It is with a heavy, but fulfilled heart, that I’m here today to share with you the end of a glorious era. It has been a whirlwind of a year – but all great things must come to an end. And while the absence of these amazing characters will leave a donut-size hole in my heart – I know these authors are just making room for bigger and better things (*cough* BISHOP BROTHERS *cough*)
If you haven’t guessed already, I’m talking about the conclusion of the third Checkmate Duet – THIS IS BEAUTIFUL, that was released yesterday. For just over a year, Kennedy Fox (co-authors Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish) has been tugging at our heartstrings. They’ve developed female leads that I want to be best friends with … and they’ve created strong men that have raised the standard for future boyfriends. There are cliffhangers that make you want to throw things (seriously – I almost LOST it between THIS IS WAR and THIS IS LOVE ..) and emotional moments that make you feel things (all these couples go through so much!) Overall the reading journey is so complete that you will be left begging for more (literally – I’ve DM’d Kennedy Fox demanding for more stories).
Since there are three Duets, with three different couples, it is inevitable that you will have your favourites. I know I developed my favourite couple early on (Travis and Viola – Duet #1 This is War/This is Love) but Logan and Kayla’s story, which concludes with THIS IS BEAUTIFUL, literally made me cry. Their story — *ugh* my heart couldn’t handle the ending of THIS IS DANGEROUS, the first book in their Duet.
If my vagueness in regards to storyline bothers you, I do apologize! I do this with a purpose because I want you experience these books in a unique and organic matter. I find that it’s really easy to talk about what the book is about (see synopsis below) and lose sight of how the book made you feel. And these books made me feel ALL THE FEELS.
If my begging and pleading hasn’t encouraged you to pick up these books based on the characters and storylines (PLEASE READ THEM .. I need more people to share my love with) THEN DO IT FOR THE FOOD CRAVINGS. Seriously. Each book makes you want to either devour a field of strawberries, bake an insane amount of blueberry muffins, or try new things (hehe) with donuts.
Overall, I can’t recommend this series enough. If your a fan of engaging, new adult reads, then you should add this to the top of your TBR list. Each Duet can be considered stand-alone, but for the optimal reading experience I do suggest this reading order:
Checkmate Duet #1-2 (Travis and Viola)
– This is War
– This is Love
Checkmate Duet #3-4 (Drew and Courtney)
– This is Reckless
– This is Effortless
Checkmate Duet #5-6 (Logan and Kayla)
– This is Dangerous
– This is Beautiful
Checkmate: This is Beautiful (Logan & Kayla, #2) is #LIVE on all platforms!
She wears her heart on her sleeve and inspires me to be a better person.
Rescuing dogs, feeding the homeless, and volunteering at the local food pantry are just a few of the ways she gives back to others, although no one has ever been there for her. Falling for her was inevitable, losing her will destroy me.
Letting someone in didn’t come easy, but she made me want to try for the first time in years. Her bubbling personality and kind spirit make it impossible to forget a girl like her. But when tragedy strikes and she loses all memory that our relationship ever existed, my worst nightmare comes to life.
I’ll do anything to remind her of the love we shared. I know it’ll be an uphill battle, but I won’t walk away without a fight. Whoever said all is fair in love and war never played by my rules.