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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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    Ginny Poway, CA, United States 06-10-13
    Ginny Poway, CA, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "OMG FANTASTIC book"
    Would you listen to Bluegrass State of Mind again? Why?

    yes I would I love the book I have it on my kindle but with audio I can listen while I sew or workout


    Have you listened to any of Eric Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no but I love his voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love when they finally find out what happened to Kenna and Mo and Ahmed assure her they have her back


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    a Manito, IL, United States 06-06-13
    a Manito, IL, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does Bluegrass State of Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the whole story. Kathleen Brooks writes wonderful books.


    What does Eric Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice really embraced the light Southern drawl that you hear in KY. I was also impressed that he didn't make me cringe when he did the women's voices. Some times men doing women's voices are hard to take. This wasn't the case here.


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

    YES! I usually listen to audio books while working in the yard or exercising. It made me not want to stop.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    denise hollidaysburg, pa, United States 06-13-13
    denise hollidaysburg, pa, United States 06-13-13
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    "Great series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bluegrass State of Mind to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mckenna , , the rose sisters


    Which character – as performed by Eric Dove – was your favorite?

    will


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when miss lilly hit will with a broom


    Any additional comments?

    this is the first audio book that i have gotten , the book was great to read and even better in audio

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 06-11-13
    Kristin 06-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Kind of a let down."

    Well, maybe I'm missing something. It has all the ingredients to make a good listen but really fell short for me and I'm sorry for that. SPOILERS: The h/h relationship didn't seem to have much depth and development. I didn't experience the journey. The ex wife was a good twist but again no journey or depth. The mystery plot was a good idea but again, no depth or development. The crimes were pretty whack but Kenna was running around more worried about what she was wearing to the derby and giving interviews on tv when she is supposed to be hiding out. A couple months in and she still hasn't pressed charges and when she finally sees her ex boyfriend it's like no big deal. He walks away.

    As for the narrator, he has a wonderful voice but heads so fast through everything that it tends to de-dramatize everything. That's not too say I like a narrator to talk so slow that I fall asleep but to read so fast that I can't even feel the moment may have been a big part of what I feel was lacking.

    I gave it 3 stars for effort but 2 stars may have been enough. Sorry. I just had high hopes. It got a lot of good reviews on amazon.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Carol/Virginia Girl VIRGINIA 06-15-13
    Carol/Virginia Girl VIRGINIA 06-15-13

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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES"

    I absolutely loved this book!!! This is the first book of the Bluegrass series written Kathleen Brooks, who is a phenomenal writer. The story begins with McKenna Mason, an attorney from the big city of New York, who gets into serious trouble with some dangerous powerful men who have no respect for a woman. McKenna flees the big city and comes face to face with her first love, Will Ashton. What follows is a wonderful story full of danger, mystery, intrigue, comedy, love, family values, and a great out-pouring of support for each other. You will laugh and cry, fear for their lives, and be completely taken in by the amazing way Kathleen Brooks spins her beautiful stories.
    You will absolutely fall in love with the Blue Grass series and the wonderful people of Keenston! Take my word for it you will be hooked on this series and will rush back to buy the next 3 books in this series!!

    Listening to the book, even after I had already read the book was still wonderful! I heard things I did not remember from the book. This is a whole new wonderful world for me!!

    4 of 4 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 2012

    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. ;(

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Morden, United Kingdom 07-05-13
    Amanda Morden, United Kingdom 07-05-13
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    "Fantastic book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bluegrass State of Mind to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed both equally. I love reading but it is just as good having it read to me:)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the storyline and the interaction between the characters


    What about Eric Dove’s performance did you like?

    I just love his voice :)


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

    Oh yes, I could have listened to it forever :)


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Layla LONDON, KY, United States 06-27-13
    Layla LONDON, KY, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of my favorite books now on audio"
    What made the experience of listening to Bluegrass State of Mind the most enjoyable?

    Smooth flow and great narration and of course the wonderful story itself


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bluegrass State of Mind?

    the fear that was evident in McKenna as she witnessed the incident in the conference room and while running away from Chad


    Have you listened to any of Eric Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first time with Eric Dove


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love when the town comes together to welcome McKenna as one of their own


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book on Kindle and was very excited to listen on audible and it was above and beyond my expectations

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene Yucaipa, CA, United States 06-13-13
    Darlene Yucaipa, CA, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Just Plain Good"

    Love the character's and the story line in this book. Eric Dove did and excellent job as the narrator. Does leave you hanging and waiting for the next book. As for me I have already gone out and bought it in paperback. What can I say, couldn't wait. Makes me want to move to this small protective town in Kentucky. What a kick the towns people are. I laughed until I cried at a lot of parts, in both of the book's I've read so far. Can't wait to get my hand's on the next one done in audio. if you are looking for a lot of sex don't buy this book. But if you are looking for a good story go for it!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Beth PIERRE, SD, United States 11-26-13
    Beth PIERRE, SD, United States 11-26-13
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    "FANTASTIC SERIES!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This whole series follows wonderfully, never a dull moment, and very unexpected! Can't wait to read more!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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