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.
*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 an advance copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.*
By now I think it’s far from a secret that I adored This is War, This is Love, and This is Reckless. As such i was highly anticipating this sequel because I couldn’t get enough of Drew and Courtney in the first installment. One think Kennedy Fox books do really well is make you care about the characters as if they were your own, real-life friends.
This is Reckless was left on a pretty big cliffhanger and I don’t think I’ve closed my mouth since finishing it in February. This is Effortless wastes no time in getting you back into that conflict and sucking you in before you even have a chance to resist. (But let’s be honest…nobody actually wants to resist.) I definitely felt like this book was the most intense of all four and left my heart racing for reasons other than swoony Drew. Although it was a pretty different feeling while reading I also looooooved it. Having read the first duet and then This is Reckless in close succession (i.e. I binged the first two books while my Kennedy Fox Box for Drewtney pt. 1 was in the mail and immediately binged that when it got here) it helped keep things fresh. I really wish I could be more specific/descriptive with this but NO SPOILERS. This is Effortless was different than the other 3 but in a great way.
What wasn’t different was the case of character. All our favs were around; Viola, Travis, Kayla, Logan and Courtney’s family all make cameos. There was also a certain ahem witch we love to hate. I still hate her. But what’s a Drewtney story without Mia fucking Montgomery. One of my favourite things about romance is how we so often get later books featuring beloved characters from previous books. It feels like you actually know them because you become immersed in the (love) lives of all the families and social circles!
Long story short (because I could gush about Kennedy Fox books all day…and if we’ve ever hung out I *probably* have), I highly recommend not only This is Effortless but all of the Kennedy Fox books. They’re very quick but engrossing reads. If you can manage to put them down you have better willpower and adulting skills than I do because I ended up forsaking pretty much all responsibility for this book. I know, I’m weak.
CHECKMATE: THIS IS RECKLESS (BOOK 1)
*MUST READ THIS ONE FIRST
THE CHECKMATE DUET (TRAVIS & VIOLA)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON OTHER PLATFORMS
A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox 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 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!