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September 23, 2014

Loved It: Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper + Giveaway

Series: Bluegrass 3
Format: eGalley
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Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
BLURB:

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?


QUOTABLE QUOTES:

Responsible people do not take crotchless panties with them on business trips. - Kelsey

We don't get angry with people who can hurt us. And the people we care about? They're the only ones that can really hurt us. - Will


I've read Molly Harper before and no matter how complicated and dire the situation is, there's always a guarantee that her books will be a riotous fun! I've only tried her paranormal comedies and it's no surprise that SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS is as fun and crazy as her vampires and werewolves. 

Kelsey just broke up with his good for nothing leech of an ex, Darrell, when her department went on a fun team building. Lucky for them, the baddest and biggest ice storm of the decade hit and they're all snowed in their cozy hotel with no power and other amenities that might have made their retreat enjoyable. They survived thanks to a lot of improvisations, humor and snark, out-of-office intrigue and romance, and a rimless romantic rebound (it's actually a 3-point shot) for Kelsey. And it's these things that made SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS a perfect fall read for me. 

The plot is quite simple as well as the conflict. Kelsey is over her boyfriend, Darrell, but it's a challenge getting rid of him. The dude is a persistent d-bag that continues to wreak havoc on Kelsey's life and credit score. To be fair, Darrell is an effective antagonist, it's easy to hate the guy and I have no sympathy for him when Kelsey served righteous vengeance on his ass. I'll never underestimate the power of popcorn ever again!

Her co-worker and new love, Charlie, is more my type. I do have a soft spot for nerds and Charlie is no exception. A dapper math genius, Charlie took his time in winning Kelsey over. There was some miscommunication, which is a great example why snooping through other people's phone and social media account might have its virtues but it's usually a bad idea (trust me on this), which was eventually resolved. How do I love humorous contemporary romance, if only real life were as easy!

Another MHarper signature is her fun and colorful secondary characters. Kelsey's co-workers are ridiculously funny I wouldn't mind getting snowed in with them. But my favorite are Kelsey's "boys", her tech neighbors who remind me of the guys in Big Bang Theory. MHarper, if there's a chance you'll read this review, I hope you'll write more about Wally, Aaron, Cyrus and Bud, geeks need some loving too! 

The best part is SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS can be read as stand-alone. I didn't read the first two yet I didn't feel lost jumping into this series mid-way. Of course I want to backtrack because it's Molly Harper and I always feel good after reading her books! How can one refuse that?











31 comments:

  1. Glad you were able to jump right into this without feeling lost at all. I haven't tried this author yet believe it or not but I do have a couple of her books so I really should give her a try.

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    1. Oh you should definitely try Molly Harper, her books are so frickin' funny!

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  2. Oh yay! I love her books but the last I read was a real struggle. I'm so glad to hear this one was fab! I think I have the first one in the series already. Hrm. Will have to pull out the tablet later and check.

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    1. Better Homes and Hauntings. Only one so far of hers I just couldn't do.

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  3. Well, riotous fun sounds pretty awesome

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    1. It is! Even her paranormal fantasies are just as good if not better.

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  5. "Responsible people do not take crotchless panties with them on business trips." <--- says who?! lol I love that quote!

    I wanted to take this for review but passed bc of time. I'll make time for it at some point bc it sounds like a good read. Glad you enjoyed!

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    1. Kelsey!

      This one is pretty short so I'm sure you'll breeze through it if you do decide to take it on.

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  6. I have read several of her paranormal books and I enjoy her humor. I am glad this one is just as funny. I will have t check it out.

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    1. Then you will have a blast with this series too!

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  7. I love Harper but I had no idea about this series. But I have to know if she gets with Charlie because I'm already in love with him and I don't know how much of a triangle it is with Luke. O_o

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Then this series is your assignment, lady ;)

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  8. I really need to try Molly Harper's books. Glad this one worked as a standalone. I love the nerdy ordinary guys too.

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  9. I haven't any work by Molly Harper but your review is the second one I've read that have enjoyed it. Miscommunications can be sometimes annoying in romances, but if done well, makes a story all the more adorable. :)

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    1. In this case it's adorable and she kept it very simple similar to those shallow conflicts on romcoms. You should try one of her books, it's always filled with humor

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  10. Sounds really good Braine! I'm so glad this can be enjoy as stand alone, I was eyeballing it at audible and the reason I didn't purchase it is because I saw that it was the third book and I haven't listened to previous books...Well, that all just changed now :) Thank you.
    Sounds like a lot fun :)

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    1. It is! You know Molly Harper, she always aims to put a smile on her reader's faces.

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  11. I love Harper's paranormal books, they are all great.
    I've seen this book around for the last couple of days, but I wasn't sure if it'll work as a stand alone... Now I know. Thank you for your review and for the giveaway. :)

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    1. I'm a fellow fan and yes you can get away reading this as is although she might tempt you to get the first two after.

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  12. It's been a while since I read a Harper book but I loved the ones I read by her. I should take the time to read her others one mainly as I only tried her paranormal series. I'm glad you had a good time with this one.

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  13. I love it when a series is full of stand alone books so I can jump in with whatever book sounds the best to me. It is nice to read something with a simple romane and plot every once and a while. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. Yeah, those are the best, no pressure to catch up or read everything before and after.

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  14. Great review! It is great to see that you are still enjoying Molly's work. And to read books as standalones... awesome!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. Standalones are so rare nowadays, everybody's writing series. NOt that I blame them, it keeps the cash flow healthy but it's nice to read a story contained in just one book once in a while.

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  15. This sounds great, Braine. I've only read one of Harper's PR books but I truly enjoyed all the humor. So I think I'd like this one as well.

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    1. She never does Drama & you know I'm not really fond of those. I want to either laugh, be terrified, or swoon. Never cry, I hate crying!

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