Book Review #150


ebook, 414 pages
Published October 3rd 2016

Checkmate is a true enemies to lovers romance, which seems to be very popular these days. Now let me say, these two are definitely hostile! Travis is THE definition of a manwhore so of course it causes some riffs but the banter/explosive nature of these two is a lot of fun to witness. Then of course the pranks that Travis and Viola pull on each other to push them farther only adds to the situation; you never know what they’ll pull next while trying to one up each other. The farther you get though, you get glimpses as to WHY they’re acting this way and it kind of breaks your heart a little. They’re both carrying around so much hurt and pain from each other in the past, that now this is the only way they can seem coexist. It’s touching how two people can find themselves coming back to each other even after so much time and so much hurt, but these two deserve it.


“He’s the epitome of perfection.
…Too bad a decade later, he’s a complete asshole.
Travis King.
He’s no knight in shining armor; more like a royal jackass. He may look like a prince on the outside, but on the inside he’s a cocky, arrogant womanizer that I want to shove over a cliff.
All right, that might sound dramatic and all, considering I just confessed my feelings about him, but those are feelings of hate…not love.
From being head over heels for him as a young girl to loathing him as a woman, Travis King needs to remember the golden rule—never admit defeat.
It was game on.”


Apart from all of the banter and prank pulling, these two are both not only witty but sassy too. I love the come backs they have and watching how they would each react in certain situations!


“Close your eyes.”
That gets her attention. She jerks her head toward me, furrowing her brows. “Are you joking?”
“What? You don’t trust me?” I ask, the corner of my lips tilting up and giving me away.
“I wouldn’t trust you even if Jesus himself came and blessed your forehead with a Bible in hand.”


Something that seems to gaining ground these days is having two authors cowrite a new book/series under a pen name and not releasing their identities. This is actually a really cool concept, to let their work (not their names) speak for themselves. This can be an easy hit or miss type situation but Kennedy Fox hits it out of the park! I could notice certain areas that were written by different people but overall the story is solid and flows well, no matter the chapter, scene or POV.

One of my favourite parts of Checkmate: This is War was when these characters started to let their guard down and let the other in. They had moments of growth and vulnerability, of hope and chances. Then going from this back to the banter and seeing how it effected them was a nice contrast.


“For some reason, her indifference feels worse than when she greets me with a Hey, asshole or Fuck off, Travis. After all these years, it almost feels like her pet name for me—with a side of hatred.”


I know some readers have problems when the hero is with other woman during a novel, but here I want to tell them to rest easy. Sure, somethings do happen, and are kind of expected, but not while the characters are actually together. I have no qualms about this situation and how it was written and actually feel like it enhanced the story.

When thinking about the heat levels in is books, the first thing that came to mind was: EN FUEGO! Damn this thing is hot! I didn’t expect what we got from Viola, but Travis is a dirty talker which is a huge bonus in my books. LOVED IT! And some of the scenes… Yeah, let’s just say foggy car windows are the least of your problems.

Not only is this story about the issues between Travis and Viola, but I really enjoyed the added issues for Travis work and how things were struggling there between his boss and other… distractions, shall we call them. It was clever and an interesting way to make the plot multidimensional, while keeping you on your toes because at some point, you know everything is going to exploded. Not only this, but it also gives you a better glimpse into Travis’ real character. Yes, he’s an alpha but seeing how much he actually does care and is a good guy when he and V aren’t at each other’s throats brings a whole new side to him.


“As bad as it sounds, I can’t deny how much I want him to use me. I want to use him just as much. I want him to see and feel what he’s been missing out on and if that means giving a part of my soul away to make that point, then I will. Because the truth is, sleeping with Travis or not sleeping with Travis, changes nothing. This is all a game to him, and I don’t plan on losing.”


I’m one of the very few and albeit a tad odd people who LOVE cliffhangers. Seriously, I promise I’m not that weird, but I find them so much fun. There’s nothing like when a story is reaching a crescendo and all of a sudden BOOM! You get somewhere good and it cuts off, leaving you hanging. If that doesn’t keep you thinking about a book, I don’t know what will. Okay, so at the end of Checkmate: This is War, I had to try so hard not to flip to the last page and see how it ended (I know, I’m impatient). I was reading the last chapter and getting a little twitchy because I knew the ending had to be something good from the reviews I had seen online. That was NOT what I expected but holy crap, I started laughing! I loved it! And simultaneously was freaking out and needing the next book. I need it now!!!! I have a theory about what happened at the end but guess I won’t know now for another couple of months. *pouty face*


“Hello player, meet the game.”


There are hundreds of books being released every month and with such a saturated market, so many good books can so easily be overlooked. I don’t want this to be one of those books. What first attracted me to this book was that I stumbled across a book trailer on Facebook. Those things are so cool and such a neat marketing opportunity, that after watching I instantly added it to my TBR list. When release day rolled around, I immediately one clicked and then devoured this thing! I know that you’re always taking a chance on new authors (or coauthors under a pen name) but this was one that I definitely enjoyed. And to think how easily I could’ve missed out on this, I want to make sure some other people don’t! If you want to see it, check out Kennedy Fox’s page in Facebook and take a look!

If you want an explosive, captivating, sexy, enemies to lovers and brother’s best friend read, Checkmate: This is War is for you! You do not want to miss this one, I’ll bet you that. So there’s only one thing left to cover: go one click, or be ready to have you King checked.

Hero rating: 4 stars
Heroine rating: 4 stars
Sexual tension rating: 4.5 stars
Sex scenes rating: 4 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars
Plot rating: 4 stars
Dialogue rating: 5 stars
Storytelling rating: 4.5 stars
Story ending rating: N/A
Overall rating: 4 stars

Would I recommend this series: Yes.
Would I re-read this series: Maybe later.
Would I read future books by this author: Yes.


Author: mccullum001

I'm a 27 year old, who really doesn't know what I want to do...I have the education, but nothing to show for it...Stay Tuned!!!

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