Book Review: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox (Checkmate Duet #3)



Title: This is Reckless
Author: Kennedy Fox
Publication: December 13th 2016
Pages: 404 pages

Introducing book 1 in the Drew & Courtney saga of the Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo under the USA Today bestselling author 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? 

Drew Fisher is the type of guy every girl wants.
Noble police officer by day, charming prince by night.
He has no idea the effect he has on women, especially me–his little sister’s best friend.
I’m the blonde Southern belle who lives up to the cliché, except I have my own quirks. I’m smart as a whip, can change my own oil, and recite The Pledge of Allegiance backward, but he doesn’t see that girl.It’d be easier to forget him if he wasn’t my roommate and if the first thing I saw in the morning wasn’t his shirtless body covered in tattoos. I’ve crushed on him since the day we met, but he’s made it perfectly clear where we stand. Just friends.

I know I need to move on and accept that his feelings will never be mutual, but every day he smiles at me, I’m left dreaming of what if.
He has girl issues, and I’ve got a crush I can’t deny.
We’re friends, but I want more.

One drunken hookup leaves us with much more than a platonic friendship. Pretending it never happened proves to be more difficult than anticipated.

A crazy ex-girlfriend, a dangerous war of stolen glances, and passionate kisses leads to the most reckless battle yet. I won’t be a pawn in his game, but I’ll play by his rules if it will show him I’m the one worth breaking them for.

Checkmate, Prince Charming.

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

**This is book 3 in the Checkmate Duet Series but book 1 in the Drew & Courtney Saga–a friends to lovers romance. This can read as a standalone duet or read in order of the series.**

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I want to start off my review with the fact that I actually never wanted to read this duet. I just wasn’t interested in Drew and Courtney’s story from the previous duet and I kind of just started it off as a joke. But the joke was on me because Kennedy Fox’s writing is just so light and fun, it draws you in and you can’t stop with just one page.

Suddenly, I’m with Courtney and her wild party adventures and of course, the shocking opening scene in the prologue. Courtney is definitely a change in character from what Kennedy Fox writes. For a starter, she parties so automatically she’s not a goody two shoes and she’s different from the book smart angel characters we got as depicted by Viola and later on, Kayla (I read the series not in order. Sue me.) Anyways, I was unsure about her a lot because I didn’t want to read a story about how a girl just keeps getting shit faced but thankfully, she wasn’t like that. All the time. She was kind, considerate, and patient with everyone. She also baked which was a nice quirk to have since blueberry muffins ya’ll are delicious.

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Title: Forbidden Promises
Author: Katee Robert
Publication: May 30th 2017
Pages: 336

All Sloan O’Malley ever wanted was a simple life—and now she’s finally got it. She’s left everything behind in Boston—her family, her money, even her name—and set herself up in a tiny seaside town in Oregon. What she doesn’t plan for? Her mysterious and painfully attractive neighbor, Jude.

Jude MacNamara has been many things in his life—pampered son of a prestigious family, only surviving heir to a lost legacy, hit man—but now he’s out for revenge on the man responsible for the death of his father and brothers—Colm Sheridan. He’s tracking Colm’s sister when he encounters Sloan living with her in her beach house. He’s a patient hunter and he’s willing to sit back and wait for his prey…he just doesn’t expect for this woman to give rise to emotions he hasn’t felt in years.

He doesn’t want to see Sloan hurt, but in order to protect her, he will have to turn his back on the one thing he’s spent his life pursuing—revenge. Even then, there’s no guarantee either one of them will make it out alive.



I received a copy of this book from Forever Romance in exchange for an honest review.

I just want to start off this review by giving a fair warning that I did not know that this book was part of a series and while I believe you can read it standalone, it’ll be like me, where you’ll be slightly confused and be caught up in characters you didn’t know existed.

Furthermore, I want to give a warning that I read this book without the right mindset. I didn’t feel like a crime/thriller/suspense romance novel so it was really hard for me to push through and finish this book.


BOOK REVIEW: Teach Me Daddy by Isabella Starling and Demi Donovan



Title: Teach Me Daddy
Author: Isabella Starling and Demi Donovan
Publication: March 11th 2017
Pages: 208

Daddy’s gonna teach her some manners.

There’s a reason why I have a reputation.
But if I do this, my past could go away.
I have to take little Cora’s virginity.
Spoil her from the good little girl into a naughty vixen that begs for Daddy so good.
I have to teach her to be a good slut, but only for me.
And then, I have to let her go, and never look back.


He’s my teacher.
I shouldn’t be attracted to him – he’s intent on humiliating me in class and making me kneel in private.
I should hate Maddox.
Should see him for the handsome, inked monster that he is.
But I can’t stay away. Can’t stop myself from begging…
Teach me, Daddy.

A full-length dark romance novel. Teacher/student theme. Standalone, no cliffhanger, no cheating. HEA guaranteed.



The reason why I’m giving this book a 2/5 stars is because well, instead of a 208 page book, it can be an 88 page book and I would have given it an extra star for being somewhat decent.

However, since it dragged out longer than I was hoping for, this book was just a big meh and sometimes a big NO.

We have Cora, an eighteen year girl, that lives with her somewhat abusive stepfather who is beginning to see how much she has matured and grown from a teenage girl to a woman. It’s already getting to the part where it’s a NO for me because I really don’t like creepy relationships where the father figure is really sexual towards their loved ones that they’re supposed to take care of. Moving on, Cora experiences sexual harassment from her stepfather’s friends which is also a NO because it was just so creepy!

Anyways, Cora isn’t anything special. She’s a virgin and plain Jane. Loves reading books, being shy, and crying when she’s upset which is OKAY but it can be kind of boring sometimes.

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FLASH BOOK REVIEW: Sweet Valentine by Aria Cole


Title: Sweet Valentine
Author: Aria Cole
Publication: February 10th 2017
Pages: 77

Three things sum up Valentine Marsden at this moment: she’s got a sweet tooth so deep she opened her own bakery; she hates the holiday that is her namesake; and she just might be charged with murder tomorrow morning when she strangles the contractor next door banging on the walls during the busiest week of the year. Valentine finds herself bumping into the completely sexy and totally cocky stranger more and more often. So often she’s beginning to think he’s a working man with a serious sweet tooth…

Ford Knox has spent almost twenty years secluding himself from the public, retreating to his mountain cabin after work everyday without a second thought for complicated things like women and relationships. But when the syrupy sweet and dangerously curvy bakery owner next door seems to fall right into his lap this Valentine’s Day, he winds up drunk on her and desperate for more. Knox is a real man with a wicked appetite, and Valentine is the only thing he can see.

Warning: Sweet Valentine is cocky, blue-collar alpha goodness with a dash of sweet candy hearts, lush chocolate-dipped strawberries, and sawdust-scented first kisses. Grab a chocolate martini because Knox and Valentine are about to melt your insides!




This is a new segment on my blog called “Flash Reviews.” I will be providing short reviews to short books, giving my thoughts on characters and plot.


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Book Review: It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley


Title: It Happened on Love Street
Author: Lia Riley
Publication: April 25th 2017
Pages: 368
Synopsis: The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .

Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal’s plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn’t an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man’s best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland’s hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he’s been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper’s determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .

My Rating: 3/5 stars


I was provided an advanced reader copy of this book by Forever romance books in exchange for an honest review.

Let’s start off this review by stating that this is a contemporary romance novel with a happily ever after, a strong heroine, and a gentleman who falls head over heels for the heroine. It’s a small town romance so you can expect the fluffy bits  and not much of a more complicated plot than that.

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Book Review: Kidnapped by the Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden


Title:  Kidnapped by the Billionaire 

Author: Jackie Ashenden

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication: March 1st 2016

Pages: 384

Synopsis:  He kissed her the way he’d run her down, conquering her, taking her…

A priceless plan. An illicit attraction.
Seven years ago, billionaire-turned-bodyguard Elijah Hunt lost everything he had-his family, his future-and now he wants revenge. But when he decides to kidnap the daughter of the man who ruined his life, Elijah gets a lot more than he bargained for. Violet Fitzgerald is nothing like her corrupt wealthy father. In fact, she’s so disarmingly independent-and irresistible-that she just might be dangerous…

And a love that’s too good to be true.
Violet never thought she’d feel a connection to her captor. But there’s something beneath Elijah’s steel-bodied exterior that makes her want to know him more deeply…and surrender to his every demand. But once Elijah’s erotic fantasies become a reality-and he and Violet develop a real romantic connection-he finds himself in a quandary: Is he still the one in control? Or has Violet imprisoned him-body and soul?

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[Book Review]Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Garcia Williams


Title: Sincerely, Carter

Author: Whitney Garcia Williams

Publisher: Whitney Garcia Williams

Publication: April 30th 2015

Pages: 237

Synopsis: Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend…

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

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Book Review: Tapping the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires Book #1) by Max Monroe


Title: Tapping the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires Book #1)

Author: Max Monroe

Publisher: Createspace

Publication: April 26th 2016

Pages: 368

Synopsis: Blind dates? Online dating profiles? Been there, done that.

Georgia Cummings has zero luck with dating, and the era of the internet is not her friend.
No matter how fast she runs, how many corners she turns, she can’t find her way out of this weird, alternate universe where men think dick pics are a replacement for small talk and getting to know a girl. One more crotch selfie and she might write men off for good…

But why can’t she stop fantasizing about him?

Kline Brooks is the quintessential billionaire bad boy—dark, styled, short hair, muscles for days, and a panty-dropping smile.
Except—he isn’t.

As his employee, he won’t touch her with a ten foot pole.
But she won’t touch him either.

Too bad their hormones missed the memo.

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Book Review: The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S.Grey


Title: The Allure of Julian LeFray

Author: R.S. Grey

Publisher: Createspace

Publication: June 29th 2015

Pages: 366


Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.


As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all…


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Book Review: Knot a Liar by Rose Ann Bridges



Title: Knot a Liar

Author: Rose Ann Bridges

Publisher: Summer 365 books

Publication: March 16th 2016

Pages: 188


 The truth could ruin everything!
Jodi wants to come out on top for once. Her rival has just gotten married and that calls for drastic measures for their upcoming high school reunion. But when a fake relationship leads to a fake engagement, that leads to more trouble than she signed up for. What is it about Sam that keeps Jodi agreeing with his crazy plans? And how will they get out of this mess if she can’t say no to him?
Sam wants to help this pretty lady in distress. But his protective nature only lands them both in hot water. Scrambling for a solution, he gets Jodi to go with his plans, especially once his parents think he has finally tied the knot.
With no way out, or so they think, Jodi and Sam keep devising plans which only dig deeper ditches. But the deeper the ditch the tighter the bind and they find that walking away is easier said than done.

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