Never Been Kissed
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Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, Molly O’Keefe’s second novel in her exciting new series—The Boys of Bishop—features an irresistible romance and unforgettable characters in a page-turning story that delivers equal parts emotion and humor . . . with a little edge to boot.
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.
Praise for Never Been Kissed
“Never Been Kissed is a great book! It will hook you from page one. Ashley and Brody are perfect together. Ashley is the sweet next-door type and Brody is the brooding hero. The chemistry between all the characters is spot-on. . . . I can’t wait to see what Molly O’Keefe has in store for us next!”—Fresh Fiction
“Incredibly well written, truly engaging and with characters who grab your heart, Never Been Kissed is a fantastic addition to Ms. O’Keefe’s The Boys of Bishop series.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“The characters have a sweet chemistry with doses of humor and drama, and the plot develops into more than just the hero rescuing the heroine.”—RT Book Reviews
“A fast-paced and engaging novel with a charming cast of likable characters . . . Never Been Kissed is another captivating romance in Molly O’Keefe’s divine Boys of Bishop series. While it is a heartwarming love story between two incredibly complex individuals, it is also a wonderful journey of healing and self-discovery for the characters as well.”—Book Reviews & More by Kathy
“[O’Keefe] has a knack for creating damaged characters whose only hope for healing lies in giving and accepting love. . . . This knack is on display again in the second book of her Boys of Bishop series. . . . She gives her readers a sizzling romance, but it is also a romance that develops in credible and emotionally satisfying ways. Her characters are always presented with rich contexts, and Brody and Ashley are no exception. . . . If you like imperfect characters who confront real issues and earn their happily ever after by learning and growing, I highly recommend this book.”—The Romance Dish
“It’s a second chance a romance that could never happen. . . . This is the story of a very broken man and a very strong woman determined to give him her love. A lovely, unique story and a great cast of secondary characters make this a fantastic read.”—Smut Book Club
From the Paperback edition.
Another good one from Molly O'Keefe in her Boys of Bishop series. Although part of a series this can most definitely be read stand alone. The backdrop of the story is a small town in the south and the writing makes the town and the characters come to life. It's a great place for a NY political socialite to hide out and heal. It's a great story dealing with past hurts and forging new futures and realizing everyone deserves happy. I highly recommend this one.
Review: The Boys of Bishop #2: Never Been Kissed
Never Been Kissed by Molly O'Keefe is the second book in her Boys of Bishop series. This book begins smack dab in the middle of some bad circumstances and as far away from Bishop, Arkansas as you could imagine. A truly heartwarming story focusing on Brody Baxter, brother to Sean Baxter and friend to Jackson from the first novel and on Ashley Montgomery, daughter of a wealthy politician and someone Brody already knew from his past while working for her parents.
Ashley is tough and kind and very broken when Brody finds her and rescues her. She can't believe that it's Brody that came for her and that it was her own politician brother that sent him in the first place.
Brody is a very closed off person. He was adopted by a couple who had trouble conceiving but a few short months after his adoption, his new parents got pregnant. He always loved his new family, but his whole life he's been afraid of losing them like he did his birth parents so he never allowed himself to fully open up and accept their love or reciprocate appropriately.
As a grown man, bringing Ashley back to his hometown to recover is breaking down the walls he's had built for years and he isn't sure what he wants to do about it. Leaving again is his first instinct but with Ashley in the picture it's not so simple.
I am really beginning to love this series. Whereas it isn't over-filled with steamy scenes there are enough to satiate all but the raunchiest appetites and the people feel real. Even though each story focuses on a couple, it doesn't do so to the exclusion of other town members. I'm very excited to read both the next books, Between the Sheets and Indecent Proposal.