Checkmate Inc. Series by Shelly Alexander
Rookie Moves (Book 2)
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I have not read the first book in this series, but this is a standalone story.
Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Dex is working hard expand his company internationally. He and his two business partners have invested a lot into this expansion and he is feeling the pressure. He’s only home for a quick stop to get organized and celebrate the birthday of his best friend’s sister, Ava. But when Ava asks Dex for a favor, to be her date to her high school reunion, he can’t say no. It is suppose to be a simple weekend trip, but it becomes more complicated than he ever imagined.
I love the premise of this series. The super smart guys make an innovative new product and make millions of dollars. It’s a very realistic premise, but it’s also a very creative one. And the hook, the first paragraph of the novel, is great. I was so excited to read this book.
The entire story is told from Dex’s point of view, but the way Shelly Alexander describes Ava, it’s not difficult to know what she’s thinking or feeling. In fact, one of the reasons Dex loves Ava so much is she doesn’t hold back. So the description of the characters is very vivid.
The events in the story are relatively small in number and maybe that’s why there seemed to be a lot of repetition. That’s the primary reason why I didn’t give the book a higher score. It dragged along with Dex’s stream of consciousness that largely circled around his conflict between his feelings for Ava and his loyalty to Ava’s brother. While this tension is understandable, I didn’t think it needed to be the center of the novel for as long as it is. I just wish other things happened to drive the storyline to break up Dex’s internal conflict.
One important thing to note is that this novel is super steamy. Much more so than Alexander’s other series, Red River Series, there is a lot of sex and it is hot. So be prepared.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)
It’s a fun book to read and if you are reading the whole series then of course you need to buy it. But if you’re starting with book I’d say borrow it. It’s free on Amazon Prime, which is awesome!
Something else you might enjoy:
You might want to try Vicki Lewis Thompson’s The Men of BMUS Series. It’s also a series centered on millionaire geeks finding love. I read the first book in the series, The Geek Tycoon, and loved it. You can read my review here.