Book Review: This is Effortless by Kennedy Fox (Checkmate Duet #4)


Title: This is Effortless
Author: Kennedy Fox
Publication: December 13th 2016
Pages: 382 pages

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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So we’re back with what really happened that night with Mia, Courtney, and Drew. To tell you guys the truth, I was pretty excited to read about the explanation as to what happened. And I would like to say that it didn’t disappoint me. I finally got some background as to why Mia acted like a crazy psycho bitch. She has a long past of sad events and everything changing around her made her become the way she is.

I mean it wasn’t the best explanation as to why someone would be as crazy as her but again…this is fiction. You have to extend your belief. Anyways, moving onto why I thought this book didn’t reach my standard 4 star rating. I just felt that this one had a lot more sex than the others and I know. Shocking. But I didn’t want to read sex scenes because I wanted more plot and what not. I’m picky. When I don’t want plot, I want sex. There’s not pleasing me. I found it kind of boring between Courtney and Drew for a bit because nothing much happening between them except for fluff. Which is fine but maybe it’s because I read them back-to-back and it tired me out.

Moving forward, I was pretty excited about what happened to Viola. Not sure that it is possible giving her condition and everything but hey who am I to complain? I love babies. I love my big fat Happily Ever After even after the story is technically supposed to be done with them.

And I’m starting to see a trend in Kennedy Fox stories. There’s a lot of miscommunication and a lot of “I don’t want to tell them because I’m trying to protect their feelings” situations and while that maybe realistic in some circumstances, it’s just like okay. Can we move on. It’s probably not going to be as bad if you tell them now then to wait for the shit to hit the fan.

Regardless of what negative things I said about this book, I still enjoyed enough of it to finish it. It was thrilling in some parts and I felt Kennedy Fox tried their best to make this story its own with its own flair. So I applaud them for trying to incorporate different styles of genres.

One last thing.

Ding dong the witch is dead.


My Recommendation:

Finish Drew and Courtney’s story if you started it!

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