Checkmate: This is Beautiful (Logan & Kayla, #2)
#6, Checkmate Duet Series
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The anticipated conclusion of the Logan & Kayla saga in the Checkmate Duet Series from a duo of romance authors under the USA Today bestselling author pseudonym, Kennedy Fox!
This second-chance romance will have you gasping and cheering this two on from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the final game?
Kayla Sinclair is a saint and real life Angel.
She wears her heart on her sleeve and inspires me to be a better person.
Rescuing dogs, feeding the homeless, volunteering at the local food pantry are just a few of the ways she gives back to others, although no one has ever been there for her.
Falling for her was inevitable, losing her will destroy me.
Letting someone in didn’t come easy, but she made me want to try for the first time in years.
Her bubbling personality and kind spirit make it impossible to forget a girl like her.
But when tragedy strikes and she loses all memory that our relationship ever existed, my worst nightmare comes to life.
I’ll do anything to remind her of the love we shared. I know it’ll be an uphill battle, but I won’t walk away without a fight. Whoever said all is fair in love and war never played by my rules.
*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is book 2 in the Logan & Kayla Saga--a second-chance romance. Must read This is Dangerous first. However, you don't need to read any of the other Checkmate duet series to enjoy this one, but is always recommended as they are both introduced in the earlier books.**
A Sweet End to the Series!
What a sweet conclusion to the Checkmate series! Checkmate: This is Beautiful is book 2 in Logan and Kayla's story and should only be read after Checkmate: This is Dangerous.
The book picks up right where the last one left off and your heart will hurt all over again with this painful reminder of how book 1 ended. Of all the Checkmate books, I felt like this one was the most real in it's emotions. You can easily imagine yourself in both Logan or Kayla's position and how incredibly difficult it would be to navigate. Some very interesting questions about relationships are posed and what it means to truly love someone versus a strong physical connection. Can you fall in love with the same person without the shared history and memories? Or is love enough to begin again?
I liked that there wasn't a big mystery to solve and that the focus of the story was on Logan and Kayla's relationship itself. Yes, there's a little other woman/man drama thrown in for good measure and some of the story seemed drawn out, but overall, the book answers all your lingering questions from This is Dangerous and the angst is between our hero and heroine. Toss in some sinfully sexy times (mmm..... donuts) and this made for an amazing second chance love story. Honestly, I will NEVER look at donuts the same way again!
The ending and epilogue were perfect and such a wonderful way to bring things full circle. I think Logan is now the winner of the Checkmate book boyfriends. He really was incredible and his chapters were especially touching and heartfelt. Seeing this softer and more vulnerable side to him was amazing. It's bittersweet that the series is over, but I'm glad we're not saying good bye to the Checkmate world. Courtney's brothers will be the focus of the next series titled Bishop Boys and I can't wait to see what mischief Kennedy Fox has in store for us!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
An unforgettable finale to an amazing series!
Finishing this book has been nothing short of bittersweet. Reading, experiencing and devouring the conclusion to the entire Checkmate Duet Series has made me feel so sentimental, so giddy and blue all at the same time. I just couldn't believe we've reached the end of the line for these three couples we've stuck by from the beginning. Though I'm really glad K & F gave us that kind of epilogue in this book, because I think that truly helped me cope and breathe easier after. It finally tied everything all together and I couldn't have asked for a better ending for Travis & Viola, Drew & Courtney, and Logan & Kayla than that.
Kennedy Fox certainly gives second chance romance a whole new meaning in this conclusion to Logan and Kayla's sweet, emotional and captivating tale. It's unique and refreshing, not the usual type of story that will automatically come to mind when given this sub genre. It was all kinds of heartbreaking and heartwarming, that even my heart felt utterly confused as to what it wanted to feel in the midst of it all. One minute, I was ecstatic that Logan was putting in all the work, displaying more of his efforts in getting his girl back and proving how much he truly and deeply felt for Kayla. The next, I just wanted to smack Kayla upside on the head and shake her awake, hoping everything will go back to normal and that Logan will be put out of his misery. You could say... the struggle was freaking real.
I think the part I loved and enjoyed the most about this was probably the fact that, to me, This is Beautiful centered on Logan Knight. It highlighted so much of his strengths and weaknesses, his capabilities and insecurities. I fell madly in love with this detective all over again when he showed just how far he'd go to make Kayla feel him brimming with so much love and passion for her, even if it meant ripping his own bleeding heart out. It brought out a side to him that I actually craved to see from our Knight in shining armor since This is Dangerous. And pink gigantic glazed donuts, he did not let me down. Not. One. Bit. I mean, how much more perfect can this man be?
And with Kayla, this just proved that her sincere compassion, her love and concern for others above all else, completely knows no bounds. Regardless of any situation she found herself in, her selflessness was still the first instinct to kick in. It's truly no wonder why she's the woman—the only woman in years—who was able to melt all that ice and break down the walls surrounding Detective Knight's heart, and owning it in the process. This woman is just quirky as hell, so generous and passionate, not to mention the best doggy dealer in Sacramento (<-- that still cracks me up every single time). And seriously, how can you not love her? She freaking named her pups after Disney princes! I don't think I'll ever forget nor get over that. I think that alone makes her a true winner in my book.
The Checkmate Duet Series has been such an unforgettable journey. It's one of the sexiest, heart-melting, most delicious and entertaining series I've read. As I've said, it's been bittersweet reading the last page of this book, but that also means getting a new book, a new series from this brilliant author duo very soon. So, more of Kennedy Fox taking over the book world to look forward to!
This is More than Beautiful!!!
My emotions are all over the place after reading This is Beautiful. On one hand I was so happy with how Logan's and Kayla's story ended. They proved that no matter what obstacles they encountered, the love they had for each other was stronger. Logan Knight is definitely a Knight in Shining Armor and let's not forget to mention he's absolutely hot. On the other hand, I'm so sad the duet series is over. I've absolutely love every single character in the Checkmate series. I can't wait to see what else is to come from future projects. TeamLayla TeamCheckmate
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- Category: New Adult
- Published: Sep 19, 2017
- Publisher: Kennedy Fox
- Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
- Print Length: 324 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: #6, Checkmate Duet Series