Publishing Date: July 6, 2017
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pages: 232 (Kindle)
The Premise from the Author: "Logan Knight is a real life knight in shining armor. A detective godsend in a sleek black suit has me thinking less than secretive thoughts. Brooding and mysterious, he's the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it's no wonder I can't help the way he makes me feel whenever I'm near him. Too bad he's unavailable--or so he says. He thinks I'm a do-gooder who shouldn't get involved with a guy like him. His past is messy and relationships just add to that. He insists the timing is all wrong and he's devoted to his career, but I don't buy that excuse for a second. I see the way his body tenses and his jaw ticks every time another guy is around me. He just won't admit it, but I'm more determined than ever to show him what he's missing. I'm a devoted animal rescuer and I'll risk everything to save them, but when a dramatic turn of events puts both our lives at risk, I'm positive Logan will write me off for good. But when he asks for my help with a personal crisis, I know it's my last chance to finally show him I can handle anything he throws my way--messy past and all. He might think he has me all figured out, but I'll prove him wrong no matter what he thinks. This game of push and pull has me running in circles. One wrong move and we could both lose. Checkmate, Knight" (Fox).
*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.* **This is book 1 in the Logan & Kayla Saga--a second-chance romance. You don't need to read any of the other Checkmate series to enjoy this one, but is always recommended as they are both introduced in the earlier books.**
My overall thoughts and review: Kennedy Fox is seriously my favorite romance writing duo and I honestly didn't think anyone could replace Drew (from the previous Checkmate Duet) in my heart, but Logan Knight has definitely taken that spot. We got to see the beginning of Logan and Kayla's story in the previous books, where Kayla was definitely falling for him, but he kept her at arms length and we learn that is because he has a daughter, Skylar. He wants to devote his time to making his relationship with Skylar the best it can be, while juggling co-parenting with his ex, Maggie. He obviously is attracted to Kayla, and regardless of how much he resists her, you do see him falling for her and goodness when he falls, he falls deep. You also see his worries disappear in how great Kayla is with Skylar. They get along so well and his hesitation was honestly all for nothing. He is seriously the sweetest and I legit swoon every time he calls her "Angel" - I loved seeing their relationship blossom. He is truly her knight in shining armor who would go to great lengths for her. You see him doing this especially with the rescue dog, Herman, and helping her save him. Kayla's love for dogs and donuts is mostly what makes her such a likable character for me. I see a lot of myself in her and I also see a lot of my own partner in Logan. I loved how authentic and true their love story felt as I was reading. It had me swooning, it had my crying, and it had me grinning like a mad woman. I could not put this book down. In true KF fashion, the book does end on a massive cliffhanger. There's always some drama to be added to the mix, and I pray that they both get through it ok. They are such lovely characters on their own, but together, they form such a lovely relationship, and one that definitely rivals fairytale romances. I also loved seeing the previous duet characters pop up in this book. You see how Viola & Travis handle more kids, and you see how Drew & Courtney handle the difficulty of wanting to start a family. Seeing all the characters together is a firm reminder to us readers the importance of female friendships, because seeing the three girls get together and rely on one another is incredibly special. This is easily my favorite duet and I can't wait to see how it all ends in the final book, This is Beautiful!