Checkmate: This is Effortless (Drew & Courtney #2) [Checkmate Duet #2] Book Review


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Goodreads Synopsis

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.

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

**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.** “


This is Reckless picks up right at the last books crazy cliffhanger. Drew’s ex girlfriend Mia is a certified lunatic and ruins thier Vegas getaway.

Fuck,” I hiss. “She’s lost her fucking mind.” “You’re just now realizing that?” The bitterness in her tone doesn’t go unnoticed. “Yeah, well. She’s never pulled a stunt like this before. I didn’t realize how far she’d go to get me back.” “She’s doing everything she can to break us apart,” Courtney states, her words sad and low. “Sweetheart, that’ll never ever fucking happen. I promise you that.”

When they get home they continue to see how over the top crazy Mia really is. Mia pulls out all her tricks to try and put a wedge between Drew and Courtney. Thankfully thier relationship stays strong and refuses to let her win. Even though there is more than one intense situation in the book, Drew and Court still keep the story fun with thier humor, steamy sex, and a pup named Buddy.

“So…” I walk over to Drew and run my finger up his chest. He places a finger over my lips with a smirk. “Not in front of the fur kid.”


‘We go together like blueberries and muffin batter—or as Drew would say, tofu and broccoli.’

This is Effortless was full of surprises ( I honestly didn’t see that twist coming at the climax) and packed with Drew and Courts love for eachother. They are literally the cutest couple I have read about in a while. Drew is loyal, protective and romantic and Courtney matches him with the same qualities at every step. I was more than thrilled to see them get thier Happily Ever After 💕

“there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t thank the Lord for putting you in my life at a time when I needed it the most—even when I didn’t realize it—you were always the one. You know me better than anyone, you’re my best friend, and the love of my life. I’ll even go as far as saying my soul mate. This past year hasn’t been easy for us, but one thing always remained. Loving you has and will always be effortless. I can’t see my life without you in it—nor would I ever want to—and there’s nothing in the world that’d make me happier than you becoming my wife.”



4/5 Stars

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