Checkmate: This Is Reckless by Kennedy Fox….

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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.**


4.5 Stars

I was so excited when I heard that Courtney and Drew were finally getting their book!! Yes, I love Courtney (I mean the name alone has me loving her – HA!) but her whole character is awesome. And Drew, that man needs some serious ass kicking and there is no one better to do it than Courtney.

Courtney has been crushing on Drew since the day she met him. And she’s never really been secretive about it, Drew is just an idiot. Really, he’s just blinded by the sheer ignorance of Mia Fucking Montgomery. She makes him stupid. They say love is blind and that is so true for Drew when it comes Mia and her evil ways. He can’t see Courtney, his best friend, roommate and obvious soulmate.

Anyway, Courtney has now been roommates with Drew for over a year and has really gotten to know him even more. They are best friends through and through. Neither will ever do anything to jeopardize their friendship. But on the night of Travis and Viola’s wedding, they take it a step further, with the help of my little friend called alcohol.

I loved watching these two and their antics. Courtney definitely tells anyone straight up how it is. But when she is unsure of how Drew feels, you see a more vulnerable side to her. Drew doesn’t want things between them to feel like a rebound. He wants to make sure what he is feeling is real and true.

Overall, I really enjoyed their story. We get to see snippets of Travis and Viola plus we learn more about Drew and Courtney. We meet her family (I would love to see a spinoff series about her brothers -HINT HINT!). However, the one issue I have is the ending. I get that Mia is a lunatic and I knew she would try and mess up Courtney and Drew’s new relationship, I just don’t care for what happens at the end, that’s my only gripe.

My reasoning behind the 4 star rating (it’s 4.5 to me) is because the book didn’t have that excitement level that I was expecting, like the very first in this WHOLE series. It was predictable, which isn’t bad but that took away some of the excitement for me.

I am looking forward to the next book and seeing what happens next between Court, Drew and Mia Fucking Montgomery.



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About the Author


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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  1. Kathy Valentine says:

    Shared on all my socials!!!

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