John Bishop isn’t your typical single dad.
Reserved, impatient, and utterly clueless.
Running the family’s bed and breakfast has many perks. Working long hours, picking up after the guests, and hearing couples going at it all night long aren’t any of them. Hooking up with girls who come to the ranch for horseback riding lessons? Best perk of them all.
That is until a baby shows up at his doorstep with a note claiming it’s his. Growing up on a ranch was anything but easy, but raising a newborn is proving to be the hardest task he’ll ever tackle. Leaving the bachelor life behind, his only priority is to hire a nanny who can teach him a thing or two about parenting — except he doesn’t anticipate her being gorgeous and quirky with an unhealthy football obsession.
Mila Carmichael has many talents — making balloon animals, creating origami art, and remaining in the friend zone. Often seen as one of the guys, she’s struck out more times than a rookie baseball player.
Seeking a new adventure, she flies to Texas to visit family and is offered a position she can’t refuse. Helping out a new dad should come easy to her, considering her past experience, but what she doesn’t anticipate is him being an attractive Southern temptation.
But that’s only the beginning.
While growing close to his family and falling madly in love with the baby girl who’s stealing their hearts, things are bound to get complicated. Everyone knows not to mix business with pleasure. That means no late movie nights, no stolen glances, and definitely no kissing behind closed doors. Too bad the universe has other plans — one that’ll threaten taking away the main thing that binds them together.
New Adult | Romance | Contemporary
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour hosted by InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review***
I obsess over Kennedy Fox. I love her witty, entertainingly delicious writing style. I have come to expect a certain level of amazing whenever I get any of her books. The Bishop Brothers‘ Series has been amazing. I was so ready to see what was next in store for these brothers my spidey senses have been tingling.
Oh my lanta have I been waiting for John Bishop to enter my life. He was this charming, sweet, panty-dropping gorgeous and that cliffhanger in Needing Him was perfection. In Chasing Him he is definitely a man of a different cloth, with good reason – he is now a single dad and utterly clueless on how to handle his changing lifestyle. He is definitely more guarded personality; he is tetchy, obstinate yet when his mother interferes by sending Mila to his doorstep, John’s personality is a little back to his old self with still some hesitance. Mila on the other hand is just the sweetest as sweet can be. I honestly pictured her as this bubbly southern bell who just radiates optimism. She is sweet, compassionate, and as a reader, we can’t help but adore her.
Although I have come to really enjoy all things Kennedy Fox, I love her writing style, nothing has compared to the Checkmate series and up until now I have loved the Bishop Brothers; Evan is my favorite, I admit it. I love her character dynamics and I did enjoy Mila and John’s personalities. But… and I hate to say this… but – Chasing Him is not my favorite. Why? Easy, I really just could grasp any form of connection to John and Mila’s chemistry.
For me, the steamy tension was semi-there, though there was this constant mention of a forbidden romance between single dad boss and the nanny they Mila joked with her friends, but I just didn’t feel it. They fell into this easy mode of Mila taking care of Maize, John was protective of the entire situation, even got jealous when Jackson hit on Mila. But with all this build it just did not flow. Once it did happen, it was bam, insta-love, insta-cannot live without you but I will let you go anyways… I just couldn’t invest.
And the secondary characters… obviously I loved catching up with the rest of the gang, I am still waiting (not so…) patiently for Jackson Bishop. Kiera, Emily, River, hell even Courtney made an appearance – I honestly love these ladies. There were though some secondary characters I found pointless. I will just say it, Cade. I found the beginning mentions perfect but later he was just a pointless additive that was more or less for the convenience of the plot; it was like that part of Mila’s life was just wrapped up in one sentence and I should just accept the closure. There was an angle I had hoped would have been acted on but nothing…
Overall, I did like it, I just did not love it. It felt semi-rushed romance when it hit the climatic moments, when the tension was finally acted on and it seemed semi-awkward, almost forced. Not to mention the overall drama surrounding Maize, John and the precipitous grandparents was there then it was over, rather anti-climatic for my tastes. Kind of like the closure with Mila’s life in Georiga; everything was just wrapped up in a matter of a paragraph and boom, we are done.
Though I didn’t entirely connect with John and Mila I still did enjoy their romantically sweet chemistry. They just meshed well as friends, Mila was a great additive to the single father dynamic. Looking forward to seeing them in Keeping Him, I love the catch up!