Saturday, November 1, 2014

Boys of Bishop Mini Reviews

Author: Molly O'Keefe
ISBN: 0345549015
Book Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release Date: July 1st 2014
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Book Source: Netgalley


Goodreads Synopsis:

As the daughter of a wealthy politician, Ashley Montgomery has had enough of her parents’ expectations for her future and is going her own way, volunteering to work at a refugee camp in Africa. But her act of charity turns dangerous when she takes a boat trip and is abducted by Somali pirates. Enter Brody Baxter, who was a bodyguard for the Montgomery family ten years ago and doesn’t think twice about coming to Ashley’s rescue. Handsome and tough, Brody has always done what needed to be done. So he swoops in, saves Ashley, and brings her to a place where she can rest and recuperate without the glare of the press and her demanding family: Brody’s small hometown of Bishop, Arkansas. But Ashley soon realizes that she’s not the only one in need of healing.

Holed up with Ashley in a tiny apartment over his brother’s bar in Bishop, Brody is tempted and torn in ways he never anticipated. Beautiful Ashley, vibrant despite her ordeal, fearless enough to love him beyond his wall of self-punishment, is now determined to save him. But with a little faith and a lot of love, they just may find happiness in each others’ arms.

Review:

I read Wild Child just before getting around to Never Been Kissed, and I was really fascinated by the town and that unlike other towns I'd read about in stories, this particular one was drowning and in desperate need of saving. I loved the first few steps taken in book one as well as the introduction to many of the townsfolk, it was an interesting lead in to the characters in this story, especially with Cora, Sean and Brody.

I absolutely loved Sean as a character, Cora too seemed distinguished, but for some reason I never did pick up on the animosity between them until this story. It was such a shame that I didn't get as an in-depth view into their stories as I did with Brody and Ashley - but it was understandable since they were the main focus.

I like how the author always has more than one storyline going on in the book, not just the one you expect. In this one it was both brothers Brody and Sean, they each got their story in it. I really appreciated how well rounded the characters were, and the intriguing background stories I hadn't seen coming - especially with Brody. I didn't get as much out of Ashley as I'd liked, but I'm assuming her family life gets more exposure in Harrison's - her brother - story. I loved seeing all the characters struggle with their inner demons, their flaws, their presumptions and fears, and I found myself crying more than I had expected. It was certainly a surprising reading.

The writing was really great and I found myself done with the book before I even realized I'd gotten to the end. I'm definitely enjoying the small steps taken to making Bishop habitable and save it from being bankrupt. I can't wait to continue with the series and see both Shelby's as well as Harrison's!

Rating: 3/5!




Author: Molly O'Keefe
ISBN: 0345549031
Book Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release Date: July 29th 2014
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Book Source: NetGalley


Goodreads Synopsis:

After years of running, Wyatt Svenson has now parked himself in Bishop, Arkansas, trying to do the right thing and parent a son he didn’t even know he had until recently. Over six feet tall and packed with muscles and power, Ty likes to get his hands dirty, fixing his motorcycle at night and keeping his mind away from the mistakes he’s made. Then his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.
Though Shelby Monroe is safe in her structured life, she is drawn to Ty’s bad-boy edge and rugged sexuality. What if she just lets it all go: her worries about her mother, her fear of heartbreak, and her tight self control? What if she grabs Ty and takes a ride on the wild side? “What if” becomes reality—intense, exhilarating . . . and addictive. But Ty wants more than a secret affair. He wants it all with Shelby. But will she take a chance and open her heart? Ty is determined to convince Shelby to take the biggest risk of her life: on him.


Review:

Of all the books in this series (and yes, I've read all four so far) I think this would have to be my absolute favorite. It definitely surprised me, since I hadn't expected much from Shelby's character after reading Wild Child, but the synopsis had intrigued me, and all the books in the series were certainly entertaining, so I decided to check it out and boy was I surprised to find it better than the rest.

Shelby, if you've read Wild Child, has been searching for love, affection, relationships, sex, she's hoping someone would stop looking at her in an asexual manner like everyone in Bishop seem intent on doing. That's why when Dean notices her in Wild Child and they have an affair, she's happy, for a little while, until she isn't anymore. Her character back then was so plain and I couldn't find myself the least bit hooked, even with the utter humiliation she suffered from on National television. 

But then came this book and I realized, that Molly with this particular character added so much depth, it was impressive. Both Ty and his son Casey as well had more to recommend them than all the other female/male leads in this series, which is why I practically devoured the book. Shelby had a traumatizing childhood that she can't seem to escape, but also seemed to have shaped her current personality and I'm not sure why I liked how screwed up she was. I also liked how Ty was out of his element but trying so hard with his son as well as fighting every urge to run. They felt so real to me, and I cried so much.

Rating: 4/5!







Author: Molly O'Keefe
ISBN: 0345549058
Book Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release Date: November 24th 2014
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Book Source: Netgalley


Goodreads Synopsis:

With his chiseled jaw and his thick blond hair, Harrison Montgomery was born to lead. Four generations of Montgomery men have served the state of Georgia and now he’s next in line. Harrison, though, is driven to right wrongs: namely to clean up the political mess left by his father’s greed and corruption. But Harrison must first win his congressional bid, and nothing can get in his way—not even an angel who served him whiskey and gave him a shoulder to lean on and a body to love for a night. Problem is, she’s pregnant. Scandal is brewing and there is only one solution: marriage.
Damage control? Ryan Kaminski can’t believe that a cold, calculating political animal now inhabits the body of the emotionally vulnerable stranger who’d given her the most unforgettable night of her life. Really, she doesn’t want anything from Harrison, except to be left alone to have her baby in peace. But Ryan is broke, jobless, and essentially blackmailed by Harrison’s desperate family to accept this crazy marriage deal. For two years, she will have to act the role of caring, supportive wife. But what is Ryan supposed to do when she realizes that, deep in her heart, she’s falling in love.


Review:

I was disappointed that this particular book in the series didn't take place in Bishop, but I have certainly been looking forward to Harrison's story and I'm more than happy I got to read it!

Harrison is very different than the other male leads in this series, mostly because he's ice-cold and bad, for trying to be good. His father has shamed the family so much that Harrison feels like it's his obligation to fix the entire family's reputation by not stepping one toe out of line and being inhumanly good, which makes him more of a robotic presence than anything. He's also very isolated and alone, but there's more to him as is obvious from how worried he was about his sister Ashley in Never Been Kissed. But he also longs for a connection, even if it's from someone so ridiculously unsuitable like Ryan.

Ryan and Harrison were meant to be so different but for some reason only at the beginning of the book you notice that, Ryan fits in so well in Harrison's life, and I think it wasn't as convincing as I would have liked. She didn't struggle or embarrass him or take that long to transform, and that part really bugged me, because hello, the Montgomrey's are sticklers for rules and stuff, but apparently the public ate everything she did up and she was a paragon, so perfect and fitting, and yeah, I wasn't convinced. 

Again, I would have loved more of an in-depth insight onto both their background stories, and I feel like I didn't get enough. A tiny part of me felt hollow because of it. But I did love them and their struggles to connect as well as try to do everything to win Harrison his elections. I so badly wanted more time with Ashley, Brody and even Harrison's assistant Wallace. I absolutely loved Wallace.

Rating: 3/5.

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