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?
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The southern atmosphere and the town togetherness was what I liked the best. I'm a southern girl I like the small town life and southern hospitality of this place. What did I like the least, hmmm...I had a hard time listening to the dialogue, it just felt too forced to me. Also, I didn't really like the main character's little fashion comments and high-end label dropping all the time, it was a weird addition to the story.
Something that's actually suspenseful (hopefully).
Yes, he did. I thought he was a bit of a strange choice for this since the story follows a woman's perspective, but he wasn't a bad narrator. He definitely changed his voice for different characters, so you can tell who is who for the most part.
Maybe watch some horse races, although that might also be because the Kentucky Derby was only a few weeks ago...
I feel pretty let down, this booked seemed fairly well liked but I just thought it was kinda dumb. It was over-the-top cheesy (I can't tell you how many times I rolled my eyes) and pretty predictable. When I picked it out to read, I was in the mood for something suspenseful but with some romance in it. This didn't hit the spot. Several things bugged me about the book - first, this woman sure doesn't act like she's in fear for her life or hiding away. Sure, she leaves NY quickly, but she doesn't really do much to cover her tracks. I mean, her first stop is Hershey Pennsylvania because she wants some chocolate? No. Second, the relationships...there's no build-up or getting to know each other very well, it's like, bam! I love you! You don't get to see the attraction or love build, you just read " three weeks later" blah, blah, blah. So yeah, anyway, that was just kind of a downer to me. Then, I kept waiting for something to happen with these dangerous people she witnessed doing this awful thing, but really? Nada. No, really. Someone shows up somewhere once and doesn't even do anything dangerous, he was just there. It was very anticlimactic. I did like the idea of this town and the way they all support each other and the different characters have potential to be interesting, but the writing of the dialogue isn't great, so you kind of have to just push through it. Honestly, I'm kind of surprised I finished it. I hate to finish a review like this, nothing sounds positive at all...how about I sum it up like this: This book has potential and if you don't read an insane amount of books (like I do) and have really great reads to compare it to. You might actual find this book "cute," if that's the case, but I wouldn't recommend this many (probably more accurately, any) people I know.
Listen on people!
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!~
Who doesn't enjoy being transported to another world, and traveling on an unforgettable adventure? Thank you audio books! Happy dance <3
It kind of reminds me of Nora Roberts' Inn at Boonsboro series. With a little of the TV show The Hart of Dixie.
I listened to it periodically throughout the day.
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.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
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.
This is a standard formulaic boy meets girl novel. The plot is predictable but the characters are interesting and the pace is quick enough to keep things moving. The book ends a bit abruptly which was a bit frustrating but understandable when trying to set up a series. The narration was good with Eric effectively bringing the characters to life. If you want a mindless enjoyable story this is a good choice. If plot holes and stereotypes give you conniptions then give this a pass.
The plot was thin and the story dragged worse than a third grader going to detention.
I kept waiting and waiting for this book to get "suspenseful." The only suspense it ever generated was how Ms. Brooks was going to come up with a DIFFERENT way to say that the male protagonist had ripped abs and that the female protagonist couldn't resist said abs.
I don't normally read romances, but because this was set in Kentucky and included horses, I decided to listen to it. I don't know whose idea it was to have a man read a book where the main character is a woman, but it was a bad idea. "Tender" moments just sounded silly. The story is weak - how could a lawyer on the run from some of the most powerful men in New York hide in Kentucky, where she applies for and receives a license to practice law? There wasn't enough about horses to make this even remotely interesting. There was not even a semblance of reality to the story - apparently the whole town is white, so there was no hint of racism (which I know from experience is alive and well in Kentucky). I fast-forwarded through much of it just to say I did finish it, but it was a waste of a credit.
I loved the series enough to pick up the audible version.... HATED the narration. These are southern people. He read so fast that it wasn't fun to rehear the book:(
My favorite things are my family and my books! Depending on the day, not in that order. :)
This book started out raw. The first sex (rape) scene was described in real detail. The rest of the sex scenes, not so much. I guess that in order to set the tone for the story, it kinda had to be that way.
That being said.......I loved the book. It was engaging and I LOVED the characters. I actually laughed at the Rose sisters ever time they got involved in something. I would laugh out loud at the antics of those 3. I loved the portrayal of the small southern town that protects their own, the town's grapevine and willingness to help a stranger.
I like the story, the plot, the mystery. I couldn't understand why a male narrator was chosen for a book with a female main character and primarily female supporting characters. While the dialogue was at times well done, many more times it was boring and a bit trite. Really though, the descriptions of the sex scenes were not necessary and a bit too graphic for this old lady. The romance could have been beefed up and sex played down.
Probably not, although I admit I might be missing something good (better).
He was a little sing-songy, but pace was OK.
I think the character of Kenna has potential for future books, maybe with a bit more continuity and less description of body parts.
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