See where the USA Today best-selling Author Kathleen Brooks began!
This is the first book in Kathleen Brooks' Best-Selling Bluegrass Series.
McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?
©2011 Kathleen Brooks (P)2013 Kathleen Brooks
I love this series! I have read all of them on Kindle and was so excited to see that they were now offered on Audible. Listening to them is just like reading them all over again! And having Eric Dove as the narrator just adds to the greatness!
I love listening to Eric Dove's narrations! I was so excited to see he was reading this series!
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
Bluegrass State of Mind is a really great title, but the story was disappointing. The reviews, for the most part were quite positive, which leaves me to question the reading experience of some of the reviewers. More often than not, the reviews are most helpful when making a decision to buy, so I was surprised by this listen.
Do some of you remember The Wonderful World of Disney, where the narrator was needed to tell the story because their audience was comprised primarily of children? That seemed to be this author's style of writing for Bluegrass. The characters and plot could have been amazing, should have been amazing, but they weren't. I think that there was background information overload...too much explanation and background information narrated instead of the story being developed and told by the characters themselves.
Eric Dove has a wonderful voice, and a good southern accent, although he seems to race through his narration. A great narrator lends his or her voice to the characters and brings the author's words to life for their audience. Tempo is as important as inflection.
I would not listen to Bluegrass State of Mind again, and would not be able to recommend it as credit worthy. ;(
If you are a past fan of the Andy Griffith shows, you will enjoy this. If you are looking for a more indepth listen, then you might want to punt. The narrator does a decent job and actually for me, he was the only reason I was able to complete the audiobook. But when you need a mental break then this will fit the bill. No humor, small suspense. Mostly a small town that embraces an outsider. Yeah, I may get the second book for that occasion when I need a 'fluff' diversion. But I wouldn't recommend this author or book to anyone I know.
I purchased this and the second in the series at a good price so I was not so upset. I thought it was a little unbelievable at times. Maybe this would have been better narrated by someone else. I kept thinking as I listened to it that the narrator needs to be reading a mystery novel not Romantic Suspense as this was labeled because he does have a good voice, just not for the series.
I'm not going to get the next one in the series.
The story moved to quickly without enough details to go so fast, the sentence structure was very mechanical. The story line had promise but had a lot of holes and areas that needed to be worked on. The book Aldo jumped around so much it was confusing and you don't know what happened or what's going on. There were a lot of potentials where the author started something but then just left off in the middle and jumped to something else. It leave a you wondering about a lot an there is no closure at the end of the book. Don't waste your money.
No not at the moment unless I maybe barrowed it from someone and thy have it an extraordinary review
The narration was fine it was te material
Don't buy this book, I hate saying anything bad about the book but suggestion to the author rewrite and rerelease the book when you have actually completed the book. This seems like a rough draft.
The storyline was great and the small injection of suspense was an added touch. I only wish there was a bit more passion mixed in since I felt the story could have been so much better with that addition. The narrator also did a very nice job with the characters but his voice for the prince was superb. It was hard not to imagine Antonio Banderas for that personality. The second story in the series is about the prince so even though I am certain the passion will be lacking, thanks to the narrator, I will have to purchase that book as well.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
In my opinion there's nothing to make this book stand out. It's not one that I wanted to listen to in one sitting. I like to be swept into a story and I don't have to have the hot sexy scenes to enjoy a book, but this one is dull and there's NO passion at all. The sexual scenes are alluded to. I didn't like it at all the one and only time the characters make love it's practically a kiss then the next day. The story had allot of things going on but theres no excitement in it for me. There's a few humorous parts to the book but not enough to make it good.
I wouldn't use my credit on this book and to be totally honest I wouldn't want this one on sale either.
This story was just okay. It was missing a lot of elements, especially for a romance book. Particularly the romance, it was so forced and unbelievable. There was not connection, no chemistry, no depth, nothing. It was like they decided they love each other. There is no sexual tension or sex in this book. A couple of kisses and a little petting that is about it.
I also found that for someone "hiding/running" for her life sure didn't do a very good job at it, nor did her actions lead you to believe she was in much danger from some very powerful wealthy men. Really? Kenna is an attorney, she applies for, and get a job as District Attorney on a city in Kentucky that farms horses and sells them and races them in the Kentucky Derby? Not a smart move or hiding place for a person scared for her life.
There are some fun elements and a lot of great dialogue. Despite the inconsistencies there are other elements and twists that were good and interesting. And what the bad guys did was very bad/
As for the narration, Eric Dove did a great job as usual. I really enjoy listening to him. He does a good job on the female voices as well as everyone else. His reading voice is very nice.
I did get this book free on amazon and the audible whispersync was a 1.99, So yes it was a worth the listen and well as a great deal.
I am addicted to audio books, mostly fantasy. I have alwayz loved to read but could never find the time. This way I keep my mind occupied with wonderful stories and don't get caught up in life's stresses. I'm so glad I found this site.
Was a cute story I guess....no real action going on....maybe later in the series. But didn't make me need to read the next one..
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