Checkmate: This is Effortless by @KennedyFoxBooks: Teaser & Review

✩♕★CHECKMATE DUET SERIES by Kennedy Fox | @kennedyfoxbooks!★♕✩
Checkmate: This is Effortless (Drew & Courtney, #2) is now available!
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​This friends to lovers romance duet is filled with HUMOR, DRAMA, & SIZZLING CHEMISTRY!​ #1Click book 1 to meet #TeamDrewtney or grab book 2 for the conclusion of their love story!​ —->


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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.​

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I absolutely loved this second book featuring Courtney and Drew. It picks up exactly where book one (This is Reckless) left off, and boy was that a cliffhanger! No spoilers, but I absolutely hate Mia and her craziness. She’s the worst for numerous reasons. I really hope she doesn’t appear in the next duet, but she is a great character that everyone loves to hate. One thing I love about this series is that past (Viola & Drew) and future (Logan & Kayla) main characters are featured and not just swept under the rug. I really enjoy the friendships between all these characters. Drew and Court go though a lot of ups and downs in this book and I think it emulates real life pretty well in that respect. I love seeing Court’s brothers again and would definitely read a book about them. I’m also curious to see where books 5 & 6 will take us with Logan and Kayla. This book will put you on a rollercoaster of emotions, but I promise you’ll want to go for the ride!

I was given a ARC of this book for an honest review.
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SST: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman Q&A

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Hi everyone! Today on the blog is an interview with Laura Silverman, author of Girl Out of Water. Below is a synopsis & the interview!


Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.


Girl out of Water sounds like an amazing coming of age story, what made you want to tell Anise’s story?

Thank you so much! Honestly, Anise told her own story. I definitely wanted to play with ideas of feeling trapped / being scared of losing home, but it wasn’t until I finished the book that I realized how much I connected to Anise on certain things. Just like Anise, I was really worried I’d lose important friendships when we parted ways for college, and that’s something you have to figure out your whole life. Good friends are always moving away. Sometimes you’re always moving away. You have to learn to put in some work, but you can definitely keep those important relationships, no matter the distance.

Do any of the characters stem from people you know or from people watching?

Most of the characters are pretty much their own. If I had to pick one I relate to most it’s probably Tess – Anise’s best friend. We’re both very loving and loyal and…honest haha…with our friends

How long was the process of writing Girl out of Water to getting it published?

I wrote the initial drafts over about six months. From there, I queried the manuscript and found my agent. We worked on it again and then went out on submission for an editor and publishing house. So there were a lot of lulls in between when I wasn’t actually working on the book, but from first idea to on the shelves it’s been close to three years.

What was your favorite part about writing Girl out of Water?

Ooh! That’s hard to choose! I think probably the draft right before I queried agents when everything started clicking – it was the first time I looked at it and was like, whoa, omg, this really could be an actual book. It was really satisfying to feel all of the hard work come together.  

Random Fire:
Favorite female literary character?

Awesome question! Some recent reads come to mind – Starr from THE HATE U GIVE and Molly from THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED.

If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job?

I also love freelance editing and at one point I was going to be a copywriter at an advertising agency, but those are pretty similar haha Totally out of the box? Being a doctor would be amazing, especially on the research end of things.

Favorite sport?

Soccer! I was never particularly athletic, but I loved it as a kid and wish it were more popular in America.

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Checkmate: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox a Review

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I started the Checkmate series by Kennedy Fox a few months ago because it was recommended by so many fellow book bloggers. I absolutely loved Travis & Viola’s story in the first duology. The second duology focuses on Viola’s brother Drew & her best friend Courtney.

Their best friends turned lovers romance is one of my favorite. I love reading about these people that have a past together and through it all, they find each other. Now of course not everything can be rainbows and blueberry muffins. They both face hurdles and have to fight for each other. I enjoy that there are some struggles because not every relationship is perfect; however, I detest the character of Mia and all the drama she brings.

This is Reckless is full of amazing characters. I enjoyed reading more about Viola & Travis’ life. Meeting Logan, Drew’s parter on the force, and Kayla, Courtney & Viola’s friend. I have a hunch they’ll be the next duo to get a book. Plus I loved all the little nods to Benita & her BookBeau empire. I think the characters of Drew and Courtney are well developed and are relatable. I highly recommend this new adult book. It’s got fun, romance, sexy times, drama, and lots of blueberry muffins.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Checkmate Duet Boxed Set by Kennedy Fox Early Release!!!

Live Early! Available on Amazon for a special release day price of $4.99 or grab it free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription!


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This enemies to lovers romance duet is now in one complete boxed set where you’ll get plenty of laughs, banter, & steam!


Travis King is the worst kind of a$$hole with good looks and enough confidence to last two lifetimes. Viola Fisher is a goodie two shoes know-it-all who prefers fictional love stories over her own. The only thing they have in common is their mutual hatred for each other.

She’s had a secret crush on him since she was ten but Travis has always made it very clear the feelings aren’t mutual. He’s cruel, crass and takes every opportunity to get under Viola’s skin. She’s smart, beautiful, and too good to be true. Hating him is her religion but needing her is his.

Although Viola loathes his very existence, against her better judgment she let him into her bed. Her sexy curves and filthy smart mouth make Travis want her even more and although she’s succumbed to his manwh*re ways, she’s determined to not let that change a thing.

Too bad he has other plans.

Viola’s always been off-limits, but Travis is determined to keep crossing that line. She can try to push him away, but he always gets what he wants and he’ll do anything to prove he’s done playing games.

Until then, they’ll play by their own rules to see who will win the biggest battle yet—love or hate?


Price will increase to $6.99 so get it now!