Series: Bluegrass #3
Published by Simon and Schuster on September 22, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Owned Audible Book, Read in 2014
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
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
So happy to finally get Kelsey’s story!! I liked the second book in this series, but I admit to having been disappointed that it wasn’t about Kelsey and Charlie. And then I was worried that nerdy hunk Charlie was going to turn out to be a closet jerk. But I kept the faith, like I always do with Molly Harper books, and I was rewarded.
I’ve said this a million times before (at least in my head, but I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it a few dozen times in my reviews of Molly Harper books), but I love that Kelsey has more going on in her life than who’s sleeping in her bed. Romance and sexy times is something Harper excels at writing about, but her characters are complex and interesting and even amidst the flirting and romantic misunderstandings, there’s real life stuff happening to. In this case, Kelsey and her co-workers find themselves snowed in during a work retreat, and have no electricity. It was fun to listen to all the characters (including the couples from the first two books) cope with snowmageddon. Picture the world’s most awkward forced slumber party mixed in with a little Donner party fear. Definitely my favorite of the three!
Warning, this book will leave you with the strong urge to build blanket forts!
Is your name Amanda Ronconi? Because if so, congratulations, you are the perfect narrator for any and all Molly Harper books. You should do nothing else but come over to my house and read my books to me. Preferably in your southern accent. No, the book does not have to take place in the South at all, I just like the way you sound when you do your southern accent. Does this come across as a little obsessive? Maybe, but I’ve literally praised Amanda Ronconi’s narration to the heavens, and I’m running out of ways to say that she’s simply the best. Tina? Take this one for me: