This is my first time posting a review blog on an English novel. I have wanted to write several ones for somtime now but I don’t have the time. Now that I finally did, I hope I’ll give justice to the ones that I’ll be posting a review about.
First of all, please let me put a desclaimer. The following comments are my sole opinion on how I perceived and get to know the characters along as I read through the book which may contain both positive and negative thoughts of me as a reader.
So without further ado let me start with Kathleen Brooks Bluegrass Trilogy: Bluegrass State of Mind, Risky Shot and Dead Heat.
Bluegrass State of Mind
This book has been sitting on my Kindle for God knows how long and I never paid attention to it. But last week as boredome struck me, I decided to finally give it some time and dive through its pages. And boy was I surprised. It got me thinking why I never paid attention to it before. Because just like a tag line from a local commercial’Once you start, you can’t stop’. And that just with this book but through the rest of the Bluegrass Series.
Let me answer my own question… Why did I not bother to read this book before? Well I guess the first thing would be that the title didn’t really pique my interest. But I assure you, that whatever I find not so interesting, the content of the book more than made up for it.
I love that this book is not only romance but there’s also the thrill of suspense and adventure that will have your heart pounding along. I love that it’s also a story of friendship, and family and a great neighborhood and town. It makes me want to jump in a plane and reside in Keeneston if that is only possible. The characters felt very real and it’s like getting to know them little by little as you read along.
I love how McKenna Mason handled her life with calm and poise despite the dangerous situation she was in. Will Ashton, on the other hand was someone that I need to get use to before I learned to like. Honestly, up until the 35% of the book I was still hoping for another prince charming to turn up and turn the situation around. But no, Will is the man and he had proved himself worthy of McKenna as I delve deeper into the book. Of course, that is to say that Keeneston have a real life prince, Mohtadi Ali Rahmen who’s another story.
And if it’s any possible to fell in love at first read, I think I just did, with Ahmed… just Ahmed, Mohtadi the Sheik’s head of security who’s all hot and mysterious. And there’s the Rose sisters which on the early part I found nosy and annoying but just like will they proved to be lovable too. And of course the rest of Keeneston and the infamous Keenston grapevine made the book all the more exciting. The love story between Will Ashton and McKenna Mason was just like an icing on the cake, the town and all the extra characters that was Keeneston was a feast already.
Risky Shot was the story of Danielle de Luca, McKenna Mason’s best friend that was with her the night she discovered a crime in their office in New York that got her fleeing to Keeneston. Dani was an ex-beauty queen but she’s not just a pretty face and great body. While Kenna was strong I’d say that Dani was tough. She got a mind that will hold to what she think she should do despite whatever danger lies ahead. Her bitterness on Kenna on the onset of the story was something that have prick my heart with little pins. But no, I’m not judging her, I actually fully understand. Having to follow around the criminals that threatened their lives in the streets of New York, with little money and needing to sleep in her truck most of the time, I can’t help but fell in awe of her. Had I been in her shoes I might probably end up with worse feelings that she did. That’s why being protected by Mo – Mohtadi Ali Rahman no other that the sheikh himself was something I find really sweet and romantic. To say that I don’t even find sheikhs hot or attractive at all, I’d make an except for Mo. His character that is so out of sheikh is really something that you can’t help but fall in love with. I think it’s the way that he cares and reach out to the people of Keeneston that made more of a prince charming and not the title itself.
And of course, there’s the rest of Keeneston and the infamous Keeneston grapevine. I found myself looking forward to those. Of course, there’s always Ahmed at the prince beck and call still all mysterious and hot. And there’s another girl I really look forward to reading about… Tammy. Mckenna and Henry Rooney’s common secretary at the legal office. And the Rose sister is still there, ready to give the necessary push to everyone they think needs it though I think Miss Lily is more up on the ‘control’ side of this than the push. In this second installment of the Bluegrass series, I found myself falling more in love with Keeneston. And since Kathleen Brooks, end this second installment on a big cliff hanger, I have no choice but to immediately purchase the next one and hold on tight as go through with the characters in solving this huge New York crime issue.
Dead Heat is the story of Paige Davies – the woman Mckenna and Danielle learned to love as a dear friend – and Cole Parker the hotshot FBI agent that she always had clash with. She’s a hat maker which made me picture her in my mind to be all girly and all fashion. Well she is, but that doesn’t made her any less strong and tough as Kenna and Dani. Of course she has to be growing up with five brothers.
Starting the story with an almost death, this last installment to the Bluegrass Trilogy is just twice as adventurous and climatic as the previous two. But it’s also as romantic as the others. With Cole on the case of Dani and Kenna’s NY adventure and Paige being a witness to the man who tried to kill her two friends, Cole decided to personally take Paige’s safety in his own hand. It was tough with all her five brothers – technically four since Cy is always MIA – on the lookout but there’s no stopping the tension between the two of them. If I may say so, I was just happy that Paige have her own space because it’ll be hilarious if Miss Lily would be on their backs trying to ‘control’ them.
I love how the town of Keeneston help protect their own and even use their normal gossiping routine to help these 3 girls that was in the brink of death. Kathleen Brooks not only manage to create a great trilogy with her Bluegrass series, but she also manage to build an amazing community in my head that I’ll be remembering for always. Bluegrass series was not just a great read, it was an amazing adventure. You will laugh, cry, love and even get into action as you read along. It’s a place where there are ordinary people with great character. It’s a trilogy that will have you not just feeling with them but also living with them.
I am really happy that I paid attention to reading Mckenna’s story. And I am more than happy that there’s a sequel to this amazing town, the Bluegrass Brothers where Paige hunk of brothers are featured and of course, the rest of Keeneston.
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About the Author
Kathleen Brooks is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. Her Bluegrass Series and Bluegrass Brothers Series have garnered attention as a new voice in romance with a warm Southern feel. Her books feature quirky small town characters you’ll feel like you’ve known forever, romance, humor, and mystery all mixed into one perfect glass of sweet tea.
Kathleen is an animal lover who supports rescue organizations and other non-profit organizations, such as Friends and Vets Helping Pets, whose goals are to protect and save our four-legged family members.
Kathleen lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a cat who thinks he’s a dog.