REVIEW – CHECKMATE: THIS IS RECKLESS (The Checkmate Duet #3) by Kennedy Fox



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.**

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 “I’ve Been Waiting For You” Stars!


Courtney Bishop is a gorgeous Southern belle that grew up on a ranch in Texas. She’s confident, loud-mouthed, loves beer & football, is an obsessive baker, & has no filter. She lives in Sacramento, California with her best friend Viola’s older brother Drew Fisher. Courtney has had a huge crush on Drew since the moment she met him. He’s a sexy, tattooed police officer with a heart of gold.

She lets it be known she wants him but Drew see’s her as nothing but a friend. To him, she’s one of the guys. He’s given his heart to a girl that doesn’t deserve him, & Courtney is tortured daily by her beautiful shirtless roommate she is desperate for, but can’t have. She’s tried dating other guys to get over her crush but nothing works. Drew has become one of her best friends & they share an unspoken connection.


Suddenly things start to shift between Courtney & Drew. He’s having hot sex dreams starring Courtney that he can’t explain & Courtney still can’t control how badly she wants Drew. Things get very complicated after a drunken hookup between the roommates. Just as Courtney is finally starting to come to terms with the fact Drew will never look at her as more than a friend, they have too much to drink & wake up in bed together. They attempt to pretend nothing happened, but soon have to deal with their feelings for one another. It was the most amazing sex either had ever experienced & soon they are addicted to one another. Drew’s crazy ex won’t leave them alone & Courtney has to decide if she’s willing to give up on Drew or fight for him.

-She’s awakening something inside me I hadn’t realized was missing. Screw the what ifs and overthinking my feelings for her. I want her.

-“You’re one of those dirty cops, aren’t you?” I taunt. I feel his lips smile against me and shiver. “You say that like it’s a bad thing.”

-Courtney is my best friend, my roommate, my partner in crime, and now she’s mine. I don’t know how this happened or how we got here, but I don’t want this to end.

-Heart pounding, chest rising and falling, body aching. She’s all-consuming.

-“I’m completely addicted to you.”

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