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Checkmate Duet Series, #1 (Travis & Viola) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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You know those books you keep seeing EVERYONE reading and you think to yourself "I should really read those." Yet, somehow they keep getting put off and moved down that never ending TBR pile? Well that was the Checkmate Duet for me. I decided while I was on vacation for spring break this year that it was time to bump this baby up my TBR and dive in! I started Checkmate: This is War on the last day of our trip.
You guys!!! Oh. Em. Gee. I devoured these books. I mean.... I COULDN'T STOP. I read on the plane, in the car, at the airport, when I was trying to fall asleep, on every lunch break when I was back at work, even while I was walking the dog. (I maaaay have accidentally tripped on the sidewalk a few times. Maybe.) Even that wasn't enough. I NEEDED more! I grabbed the audio so that I didn't have to take breaks from reading while getting ready for and driving to work, or doing chores around the house. Have you ever had a book consume you like that?
The first Checkmate Duet: Travis & Viola is an enemies to lovers romance and I found it so fun. Their witty banter, the pranks and the back and forth was perfect. This bind up of This is War and This is Love is probably the way to go, because the ending of the first book will leave you with sweaty palms and your jaw on the floor. I was SO happy that I didn't have to wait to find out what happened. It's a rough cliffy!
To summarize: Read these books. Don't wait! You won't regret it. If you love a good angsty read with a bit of humor and a lot of drama, you will love Travis and Viola's story. The sequel to second Checkmate Duet releases next week and I am so excited to start Drew and Courtney's story. I love this secret writing duo and am thankful to have finally picked up their books. I may have a legit obsession with Kennedy Fox now. So thanks to all those ladies that posted and talked about how amazing their books are. I hope these authors continue to share more stories with us!
I freaking loved this book! I had been hearing a lot about it lately but then when I started reading it for myself and was halfway through it in a day, that says something for me because I am not a fast reader.
Travis, lets be real, is a f@#$ng b@#$rd! He is a bad boy player, he loves women and loves one night stands. But what you don't know about him is his heart always belonged to just one women. *Which in my opinion is why he only has one night stands, he doesn't let anyone in and doesn't have the heart to let himself have anyone.*
Viola is Travis's best friend Drew's little sister. They grew up across the street from each other. As kids, they were always really close. Travis didn't grow up in the best home life and when things were rough, he would sneak out across the street and sit on the roof with Viola. Then one day, as young teens, Viola just started hating Travis, leaving Travis to wonder what happened and why, their friendship ending.
This story has secrets, both past and present that they need to get off their chests. Kennedy Fox is amazing! I had so much fun reading this book and I can't get Viola and Travis out of my head! The best books and characters stay with you. Kennedy Fox is going to be around for a long time! I will be continuing this series! Book two and three are now out! I have already started book two! Love! Love! Love!
I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series to EVERYONE and ANYONE! It will not take a lot to suck you in! Give it two chapters, HE-double hockey sticks, give it the first chapter, and you won't be able to put it down! So, if you plan on starting this soon, *Please Do!* then make sure your afternoon is open, because you won't be able to stop!
I think it is safe to say-- 5 Owls... or should I say Foxes!
This Is Love:
Holy crap! This book! Again, Kennedy Fox ripped my heart out! It is safe to say this is becoming one of my favorite series of all time, very easily. This is Love picks up right where This is War ends. Something big happens at the end that leaves us all on a major cliffhanger, for spoiler purposes, I cannot say but we are left in the dark about it through more than half of the book and Viola doesn't really question it, she believes Travis and the story he explains.
They grow closer, the fighting somewhat stops but they decide to hide their relationship from everyone, except Courtney because she already knows. The middle of this book just opens up and swallows you whole! It completely took over my mind, body and soul. I couldn't put it down. I'm not much of a crier, but this book had me in tears at one point, I hated it!
"Just know, if you break my heart again, Travis King, I'll break your balls."
One of my favorite scenes of the whole series, so far, is... he f***s her against a big front window. I'm not going to go into details because again, spoilers, but it is hot as he$$! Just the thought of someone seeing, hot damn! In all the romance novels I've read, I've only seen one other window scene, I was in high school when I read the series, the hockey series by Rachel Gibson. They have sex on the top floor of the Space Needle in Seattle! I loved that scene between Travis and Viola and it did make me think of the scene in the Rachel Gibson series, it was just that awesome!
"I expect a celebration tonight... in the form of your naked body on top of mine while you yell how much harder you want it."
I read through the second half in two nights. But even though this book tore me apart at times, my heart ended happy... but again, left on a cliffhanger for the third book, which makes me want to start it RIGHT NOW! The ending left me screaming for more. As much as I want more from Viola and Travis, I am wicked pumped for Courtney and Drew, from friends to lovers! I'm excited!
Kennedy Fox knows how to write books and characters that captivate you! These books will definitely leave you wanting more as soon as you read the last sentence.
"Viola Fisher has always been mine, and finally being together is the endgame."