Parks and Recreation meets The Blue Collar Comedy Tour in this third book 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?
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"Sure Kelsey makes poor choices, who doesn't?"
If you love Molly Harper, you'll love this. People say that they can't believe that Kelsey makes such poor choices.....Well that's how we learn. And what good would the story be if everything went smoothly. I had lots of laugh out loud moments. (almost a given with Molly Harper).
So many, but I don't want to give away anything. But one is when Kelsey and Charlie over hear Bonnie and Will talking......it really got me.
Amanda Ronconi is a great narrator and I've listened to her do other stories, but she does all of Molly Harper books fantastic.
No crying just laugh out loud moments. Molly Harper writes to entertain, if you want deep thinking and tragic moments with reason and philosophy, read something else. Molly Harper is pure fun.
I have every audible that's out there from Molly Harper and narrated by Amanda Ronconi....Love them and look forward to more.
"Molly Harper: Still Good"
This is a bit of a review for all Molly Harper books. I've listened to maybe 4-5 of Harper's books all narrated by Amanda Ronconi, and I've enjoyed all of them. Harper is great at writing very relatable main characters. All have little minor quirks or flaws and all have at least one or two relatable-amazing specialities (This character is great at organization) And all have always had 1-2 awful relationships before the book starts that give them a better appreciation of the man they get in this book.
And let's not forget the humor.
The humor is what get's me coming back every time. The characters are just so likeable, and never take themselves too seriously. They are just fun people that you would love to hang out with, even if you don't personally get to be with the man meat
This isn't high-end literature, but it is a fun romp each and every time. This book is no different. enjoy!
"Fav in the series"
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper is my favorite in the series. It had all the fun, snark, love, and friendship that is signature Molly Harper. I enjoy the friendships almost as much as the romance!
Narrated By Amanda Ronconi / Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
As I have said before Amanda/Molly are a great duo. Listen to any of the series and I dare you not to fall in love!
Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews
"Finally Kelsey story!"
I love to read books too. But Amanda Ronconi is an amazing narrator, and she makes the story and characters come to life. And the witty delivery is always the best, much better than my inner voice, so I will always choose the audio book first.
I don't want to give way any spoilers.
But pillow forts, confrontations in doorways and epic popcorn revenge was truly amazing.
Everything, as always.
When Kelsey finally know her own self-worth.
A well written story, it really does one of my favorite characters justice, one of the best from Molly Harper.
"Awesome narrator-- Good story"
I LOVE the narrator, Amanda Ronconi. I also like this author very much though lately I feel like she is just going through the motions. Yes, it was an entertaining and cute book and I enjoyed it. However, it was short and a little formulaic. I just know Molly Harper can do so much better!!! I'll keep buying her books but I hope she gets out of this rut soon.
"still a favorite author"
I wait for her next books to come and this did not dissapoint with many laugh out loud moments.
"Takes me back"
I can so relate, having grown up in the very places in the book and having Southern in-laws. Molly Harper is a wonderful author, spinner great, realistic characters full of fire, wit and flaws. Amanda Ronconi is brilliant. I will listen to anything she narrates because she's just that great.
This book follows the Bluegrass formula, but that's ok. Sometimes we need great, fun characters we know to struggle and have a happy ending.
"another escape "
I love Molly and Amanda together, they just flow, great to just sit back and enjoy the story, the sarcastic humor fits perfectly with Amanda's reading, keep them coming, I always need an escape from day to day
"Awesome love beats stupid into submission story!"
The third book in the Bluegrass series focuses on Kelsey, the executive assistant to Sadie, at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Sadie has organized an office winter retreat that will leave you laughing, crying, and wishing you worked with this group of highly dysfunctional adults!
Kelsey has been living with her boyfriend Darrel for years, and no one seems to be able to see what she see's in this loser. What Darrel does all day is not work, play video games, and charge unnecessary yet expensive items to Kelsey's credit cards. On top of that lovely big picture I just drew, he keeps Kelsey in this constant state of insecurity and self loathing to keep her from leaving him. Prince Charming he is not. At the office, there is Charley, he is the statistics guy and Kelsey has been head over heels for him for years now. He is pretty nerdy, but in a sexy way that makes her want to have crazy monkey sex with him! Their back and forth non-flirting has caused some serious sexual tension, and has the entire office praying Darrel falls into a black hole so those two crazy kids can hook up once and for all. Will the weekend retreat provide cupid enough time, or will he be shot down and killed by the abominable snowman?
I was hoping this book would be about Kelsey, because man, Darrel is the biggest piece of snot and I was just waiting for his day of reckoning to come! So said piece of trash actually broke up with Kelsey for some neighbor slut just weeks before the retreat, but Kelsey kept it quiet. Well, I would too! So when she gathers with her co-workers for this damn retreat it couldn't have come at a better time for her. During the trip she planned on regrouping and finally starting to move on, but others had different ideas. The first and foremost offender is her own mother, who keeps screaming at her she needs a man, any man to save face. Gina the office witch who is constantly throwing herself on everyone and spreading false rumors. Luke the Park Ranger/Resort caretaker putting the moves on her while she is trying to get close to Charley. And last but not least Charley, for pushing her away and acting like he doesn't even want to be her friend. With the help of Bonnie and Will's secret rendezvous, and Josh's constant interruptions it's no wonder anyone could get together in the enormous resort that had three floors with just a dozen or so people in it.
I loved the snowpocalypse scenario the group was forced into. It created the perfect storm with all the moments and characters. Throwing a surprise on Darrel orchestrated by her neighbors that she so lovingly referred to as “The Lost Boys” was brilliant! I can't stop laughing at the ending, and wishing I had my own Lost Boys. Molly Harper has outdone herself again, thanks!
Amanda Ronconi continues to be an excellent voice in the Bluegrass series! Thank you Amanda for the laughs.
"Another enjoyable book by Molly Harper."
This is the 3rd and last ... so far ... book in this series about the co-workers in the Kentucky Tourism Commission. And what an interesting and colorful group they are. This one focuses on Kelsey and her love relationships. Great characters and intricate relationships. Hilarious situations. Love Molly Harper, and narrator Amanda Ronconi is the perfect person to make the people, places, and story come alive. A very enjoyable read/listen.
"Well written and utterly forgettable"
No - I tend to recommend most of her other books to my friends but this, and admittedly the other two in the series, simply do not hit the mark for me. They are an enjoyable read for your public transport wait - but by the end of the story I had already forgotten the beginning.
"Kentucky, at least we are not Arkansas..."
You can not NOT listen to it again. It is a hoot. It is better than the previous two of bluegrass books and I really liked those.
I rather like the geek pod, so I would say the part at the end where they take revenge. Sorry, more info would be spoiler danger.
She is queen of narrators. I preffer English accented narration most of the time, but this is American book by American author and she has lovely accent and just great voice. All Molly Harper books are narrated by her and I think it makes them even better than written form. She is perfect! You forget straight away it is read by one person only!
It is more of a funny book, so I was laughing rather that "aaaaaawwwwing" I did want to strangle Kelsey's ex a lot though. No, no... More of the boxing his ears over and over and over and over... again. No, strangle... no wait...
You do not need to listen to these books in order, although it is better if you are considering this one. However, this one is really my favourite from the lot.
"Steamy snow romance"
Kelsea but Amanda Ronconi always get into her characters.
Kelsea has been in a bad relationship for years. Three long years of putting up with sub-human behaviour from a man who calls her mother every time they argue. She’s also been madly in love with a colleague for years and although she has maintained a friendship with him he has started to act a little weird around her.
When the group gets stuck in the snow on a team bonding holiday they are forced to get along and Kelsea finds two men are competing for her attention. Should she go for dependable, honest, and gorgeous Luke or should she wait around for Charlie to make a move?
This is, in Harper’s usual style, funny, sweet, charming, filled with naughty scenes, and fully satisfying as romance novels go. The build-up and conflict are the perfect accompaniment to a happy ever after ending that leave you smiling for the rest of the week.
The thing that really draws me to this author is her character creation. She makes realistic, humorous, flawed, honest characters that most if not all women can relate to. Using a first person narrative style she really makes the character come alive. Kelsea is another great example of that skill.
"Molly Harper Magic"
The last in the bluegrass series this story rounds off the going ons in the KTS offices well. Easy listening with lol moments and a nice comfortable pace. The story follows a classic line but thats what keeps me coming back to these books!
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