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Bluegrass State of Mind (Bluegrass Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Brooks
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Book Description

She thought she would be safe far away in Kentucky...

McKenna Mason's perfect life in New York City has just been destroyed. She is now a witness to a horrific crime involving some of America's most influential men. She knows she must get away and can think of only one outsider that might help her—Will Ashton. The flame of their brief romance during their teenage years never completely died out, and now it is about to explode.

Troubled pasts, a feisty horse that refuses to race without a good luck kiss, and three old ladies hell-bent on playing match-makers turn this newly rekindled romance into a wild race to the finish. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?

This is the first book in Kathleen Brooks's breakout Bluegrass and Bluegrass Brothers Series.


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This was such an enjoyable break from some of the heavier stuff I have been reading. I love all that crazy, heavy reading but sometimes it's good to settle into light-hearted romance.
Kathleen Brooks' Bluegrass State of Mind was just the book I needed. It is full of endearing characters in a 'Mayberry' type small town who seem to embrace you as they embrace the main character, McKenna.

McKenna and her friend Danielle witness a crime perpetrated by McKenna's boyfriend and the law partners from her prestigious firm in New York. The group also contained a high-powered Senator and McKenna knew their only hope of survival was to split up and disappear.
McKenna ends up applying for the Assistant DA position in the small town of Keeneston hoping to use an old friend from her childhood as a way in.

The important things about this story are how it made me feel. I loved the town and it's citizens. I felt the author truly knew these people and they were not one-dimensional characters. The romance between McKenna and Will are secondary for me but still well written and important to the story. The added suspense of McKenna's past gave the over all plotline flavor.

I am not a huge Romance reader these days but I am thankful Kathleen Brooks asked for the review. I am happily adding the rest of the series to my TBR shelf and will continue to follow Ms. Brooks future works.

I recommend this book highly to all lovers of Romance and those that need to change it up from their typical reading preferences.

About the Author

Kathleen Brooks is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Kathleen's stories are romantic suspense featuring strong female heroines, humor, and happily-ever-afters. Her Bluegrass Series and follow-up Bluegrass Brothers Series feature small town charm with quirky characters that have captured the hearts of readers around the world.
Kathleen is an animal lover who supports rescue organizations and other non-profit organizations, such as Friends and Vets Helping Pets, whose goals are to protect and save our four-legged family members.
Kathleen will begin a new series in 2014 called Women of Power. This series will follow the lives of successful businesswomen as they fight off dangers to their lives and careers while searching for true love.
Email Notice of New Releases: kathleen-brooks.com/new-release-notifications/
Kathleen's Website: kathleen-brooks.com
Facebook Page: facebook.com/KathleenBrooksAuthor
Twitter: twitter.com/BluegrassBrooks
Goodreads: goodreads.com/author/show/5101707.Kathleen_Brooks

Bluegrass Series

Bluegrass State of Mind
Risky Shot
Dead Heat

Bluegrass Brothers Series
Bluegrass Undercover
Rising Storm
Secret Santa, A Blugrass Series Novella
Acquiring Trouble
Relentless Pursuit
Secrets Collide
Final Vow 


Women of Power Series
Chosen for Power- April 21, 2014

Product Details

  • File Size: 3620 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Laurens Publishing (November 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00589BAWK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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114 of 122 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but HORRIBLE proofing! February 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would have given the story 4.5 stars but the proofing was absolutely horrible. If I read a book with grammatical errors, I usually walk away from it because it is so frustrating. The fact that I kept reading until the end meant it was a great read but the proof reader should be fired. There were even parts where the wrong character was named in a scene and it led me to believe the characters were cheating on each other. Disappointing to say the least. This is apparently the first in a trilogy but I am unwilling to try the sequels simply because of the editing.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Endearing Characters! November 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was such an enjoyable break from some of the heavier stuff I have been reading. I love all that crazy, heavy reading but sometimes it's good to settle into light-hearted romance.

Kathleen Brooks' Bluegrass State of Mind was just the book I needed. It is full of endearing characters in a `Mayberry' type small town who seem to embrace you as they embrace the main character, McKenna.

McKenna and her friend Danielle witness a crime perpetrated by McKenna's boyfriend and the law partners from her prestigious firm in New York. The group also contained a high-powered Senator and McKenna knew their only hope of survival was to split up and disappear.

McKenna ends up applying for the Assistant DA position in the small town of Keeneston hoping to use an old friend from her childhood as a way in.

The important things about this story are how it made me feel. I loved the town and it's citizens. I felt the author truly knew these people and they were not one-dimensional characters. The romance between McKenna and Will are secondary for me but still well written and important to the story. The added suspense of McKenna's past gave the over all plotline flavor.

I am not a huge Romance reader these days but I am thankful Kathleen Brooks asked for the review. I am happily adding the rest of the series to my TBR shelf and will continue to follow Ms. Brooks future works.

I recommend this book highly to all lovers of Romance and those that need to change it up from their typical reading preferences.
4 out of 5 Stars! Tammy with The Kindle Book Review
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Lighthearted and wonderful. September 29, 2012
By Kristy
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book on Barnes and Nobles website as a free read. I am so glad that I downloaded it. It is lighthearted, fun, but also a mix of the danger.

This book revolves around Attorney McKenna Mason who has just witnessed a major crime and is now on the run. Leaving everything she knows. She winds up in Keeneston looking for a job and an old friend from her childhood. Throughout the book we find out little by little what drove her to the small town.

The book is from only one person's point of view and also just so everyone know there is no sex scenes. I know, I know, sad but it is also good because even with the little intimate moments leading up to the moment you know it's going to happen. I feel that this book was wonderful how it was written. So if you are looking for those explicit sex scenes you will not find it in this book.

Also what made me love the book even more is that the character grew up in my hometown of Liverpool, NY just outside of Syracuse. It's not often that you find author's that have heard of those little town's in upstate NY let alone create a character from those parts. That made this book that much more special to me.

I love Kenna because she is a strong female character and a kick ass attorney who will know men right off their feet in the courtroom. Just like she knocks her childhood friend Will Aston's socks off. She may have run but she had her reasons to keep low until the time is right.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series about Mo and Danielle!!

A must read!
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73 of 87 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful! March 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I rarely start skipping paragraphs or pages when I'm reading a book. Towards the middle of this one, I started skipping whole chapters.

Kenna shows up in a new town and instantly becomes the belle-of-the-ball. The whole town basically falls in love with her and supports her in all she does and drops all they're doing to run to her aid??? Really? I lived in the south for a few years and, yes, the people were very nice. But, you know what, folks are nice here in the north, too. This whole unbelievable background was very distracting to me in this book.

Also, the author got way to deep in the weeds and description of some things. I don't need to know she grabbed her laptop, opened a browser, signed on to her email account, opened her email, and read her email. Couldn't the author have just said 'she read her email'? Do I need a step-by-step visual? I think we pretty much all know what email is and how it's read these days.

She meets a Sheik and within the first few hours/day of their meeting, he's offering to do anything for her? Lend her his private jet? Really? Really?

The ex-wife Whitney... She's a complete b*tch who returns to Kentucky and her ex-husband allows her full access to his person, family, stable, etc? And we're supposed to believe that? Really? She runs into Chad, Kenna's exboyfriend, in Washington DC and invites him with her to an event in Kentucky? Really?

This was a freebie book but I think I deserve restitution for my time for reading such drivel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT a stand-alone!
Please be warned, the books in this series are NOT stand-alone. The first 2 books have cliff-hanger endings worthy of the TV series Dallas. Read more
Published 2 days ago by speakfriend
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Grabs you from the very first. Everyone in Keneneston is adorable, you'll want to move in with all of them
Published 2 days ago by traro
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
So good I stayed up till 5am to finish book.
Published 5 days ago by Peggy L Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a cute story
A sweet story, not exactly what I was expecting, but if you are into small town, country romance then it is worth a read. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal State of Mind
Kathleen Brooks makes me want to haul ass to Kentucky and move in! Her imagery and detail is superb, giving me the real small town country feel that I secretly crave.
Published 8 days ago by Katrina Walling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and about my home state
Great story and about my home state!!! It was entertaining without being too mushy! Loved it and can't wait to read the rest! Triple Crown!
Published 8 days ago by Chelsea Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars A run for the roses....
Great story. .already purchased next book.
Published 10 days ago by Maria E. Clacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluegrass state of mind
Story line was good and kept my interest. The characters were good. Each one a different personality. Small town life and family are always good.
Published 13 days ago by Kathy Q
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
keeps you attention, suprising, ranchy butenjoyable reading.
Published 15 days ago by geneva
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow
Reads well. Easy to follow, not too in-depth. Great for a lazy day read.
Published 18 days ago by Marcy Shady
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More About the Author

Kathleen Brooks is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Kathleen's stories are romantic suspense featuring strong female heroines, humor, and happily-ever-afters. Her Bluegrass Series and follow-up Bluegrass Brothers Series feature small town charm with quirky characters that have captured the hearts of readers around the world.

Kathleen is an animal lover who supports rescue organizations and other non-profit organizations, such as Friends and Vets Helping Pets, whose goals are to protect and save our four-legged family members.

Kathleen has a new bestselling series out called Women of Power. This series follows the lives of successful businesswomen as they fight off dangers to their lives and careers while searching for true love. After all, behind every sexy billionaire is a man strong enough to love her!

Email Notice of New Releases: www.kathleen-brooks.com/new-release-notifications/
Kathleen's Website: www.kathleen-brooks.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/KathleenBrooksAuthor
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BluegrassBrooks
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/5101707.Kathleen_Brooks

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