Tuesday 30 January 2018

✪ Kennedy Fox ✪ TAMING HIM ✪ #BishopBrothers1 ✪

©  Bianca  Janeane

• 30 January 2018
• Book #1 in the Bishop Brother series
• slightly connected standalone

• Spin-Off from the #Checkmate series! The boys are Courtney's brothers - from Checkmate 3+4!
4 Stars
Introducing book 1 in the Bishop Brothers series! A steamy new southern romance series by USA Today Bestselling author duo, Kennedy Fox!

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 its to say, lets 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 thatll 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.*

Alex is one of the four Bishop siblings. He's the first one to get his own book. We already heard his sister's story in the 2nd #CheckmateDuet.

Alex is happy with his life. He's working very hard at his parents ranch - he and his brothers will one day take over.
And in his private life .... he only does one night with a girl. But he's always very kind about it - telling them that he's not ready for something serious.

River is a pediatric nurse in Wisconsin and she just broke up with her boyfriend - who is married! Which she only found out after six months of dating.

Both River's and Alex's best friends booked/won a trip to Florida and asked them to join.
Off to Key West we go!

But what starts as a no-strings, fun, holiday romance .... Let's just say WHAT HAPPENS IN FLORIDA DOES NOT ALWAYS STAY IN FLORIDA - or Wisconsin as the case may be. ☺

What will happen to River & Alex?
Will they meet again after Florida?
 Will there be a HEA?


That was adorable!
And funny. And sexy!
But also a bit moving and sad.
Great cowboy romance!
Or rather a sexy & cute & fun Florida Holiday Romance in the first part and a great Cowboy Romance in the second part.
 I really enjoyed reading it!

Alex is a really great guy. A real family person.
(A tiny little bit too much for my tastes. The way his mom first reacted? I would've left and never come back! She's a 50 year old person living in the 21st century, not a 80 year old grandma in the sixties stuck in her ways! Jeez!)

I had a few more problems with the book .... but please don't listen to me. I'M VERY WEIRD when it comes to books. NONE of the following will probably bother anyone but me, so please don't worry, and PLEASE don't be offended KF!
I started reading and ... I know I read an ARC which was probably not edited. BUT - even an unedited book cannot/should not contain the mistakes I found. The most hilarious but also one of the saddest things I found was PHOTOGENIC MEMORY! I couldn't believe my eyes. I know it was probably just a typo and will be fixed before the book comes out, but what if it's not? What if the authors don't know the difference between PHOTOGENIC and PHOTOGRAPHIC/EIDETIC? Scares me a bit.

The book was a bit too long for my tastes. There was too much stuff that was just redundant. Too much that didn't interest me at all. I wanted to read about Alex and River and not so much about the sister and the hay and the weather and the best friend back in Wisconsin ...
And through all that long story I always kept waiting for something HUGE to happen. Something dangerous or exciting or super amazing. But nothing does. The story just blubbers along completely predictable. It would probably make a great tv show with a bit more excitement thrown in! I would totally watch that. Hot cowboys!

The cover - not my thing. The body is totally ok...not too much muscle. But the guy's face looks a bit like a pimply 15 year old. And he also looks a bit Chippendal-ish. Ew. No offense buddy.

And back to the writing. Just like with all other Kennedy Fox books, I had my problems with the way those ladies write. I have no idea why. I was thinking that it's a local dialect kind of problem - but Brooke and Lyra are from different places! I know I'm weird with my book problems, but ... some expressions are just strange or wrong and ... no idea. I can't explain it. But when I finished this book and started my next one, I immediately noticed the difference in the writing - the new book just flowed so much better for my weird brain. No offense B+L - I love your books and will keep on reading them. I'm just so very weird with many book things!!!

BUT - all that doesn't mean that the book sucked! Nooo - it's just my weird weirdness when it comes to books. Or maybe I just had an off day! PLEASE DON'T LISTEN TO ME - READ IT!

Also, I'm really excited to see what brother number two will have to tell us next!!! ☺☺☺

TAMING HIM was an adorable & funny & sweet cowboy romance! Can't wait to read about the 2nd brother!

ARC received for an honest review

I loved all the duets in the Checkmate duets series, so diving in to the Bishop Brother series was a no brainer.

This is a kinda spinoff from the Checkmate Duets - but derpy me, I got right to the end before I got the connection to Courtney (from the Courtney + Drew duet).  Total facepalm moment when I got it lol

Alex and River's story is sweet and sexy and steamy.  Right from the get go the reader knows it is never going to be just a one night stand, and the whoops can be seen from a mile off, however the way they deal with it is good.

Not gonna lie, for as much as Alex is family oriented, I was not a fan of his mama.  I wanted to scream at he for being such a judgemental cow - I know she's southern woman but holy crap I hated the way the reacted to things.  If I were River I would have told her off .  But maybe I am just a bitch.

I adored the banter between Alex and is best friend and is brothers, made me laugh out loud at times.

However, something just didn't gel with me.  At times, the story just seemed to draaaaag out, and it seemed like I would never get to the end

But this could just be me!

I am looking forward to more Bishop Brothers in the future.


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Kennedy Fox is the duo of bestselling authors Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish who 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 together under a pseudonym 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! Both authors are from Manhattan living the glamorous bachelorette life, or perhaps they’re just confusing themselves with an episode of Sex and the City (Total #Girlcrush SJP). Either way, they’re looking forward to bringing you many more stories to fall in love with!

Brooke Cumberland is a USA Today Bestselling author who wears many hats on any given day. She also co-writes under the USA Today Bestselling Duo pseudonym, Kennedy Fox with her literary soul mate. She lives in the frozen tundra of Packer Nation with her husband, 6-year-old wild child, and two teenage stepsons. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading love stories, listening to music that inspires her, and laughing with her family. Brooke is addicted to Starbucks coffee, leggings, and naps. She found her passion for telling stories during winter break one year in grad school--and she hasn’t stopped since.
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Lyra Parish loves to write, glamp, and sing obnoxiously loud at the top of her lungs in the shower. Sweet love stories (along with the dirty ones) make her gush. She is a firm believer that a person can never have too many cups of coffee, cats, or happily ever afters. When she isn't busy writing under bestselling pseudonym Kennedy Fox with Brooke Cumberland, she can be found sipping various beverages from her non-alcoholic drink buffet, pimp slapping excel spreadsheets, or riding her bike. Lyra lives in Texas with her glassblowing, guitar-playing hubby and black cat named Nibbler.