limb from limb or have crazy monkey sex!
The story was light hearted, with a dash of serious undertone, and a ton of foreplay! What a great combination for a cozy romance? Romantic comedy? This book could fall under either mind set. Either way it's great! I loved the extension from the original story. Oh, I hope the next book is about her roommate, cause man does her man suck! She needs to hook up with that geeky dude, lol!
Amanda Ronconi continues the journey with us at the Kentucky Commission of Tourism. She does such a wonderful job with the accents. I don't know what Kentuckians sound like, but I imagine they sound similar to Amanda. Wonderful sound quality, and excellent comedic timing! You will not regret listening to Amanda, like ever!
Had I listened to this book before Ms. Harper's Half Moon Hollow series I'd have given it a slightly higher rating. it's a sweet and funny story but can't compete with her wacky cast of HMH.
that said it was an easy listen and I enjoyed it.
Addicted to Audible! I'm always listening to something.
There seemed to be more depth to this book than the other two in the series. My favorite scene was when Wil was trying to save Bonnie's "baby" from her burning car. I liked the way the Bonnie handled herself in the face of opposition.
This three book series is the first I've listened to from Molly Harper. Book 2 really can be independent. It isn't reliant on info from the first book, and the 3rd book isn't reliant on info from the 2nd book. After listening to these three, I'm not sure I'd read or listen to anything else from Molly Harper again.
This series was the first time I heard Amanda. I would like to listen to her reading another author before I make any judgements. Her female characters seem to come across a little sarcastic all the time, it could just be the author's writing style.
I'd say skip books 1 and 3. If you really want to listen, just go for book 2. Again I'll state these are the first Molly Harper books I've read and I didn't care for the writing style. The characters do not seem to have much depth. The first person writing wore on my nerves after awhile.
I love books. My work is serious so I am looking for fun! Audible has changed my morning commute.
I love Molly Harper and her characters. I really loved this book but I would rate it my 3rd favorite so far. But I could not imagine not reading it.
I love Bonnie. She is so determined and sweet.
She really brings the characters to life. Her voice is so fun and expressive. She makes these southern girls come to life.
Both!!!! I started to write down the phrases that make me laugh. I am trying to incorporate them into my sayings. It is fabulous.
Don't miss out!!!
It is a super fun treat!
Title: "Rhythm and Bluegrass" - Book 2, Bluegrass Series
Written by: Molly Harper
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Format: audiobook via audible.com
Overall rating: 3.75/5 stars
Performance: 5/5 stars (AR is THE BEST!)
Story: 3.25/5 stars
My I just beginny saying, I think Amanda Ronconi is one of, if not THE, BEST narrators in the business?! I buy books because she is reading them, at times!
As this story opens with our female "lead" and a car fire, I was already worried about boredom setting in. I am NOT a history fan. AT. ALL. In ANY way shape form it format. I admit this because the basic premise if this story is built upon restoring some significant music history in a super small Kentucky town . I started my yawn only to be interrupted by the hot save-the-lady "lead" dude. Hello, "trademark panty dropping smiles". *fist pump*! Does Ms. Harper know her readers, or what?! Lol
Seriously, I recommend sticking with the story as it gets interesting and has a really good twist to look forward to.
Light, uncomplicated, humorous at times & fun Molly Harper reading (listening)! She's sleaus worth my time ;)
Enjoy, fellow reader!
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