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

Kathleen Brooks
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Book Description

This is the first book in Kathleen Brooks' Best-Selling Bluegrass Series, a romantic suspense novel with loads of Southern Charm and humor.

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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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: 3791 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468065343
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00589BAWK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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95 of 102 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but HORRIBLE proofing! February 27, 2012
By JenR
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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60 of 64 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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20 of 21 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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60 of 71 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this series from start to finish
I loved this series from start to finish. There seem to be few natural story tellers and Ms. Brooks appears to be one of them.
Published 1 day ago by daver2014
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 4 days ago by Alane M. King
3.0 out of 5 stars For Bluegrass Area Fans
There was not a lot of obvious intrigue, but I did enjoy it. I lived in the area for a number of years. I almost felt like I was back in Midway, KY again, minus the court house.
Published 5 days ago by Diane LaMarche
4.0 out of 5 stars Big city to Lexington, KY small town life.
Enjoyed the book, but it was so long ago that it was read that I barely remember it. I know she is an attorney on the run out of a major city into the Lexington, KY area and takes... Read more
Published 5 days ago by genevany
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK!
I fell in love with Kathleen Brooks's writing after reading this book. AMAZING! This series is FANTASTIC.
Published 5 days ago by TTSLP
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to read
A good book and a wonderful series. Strong characters with a winding story of girl meets boy and trouble along the way.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like that it left me hanging at the end
Didn't like that it left me hanging at the end. Have to try to find the book that continues this story line. Otherwise it was very good. Easy to read.
Published 6 days ago by Dianne Cassioppi
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really enjoyed this series.
Published 8 days ago by Mary A. Royce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read the whole trilogy do not be dismayed by the flash back that kenna had
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I ENJOYED THE STORY
I ENJOYED THE STORY. I liked the idea of the town embracing someone, and pulling together to help her out. Read more
Published 10 days ago by jan
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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 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: 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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