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Bluegrass State of Mind: Bluegrass, Book 1 | [Kathleen Brooks]

Bluegrass State of Mind: Bluegrass, Book 1

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Amazon Customer Leander, TX, United States 08-20-13
    Amazon Customer Leander, TX, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "So glad to see this series come to audio!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bluegrass State of Mind the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What about Eric Dove’s performance did you like?

    I love listening to Eric Dove's narrations! I was so excited to see he was reading this series!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 07-26-13
    Diane 07-26-13

    The Rebel

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    "Welcome to Mayberry U.S.A."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 08-15-13
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2015

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "Disappointing Story - Fair Narration"

    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. ;(

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't waste your money"
    What would have made Bluegrass State of Mind better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kathleen Brooks again?

    No not at the moment unless I maybe barrowed it from someone and thy have it an extraordinary review


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eric Dove?

    The narration was fine it was te material


    What character would you cut from Bluegrass State of Mind?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Lynn 04-01-14
    Eddie Lynn 04-01-14

    Hoxie's girl

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    "Kentucky or Death?"

    This is a simple book, simple story, you've heard it before don't waste a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-03-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Can’t consider this one steamy"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 06-16-13
    Leesa 06-16-13 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Nothing special"

    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.

    12 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Marion, IL, United States 06-27-15
    Karen Marion, IL, United States 06-27-15 Member Since 2007

    Listen on people!

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    "Light - Fun - Feel Good - Romance"

    This was my first Kathleen Brooks listen. I liked this book so, that since I have downloaded and listened to every one of Brooks books that Audible offers. Listened to the Bluegrass series, then the Blue Grass Brothers series. Both of which I loved. Women of Power Series was good as well. Light, easy listening. Fun. After a long day, nice to sit down with a glass of wine and plug in the earphones to these light romances. Recommend all! ~Enjoy!~

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terra Araluen 05-07-15
    Terra Araluen 05-07-15 Member Since 2014

    Who doesn't enjoy being transported to another world, and traveling on an unforgettable adventure? Thank you audio books! Happy dance <3

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    "Light Country Read, Read on to See If You'll Like"
    What other book might you compare Bluegrass State of Mind to and why?

    It kind of reminds me of Nora Roberts' Inn at Boonsboro series. With a little of the TV show The Hart of Dixie.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it periodically throughout the day.


    Any additional comments?

    OK so here are the major points to this story:

    1) No hot steamy sex scenes. This is a good old fashioned Kentucky love story, with little old ladies smacking brooms at the H/h for getting too "fresh".

    2) It is a very light romance. So no deep connections going on. What I like to read/ listen to between heavy stories, to cleanse the palette. Lol, I think someone compared it to the Andy Griffith show, and I think that is a perfect comparison!

    3) I read a lot of reviewers complaining about the narrator speed reading through the whole story. Well I use the audible app on my android phone. So I set the app to play at .5x and found it to be just the right speed. In fact I loved the narrators voice. It was slightly gruff and I liked his country accent. Although I will say I found some of his female voices hilarious. I found myself busting out laughing at certain points. I'm pretty easy going about this but it may irritate some people. So if your one of them you may want to just skip the audio version for the regular book.

    4) As for the plot it was a little all over the place at points. There where a few detours from the main stream of the story but since I was just along for the ride I didn't mind so much. You can expect some light violence (I'll get to next), government and corporate corruption, big cities and small towns, vandalism, crazy ex's, horse races, FBI, and a Sultan in nowhere Kentucky. If you like realistic stories stay far away from this! But that said, I really enjoyed the crazy quirky characters. They where very entertaining and kept the story enjoyable and worth the read. I have a feeling the next books will smooth out the information overload. They are available now by the way. Which is good because you're left wanting to know about the h's friend. Not quite a cliffhanger but almost.

    5) There are two rape scenes (if I'm not mistaken they don't go "all the way"). They are one right after the other. They aren't really graffic and don't last long but they are there. If you are sensitive to such things you may want to be careful about this book. I would also not recommend letting little kids listen in! This book isn't quite a thriller but there are light shadows of it in there amid the fluff.

    Overall I enjoyed the listen a lot. I had been waffling over getting it for a while and I'm glad I did. At the discounted whispersync price it makes it a very reasonable buy. I've already downloaded the next one in the series and have started listening. I think I'll enjoy it a little more then this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK 01-17-15
    DK 01-17-15 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "Nice Easy Sweet Comfortable Recommending to Anyone"
    What made the experience of listening to Bluegrass State of Mind the most enjoyable?

    Bluegrass State of Mind

    This was a sweet and safe romance read. There are several important characters that didn't make sense in small-town Kentucky -a Sultan Prince?!?

    There was enough mystery to keep me interested but if you like a lot of descriptive 'romance' than this book will leave you frustrated.(D.M.T.)

    It IS part of a series but I do not think I will continue because it was a little too 'good' for me. Also, Audible does not have any others in the series.

    Not bad for $1.99 and this is my second listen.

    Notes: No Warnings to speak of. This one is safe to listen to with your friend, your mother
    or with kids around. No blushing!

    Credit worthy/$: I purchased this at $1.99 and am pleased with the purchase. There is no way I would use a credit or recommend someone using a credit unless they like really, really safe romantic genre. If you like a little spice in your romance, pass on this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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