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Checkmate Bannerunnamed (4)Title: Checkmate: This is Reckless

Series: Checkmate Duet Series #1

Author: Kennedy Fox

Genre: Friends to Lovers Romance

Release Date: February 28

Goodreads Synopsis

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.**

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Okay, I need to preface this review with a few things.  Friends to lovers is a trope that is usually a hit and miss with me.  I wish I knew exactly who Kennedy Fox is.  But they will not give us any clues.  Grrr.  Now, most people will argue that you need to read Travis and Viola’s story first.  I don’t think so.  This book/story stands on its own for me.  But, come on, why not read about the most BRILLIANT enemies to lovers story out there.  But I digress…Onto the Drew and Courtney show.

What is there not to love?  Humor, sexy times, the inevitable ex -girlfriend/psychopath and let’s not forget their own issues that they are dealing with about each other.  The will they or won’t they scenario.  And yes, we get to see Travis and Viola again.  But I really liked about Drew and Courtney was that they were friends first.  I know, it sounds cliched but that’s what truly clinched it for me.  They respected each other, liked each other and despite trying to fight their feelings for each other, they really tried.  Their dialogue is spot on, dirty or not.  Plus, having to deal with the PIA, Mia.

Mia…the psychopath ex.  I know that most of the reader will disagree with me, but I actually liked/hated her.  She is so necessary for the romantic relationship of Drew and Courtney to advance.  Yes, she’s there for a reason.  Does she need to be throat punched?  Yep and more.  But as a reviewer that has been reading for over 45 years, I understand why Ms. Fox is still writing about her and how she is the biggest thorn in Drew and Courtney’s relationship.  Am I a pissed about the ending?  Yes, but I knew going in that it would end in a cliffhanger.  I was prepared for it but it still doesn’t take out the sting.

Drew is a dream.  In some ways, I actually liked him better than Travis.  I know…SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.  But there is sweetness to him and a much softer side to him.  He’s much more approachable and maybe even lickable.  Courtney…she and I would be besties.  Being Southern and all…I could totally imagine us on the front porch with sweet tea and blueberry anything.  I’m a sucker for blueberries.  Again, it’s a Southern thing.  Plus, I can change my own oil, too.  Imagine the trouble that they two of us could get into.  Oh, the possibilities.

Overall, this book worked for me on so many levels.  The characters are relatable and likable.  The dialogue is spot on and the pacing brilliant.  I laughed, swooned, got pissed off and I’m still trying to figure out how this is all going to play out.  That’s what makes this duo so potent.  You never really know how the story is going to go into the very, very end.  They throw curveballs, take enormous risks on the tropes and manage to shock even this hardened reader.  Brilliant, just bravo!  Yall have done it again.  Come on April…

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About the Author

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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 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!

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