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Bluegrass State of Mind

Bluegrass, Book 1
Narrated by: Eric Dove
Series: Bluegrass, Book 1, Bluegrass Universe, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Comedy
4.2 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

See where the USA Today best-selling Author Kathleen Brooks began!

This is the first book in Kathleen Brooks' Best-Selling Bluegrass 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, 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?

©2011 Kathleen Brooks (P)2013 Kathleen Brooks

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  • Ginny LaMere
  • 10-06-2013

OMG FANTASTIC book

Would you listen to Bluegrass State of Mind again? Why?

yes I would I love the book I have it on my kindle but with audio I can listen while I sew or workout

Have you listened to any of Eric Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no but I love his voice

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love when they finally find out what happened to Kenna and Mo and Ahmed assure her they have her back

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  • 06-06-2013

Loved it!

Where does Bluegrass State of Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the whole story. Kathleen Brooks writes wonderful books.

What does Eric Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice really embraced the light Southern drawl that you hear in KY. I was also impressed that he didn't make me cringe when he did the women's voices. Some times men doing women's voices are hard to take. This wasn't the case here.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! I usually listen to audio books while working in the yard or exercising. It made me not want to stop.

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  • Kendra
  • 18-10-2017

Promising premise....terrible execution

I was just looking for a fun, easy, light-hearted listen. instead, this is quite possibly the worst book I've listened to...ever. the story is full of unbelievable characters, gaping plot holes, and a lack of research that leaves me shaking my head. (If you give a main character a career, have at least SOME idea of what it actually looks like). Not to mention the droning on and on about irrelevant details about clothes and food and the like. I seriously wondered on several occasions whether the author just forgot that there was a plot. I finished.... but only because I kept thinking it had to get better. I will not be finishing the series despite not closing the loop on the most interesting part of the plot.

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  • Donna Thomas
  • 05-11-2014

Just Okay

I purchased this and the second in the series at a good price so I was not so upset. I thought it was a little unbelievable at times. Maybe this would have been better narrated by someone else. I kept thinking as I listened to it that the narrator needs to be reading a mystery novel not Romantic Suspense as this was labeled because he does have a good voice, just not for the series.

I'm not going to get the next one in the series.

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  • Beth
  • 26-11-2013

FANTASTIC SERIES!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This whole series follows wonderfully, never a dull moment, and very unexpected! Can't wait to read more!

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  • Amanda
  • 05-07-2013

Fantastic book

Would you consider the audio edition of Bluegrass State of Mind to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed both equally. I love reading but it is just as good having it read to me:)

What did you like best about this story?

I like the storyline and the interaction between the characters

What about Eric Dove’s performance did you like?

I just love his voice :)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes, I could have listened to it forever :)

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  • Marianne
  • 31-07-2013

A Bit Generic

After listening to this book, I'm really surprised that this book has earned such a high rating on Amazon, Goodreads, etc... Only a week after listening to this book and I'm having a hard time recollecting much about it, as I write this review.

No strong opinion about this book. It wasn't great and it wasn't terrible. It was just okay. Fairly generic, really. The performance was fine. I guess I was expecting more suspense, based on the synopsis. But, I still would have liked the contemporary romance if the main characters had been more developed. It was still entertaining though.

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  • Witchywoman
  • 27-06-2013

One of my favorite books now on audio

What made the experience of listening to Bluegrass State of Mind the most enjoyable?

Smooth flow and great narration and of course the wonderful story itself

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bluegrass State of Mind?

the fear that was evident in McKenna as she witnessed the incident in the conference room and while running away from Chad

Have you listened to any of Eric Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

first time with Eric Dove

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love when the town comes together to welcome McKenna as one of their own

Any additional comments?

I have read this book on Kindle and was very excited to listen on audible and it was above and beyond my expectations

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  • Canyon
  • 18-12-2019

Shallow Story and Poor Narration

Unfortunately, I didn't even finish this book. I will start with the content. The premise is pretty standard and initially intriguing - smart city girl runs into trouble and seeks help from an "old flame" who is highly successful and living in a tiny, insular Kentucky town. But that's about where it's appeal ended. The best written parts are the violent flashbacks Mckenna experiences. But there's no depth to Brooks'' characters. They're either wonderful and full of good intentions or evil and scheming. And Mckenna, despite apparently having years of experience as a lawyer clawing her way to the almost-top in a male-dominated workplace, seems content with letting awful things happen (life- and livelihood-threating accidents on her loverboy's farm) just to avoid a confrontation with her obviously wrong beau. And then there's the TOWN. Who walks into a small town diner, puts on their "lawyer face" and is immediately beloved by all to become the bell of the town within 24 hrs of arriving? Mckenna, apparently. And then there's the romance... or lack thereof, there being approximately two paragraphs per chapter dedicated to Mckenna's relationship boo-thing (whose name I don't even remember because he's barely a plot point). The "old flame" part? Yeah, they spent a week together when she was twelve. I know so little about this guy, I guess its enough to be attractive, and a southern gentlemen to have her madly in love with him by the third chapter. Absolutely no depth to him, despite ALL of the circumstantial opportunities to give him some complexity. I just feel like this whole book is a campaign for Southern hospitality and Chivalry, resting on the constant references to general southern values to carry the character development. I'm altogether disappointed and glad I didn't spend any money on this. I'm not sure why they chose a male narrator for a story written almost entirely from a female perspective. Eric Dove is a good narrator, but he was completely off on the tone of most of the dialogue, and asking him to perform so many female voices (the majority of the voices) when his regular female voice is irritatingly simpering, I just feel like this book was put out to troll us all.

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  • Cam
  • 03-03-2014

Can’t consider this one steamy

The storyline was great and the small injection of suspense was an added touch. I only wish there was a bit more passion mixed in since I felt the story could have been so much better with that addition. The narrator also did a very nice job with the characters but his voice for the prince was superb. It was hard not to imagine Antonio Banderas for that personality. The second story in the series is about the prince so even though I am certain the passion will be lacking, thanks to the narrator, I will have to purchase that book as well.

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  • lucytoad
  • 14-10-2019

One of the best

One of the best books, can't wait to see what come next and can't wait for your next book

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  • Carien
  • 21-03-2015

Secrets and safety

What did you like most about Bluegrass State of Mind?

Wondering if I could ever survive in a town like this where everyone knows everyone else's business, but then there are all these wonderfully kind and caring people who would go to hell and back for you...

What did you like best about this story?

Wonderfully developed characters

What does Eric Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Unique voices for each character