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This is War (Checkmate Duet #1)

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Coming from a new duo of bestselling authors, The Checkmate Duet

*An enemies to lovers romance*

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
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Published October 3rd 2016
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★





★★★★! Checkmate: This is War, book 1 of 2. Contemptuous sex & fun bantering, but mostly denial & sabotage when Travis & Viola are forced to share a house!

“Great, Viola has officially broken my dick.”

Books in the Checkmate duet should be read in order:
Book 1: Checkmate: This is War
Book 2: Checkmate: This is Love


Checkmate: This is War (book 1) follows college student Viola Annabelle Fisher, Vi, V, Lola and marketing executive Travis King as they find themselves living under the s
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Khadidja
Damn you Cliffhanger, i need book 2 now !!!!!!!!!!

That bitch travis better have some fucking explanation to what did i just read.







This is war, is one of those "huge MISUNDERSTANDING" stories, if the two main characters just sat down and talked, this book would have ended around 18%. Travis and Viola were friends when they were kids but at her 13th birthday she heard him talking about how pethetic she is, and loner with no friends or life, That's when her attitude towards him changed she hated h
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Sabrina
This is War is the story of Travis King and Viola Fisher, one time friends, now enemies. Viola thinks Travis is nothing more than a manwhore, and he thinks she's a stuck up prude. So you can imagine the craziness that ensues when they're stuck living together for two weeks. Without the supervision of Vi's brother, Travis' roommate, it's hard for these two to calm their urges to cause the other body harm. But when they get their hands on each other it's definitely not to cause pain...well only th ...more
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oct 05, 2016 Hulya Kara Yuksel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh fuck! Oh shit! Oh Damn! How is this book end like that? Arghhh I NEED TO READ 2nd BOOK RIGHT NOW!!!
Ugh but I don't know when it will come out. :(
Why didn't I wait, why? :-/





 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
♜♜♜♜ 4 Stars♜♜♜♜

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This is what I love when I pick up a book and I have no clue which way the story is going to go. One minute you're thinking, I know how this going to end and you think you're safe. That sense of security you have makes you calm because you THINK you know how everything is going to play out. But when you get to the end and read that last sentence, that calmness you felt? Is no longer there. I'll tell what replaces it though: Shock, anger, and straight up panic!!

To say that Viol
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Jacqueline
Sep 23, 2016 Jacqueline rated it it was ok
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I love a enemies to lovers set up and I also love it when they're childhood friends all grown up because of all of the extra history we get. Add on the fact that she's his best mate's little sister and I thought I'd love this, but it didn't quite work out for me.

My main issue was that the H was a complete pig. He continued to hook up with others even after something started simmering between them, and, as it was told in alternate fp, we got all the dirty deets of those hook ups. It kind of made
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Maria...
3 stars


This book was so not my usual enemies to lovers kind of book that I like!

There were things that I liked and things that I DIDN'T like!So I guess it is a 50-50 for me!

Let's start with the thing that I liked in this book...and if there wasn't a turn of event it would have been a amazing book in my opinion!

1. Loved the cover!

2. This book was intense and H.O.T! There's no denying there! Duhhh...

3. I loved the crush and friendship Travis and Viola had as kids.

4. I really enjoyed their love-hat
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Fre06 Begum
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Shannon Moore
Oct 22, 2016 Shannon Moore rated it really liked it
Checkmate is a true enemies to lovers romance, which seems to be very popular these days. Now let me say, these two are definitely hostile! Travis is THE definition of a manwhore so of course it causes some riffs but the banter/explosive nature of these two is a lot of fun to witness. Then of course the pranks that Travis and Viola pull on each other to push them farther only adds to the situation; you never know what they'll pull next while trying to one up each other. The farther you get thoug ...more
Lisa Jayne
THREE CHECKMATE STARS.

"This is war, King." "Game on, princess."

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From the moment I clapped eyes on the blurb to this story I was sold. Nothing appeals to me more than a 'hate to love you' romance story and this book fills that genre better than most. Kennedy Fox, are a brand new writing duo in the romance writing world and I was impressed by their story telling from the start. This book has plenty of sexual tension, evil arguments and lashings of good old fashioned angst. I couldn't tell you if
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Paige
4 "One Up'd" Stars

Checkmate: This is War is an enemies to lovers story for sure. With hatred and lust and lust and hatred, Viola and Travis are mortal enemies that become more than that during a week alone.

Viola has been in love with her brother's best friend Travis since she was 10 years old. Not long after she thought they bared their souls to each other, he broke her young and fragile heart. Ever since she's held on to her anger eventually turning into disgust at all his manwhoreing ways. An
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bella ☾✨
3/5 stars

This was a little meh for me, I didn't think it was very original and so many of the scenes were hard for me to believe. If this book was set around high school students instead of adults, I think the story would have felt more realistic and less juvenile but alas, another book full of pathetic adult characters with no real responsibility in life.



This is a classic love to hate and hate to love kind of story, with Travis being one of the worst man whore characters I've read about in ye
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Jiana
Apr 30, 2017 Jiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is War is a fun read. It wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible either. I didn't have high expectations anyway. It's an enemies to lovers plot, which is personally one of my favorite type of stories! Was it executed right? Yes and no, I'd say.

I had a huge issue with the characters: how immature and childish they were. They're basically adults with Travis being a working man and Viola in her final year at university. But the way they argued with each other screamed teenagers. The plot isn't at
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Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4 'Game On' Stars!


My first book by these duo of authors and I quite enjoyed it! Lots of hate, lots of funny moments and a lots of sex, so I ain't complaining! lol And after that damn cliffhanger I am going straight to reading This is Love.

If you want a sexy frenemies love story, check this one out!
Mg Herrera
Sep 19, 2016 Mg Herrera rated it it was amazing
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4.5 “Game On, Princess” Stars

I need to start this attempt to review talking about the ending.

That motherfucking of an ending that had me almost throwing my kindle against the wall. A-L-M-O-S-T. The thing that stopped me to do it was the simple fact that I knew I would need it to read the next book. LOL.

So you would be thinking what is wrong with the ending? Well, its a CLIFFY!!!! Yes, a bastard of a cliffy. Don't say I didn't warn you! BUT please, don't let this fuc
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Michelle
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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Hot. Sexy. And loads of sexual tension. Checkmate: This Is War by Kennedy Fox was just a fun and entertaining read. I am a sucker when it comes to enemies to lovers and best friends little sister romance trope and so if you can combine the two, then you know you have my full attention.

#ThisIsWar Checkmate

Viola Fisher loathes Travis King. Well to be exact, she hates him with a passion. At first she didn’t hate him that is until he did something to make her up
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Danielle

If anyone knows me, they know I love a good love-hate story. So when I saw this book I had to try it.

Unfortunately, this one fell flat for me in a number of ways.

The reason I love a good enemies-to-lovers is because of the bicker and the tension.
While the H and h had banter, it wasn't doing a thing for me.

Not to mention, the hero's Pov opens with him receiving a blowjob. I think this trope has been used one too many times and it's just annoying now. And who wants to give a man a random bj in
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Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****4 STARS****

It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but I enjoyed it.

Review to come...
RentasticReads
Sep 30, 2016 RentasticReads rated it it was amazing
UPDATE:

Just finished listening to the audiobook version of this book and holy moly, it just keeps getting better and better! I still wanted to slap Alyssa ten ways to Sunday and wring her neck, throat punch Travis on more than one occasion and just give Viola tons of bear hugs. Lia Langola, the narrator for the book, did such an incredible job. I loved listening to this! ❤

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OH MOTHERTRUCKER!!! That was one mean and crazy cliffhanger! I want to
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Lu Bielefeld *read.laugh.love*
DNF!
He should be disinfected with bleach.
I was sick of his sex scenes with other women. That's disgusting!
And she should have self-respect.
Yuck:
"After coming at me like a starved animal, still smelling like another girl’s perfume, I should’ve pushed him away. He was with a girl seconds before finding me in the mudroom, yet I couldn’t find the strength to leave."
TF
Mar 15, 2017 TF rated it it was ok
This was an ok read. The MCs came across as two bratty immature teenagers with their OTT attitude towards each other.
Talia (Red Hot Ink)
ARC kindly provided by the Hype PR in exchange for an honest review

4.5 Hate-the-cliffy-but-I'll-read-the-sequel-soon-so-it's-okay stars

Holy guacamole, wasn't this book hot!!! Wow, I was in dire need of a fan during certain scenes.

In two words this books was sexy and entertaining.

The banter between the two character was priceless and I loved how the whole story revolved around them, with a bare minimum of side characters. 70% of the book is set in their apartment and still the story didn't come
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Viola has known Travis since he became her older brother's best buddy when she was 10.
Now, twelve years later he's the most sexy man she's ever seen...

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But she hates him. Loathes him. He's a (horribly sexy) manwhore!
And she has to see him and his one-night stands/affairs/victims all the time at the place he shares with her brother.
And now she's staying at her brother's place for those two weeks of spring break! All alone with Travis because dear brother is visiting his girlfriend!!!

GAME ON!!

Let's
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Candy
Sep 23, 2016 Candy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Viola & Travis are mortal verbal enemies. They grew up together across the street from each other since late adolescences. Viola is the nerdy book kid loving school & family. Travis is the cocky jock keeping himself at arms lengths from everyone. Voila spews hateful insults in Travis' direction every chance she gets because of his womanizing ways. The hate is just a cover for hurt that was felt from over hearing Travis say something to her brother on her thirteenth birthday. Travis' woma ...more
Violina The Romance Lover
4 Princess stars


OH MY FREAKING CLIFFY!!!! I NEED THE NEXT BOOK ASAP!

I was reluctant whether to read it now, even though, I knew that there was a cliffhanger BUT I was too impatien, plus my bestie loved it soooo yeah, I did not stand a chance there.. LOL . So here I am, finished a new book, from a new author, new characters - with whom I fell in love with - and an upcoming book for which I want to scream because I WANT IT so bad!

One of the best friends-to-enemies-to-lovers story. I
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MELISSA
Sep 30, 2016 MELISSA rated it really liked it
4.5 'My Princess' Stars!
(ARC provided by authors)

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Viola Fisher met Travis King when she was ten years old & his family moved to California & across the street from her house. He is a couple years older than Viola, & becomes best friends with her older brother Drew. Viola & Travis also quickly become very close friends & he always makes her feel special until something happens that makes her crush turn to hatred. The boy that she loved to talk to for hours suddenly makes her
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Andie
5 hate-to-love stars!

Holy shit! I heard this book would end with a bang of a cliffhanger but I was so NOT expecting this. I'm going to download book 2 now and dive in immediately!
aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog
Game on...
“We’re playing some fucked-up game of cat and mouse and in the end, we’ll realize it’s a trap for both of us.”

Hoot!! No wonder why many love this books so much. It was so good and laugh out loud funny, hilarious, flirty, sexy, swoony and angst-ish rolled into one. The characters banters and antics made the book so enjoyable to read and interesting as well as entertaining.Their hate-love relationship and that feeling of holding on to whatever they feel to each other is keeping me in
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Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
I kept seeing Kennedy Fox all over bookstagram so, naturally, I had to find out what all the fuss was about and... it was OKAY. It's definitely not as hyped up as everyone was making this book out to be. Maybe the series gets better with each book but as of now, I'm not too blown away by This Is War.

The steamy scenes were definitely S-T-E-A-M-Y, rough, hate-sex but I felt that the chemistry between Travis and Viola was flat? I didn't feel any butterflies or swoons in any part of the book and tha
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Mazmum
Sep 26, 2016 Mazmum rated it it was ok
Book Review - Checkmate - This is War by Kennedy Fox - 2 A is for Asshole Stars

I tried to love this book, I really did and despite it not grabbing me at the beginning I persevered until the end. This involved me putting down and picking this book up many times over the course of a week. Sadly, this didn’t alter my overriding feelings about this book. I’ll break them down below:

Travis is an asshole. Like seriously. He treats every woman like dirt and I didn’t see any reason why they were dropping
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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 together under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. I ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Checkmate Duet (6 books)
  • Checkmate: This is Love (Travis & Viola, #2) (Checkmate Duet, #2)
  • Checkmate: This is Reckless (Drew & Courtney, #1) (Checkmate Duet, #3)
  • Checkmate: This is Effortless (Drew & Courtney, #2) (Checkmate Duet, #4)
  • Checkmate: This is Dangerous (Logan & Kayla, #1) (Checkmate Duet, #5)
  • Checkmate: This is Beautiful (Logan & Kayla, #2) (Checkmate Duet, #6)

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“Once upon a time, in a faraway land, lived a young princess who awaited a prince who would give her everything she ever dreamed of... love, passion, loyalty. He'd be the sweetest, kindest, most heartwarming gentleman a girl could ever ask for. And he'd be perfect.

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