Inked Avenue Reviews… “Checkmate: This is Reckless {Checkmate Duet Series #1}” by Kennedy Fox

//Checkmate: This is Reckless {Checkmate Duet Series #1} by Kennedy Fox//



*deep breath*

But SERIOUSLY?!?! How could you leave me like that?? After reading that last sentence my mouth DROPPED OPEN in a gasp leaving me speechless. Like… wha…wha… WHAT?

I loved it…. but I also hated how it ended just because I need to know what happens next! And… I will gladly be the first to volunteer to accidentally on purpose push a certain person under a bus. lol

Okay! Okay! Rant over!

“I’ll play by his rules if it will show him I’m the one worth breaking them for.”

This book… y’all… It gave me all the feels. It’s sexy, raw, racy, and entertaining as hell! It has it all and then some…

Sexual chemistry!

Unexpected suspense.

Handcuffs. Oh hey! *winks*

Witty banter.

Blueberry muffins. *mouth waters*

Angst so HOT it will leave your heart racing.

Honestly, everything I love about a lighthearted best friends turned lovers story is held in the pages of this novel.

So here’s a break down of the story-line. Drew and Courtney are best friends and roommates. Courtney is in love with Drew even though he thinks he’s in love with this horrid girl named Mia and refuses to see Courtney as anything other than his little sister’s best friend. But… after a drunken hook up,  lines are crossed and the boundaries of friendship are blurred leaving Courtney more confused than ever.

Gah! I love it!

Courtney is the perfect heroine. She’s a sweet and sassy southern bad-ass with wit and charm to put Drew Fisher in his place. And ladies, if you thought Travis King was hot… be prepared to be blown away by Drew Fisher! He brings all your smoking hot cop fantasies to life. *sigh* He will steal your heart away. He’s swoon worthy, protective, a bit clueless at times, and possesses just the right amount of sweetness to be sexy. The only problem with him I had was that his feelings for Courtney developed instantly. I wish Courtney would have resisted a little more, however, I have a feeling that’s going to change in the second novel.

If you are looking for a book that will keep you in bookworm heaven for a day then Checkmate: This is Reckless is the novel for you. Just a forewarning you, the cliffhanger is killer so if you aren’t a fan of cliffhangers then… I guess you should wait… but I don’t think I could wait for the next one to go live before reading this story!

*ARC exchanged for a honest review*



Oh! I almost forgot! I’m from San Angelo Texas and it’s mentioned in the book which is really cool! lol 🙂


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.**

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//Author Bio//


Kennedy 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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