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

Posted February 5, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review:  This is Effortless (Checkmate #4) by Kennedy FoxThis is Effortless by Kennedy Fox
Series: The Checkmate Duet #4, Drew & Courtney #2
Narrator: Lia Langola
Published by Kennedy Fox on June 9, 2017
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 08:13
Source: the author
Format: Audiobook
My Rating: three-half-stars
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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.

**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.**

My Review:

So I was very eager to read this one after how the first book left off. And it definitely started off very good, with lots of drama and things going on. And I definitely wanted to see Drew and Courtney get their happy ever after. And I wanted to see Mia get what she was deserving after her psycho self did all the stuff she did.

Like the first one in the duet though, for a long time in this book it was kind of dragging for me. And again, I actually fast-forwarded through some of the sex scenes, because I wanted more story at times. I almost got irritated at Courtney at one point when she almost didn’t give Drew a chance to explain, but then she did and it all worked out. I loved when she and Drew went back to visit her family, that was fun, and again made me eager to read or listen to the Bishop family series.

The ending of this definitely took a twist and an exciting finale at that! Once again there was an awful lot of an epilogue as well, maybe a little more than was needed as with the first duet in this series. But I guess we’re getting the next duet set up, for Kayla I assume. I also wondered if the Tyler they talked about was maybe from another series by Kennedy Fox, but surely not after the issues Kayla had with him in the steamy bits she talked about.

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