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I grew up reading books like The Babysitter Club and The Boxcar Kids. Now I read Romance, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian and any mixture of these all depending on what my mood is. I love Stephen King, Michael Connolly, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs and many others.


Checkmate - R.L. Mathewson I liked the first two, but this one was a bit different. First of all, I grew tired of the Bradford food addiction stuff. It seemed to be too big a focus for characters who were already featured. And really it gets to the point where its just outrageously impossible the amount of food these guys can consume. It didn't annoy me as much when reading the first two, as it dealt with the main hero at the time, but it is redundant and tedious in this one.

The other thing I had a problem with was Connor for the first half or there abouts. I'm not sure what the author was trying to portray, but despite what she wrote, Connor was a chauvinist ass hat. He thought Rory's proper place was serving him coffee and doing his errands like a secretary. Nevermind that she owned her own construction company and has worked just as hard as him to get her business off the ground and work to make it a success. Oh no, she doesn't belong on a construction site! She's only useful for those pesky annoying jobs that are only good for women to do. Connor never doubted for a moment that Rory wasn't good enough for the job. I would rather have seen it more as a competition, a real rivarly with him begrudgingly admiring the work that she did while trying to out do her. I think it could have played out in other ways than trying to make the heroine look weak and incapable when she was strong, hard working and smart. Qualities that I love and admire in a heroine and qualities that make me wish she had found a better hero. One who appreciates her and her ability.