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Parks & Recreation meets The Blue Collar Comedy Tour in this third ebook in Molly Harper’s Bluegrass series of contemporary romances: A love triangle of colleagues heats up the winter lodge where they get snowed in for a week.
Kentucky Tourism Commission employee and executive assistant extraordinaire Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it’s not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can’t micromanage.
An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state. Luckily, the lodge has working fireplaces and enough food to keep the staff from turning on each other like something out of The Shining. Kelsey wouldn’t mind being stuck inside if it wasn’t for the tension with her not-so-secret crush, Charlie, the office’s statistician. But handsome Ranger Luke, the lodge’s only employee on hand, is there to take Kelsey’s mind off her discomfort.
Even though this weekend is supposed to be a planning session for KTC, Kelsey can’t help her mind from wandering and finds herself conflicted over Luke and Charlie. Someone’s love will keep her warm, but whose will it be?
Molly Harper is the author of How to Run with a Naked Werewolf, A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses, and The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires as well as a popular series of paranormal romances set in the small Kentucky town of Half-Moon Hollow.She also writes the Bluegrass series of contemporary ebook romances, most recently Rhythm and Bluegrass. A former humor columnist and newspaper reporter, she lives in Kentucky with her husband and children. Visit her on the web at MollyHarper.com or at SingleUndeadFemale.blogspot.com.
This was a fun, snarky, somewhat crazy co-workers' love story. Who knew working for the Kentucky State Tourism Commission could be so much fun! Add in a rather narcissistic ex, a meddlesome mother and some Facebook posts that lead to an ill-timed misunderstanding and you have a recipe for a delightful listen. Amanda Ronconi's narration further rounds out this audiobook with an authentic Southern twang to her delivery that will leave you believing you've actually traveled to Kentucky.
Although this is the third book in Molly Harper's Bluegrass series of contemporary romances, it can easily be read as a standalone, as the romance between the main couple, as well as a potential love triangle, is self-contained in this book. Once you've listened to this story, however, you will no doubt want to go back and explore some of the other love stories amongst this eclectic group of co-workers.
The Kentucky Tourism Commission employees are headed to their winter retreat to unwind and brainstorm new tourism initiatives. Unbeknownst to them, however, a huge winter storm causes their carefully crafted plans to be interrupted. While they made it to their destination, the snowstorm of the century takes out the electricity and causes all the roads to be closed, leaving them with no choice but to make do as best as they can manage in the lodge. Fortunately the lodge has enough supplies to keep them from being the next Donner Party, even if the resulting living is definitely on the Spartan side.
Amongst this chaos, secrets start to become revealed and potential crushes are hard to deny. In particular, Kelsey, the executive assistant to the office's boss, has harbored a crush on Charlie, the office's statistician, for quite some time, but his actions towards her are less than clear. Charlie, in turn, has his own reasons for his seemingly odd behavior. As if this weren't complicated enough, the lodge's ranger, Luke, is also making his attraction towards Kelsey known. Can a few days of weather imposed, forced communal living lead to a potential HEA?
Amanda Ronconi does a good job with the narration. She is able to create genuine male and female voices, and creates slightly nuanced intonations among the same-sex characters to allow for ease of listening without having to generally rely on dialogue tags. Additionally, Ms. Ronconi has great timing with the numerous humorous lines, thereby ensuring that they deliver their maximum comical punch.
My favorite voice is that of Kelsey's. Ms. Ronconi sounds like a natural Southerner, and expertly brings to life Kelsey's snarky, somewhat quirky, personality. Additionally, she is able to imbue her performance with just the right amount of angst, frustration and eventually confidence, which allows Kelsey's character to expertly bring closure to the persons who previously frustrated her efforts to achieve a HEA.
All in all, SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS is a well done audiobook which is sure to warm your heart and cause plentiful laughs. This was my first experience with Molly Harper's contemporary romances, and I will no doubt be looking for more of her works in the future.
Review originally published at The Romance Reviews.Read more ›
Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper my review
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth
Another wonderfully fun and brilliant book by the fabulously talented Molly Harper. Snow Falling on Bluegrass is a fabulous story of taking a chance on yourself. Of allowing your own happiness to take precedence even if it means being alone. This is the third book in The Bluegrass Series but can be read as a standalone. Witty and smart, this wonderful book, and a must read. Molly Harper is an author to remember.
Executive assistant extraordinaire Kelsey, is known around the office for her unflappable control in any situation. So when Kelsey and her fellow co-workers of the Kentucky Tourism Commission head off for their office retreat, no one’s surprised that she and her boss Sadie have everything planned. An unprecedented snow storm changes things when it knocks out the power, trees and generally brings the state to a standstill, trapping the group in the lodge. Thankfully they have open fireplaces and plenty of food, to keep them from turning on each other. Kelsey has had the fiercest crush on gorgeous Charlie, the office’s statistician for the three years she has worked with him, and is tempted to find a warm spot to snuggle up with him, except she just doesn’t know how he feels about her. But the handsome Ranger Luke, the only staff member in the lodge makes it very clear that he would love to keep her mind off of Charlie, and any other distractions she has. Though the weekend is meant to be all about work, Kelsey can’t help her mind wandering, and her feeling of conflictions grow over who she wants, Luke or Charlie. Both are wonderful, but she can only have one.
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NUMBER OF HEARTS: 5 REVIEW: Snow Falling in Bluegrass takes us back into the world of the KCT (Kentucky Tourism Commission). But this time the crew is going on location, well a work retreat. What started out as a fun outing (well as much fun as spending the weekend with your co-workers) soon turns into the snow apocalypse (think Gillian’s Island covered in snow, no power, no heat, no phones, no internet, lots of ice, snow and ice. Oh and your co-workers). But it is not all bad. There is Auntie Nina’s rubbery bacon cheeseburger pizza cooked in a gourmet redneck oven, The Professor, Fort Kelsey, a very cranky marsupial, the lost of panties, and some sweet revenge that smells like popcorn. Another awesomesauce story from Molly Harper. I love how Molly can bring together such a great story while delivering some of the funniest stuff I have ever read. I have never meet a Molly Harper book that didn’t leave me in tears, gasping for air, and loving every page of what I read. I am already preparing for my Molly Harper book withdrawals (trust me it is not pretty) As always I listened to this book on audio, because one I love love love Amanda Ronconi reading to me. Two, I love listening to Molly’s stories because Amanda brings the character to life in a way that I am not my mind could do. And three because I am weird and I started Molly’s books on audio and plan to continue listening to them on audio. But I do still own them all on paper or in ebook form (Yes, I know I have a book hoarding issue. No, I don’t need help :D ) One of many of my favorite lines: “I would gladly slap her with a salmon” “With a salmon” “I would follow with cream cheese” I told him “My vengeance is best served with bagels.” “You’re an incredibly strange girl, and I mean that in the best possible way.” If you have not picked up a Molly Harper *wiggles finger at you* shame on you. I demand you go grab one of Molly’s book and try it out.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley & Galley, Threshold, Pocket Books & Tantor Media in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.Read more ›
Molly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her family.