Review: Checkmate: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox

Posted February 28, 2017 by Shannon in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Checkmate: This is Reckless by Kennedy FoxCheckmate: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox
Series: Checkmate
four-stars
on February 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Friends to Lovers
Pages: 267
Goodreads

Introducing book 1 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of bestselling authors! This friends to lovers romance will have you swooning and laughing from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the game?
Drew Fisher is the type of guy every girl wants.Noble police officer by day, charming prince by night.He has no idea the effect he has on women, especially me--his little sister's best friend.I'm the blonde Southern belle who lives up to the cliché, except I have my own quirks. I'm smart as a whip, can change my own oil, and recite The Pledge of Allegiance backward, but he doesn't see that girl.
It'd be easier to forget him if he wasn't my roommate and if the first thing I saw in the morning wasn't his shirtless body covered in tattoos. I've crushed on him since the day we met, but he's made it perfectly clear where we stand. Just friends.
I know I need to move on and accept that his feelings will never be mutual, but every day he smiles at me, I'm left dreaming of what if.He has girl issues, and I've got a crush I can't deny.We're friends, but I want more.
One drunken hookup leaves us with much more than a platonic friendship. Pretending it never happened proves to be more difficult than anticipated.
A crazy ex-girlfriend, a dangerous war of stolen glances, and passionate kisses leads to the most reckless battle yet. I won't be a pawn in his game, but I'll play by his rules if it will show him I'm the one worth breaking them for.
Checkmate, Prince Charming. 
*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.***This is book 1 of 2 in the Checkmate Duet Series--a friends to lovers romance. Highly recommended to read the Checkmate Duet, This is War and This is Love first, but not necessary. This can read as a standalone duet.**

Buy it here: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | 


Review

Anyone have a craving for warm, blueberry muffins right about now?

Drew and Courtney have such a fun dynamic between them, it’s contagious, you can’t help but smile and laugh at them. What I think is really cool though is that even though you get all the same feels of being in Viola and Travis’s world, these duets are distinctly different and I appreciate that. Drew and Courtney are roommates, a textbook friends to lovers scenario and sweeter than blueberry muffins. They just work, it’s that simple and it’s a joy to read about their relationship.

“One last dance.” He flashes me one of his infamous looks that always helps him get his way. He leans forward and stretches his hand out to me. How could I ever say no to him?
“It’s like two in the morning, Drew. Plus, there’s no music,” I try to make excuses, but he ignores me and grabs my hand anyway.
“Don’t make me stuff a muffin in your mouth.”

The beginning was freaking awesome. Not only do we have the classic Drewtney thing going on, but Courtney is sassy. There’s Mia drama (surprise surprise) and Drew is about as clueless as to what’s going on as I am when we’re talking about carpentry. Though with that being said, I really enjoyed the light and easy feel of this book. There’s banter, but it’s not heavy and riddled with hate like it was with Viola and Travjs. Drewtney are fun, upbeat and so sweet that they’ll give you a tooth ache.

“If she wants a war, I’m ready to fight. I’m not passive. I’m not Viola. I don’t play games. Maybe Mia Fucking Montgomery has finally met her match.”

I feel like Drew is the type of guy that every girl needs to date at some point in their lifetime. He’s sweet and tender, considerate, funny, easy going and has a huge heart. Oh, and he’s a cop. Did I forget to mention that? To keep up with a sassy southern belle, he was so perfect.

“God, Court…where have you been all of my life?”
She pulls back and looks up at me. I run my fingers through her wet hair and rest my palm against her cheek. Moving in closer, she speaks against my lips before I can kiss her. “I’ve been waiting for you.”

Courtney was a lot of fun as a heroine. I liked how we got some of Viola’s humour in her, but they were still different enough of characters to not blend together. She was sweet and sassy but knew when to unleash too. She was the perfect solution to bring Drew back into the land of the happy.

Okay, this is me being super picky and anal, so I’m sorry but I can’t not mention anything. My day job is on a farm. I work with animals. When I come home, I see more animals, because I own some too. So it’s safe to say that I’m pretty up to date on the kinds of things that happen on a farm. I know there’s always the joke or saying about ‘rolling around in the hay’, but that makes me cringe. Hay is prickly, it hurts, it’s abrasive, and quite honestly, it can give you a rash if it’s rubbing against bare skin. I just can’t buy the sex in a hayloft idea. At least bring a blanket! Because wow, my skins hurts just thinking about it.

So this secret author duo is a fun little kick that’s popping up more and more often these days, but I had a revelation this morning. I have a guess as to who one of the authors in Kennedy Fox is! And this has never happened. I’ve never thought much about it or tried to figure out who is in what duo, but it just hit me this morning while I was at work. In my mind it makes perfect sense but I feel like the second I say it to someone it’ll sound silly. XD

“You owe me big time,” she reminds me with a small laugh. Minutes later, I hear her breathing become more stable, and I know she’s fallen back asleep.
“You’ve already got my heart,” I whisper.

I want to talk about the ending so badly but can’t figure out a way to do so without spoiling it. Which sucks. I can’t even mention what I want to say because if someone had read the first two books, all it would take is for me to whisper one tiny detail and they would figure out part of the cliffhanger. So basically all I can say is that it’s equal parts fun, like I want to smack my forehead and be like “Oh, you got me good!” And kind of annoying at the same time. Hard to describe without, you know, telling you what I’m talking about. So ARGH! Someone hurry up and read this so I can talk about it with you!!!

“I don’t ever want to lose you, Drew. Your job is so…dangerous and…”
“Come here.” Drew runs his fingers through my hair, and I lean into his gentle touch. “Every day I put on that uniform and leave, the first thing I think about is staying safe so I can come home to you.

I’m a big fan of this author duo and it seems that they’ve really hit their stride. In the last duet, I noticed when the authors would switch writing and the other would take over, but in Checkmate:This is Reckless, it felt seamless to me. It flows so smoothly, I never noticed the difference or the author changing, it all blended together so well, I’m quite impressed.

“Thank you.”
His words take me off guard. “For what?”
His lips tilt up in a genuine smile. “For waiting for me.”

Okay, now that all of that is out of the way, I need Drew and Courtney book 2. Preferably sooner rather than later. Can someone work on that for me? And Logan!!! He and Kayla need to be next! I will devour those books.

*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review. 

 

four-stars

About Kennedy Fox

Kennedy Fox is a duo of bestselling authors who 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 together under a pseudonym 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! Both authors are from Manhattan living the glamorous bachelorette life, or perhaps they’re just confusing themselves with an episode of Sex and the City (Total #Girlcrush SJP). Either way, they’re looking forward to bringing you many more stories to fall in love with!

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