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Bluegrass State of Mind Audiobook

Bluegrass State of Mind: Bluegrass, Book 1

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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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    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!~

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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.

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    DK 01-17-15
    DK 01-17-15 Member Since 2013

    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!

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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.


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    Heather 11-29-14
    Heather 11-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Formulaic but with great characters"

    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.

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    John Murphy Lansing, MI USA 11-16-14
    John Murphy Lansing, MI USA 11-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "More romance than suspense"
    Would you try another book from Kathleen Brooks and/or Eric Dove?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Kathleen Brooks’s story?

    The plot was thin and the story dragged worse than a third grader going to detention.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 08-30-14
    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 08-30-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A waste of time"

    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.

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    Trubs Tucson, Az 08-06-14
    Trubs Tucson, Az 08-06-14 Member Since 2015

    Trubba

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    "Buy the Book"

    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:(

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    DawnG Clayton, NC, United States 06-16-14
    DawnG Clayton, NC, United States 06-16-14

    My favorite things are my family and my books! Depending on the day, not in that order. :)

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    "Dawn's Review of Bluegrass State of Mind, BK 1"

    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.

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    Ms. Patty 05-13-14
    Ms. Patty 05-13-14
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    "Disjointed at Times"
    What did you like best about Bluegrass State of Mind? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kathleen Brooks? Why or why not?

    Probably not, although I admit I might be missing something good (better).


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    He was a little sing-songy, but pace was OK.


    Was Bluegrass State of Mind worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Meredith Austin, TX, United States 04-29-14
    Meredith Austin, TX, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Super Southern Corniness!"
    Would you try another book from Kathleen Brooks and/or Eric Dove?

    Probably not


    What could Kathleen Brooks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story had good moments, but other than that I found the verbiage and "Southern" story line predicable and hokey


    What didn’t you like about Eric Dove’s performance?

    Not make female characters sound so helpless and hokey


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