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In Check & Mate, Mallory hasn't played chess in years. When she is given the opportunity to play in a tournament and take care of her family, she can't pass it up. As she rises in the ranks and goes head to head with Nolan, the two chess rivals start to get to know each other.

Check & Mate was hilarious and heartfelt. I devoured this story! While I don’t know much about chess, I really enjoyed learning from Mallory and her knowledge shone through. I also related to Mallory being the older sibling who wants to help her family in any way she can. Nolan is laser-focused on chess and finds himself shocked to be distracted by Mallory. Mallory and Nolan have a tension-filled relationship that makes it very difficult to put this book down.

Ali Hazelwood is turning into an auto-buy author for me! I love her witty dialogue and lovable characters. Check & Mate is perfect for readers who want a sweet yet tension-filled romance, action-packed chess scenes, and lovable characters. I would highly recommend Check & Mate to anyone!