Checkmate: This Is War

The Checkmate Duet, Book 1
Narrated by: Lia Langola
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.4 out of 5 stars (643 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are wasted on such an arrogant man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I've had a crush on him since I was 10, the feelings weren't mutual and he's made that very clear.

He's always loved getting under my skin, and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.

I've succumbed to his manw**re ways, but that doesn't change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game - and lose.

Checkmate.

©2016 Kennedy Fox (P)2016 Kennedy Fox

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Good Narration

While this book is written in dual POV, it's narrated just by a single female voice. She does a good job of making Travis's voice more gritty. Her male voice also has a certain a**hoIe vibe to it which is very fitting for the character. She does a great job getting the emotions, the quivers, excitement etc in her voice and spoken words down.

As far as the story itself goes, I felt a bit of a disconnect with the characters. They often act quickly out of anger and explode with emotions. Sometimes their emotions and feelings seem conflicting and not consistent for the characters. Both main characters are demanding and hypocritical with their expectations. Viola is a priss and often acts entitled and immature. With Travis, it bothered me that he continued a sexual relationship with two women during the same time frame. He doesn't stop one relationship because it's a sticky situation and also because he's a guy so it's too hard to say no? Hmm. That's not really attractive. That doesn't make me root for him. Their back and forth hate/hate relationship felt like it just went on in circles. It didn't seem to actually get anywhere and yet their story continues on in another book.

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Good, but dragged out

I love a good hate you but love you book, but this one just seemed to drag. Things are drawn out way too much. I made it to the end to have it leave on a cliff hanger. I'm not sure I have the brain power to make it through a second book

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Cute but....

I really wanted to like this one more than I did. This was a funny story about two people who are obviously crazy for one and other but aren't mature enough to handle their feelings. Although childish, I enjoyed the pranks. The but the contestant bickering got old really fast. It took a bit for the actual romance to happen. I also didn't like that it ended on a cliffhanger. Hopefully by the second book, Travis and Viola can get it together and just be happy.

I really dislike when production companies don't use male and female narrators for the two different perspectives, however Lia Langola really committed to the role. She was very believable as both characters.

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Disappointing

While the narrator tried to make this story work, it totally bombed. Very weak story line and annoying characters. The excessive anger Viola constantly displays is childish and cringe worthy. I also find it hard to believe that she would want to have sex with someone who was with someone else mere minutes before. Makes no sense based on her anger towards him. All in all I couldn't finish, just couldn't stand the weak story, insipid characters and ridiculous dialogue another second.

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Hot Story

Love the story, it was sexy and funny. Lia does a good job on the various characters. Unfortunately this book ends in a cliffhanger. Looking forward to the continuation of the story.

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Bring on book two

Would you consider the audio edition of Checkmate: This Is War to be better than the print version?

I truly would rather read a book than listen to it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the print version and I could hardly put it down. The audio edition was good, but it would have been much better had there been a male voice for Travis. Lia Langola did well for Viola, but I needed to hear Travis.

What did you like best about this story?

I got drawn up into the characters and really was pulling for them.

Which character – as performed by Lia Langola – was your favorite?

She did a decent job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There was a lot of laughter and fanning.

Any additional comments?

I really had to say WTF at the ending.

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Check This Book Out

I'll be honest... it took me a bit to relax into this story. The constant childlike bickering between Travis and Viola got under my skin. My first reaction was to assume they were shallow but as I simply enjoyed Langoria's narration, I slowly I came to understand the characters as the author brought out thier past, and once they allowed themselves to stop denying their connection. Then came the curveball. And a whole lot of story lines left untied when the cliffhanger hit. And now I'm waiting for the next book because I was just starting to get invested in the characters.

Langoria's narration was spot on. Im not sure I would'very stuck it out if not for her. She brought the story to life, helped me enjoy this listen.

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I liked the characters but the story was a little slow.

I really liked the banter between the characters- I laughed, sometimes until I cried. Travis King is definitely my type of guy to lead a book in terms of his characteristics. However I didn't like that he would seek out other women, those parts really disappointed me. I struggled a little bit a little over halfway through the story because the back and forth between hero and heroine in terms of their relationship was getting a little over done. Some people may enjoy it a little drawn out but I started to fade a bit, especially because the end of the book packed a lot and seemed to be a little rushed. So I think some of the "revelations" could've come a little sooner. But overall I did enjoy the book, I just would've preferred it would've moved a little faster in the middle.
The narrator was great. This was a second time listening to one of her books and I'm impressed with her versatility.
I would recommend this book (just advise to push through it when you hit the middle if you get a little antsy like I did), and I will be listening to part 2 of the duet.

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  • Em
  • 03-14-18

DNF

I just can't... 16% in and I want to strangle the h. She's annoying and childish. She's supposed to be in college, but acts like a 5 year old throwing a temper tantrum. She's overbearing and overreaching.


Spoilers ahead:

She's staying at her brother's and his BF's apartment during her spring break, but she's trying to control everything. Telling the best friend (H) that he can't have women over to HIS apartment....wtf? she's not paying for anything, it's not her home. UGH.


Women this controlling are impossible for me to like. I'm quitting here before my headache gets worse.


Narrator:

Lia Langola - 5 stars ..her male and female voices were superb, but even she couldn't save this for me.

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Seriously....

The ending of this book sucks! This is a Romance book and it ended like that.... what a disappointment. I don’t want to read any other Kennedy Fox books because I’m afraid they will disappoint like this one.

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  • Clare Doran
  • 08-20-20

So much fun

I've read a lot of this duo's books so I thought I knew what to expect when I picked up one of their earliest releases. But I was so surprised. This was a whole lot of fun. Viola and Travis are friends who turned to bitter enemies. I LOVE that trope. Add in the "forced" proximity AND best friends little sister and I spent a lot of my time when listening to this smiling. The banter was top notch and THAT ENDING! I'm so glad I have the next one on deck to jump right into it.

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  • Katharoo
  • 03-25-20

Angst for Travis and Viola hate-love story

Angsty love-hate-love situation going here. I’m chopping at the bit to find out what is going to happen next. There is a cliffhanger in this book one of the series. I’m not sure if I wanna love these characters or strangle them. Really enjoying this book and wanting more. I’m new to Kennedy Fox, this was my first audiobook of hers, I have heard Lia as a narrator and she’s done an amazing job on this audiobook. I was given this audiobook at my request and the review is based solely on my opinion. I’m positive that anyone who hears this first in the series is going to want to hear more just like me but I’m going to have to wait until my next credit. Thanks to Aural Fixation Giveaways for this audiobook.