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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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.


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

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Fabulous narration!

What did you love best about Checkmate: This Is War?

I was already in love with the story when I read the book but listening to the audio increased that love tenfold. The emotions conveyed are so real and palpable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Viola's character because she is fierce and just a little Harry Potter nerd like I am.

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

Definitely Travis! His cockiness made me swoon.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 11-25-20

Wow

This one has really shocked me. I have read the book and I enjoyed it but I didn’t expect that the audiobook to be so much better, the extra emotion, hearing the back and forth and the banter made this such a joy to listen to. There is so much chemistry and personality here that I didn’t want to stop listening. The narration is on point and this is what made me fall in love with this book all over again.

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  • debbie1548
  • 11-22-20

Enjoyable enemies to lovers romance

Travis and Viola have always known each other. Travis is best friends with Viola’s older brother, Drew. They shared a connection when they were young but things changed between them and have only tolerated each other since. Viola is staying with her brother for a few weeks over spring break but then he decides to visit his girlfriend, leaving Viola and Travis alone together. They do not get on at all and things are pretty hostile between them. I loved all the little jokes they played on each other, trying to be better than the previous one. As the days went on the sexual tension and sizzling chemistry bubbled until it exploded and they couldn’t keep their hands to themselves and this pair was hot! I loved Travis and his dirty mouth. For most of the book I didn’t like Travis’ character for what he put Viola through with his manwhore ways even when he knew he had feelings for Viola, but by the end, I was rooting for them and was so invested in their story that when the cliffhanger dropped I was beyond frustrated! I need their conclusion now! This was a well-read audiobook and I loved both the male and female actors. They played it great!

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  • a.book.obsessed.brit
  • 11-22-20

Plenty of enemies to lovers chemistry

This is my first book from the writing Duo Kennedy Fox after being on my TBR for so long! I actually listened to the Audiobook version and I have to admit I enjoyed it much better the second time around. Through my first listen I found it a little hard to follow, a single narrator was used and I found her voice was quite masculine anyway, this meant I struggled to differentiate between Travis and Viola's chapters if I was paying 100% attention. I thought she narrated the male sections really well but I would have preferred a slightly more feminine narration for Viola's sections. That aside I did enjoy the narration very much. This is War is a true childhood friends/brother's best friend turned enemies to lovers romance. Viola and Travis were inseparable as children, but as they hit pre teens the feelings changed and the teasing began. Viola's heart was broken and she lost her best friend while Travis was non the wiser and they were now at war. What I loved about this book was the back and forth teasing, pranks and insults slung between Hero and heroine. It helped to build up some seriously intense sexual chemistry, which was bound to explode. Travis is a typical manwhore, he gets what he needs and moves on and he isn't afraid to throw this in Viola's face just to get a reaction from her. When Viola decides to get even all bets are off and we really see the jealousy and alpha protectiveness come out of both characters. Of course with the added complication of a conniving work college and occasional lay for Travis and Drew (Viola's brother and Travis's best friend) in the mix, the road ahead isn't an easy one. Things heat up towards the end and culminate in one heck of a cliff hanger I did not see coming at all! I really need to see how this duet plays out, I loved the writing and the character development. the story was down to earth, easy to relate to and the pacing was very good. The back and forth friction between Travis and Viola made the book for me I loved that she didn't back down from his relentless banter.

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  • Garden girl
  • 11-14-20

Wow!!

This was so much more than anticipated! I had a picture in my head of the usual pranks and laughter, leading to love and a quick HEA, but this is so much more! Yes, there are pranks, great banter, hot times and laughter, but there is also a more serious and compelling side to the story. Travis and Viola have a more complex relationship, and Travis a potential pile of c..p heading his way! Lia Langola is such a very good narrator. She drew me in an swept me along throughout! Fabulous!! Bring on part 2! 💖💖💖💖💖

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  • Rina's Reads
  • 11-12-20

This is AWESOME

Travis and Viola are so much fun to listen to. The shade they throw, the banter, the push and pull... it sucked me right in! I can't wait to listen to their conclusion. Lia did a fabulous job with narration.

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  • JCT
  • 11-10-20

Hate and love and more hate

That was a lot of hate and sexual tension and funny practical jokes. Attention alpha-hole lovers - Travis is a big one. He does not make the best choices so I have a hard time feeling sorry for him and will have to do a lot of groveling to turn himself around. I CAN'T WAIT!! I enjoyed Viola and all other side characters. Looking forward to the next book in the duet and in the series. At first, I was disappointed there was only 1 narrator but she did a fantastic job voicing both the male and female POVs.

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  • Sara
  • 11-09-20

🤯 🤯 That Cliffy though!!! 🤯 🤯

Lordy, Lordy, Kennedy Fox sure picked the only title this book could have ever had! Viola and Travis loved to hate each other!! They have one of the most aggressive relationships I think I've ever read (not including bully romances). I kind of agreed with Viola and wasn't digging on Travis's way with women. However, these two are not attached, in fact, the vehemently seem to dislike each other. If only they weren't so darn turned on by the other one. But, they are and they want to fight it.... and fight they do! Travis made me want to bash his head against a wall a few times! He drove me crazy with his man-whoring ways and cocky attitude. I loved Viola putting him in his place. I might have cringed myself when he dished it back out and put her in her place. She wasn't all perfection, oh no, Viola definitely tried to drive Travis just as wild as he drove her. They both enjoyed pushing each other buttons until they couldn't take it.  Speaking of not being able to take it... THAT ENDING!!! Or that CLIFFHANGER, I should say! Good Lord, I feel slightly crazed after that ending! 🤯 The narrator, Lia Langola, surprised me a bit. I'm a listener that really prefers multiple POVs to be performed by the respected house. We get both Viola and Travis's POV here and Langola performs for both of them. I think was surprised me the most was I didn't hate it! Actually,  it was the complete opposite... I enjoyed the narration immensely.  I felt Lia really showcased the feelings both these characters showed especially the frustration bordering on anger.

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  • Pollypc
  • 11-08-20

A nail biting cliffhanger - woohoo

This is a mixture of love to hate to love and brother's best friend/best friend's little sister trope. Viola and Travis have a long history and not all of it is good. Lia Longola really brings the feelings that these characters have for each other, to life and portrays the angst superbly. Obviously as this is a duet there is no HEA but with this particular cliffhanger ending, you will definitely go back for more!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 11-04-20

What a story!

Something has to be said about the attraction of an enemies to lovers story. There is always a tension you can feel that is pure chemistry. That is what Kennedy Fox has with Travis and Viola. These two have history. Travis is Viola's brother Drew's best friend and they grew up together. Life was great until it wasn't, and the two have been enemies since. Now it's college, spring break to be exact and Viola is going to stay at Drew's. Little does she know he is going away, and that will leave her alone with, you guessed it! Travis! Just how long will it take before these two realize their attraction? And will they act on it? Taboo for being her brother's best friend just makes this story better. Kennedy Fox have created high tension foreplay, along with witty banter that will most times make you laugh and other times make you cringe. It's a coming of age, finding that reason for love and forgiveness and really enjoying each other. But we don't get to all of that, because life happens, and now with the ending I have to queue up book 2! Fun, cruel, flirty, bullying, passionate and surprising, this book will pull you in and give you the feels you love to hear! Lia Langola is amazing, and she nails this performance. She has such a variety of voices and picks the best ones for each character. She is one I look for as she knows her characters and gives them the nuances and inflections to let us feel and understand them. She is wonderful.

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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.