Monday, October 22, 2018

4 stars-- Bluegrass State of Mind (Bluegrass #1) by Kathleen Brooks

Note: I accidentally deleted 6 months of the blog so this is a repost. All comments on the original posts were unfortunately lost. Sorry!

The cover got me. I'm a cover ho. I won't lie. But I had a good time with it, too. 

This scene gave me a laugh. The ladies were having a rough go of things that day and decided to take it out on dessert. 

Daisy set down the glasses and took out her pad.

"We were thinking of a dessert dinner. Let’s start with the bread pudding with bourbon butter sauce as an appetizer. Then move to chess pie for dinner. And peach cobbler with ice cream for dessert."

Paige looked to Kenna who stared blankly at her and to June who was just nodding her head in approval of the choices.

Feeling slightly overwhelmed with the dinner menu for tonight, Kenna took a sip of her iced tea and choked. "Daisy Mae, what on earth is in this ice tea? It's kinda burning a little."

"That's the bourbon, dear. Now ladies, may I also recommend the chocolate silk pie for an appetizer, freshly made this afternoon?"

"Sounds great." June took a sip of her drink. "Ohhh, this is heavenly. I love the touch of mint you added.”

Bluegrass State of Mind was pretty darn good. 
The Gist: The law firm Kenna worked for was involved in some shady stuff and when she found out her life was in danger and she had to go on the run. Landing in a small town and trying to figure things out.
Kenna and Will are good people. Interesting, hardworking, caring. Funny and sweet. They'd knew each other as kids and all these years later there's still a connection. It was so fun watching them get to know each other again and how the whole town basically played chaperone and constantly cockblocked him. Gave me some good chuckles.

There's suspense but it's pretty easy to figure out but it was still fun watching them deal with random attacks on the farm and such.

I enjoyed getting to see the horse racing. It was fun and a little different. Seeing the makings of a champion race horse, seeing the Kentucky Derby behind the scenes and from both the eyes of those who go all the time and a newbie. It was quite fun!

The issues? 
  • Editing. Brooks needs to find a new editor. Both books had a good bit of struggle in that department. 
  • And while I liked seeing Kenna on her job as a lawyer I was bothered by the fact that both times women were brought up with charges of domestic violence they were given a slap on the hand and the judge/Kenna were like well he deserved it. No. I'm sorry. Yeah he may be a cheater but a wife then breaking both of the husband's arms and only getting 7 days of house arrest? Or one hitting her husband in the head with a frying pan and just having to take a class? Give me a break. That was not okay. If a husband broke his wife's arms for cheating no way he'd get that light of a response. So there's my rant. 

Other than that, though, I really did have a good time with Bluegrass State of Mind. The town is so fun and makes you want to move right in and be a part of their crazy meddling fun. The characters were sweet and great together, the races so interesting. It was a good time and I'll read more.  
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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