Title: This is Dangerous
Author: Kennedy Fox
Publication: July 11th 2017
Pages: 206 pages according to my ereader
Checkmate: This is Dangerous & Checkmate: This is Beautiful are the final saga in the Checkmate Duet Series featuring Logan & Kayla!
by Kennedy Fox | @kennedyfoxbooks
#Preorder options available here —-> bit.ly/2p6ijsW
・Book 1 coming 7.11.17
・Book 2 coming 9.12.17
Introducing book 1 in the Logan & Kayla saga of the Checkmate series from a secret duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, @KennedyFox! This second-chance romance will sweep you off your feet from the very first chapter and have you craving donuts by the final chapter! Are you ready to play the final game?
Logan Knight is a real life knight in shining armor.
A detective godsend in a sleek black suit has me thinking less than secretive thoughts. Brooding and mysterious, he’s the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it’s no wonder I can’t help the way he makes me feel whenever I’m near him.
Too bad he’s unavailable—or so he says.
He thinks I’m a do-gooder who shouldn’t get involved with a guy like him. His past is messy and relationships just add to that. He insists the timing is all wrong and he’s devoted to his career, but I don’t buy that excuse for a second. I see the way his body tenses and his jaw ticks every time another guy is around me. He just won’t admit it, but I’m more determined than ever to show him what he’s missing.
I’m a devoted animal rescuer and I’ll risk everything to save them, but when a dramatic turn of events puts both our lives at risk, I’m positive Logan will write me off for good. But when he asks for my help with a personal crisis, I know it’s my last chance to finally show him I can handle anything he throws my way—messy past and all.
He might think he has me all figured out, but I’ll prove him wrong no matter what he thinks. This game of push and pull has me running in circles. One wrong move and we could both lose.
*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is book 1 in the Logan & Kayla Saga–a second-chance romance. You don’t need to read any of the other Checkmate series to enjoy this one, but is always recommended as they are both introduced in the earlier books.**
MY RATING: 3/5 STARS
I received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is my first Kennedy Fox book ever. After seeing post after post from instagram bookstagrammers posting pictures of the duet series that Kennedy Fox writes, I was intrigued. I love romance so naturally, I wanted to see if the hype was worth it all in the end.
While, I never read the first two duet series by this author, it did not have that big of an impact on my opinion of the book, the characters, the writing and etc.
Let’s start with our heroine, Kayla. She’s basically a saint. She comes from a harsh background, jumping foster home to foster home all throughout her childhood but instead of falling onto the wrong side of the tracks, she transforms herself into this sweet and incredibly loving person. She volunteers at the soup kitchen, rescues dogs, volunteers at the animal shelters, and helps basically everyone with everything. Can we really call her a mary jane? I don’t think so since she’s more complex or so we are led to believe especially towards the end. Regardless, I didn’t find Kayla to be annoying but really pure.
Moving onto our hero, it’s Logan. First of all, he’s a detective. That’s incredibly hot to me already because hello! Let’s solve crime mister and you protect me. Okay? Anyways, he comes from a military background and instead of painting him as this cold callous dude, he’s pretty normal towards everyone. He teases and jokes around with Kayla a lot, accepting of friendships but of course, not relationships. Because, we need angst. Moving on, he’s not perfect. He suffers post traumatic stress disorder and it just made him so much more complex and interesting because it was more raw. It wasn’t too heavy where I was put off by it but it was a nice twist.
Anyways, enough about the characters. Let’s talk about the overall plot and story and writing. The writing was very enjoyable to read. It was never slow. It was quick and fun and it made you want to keep reading because you didn’t have to think too deeply. Let’s talk about the plot. It was hard for me to determine if there was one. We knew Kayla had a bad case of unrequited love from the very first page. She really liked Logan but he was unwilling to start one. Figures, right? Anyways, the synopsis made it sound like Kayla was fighting tooth and nail to get Logan’s heart but she doesn’t really try? Like not hard enough at least. I mean, she seemed pretty chill about it.
Which makes me move onto my next point. The whole story was basically about Logan and Kayla becoming better friends. There was an underlying feeling that they were sexually attracted to each other but for the most part it screamed WE-ARE-FRIENDS! And that was slightly disappointing because there was so much potential for sexual tension and that angst everyone craaaaaaaaaaaves.
Finally, the ending. It’s a duet folks. There’s gotta be a cliff hanger. There’s gotta be secrets. Am I shocked? I’m more like…I mean I guess. Because really, there’s nothing much for me to hold onto and be shocked. Regardless of everything, I’m interested in reading the next one which already means a lot because hey! Lots of people give up by book one in any series.
Read it if you’re looking for an easy read. It’s probably not going to change your life and be at the top of your faves list but it was enjoyable.