This is the first in the Bluegrass Brothers series, which includes USA Today best-selling titles Rising Storm, Acquiring Trouble, and Relentless Pursuit. The newest release, Secrets Collide, was just recently released. This is the follow-up series to the best-selling Bluegrass Series.
Cade Davies is an ex-Army Ranger, teacher, and the new head coach of the high school football team in Keeneston. He barely has time to adjust to all of the changes in his life before he runs into the school's fiery new guidance counselor and a new threat to the peaceful town of Keeneston.
DEA Agent Annie Blake was undercover to bust a major drug ring preying on high school athletes across the South. After her transfer from Miami to Kentucky, Annie looks to make her career by solving the biggest case the DEA has open. What Annie didn't count on was becoming the local gossip. Amid marriage bets placed by the entire town, a priest as a landlord, and a trio of thugs after her, Annie looks to Cade for help in bringing down the drug ring before anyone else is hurt. But can the unflappable Annie deal with the feelings that follow?
©2012 Kathleen Brooks (P)2013 Kathleen Brooks
This was a good read. I liked Annie and Cade. Liked the storyline, too. I especially liked Lily Rae, Violet Fae and Daisy Mae, really funny names. Also liked Page and Cole, Miles, Marshall and Pierce.
Funniest names EVER for the deputies: Dinky and Noodle.
As far as sex goes? There was NONE! There was a little sexual tension but then it was fade-to-black.
I know a lot of readers like that but I don't happen to be one of those. Therefore, as much as I liked this book I can't see myself reading any others.
As to the narrator: He did a wonderful job with the females voices. I would definitely listen to him again.
Oh yeah, Cade and Annie make a great team. Easy going H.S. Football Coach. And a DEA agent with an attitude. Kathleen Brooks has been put at the top of my all favorite Author's list. Not only is she classy, her books all have good story lines. I have stated before, her books are not for the sex scene fans. But if one likes good story plots they are for you. Eric G. Dove does a great job narrating the stories. Can't wait until the next Davies brothers book comes out in audio.
I've listened to hundreds - so all I can really say is right there at the top.
I love how Kenna & Will try to make out, but Lily Ray keeps coming out with her broom to sweep imaginary leaves off the porch.
I love the Rose sisters, Mo & Ahmed.
I'm huge into guys protecting girls - so, the part when they are at Mo's house for the party. Kenna's ex boyfriend shows up. Will, Mo & Ahmed all kind of step up to the plate to try to figure out how to get her out of trouble.
This is one of the best series I've read. After the first three books, you can read the Bluegrass Brothers Series out of order & they are good. However, if you read them in order, they connect. (It spins off the first three books.) Eric Dove does an excellent job. He is one of my favorite narrators.
I really liked the story. It was a predictable romance with a strong female lead.
Unfortunately, somebody doesn't seem to realize that a romance, written by a woman with a strong female lead, needs to be narrated by a WOMAN! Aggravating!
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I liked Annie and Cade and their story was a good mix of action/suspense and romance that made for an interesting and engaging story. This is the first story I've read by this author and based off this I'm likely to read more of her work in the future.
Annie is a DEA agent that's good at her jobs but known to be a little hard to control. She worked an undercover sting in Florida and found a lead in to a drug hitting the high school athletes. Since her boss wasn't real thrilled with her, he transferred her to Kentucky to follow the trail of the drug ring. Annie's mother died when she was young and she didn't know her father so she grew up in Foster care. Her experiences there propelled her in to her work with the DEA.
Cade is ex-special forces and now works as a high school teacher and coaches high school football. He's just gotten promoted to head coach and is happy about it but nervous. Cade has dated a lot but never let any woman catch him enough to be in a relationship.
Annie is sent to Cade's high school undercover because they had information that the drug was being produced somewhere nearby. She goes undercover as a guidance counselor since the school has been needing one for a while. The first meeting between Cade and Annie happens when she comes out to the football field during practice. One of the players is amped up on the new drug and in a roid-rage getting ready to punch Cade. Cade was planning to deflect it but Annie steps in front of him and deflects it and then starts getting on his case for not being able to defend himself against a teenager (even if he's bigger than Cade). Cade's rather flummoxed by Annie's assumption that he can't defend himself and isn't sure what to think of Annie. He's attracted to her but he's never met a woman less impressed by him and that's not something he's used to, Cade's used to woman falling all over themselves for him. Annie's attracted to Cade but seriously doesn't get who he is at first. They have another, similar encounter which just makes things weirder between the two. Later, when some thugs attack them outside the diner, Cade takes them down and Annie realizes he's not just a high school teacher. Cade starts realizing that she's not a normal high school counselor and they both use their contacts to find out who the other person is.
Once Annie knows who Cade is, she has more respect for him and wonders if maybe he'll be able to help her in her work. She doesn't tell him who she if right away but when kids at their school start testing positive for drug use, the action plot starts heating up and Cade is brought in to the thick of things. It goes slowly at first but Annie is able to start getting some information but mainly they're trying to find who the person making the drug is (the chemist or doctor behind it all). Things take months to escalate and in the mean time, Annie starts to become part of the community and make friends. Because of her childhood and her work she's never really had a home and Annie finds that she wishes for one. She also start to feel more and more for Cade. It takes a while but they do move past friends/co-workers and become a couple. Annie discovers she likes being with Cade and wonders if it could grow in to something more. The story continues with the action plot escalating as they work undercover until they take down the drug ring. The romance plot is sweet and doesn't have a lot of internal drama and once the action plot gets settled, Cade and Annie are able to start their HEA together.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Annie and Cade. They were good, well balanced characters that weren't over the top or annoying. The story had a good balance between the action and romance story lines and both were well done and believable. I'll probably read more of this series in the future. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :)
yes love this series
I love the rose sister
when they bring down the drug ring
I laughed at some parts
It's a must have in a book or audio .. Audio is great because you can listen to it while you do things around the house
Cade Davies, who wouldn't want to meet a guy like him!
Very pleasant voice
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