Review: Checkmate: This is Reckless – Drew and Courtney, #1 (Checkmate #3) by Kennedy Fox

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.**

Chick and Brain Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wow! Just Wow! I forgot how much I actually loved this series. I have actually been a Kennedy Fox (KF for short) pimp so to speak for the past couple of months lol. So I have read the entire series already, but with “This is Effortless” being released I decided to re-read “This is Reckless” just to refresh myself with the series since it has been a couple of months, plus I am just completely in love with Courtney and Drew! Although this can be read as a stand alone, we continue to spend time with Viola, Travis, Courtney, and Drew. Just like in the first set in the series, we are treated to the ups and downs of finding love in unexpected places.

We are in for a treat with the story of Courtney and Drew. Courtney is the bubbly Texan girl who has been desperately in love with Drew for only lord knows how long. Poor Drew, the hot Sacramento Police officer that can never make heads or tails of woman because he is so blinded by the infamous, Mia Montgomery aka the bitch who needs to DIE! Although the book has a slow beginning (more than likely because Mia won’t bounce), we are finally given what we want Drew finally really “sees” the love that he has for Courtney. The way these two interact with each other is fascinating to watch. They are playful and funny to start with, but all turns into something more.

If you have read the first set of books, you are well aware that of Drew’s toxic relationship with the infamous Mia Montgomery. Now I am sure I can speak for all of us when I say, Mia has got to go! Drew finally comes to his senses! Glory Hallelujah. As Drew and Courtney grow closer to one another, Drew is able to see the negative effect that his relationship has had on everyone around him including himself.  With this realization we are FINALLY about to be rid of her for good or are we?

KF also takes that time to show us a little bit about how Drew’s job affects his family and now Courtney.  Drew has an altercation with perp that ends up being his and Courtney’s worse nightmare. KF does not glance over this event and sweep the event other the rug. They take the time to show the effects that these events have on both the officer and their families. Now this is a romance novel, but we are given a glimpse of what could happen. In doing so, we are shown a more strengthened relationship between the two main characters.

Would I recommend this? Yea, well I kind of already have. I would even say that I am a slightly bigger fan of Courtney and Drew than Viola and Travis, so I am excited to see how they are going to complete the story. Thank heavens that I have graciously been provided with an ARC from Kennedy Fox for an honest review of  “This is Effortless” because as always KF is a cliffy bitch and leaves us hanging with nowhere to go with this ending. What has crazy Mia done this time? Well be sure to come back and check out my review of the next book in the series in a couple of days.


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