Checkmate: This is Love

Checkmate: This is Love

by Kennedy Fox

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Checkmate: This is Love is an enemies-to-lovers romance that will have you crying with laughter one moment and screaming in frustration the next... but you'll be begging to play the game with The King.

Game on.

Viola Fisher is the epitome of perfection. 
She despises my one-night stands and mocks my less-than-classy habits. 
She's smart, beautiful, and too good to be true. And I want her.

If she were anyone else, I'd have made my move years ago, but considering she's my best friend's little sister, she's always been off-limits. 
Not to mention how much she loathes my very existence. Hating me is her religion, but needing her is mine. 
Her sexy curves and filthy smart mouth make me want her even more, and I'm more determined than ever to change her mind.

I'll prove I'm done playing games. But until then, we'll continue to play by her rules. 
Viola Fisher may have won the battle, but the war isn't over yet.

Checkmate, princess.

This is book 2 in the Travis & Viola duet and must be read after This is War. 
*Recommended for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161353127
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Publication date: 12/13/2016
Series: Checkmate Duet Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,108
File size: 811 KB

About the Author

Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They 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 and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush 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! 

Their Checkmate Duet Series have hit the USA Today Bestsellers list four times in 2017 and plan to release the entire Bishop Brothers Series in 2018! They're represented by Brower Literary & Management.

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Checkmate: This is Love (Checkmate Duet, #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous 11 days ago
I liked the first book so much had to get this one too. Now I'm off to read the next.
Angie_H80 28 days ago
I enjoyed Checkmate!!! It was a crazy ride of hate-love, love-hate. Travis is a smart, sexy jerk, and Viola is a strong willed, but insecure female who was hurt by Travis and can't let it go. The lengths they go to do send each other over the edge is quite entertaining.
K_P_Knupp More than 1 year ago
Book two is just as amazing as the first! Filled with witty come backs, sexy moments, drama, and twists coming at every angle. This is a must read series and I cannot wait to see what happens with the other characters in the rest of the series!! This book also ends with a cliff hanger, so be prepared! Get all the books because you're sure to love them! I devoured this book as much as I devoured the first. You won't be able to get enough, and when it ends you'll be screaming for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the fact that tgey had that love and hate relationship it made it hot and sexy at the some time i love reading this book a lot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the worst romances I have read in a long time. If you like rough sex, domination and mindless animosity this book is for you. If you want plot and romance don't look here. Poorly developed characters who have no real motivation. And plot? Baby there ain't no plot. I read over 300 romances a year, all types, the only thing going for this one is the spelling. Save your time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cheesy but loved
Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 of This is War, Checkmate Duets. The story line picks up were it left off in Book 1, with Travis in the hospital and everyone has questions. Book 2 has different characteristics to it than Book 1, it has less drama, angst and no cliffhanger and a HEA. This is Love still had me turning those pages with the characters being so life like and the plot is as well. The wit and humor is what makes this book and I love the interconnecting characters as well. I can't wait to read Drew and Courtney's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is series. Bring on please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the conclusion for Travis & Viola. Great story
csingh More than 1 year ago
Thank goodness I had this on hand when I finished Checkmate:This is War! I immediately started reading Checkmate:This is Love. There was no way I could wait to find out what had happened. I would love to be more specific about the cliffhanger, but I don't even accidentally want to ruin any part of this book for anyone who hasn't read it yet. I will say this though, it was nice to have Travis and Viola have a real heart to heart and for them to be together. I loved how even though they still snapped at each other, they were truly appreciative and supportive of one another. Even though their involvement was still illicit and hidden from almost everyone, they still set fire to the pages. I think I was visibly flushed at one point. I also loved how their individual families were more involved. And when I say families, I mean parents, because Drew, Viola's brother has been in the picture since the beginning. I also loved having him present and involved for more of the story. I do think he's gotten the rough end of love and I am really looking forward to his story. I am also hoping to see more of Courtney, Viola's best friend and her opposite personality wise. That being said, I felt like the last half to quarter of the book was a little off. I mean there were a lot of issues to be resolved, especially between Travis and Viola, and everything was addressed, but it felt flat. I didn't think it was rushed, but I felt like the depth that comes with these tricky situations and revelations was missing. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I started it right at midnight, put it down at one am and then woke up an hour earlier than before my alarm was to go off, which was already set an hour early, just so I could read more. I finished before I had to go to work. It was worth it. I'm excited for Checkmate:This is Reckless!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy,funny love story...Count get enough... Laugh my tale off...Can wait for the Wedding
KristieK More than 1 year ago
Checkmate: This Is Love By: Kennedy Fox 4 star review by Kristie K. Another super sexy, erotically charged read from the incredible Kennedy Fox… As the follow up to Checkmate: This Is War, we jump in right where we left off. Passions are high, and things seem to be looking up for our lovers. Things take a turn for the worse, though, and we have to see if Viola and Travis can make it through these new challenges. As with the first installment, I absolutely adore these characters! The author has a real talent for writing quick witted, fun, and intelligent characters. And the sexy times?!?! Good Lawd have mercy!! This Is War left us in a cliffhanger, and we start off in that exact situation when we return to the story here in This Is Love. Tragedy has a way of changing the game, and we wonder what will happen now. The surprises don’t stop coming, but eventually we do work our way back for the happy ending. So, now to the hard part. This Is Love was a little less enjoyable to me than This Is War, mainly because the storyline was jumpy and the crisis seemed to be lacking something for me. It was less believable that the reactions would be what they were, in the circumstances the characters found themselves in. Please keep in mind that every opinion is subjective, and mine is no different, but to me this book had more filler than necessary and not enough substance. Now, that being said, I still loved this book and will continue to read this series as long as the author continues to write them! I adore Kennedy Fox and can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next! Bring on Drew!! Kristie K.
bookbruin More than 1 year ago
After that doozy of an ending in This is War, I could not wait to get my hands on This is Love. The books are a duet, so This is Love should not be read as a stand alone. The story picks up right where the first left off and it definitely did not disappoint! The chemistry between Travis and Viola is just as scorching (if not more!) than it was in book 1 and the hilarious banter between all of the characters was kicked up another notch. This book had all the feels - joy, anger, sadness, hope, and heartbreak. We all knew that the way book 1 left off that there would be hell to pay in book 2, and pay we did, with our hearts! But don't despair Team Traviola, I said there was hope and joy too :) I'll admit that there were times I wanted to scream at the characters for letting their fears and misunderstandings get the better of them, but I could also see where they each were coming from and why things needed to develop the way that they did. Without being spoilery, I was happy to see some characters get their due, but there's certainly someone I'd love to say good riddance to right now if I could! It may have taken me a bit to warm up to Travis in the beginning, but this time around, I could not get enough of him! He seriously had some down right adorable moments, and this book really showed his more emotional and vulnerable side. Just as quickly though, he had me blushing from the blazing chemistry between him and Viola. Doting nurse - check. Bridget Jones - check. Bay window - check. Lake Tahoe - check. ;) One of my favorite parts about this duet are the Harry Potter and pop culture references. There is so much witty and hysterical banter between our characters that had me laughing out loud as I was reading. Some of my very favorites scenes are the ones where Viola unapologetically owns her bookish ways and embraces her inner nerd. True, I may not have found these scenes quite as hilarious if I hadn't read Harry Potter myself, but it definitely brought humor into this love story. I loved seeing both Travis and Viola grow individually and seeing their stories come full circle. Although this book is the conclusion to their chapter, I was happy to see that we aren't leaving the Checkmate world just yet. Older brother Drew and BFF extraordinaire Courtney also got a bit of page time in this book and I'm excited that we get to read their story next. If you're looking for a deliciously fun and steamy read, don't miss the Checkmate Duet! *I voluntarily read a free advance reader copy of this book*
Live-Laugh-Ducks More than 1 year ago
Dear lord... where to start? This Is War left me with such a book hangover, I could not wait for This Is Love. I will say I was honestly surprised by the turns this book took, but pleasantly so. Where I expected sparks and more hate, there were different sparks and passion. Where I expected lovey-dovey sap, there was sarcasm and heat. Where I expect insecurities and an eye roll, there was strength and loyalty. This book done a marvelous job of keeping it real while also keeping the hot factor set to 10 the whole time. This story is believable, its the type you want to be a part of even if you're not the main character. Travis is the perfect combination of sexy, sarcastic, cocky bad boy and sweet, loving, passionate man, without if being unrealistically nauseating. Viola is a refreshing combination of sexy nerd without the cliche, sassy and strong without the envy, and fiercely passionate and independent without being clingy or standoffish. This book sucks you and doesn't spit you out. It still has me anxiously awaiting book 3. Basically, well done ladies. This book is everything I wanted and more.
Naughty_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
After the cliffhanger at the end of the first book, I was expecting some instant gratification in the form of answers ASAP. But what fun would that be? Kennedy Fox makes you work for the secrets. Although Viola & Travis have established trust & love, they haven't lost the witty back and forth banter I loved in the first book. And plenty more hot chemistry too! This second book delivered everything I wanted for these two characters, and I LOVED that they had to take the scenic route to get there. Also, I'm now DYING for Courtney and Drew's story. Well played Kennedy Fox, well played!
VidaB More than 1 year ago
Check & Mate I swear to all that is Kennedy Fox if you guys didn't just wrap a deliciousness and yumminess that is Travis King and Viola in to a perfectly wrapped package that leaves you on the edge of your seat begging for more I don't know what to tell you. This book picks up right where we left off after the first and this is even more swoon worthy. Travis starts to realize what he has with Viola and knows that he doesn't want to let her go but first they need to let a certain person know that their in a relationship. You get a bit of a fallout but every time they come together you see a side of Travis that leaves you wanting more and more because once his mind is made up he's all in. Viola has her reservations but what woman wouldn't with the type of lifestyle Travis has participated in for so long. The intensity between the pair is smoking and the banter was off the charts hilarious the one thing that I love about their relationship was the conversations between the pair because who can you truly be yourself with other than your partner. I'm glad to be getting more from this dynamic duo because its well worth its weight in gold