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    You Donut Want to Miss This Set!

    LOVE #TeamLayla! I'm so excited that This is Dangerous and This is Beautiful are now available in a box set! It was bittersweet to say goodbye to the Checkmate duet series, but readers are going to love Logan and Kayla's story! This Is Dangerous Review Even though I knew to expect some heartbreak at the end of This is Dangerous (since it's book 1 in the duet), my heart still wasn't quite prepared. Though this is the 5th book in the Checkmate series, it can be enjoyed without reading books 1-4. I do recommend it though since characters from those books appear in This is Dangerous, and the main characters, Logan and Kayla, were previously introduced as well. Logan and Kayla's story was a slower burn than the previous books, but once it got going, I didn't want to put it down. It felt more raw and emotional, with both the hero and heroine dealing with the demons and baggage from their pasts. It was heartbreaking to see how broken and damaged they believed themselves to be and how this shaped the people they became. I think of all the Checkmate characters, Logan and Kayla feel the most real. They aren't perfect people. They have insecurities, fears, and are doing their best with their less than ideal circumstances. The slow burn friends to lovers really works in this book and I enjoyed the build up, innuendo, and angst. They have incredible chemistry and Detective Knight did not disappoint in (and out of) the bedroom. ;) Appearances by #TeamDrewtney and #TeamTraviola helped add to the fun and there are some incredibly hilarious text messages exchanged between our characters. I'm excited for the conclusion to Logan and Kayla's story in This is Beautiful and September can't get here fast enough! This is Beautiful Review 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!
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