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.
I remember finishing Needing Him, with my mouth hanging open, desperately needing John’s book. John has always been my favorite Bishop brother. From the first time we met him in Courtney’s books, I knew I needed to find out what secrets he was hiding behind that brooding exterior. The quiet types are always my favorite. With Chasing Him, Kennedy Fox outdid themselves and I adored this story.
John Bishop is thrust into fatherhood when his daughter his literally left on his doorstep one day. He knows absolutely nothing about being a dad, and before long he’s overextended himself, and he’s tired and cranky. Despite his best intentions, everything feels like its falling apart. Enter Mila! Mila was the perfect match for John and I just loved these two together. They really balanced each other out, and I loved how they were with each other, and with Maize.
Speaking of Maize, this little girl stole my heart and she was hands down, my favorite character of the entire book. Being a mom to three little ones, my heart just broke for this little girl, but I was so happy to see John step up to the plate and be the father she truly needed. It all took me back to the times that my kids were that little, and how hard it is to get on a schedule and adjust to the craziness of a newborn.
Kennedy Fox has managed to further instill themselves in my reading life, and they are hands down on of my most read romance authors. I’ve read everything these two have written together, and I can’t wait to gobble up more. If you haven’t read anything yet by these too, then it is an absolute must that you start now. I highly recommend starting with This is War, the first in the Checkmate Duet series, and probably my most favorite book by them. However, these Bishop brothers are seriously giving Travis a run for his money in the favorite department!!
Kennedy Fox is an author that I have read every single one of their books and have had the amazing opportunity to review the past 7 of their books. I can honestly say that they get better and better with each book that they write and continue to grow. I see how they challenge themselves and try to produce the best possible story. Chasing Him was no exception. Single dads are one of my favorite tropes so I already knew I was going to fall in love with John, Maize, and Mila.
This book picks up right where Needing Him left off with a baby, Maize, being dropped off on John’s front porch with a letter explaining who her mother was and her journey with 3 month old Maize. It was a heartbreaking journey and I wish I got to know a little bit more about Bailey, Maize’s biological mother, because she had to have been someone special. John and his family are shocked with this development and need all hands on deck to get Maize settled and fitted into the family. The strength of this family is inspirational because every single person did their part to help John and Maize. John is running himself ragged when he has to stubbornly admit to himself that he needs help adjusting to life as a dad and getting Maize on a set schedule. Here is where Mila enters the story. Mila is hoping to escape to Texas for a few weeks to get over a one sided crush and figure out what she wants to do if one of the elementary schools that she wants to teach at does not call her back. She doesn’t expect to be roped into staying longer than expected and becoming a many to a beautiful little girl who has a DILF if she has ever seen one. Sparks fly between the two, but John refuses to cross boundaries or hold her back from her dreams. However, some things just can’t be fought not matter how hard you try. Soon enough they’re playing house and avoiding the fact the Mila moves back to Georgia shortly…or will she?
John is the strong and silent brother who is always there compared to his twin brother, Jackson’s, crazy antics. I loved John as a character because he puts everyone ahead of himself and is not willing to let Mila compromise her dreams no matter how much he wants to ask her to stay. Seeing John adjust to being a dad was a beautiful thing to witness because there was no question in his mind that he would love, protect, and provide for Maize even if she was a little unexpected. I loved seeing his interactions with his brothers and his sweet mama and his dad. They are such special relationships that I have gotten to read about since Courtney’s book.
I connected strongly with Mila because she has a unique touch with children that is ingrained in her very makeup. She is the sweetest woman who is not afraid of using her sassy mouth. She was not about to let John push her away and knew that what she had with John and Maize was once in a lifetime. I loved how she knew who she was and that she would persist in her dreams until she had every single one of them.
I highly recommend this story to those who love: sweet children, big, supportive families, steady heroes, and spicy heroines.
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars!
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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