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!
©2013 Molly Harper White (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I kept seeing the 1970's Dukes of Hazzard and The New Girl in my head. Not sure if that was good or bad, but I really enjoyed it. This book follows the Bluegrass formula, but that's ok. Sometimes we need great, fun characters we know to struggle and have a happy ending.
I can so relate, having grown up in the very places in the book and having Southern in-laws. Molly Harper is a wonderful author, spinner great, realistic characters full of fire, wit and flaws. Amanda Ronconi is brilliant. I will listen to anything she narrates because she's just that great.
I think some people did not like this story, but I found it really charming and sweet. It isn't high art and that needs to be remembered. It is a fun story about people falling in love. One aspect I found confusing though is that this is book 2 of the series, but it seemed like it took place before or at the same time as book 1. Which, if you have read book 1 of a series, it can be confusing for book 2 to unfold as though book 1 didn't happen. Regardless, this was a fun story that made me laugh out loud at times, plus I loved the underdog aspect of Bonnie's situation in the town.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
Molly Harper wrote it and Amanda Ronconi read it, need I say more? These two just go together.
Its fun loving, laughable characters and situations keep you wanting more.
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.
The humor Molly Harper infuses into the entire story.
Except that this book is written in first person there are aspects of it that remind me of some of Nora Roberts earlier books. Her dialogue and her ability to make me feel truly sad or laugh out loud. All very similar to some Nora Roberts books.
Yes. She is always very good.
Yes. I just about did, actually.
Fun story. Great characters. This is a good book to listen to when you are looking for a an easy story that is really, really good but is not going to leave you gripping the edge of your seat the whole time.
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.
I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.
Downhome Sweet Love
The story is just cute and funny. Love all the characters and how it just gets right to the point.
I would have to say at the beginning with the car fire. Too funny!
I loved both Bonnie and Will. They were meant for each other.
A great read and another Harper and Ronconi treat!
I love Molly Harper! Her stories are always light and funny without being sappy. A real treat!
Love to read!
This book was okay, but I wish I hadn't wasted a credit on it. There is very little development between the two characters. After he screws her over, they have very little interaction but suddenly at the end realize they can't live without each other.
What a fun southern series. Filled with snarky humor, great characters, and the most interesting situations. :) Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi are the perfect combination.
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