A Bishop Brothers Novel Book Four
Genre: #Romance #ContemporaryRomance #Suspense #Humor
My Rating: 4.5 – 5 Stars
Publication: September 18th 2018
Read: September 13th 2018 (ARC provided by InkSlinger PR)
POV: First-person dual perspectives
Series: Bishop Brothers: Taming Him; Needing Him; Chasing Him; Keeping Him
Check out series on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/208081-bishop-brothers
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
4.5 to 5 Stars…
Keeping Him was on my most anticipated read list. How could it not be? After reading the first book, which was Alex and River’s story, all I wanted was to see the Bishop men get their happily-ever-afters.
From the first book, we know there is something between Kiera and Jackson. They were best friends since childhood and were always there for each other. Kiera was in love with Jackson for so long, believing her feelings for him were unrequited. I am going to say this…Jackson ticked me off a lot; from book one in this series to his own story. He is portrayed as a jerk. His lifestyle was not one I was happy with despite the reasons he lived that way. I wasn’t so sure I fully understood his behavior. Some of his actions were unforgivable. Kiera was truly and uncondidtionally in love with Jackson. She would have to be to forgive his actions.
Now, Kiera was not perfect either. Yes, she had a heart of gold. However, she made some mistakes. The most obvious was staying with Trent for so long. I can’t say too much about the relationship dynamic between Trent and Kiera, or Jackson and Kiera, or even Jackson and Trent. There is a story here that unfolds slowly with a lot of angst. I can say that I thought Kiera staying with Trent as long as she did was wrong. And as a result of that, Trent became someone she didn’t know as well as she thought. I can’t help but to feel that Trent’s personality change was sparked because of his insecurity with Kiera. You’ll have to read to form your own opinions but as obvious as it was that Trent was “losing it,” I’m a little troubled by my belief that he was unintentionally provoked. And by the end of the story, I was sad for him. Truly, I never disliked him. If this book didn’t end the way it did, I would have wished for this author to find him his own happy ending.
Ok, enough about that. Despite my concerns, I loved this book. The writing style of Kennedy Fox has always been one that I loved. This author duo always does an amazing job with premise, plot and resolutions. The end of the book was everything I hoped it would be. I also loved that Kiera and Jackson’s love for each other was believable. I just hated that they had to go through so many years of secretly loving each other before their HEA. But the waiting made it all the more perfect.
This was a beautiful story. I absolutely loved seeing the true Jackson revealed. My heart is heavy that this series is over. I can only hope that we will get glimpses of the Bishops in future books by Kennedy Fox. This is a series that I highly recommend. You will find angst, suspense, humor, loyalty and plenty of loving!
This is my honest and unbiased opinion. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂
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