#NewRelease & #MBreview “Checkmate: This is War” by Kennedy Fox

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Title: Checkmate: This Is War

Series: Checkmate Duet #1

Author: Kennedy Fox

Genre: Enemies to Lovers Romance

Release Date: October 3

thisiswarreview My musings…


Holy Hell!  Travis King is going to wreck your world. His dirty mouth will absolutely ruin you, but it will totally be worth the ride!

Checkmate: This is War is a true enemies to lovers romance.  The hatred and animosity running between these two characters is unlike anything I have seen before, resulting in sexual chemistry that is off the charts, I mean WAY OFF THE CHARTS. The bickering and pranking and anger leads to some intense sexual chemistry, as both characters are stewing over hurt feelings from long ago.

Travis King not only ruins Viola, but may very well ruin all the readers.  He seriously should come with a warning.  On top of his sexual prowess, Travis King underneath is a good guy, a little easy, but good none-the-less.  He is a loyal friend, a hard worker, and eventually turns into a good guy, completely owning the reader’s heart.

Viola is fantastic.  She is confident and embraces her inner nerd, focusing on school, reading, and her love of all things Harry Potter.  What I love most about her is that she gives Travis King a run for his money.  She never backs down from him, and continues to push until she gets what she wants.

The plot of this story, the back and forth between the characters, the many sexual mishaps and almost encounters will keep the reader enthralled from page one. The reader will root for these two to get together because you just img_6699know it will end in fireworks!  Now, this is book one of a duet, so there is a bit of a cliff-hanger that did leave me staring at the screen in disbelief, wondering how the heck that happened and how Kennedy Fox is explaining this event while keeping the integrity of the character I love.  It has certainly left me eagerly anticipating the conclusion of this duet with This is Love.

With the release of Checkmate: This is War, Kennedy Fox, with their sharp and witty characters, sex scenes that burn up the pages, and plots that ensnare the attention of the reader, is hottest new writing duo to hit the romance world, and I certainly can’t wait to see what they publish after the duet.  In the meantime, make sure you pick up Checkmate: This is War! I swear to you, readers will never be the same after meeting and falling in love with Travis King.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review



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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Young handsome macho man with muscle abdominal and open jacket sitting in armchair.



Once I’m home, I start unbuttoning my shirt and ripping my belt off. I can’t stand being in these clothes any longer than necessary. I don’t see or hear Viola anywhere, although her car is parked in the driveway, so I pull my shirt off and pull my pants down before tossing them on the arm of the couch.

I walk to the kitchen and pull open the fridge to look for a beer. Once I find one, I twist off the cap and slam the door shut again. Just as I take a swig, a girl walks in, who is not Viola and stops frozen in her tracks.

“Who are you?” I ask, fully aware I’m down to my boxers. Her eyes glass over before finally blinking and looking back up to my eyes. “Did you hear me?”

She swallows. “Yes, sorry. You just scared the shit out of me. Viola said her brother wasn’t home.”

“I’m not her brother.” I take another swig, roaming my eyes down her petite little body. “I’m the roommate, Travis.” I say, taking a step toward her. “You must be a friend of Viola’s?”

Before she can answer, I hear Viola stomping toward us. “Don’t touch him, Ash. You’ll catch an STD.”

Her eyes widen, and I’m pretty sure I see her friend take a tiny step back.

“I’m surprised you even know what an STD is, considering you’re a virgin and all.” I flash a wink at her when her friend isn’t looking.

She huffs. “I’m not a vir—gah, never mind. Fuck off, Travis. And put some damn clothes on.”

“I don’t think your friend minds.” I turn and smile at her. “Do you?”

“Uh…I…” she stammers, and a part of me feels bad I’ve put her in the middle.

“Didn’t think so.” I grin, walking past her toward Viola. “Looks like you’re in the minority, princess.”

I sit on the couch and click on the TV. I hear Viola speaking to her friend as they finish bringing in all of her shit. I glance back and see bags lining the floor.

“You realize you’re only staying here for a couple weeks, right?” I shout. “No need to nerd up the place with all your Harry Potter books and capes. Wouldn’t impress my guests.”

“You’re an idiot,” she snaps. “And since when did you consider your one-night stands ‘guests’?”

I turn fully, facing her. Her cheeks are flushed, and I know it’s killing her that she has to be here alone with me. “You want to see how well I treat my guests?” I flash a crooked smile, knowing it’ll rile her right up.

“I wouldn’t let my worst enemy near you,” she fires back, narrowing her eyes at me. Fuck, she’s hot when she gets super pissed. All the more to push her buttons.

I tsk. “If you could keep them away that is…”

I turn back around just as she tells her friend it’s time to go. She whispers a few curse words, and I know this is going to be a lot more fun than I expected.

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About the Author


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! Both authors are from Manhattan living the glamorous bachelorette life, or perhaps they’re just confusing themselves with an episode of Sex and the City (Total #Girlcrush SJP). Either way, they’re looking forward to bringing you many more stories to fall in love with!

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  1. Awesome review! Was waiting on that book for a long time! Can’t wait to start it 🙂

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