April 25, 2017

Checkmate: This is Effortless by Kennedy Fox | ARC Review

Checkmate: This is Effortless by Kennedy Fox | ARC ReviewCheckmate: This is Effortless by Kennedy Fox
Series: The CHeckmate Duet #2
Published by Kennedy Fox on April 25, 2017
Format: e-ARC
Source: Author
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 402
4 Stars

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.**

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Kennedy Fox always delivers on the fun. Their books are ones that will suck you in from the first page and you won’t be able to put them down until you finish. They are that addicting.

This is the sequel and final book to Drew and Courtney’s storyline and they have some shit to deal with revolving around a character that spells her name MIA. She’s a shit stirrer, as you know if you’ve read the previous books (you at least gotta read Checkmate: This is Reckless before this book) and let’s just say her antics don’t stop in this book. Homegirl is cray.

But Mia aside, this book was adorably cute. Drew and Courtney are so sweet on each other it’s like candy. Except without feeling sick in the end. Just envious because I don’t have a man in my life….but I digress.

Drew and Courtney are not letting Mia’s crazy ass keep them apart. They’re facing their problems together, making them stronger than if they did it on their own. They are both fiercely protective of one another. There’s a lot of communicating in their relationship which I appreciated a lot, especially because it’s not always seen in novels.

I love Kennedy Fox and these characters and this book, but I didn’t give it four stars because I feel like, upon reflecting, that there wasn’t a lot of character development between any of the characters. Or rather, not enough for it to be seen on the page or through actions. While this story was cute, that is mostly what is was. It’s addicting and cute, but I would’ve liked more depth seen between the characters and their relationships. I’m not only talking about Drew and Courtney, but I wanted to see morel interactions with the side characters, like Travis, Viola, Kayla and Logan, instead of being told.

Regardless, Kennedy Fox doesn’t disappoint with an unputdownable read. I seriously debated if I could get away with reading it in my LIT class but it was a poetry day so I couldn’t even pretend it was a textbook. NOW, I’m hella hyped for the next Checkmate Duet and need it in my hands ASAP! MY BABAIES!!!!

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