Book Review: Checkmate: This is Effortless by Kennedy Fox

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know I am a day late posting this, but it couldn’t be helped! School has been frantic as the semester winds down! I graduate next Saturday, I am so excited!

Kennedy Fox is becoming one of my new favorite authors! I am sad that this is the end for Drew and Courtney but I am so excited for the next installment in the Checkmate Duet series! I am so glad that certain characters will be getting their own duet!

The author asked for no spoilers so I am trying not to hint at anything so I am being very vague: I was disappointed in the way one particular scene went. I felt it was slightly rushed and way more dramatic then it needed to be, it didn’t fit well with the atmosphere of the book.

Other than that I thought Drew and Courtney’s final installment was great. I laughed, cried, and felt so many emotions. I just love friends to lover romances. And I’m glad the couple’s relationship went in stages, it made their relationship relatable.

I can’t wait for more from this author!

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Release Blitz: Checkmate: This is Effortless by Kennedy Fox

Title: Checkmate: This is Effortless
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Drew & Courtney, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Friends to Lovers
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: April 25, 2017


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.

Checkmate, sweetheart.

*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.**

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CHECKMATE: THIS IS RECKLESS (BOOK 1)
*MUST READ THIS ONE FIRST

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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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Book Review: Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The ONLY reason why it took me two days to read this book is because of it being Easter weekend. I would have finished the same night, but alas, I had to get up early Saturday and go do Easter things with the Fam. Bam.

Anyway! Paige delivers yet ANOTHER captivating book that had be jumping back and forth between hating Donovan and wanting to love him. I don’t know what it is about obsessive girls in Laurelin Paige’s world and fucked up men who rule them, but the stories work and leave me aching for more.

I can’t wait to start the second part to this duet, and I kind of wish I waited until the second book was out before reading DFRM so I wouldn’t feel so incomplete. I have a an obsessive disorder to, Obsessive Reading Disorder (ORB) which doesn’t allow me to wait for shit when it comes to new releases.

Hands down, 5* and to those who think that Donovan is an abusive narcissist or borderline sociopath… you’re probably right, but I don’t care because Donovan is hot and has great sex scenes. Besides, the story isn’t over. There is still hope for him yet!

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Book Review: The Incidental Affair by K.S. Marshall

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

KS Marshall is a new author to me, and I’m glad I discovered her, thanks to an author take over in a book group! She did not disappoint.

The Incidental Affair had me feeling so many emotions throughout the book until I finally just felt happy. I so needed an happily ever after in a standalone book that wrapped up nicely, and that’s what this book did for me.

For someone who is against cheating and having affairs, I was cautious when starting this because I didn’t know what kind if situation lead to this affair. After reading it, I completely understand why Danielle did what she did. Without giving too much away, I want to say that Marcus is a complete controlling ass and what he did was even worse and he deserved what he got.

I was disappointed when the author didn’t expand on Marcus and Danielle’ s separation. I would have loved to see the look on his face, although I think I would have had a heart attack because he is such a brutish character. Anyway, I gave this book four stars because I felt that there were several scenes that were glossed over that could have been expanded on. I absolutely loved this book and won’t be the last that i read from this author!

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K.S. Marshall also has a bonus chapter that goes into a scene that was excluded in the book! So read it!

The Break Up

 

Also, all pictures used in this blog post were provided by Ms. Marshall! ❤

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Cover Reveal: Checkmate Duet Boxed Set by Kennedy Fox

Title: Checkmate Boxed Set
Series: Checkmate Duet (Travis & Viola)
Titles Included: Checkmate: This is War & Checkmate: This is Love
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Enemies to Lovers
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: April 5, 2017

Travis King is the worst kind of asshole 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 manwhore 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?

Checkmate.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

 

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March 2017 Wrap-Up!

I know I’m 3 days late, but I’ve been busy! This last weekend was long but was so much fun. My son turned two on April 1st (Yes…I have my very own April Fools baby, I can’t wait to prank him EVERY YEAR on his birthday, muwahahahah). So, Saturday was full of people, gifts, cake, barbecue, and of course some adult beverages. I’m not going to lie, but my house is still a wreck. Sunday I took him to a Medieval Fair and spent the day. He had a lot of fun. I am just now catching up!

Anyway, March was a very good month for reading. I was able to read 10 book! 7 of which were read during my Spring Break.

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1. The Silver Swan by Amo Jones
2. Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige
3. Found in You by Laurelin Paige
4. Forever With You by Laurelin Paige
5. Hudson by Laurelin Paige
6. Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
7. Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard
8. Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard
9. Commander in Chief by Katy Evans
10. Like A Girl by Holly S. Roberts

Yes, the majority of these books were series, but I like to knock out series all at once whenever I can. Believe it or not, but all 10 of these books are 5 star reads! I had a very good month! I recommend any and all of these books to anyone looking for a good romance, contemporary romance, or a good romantic series to read. Gabriel’s Inferno trilogy was by far my favorite.

I have been lucky enough to win 3 giveaways in March as well. Entering giveaways has saved me a lot of money. Since I’ll be graduating soon, I’m trying to save as much as possible!

I won:

Checkmate: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox

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Free Me by Laurelin Paige (Which is a Fixed Trilogy Spin off!)

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The Incidental Affair by K.S. Marshal which is a new author to me! I can’t wait to read, because once I read her teaser I was hooked!

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Overall, it’s been a great month. Thanks for stopping by!

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Book Review: Like A Girl by Holly S. Roberts

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In actuality I finished this book last Wednesday, but haven’t had a chance to write the review until now. Like A Girl is now live, since the 31st of March. I hope everyone has enjoyed this book as much as I did!

Like A Girl is such a fun, light read. It takes societal barriers and makes you wonder, why can’t girls play football? In general, why can’t girls play ‘mens’ sports anyway?

Jordan Givens is an All American girl. She is the first female kicker for a pro football team. She is full of confidence and sass and is the perfect character for pushing those societal boundaries.

I hope any girl who reads this book comes away with a sense of, I Can Do It, attitude. Because quite frankly, Jordan just proves that girls can do football better 😉

I loved the romance between Jordan and Aiden, and I’m glad that they didn’t have to push through mountains or cross oceans to be together. It’s refreshing to see two characters who both want the same thing just come together. My heart broke for half a second when I thought they wouldn’t be, but Roberts redeemed herself by giving me a happily ever after. I can’t wait for part two.

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Release Blitz: Like A Girl by Holly S. Roberts

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Author: Holly S. Roberts

Title: Like a Girl by Holly S. Roberts

Release Date: March 31, 2017

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Blurb:

Aiden Patrickson’s dreams of a championship ring means nothing when playing for the worst team in pro football. A strong arm and deadly accuracy make no difference unless your front line stops the opposing team from trampling the quarterback.

It’s a new season and the suits upstairs are bringing additional players on board to turn the team around. Aiden has no clue what they’re thinking. The new kicker is old enough to be Aiden’s father. The only bright side is his daughter, a hot little number who catches Aiden’s eye and adds a touch of excitement to thoughts of the new season.

Jordan Givens can’t stop her attraction to football’s bad boy quarterback. Aiden wasn’t ready for Jordan to enter his world but she’s worked her butt off to find her place in the male dominated sport of football. Aiden and his teammates don’t know what hit them when Jordan enters the locker room like she owns the place.

One crazy night in Jordan’s hotel room almost ruins her dreams and somehow, following the sexiest encounter of her life, she must avoid Aiden at all costs. It doesn’t matter how good he looks in tight football pants, she needs to focus on the end game.

Football is not a gentleman’s sport. It’s raw, dirty, and violent. Maybe what this losing team needs is a woman’s touch.

This steamy Completion Novel is a standalone and intended for mature readers. There is brief interaction with Killian MacGregor from Play.

 

Excerpt:

 “We’re excited about this, Aiden,” Rick begins.

 

I look around the room and the last thing I feel is excitement. “We’ve needed a decent kicker for a long time,” I say, keeping my tone steady while I play along.

 

“We need you to be the calm one in this situation, Aiden.” Rick pauses and then continues when I give no response. “There will be media attention that we haven’t seen since our first kickoff.” He gives a short chuckle. “Scrap that, this will be bigger.” He looks down at the large folder in front of him. “Does the name Jordan Givens spark any memories?”

 

The name does, but for the life of me I don’t know why. It’s not a football name I’m familiar with. Even thinking about the new crop of seniors in college leaves a blank. For some reason, my mind moves to soccer. It would make sense, though I doubt one of their pansy-ass players could handle the football grind, even a kicker’s job.

 

“No matter, here she is now.”

 

I turn and his words don’t register because my dick immediately comes to attention at the sight of the woman walking through the door. This doesn’t happen to me. I’m not some cross-eyed, orgasmic teenager, but Christ this woman is an eyeful. Her brown hair is free and wild around her shoulders, her suit jacket, which is way too hot for our weather, hugs her curves. She has the face of an angel with rounded cheeks giving her an innocent quality. Long eyelashes accent large expressive hazel eyes. And lips. Hell. Plump and prissy is the only way to describe them. They beg to be kissed…no, bitten. There’s nothing angelic in the lush, red curves of those lips. I want them wrapped around my—. Hell, I need to stop this.

 

We stand. I drag my eyes away from the woman who’s causing me mental and physical havoc and try to make sense of the man who is old enough to be my father standing beside her. Is he her father? He’s our new kicker, and I place my hand on the table to keep from swaying. I can’t believe we’ve sunk this low. He must be paying us to play and he’s in the worst shape of any player I’ve ever seen. Where did they find him? The grandfather league?

 

Rick walks forward and takes the gorgeous woman into his arms for a quick hug. She appears startled by his behavior. His hands on her pisses me off, which is the dumbest reaction I could have. Rick turns to our new kicker and puts out his hand for a quick shake before placing his arm around the woman.

 

“Aiden,” he says to me while walking the woman forward, “meet the first female kicker in pro football.”

 

For a minute, the world shifts on its axis and my testicles immediately recede. They climb so far up inside me I need to swallow them back down. He can’t be serious. Can he? Female kicker?

 

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Author Bio:

Holly Roberts

 Holly S. Roberts is the USA TODAY Best-Selling Author of the Completion and Hotter Than Hell Series. She lives high in the Arizona Mountains with her husband and two spoiled dogs.

 

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Checkmate Duet Boxed Set Cover Reveal

Title: Checkmate Boxed Set
Series: Checkmate Duet (Travis & Viola)
Titles Included: Checkmate: This is War & Checkmate: This is Lover
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Enemies to Lovers
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: April 5, 2017

Synopsis

Travis King is the worst kind of asshole 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 manwhore 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?

Checkmate.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

 

Excerpt

Watching Viola’s cheeks turn bright red gives me a thrill every time. She’s easy to rile up, even easier to embarrass. She pretends to hate me, but let’s be honest, there’s hardly anything about me worth hating. Even when she was just ten years old and we’d just met, I could make her blush without even speaking.
I work out every chance I get, eat right, and work my ass off both in and out of the gym. When I’m not working out or at my job, I enjoy other types of recreation.
Currently her name is Rachel and she’s basically salivating at the mouth as she waits for me to give her what she’s begging for.
I give in, of course.
I’m a guy after all.
When we’re both sated and panting next to each other, I clean up and pull my boxer shorts back up. She curls her body around mine and places a quick kiss on my shoulder. “Are you kicking me out now?” I look over my shoulder and give her a sympathetic grin. “Sorry, babe. No sleepovers.”
That’s not entirely a rule set in stone, but I prefer to sleep alone. Especially if there’s no chance of morning sex the next day. I get up at five a.m. and head to the gym before I have to be to work at eight.
“All right.” She gets up and searches for her clothes. Once she’s dressed, she grabs her purse and walks over for a goodbye kiss. “Call me later.”
“Sure.” I escort her out of the house and kiss her once more before shutting the door. I spin around and nearly run over Viola as she passes in the hall.
“Aw…another victim released. How sweet of you.”
“They aren’t victims if they’re willing,” I retort matter-of-factly.
“Well, they’re airheads if they are.” She continues walking to the kitchen and reluctantly I follow.
“You sure sound pretty envious.”
“It’s not. It’s pity. There’s a difference.” She opens the fridge and reaches for a bottle of water.
“Trust me…she’s not feeling any amount of pity right about now.” I lean up against the doorframe and watch her take a long drink.
“If not pity, then definitely regret. Or perhaps she’s wondering where the nearest clinic is so she can get tested.” She takes another pull of her water and ignores my glare.
“Just because a woman likes sex, doesn’t make her an airhead. But you wouldn’t know that would you? Not when you keep your V-card hostage like it’s a million-dollar diamond.”
“For the hundredth time, I’m not a virgin!” she retorts sharply. “Just because I don’t spread my legs as much as a gymnast, doesn’t mean I’m a prude.”
“Well it sure as hell doesn’t make you a delight.”
She tosses the bottle out and steps toward me, shoving her shoulder against me as she walks past. “Knowing how to use your dick doesn’t make you a god, Travis.”
I spin around and face her as she walks away. “You speak as if you know from experience.”
“Trust me. The walls are thin. The entire neighborhood knows from experience,” she calls over her shoulder. “So are you saying I should be sorry for knowing how to use my dick?”
She freezes and turns toward me. “No, you should be sorry for anyone that falls for your shit that gets them into your bed in the first place.” She presses her lips together in a fake smile and walks down the hall and back to where Drew is still playing his game.
I don’t know what her problem is, but I’m determined to find out.

It’s already ten o’clock, and I have a long day at the office tomorrow, but I can’t get Viola off my mind long enough to fall asleep.
This never happens by the way.
Okay, well, maybe it does. Only when she gets under my skin, which happens to be all the damn time.
But you can’t blame me. She’s always perfect and proper, never wrong and always knows the answer to everything. She’s that annoying smart kid in class that always fucks up the grading curve for everyone else. The one that wears modest clothes but somehow always ends up looking sexy as fuck.
On the outside, Viola Fisher is the poster child of innocence and purity. But I know better.
Viola Fisher has tattoos and a right hook that could make any grown man cry.

 

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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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