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Bluegrass State of Mind (Bluegrass Series #1)

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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 ...more
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Published November 17th 2013 by Laurens Publishing (first published June 25th 2011)
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Lola Well, in the situation in the book, I don't think the law partners are worried about any of their colleagues or the other men ratting them out because…moreWell, in the situation in the book, I don't think the law partners are worried about any of their colleagues or the other men ratting them out because it is something that would look bad for all of them. No one would be able to walk away from this scandal free, and so everyone keeps their mouths shut, making the need to silence McKenna and Danielle even greater. Those two women are literally the only two who will tell on them all. (less)

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Beate
Mar 07, 2012 Beate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cowboys, romance
This book went from promising to annoying so quickly, it still has my head spinning, days after having read this book. The premise and the general plot is good. But the execusion is below par. What this book sorely needs, is a good editor who isn't afraid to tell the author when her writing sucks, and it needs some serious and heavyhanded editing. It really does have good parts, and it starts off with a really great plot. But somehow, for 80% of the book, that plot is ignored. Instead the author ...more
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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
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Erin
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Ian
Jun 12, 2013 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Prada and Christian Dior
After celebrating her 29th birthday with friends, McKenna returns to her New York law firm late one night to collect some papers. What she discovers is some serious heavy hitters including partners, senators, judges and her boyfriend gang raping a woman. These powerful men think nothing of killing to protect their reputation and McKenna needs to be silenced.

She withdraws all her money and takes flight, finally landing in a small town in Kentucky where she meets Will, a breeder of champion race
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Julie Anderson
This book is an example of why people shouldn't get impatient and rush to publish their own books.

The writer and the story have potential, but...the problems really were unfortunate and would have been dealt with by a professional editor or perhaps the author herself if she set it aside for an extended period.

The problems: 1. Too many glaring grammar and spelling errors and 2. Contrived conflicts and resolutions that were too convenient.

Perhaps someone in a new relationship would be insecure
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Tammy
Nov 27, 2011 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another 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
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Anne OK
Feb 20, 2012 Anne OK rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
A storyline with potential BUT the robotic sentence structure throughout this book drove me over the wall. I just could not get comfortable with the style - or lack thereof.

"It is going well."

"I am sorry, I wish I could go with you right now."

"I am glad I ran into you."

The characters were well-crafted and I actually really liked them. There are two crimes to solve and you're kept wondering if they are related. There's an ex-wife who brings a whole new definition to the word "bitchy." It's one of
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Missy Jane
Here's another book I discovered on my Nook from most likely a free download. I was a bit daunted when I opened it to see over 600 pages listed but decided that would be okay if the story was good. While the story line was definitely intriguing there were quite a few things about the book that turned me off.
First, the typos. It's sad that I've gotten to the point of cringing every time I open a book and see it was published through Smashwords, but unfortunately there's a reason for that. Unneces
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Ursula Gorman
Bluegrass State of Mind was available for a free Kindle ebook...so, I decided to try it out. I'm glad I did! There are two more in the series that I am more than willing to buy now that I've gotten a taste of Kathleen Brooks and her slightly off beat, endearing characters.
The beginning catches your attention with suspense but light-hearted situations soon follow. Brooks is able to successfully mix a touch of intrigue with humor and quirkiness. The ecclectic cast of characters are the driving for
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Jules
Apr 06, 2012 Jules rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I struggled over giving this book a 1 or 2. I decided to be generous with the 2. Several times, I was tempted to leave the story unfinished, but I'm odd that way. A book has to really stink for me not to finish it. This one almost made it.

First of all, where did the editor go? Surely this book didn't have one. It doesn't normally bother me to come across a few glaring mistakes, but this book was full of them. So distracting!

Secondly, there was way too much description and repeating of informatio
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Radella
Mar 01, 2012 Radella rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
McKenna Mason is on the run from powerful people with even more powerful friends. Although it's been more than half a lifetime ago, she decides to seek out Will Ashton, someone she knew for a week when she was only 13. She finds him in a small town, that just so happens to be looking for an assistant DA, a position she is ready to jump into. While she is slow to trust Will, and there are plenty of misunderstandings (mostly centering on Will's ex-wife) she finds herself drawn into his life. Will ...more
Rhonda
Sep 18, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a book that will make you laugh and have you biting your fingernails anticipating what happens next, Bluegrass State of Mind is for you. Kathleen Brooks starts of the Bluegrass Series with a heartwarming tale of a good old boy town in Kentucky.

Kenna, a lawyer on the run for her life after seeing something she shouldn’t have comes into the small Kentucky town hoping to stay hidden and get the Assistant DA job. I love how the town rallies behind her and adopts her as one of
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MB Hubbard
Jul 14, 2012 MB Hubbard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a first in a series of 3 books. As a Kentucky girl, I loved this tale of life and love in a small central Kentucky town. McKenna is a strong, level-headed woman who despite facing the loss of her job, and threats to her life, decides to fight the institution that has wronged her. She flees New York City to a Southern town where her first love Will Ashton lives. In this small southern town, McKenna meets a group of people who adopt her as their own and help protect her and keep her safe. ...more
Tracy T
Sep 15, 2015 Tracy T rated it it was ok
2 star story. Great narration by Eric Dove! (audible whispersync review)
This story was just okay. It was missing a lot of elements, especially for a romance book. Particularly the romance, it was so forced and unbelievable. There was not connection, no chemistry, no depth, nothing. It was like they decided they love each other. There is no sexual tension or sex in this book. A couple of kisses and a little petting that is about it.

I also found that for someone "hiding/running" for her life sure
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Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

While searching for a light read with audio version for $1.99, I found this book. Since it’s in the Kindle Unlimited program, I decided to download the book and the audio. I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted story.

McKenna Mason is a high-powered attorney in NYC. She accidentally finds out what the boy’s night parties are all about and has to run for her life. She goes to Kingston, Kentucky where her young girl crush lives, hoping he’ll put a good word in with the district atto
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Trashy Katie
Jan 28, 2014 Trashy Katie rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-e-book
About halfway through this book I began to suspect that the Kentucky Tourism Board sponsored this book to counteract all the negative publicity from Justified. Apparently everything is wonderful in Kentucky! Come enjoy the Kentucky Derby and William Shatner and the lowest number of fathers with unpaid child support in the country! The book actually mentions these facts and not a bad thing is ever said about Kentucky. It's a paradise on earth full of attractive men who want to take care of helple ...more
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4 Stars

I’ll admit that I love free books, who doesn’t? Free books are a gamble, a lot of times you miss but sometimes you hit and boy did I hit with Bluegrass State of Mind by Kathleen Brooks. I enjoyed this one so much that I immediately went to Amazon and downloaded the next two and I’m so glad I did! These are three books you will want to read back to back because the stories are very connected and you’ll want to see how everything all works out.

McKenn
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Amanda
So, I like the story okay. But a few things are driving me nuts. First, The reason she left NYC was a little over the top for me.

Second-- More than that, though, is that the romance between the h/h feels so forced. They see each other for 5 minutes a few times and have one dinner together and all of a sudden it's serious?!?!? Please.

Third-- Mostly though, the writing drives me nuts. It's too formal to read. I feel like I can't relax with the characters. Plus she does one of my pet peeves, she
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Donna Hatridge
Mar 12, 2012 Donna Hatridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the Nook this novel has 624 pages. This is a full length romantic suspense novel with enough mystery to keep you reading the next two books in the series.

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, compl
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Joan
My own fault. I read another 'Bluegrass' book, some time ago and found it pretty .. sickly, but this was free and I had forgotten about the previous one and I was in desperate need for something warming and comforting. (The non-fiction books I am reading at the moment -though wonderful- keep reducing me to tears at the most inconvenient times)

So, Chick-lit. Easy on the eyes in more ways than one. Until I realised that the writing was clichéd beyond cliché. (view spoiler)
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Caz Malpas
2.5 - 3 WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT STARS

I've just finished listening to this story and i still am not really sure what happened, i know this for sure though, McKenna, the heroine and Will the hero wasnt the main story, it was more about why the h was on the run etc, etc.
Did it get sorted, i really dont know, i must of not heard that bit, as i far as i am concerned the oerson who was after the h is still out there, if i am wrong please let me know and i will listen to the last few chapters again..
Th
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Nitzan Schwarz
Apr 07, 2016 Nitzan Schwarz marked it as did-not-finish
Read between April 6 to 7, 2016
Dropped at 34%

Honestly, it's not that this book was bad or anything but I've passed the 30% mark and we were still having one introduction after another, with barely any character getting more than a scene or two. Too many people, too much exposition for my liking. And basically every male character that approached the MC asked her for a date, which just rubbed me slightly wrong.
I wish the book would've cut down half the side characters and focused on actual plot
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Mo_Better
Mar 02, 2015 Mo_Better rated it did not like it
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Claire
I got this free from Amazon.
Kenna is a lawyer who finds herself in the middle of several hidden crimes with powerful people in NY. She leaves NY in a rush and hopes to start new somewhere else. She books it to Kentucky to look up an old flame, hoping that he will help her out.
The cover of the book and the title really have nothing to do with the plot and do not fit the book at all, IMO.
There were several characters in the novel. They were all likable enough but the book ended up being just oka
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Lyndi
Oct 05, 2012 Lyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kindle freebie from Amazon.

Ok, where to start?

This book is no show and all tell. I'm going to quote a bit of dialogue for you that should be a pretty good example of the issue:

"Really? She broke you? I don't mind you telling her, as I figured the subject was going to come up. But, I was hoping I could seduce her before we got to serious conversation. But, my curiosity is piqued now. How did one little woman get you to talk about a confidential matter? After all, I know when you were a commander
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Debra Chapoton
Bluegrass State of Mind could be 3 or 4 stars if the author had employed an editor or at the very least a couple of good proofreaders. The characters are vivid and distinctive; the setting is well described; and the plot is all right though there are a few things that needed to be fixed. That said, Bluegrass State of Mind is about a young lawyer who sees something criminal happening in her firm. She barely escapes, running for her life, and settles in Kentucky where she looks up a guy she knew w ...more
Tammy
Mar 27, 2013 Tammy rated it really liked it
I loved this book and I also loved the fact that the first in the series is free! That's definitely the way to get this girl hooked on a series: first one free and the ones after it cheap!

There was:
1. Romance... this book was brimming with romance, not only from the main characters but from the supporting characters as well.
2. Conflict...there were many points of conflict, which I love because it helps to carry the story and it helps to explain the characters and their motives for certain action
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Lisa
May 22, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't you love that feeling when a book just clicks? Bluegrass State of Mind was that kind of book for me. It was fun, cute, sexy and had just enough mystery and suspense to keep you hooked.

McKenna Mason is the perfect type of main character. She was a little feisty, but completely genuine. She really wanted to do what was right even if it meant putting her life in danger. I love characters who are willing to stand up for a cause because that is how I like my friends. Her and Will have insta-ch
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Erica Glass
Sep 24, 2012 Erica Glass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was first drawn to this book because (1) it was a Kindle freebie and (2) I was raised in Kentucky (no longer living there though). I admit it sat in my book list for a long time before I finally decided to read it. I am not normally into romances, but this turned out to be a great mystery and suspense as well as an interesting romance. I really liked all the characters and found myself genuinely concerned for them.

As someone who was raised Kentucky (West Liberty...in the Eastern side) and now
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Lara
Jan 07, 2013 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, read-2013
1.5 star

While I didn't dislike this book I found it quite annoying to read!
Once I finished it I snooped around other readers' reviews to find out if it was just me and, well, it turns out I'm not the crazy one!

The main problem for me was the fact that the characters often lost themselves in pointless information -no, I'm not really interested in a detailed account of how football is played and, while I could understand that being from New York pretty much means an unusual attention in fashion's
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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 and Bluegrass Brothers Series feature small town charm with quirky characters while her Women of Power Series shows that behind every sexy billionaire is a man strong enough to love her!

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