Book Review – Checkmate: This is War (Checkmate Duet, #1) by Kennedy Fox

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Genre: Enemies to Lovers Romance | Contemporary Romance

Title: Checkmate: This is War

Author: Kennedy Fox

Series: Checkmate Duet #1

Available Formats: eBook | Paperback | Audiobook

Purchase At: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Release Date: October 3, 2016

Synopsis

Coming from a new duo of bestselling authors, The Checkmate Duet, an enemies to lovers romance!

Travis King is the worst kind of a**hole.
He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.
He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.
And I hate him.

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.
But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.
His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are wasted on such an arrogant man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s made that very clear.
He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.
I’ve succumbed to his manw**re ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game–and lose.
Checkmate.

Recommended for ages 18+ due to adult language and content.

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Review

Checkmate: This is War definitely wasn’t what I was expecting when I first started reading it, but it completely blew my mind in the end. For some reason it took me a little while to get immersed into the storyline and characters, but once I did I was hooked! Travis and Viola were quite the pair, and their hate/love relationship was a force to be reckoned with. The banter between Travis and Viola was quite entertaining to say the least, and there was never a dull moment between them. One minute they would be fighting and spewing total BS at each other just to rile the other one up, and the next they would be kissing as if their lives depended on it. And you know what? I loved every single second of it, especially when they weren’t fighting! I loved reading the book from both of their points of view as well, and I actually preferred reading from Travis’s POV a little more than I did Viola’s. Both characters had their good and bad traits, and some were more annoying than others, but they still managed to capture my interest and heart, and made me fall in love with them and their story. Most of the secondary characters were quite interesting as well, and they definitely made the book more lively, especially Viola’s closest friend Courtney. Since this was the first part of Travis and Viola’s story in the Checkmate Duet, I knew it was going to end in a cliffhanger, but… Holy. Crap! I was just thankful that I had the sequel, Checkmate: This is Love, because I started to delve into that one immediately after finishing this one! I truly did love and enjoy reading Checkmate: This is War, and I cannot wait to see what else Kennedy Fox has in store for Travis and Viola!

Rating:

FIVE “The King” STARS!

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About the Author

Kennedy Fox

Kennedy FoxKennedy 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!  

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