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Bluegrass State of Mind

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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  12,921 ratings  ·  872 reviews
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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Candace
This was a nice, sweet story, with a little mystery and suspense thrown in. I listened to the Audible version and it was a good choice. The narration was alright and the story was straightforward enough that I could listen while doing other things and I didn't get lost.

McKenna leaves her legal career in New York City, heading to a small town in Kentucky to hide out. She's on the run after seeing a horrible crime being committed at the hands of her boyfriend, her firm's senior partners and severa
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Stand-alone book 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 of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a
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Beate
Feb 26, 2012 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 execution 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 heavy handed 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 autho ...more
Anuradha
Reading books like this always makes me question how delusional writers are. And I'm not talking dragons here, no siree! I'm talking about those wonderful women who bless us with instalove. Guess what, fuck you all!

Meet McKenna (sorry, Kenna) something, who's a lawyer on the run, because she stumbled upon some sex ring involving her ex-boyfriend and other powerful people in New York. Or something like that. No, really, this sex ring scandal comes up about 80% in. Till you reach that point in the
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Erin
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ian
Feb 17, 2012 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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Anne OK
Jan 13, 2012 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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Pam Nelson
5 Bluegrass State of Mind Stars

I read this book back in 2014, and this town has stuck with me. So I had to do a re-read to see if I liked it as much as I remembered and I have to say I liked it even more.

McKenna is so down to earth, and I love that she is soo a city girl but she adapts to country life without a hickup.
She had to leave the city and is on the run as is her best friend Danielle they have seen somethings that put them in danger.

I loved the tension and the mystery of this book, ke
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Anna's Herding Cats


Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (posting 10/22)
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bluegrass-Stat...

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
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Tammy
Nov 27, 2011 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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Mo_Better
Mar 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
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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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Trashy Katie
Jan 28, 2014 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
Quenya
Saved by the supporting characters.

Wow – I couldn’t have finished this book if all the characters had been like Kenna and Will. Kenna is apparently an undercover brilliant, beautiful genius because everyone bows down to kiss her ass. Will is about as dull as they come for a love interest and doesn’t take up much space in the book. And like other reviewers this book is a hot mess but I adored the supporting characters and quirky little town more than other folks.

The supporting characters totally
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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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Radella
Mar 01, 2012 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
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 04, 2012 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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Lyndi W.
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
Reread this 4 years later and my opinions haven't changed. It's corny and long winded but still really enjoyable.

Original review:

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
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Tracy T.
Sep 15, 2015 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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Rhonda
Sep 18, 2012 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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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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MB Hubbard
Jul 14, 2012 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
Mel
Feb 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Badly-written populist mind-drek. Seriously, how has she become a best seller on any list? The grammar and lack of editing was atrocious. (though I don't think her husband has a choice, but to do her editing). She obviously doesn't know the difference between was/were, showed/shown, farthest/furthest or the proper etiquette for introductions. She comes across as very trashy. It's incredibly challenging to believe a "lawyer" wrote this with her horrible writing. Does she speak like this? The way ...more
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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Donna Hatridge
Mar 12, 2012 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
...more
Loraine
The characters in this book were a little too stereotypical and some of the plot line was a little farfetched. The small town setting was also very formulaic and "Mayberry RFDish". It had several sexual scenes that included "way too much information" for my taste. Also a lot of name dropping as far as clothes, shoes etc that unless you are a "fashionista" didn't mean much of anything. Both of the aforementioned didn't add to the story.

If you are looking for a romance it's a quick read. There ar
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Kendra
Oct 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
I expected to love this book in a guilty-pleasure "this was SO cheesy, but fun" kind of way. I was looking for something light and easy and I really didn't expect it to be great literature. The plot was something I knew would be relatively formulaic, but was a solid plot idea. I was sadly disappointed. As others have mentioned, she needed a very heavy-handed editor. The rest of this review is basically just me venting about everything that I found unbelievable and terrible.

First and foremost-th
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Verna Loves Books
Bluegrass State of Mind by Kathleen Brooks is such an addictive and lovable book. I was drawn in instantly and never wanted to put it down. You'll be so glad you picked this one up because it has everything. It has amazing characters, packed full of love, adventure, and even a little danger.

Will Ashton is so captivating. This is one of those characters your momma raised you dreaming of. He's charming, caring, a hard worker, and makes you feel so many things. I loved him right away and couldn't
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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! ...more

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