Review: Checkmate: This is Effortless – Drew and Courtney, #2 (Checkmate #4) by Kennedy Fox

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.**

Chick and Brain Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have been graciously provided an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review of the book.

It’s finally here! Words can not explain how excited I am to be given the opportunity to review this book before its release! I have been sitting on pins and needles since I finished “This is Reckless” to see where we will be taken with the story of Courtney and Drew and most importantly, what will happen to the character everyone needs to hate Mia Montgomery. The witty banter, funny moments, and just good old fashion love story is still there for us but they are able to give us a little bit more. Kennedy Fox adds an edge to this story that was not expected in order to gives us a fast paced and action oriented love story without sacrificing the true focus on love between Courtney and Drew.

We pick up right where we left off in the last book to continue our adventures. However, Kennedy Fox does not rush the romance between the two main characters. We are able to watch their love grown into something more. Something bigger than the two of them, or what we can even say a love the transcends the test of time. Like any other couple, Courtney and Drew had their ups and downs in order to get to their happy ending. However, Mia (oh crazy) is relentless in her pursuit of Drew and now even her revenge tactics again Courtney. The couple is tested beyond what normal couples have to deal with, but will they be able to remain strong with this new more aggressive threat standing in their way? I don’t know about you, but even with knowing the ending now I always knew these two could make it through anything if they stayed together. Drew and Courtney could conquer the world, as long as they tried to do it together.

Now Mia, I am not going to spoil this book for you, but YES! Kennedy Fox is able to have Mia still be in the forefront of our minds without having us focus on her and miss what is happening between Courtney and Drew. We discover aspects of Mia and her personality during this book that we are not given in the previous ones. This possibly gives us a better understanding of Mia and why she behaves the way that she does toward those around her. Now that’s not an excuse for her actions nor do I forgive her for being psycho, but it does explain something for me. In doing so,  we are all given closure in the Mia situation. Let just say there is no bad feelings from this lady on how things went down, Mia had it coming!

I am sad for the end of Courtney and Drew’s story, but I am excited to see what KF has in store for us with their next couple. Again in true cliffy bitches fashion they have left us hanging! Now go and pre-order NOW, you must read this when it is released. There is no waiting for this book because it is worth it! Actually go back and read everything all over again, I know I am going to do that right now!

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