Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
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?