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.
John and Jackson Bishop may be twins, but they are about as opposite as they come. But ladies, don’t let John’s reserved demeanor and thoughtful countenance deter you from choosing the quiet one of this Bishop pair because John Bishop has an amazing heart and the capacity to love with everything that he is, and even though he’s not as ‘in your face’ as his counterpart, John doesn’t lack self-esteem; it’s just his fears that seem to catch him up when it comes to a woman meaning something to him other than a night in his bed, and while John never imagined his life would be forever changed in the ways that it is when a certain little lady enters his life, he wouldn’t take back those stolen moments with Maize’s mom, claiming his daughter with every fiber of his being, or finding a way past his fears in order to have the life that he and his baby girl deserve.
I absolutely adored Mila Carmichael. She’s a sassy, intelligent, and caring woman who is known as the ‘baby whisperer’ because she knows exactly what children need and has a way of putting them at ease just by her warm presence. Her decision to leave her hometown in Georgia to visit her gram in Texas might have been in order to chase away her blues over something that will never be, what she doesn’t know is that it’s in Texas where she’ll actually find a family, a little girl, and one gorgeous man who shows her heart what it’s always needed.
There’s nothing like being around the Bishop family, and throughout the course of Kennedy Fox’s Bishop Brothers series, readers have proclaimed themselves as honorary members, which I think Mama Bishop wouldn’t mind too much because she is always so welcoming and giving of her time and her care. It’s amazing when the Bishops rally around each other and keep one another in check, and as the family continues to grow, the love and warmth that surrounds each and every one of them is something that every human being should have or at least experience in their lifetime because it illustrates the importance of family and what a gift it is to have people by one’s side regardless of the mistakes or negative situations that occur, and because the Bishops have Jackson to contend with, there’s bound to be a shitstorm or two to deal with because he’s a loose cannon that loves to rile his family up at all times.
Chasing Him is a slow burn romance – one that showcases the different types of love that are essential to have in one’s life. There are a lot of unexpected circumstances in John and Mila’s story, and while some are easier to deal with than others, what stands out is the fact that despite wanting to run away when John and/or Mila become overwhelmed, they work through things and gain quite a perspective because of it.
The biggest lesson that John and Mila’s story teaches readers is to not leave anything unsaid…to say the things that might be difficult or result in negative consequences because life is too short not to risk things. Time is precious, especially when life gives someone the person who was meant to be his, which means that fears need to be chased away in order to chase one’s dreams, even if they get redesigned along the way.
4.5 Poison Apples
As soon as I walk into the living room, I see Mila in tight blue jeans and a low cut shirt that shows way too much cleavage.
“Nope.” Resting my hands on my hips, I look at her, trying not to stare at her chest. It doesn’t help that her nipples are hard as a damn rock either. Fuck. Eyes up.
“Nope, what?” she asks, furrowing her brows in confusion as she grabs Maize out of the swing.
“You can’t wear that shirt. Actually, we should probably set some ground rules since you’ll be staying here around the clock.”
Mila rolls her eyes and kneels down in front of the carseat. She’s dressed Maize in an outfit that says something about Grandma being her favorite, and I know Mama is going to love it. “Is that what you do ‘round here? Make rules for everyone?” She arches an eyebrow with a cocky smirk on her face.
Tilting my head, I narrow my eyes and study her. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
“Ask Jackson.” She carefully places Maize in the car seat and straps her in. I suck in a deep breath remembering the nanny rules I’d given Jackson, the ones she wasn’t supposed to hear.
“Jackson needs rules. He has zero boundaries. And it’s not like he listens to anyone anyway. Trust me. It’s an open invitation to flirting and ridiculous comments from him. So you can’t be wearing shirts like that around him.”
“…or I can’t be wearing shirts like this around you?” she quips, not paying any attention to how frustrated I’m becoming. “I think I can handle Jackson, so stop worrying yourself.”
She straightens up and looks me dead in the eyes. “You’re my boss and you can make any crazy rules you want when it comes to your baby, but you don’t get to tell me what I can and can’t wear, unless you’re instating a dress code for me and if that’s the case, I want a raise and a clothes allowance then.”
I scoff, crossing my arms over my chest that’s rising and falling rapidly. “How much for you to wear baggy overalls and turtlenecks every day?”
“You’ve got jokes, do you?” she mutters, not amused. “Why not just put a chastity belt on me too while you’re at it?”
I grunt, thinking that’s not a bad idea actually.
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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