Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Review: Taming Him - Kennedy Fox

Taming Him (Bishop Brothers #1)
by Kennedy Fox
Published: January 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Taming Him is a full-length 100k+ words standalone novel that's filled with laughter, sweet heart-warming moments, and plenty of steam! Let Kennedy Fox take you to the South for an adventure that'll surely leave your Kindles on fire!  

Alex Bishop is your typical cowboy.
Charming, sexy, and wears a panty-melting smirk.

Working on the ranch helped build his solid eight-pack and smoking body. He's every girl's wet fantasy, and he knows it too. Alex doesn't follow the rules of your typical playboy bachelor. After wining and dining his dates and giving them the best night of their lives, he always sends flowers and calls the next day—even if it's to say, let's just be friends. His mama taught him manners after all, and his Southern blood knows how to be a gentleman. Still, that isn’t enough to tame the wildest of the Bishop brothers.

River Lancaster has finally met the man of her dreams. Too bad after six months of romantic bliss, she finds out he's married. With a broken heart and blind rage, she books herself a ticket to Key West, Florida. Tired of cheaters and liars, she’s set on escaping to forget he ever existed. Who needs a man when there's an all-you-can-drink margarita bar, anyway? That's what she tells herself until she bumps into the right guy who can make all those bad memories disappear.

Even if it's only temporarily. 

Two weeks on the beach is what they both need. No strings attached, no expectations, no broken hearts. Too bad the universe has other plans—one that'll change the entire course of their lives in just nine short months.

*A contemporary romance with a little southern drama. Each book features a different Bishop brother and can be read as a complete standalone.*

Bishop Brothers Series: Goodreads | Amazon
Book 4, Keeping Him releases September 2018
4 Stars

Alex Bishop works at his family ranch and parties it up in the small town with his brothers and best friend. He's known for being a love 'em and leave 'em type of guy, so he jumps at the opportunity to have a fun-filled weekend in Key West. Plenty of alcohol and even more women to choose from, at least that's his plan. Then he meets River and all his usual intentions of being just a one-night kind of guy go out the window.

River is a pediatric nurse in Wisconsin nursing a broken heart and burnt on the idea of love and happily ever after. Her best friend knows the only way to cure the blues is Key West and finding a new guy to get under. She doesn't even want to find a man, but Alex Bishop is convincing and soon a no-strings attached romance begins. Then they go home and it turns out it might not be no-strings attached after all.

Cowboys, drinking, and romance...Taming Him's blurb promised a wild ride and Kennedy Fox gave readers just that. It was hilarious and sexy, featuring two characters who have no desire for love and find it anyway. Of course, it's not a typical romance it isn't just Key West and a no-strings attached romance that turns into something more, that's what makes it so fun. The two return home, but what happens on vacation never stays on vacation, we all know that by now. It turns into a romantic story, with the two discovering they share more than just lust and alcohol-fueled hook-ups. The glimpse of true-romance that they share in Key West just scratches the surface of the connection they build upon once River gives in and makes her way to Texas and the Bishops brother who rocked her world.

Taming Him was far longer than I expected, there's a lot fit into the pages and while some of it was redundant and not engaging for me, the majority of the novel kept my attention. Both Alex and River have some serious reservations about relationships, but they fall into one another easily. I enjoyed how their relationship was built upon, especially with Alex's party boy ways falling away finally allowing him to be a good partner to River. Each goes through a lot of changes, their characters developing as the story progressed. There are also some fantastic secondary characters mixed in to the beautiful ranch setting and traditional Bishop brothers wildness.

Taming Him wasn't my usual romance read, it lacks the angst I usually love but makes up for it with smooth-talking cowboy Alex and immune-to-love River. It's the sort of romance that provides you an escape, the kind that's comforting, yet still funny, and definitely worth the read. I enjoyed Taming Him and can't wait to spend more one-on-one time with the other Bishop Brothers.

Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!
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