Snow Falling on Bluegrass - Molly Harper

A weekend work retreat gets extended when winter fury descends onto Kentucky.  For Kelsey this proves both a blessing and a curse.  She can escape from the presence of her feckless ex and spend some quality time with her long time crush.  Only being snowed in with one's co-workers with limited resources falls short of romance, and handsome park ranger overseeing the lodge wouldn't mind getting to know Kelsey better.  It may be frozen outside, but inside things are heating up nicely.

I adore Molly Harper's romance novels.  In them she displays fantastic wit, as well as growth in relationships (even if over a very short period of time), a friendly approach to sex, friendships between characters, and love interests that aren't overbearing alpha male cliches.  Snow Falling on Bluegrass is my first exposure to her contemporary romance work, instead of her highly enjoyable urban fantasy/paranormal works (including the Half-Moon Hollow and Naked Werewolf books).

She snared me on the first page with "black lace undies of questionable structural integrity," and kept me entertained and engaged from there.

From the start of the book, Kelsey is in a rather shit situation.  Not only is she recovering from a bad relationship, the ex keeps heaping more trouble on her, including destroying her credit through fraud.  She's technically in the clear to pursue other relationships, but she has that baggage tagging along and her long time co-worker crush has been alternating between distant and friendly as of late.  Ultimately, she gets through things with the help of a great, if rather mischievous, support network of friends.

This is not the first book in the series, but you can dive in and enjoy it without reading the previous novels.

Snow Falling on Bluegrass is a rather warm and entertaining novel.  The wit keeps the mood light and moving.  Fans of Molly Harper's paranormal romance novels will recognize her writing style, and should enjoy this contemporary romance if they don't mind the lack of supernatural.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of NetGalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.