Thursday, September 20, 2018

Release Blitz & Review: Keeping Him - Kennedy Fox

Keeping Him
(Bishop Brothers #4)
by Kennedy Fox
Published: September 20, 2018 

Jackson Bishop is your typical playboy.
Unpredictable, charming, and overly confident.

Growing up in Texas, the ranch life is all he’s ever known. Horses and late night partying are his lifestyles, and all the local girls know it too. Riding lessons aren’t the only things taught at the stables, and he makes sure clients never leave unsatisfied. Everyone knows Jackson’s a wild card, but not everything is as it seems. He may be a womanizer on the surface, but he’s hiding deep feelings about the one who’s had his heart since he was a teen. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as roping her in and claiming her as his.

Kiera Young is well-known for her sassy nature and outgoing personality. Though she’s one of the best horse trainers in the area, she’s never been able to tame her best friend and the man she’s secretly loved since she was fifteen—Jackson Bishop. She’s waited years for him to confess his true feelings but as time goes on, she decides she’s done waiting. Kiera finally meets a man who promises to give her the world, and when he pops the question, she says yes—knowing they’re both ready to settle down and start a family.

Even if her heart beats for another man.

Jackson’s certain he’s lost Kiera for good and has no one to blame but himself. However, on the day of her wedding, he can’t bring himself to watch the woman he loves walk down the aisle to someone else. Kiera’s already having second thoughts and knows she can’t get married without his support. It’s not until she’s at the altar that she realizes she can’t let Jackson go and will do whatever it takes to keep him—even if it means running out on her own wedding.

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4.5 Stars

Burn baby, burn. 
Kennedy Fox have perfected the art of the slow burn and while Keeping Him as a novel wasn't the slowest burn I've ever read, as a series this couple definitely wins the award for slowest relationship movement EVER. These two are as hard headed as they come, meaning the flame between them burns so darn bright anyone can see it, except them. We've gotten to know Jackson and Kiera throughout the previous novels in the Bishop Brothers series, so we already know they're meant to be, but the ride they've been on is a twisted on and it's hard to tell where it's going. With a ring on her finger and Trent waiting for her at the end of the aisle Kiera has to make some tough choices about love, life, and the future she wants for herself. If you think an angsty novel feels like a rollercoaster, try falling in love with Jackson Bishop when you're a teenager. 

"I was never the right guy for you, but you were always the right girl for me."

Keeping Him has been at the top of my most anticipated list since we first met Alex in Taming Him. Sure, I have a soft spot for Evan and I never could have predicted how John's story would work out, but Jackson is the temptation no girl can deny and I was desperate to see what Kennedy Fox had in store for him. Turns out, it was a lot. We get to know the fast-talking, whiskey drinking cowboy and find out there's quite a lot more to him than one night stands and being late to work always. Sure, he's easy on the eyes, but there's a lot of heart to him and I really like that he was the last brother to have a book in the series. He's easy to judge, but even easier to fall for once you know him. And Kiera? Every female is on her side. She's beautiful, smart, and considered part of the Bishop's family, but her friendship with Jackson was always just a hopeful plea for more. I cheered that girl on as she fought for what she wanted, both in learning to love another and in discovering her own personal self worth. She has so much more strength to her and I love that as a character she gets an individual story that has a lot of meaning to it. I struggled with a lot of her choices, but I also appreciated the growth she went through because of them. Told from dual perspectives with past and present chapters we get to know the teens they used to be and the adults they've grown into. These two have so many mistakes between them, but watching them work through them is what makes this book so good. 

Truth or dare?

Like all KF books, there's drama, smut, and in the Bishop Brothers' cases, a whole heaping pile of family loving. This little town of Texans has been such a joy to read about, I feel like I've been there and know every single person. Keeping Him was a fantastic read for me, I loved the drama, the bit of suspense we got, and of course all the romancing. No one does it better than the Bishop Brothers, that's for sure. This book has been more than worth the wait and if you've not met the brothers yet, get on it.

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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