Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review: Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper

Rating: ★★★★ stars
Date published: September 22nd, 2014th
Publisher:Pocket Star
Synopsis: Parks & Recreation meets The Blue Collar Comedy Tour in this third ebook 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?

What I Thought:

I've fallen for Molly Harper's Bluegrass series. Each book has been so well written and taken us to a different part of Kentucky while still keeping all the connected characters close; I simply love it. In this third book, bombshell Kelsey finally gets to come to the forefront and have her day.

I've always liked Kelsey, even when she wasn't everyone's favorite person. Her wit and love for her friends was and is always something to admire. I didn't like how she allowed her half wit of a boyfriend and poor excuse of a mother to hurt her the way they did. Their shenanigans made my blood boil. I was hoping Kelsey might get her chance with Charlie, especially since she'd been in love with him for such a long time, but when Ranger Luke appeared on the scene and was keen, I was a little torn between who I'd like to see her with. The problem was that both men were smart, attractive, seemed both interested in Kelsey and good for her, and were just overall good men.

It was great to revisit characters from past stories, especially since everyone was snowed in together, and see how they were doing in their relationships. I wouldn't enjoy that happening to me, but it really brought everyone together even though it also created some friction. In this case I love that Kelsey had to figure things out once and for all about Darryl, and once she made a decision she wasn't able to go back on it, even if she had wanted to. I'm not alluding to her being with him, but something else. You'll see and hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.

There is plenty of laughter, some tears of happiness and even a few that are not, and a wonderful story to enjoy. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series. I hope there are lots more. I would also love to see these stories on my bookshelf and not just on my e-reader or laptop. I think it'd be wonderful if Molly did a story featuring a guy from the tourism office. Each story has stayed fresh while entertaining. Whatever Molly Harper does next, you can be guaranteed I'm going to read it.

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About the Author
Molly HarperWhen Molly Harper was eight years old, she set up a “writing office” in her parents’ living room, complete with an old manual typewriter and a toy phone. And she (very slowly) pecked out the story of her third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city. She had a dark sense of humor even then.
When Molly was considerably older, she headed for Western Kentucky University, where she majored in print journalism. After graduation, she landed a job with The Paducah Sun and married her high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer. After six years at the newspaper, Molly took a more family-friendly secretarial position at a local church office.

Her husband worked nights and Molly was alone with their small child in the “The Apartment of Lost Souls.” A big fan of vampire movies and TV shows, she decided to write a vampire romance novel. Molly created Jane Jameson, a bit of an accidental loser. Jane is single, almost 30, and a librarian working in Half-Moon Hollow, Ky. She has become a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that she’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. Jane drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar. On her way home, she’s mistaken for a deer and shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire. The three-book Jane Jameson series–which includes Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs,Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men and Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever—was released in 2009.  A fourth and final installment, Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors, was released in 2012.

Molly continues stories in the Jane Jameson universe through her Half-Moon Hollow series,Driving Mr. DeadThe Care and Feeding of Stray VampiresUndead Sublet, and A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses.  Undead Sublet is a short story in The Undead in My Bedanthology.  A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses will be released in June 2013.  A special free audio holiday novella, I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas, was released in December 2013.

Molly will update her popular Naked Werewolf romance series in 2013. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, was released in February 2011, quickly followed by The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf. A third installment, How to Run With a Naked Werewolf, will be released in December 2013.  Her first-ever “haunted house story,” Better Homes and Hauntings, will be released in June 2014.

Molly will launch her first-ever contemporary romance series with My Bluegrass Baby in December 2012.  Rhythm and Bluegrass was released in October 2013.

Molly’s books are published by Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. They are available in print, as e-books and audio books at major book stores and on Amazon. Molly is a native of Kentucky. She lives in Paducah with her husband and children.

* Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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