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Checkmate: This is Reckless (Drew & Courtney, #1)

Checkmate: This is Reckless (Drew & Courtney, #1)

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by Kennedy Fox

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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


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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Checkmate: This is Reckless (Checkmate Duet Series) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
csingh 4 months ago
4.5 stars! So I've been shipping Drewtney hard. I mean Courtney has been head over heels for Drew for a very long time. She's been his friend when he needed one and loved and supported him from afar as he's gotten his heart bashed time and time again by she-who-shall-not-be-named. I don't want to give her power or summon her by using her name. Anyhow, with Viola and Travis finally getting together, Courtney and Drew now find themselves living together. And in these new circumstance, something finally changes. I mean it takes years, but Drew's eyes finally open to the games the she-devil has played with him and what he has been missing out on. So when he finally does something about it, I was ecstatic! And my happiness and theirs lasted for a while. I mean the she-demon didn't make things easy for them, but they worked through troubles and issues and I don't know why, I thought the book was going to end with them getting their HEA. All signs were pointing to it, when *BLAM*! I was broadsided by a semi and the book ended on the cliff of all cliffs. I didn't think Kennedy Fox could top the surprise ending of Checkmate:This is War, but the they did it. I don't know how Drew and Courtney could possibly come back from this, but as an eternal optimist, hope springs eternal. I am so eager to read Checkmate:This is Effortless and see what happens next! Kudos to Kennedy Fox for once again capturing my interest with a fast paced, hot story, and then surprising me at the end. Like I've said before, it's not often a book catches me by surprise! And I'm already hoping the next duet series features a certain detective and college friend of Viola's. Oh and Courtney's family is both wonderful and hilarious. She has four older brothers I wouldn't mind reading more about either!
AmberK1120 4 months ago
First, let me say that I loved these characters! They were smart, witty, and sassy, and their chemistry was perfect! I wanted to be friends with all of them. Wait, I take that back. I only wanted to be friends with most of them (there’s always that one character. . .). Second, the level of heat in this novel was exactly where it should’ve been; the relationship between Drew and Courtney felt realistic and authentic as opposed to overkill or completely lacking. Third. . . I need to try some of those damn blueberry muffins! And fourth, the strong female characters in this book rocked my world. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate a woman who knows what she wants and goes for it, and doesn’t let someone tell her otherwise. Fox nailed it.
Live-Laugh-Ducks 7 months ago
Wow! Wow! Wow! Kennedy Fox does it again! While I love Travis and Viola, I equally love Drew and Courtney for entirely different reasons! It's amazing how one set of authors can create two different relationship story lines (This is War and This is Love vs This is Reckless and This is Effortless) with the same characters, but write such unique stories. Where Travis and Viola are sparks and roaring passion, Drew and Courtney are respect and slow burning intensity. From the beginning Drew had my attention and my heart. He's a decent, loving, and protective guy (I mean hello man in uniform!), while also being so incredibly sexy! There were times, many times, I thought he was an idiot. Clearly Mia is bad news. But I love how fierce he loves. Courtney just cracks me up. Simple as that. I want to be that girls friends, she is a good time. She's fierce and passionate. Best of all, she's not a whiny female lead. She's not annoying or pitiful. She's strong and determined, and incredibly loyal. This is a story about two good, decent, amazing, and hot people who finally get their chance at love. There's is the type of romance you root for before it's even started. It also doesn't hurt that this book is steamy enough it makes you worry the pages will catch fire! P.S. Can someone please punch Mia in the face soon? Please!
BookwormBetweentheSheets 7 months ago
Kennedy Fox has created another amazingly, addictive book! Reading Drew and Courtney's friends to lovers story is majorly HOT. "You're fully loaded, Deputy.' she smirks." Courtney's baking nature will leave you craving her blueberry muffins which is the complete opposite of roommate Drew and his strict fitness regime. Drew & Viola appear in the story along with Mia F***ing Hamilton so make sure to catch up on This is War & This is Love duet before reading it. I do have to say that ending though... I really need This is Effortless to hurry up and arrive!!!!
Rhondaz 7 months ago
Checkmark: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox.....Oh My Goodness, I am still shaking my head at the ending of this book....I need the next one, NOW! I read the whole book in one sitting I could not put it down. I loved Drew and Courtney they were both strong and likeable characters. Now for the crazy ex-girlfriend Mia, I wanted to smack her a couple of times. This is all you get from me, you need to buy this book and devour it as I did, it is so worth it. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Lisa-LostInLiterature 7 months ago
Warning: Expect a lot of fangirling, rambling on excessively, and an abundance of explanation points in this review. Read at your own risk. Another fantastic book from Kennedy Fox!! This writing duo just gets me. They know exactly what to write and how to write it to make me drool, jump around, and unable to put down the book. Each book of theirs that I read leaves me loving KF more and more. I'd have to say this one is probably my favorite thus far... but I have no doubt that I'll continue to say that as the books roll in. I'm just completely obsessed with these books!!! "My heart is pounding against my chest, and I wonder if she's thinking the same thing I am." Drew and Courtney are roommates and best friends. They met through Drew's sister, Viola, and have been living together happily for two years as strictly roommates and best friends. However, Courtney has had a crush on Drew for years. His sexy demeanor is undeniable, even when crossing that line could affect their friendship. Drew secretly has an attraction to Courtney as well, though he fights it with his entire being. His girlfriend, Mia (who we all hate, by the way), has a tight leash on him and tries to keep him from straying. But Drew can't deny the dreams he has about Courtney and the attraction he has for her, which is much more than just a friendship. As these two begin to blur the line between friendship and more, we're taken on a bumpy ride! Hold on tight and enjoy the emotional roller-coaster!! I am now officially Team Drewtney!!!! ♥ ♥ Drew is my new book boyfriend. Totally. I don't usually fall for the whole cop/uniform/handcuffs vibe, but MAAAAANNNNNN, Drew takes it to a whole new level!! I'm obsessed with him. (And totally not ashamed because, trust me, you will be too!) And Courtney is just adorable! I would definitely want to be friends with her. What a fun group of characters! Checkmate: This is Reckless I suppose is technically the third book in this Checkmate Series. We do meet Drew and Courtney in Checkmate: This is War and Checkmate: This is Love, however it's not necessary to read those prior to reading this book. Regardless, you should read those too because KENNEDY FOX IS LIFE!!! I really wish I knew who this writing duo is. Mostly because if one of them is an author that I haven't read yet, I'd now want to go and read ALL THE BOOKS!! I do have suspicions now and then of who could be involved in this masterpiece duo, but until they're ready to be revealed, I'll just going on loving them like this. ♥ Bottom line: READ THESE BOOKS!! (Please and thank you.) (Thank you to Kennedy Fox for the review copy!)
bookbruin 8 months ago
Team Drewtney for the WIN! Kennedy Fox has done it again! Checkmate: This is Reckless is the perfect blend of friends to lovers romance, humor, emotion, and of course, page melting sexy times! This is the first book in Drew and Courtney's duet, so consider that your warning if you're not a fan of cliffhangers! We were introduced to these two in Travis & Viola's books, Checkmate: This is War and This is Love, but this duet can be read as a stand alone. I loved watching Drew and Courtney blur the lines of their friendship. Courtney's feelings towards Drew are no secret and she definitely wins the most patient while pining for your best friend award. I will admit that there were times I was frustrated by Drew, but it was all worth it to see Drew finally open his eyes to his toxic relationship with Mia and see who was really there all along. Yes, there's some angst and drama, but there's also hilarious witty banter and smokin' hot chemistry. All our favorite (and not so favorite) characters are back and a few new ones are introduced too. I definitely enjoyed getting to revisit with Travis and Viola and I'm really intrigued by Logan's story. I wouldn't mind one bit if he got his own story or if there was a spin off series featuring Courtney's brothers. Just saying ;) I cannot wait for book 2, Checkmate: This is Effortless, because that ending was a gut punch! I'm still reeling a bit from those last few paragraphs (seriously, oh hell no!!!), but I trust Kennedy Fox and so I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the ride! ;) *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*