Happy Release Day to Checkmate: This is Effortless by Kennedy Fox

April 25, 2017 // Posted by Lisa & Becca in Release Day Launch, Reviews // 0 Comments

Happy Release Day to Checkmate: This is Effortless by Kennedy FoxCheckmate: This is Effortless
by Kennedy Fox
Series: Checkmate #4
Release Date: April 25th 2017
Publisher: Self-Published/Indie
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Courtney Bishop is as sugary sweet as her famous blueberry muffins.
Southern belle at heart, Cali girl by choice.
She barged into my life and easily became my best friend.
All was great as roommates and just friends, but then I fell for the girl who could chop firewood, deliver baby calves, and bail hay without breaking a sweat.
She's the perfect mixture of sugar and spice, and I love her.

Being more than friends and trying to build our future isn't as easy as it sounds.
Moving forward and creating memories is all I want for us, but when the past continues to come back and haunt me, I'm not so sure she'll stay for the ride.

Loving her is easy, but losing her will break me. Burning passion combined with an undeniable chemistry constantly pushes and pulls us together. In the end, I'll prove we're worth the fight, even when the game is far from over.

Checkmate, sweetheart.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

**This is book 2 in the Checkmate Duet Series--a friends to lovers romance. You must read book 1, Checkmate: This is Reckless first. 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.**

lisa chats

** Though this review is spoiler-free for This is Effortless, it may contain spoilers for This is Reckless, the prior book in this series. **

Well, after that ending in Checkmate: This is Reckless, I was dying to see what would happen. And guys… the incredible Kennedy Fox did it again!! This writing duo is so talented. I just can’t get enough of their books!! Effortless picks up right where Reckless ended. Remember that this book must be read after Reckless. (And it’s preferred that it’s also read after This is War and This is Love, though it’s not required. But they’re awesome, so I totally recommend it!)

Drew and Courtney are still struggling through the Mia drama. (That chick is seriously CRAZY!!) Every time they turn the corner, there she is, wreaking havoc. But all this did was really make me love Drew and Courtney even more. I didn’t think I’d be able to love the Deputy more than I did in Reckless… but here I am, totally in love with him to a whole new degree. It may have taken Drew a while to come around… but now that his heart is with Courtney, it’s ALWAYS in the right place.

I can totally see myself being BFF’s with Courtney. (Right, Becca?!) She’s so much like my type of friend, I feel as though she already is. She’s spunky and fun and doesn’t put up with any crap… but she’s also real and does get scared when things get scary. She doesn’t have the whole tough-guy persona, which I really appreciate. Sometimes fear is appropriate… and Courtney’s perspective on it was even-steven to mine.

These two and their chemistry is still one of my faves! I’m always a fan of friends-to-lovers romances, but this one is really top-notch. I adore their banter, love and respect for one another. Drewtney for the win!!

Another fantastic book by my new favorite writing duo. If you haven’t started the Checkmate series yet, I strongly suggest that you do. Start with Checkmate: This is War, and have the others lined up waiting because you’ll want to binge the entire series straight through. Looking forward to more awesomeness from KF very soon!


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becca chats

OMG I don’t even know where to start! This is Effortless was SO GOOD! It was full of action, passion and romance with a little suspense mixed in! This is Effortless picks up immediately after the ending of This is Reckless. Trust me when I tell you I was clamoring for the next book! My heart had been put through the ringer and that ending left my jaw on the ground! I literally could not wait to see what happened next!

Courtney and Drew have moved past friendship and are now in a relationship. They are so happy and the connection between them is absolutely amazing! However, there are things from Drew’s past that are haunting their relationship and making it very difficult for them to move forward. I love Drew and Courtney! Dare I say I love them even more than Travis and Viola? I don’t think I can compare though because they are both awesome in different ways! This is Effortless took #Drewtney to a whole new level and I adored how their relationship progressed, I was seriously swooning! Some of my favorite times were when they went to Courtney’s Family Ranch and I really hope that Kennedy Fox has more for us in the world of the Bishop Family (ahem… Bishop Boys series please)!

This is Effortless was swoon worthy, steamy and pulled me in a hooked me from the very beginning, but it also had a different side from their other books with some suspense and intrigue! I really enjoyed those moments and I think that Kennedy Fox nailed it!

Once again, the duo known as Kennedy Fox has made me fall for their writing and their characters! Once again, I am swooning and fanning myself over the sexy steamy romance and once again I am in love with an adorable, lovable couple! Needless to say I am a Fox Fan for life! After binge reading these books for the past week I am in need of another book! Bring on Kayla and Logan because I am READY!


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About Kennedy Fox

Kennedy Fox is a duo of bestselling authors who 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 together under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle 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!



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