Release Blitz + Book Review – Checkmate: This is Effortless (Checkmate Duet, #4) by Kennedy Fox

Checkmate: This is Effortless, the conclusion to Drew & Courtney’s story by USA Today Bestselling author Kennedy Fox, is now LIVE and available on ALL platforms!

Title: Checkmate: This is Effortless

Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Drew & Courtney, #2)

Author: Kennedy Fox

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Trope: Friends to Lovers

Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew

Release Date: April 25, 2017


Introducing book 2 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of romance authors who teamed up 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?

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.**

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Checkmate: This is Effortless was an excellent sequel and I thoroughly enjoyed reading every single page of the second and final part to Drew and Courtney’s story. Kennedy Fox did an incredible job and their writing was once again flawless. This writing duo is simply amazing and I love all of their books dearly. Drew and Courtney were absolutely  wonderful, and they are definitely one of my top favorite fictional couples in contemporary romance!

   Drew and Courtney definitely had an envy-worthy connection that was truly effortless and I was captivated by their story from beginning to end. They loved each other fiercely and I adored their strong and solid relationship. No matter what difficult situations Drew and Courtney were dealing with, they were always there for each other and their love for one another never waivered. Drew and Courtney’s chemistry was always scorching hot and there was never a shortage of sexy and steamy moments. Their banter was extremely entertaining and I loved reading every single minute of it. This is Effortless was written from both Drew and Courtney’s POV, and I was very happy that Kennedy Fox once again wrote the story from both of their perspectives. All of the secondary characters – with the exception of Mia (I loathed her!) – were wonderful and I loved the extra depth they added to the story. Each of them were highly entertaining and I loved getting to know more about them. I also loved the close relationship that Drew and Courtney had with all of their friends and family. It definitely made the book extra meaningful.

   This is Effortless wasn’t as light-hearted as the first book and definitely had a more serious and suspenseful tone to it. I didn’t love This is Effortless quite as much as I did This is Reckless, and although there were certain aspects of the book that I disliked more than others, it was still a very entertaining read and there were plenty of twists and turns throughout that kept me on the edge of my seat. This is Effortless wasn’t my favorite book of Drew and Courtney’s duet, but I thought Kennedy Fox did an amazing job nonetheless, and I was very pleased with the conclusion to Drew and Courtney’s story. The huge surprise at the end of the book made me so freaking happy that I couldn’t contain my excitement. I cannot wait for all of you to read this amazing book and find out for yourselves!

   If you haven’t picked up a Kennedy Fox book yet, what the heck are you waiting for? All of their books are truly phenomenal and I can honestly tell you that you won’t regret it!

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.


FOUR “Team Drewtney” STARS!



 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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