Kentucky

B+
Picture Perfect Cowboy

I’m always happy to find something spicy that doesn’t wallow in angst, and Picture Perfect Cowboy is precisely that. Jason Waters, retired rodeo champion, agrees at the last minute to fill in for an injured friend in a naked men reading books calendar photoshoot to raise money for a literacy ...

B
White Whiskey Bargain

‘Moonshiners’ as an occupation makes me think of the 1920s and 1930s, so I was interested in White Whiskey Bargain, a book about moonshine making in the twenty-first century. Hannah Hawkins has inherited the family business - a long-running distillery - from her mother, just in time to face the ...

B+
Private Practice

Dr. Ellie Swann has come home to Bluelick, Kentucky, to open her own practice when she overheard her longtime dream man, Roger, has broken up with his fiancée Melody. Apparently Roger wants someone scorching and adventurous in bed, and Melody didn’t fit the bill. Unfortunately, neither does Ellie ...

B-
These Healing Hills

I'm a big fan of the TV show Call the Midwife, so, when These Healing Hills became available for review, I figured it would be right up my alley. It's set in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky right after World War II comes to an end, a time and setting I was sure I'd love, and for the most part, ...

C+
The Angels' Share

For years I’ve read and enjoyed J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. All of the books seem to focus on the Brotherhood at large, setting up future books, but I’ve never minded that since a lot of the focus was still on the main couple; Ward always seemed to strike a nice balance betwee ...

C
The Bourbon Kings

I have read a few of J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books and found them entertaining, but did not have quite the same enthusiasm as many of the fans of that series. So, I was somewhat intrigued to see she was writing a contemporary romance based on southern characters. Being born and raise ...

C
Need Me

Sometimes a book is totally working for you, and then something tanks it. Need Me could have gotten a much higher grade from me, except the middle of the book went so far off the tracks that it was irredeemable. The result was half a book I loved, and half one that I couldn’t stand. ...

C
Catch of a Lifetime

I expected to like this book. A lot. Not only does it feature an “older” heroine, but she’s a chef with an interesting background. With an ex-athlete as hero, it seemed made to order with seemed being the operative word. Add into the mix excessive information dumps, no real build-up of a relat ...

C+
A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action

I voted for LuAnn McLane's Dancing Shoes and Honky-Tonk Blues as best contemporary romance in AAR's 2007 Annual Poll, so was very eager to read her latest release. While I enjoyed reading A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action, in the end, I could have done with a little more talk between the hero ...

A-
Dancing Shoes and Honky-Tonk Blues

Wow, I loved this one. Reality TV has landed in Misty Creek, Kentucky by way of Dancing with the Rednecks, a spoof on the popular Dancing with the Stars, produced by the Comedy Corner network (read: the fictional version of Comedy Central). Twelve Average Joes will compete for the gran ...