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 prestigious firm in New York. The group also contained a high-powered Senator and McKenna knew their only hope of survival was to split up and disappear.
McKenna ends up applying for the Assistant DA position in the small town of Keeneston hoping to use an old friend from her childhood as a way in.
The important things about this story are how it made me feel. I loved the town and it’s citizens. I felt the author truly knew these people and they were not one-dimensional characters. The romance between McKenna and Will are secondary for me but still well written and important to the story. The added suspense of McKenna’s past gave the over all plotline flavor.
I am not a huge Romance reader these days but I am thankful Kathleen Brooks asked for the review. I am happily adding the rest of the series to my TBR shelf and will continue to follow Ms. Brooks future works.
I recommend this book highly to all lovers of Romance and those that need to change it up from their typical reading preferences.
Here is the book summary: 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?
This is the first book in the Bluegrass Series by Kathleen Brooks. The second book, Risky Shot, is due out by the end of July. The third book, Dead Heat, is due out mid-Fall.