Release Day & Review | Keeping Him by Kennedy Fox

September 20, 2018 | 2018, kennedy fox, release blitz, review / 0 Comments

Release Day & Review | Keeping Him by Kennedy FoxKeeping Him by Kennedy Fox
Series | Bishop Brothers #4
Release Date | September 18, 2018
Genres | Contemporary
Format | ARC
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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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I’ve been anticipating Jackson and Kiera’s story for a long time, so I absolutely couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Now I’ve got a bit mixed feelings with this one, however, I’ve just been having an off week with the books I’ve been reading. So for now, I’m amounting this mixed review to my off-week, I apologize in advance.

I’m going to start off by saying that I did love this book and finally got the most anticipated happy ever after! I’ve been so curious as to why Jackson never made his feelings known towards Kiera, but my goodness, once everything is revealed, my heart was absolutely breaking for him. Jackson has got to be one of the most selfless, yet selfish Bishop brother ever. I understood his reasons for never telling Kiera the truth about how he felt, but it also wanted me to hit him upside the head and be like, come on! Let’s just say a lot of time was wasted, but that was their story. Not always an easy one, but they got there eventually.

Jackson was a playboy-jerk and I was just waiting for someone to give him a taste of his own medicine. And I knew it wouldn’t be pretty if that time came. He’s not perfect and he irritated me quite a bit in this one. But the one thing you can’t fight is the insane connection and relation that Jackson and Kiera have. They’re childhood best friends and they’re both pivotal in each other’s lives. Nothing will change that, even the fact that Kiera is set to marry somebody else. Plus, it’s damn near impossible to resist the ever so sexy and smooth, Jackson.

Kiera, she’s sweet and deserves everything good in her life. And all Jackson ever wanted for her was to be truly happy, even if it wasn’t with him. I got rather frustrated with Kiera because she constantly made up excuses for why people did the things they did. The signs or red flags were staring at her right in the face, but she chose to ignore it. She kept that going much further than I thought she would and it was leading towards something disastrous. I’ve always had the feeling that things with Trent were progressing too quickly.

At first, I wasn’t exactly on board with the way the book was written, with the timeline starting from when they were teenagers, around the time of Kiera’s engagement, her wedding and finally, present day. But we were warned that it was going to be a bit of a slow burn, we don’t get to the present day until about 50ish% or so. Despite my feelings towards that, I was rather thankful for it in the end, we really got to see the progression of Kiera and Trent’s relationship, which was something we don’t even get a hint of in the other books in this series. Trent was not my favorite person at all and things were slowly piling against him (I was rather surprised by him in this one, he definitely wasn’t who I thought he was). But Jackson’s not a perfect person either, his jealousy and hate towards Trent only fueled the tension between them. Jealousy sure is a green monster and these two had it. But Trent’s jealousy leads him towards something much more hateful and rather unforgivable.

So yeah, Kiera, Jackson, and Trent all had their faults in this story. I didn’t agree with a lot of the things that they did. But it’s evident that a lot of things would have been avoided if they were just honest with each other from the beginning. However, I know we wouldn’t have a story if things didn’t happen the way they did between them. And it sure is a crazy story with a bit of unexpected suspense!

Keeping Him was indeed a slow-burn of a sort because of the time it takes for them to finally admit to each other their feelings, the drama and angst are there as well, the twists and turns and a bit of suspense. Kennedy Fox definitely knows how to weave a story together to keep you hooked the entire time, it was so easy to devour this book. I’m so sad to say farewell to this series, I’ve loved every single one of the Bishop brothers. But at last, they all have their happy ever afters! Keeping Him wasn’t quite what I was hoping it would be, but I’m overjoyed that Jackson finally pulled his head out of his ass and got his girl 😉

If you’re a fan of swoony alpha heroes, feisty heroines, humorous family dynamics, and witty banter, then you’re going to want to meet the Bishop Brothers! This Southern family loves hard & plays even harder!!


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About Kennedy Fox

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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