Evan Bishop is your typical hotshot doctor.
Hardass, brooding, and all business.
Instead of working on the family ranch, Evan broke the mold and became an ER doctor.
He’s good with his hands—in more ways than one—smart as a whip and is the definition of God’s gift to women. Being a gentleman is in his Southern roots, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t flawed. Exclusive dating has never been a top priority and his tragic past makes him stay at arm’s length. Deciding to let loose for a wild night, he takes a page from the Bishop brother’s relationship book and hooks up with a mysterious girl he’ll never have to see again, which is perfect for this self-proclaimed bachelor.
Emily Bell is a city girl through and through but is determined to get away from her family and past. All she wants is a fresh start and to make a name for herself in the medical field. No random hookups and no dating coworkers—that’s her new motto after being burned time and again. When she agrees to attend a wedding as a plus-one, she’s soon ditched and left to drink solo—but not for long. Mr. Suit is the ultimate temptation with his Southern charm, messy blond hair, and irresistible sex appeal. Everything about him screams bad news, but he makes her reconsider her rules just for one night.
After all, some rules are made to be broken.
They want the same thing—one night of passion then they’ll go their separate ways. No cuddling afterward. No next day phone calls. No awkward goodbyes. Too bad the universe has other plans—one that’ll be obvious when they report to work on Monday morning.
*A contemporary romance with a little Southern drama. This is book 2 in the Bishop Brothers series. Each book features a different brother and can be read as a complete standalone. HEA guaranteed!*
Not suitable for readers under 18 due to adult language and sexual content.
I have read every book Kennedy Fox has written, and pretty much loved every single one of them. But Needing Him is, by far, the best book that these two authors have ever written together. It was an enemies to lovers story, with a little bit of a thriller vibe and I was so there for it! Emily and Evan are my new favorite Fox couple, and I can’t wait to see what other treasures these two have up their sleeve when it comes to the other Bishop boys!
Needing Him tells the story of Emily Belle, who has recently moved to the Bishop’s small hometown, and taken a position at the local hospital. What she wasn’t counting on, was the fact that her recent one night stand is now her boss, Evan Bishop. And Evan thought her name was Stella. Oh, and she left him the next morning without a stitch of clothing leaving him at the mercy of his brothers. Unfortunately, all the extenuating circumstances leave tensions high between these two would be enemies, and the drama and angst that ensue is completely perfect.
Before we talk about Emily more though, I want to focus on Evan. Evan Bishop is the oldest son in his family, and the only one that has chosen to leave the Ranch behind to walk another career path. Because of this, he’s continually trying to prove himself to his father, who really doesn’t agree with his choices, and show him that he was meant to be a doctor and that he’s a fantastic one to boot. Because of this, Evan is a tough nut to crack, and has a rough exterior that doesn’t let a lot of people in. Emily scratches at the surface, and as much as she infuriates him, he’s curious about her as a person, and can’t resist the natural draw he has to be closer to her. And when he finally lets down the walls, Evan is so kind, and sweet, and swoony that I couldn’t help but wish he were real (don’t tell my husband!).
Emily can give as good as she takes. She isn’t afraid to go toe to toe with Evan and makes it her mission to show him that she’s an excellent doctor despite his bad attitude, and condensending demeanor. Emily is sassy, and strong. She is not afraid to stand up for her beliefs, and once Evan is ready to pull his head from you know where, it’s one of the things that really draws him to her. Emily has grown up in the shadow of her famous father, which has affected her in a lot of ways. I loved seeing her break out from the bonds she has developed due to that fact, and how she let her inner light shine through. She was a refreshing character to read in the romance genre, and I was as much in love with her as I was Evan.
If you haven’t read anything yet by Kennedy Fox, now is the perfect time to start. Needing Him is a feisty standalone romance, that I absolutely adored. These Bishop brothers are keeping me on my toes, and these ladies aren’t letting me down when it comes to these new books!
Every Kennedy Fox book just keeps getting better and better! Each Bishop brother is so unique and different, and I can not wait to see what is in store in the next two installments. Emily and Evan are my favorite couple so far, but that might change when John gets his story.
Emily recently moved to small town Texas in order to start somewhere new and get out from her father’s shadow. Emily is hellbent on proving herself, but she does not expect her one night stand to be the man filling in as her boss, Evan Bishop. Evan loves the rush of saving a life, and wanted more out of life than life on a ranch. This disappointed his father and Evan is constantly trying to help out where he can on the ranch while hoping his father see’s him as the incredible trauma doctor he has become. However, the last thing he expects when he shows up for work is the one night stand, Stella, who stole his clothing.
These two were so freaking funny and fun to read about. They were both confident and unafraid of standing up to one another. There is so much more going on behind the front that Evan puts up, and finally getting to peel away some of the front was my favorite. Emily has a bad past with a grieving family that came into play in this story to give it a more suspenseful storyline, which is another thing I loved about this book. I love suspense!
We also got to catch up with the Checkmate characters in this one! We got to meet the triplets and see where everyone ended up. This book was very well written and had a fantastic flow to it. I need more of these brothers and I can’t wait to get them!
I highly recommend this book to those who love: tight knit families, office romance, suspense, bold heroines, and broody heroes.
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars!
Fuck me. I caved, and now he thinks he’s in control and God’s gift to the world.
I won’t let him manipulate me with sex. He must not be that smart if he thinks that’s actually going to work. I said those things in the heat of the moment and because I really needed to fucking come, but that doesn’t mean I meant it. Hell, I would’ve told him the sky was purple if that meant he’d give me what I needed.
Regardless, that was really damn hot. The way I yelled at him, and he yelled back, and then we just attacked each other. Every moment of our first night together has replayed in my head since it happened, but now… angry Evan is the one who will haunt me in my dreams. Angry Evan is hot and demanding and knows just how to tease the fuck out of me. I almost hate him for it. Except I could never hate a man who knows how to worship my body like he does.
But God, does he really have to be such a controlling asshole?
I scoop my scrubs and shoes off the floor and adjust my just-fucked hair. Once my top is on, I search for my panties. When I don’t find them on the floor, I shake out my scrub bottoms, but they aren’t there either. What the fuck?
Panic starts to surface at the realization that I lost my damn panties. Shit, shit, shit.
My pager beeps, and it’s painfully obvious I’m going to have to put my pants on without them. Quickly, I finish getting dressed and push my shoes on before grabbing my lab coat and the soiled shirt and flying out the door.
I throw Evan’s shirt in the trash before anyone can see me and ask questions.
Rushing to the nurses’ station for an update, I look around but don’t see any commotion or people scrambling like normal. “What’s going on? You paged me?” I ask, trying to catch my breath.
Fiona looks at me like I’ve gone crazy. She swallows and lowers her eyes before bringing them back up to look at me. She witnessed the heated argument back in the trauma room, and now she looks uncomfortable as hell. “Dr. Bishop asked me to page you. He wanted me to tell you that your break is over and to get back to work.” I can tell she’s uneasy delivering the news, but that doesn’t stop the anger from brewing inside me.
The vein in my forehead is about to burst, but I remind myself to play it cool. For all they knew, Evan sent me on the break to calm down, and now I’m the one looking like a slacker.
“Okay. Thanks.” I pinch my lips together to prevent any further words from spewing out of me. No one can know that Evan and I are…whatever the hell we are. Considering I came to this hospital to make a name for myself all on my own, the last thing I need is people thinking I sleep my way to the top.
“Dr. Bell,” Evan barks from the other side of the room. He’s holding a pile of charts in his hands that are no doubt from the huge fire incident that just unfolded.
Taking a deep breath, I put my lab coat on and dig my stethoscope from the pocket and wrap it around my neck. We have to act impartially to each other publicly, but hell, I didn’t realize how hard it’d be now that we’re together.
“Yes, Dr. Bishop?”
He doesn’t even look up at me when I approach him, and I hate that it irritates me.
“I need you on beds seven through fifteen until the next shift rotation, then finish these charts before you leave.” His head tilts up, his lips in a firm line as he piles the stack in my arms. “I also need an update on the Brauer kids once an hour.”
Swallowing, I adjust the charts in my arms to prevent them from falling. I won’t let my pride get in the way of doing my job, and if charts are what I need to do right now, then I won’t make a scene. At least not in front of everyone. However, once we’re alone, I’m going to give him a piece of my mind for treating me like a damn intern again.
“Absolutely. Anything else, sir?” My tone is laced with fake sweetness, and he doesn’t flinch a beat at it.
“Yes, actually.” He takes a step forward and dips his head until his mouth hovers over my ear. “Make sure those charts are done correctly before you leave. I’ll be looking through them extensively.”
“Of course.” I grind my teeth, wishing I could give him a piece of my mind right now.
“And since I know you’re going commando, I won’t ask you to perform any oral procedures.” He winks before walking away, making my blood boil.
That asshole stole my panties!
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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