Published by Self-Published on February 28, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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Introducing book 1 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of bestselling authors! 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.**
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.
If you know me or have asked me for book recommendations, you know that my love for Kennedy Fox and their books is deep. Very much, obsessively deep. So when I received an ARC (thank you so much!!!) I dropped everything and devoured. And yes, I do mean devoured. I’m pretty sure I read the entire book in four hours. In one sitting. I couldn’t stop reading. I didn’t want to stop. I didn’t want the book to end because if you’ve read a Kennedy Fox book then you know they will destroy you with a cliffhanger. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Drew and Courtney are best friends and roommates, but Courtney has always wanted to be something more with Drew. She wants him to make all her dirty cop fantasies come true (cause Drew’s a cop) and then some. She’s in love with him but Drew only sees Courtney as a friend. She’s in the friend-zone and it’s a place that Courtney has resigned herself to be because even if she can’t be with Drew, she always wants him to be in her life. She needs him in her life.
And they’re great best friends. The perfect roommates. They have this whole dynamic and understanding with each other. Plus their banter is everything. Courtney has the type humor and wit that everyone should strive toward. Her humor is goals and I want to be her best friend.
Like I don’t know who I love more in this book, Drew for being perfect and amazing or Courtney for being goals. Like seriously, I want to be her when I grow up. And clearly Drew has been wearing some weird blinders that have him not falling for his best friend. Until one night, the blinders are gone and Drew finally realizes that he does feel something more for Courtney. Something greater, something akin to what she’s felt for him for years.
Drinks are consumed and dancing ensues and feelings combust when these two come together. Honestly, I can’t even begin to articulate how perfect Drew and Courtney are for each other. I love them. What I don’t love is Mia (Drew’s ex-girlfriend) living in her delusional little bubble where she’s the queen of the universe. I don’t like Mia at all. I’ve said from the beginning she needs an exorcism. But that’s enough about her, because I’ve spent way to much on her already.
If you loved the first Checkmate Duet with Travis and Viola than you will love this book! If you didn’t love the first duet, then you will probably still love this duet. Courtney and Drew have such a different relationship than Viola and Travis and who doesn’t love a friends to lovers romance? They’re always super swoony. Which this book is. And hot. Did I mention Drew is a cop and owns handcuffs?