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Bonnie Turkle, multimedia historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism, is dispatched to Mud Creek, a tiny eastern Kentucky town, with few prospects but many oddballs, to rescue important artifacts from McBride’s Music Hall. Now fallen beyond disrepair, McBride’s was once a jewel of the early American music scene, an intersection of the country-western and rhythm and b Bonnie Turkle, multimedia historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism, is dispatched to Mud Creek, a tiny eastern Kentucky town, with few prospects but many oddballs, to rescue important artifacts from McBride’s Music Hall. Now fallen beyond disrepair, McBride’s was once a jewel of the early American music scene, an intersection of the country-western and rhythm and blues circuits. The former owner’s grandson, Will McBride, who also happens to be Mud Creek’s esteemed mayor, would like nothing more than to see the place bull-dozed in favor of a factory that will provide much-needed jobs to his citizens. But Bonnie finds evidence of a legendary musical event at the music hall and her plans to turn it into a museum put Mud Creek’s economic future at risk – not to mention the growing flirtation between the two of them. If Will and Bonnie can’t find common ground, the town’s past and future will be lost.


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Bonnie Turkle, multimedia historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism, is dispatched to Mud Creek, a tiny eastern Kentucky town, with few prospects but many oddballs, to rescue important artifacts from McBride’s Music Hall. Now fallen beyond disrepair, McBride’s was once a jewel of the early American music scene, an intersection of the country-western and rhythm and b Bonnie Turkle, multimedia historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism, is dispatched to Mud Creek, a tiny eastern Kentucky town, with few prospects but many oddballs, to rescue important artifacts from McBride’s Music Hall. Now fallen beyond disrepair, McBride’s was once a jewel of the early American music scene, an intersection of the country-western and rhythm and blues circuits. The former owner’s grandson, Will McBride, who also happens to be Mud Creek’s esteemed mayor, would like nothing more than to see the place bull-dozed in favor of a factory that will provide much-needed jobs to his citizens. But Bonnie finds evidence of a legendary musical event at the music hall and her plans to turn it into a museum put Mud Creek’s economic future at risk – not to mention the growing flirtation between the two of them. If Will and Bonnie can’t find common ground, the town’s past and future will be lost.

30 review for Rhythm and Bluegrass

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    After meeting the author of "And One Last Thing ..." last week in Berlin, I wanted to read something similar to it. "And One Last Thing..." is a book I truly adored. Fun, charming and sexy, I can easily put it on my shelf of " happy place" books— a book I'll enjoy returning to anytime. I know she has a very successful and loved PNR series but I wasn't sure I was in the right mood for that yet. I came across the blurb of "Rhythm and Bluegrass" and decided to give it a try. Overall a very cute read After meeting the author of "And One Last Thing ..." last week in Berlin, I wanted to read something similar to it. "And One Last Thing..." is a book I truly adored. Fun, charming and sexy, I can easily put it on my shelf of " happy place" books— a book I'll enjoy returning to anytime. I know she has a very successful and loved PNR series but I wasn't sure I was in the right mood for that yet. I came across the blurb of "Rhythm and Bluegrass" and decided to give it a try. Overall a very cute read but nothing much more than that I'm afraid. I liked the female lead a lot, she had a lot of sass and seem to stand her own grounds and it's an agreeable change from all the too dependent women portrayed in romance or chick-lit. I was disappointed by the dynamic of her exchanges with the male lead though, finding something missing in the chemistry department which held me from getting invested in their romance. I could have done without the vernacular dialogues for Will McBride which was a bit of a turn off for me. The humor I remember from "One Last Thing" was otherwise absent from this book, sure there was a moment or two I found to be funny but nothing to laugh out loud about it. A nice light summer read I suppose! More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞

  2. 5 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    Cute and mildly amusing. Not Molly Harper's best, though. Everything in this book just seemed very middle of the road. The humor is sometimes clever, sometimes blah. The romance is low angst and slow progressing but ever present. The story is one of a history buff who's hit the jackpot in a small town in Kentucky...an abandoned music hall that was a musical hot spot decades ago. Now she gets to dig around in the past, preserving old posters and stage costumes, all while living in a dumpy little Cute and mildly amusing. Not Molly Harper's best, though. Everything in this book just seemed very middle of the road. The humor is sometimes clever, sometimes blah. The romance is low angst and slow progressing but ever present. The story is one of a history buff who's hit the jackpot in a small town in Kentucky...an abandoned music hall that was a musical hot spot decades ago. Now she gets to dig around in the past, preserving old posters and stage costumes, all while living in a dumpy little backwoods dying town and enjoying meeting it's super quirky residents. This felt more like chick lit than romance, so that may be my problem. I'm not a chick lit type of girl, especially when it doesn't involve any heavy subject matter. I sort of got the feeling that Bonnie couldn't have really cared less if Will was around or not. Even if this is chick lit, I'd still like some interest from both of the love interests. There wasn't anything wrong with the book; in fact, it was sort of fun for the first half. But the same low key humor and nonexistent plot line prevail throughout, and I just got bored. There just wasn't enough conflict or excitement to hold my interest. I liked the first book in the series much better.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)

    I love this author and her humor. Those this book fell a little short for me. I thought Bonnie gave in too easily to Will after the shit he pulled. She claimed to make him work for it, but never did. Still it was a super cute story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    3 Stars! Meh...I've read better from this author. There's a little bit of romance and some humor, but overall this is a story about a young woman finding her footing in life. I did enjoy the small town setting, the prideful people and the real life references of the economy's impact on everyone, but I was never fully drawn in to Bonnie and her plight. I did enjoy the first book int this series, My Bluegrass Baby, but I'm not sure if I'll continue onto the next one. I think Molly Harper's true cal 3 Stars! Meh...I've read better from this author. There's a little bit of romance and some humor, but overall this is a story about a young woman finding her footing in life. I did enjoy the small town setting, the prideful people and the real life references of the economy's impact on everyone, but I was never fully drawn in to Bonnie and her plight. I did enjoy the first book int this series, My Bluegrass Baby, but I'm not sure if I'll continue onto the next one. I think Molly Harper's true calling are her paranormal series. They're funnier, sexier and overall...just more appealing...at least for me! *A copy of this books was provided by Pocket Star via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Feminista

    Rating 3.5 out of 5 The second novel in the Bluegrass series, Rhythm and Bluegrass can be read as a stand alone. Although, I can say that I have been really really wanting to read My Bluegrass Baby, for which I received an ARC that expired before I could read it. And sadly enough, Amazon has no kindle copies of the first book. Anyway, back to this second book. I like Molly Harper's writing. She writes quirky characters and conversations. Her lighting is light. But I found myself slightly disappoin Rating 3.5 out of 5 The second novel in the Bluegrass series, Rhythm and Bluegrass can be read as a stand alone. Although, I can say that I have been really really wanting to read My Bluegrass Baby, for which I received an ARC that expired before I could read it. And sadly enough, Amazon has no kindle copies of the first book. Anyway, back to this second book. I like Molly Harper's writing. She writes quirky characters and conversations. Her lighting is light. But I found myself slightly disappointed in this book. Maybe because I had a lot of expectation. But I found the same quirkiness repetitive. Her heroines tend to think in a similar pattern. Also, I found the hero's actions, in the second half of the novel, distasteful. But the heroine does not confront him. Although it could be said that she has engaged in a similar distasteful manner, she had good intentions when she did it. The same cannot be said for the hero. Overall, the novel was good and I will definitely keep on reading Molly Harper's books. ARC courtesy of Edelweiss and PocketStar.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    My least favorite Molly Harper book to date. That's not as negative as it sounds, though it's not great, either. This is particularly a disappointment after enjoying the first Bluegrass novel, My Bluegrass Baby, so much. I liked Bonnie well enough. She's kind and competent and really does see her job as one dedicated to service—specifically the service of preserving historically significant artifacts (be they buildings, photographs, or even more ephemeral things like lyrics and stories). This wor My least favorite Molly Harper book to date. That's not as negative as it sounds, though it's not great, either. This is particularly a disappointment after enjoying the first Bluegrass novel, My Bluegrass Baby, so much. I liked Bonnie well enough. She's kind and competent and really does see her job as one dedicated to service—specifically the service of preserving historically significant artifacts (be they buildings, photographs, or even more ephemeral things like lyrics and stories). This works pretty well throughout the book, which actually works to the detriment of the other lead character, Will McBride. Will's town is in the throes of a depression and he's trying to bring a factory into town to provide badly-needed jobs. Bonnie's project gets in the way of that so the better she does her job, the more it works against him (as the small-town mayor). The thing is, Will does some pretty slimy things to tank Bonnie's project. And those things are both personal and professional and they're pretty underhanded. And while it's bad enough that he does his best to destroy her career, he also exploited a moment of personal vulnerability to make Bonnie a laughingstock. Which worked to remap their whole meet-cute in retrospect by making it into a liability—a liability he exploited not just to get what he wants but to hurt her as much as he can. All of which wouldn't have been unforgiveable, I suppose, but I want some jolly good groveling for offenses both broad and personal. But no, Will never does apologize and never acknowledges how very nasty he'd been. And some of that is Bonnie's fault as she never actually calls him on it directly. So instead of this being something to overcome in order for a stronger relationship, instead it was something that made me question both their characters—him for being a jackwagon, her for being a doormat. So Will is a dead loss and their relationship a complete waste of time. That said, I did enjoy Bonnie and the town was just awesome. Harper has a real talent in presenting small towns with a love that doesn't ignore their flaws. I love that about her books and that was very much on display here. Which saved this from a lower rating, though not by much... A note about Steamy: I finished this long enough ago that I honestly don't remember any more than that this was a mid-level steam content for me. That means a couple of explicit scenes, but nothing over-the-top.

  7. 4 out of 5

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    ...it was okay. This is particularly jarring due to Molly’s typical bar of excellence, which hovers around Jupiter. I actually abandoned the book to read another and then returned to finish it, which really says it all.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christi Snow

    My Review: This is book #2 in the series, but it should be noted that it actually takes place before book #1. I have no idea why they were released like that, but obviously both books work perfectly well as stand-alone novels. Book #1 just explains how the tourism board works in Kentucky, but since Bonnie (the heroine in this book is hardly ever in the main office, it really doesn't affect this book.) This book is about Bonnie. She's the historian for the Kentucky tourism board and has been brough My Review: This is book #2 in the series, but it should be noted that it actually takes place before book #1. I have no idea why they were released like that, but obviously both books work perfectly well as stand-alone novels. Book #1 just explains how the tourism board works in Kentucky, but since Bonnie (the heroine in this book is hardly ever in the main office, it really doesn't affect this book.) This book is about Bonnie. She's the historian for the Kentucky tourism board and has been brought in to help collect some memorabilia from an old music hall that's about to be torn down. Bonnie's passion is history and so when she sees what's about to disappear from Kentucky, she starts to fight to save the music hall, something that this small town just can't have. They NEED this music hall torn down so that the new underwear manufacturing plant can come in with all the jobs that it brings. This is a town on the brink of completely dying...40% unemployment rate. When it comes to history or their livelihood, they are going to choose their livelihood and the Mayor, Will, is heading the charge to fight Bonnie. Bonnie's life is history and she can be a little one-tracked when it comes to the subject, but she also has another thing going for her that this little town needs. She knows how to work the system to help preserve that history. This town is dying, but it has such a rich history....from the music hall to the town hall to the library. Bonnie has found a place that needs her...she just has to convince them of that too. The town is also full of eccentric characters that I loved. Molly Harper has an amazing writing voice and that comes through in this book with those characters. I loved the little surprises that kept being slowly revealed throughout the book about the Music Hall through the town's citizens. It was definitely a fun book to read in another great series by Molly Harper. I'm really hoping we get Kealsey's story next. She deserves a good HEA and she has such a GREAT backstory! I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Bonnie is an historian working for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism. She leads a transient life, spending a few months in a town before moving onto the next job. When she hears about a music hall in Mud Creek that is slated to be torn down to make way for a factory she rushes to the area to try and save as much of the musical heritage as she can. Will McBride is the mayor of Mud Creek and his town needs the factory and the jobs it will provide. He's less interested in heritage than the fact th Bonnie is an historian working for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism. She leads a transient life, spending a few months in a town before moving onto the next job. When she hears about a music hall in Mud Creek that is slated to be torn down to make way for a factory she rushes to the area to try and save as much of the musical heritage as she can. Will McBride is the mayor of Mud Creek and his town needs the factory and the jobs it will provide. He's less interested in heritage than the fact that many people in Mud Creek don't have a job and struggle to feed their families. When they aren't butting heads over the value of the music hall, they are fighting to keep their hands off each other. Molly Harper is one of the few authors I will buy just because her name is on the cover. Her books are witty and snarky, cute and quirky. They're laugh out loud funny but occasionally have a serious undertone that can sneak up on you. Rhythm and Bluegrass is great fun from beginning to end. Many thanks to Pocket Books and Edelweiss for providing me with this ARC

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    “I couldn’t leave Tommy alone with Mama,” she said. “I knew I did the right thing when I heard him sing that song. I’d broken his heart, but I gave him his voice. Somehow, he became a better musician because of what we had. How many people can say they were somebody’s muse? You know, I’ve never talked to anyone about this. I’m glad it was you who figured it out.”

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dotti Elrick

    I love Molly Harper. And have read her two paranormal series'. Her Bluegrass series is what I lovingly call just plain Chick Lit. Great love stories, very funny, with characters that are a great combination of lovable and odd ball. Bonnie Turkle is the historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism. She has been dispatched to the small Eastern Kentucky town of Mud Creek, to catalog and inventory historical items from McBride's Music Hall before it is torn down to make room for a new factory. Mc I love Molly Harper. And have read her two paranormal series'. Her Bluegrass series is what I lovingly call just plain Chick Lit. Great love stories, very funny, with characters that are a great combination of lovable and odd ball. Bonnie Turkle is the historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism. She has been dispatched to the small Eastern Kentucky town of Mud Creek, to catalog and inventory historical items from McBride's Music Hall before it is torn down to make room for a new factory. McBride's Music Hall was one of the first venues of the early American music scene. Showcasing country acts as well as some rhythm and blues. Now it has fallen into disrepair. Abandoned by the McBride family after the death of the owner. Will McBride is that owner's son, he also happens to be the new mayor of the town. Bonnie has never met a mayor quite like Will. He's young, tall, handsome with adorable blue eyes. No mayor should be that sexy. And the last thing he wants is anything to do with the music hall. As far as he's concerned it can be bulldozed, and trashed. But what Bonnie finds while cleaning out the old hall, may put everything on hold, including the new factory that the town desperately needs to jump start their economy and provide much needed jobs for the struggling community. Bonnie has found hand written notes for the first lyrics of an extremely famous country love song. Now the music hall is going to be proclaimed an historical site, and made into a museum. Putting the new factory on hold. And making Bonnie a very unpopular person in town. Especially to the new mayor who was starting to take a personal liking to Bonnie. Now he just wants her out of their town. I was a bit confused while reading this book. I loved the story, and the characters, but after reading the first book in the series, My Bluegrass Baby, it almost feels like this should have been book number one. Events in the first book, according to this story haven't happened yet. They seem to be out of order. But looking past that, it was a great book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Originally posted at The Book Nympho First Thought: No fur or fangs required; although there is some biting going on during the smexy times.   The Story: Bonnie is a quirky historian that just wants to save the Mud Creek's music hall.  Will just wants the hall gone so that Comfy Cheeks, a big underwear company can build a factory in the hall's place so that the small town he loves can get much-needed jobs. Bonnie and Will have chemistry the minute they meet on the side of t Originally posted at The Book Nympho First Thought: No fur or fangs required; although there is some biting going on during the smexy times.   The Story: Bonnie is a quirky historian that just wants to save the Mud Creek's music hall.  Will just wants the hall gone so that Comfy Cheeks, a big underwear company can build a factory in the hall's place so that the small town he loves can get much-needed jobs. Bonnie and Will have chemistry the minute they meet on the side of the road outside of Mud Creek. Why do they meet on the side of the road? Bonnie's car is no fire. Yeah not the 1st impression she wanted to make in Mud Creek and in true Molly Harper fashion the event is funny. Over the months that Bonnie is in Mud Creek she and Will become friends, the can kind lust after each other. But when there are secrets and miscommunication between them, they become frenemies. But with help from some great secondary characters the couple finally gets their act together to save Mud Creek and find their HEA.   Final Thought: I love Molly Harper, paranormal or not. I can't wait to read SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS.   Recommend: Molly Harper fans will love RHYTHM AND BLUEGRASS. And romance readers that like small town romances with some sass will enjoy it too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laurie: Almost Faemous

    I got a copy of Rhythm and Bluegrass from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I don't normally read or really review straight romances but I love Molly Harper, her books are hilarious so I thought I would give this one a shot. I didn't realize that this was the second book in a series or that it even was a series, so yeah you can read it as a stand alone for sure. Molly Harper is one of my go to authors when I am looking for something funny and light hearted to read and Rhythm and I got a copy of Rhythm and Bluegrass from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I don't normally read or really review straight romances but I love Molly Harper, her books are hilarious so I thought I would give this one a shot. I didn't realize that this was the second book in a series or that it even was a series, so yeah you can read it as a stand alone for sure. Molly Harper is one of my go to authors when I am looking for something funny and light hearted to read and Rhythm and Bluegrass fits right in. While I didn't like it near as much as either of her paranormal series I will still a fun way to pass an afternoon. As someone who lives and dies by their laptop Bonnie was someone I could totally relate to, trust me if my laptop were in a burning car I would also be trying to rescue "my baby". I found the romance though between her and Will didn't get as much screen time as I would expect from well...a romance novel. There was a lot of details about Bonnie's job with the Kentucky Tourism Board which actually made the job sound like a ton of fun. I loved her crazy landlady/roommate who made the corsets. Molly Harper always creates Interesting characters. Rhythm and Blues is a great book to curl up with on the couch on a rainy afternoon.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ted Lehmann

    I selected "Rhythm and Bluegrass" because I write extensively about bluegrass music and seek to read all new books written about the genre. I was disappointed in this goal, as "Rhythm and Bluegrass" is actually a romance which takes place in the bluegrass state of Kentucky and deals with a country music topic as well as containing some pretty steamy sex which might be characterized as rhythmic. By the time I realized what I had picked up, I was far enough into the book to find out how it came o I selected "Rhythm and Bluegrass" because I write extensively about bluegrass music and seek to read all new books written about the genre. I was disappointed in this goal, as "Rhythm and Bluegrass" is actually a romance which takes place in the bluegrass state of Kentucky and deals with a country music topic as well as containing some pretty steamy sex which might be characterized as rhythmic. By the time I realized what I had picked up, I was far enough into the book to find out how it came out. The plot was pretty predictable, but the first person narrator was perky, sexy, and smart, the setting was intriguing, and the conflict the sort of cultural clash I write about a lot. I ended up rather enjoying the book and find it to be a good example of its genre, as far as I've read in it, which ain't too far.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I think this officially makes me a reader/listener of romance novels. Apparently I will listen to anything Molly Harper writes and Amanda Ronconi narrates. Send help.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    This was quick, cute, and enjoyable. I was sad Bonnie was on location for most of it so we didn't get to see the cast of characters as much. It felt like something just to stall me getting to Kelsey's book. But still, I loved the music history setting and quickly became attached to other characters. Since these books are so short, it is hard to fully flesh out a full story, so I can't wait to get to one of Molly's full length books This was quick, cute, and enjoyable. I was sad Bonnie was on location for most of it so we didn't get to see the cast of characters as much. It felt like something just to stall me getting to Kelsey's book. But still, I loved the music history setting and quickly became attached to other characters. Since these books are so short, it is hard to fully flesh out a full story, so I can't wait to get to one of Molly's full length books

  17. 4 out of 5

    Malinda

    3.5-4 stars ***warning...this review is a bit spoilerish*** This was a pretty good story. I liked Bonnie and Will and enjoyed their story. Bonnie works for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism traveling around the state working on projects. She's enjoyed this and the work she does but finds that she's wanting to get off the road. Her travelling doesn't give her much of a personal life (for friends or more) and she's asked her boss for an office position but at this point things don't look likely. Bo 3.5-4 stars ***warning...this review is a bit spoilerish*** This was a pretty good story. I liked Bonnie and Will and enjoyed their story. Bonnie works for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism traveling around the state working on projects. She's enjoyed this and the work she does but finds that she's wanting to get off the road. Her travelling doesn't give her much of a personal life (for friends or more) and she's asked her boss for an office position but at this point things don't look likely. Bonnie realizes that she'll really have to impress her boss to get a chance at what she wants. She's sent to Mud Creek, KY to pull all the items of historical value out of McBride’s Music Hall before it's demolished and she's hoping this might be the chance she needs to impress her boss. Unfortunately, things start going wrong as soon as she hits the town limits of Mud Creek, starting with her car catching on fire. Will is the Mayor of Mud Creek and trying very hard to help his community. There isn't much work but he has the chance for a manufacturing plant to be built that will bring in much needed jobs (it's this plant construction that's bringing about the demolition of McBride’s Music Hall. Will is the grandson of the man that built McBride’s Music Hall but his memories of the place aren't great and he's more than willing to see it go if it'll bring much needed jobs to their town. He doesn't intend to let anything get in his way but he wasn't expecting the complications that show up when Bonnie comes to town. When Will and Bonnie meet, her car is on fire and Will helps her save her belongings from her car before it's consumed. There's an attraction between them from the start and this complicates things when she finds out that he's the Mayor. Will's charming but Bonnie tries to keep things professional and doesn't give in to his charms easily. They strike up a friendship and work together well as she starts working on the Music Hall. Things start getting difficult when she finds that the music hall has true historical significance and she wants to preserve it as a museum. Knowing the city is counting on the plant being built, she plans to try to gain sponsors and funding to have the building moved to some nearby land and then restore it. Things go off the rail when Will finds out about the plan and (not really caring that she intends to move it and isn't trying to mess with the plant) acts out against Bonnie nastily, his actions tarnish her reputation, almost ruins her career and makes her hated in town. Bonnie understands Will's freak out but his actions killed the progress she'd made and she has to start all over. She works on getting the museum funding for the building move and the renovations and despite very few people in town giving her the time of day, she goes out of her way to help the town out in other ways. Her and Will have a strained time and it's a while before they are talking again. They do straighten things out to an extent but the project is still an issue. Bonnie makes some bold moves and ends up being able to get the funding she needs for the move of the music hall and gets the plant being built back on track. Everyone is happy and things seem to be good with Will but then as the project come to a close Will starts pulling back. Bonnie gets her promotion and ends up going home to start her new job but misses Will. Fortunately, Will does pull his head out (of you know where) and goes after her. We end the story with a nice start to their HEA. This was a pretty good story. I liked the Bonnie and Will and well as the secondary characters. To be honest it's a similar tone to the first book in the series so if you liked that one you'll probably like this one. I'd recommend it for someone looking for a light, humorous read. * note - I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator, Amanda Ronconi does a great job as always.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)

    The second story in Ms. Harper’s entertaining Bluegrass series follows Bonnie Turkle, a historian with Kentucky’s Commission on Tourism. Although the story is loosely tied to the first book in the series, it is completely standalone, and I think it takes place before the first book, as it mentions her boss’s boss, Ray, who retires in book 1: My Bluegrass Baby. Bonnie loves history, especially preserving small town Kentucky’s unique stories. So when she discovers how amazing the closed down McBrid The second story in Ms. Harper’s entertaining Bluegrass series follows Bonnie Turkle, a historian with Kentucky’s Commission on Tourism. Although the story is loosely tied to the first book in the series, it is completely standalone, and I think it takes place before the first book, as it mentions her boss’s boss, Ray, who retires in book 1: My Bluegrass Baby. Bonnie loves history, especially preserving small town Kentucky’s unique stories. So when she discovers how amazing the closed down McBride’s Music Hall truly is, she opts to preserve and protect it, even if it means putting a road block in the way of a new underwear manufacturing plant. Although Bonnie’s had no intention of actually stopping the plant, her actions were proclaimed devious and underhanded by her man-crush and town mayor, Will McBride. The story tells how Bonnie makes it through the troubles and delivers on her promises to her adopted home, Mud Creek. Overall, I enjoyed Rhythm and Bluegrass more for it’s silly stories and look at preserving history, rather than the romance between Will and Bonnie. I loved following Bonnie as she unravelled the mysteries of and pieced together the stories behind McBride’s. Her passion for her work and the discoveries was contagious. I also enjoyed the developing friendships with her landlady, the local sheriff, and the town’s librarian. They were organic and true, adding depth to the characters and plot line. While Will and Bonnie were cute together, I felt that their relationship was a bit weak. They started as flirtatious friends, even enjoying a very passionate kiss that made my belly flutter. However, Will’s desire to protect his town and the people in it lead him to do some pretty awful things to Bonnie and her reputation. Although Bonnie felt some of it was deserved, I didn’t. I felt it crossed a line. Bonnie rather, continued to look up to Will, seeing the good in him. Eventually he did apologize, but honestly, it was too late in coming. Their book ends with an HFN, which suits the story. I always enjoy Amanda Ronconi’s narrative voice and overall performance a lot. Her style gels well with Molly Harper’s offbeat characters and silly humor. However, I don’t like that Ms. Ronconi uses the same narrative voice for each of the first person characters, who are different in every book, especially since I tend to listen to the books back-to-back. It’s not enough to diminish my rating, but it does take me a while to adjust to a new character without thinking of the previous book’s main character. I did enjoy her voice for Will, which was the perfect blend of southern charm and small town drawl. In the end, Rhythm and Bluegrass is a cute and entertaining story. While it’s not overly romantic or sexy, it was fun to listen to and enjoy. My Rating: B Narration: A-

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I was so happy when I saw that Molly Harper was continuing her series about the Kentucky Commission of Tourism. My Bluegrass Baby is one of my favorite reads this year and I couldn't wait to learn more about the crazy people who work at the Commission. I will admit that I was kinda hoping office assistant extraordinaire, Kelsey, would finally admit her feelings to the resident IT geek, Charles, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Bonnie and Will's story. Bonnie is another quirky, I was so happy when I saw that Molly Harper was continuing her series about the Kentucky Commission of Tourism. My Bluegrass Baby is one of my favorite reads this year and I couldn't wait to learn more about the crazy people who work at the Commission. I will admit that I was kinda hoping office assistant extraordinaire, Kelsey, would finally admit her feelings to the resident IT geek, Charles, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Bonnie and Will's story. Bonnie is another quirky, but realistic Harper heroine who provides a very entertaining narration. I love the detail that was put into her job as a multimedia historian and I really admired how passionate she was about her job. I thought her optimistic outlook on life would get annoying by the end, but it was balanced pretty well with some of the less sunny parts of her personality. She did have a few moments where I wanted to smack her especially when it came to how blind she was in regards to the McBride's Music Hall and its place in Mud Creek. But, she freely admitted when she was in the wrong and was willing to do whatever she could to make things right again which I loved. Bonnie's counterpart is the hot, young mayor of Mud Creek, Will McBride, who also happens to be related to the original owners of the music hall. I found him to be very swoon-worthy especially because he fell for Bonnie so fast. His devotion to his hometown was sweet to see and I thought his sarcastic personality really balanced with Bonnie's optimism. Like Bonnie, Will did have a few moments where he got on nerves especially when he was so stubborn about not saving the music hall (though I could understand where he was coming from on that part). And, like Bonnie, he was willing to be an adult about the whole situation which was very refreshing in this era of Big Misunderstandings and people not admitting their errors. I also loved the setting of Mud Creek, Kentucky! I am not always a fan of small town stories, but I found this one cute without overdoing it. The townspeople were a little left of center, but never so far out there that I couldn't relate to their plight. My personal favorites were the librarian (Miss Urlene), Bonnie's landlady (Miss Martha), and the friendly duo of Fred and Joe Bob. The fact that the town had fallen on hard economic times was very timely and I think will help readers get invested in the story. In conclusion, I thought Rhythm and Bluegrass was a cute and entertaining small town romance between two relatible characters with a bit of history thrown in for some fun. Amanda Ronconi continues to do an amazing job interpreting Harper's humor and heart in her audio narration. I adore Molly Harper's work and I can't wait to see more of the Kentucky Commission on Tourism. I am still waiting for Kelsey and Charles's story because I know it will be amazing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Love Reading Romance

    Bonnie Turkle arrives in Mud Creek with a bang... literally. Her car catches fire and although she gets out in time, her baby (read: her laptop) is still inside. Never fear, Will McBride, Mayor of Mud Creek, is driving by and comes to the rescue. Needless to say, sparks begin to fly and not just those from the burning vehicle. Unfortunately, Bonnie is in town to restore the artefacts of the local music hall, which Will has ties to and which the town intends to pull down to replace with a factory Bonnie Turkle arrives in Mud Creek with a bang... literally. Her car catches fire and although she gets out in time, her baby (read: her laptop) is still inside. Never fear, Will McBride, Mayor of Mud Creek, is driving by and comes to the rescue. Needless to say, sparks begin to fly and not just those from the burning vehicle. Unfortunately, Bonnie is in town to restore the artefacts of the local music hall, which Will has ties to and which the town intends to pull down to replace with a factory. The story that follows is one of tornadoes, trailers, musical history as well as more than a few kisses and laughs. I’m a long time fan of Molly Harper. I loved her How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf so much I’ve read it twice and every time I’m recommended a contemporary/paranormal/humor romance I find myself asking “Is it as good as Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs" since that has become some kind of unattainable ballpark for contemporary/paranormal romance awesomeness in my mind. So I was pretty excited when I discovered Molly Harper was writing a series of romance novellas. The second in this series of standalone novellas, Rhythm and Bluegrass, doesn’t disappoint. Like all Harper’s characters, Bonnie is quirky to the point of being a little bit mad, in a totally relatable way. She makes geeky pop culture references including comments about Indiana Jones which I found amusing coming from a historian, like you just know she must have been disappointed at the end of her studies to learn that she wasn't going to be the next Indiana. But rather than smashing up tombs, Bonnie is set on protecting the history of Mud Creek even if that gets in the way of the Mayor's plans. Mayor Will McBride is a gorgeous hero. He is naughty and sweet at the same time. He is determined to protect his town even though he only just became mayor and didn't want the position in the first place. And although he causes her a head injury in his attempts, he is protective of Bonnie as well. Their relationship isn't exactly the most steamy I've read and I wouldn't have minded if this novella had been a little longer to provide them with a few more opportunities to lust after each other, but, given this isn't a full length novel, their relationship is very sweet, amusing and just naughty enough. Fans of Molly Harper might be a little surprised that there is no paranormal element to her Bluegrass Series, but the humor that is so unique to Molly Harper's books, and which makes them impossible to read in public with any dignity, remains the same. If you are looking for a romance that will make you laugh out loud, you'll enjoy Rhythm and Bluegrass.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Letitia

    Rating: B ... Heat: WarmBonnie Turkel is a silver lining kind of girl. Happy go lucky, she always see's the bright side of things. As part of the Kentucky Tourism Commission, Bonnie travels Kentucky to find artifacts and preserve them. Being on the road all the time, Bonnie lives a nomadic lifestyle—never in one place too long, never putting down roots. Bonnie’s latest assignment takes her to the small, backwater town of Mud Creek and McBride’s Music Hall, a local landmark with a ton of history Rating: B ... Heat: WarmBonnie Turkel is a silver lining kind of girl. Happy go lucky, she always see's the bright side of things. As part of the Kentucky Tourism Commission, Bonnie travels Kentucky to find artifacts and preserve them. Being on the road all the time, Bonnie lives a nomadic lifestyle—never in one place too long, never putting down roots. Bonnie’s latest assignment takes her to the small, backwater town of Mud Creek and McBride’s Music Hall, a local landmark with a ton of history to its name—as well as straight into the path of grumpy, but charming, Will McBride. Will McBride has only ever been in one place. Mayor of Mud Creek and grandson of the founder of McBride's Music Hall, Will has roots aplenty. He also wants what's best for his town, even if that means bringing in a tighty-whitey factory and bulldozing the music hall. There is no love lost between Will and the music hall. For him, it holds a few good memories and a whole lot more bad. If he has to fight Bonnie tooth and nail, he’s not afraid to fight dirty. Even if he’d rather be getting dirty with Bonnie instead.Bonnie and Will quickly go from new friends to actively feuding. Bonnie wants her museum and Will wants his factory. No one tests Bonnie’s positive outlook quite like Will can. But, even though Will is often not on his best behavior, there’s something irresistible about him. Will and some of the crazy, eccentric citizens of Mud Creek cause nomadic Bonnie to slowly find a home, a place she unintentionally starts putting roots down in. Rhythm and Bluegrass was cute, funny, and full of snark and witty references. It was sweet and unexpectedly hilarious. It’s not every day a girl becomes a surrogate cat to her land lady or has to drive around town in a rental Volkswagen Beetle held together by Bondo and a prayer. But Mud Creek charms Bonnie, just as it charmed me. I adore this series and can’t wait for more. -- A Romantic Book Affairs Review. Find us on Twitter and Facebook too!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    Title: "Rhythm and Bluegrass" - Book 2, Bluegrass Series Written by: Molly Harper Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi Format: audiobook via audible.com Overall rating: 3.75/5 stars Performance: 5/5 stars (AR is THE BEST!) Story: 3.25/5 stars Started reading/listening: 03.23.15; completed: 03.35.15 Overall impression; Easy, breezy! :)) Brief remarks: My I just begin by saying, I think Amanda Ronconi is one of, if not THE, BEST narrators in the business?! I buy books because she is reading them, at times! As this s Title: "Rhythm and Bluegrass" - Book 2, Bluegrass Series Written by: Molly Harper Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi Format: audiobook via audible.com Overall rating: 3.75/5 stars Performance: 5/5 stars (AR is THE BEST!) Story: 3.25/5 stars Started reading/listening: 03.23.15; completed: 03.35.15 Overall impression; Easy, breezy! :)) Brief remarks: My I just begin by saying, I think Amanda Ronconi is one of, if not THE, BEST narrators in the business?! I buy books because she is reading them, at times! As this story opens with our female "lead" and a car fire, I was already worried about boredom setting in. I am NOT a history fan. AT. ALL. In ANY way shape form or format. I admit this because the basic premise of this story is built upon restoring some significant music related items, etc. & history in a super small Kentucky town . I started my yawn only to have it interrupted by the hot save-the-lady "lead" dude. Hello, "trademark panty dropping smiles". *fist pump*! Does Ms. Harper know her readers, or what?! Lol Seriously, I recommend sticking with the story as it gets interesting and has a really good twist to look forward to. Light, uncomplicated, humorous at times & fun Molly Harper reading (listening)! She's sleaus worth my time ;) Enjoy, fellow reader! Cheers! Lisa (@NurseLisainOhio)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    Rating 3.5 stars Molly Harper writes books that are hilarious, I mean really, she doesn't mind making her characters do crazy things and that is what Rhythm and Bluegrass has, a crazy town, crazy characters, crazy fun! Bonnie, the heroine leads a nomadic lifestyle moving from place to place and now she has the chance to recover historical things from a music auditorium that has been closed down. Her welcome into the town is when her car burns down and she meets a sexy cowboy who turns out to be th Rating 3.5 stars Molly Harper writes books that are hilarious, I mean really, she doesn't mind making her characters do crazy things and that is what Rhythm and Bluegrass has, a crazy town, crazy characters, crazy fun! Bonnie, the heroine leads a nomadic lifestyle moving from place to place and now she has the chance to recover historical things from a music auditorium that has been closed down. Her welcome into the town is when her car burns down and she meets a sexy cowboy who turns out to be the hero, the Mayor rolled into one. He is also the son of the family who owned the auditorium and hates it with a vengeance. Will's town is dying and his only hope is an underwear company and then the heroine in her good intentions does something that threatens to derail it all. Bad press, crazy things ensue and what the reader gets is a great book. As in all Molly Harper's book the romance doesn't follow in a straight line and that is what I loved. ARC provided by the publisher.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    Another successful coupling of Molly Harper's writing and Amanda Ronconi's narrating. This time the character is Bonnie Turkel, the multimedia historian for the Kentucky Tourism Commission and it takes place in small-town Kentucky. I just love a Kentucky setting (my home state) and Harper does a tremendous job capturing the emotions of Kentuckians. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series! Another successful coupling of Molly Harper's writing and Amanda Ronconi's narrating. This time the character is Bonnie Turkel, the multimedia historian for the Kentucky Tourism Commission and it takes place in small-town Kentucky. I just love a Kentucky setting (my home state) and Harper does a tremendous job capturing the emotions of Kentuckians. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bettynz (Larraine)

    The only book I've managed to finish in 8 weeks, 7 1/2 of them with one or both legs in plaster or a moonboot. A captive audience you could say. Nothing has managed to hold my attention, however this was just what I needed, especially with Amanda Ronconi on the audio version. The only book I've managed to finish in 8 weeks, 7 1/2 of them with one or both legs in plaster or a moonboot. A captive audience you could say. Nothing has managed to hold my attention, however this was just what I needed, especially with Amanda Ronconi on the audio version.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marjo

    My lowest Molly Harper rating, and I am bumping it up because it's her. To be honest, if it had been anyone else, I could have quit on the book at chapter 10. The actions of the male lead in chapter 10 destroyed any realistic romance that might have been built. My lowest Molly Harper rating, and I am bumping it up because it's her. To be honest, if it had been anyone else, I could have quit on the book at chapter 10. The actions of the male lead in chapter 10 destroyed any realistic romance that might have been built.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lea's Audiobooks Hensley

    Fun contemporary tale with Amanda Ronconi's expert narration. Fun contemporary tale with Amanda Ronconi's expert narration.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Bonnie Turkle - historian, archivist, works for Kentucky tourism, travels recovering artifacts and connecting them with the right museum, Will McBride - dying, small town mayor; parents ran McBride's Music Hall - dad to the exclusion of all else, now a sore spot for Will; Frankenbug: Joe Bob's creation from car part salvage; Sheriff Jenny Lee Felter: her new best friend; blunt, friendly; stops her (policecar lights flashing)when on her way back from out of town with a cold root beer Miss Earlene Bonnie Turkle - historian, archivist, works for Kentucky tourism, travels recovering artifacts and connecting them with the right museum, Will McBride - dying, small town mayor; parents ran McBride's Music Hall - dad to the exclusion of all else, now a sore spot for Will; Frankenbug: Joe Bob's creation from car part salvage; Sheriff Jenny Lee Felter: her new best friend; blunt, friendly; stops her (policecar lights flashing)when on her way back from out of town with a cold root beer Miss Earlene McGlory - librarian; inspiration for song - 'Lurline'; Martha Smallwood: landlord; ex-burlesque performer; sews costume underwear still; has room of pictures of her creations; "McKinney, the owner (of sweet shop/bakery), was like Willy Wonka without the political Oompa-Loompa metaphors. Or you know, the children maimed in industrial accidents..." Bonnie and Will.... at odds... in attraction... he wants so to save his town, and bring an underwear factory and its jobs (they want the location of the McBride Music Hall)... and though she only called in to cull things worth saving (which end up including his mom's numerous pictures of performers and guests) - but instead she decides to put the building up for historical protection... he starts a campaign against her (contacting her sponsors and boss saying she's a town destroyer).. she keeps at it, and goes to the underwear CEO and convinces him to foot the cost of moving the building/museum; she helps library get funding to renovate (it was built by old money, and current company wants to preserve its past) and of course, has many other ideas - including burlesque museum. A few more little bumps... but they ultimately get together - yay!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bmeyer

    I enjoyed this book because of it's light-hearted nature and humorous story line overall but I did have some concerns about the relationship between the two main characters. Early on we learn that Bonnie's friend Kelsey is in a relationship where she suffers financial abuse from her boyfriend (the boyfriend opens credit cards in Kelsey's name, steals money from her, etc.) and Bonnie rightfully points this out to her friend with real concern. Not much more than a chapter later, Bonnie's love inte I enjoyed this book because of it's light-hearted nature and humorous story line overall but I did have some concerns about the relationship between the two main characters. Early on we learn that Bonnie's friend Kelsey is in a relationship where she suffers financial abuse from her boyfriend (the boyfriend opens credit cards in Kelsey's name, steals money from her, etc.) and Bonnie rightfully points this out to her friend with real concern. Not much more than a chapter later, Bonnie's love interest doesn't approve of her actions at a job site in his town and so contacts her boss, the press, and all the people with whom she has a professional relationship to tell them she's unprofessional, a schemer, and needs to be removed from the job. Friends, if this is how a potential love interest reacts when you do something they disagree with please don't continue your relationship with them. It's manipulative and abusive. "Making it right" for them will only confirm that you can be controlled by that incredibly damaging behavior. It's not romantic. Anyway that pretty much but the kibosh on the rest of the story for me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kaycee

    I enjoyed this one but not as much as the first book. This one just seemed to work out a little too well. The conflict just didn't seem like that much of an issue. Which is good for the character, ha, but it wasn't as compelling as book 1. On to book 3! I enjoyed this one but not as much as the first book. This one just seemed to work out a little too well. The conflict just didn't seem like that much of an issue. Which is good for the character, ha, but it wasn't as compelling as book 1. On to book 3!

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