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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Jackson Bishop and Kiera Young’s story was one of my most anticipated reads since finishing Chasing Him, and with the insight that Kennedy Fox leaves readers with at the end of John and Mila’s story, in terms of Kiera’s determination to move forward instead of pining away for a man she feels will never admit his true feelings for her, I knew that Keeping Him was going to break my heart in every possible way due to the circumstances that Jackson and Kiera created by their denials, and I also felt like it wasn’t going to be easy for me to see passed Jackson’s words and actions when it came to Kiera and his ‘true’ feelings for her, and I’ll admit, I really did struggle with the fact that so much of the drama between them could have been avoided if they were honest with themselves and with each other…don’t get me wrong, I know that a good amount of angst comes with a storyline like this one, but these two have been frustrating the heck out of me since they were introduced in the previous books in the series and letting go of those feelings was more difficult than I thought it would be.
Since the beginning of the series, Kennedy Fox has portrayed Jackson Bishop as a cocky hothead and playboy; he’s a bit of a loose cannon – a guy who seems to put his foot in his mouth more often than not and one who may know how to get a woman in his bed, but anything that involves feelings is not something he knows how to handle, which is more than clear with how he deals with his growing feelings for Kiera. Through the course of Keeping Him, Jackson does realize his mistakes and he works to transform into a man who’s more open with his feelings and ‘worthy’ of the kind of love that Kiera wants to give him. Fox does a great job of illustrating Jackson’s transformation, allowing readers to see him get his head out of his ass and realize that he’s not willing to give up the woman he’s loved since forever, and when Jackson comes to that realization, there’s a definite change in him and readers can clearly recognize that change and know that he’s found a way to claim what his heart always knew he wanted/needed.
Logically, I understand why Kiera tried to move on with Trent, but it was beyond clear that she didn’t really know him like she thought she did, nor did she love him enough to give her heart to him. I can’t blame Kiera for wanting the fairy tale happily ever after; she’s seen the other Jackson men find their soulmates and not put up much a fight when it came to that claiming, so it stands to reason that she would want what they have and if she can’t have it with the man she really wants it with then she might just have to settle for second best, but she soon realizes that an alternate choice will never work for her…never offer her what she wants, but by the time that happens, she’s already committed herself to something she no longer wants, which makes things so much more complicated than they should have been if she would have followed her heart since the beginning.
Keeping Him is an interesting title for Jackson and Kiera’s story because they never seemed to truly have one another…I get that they’ve been best friends since childhood and they share a bond that most people crave, but ‘keeping’ means that something or someone has already been claimed and that doesn’t really apply to these two…OR, is the implication that because they’ve always held one another’s heart that all they need to do is admit their feelings in order to truly have that which has always been theirs for the taking.
I can’t believe this series is over; it seems like Kennedy Fox just introduced readers to the Jackson brothers and now it’s time to say goodbye to these handsome, broody men and their significant others. This series was one heck of a wild and angsty ride, and while it almost did my heart in at certain points; I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!
4.5 Poison Apples
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!!
TAMING HIM // BOOK 1
NEEDING HIM // BOOK 2
CHASING HIM // BOOK 3
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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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