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Checkmate: This Is War Audiobook

Checkmate: This Is War: The Checkmate Duet, Book 1

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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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    Brooklyn 01-24-17
    Brooklyn 01-24-17

    Blogger and reviewer at S3OC Blog and Book Breath Babe Blog, Administrator of a Facebook Reader/Author/Blogger group, Booking Out Besties.

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ndulgent Bloggrs Virginia, United States 01-17-17
    Ndulgent Bloggrs Virginia, United States 01-17-17 Member Since 2010

    A reviewer at Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I don't go anywhere without a book -ebook or audiobook.

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Megan BARNARD, VT, US 01-11-17
    Megan BARNARD, VT, US 01-11-17 Member Since 2014
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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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bookbruin 02-18-17
    bookbruin 02-18-17

    I'm a late night crafter, a lover of donuts, and always a bruin at heart. Please join me on my bookish adventures!

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    "Steamy Enemies to Lovers Romance!"
    What made the experience of listening to Checkmate: This Is War the most enjoyable?

    I loved the narration by Lia Langola! She did an amazing job bringing all the different characters to life! I was really impressed by her male voices and found her performance very engaging. She captured the emotions of the characters perfectly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a huge fan of the enemies to lovers trope, so this was a great story to listen to. It was hard to like Travis at first since he was such a manwhore, but the characters definitely grew on me and had me rooting for their happily ever after. The back and forth witty banter was fantastic! This is book 1 in the duet, so I can't wait to listen to book 2!


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

    My favorite was actually Alyssa! She was so fun to hate and was exactly how I imagined she would sound. Another favorite was Travis, who was also voiced flawlessly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Going to War Never Felt So Good! ;)


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Young 02-16-17
    Mary Young 02-16-17

    Bookworm

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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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    C. Merrick 01-29-17
    C. Merrick 01-29-17
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danni 01-19-17
    Danni 01-19-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Daniele 01-17-17
    Daniele 01-17-17 Member Since 2017

    Primarily intrigued by Romance/Erotica

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sonal Dutt 03-20-17
    Sonal Dutt 03-20-17
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 03-19-17
    Lulu 03-19-17
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    "Loved it!"

    I was not expecting much from this book, but it surprised me so much. It was fun to read and I couldn't put it down. It was a good story and very well narrated. Lia Langola is now my new favorite female narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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