A Masterpiece! Never Been Kissed by Molly O’Keefe

Posted September 2, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Masterpiece! Never Been Kissed by Molly O’KeefeNever Been Kissed by Molly O'Keefe
Series: The Boys of Bishop #2
Published by Bantam on July 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

Molly O’Keefe is an auto-read for me. I know her stories will always have something “more” and this book is no exception.


Quick summary

Brody Baxter is a professional bodyguard and was on an assignment when he’s contacted by Harrison Montgomery to rescue his sister, Ashley, who’s been abducted by Somali pirates. Brody has a history with the family (especially Ashley) and doesn’t hesitate. The abduction wasn’t pretty and neither was the rescue so when Ashley needs a respite from her high profile family and the world, Brody takes her to his hometown of Bishop, Arkansas to recuperate.


The issues

Ashley’s not the only one with family issues. Brody has a fractured relationship with his father and rarely comes back home. His brother, Sean, works hard at trying to be the peacemaker and maintain a relationship with Brody, who he admires and adores but it isn’t easy. Brody has some deep rooted issues he’s struggling with, one of them being his feelings for Ashley. As for her, she’s been in love with him since he first worked for her family.


What I loved, loved, loved

There are so many layers to the story and the characters! There are family dynamics – Ashley’s with hers, Brody’s with his and Brody’s with the Montgomerys – that complicate Brody’s ability to accept what Ashley wants to offer. His path to personal freedom was tough, maddening at times, but also incredibly interesting and honest. Each character, including Sean and father Ed, becomes three dimensional through Brody’s exploration, giving the story texture and flavor. All of this just makes the relationship that develops between Brody and Ashley much more endearing. She fights hard for him, a reflection of her character and what she brings to the story.

Sean’s romance with Cora, a diner owner who at first was a bit prickly with him, is an added bonus. Theirs is an unlikely relationship that is pretty special. I’ll leave the details to be discovered as I did.


The bottom line

The writing is just superb! The characters are well crafted and the story complex. Don’t let the cover mislead you in thinking this is just another typical romance. It’s a contemporary novel of substance that happens to include romance. You’ll want to take the time to read this one when you can pause and reflect. O’Keefe never makes it easy and I for one think that’s a wonderful thing.

About Molly O’Keefe

Molly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.

Dishing It Out, her last Harlequin Flipside won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for best Flipside in 2005.

Her Superromance Baby Makes Three won the RT Reviewer’s Choice for best Superromance in 2006 and her novella, “The Christmas Eve Promise” in The Night Before Christmas was nominated for a RITA in 2009. Her book Crazy Thing Called Love won the RITA in 2014.

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6 responses to “A Masterpiece! Never Been Kissed by Molly O’Keefe

  1. Sounds great Jonetta! I never have read or listened to any of her books, I don’t even know if they are audio, but you can bet I’ll check. This sounds like something I will enjoy.
    Thanks, good gob 🙂