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Checkmate: This is War

(Checkmate #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  11,168 ratings  ·  1,268 reviews
She hates him.
He loves getting under her skin.

Travis King is the worst kind of a**hole.
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
ebook, 414 pages
Published October 3rd 2016
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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★★★★! 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 executiv
Clumsy Storyteller
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
V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards
Update. I just found out Kennedy Fox is a writing duo. How bad this book is that even the authors didn't claim credit for it? Whoever authors are behind the name "Kennedy Fox" know this book is bad. I wouldn't read anything by these authors if I knew their real name.


I don't recommend this book at all! It has almost every trope I hate in "romance" books. Mainly

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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 bodily harm. But when they get their hands on each other
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: author-arcs
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
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oct 05, 2016 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? :-/

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 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 tha
Fre06 Begum
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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
Lu Bielefeld
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.
"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."
• Lisa •
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it

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


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 i
bella farren
2/5 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
Shannon Moore
Oct 22, 2016 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
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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
Absolutely disgusting.

Viola’s reasons for hating Travis

So basically, I hated myself all through middle school and hated him even more through high school. He toyed with my self-esteem, and I grew to hate him for that, too.

I knew all of that stuff was petty. It was immature and lame, but now after all the years of feeling rejected, I can’t stand being around him. He’s a constant reminder that I’ll never be good enough. He goes out of his way to get under my skin, and I refuse to tolerate it—ev
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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
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!
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
You know what... I can't believe I just took out an hour of my busy college life to sit down and finish this book. Unbelievable.

Scenes after scenes after scenes of the Hero getting his dick sucked by OW, tedious name-calling between the Hero and heroine, and I was screaming inside.

And the heroine... sweetheart. Please. Love yourself.
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****4 STARS****

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

Review to come...
Mar 15, 2017 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.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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! ❤️


OH MOTHERTRUCKER!!! That was one mean and crazy cliffhanger! I want to
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
⭐️3.5 Stars ⭐️

I love enemies to friends stories. After all it was Jane Austen who said:

"Is not general incivility the very essence of love?"

When written well, these kinds of stories cannot be beaten. Even though these storylines are my faves, they are often the hardest books for me to like. I really liked this story by KF and I loved the secondary plot about Travis' job. What I didn't care for was the constant back and forth jabbing...but I can't complain because the title clearly says it all: T
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Checkmate: This is war by Kennedy fox is a sweet , sometimes annoying but also predictable quick easy read.
A brothers little sister in love with brothers best friend you can see where I'm going 🙄.
It has a few fun moments ,a few naughty moments and the alpha male moments too,it also end with a cliffhanger but I'm in no rush to read the next.
I would still recommend it because for some you may enjoy the hell out of it 😉
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
Violina N
4 Princess stars


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
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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' womanizing i ...more
Alex ♈
He was an a*shole, she was a doormat – they found each other…cliffy…

Sep 26, 2016 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
Sophie's Reading Corner
I really liked this book, I love the characters separately and together they are the bomb! But there were aspects in this book that didn't amuse me. I suppose they serve a purpose, but I still wasn't impressed when i had to read (view spoiler) ...more
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Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies & overpriced coffee. When they aren't bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that'll make you blush and your he ...more

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