Title: Checkmate: This is Beautiful
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Designer & Photographer: Sara Eirew
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Second-Chance Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2017
The anticipated conclusion of the Logan & Kayla saga in the Checkmate Duet Series from duo of romance authors under the USA Today bestselling author pseudonym, Kennedy Fox!
This second-chance romance will have you gasping and cheering this two on from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the final game?
Kayla Sinclair is a saint and real life Angel.
She wears her heart on her sleeve and inspires me to be a better person.
Rescuing dogs, feeding the homeless, volunteering at the local food pantry are just a few of the ways she gives back to others, although no one has ever been there for her.
Falling for her was inevitable, losing her will destroy me.
Letting someone in didn’t come easy, but she made me want to try for the first time in years.
Her bubbling personality and kind spirit make it impossible to forget a girl like her.
But when tragedy strikes and she loses all memory that our relationship ever existed, my worst nightmare comes to life.
I’ll do anything to remind her of the love we shared. I know it’ll be an uphill battle, but I won’t walk away without a fight. Whoever said all is fair in love and war never played by my rules.
*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is book w in the Logan & Kayla Saga–a second-chance romance. Must read This is Dangerous first. However, you don’t need to read any of the other Checkmate duet series to enjoy this one, but it’s recommended as they are both introduced in the earlier books.**
3 My mind may not remember but my heart does stars
This is Beautiful is the continuation and end of Kayla and Logan’s story. While I really liked the first one, even though it didn’t measure up to the other instalments in the eries, which I adored it, I couldn’t quite connect with these characters. I like them, but they don’t get me revved up.
Admittedly, I liked Logan a lot more in this instalment because he was in a shitty situation and still he treated Kayla with all the thoughtfulness and kindness that he’s capable of.
“You’re really sweet, aren’t you?” A weak smile forms on my lips. “I can see why would’ve fallen for you.”
He chuckles and the tension in the air fades. “The irony in this entire situation is that you chased me for months before we finally got together.
Now I’m here like a lovesick puppy.”
What didn’t work for me was the main plot and its lack of suspense. I had praised the authors for shifting out of the bitchy-crazy-ex girlfriend trope to create drama and threatening situations and I’d liked the dangerousness of book one, but here the suspense was watered down and I didn’t feel the threat at all.
Most of the plot was centered on the theme of amnesia. One the one hand, I liked how it was dealt with, with Kayla trying to fall for Logan again, but not being able to get in touch with her past feelings. But the “plot twist” was only “meh”, it felt rushed and it didn’t make much sense in my opinion. I kept thinking about what would have happened if instead of being girlfriend and boyfriend they would have been married.
In that case, the no-brainer would be to keep being together and rebuilding the relationship. But in their case it was like they said: “Oh, jeez. Guess now we are not a couple anymore.” I mean, I didn’t completely hate the way it was handled, but there was something that didn’t sit well with me 100%.
“You’ll always be my Angel. You’ll never have to goo though anything alone because I’ll always be there for you. Don’t forget that.”
Another thing was that at a certain point I realized I was already 68% in and that nothing really had happened. I was still waiting for something crucial, something life-changing to happen between them, but the whole story was almost… filtered. It wasn’t raw, it wasn’t emotional in that heart-wrenching and passionate way I’ve come to expect from these authors. I always love how Kennedy Fox manages to balance romance, sexyness and drama, but here I was almost numbed by the story. The ending was my favorite part, along with the donut scene. Ahahaha, that got me laughing out loud, especially thinking of stern-faced Logan Knight doing this just for his beloved Angel.
“Why are you so good to me?” I ask with an appreciative smile. Without a beat, he blurts out. “Because I love you. You mean so much to me. And God, I wish you remembered. I almost envy the fact that you don’t”
“When I realized you couldn’t remember, a piece of my heart went missing too. I won’t feel whole again until I have it back.”
Oh, one last thing. Something happens with her professions which clashes with everything we’ve learned about her in the past book. That bothered me because I do like consistency in a series, even if the character doesn’t remember her past self. And this felt just like a way for the plot to take another direction but it could have been handled better.
So, in conclusion, it was a good book, but it didn’t blow me away. I had issues regarding how much time in the story was spent with Kayla not remembering and their romance didn’t feel as epic as the previous ones. Also the suspense element was not dangerous enough and was too rushedly settled in the end. Still, it’s always a pleasure seeing Alpha Male Logan Knight both deal with some pangs of jealousy, or be an outstanding daddy.
Kayla is outspoken and inappropriate as ever and I adored how the authors didn’t make her backstory as foreseeable as I’d imagined during the first book. It was a nice touch.
“Listen, you’re getting a little rowdy over here. Am I going to have to cut you off?” she flirts, licking her bottom lip. I chuckle at Drew’s expression as if he’s stuck between flirting back or setting her straight. He’d never hit on another girl behind Courtney’s back, but he’s also not a jerk to completely dismiss another person. “No, my wife likes it when I come home a little tipsy. She sais it makes it easier for her to get what she wants.”
She and Drew are still trying like jackrabbits to get pregnant, and apparently Drew can’t keep up with his sex-craved wife. “He pretended to have a headache the other night,” she nearly shouts into the phone. “A headache!” she repeats louder.
“Maybe he did,” I defend. “Or maybe you’re riding his dick raw and he needs a break.”
“Whose side are you on?” she scowls.
“I’m not taking sides. I was just playing devil’s advocate.”
“Devil’s advocate my ass. You take his side. I don’t care if his dick is raw and bent in a weird sword position. If I tell him I’m ovulating
he better strip naked in two seconds.”
I’m sad that this series has come to an end. I loved all characters, some more and some a bit less, but I’ll miss seeing the gang together. What is certain is that I’ll keep fuelling my addiction thanks to the Bishop brother’s series.
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Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed 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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