Title: Checkmate: This is Reckless
Series: Checkmate Duet Series #1
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Friends to Lovers Romance
Release Date: February 28
Introducing book 1 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of romance authors under the USA Today bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox!
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.**
This story was one of the most anticipated of the month for me, because after reading about these two characters in the previous instalments, I had no doubts they’d be perfect together.
Courtney is a bubbly girl from Texas who’s been crushing on her roommate since before they started living together. While Drew is a police officer who, somehow, got stuck with Mia “Fucking” Montgomery, a.k.a. the Bitch Who Needs To Die.
I’ll admit, the first half of the book didn’t exactly make me squeal with joy. Mia was still too present, but I also gotta say I highly appreciated how Drew only started to “see”, really “see”, Courtney after he broke up with Mia. So there was no cheating involved and also it showed how loyal a man he is.
Also, another thing I loved was seeing how unwavering Drew was in his resolution of not taking Mia back. Too many times we see characters who, in order not to hurt someone’s feelings end up hurting their loved ones’. I was scared this would be the case, instead Drew didn’t disappoint and, once he got with Courtney, he gave her his undivided attention.
The second half of the book was simply… perfect. These two are hot as hell together, and a whole lot of romantic too. If at first I scrunched my nose at their first time happening the way it did and then Drew’s reaction, I loved seeing how naturally they slipped into a relationship. It made me happy to watch Drew be relaxed in a relationship and understand how sick his previous one with Mia had been.
We have tons of happy times once they get together, and I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, but instead there wasn’t anything too angsty. I also reeeally liked some plot twist happening around the ending that showed another facet of Drew, a faced that endeared him to me even more.
Of course, when the real ending came, I wanted to strangle both authors and demand to know what happens next (they’re cruel like that. JK. Love you, K & F <3).
Would I recommend it? Absolutely yes. I liked it even more than the first two installments, especially since Drew is not an asshole like Travis, and also because of the amazing work the authors did in portraying Courtney in such a way that showed both her insecurities and her strength.
On a side note, there were some funny moments involving Traviola, too, but since they’re on their honeymoon, the story was definitely centered on the couple at hand. Before starting reading it, I’d hoped to see more of Traviola, but I’ve got to say that I’m happy about their moderate presence because I happened to fall in love with the current characters even more deeply than with the previous ones.
A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox 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!