Inked Avenue Reviews… “Checkmate: This is Effortless” by Kennedy Fox

Checkmate: This is Effortless by Kennedy Fox


Talk about an unexpected suspenseful roller coaster ride! Everything about this novel seemed effortless. The romance, the characters, the drama, the story-line…. EVERYTHING was effortless.

At the conclusion of part one of Drew and Courtney’s story, I thought I was going to have a heart failure. I mean, come on, how can you leave us like that? But this one picked up right where the other left off.

I absolutely adore this couple together. They warm my heart and their banter is the perfect mix of wit and charm. My favorite thing about them, though, is how they love each other unconditionally. I mean, every fault, flaw, or quirk the other has, they cherish it and hold it near and dear to their hearts. They aren’t afraid to be vulnerable with one another which, I believe, shows how strong and deep their love for each other goes.

The one thing I was missing from this novel was angst. If you know me or have read any of my reviews, you know I am an angst whore! I live for those breathtaking moments and while this novel was full of sweet and swoon-worthy moments, I would have liked to see more push and pull. Not push and pull, like they are playing games with each other, but a teasing push and pull; build it up with intense dialogue and inner thoughts.

Overall, I LOVED this novel! It was the perfect ending to the perfect couple and I cannot wait to get my hands on Logan and Kayla’s story!!




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.**

//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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