Book Review: This is War (The Checkmate Duet #1)

Posted March 27, 2017 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: This is War (The Checkmate Duet #1)Title: Checkmate: This is War (The Checkmate Duet #1)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: September 18th 2016

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 a waste on such an egotistical 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 always 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.


Honestly, this whole NA experiment I’m doing this year is really fun and I’m really liking it, except for the fact that I’m getting mY FREAKING HEART BROKEN AND RIPPED APART TIME AND TIME AGAIN. I mean, the cliff hanger had me 1000000% shook and one of the reviews I read on Goodreads used the perfect gif in their review, so I’m gonna use it now.

But lets back track to the beginning of this book. Lets go all the way back to the very first, very iconic, line that I read when I opened this book up to chapter one.

“I love a girl who can suck dick like a champ.”

Yup, that’s one of our MCs, Travis King. He’s a charmer, huh? I mean, not the kind of guy I’d fall for, and honestly I had a hard time falling for this character in the beginning, but if it’s your thing, do ya thing. Literally. Do ya thing, he’d be down.

Aside from the… interesting opening line, lemme just show ya how I pictured our douchey (I mean, he’s eventually lovable, okay, I’ll admit it) main character:

Okay, now lets get onto the actual book.

I was a little annoyed that Viola was the total stereotypical “I’m not like other girls” kind of girl at the beginning. I get that she was supposed to be ‘different’ and not like the other girls he’s hooked up with, and of course strong minded, but she was a little too harsh sometimes I think. I liked their banter, but it got to be too much at times.


If you’ve read this, please rant with me in the comments because I literally can’t even think about what the hell could explain what I just read.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!