*this book is a part of the Checkmate Duet: A Friends to Lovers romance. though can be read alone is a companion duology to the Checkmate Duet: Enemies to Lovers romance. because this is the third book there may be spoilers for the This is War and This is Love.*
Checkmate: This is Reckless (Drew & Courtney, #1)
by: Kennedy Fox
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published on February 28th, 2017
Print Copy (ebook)
Drew Fisher is the type of guy everyone wants.
Noble policeman by day, charming prince by night.
He has no idea the effect he has on woman, 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 everyday 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 wan 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.* (source)
*I received this book for free from the author. This does not at all affect my opinions of the book in any way.*
honestly i was actually a bit nervous going in to this book because while i do read a bit of NA i, unfortunately don’t read it enough but, after seeing this book ALL OVER bookstagram for quite a while i thought i’d jump into the Kennedy Fox bandwagon and OMG how did i wait so long!! when i read the synopsis for this book i immediately knew i’d love it because i’m actually such a sucker for friends to lover romances it like my kryptonite, them being roommates was just the icing on the cake! (i actually tried to read books 1 and 2 to have more context before writing this review but, i definitely misjudged my reading speed!! *nervoulsy laughs*) there were many parts of this book that had me just smiling and giggling through out because it was, to my surprise, pretty funny!
“That’s a rhetorical question, by the way, because I know exactly what happened. Alcohol and zero inhibitions.” Kennedy Fox (This is Reckless)
this writing duo just amazes me! they have such a way with words that just instantly grabs you while simultaneously keeping you hooked through out and can i just say THAT CLIFF HANGER OMG!!!!!! i’m actually itching to get my hands on the next book ‘This is Effortless‘ it was SOO easy to read this book i just flew through it reading about 70% in a day, so if you’re looking for a quick, cute, funny, and steamy book look no further.
*disclaimer: contains spoilers*
this review actually took me some time to write because i just couldn’t gather my thoughts!! all i could think was ‘i love this book i love this book!!’ and then i REALLY thought i’d have time to read the first two but i definitely misjudged myself *laughs maniacally* but, omg no i have the first two books ‘This is War’ and ‘This is Love’ JUST WAITING FOR ME TO DEVOUR IT!!! im SOO read to read any and everything this duo releases!!
first off i just want to say i am utterly OBSESSED with Harry Potter! okay so now that you know that and if your obsessed too just know that it is mentioned in this book… MORE THAN ONCE!! if that isn’t incentive to read this then i don’t know what your doing hahaha!! it’s actually amazing because i can just FEEL the Harry Potter love and i have QUITE the feeling the the first two books will have HP in it and i can’t wait to read them!
“Ginny is their feisty one-year-old and the coolest kid I’ve ever met. Her name was inspired by Viola’s obsession with Harry Potter, as is the name James, but I’m going to make sure they grow up knowing more than just spells and Hogwarts.” – Kennedy Fox (This is Reckless)
Drew ohmygosh he’s like all you want in a book boyfriend!! super hot *fans myself dramatically*, loving, funny, sweet and loyal to NO END!! while the loyalty does stress me because he’s SOO loyal to his girlfriend at the beginning of the book, Mia (i’m already rolling my eyes at her name) but, i’ll talk about her more soon! i love how he cares for his family making sure that Travis will take care of his sister Viola, it’s just another way Drew and Courtney are great together!!
“I know he’ll take care of my little sister.” Kennedy Fox (This is Reckless)
my ABSOLUTE favorite thing about Drew and Courtney’s relationship is the fact that they are best friends (as i stated before this is my weakness!!) they already have seen each other at their bests and worst, enjoy each others company, and are so comfortable together!! it just makes their relationship so natural and real. they have these little moments peppered throughout the beginning of this book that had me smiling so hard my cheeks hurt! with tons of little moments, staring and lingering touches (SWOON!)
“Her fingers feel cool, and it’s hard not to notice the way she lingers them against mine.” Kennedy Fox (This is Reckless)
Drew friend zoning Courtney had me SOOO FRUSTRATED!! actually made me want to rip my hair out because all i wanted to do was yell “omgomgomg YOU’D BE SO PERFECT WITH HER!!” at him but, had to settle with squealing into my pillow HAHA!! i did appreciate that he was loyal to his then girlfriend Mia though because it definitely says a lot to his character.
“Mia admitted to being intimidated by her looks, and while Courtney is obviously pretty, I have to constantly remind Mia that Court is one of the guys. She chugs beer like it’s going out of style, calls football plays before the referee, punches like a guy, and has no filter. Also, she can appreciate a nice ass and isn’t afraid to say so. She’s basically replaced Travis since he’s no longer living the bachelor life.” Kennedy Fox (This is Reckless)
i was and still kind of am a bit conflicted with whether or not i actually like Courtney *contemplating everything* she’s such a strong character who really doesn’t need anyone and can definitely take care of herself which i really love about her! but, her distrusting nature REALLY stressed me out!!! she avoids confrontation like the actual plague. the thing is she’s claims more than once that she trusts Drew so much and would never believe that he would do these certain things to her (which i of course agree with seeing that he’s SO loyal!) but, at any point in which a confrontation is present she runs away and is gone saying how she can’t believe he would do that to her, ALREADY thinking about how she’s going to move out!! i just wanted her to realize how awesome she is and JUST how much Drew LOVES her!!
“’I’ve never fallen for someone so hard, Courtney. As much as I didn’t see it at first, I’m seeing and feeling everything now. It’s consuming me.’” – Drew, Kennedy Fox (This is Reckless)
now Mia OH GOSH! this girl was actually the kind of crazy you only see in movies! she definitely added a bit of comedy (i did NOT expect and really loved!) to this book. she was like THE perfect antagonist you just wanted to hate her so much it actually made me laugh i was so invested into these characters!! some of the things she would say to either Drew or Courtney had me literally rolling my eyes out of my head, she was so delusional while every time Courtney mocked her i just about died of laughter HAHA!! she made you realize how perfect Court and Drew would be together (and let me just say when Drew finally realized how much of a hot mess his relationship with Mia was i HONESTLY sighed and relaxed at the thought he wouldn’t be SO hung up on her!!) plus the fact that the i sexual tension was so present, evident and utterly palpable that LITERALLY EVERYONE even LOGAN (who i absolutely LOVED!!!) noticed it!! when Drew had that dream about Courtney i turned into immediate Drew/Courtney Trash omg!
“Between the argument with Mia and that hot sex dream of my best friend, I’ve successfully avoided Courtney like the plague for a week.” Kennedy Fox (This is Reckless)
When Drew and Courtney FINALLY get together all i could think is oh no, oh no, oh no! because of them being drunk and Court getting out of bed in the morning i JUST knew he would *pretend* to forget them sleeping together! (and thank GOODNESS he was pretending because i would have been so distressed! i’m glad they were able to be toghether before the SURPRISE CURVEBALL Kennedy Fox threw at us with Drew being held at gunpoint! i just CANNOT WAIT to go back home (because i’m currently on vacation) and devour the second book ‘This is Effortless’ because that cliffhanger had me SO shook i almost fell out of my chair!!!!! but, until then i will be reading books 1 & 2 that’s are patiently waiting in my phone to be read!
sincerely Kennedy Foxs newest fangirl,