Introducing book 2 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox! 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?
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.
*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.**
3.5 Star Review by Ashley
After the way the first book in this duet ended I just had to know what would happen to Drew and Courtney. Thankfully, Kennedy Fox picked this up right where they left off so there was no speculation about what went down in Vegas.
But between all the drama there was Courtney and all her quirky charm. From muffins to court dates to inappropriate behavior and a little good natured match making she was getting back to who she was. Drew's little surprise (that Kayla helped with) had a lot to do with it too. And there was sex. A LOT of sex. Dare I say almost too much? And that's a bold thing coming from me- I LOVE me a good steamy scene but these two were at it for a solid chunk of the story.
It's not true what they say because what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas...it followed Drew and Courtney back home and continued to taunt them. Ugh that Mia. I didn't like her one bit. But every story needs a villain (I guess) and she was it in a major way here. As her threats continued to escalate, it only brought Drew and Courtney closer together. When Mia made her final move. I was just as shocked as Courtney. And as the pieces finally fell into place and Mia's little helper was revealed, my jaw, much like Drew's, was on the floor.
I went back and forth while reading This is Effortless. I really liked Drew and Courtney but there was, to me, just something missing. And I found the ending a bit anti-climatic. There was SO much build up for things to end the way they did. But ohhhhh Kennedy Fox did pique my interest into what is coming for Logan!
About the Author
A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox 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 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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