Title: Checkmate: This Is Love
Series: Checkmate Duet #2
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Enemies to Lovers Romance
Release Date: December 13
The anticipated conclusion of The Checkmate Duet from a secret duo of bestselling authors! Checkmate: This is War is an enemies to lovers romance that will have you crying with laughter one moment and screaming in frustration the next... but you'll be begging to play the game with The King.
Viola Fisher is the epitome of perfection.
She despises my one-night stands and mocks my less-than-classy habits.
She’s smart, beautiful, and too good to be true.
And I want her.
If she were anyone else, I’d have made my move years ago, but considering she’s my best friend’s little sister, she’s always been off-limits. Not to mention how much she loathes my very existence.
Hating me is her religion, but needing her is mine. Her sexy curves and filthy smart mouth make me want her even more, and I’m more determined than ever to change her mind.
I’ll prove I’m done playing games.
But until then, we’ll continue to play by her rules.
Viola Fisher may have won the battle, but the war isn’t over yet.
*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is Love is book in the Checkmate Duet. You must read This is War first.**
This is Love is the culmination of years of pent up frustration and sexual tension between Travis and Viola. After the ending of This is War, these two hate-lovers are once again on unsure footing trying to navigate their new feelings, old fears and a brother/best friend who would hate everything to do with the two of them together. As Travis and Viola try to figure out if they fit in each other's lives, their own lives are taking shape leaving them once again at odds.
This story picked up right where book 1 ended. I was furiously flipping pages trying to put all the pieces together. And while I was appreciative of the direction the story took, there were times that I wasn't as appreciative of the characters reactions to what happened. It seemed to cause some drama that could have been avoided and made their relationship more drawn out that I thought necessary. But I still really enjoyed their back and forth. It was both witty and humorous and I was even hit in the feels more than once with these two. Plus the development of the side characters (Viola's brother and her best friend) has me giddy with anticipation for their own book.
If you're looking for a sexy enemies to lovers, brother's best friend and reformed manwhore series, this will hit all your high points. Plus the strong and fierce heroine and I thoroughly enjoyed myself during Ms. Kennedy Fox's debut duet.
Reviewed by Paige
★★☆ 3.5 "Checkmate" Stars ☆★★
Kennedy Fox is a duo of bestselling authors 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!