Review: CHECKMATE: THIS IS WAR by Kennedy Fox

checkmate this is war

Checkmate: This is War by Kennedy Fox
Series: Checkmate Duet, book 1
Genre: NA, enemies-to-lovers romance
Publisher: self published
Publication Date: October 3, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

First off, I have no clue why it took me so long to read this book. I really don’t. No excuses here. I should be ashamed of myself for not reading it sooner. *cue the GoT Shame gif*

Secondly, I’d like to place all blame on Kennedy Fox for my lack of sleep last night. Because OBVIOUSLY I couldn’t NOT start the second book in this duet after I was left with that murder-inducing, trauma-filled, edge-of-my-seat cliffhanger. *squinty side-eye*

But in all seriousness, this book was gooooood! I had my reservations within the couple chapters, mostly because I wanted to stab Travis in the gonads on numerous occasions. But I was won over by the witty and hilarious dialogue, more specifically the completely-indecent-but-I-loved-it sexual innuendos. Travis and Viola were so over the top in their interactions, that it went all the way from wrong into right. This story takes the enemies-to-lovers trope and skyrockets this book straight to the top.

I must go now. I NEED to finish reading the second book so my life can feel complete again. If you haven’t read this book yet, read it and come join me in my pit of worry and nail-biting anxiety.

5 Stars!


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Travis King is the worst kind of asshole.
He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.
He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.
And I hate him.

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are wasted on such an arrogant man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s made that very clear.

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.

I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.


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