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.
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.
My ARC Review:
So this was my first book by Kennedy Fox, even though this is book 3 in the Bishop Brothers series, I didn’t feel I missed out by not reading the other two first, but after reading this absolute corker of a story I will be going back to read the other two, while waiting impatiently for Jackson’s story!
John runs the family B&B on their ranch spending all his time there and helping out his big family, that is until a baby shows up on his doorstep with a letter attached to her claiming to be John’s daughter. He is utterly floored by this but being the kind of man he is steps right up along with his family to do the best he can for this new arrival into the family. But being a single dad out of the blue with no experience and trying to run the B&B as well is proving to be overwhelming for him.
Mila hails from Georgia and has always wanted to be a teacher at the local school she grew up at, but when her best friend and secret crush tells her he has a baby on the way she decides to get away for a bit and visit her Grandparents in Texas for a while. Whilst there Mama Bishop learns that Mila is in town and sees how good she is with children – turns out she is known as the ‘baby whisperer’ back in Georgia having helped raise her siblings all her life – and Mama sets about trying to get her together with John for a nanny position for his new daughter Maize on a trial basis.
What neither of them bargained for was the instant attraction they had for each other!!
I absolutely loved this, the single dad and secret baby and how hard he was trying – I was a gonner!! The feels and the emotions whilst reading this!! Its a slow burn romance between John and Mila with the forbidden aspect and them fighting against their attraction, but when they eventually get together it is HOT HOT HOT!!! I loved the whole Bishop family relationship they have going on, they all pull together and are always there for each other, even though Jackson seems to be the black sheep of the family and is continually playing up, for twins Jackson and John are polar opposites, and when Jackson tries to hit on Mila John’s alpha side comes out and he threatens to punch his lights out lol!!
Mama Rose is a massive character in this book, I love how loving she is towards her family, but they don’t dare step out of line and get on the wrong side of her!! She organizes them all and meddles in their life trying to get them settled with more grandbabies on the way – she is the heart of the Bishop household and I love her for that!!
A brilliant read, highly emotional at times, full of swoon worthy dad and daughter moments, sweetness and laughter, with some angst and drama along with heartache and sadness – It really did bring out a full range of emotions!! This book really did exceed all my expectations and I can’t wait to learn more about Jackson in the next book, but equally am definitely going back reading the first two books – I love the Bishop family!! I can certainly see more Kennedy Fox books appearing on my Kindle from now on – fabulous 5 stars, I can’t recommend this enough!!
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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