Release Blitz & Review: “This Is Effortless” (Drew and Courtney #2)


Title: Checkmate: This is Effortless
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Drew & Courtney, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Friends to Lovers
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: April 25, 2017

Introducing book 2 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of romance authors who teamed up 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?

Courtney Bishop is as sugary sweet as her famous blueberry muffins.
Southern belle at heart, Cali girl by choice.
She barged into my life and easily became my best friend.

All was great as roommates and just friends, but then I fell for the girl who could chop firewood, deliver baby calves, and bail hay without breaking a sweat.
She’s the perfect mixture of sugar and spice, and I love her.

Being more than friends and trying to build our future isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Moving forward and creating memories is all I want for us, but when the past continues to come back and haunt me, I’m not so sure she’ll stay for the ride.

Loving her is easy, but losing her will break me. Burning passion combined with an undeniable chemistry constantly pushes and pulls us together. In the end, I’ll prove we’re worth the fight, even when the game is far from over.

Checkmate, sweetheart.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

**This is book 2 in the Checkmate Duet Series–a friends to lovers romance. You must read book 1, Checkmate: This is Reckless first. 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.**

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First of all, this book is hands down my favorite of the whole series, for reasons I’ll explain later.
Second of all, it’s the hardest to review because I will not spoiler anything, and things can get tricky when so many spoiler-ish things happen and I cannot give anything away.


That being said, why did this book become my N. 1 in the series? Very simply because if there’s something I love about sequels, that is seeing the couple face issues, worries and complications together. This was a big, fat check.
Courtney and Drew’s love is stronger than ever and not even that bleach of Mia Montgomery will be able to drive a wedge between them, even though she’ll try.


Also, if compared  to the first intallment, I found “This is Effortless” less angsty. Again, this was due to the unquestionable strength of the feelings for each other. I loved to see them do coupl-ish things together, like going out for dinner, hanging out with friends, attending ugly sweaters parties, or playing with… not gonna spoiler!!! Ha-ha!


Can I say on a side note that I adored the little icon separating the chapters? It’s shaped like the timer for chess games and I found it lovely and perfect for this book.


Drew is also another huge reason of my effortless love for this book. He’s so thoughtful and caring and funny and hot. All he wants is for Courtney to feel safe, and he’s not afraid to show her how long-term he thinks they are. Especially after seeing him clueless for so long in “This Is Reckless”, his certainty in his feelings and their relationship gave me the warm and fuzzies.


We are treated to some Viola and Travis interactions, too. Nothing too consistent, but it’s always funny to see them with the babies. A character who, instead, is more and more present is Kayla, the “puppy-slinger”. It’s clear we’re gonna get a book about her and Logan Knight (Knight, anyone?) and I’m extra-curious because we don’t know exactly what Logan’s deal is. Also, I really enjoyed seeing him jealous when Kayla started dating another guy. It reminded me of Travis a bit when Viola was dating someone else, but broodier. Oh, and Kayla’s confession about her date not knowing the definition of “harder” sure makes me eager to read whether Logan will measure up to her expectations.


I’d say something about the level of steam in this book, but it feels like overkill. Kennedy Fox knows how to fluster their readers and this installment was no exception.


Overall, it was a great conclusion to Courtney and Drew’s story. I agreed with where the plot and storyline went and loved how strong their relationship was, so that all drama was mainly external. The epilogue was incredible. It made me laugh and it made my heart pitter patter.

The only flaw, for me, was that I predicted a major plot twist since the very beginning and it spoiled a little of the final surprise. There were just… not many options, let’s say.

Would I recommend it? Without a doubt. Of course, you have to read “This is Reckless” before diving into this one, but it’s definitely worth it. Courtney and Drew’s story, to me, is way more epic than Travis and Viola’s. I know lots of people prefer Travis because he’s soooo alpha, but Drew’s devotion and protectiveness, all the time Courtney spent pining on him and the degree of evilness of their villain 😉 gave me the epic vibes.


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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 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!

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Email: kennedyfoxbooks(at)gmail(dot)com


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