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ForePlay (A Checkmate Inc. Novel Book 1) by [Alexander, Shelly]
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in A Checkmate Inc. Novel (3 Book Series)

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#1 Bestseller in Contemporary Romance #1 Bestseller in Contemporary Women's Fiction #1 Bestseller in Romantic Comedy #1 Bestseller in Romantic Series #1 Bestseller in Single Women's Fiction #1 Bestseller in Women's Fiction Romance A 2014 Golden Heart® finalist, Shelly Alexander grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor's degree in marketing, and worked in the business world. With four older brothers and a sister, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I Joes while the Corvette Barbie said tucked in the closet. When she had three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels and has been hooked ever since. Now, she spends her days writing sassy and steamy contemporary romances while tending to a miniature schnauzer named Omer, a tiny toy poodle name Mozart, and pet boa named Zeus. For updates on new releases and what Shelly is working on next visit her website and sign up for her newsletter: http://shellyalexander.net/ Visit Shelly at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShellyAlexanderAuthor Tweet to Shelly: @ShellyCAlexande Follow Shelly on BookBub: http://bit.ly/298PrZ6 Connect with Shelly on Instagram: shellycalexander Watch Shelly's book trailers on YouTube: https://goo.gl/3xjGt2

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2458 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Publisher: A Touch of Sass, LLC (18 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,926 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a interesting take on relationships that was wonderfully told and well written. Leo and his two buddies run Checkmate Inc., which is a company that helps men with different aspects of their lives so that a woman can get the exact guy that she wants. When trouble comes in the form of feminist groups enter Chloe who is in PR and believes she has what it takes to get the naysayers off Checkmates back. Unfortunately depending on who you ask one look at Chloe and Leo is a goner mind, body and soul. Great start to a awesome series I see this shaping up to be, it was thrilling and intriguing with characters that you can relate to and can't wait to find out more about.
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A brilliantly different novel from the hero's perspective and make no mistake, Leo Foxx is a hero. I loved so much about this book. I loved that the author had him still wear glasses - a small detail but one that makes him more likeable as he refused to completely transform to hunk. I loved that the heroine was smart and didn't need Leo to rescue her. And I loved the twists and turns the story took us on. It made me laugh, it made me cry and the banter between hero and heroine was second to none. Will definitely read more from this author and have downloaded the next book in the series. I can't wait to read all about Dex.
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I've become a fan of Shelly Alexander's writing and was excited to find out about this new series, by the time I finished reading ForePlay I already wanted book two.

Leo Foxx and his two chess club friends are what some called the nerd in high school and college, watching women fall for the wrong kind of man. The three of them form a company not to help men get women but to help give women the man they desire and deserve, creating a company, Checkmate INC. they have a multimillion dollar business where men line up. Their company takes a hit with some feminist groups and it causes them some bad PR, Leo hires Chloe Evers to help put the image of their company on track and the sparks fly. Leo wants to study Chloe find out what she wants her desires and make sure she gets it, the ultimate experience of what Checkmate is about.

Because of Leo's desire for Chloe, he makes some bad decisions and keeps his business partners in the dark which causes Checkmate more PR problems, mix that with Chloe's obsessive boss who's out to get her really puts Leo's company in jeopardy.
I really enjoyed this book loved the plot and all the characters including one named Toby<3 it had me not only swooning but laughing.
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Foreplay is a fun read. Leo is such a different hero and made the story so entertaining. Leo is a brilliant nerd. Yep that's right a nerd. He and his chess playing genius buddies started Checkmate, Inc., a sort of dating service to help men like themselves be more appealing to women.

Chloe is Leo's sisters friend and is in PR. Checkmate finds itself in need of some good PR and Chloe is their girl. A sexy, funny and at times dramatic story ensues.

I loved that this is a completely different angle from other romances I have read. ForePlay was refreshing and brilliant read. When you read as much as I do, it is always great to read something different. I would highly suggest this one!

It was easy to connect to the characters and all the characters were great. I look forward to future books about the other Checkmate, Inc. guys!

I was provided a copy for an honest review.

Reviewed for Becky by Jo&IsaLoveBooks
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 31 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game on... 18 Feb. 2017
By Tbascoebuzz - Published on Amazon.com
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I seldom give a book 5★'s. I dunno, this witty, fun and sweet story captured my attention within its grasp and held it throughout. It sometimes reminded me of the movie "Hitch" except this story is on a much grander scale. 29 y/o Leo Foxx is CEO and founder of "Checkmate Inc.", a company that will groom, coach and guide a male client on how to project themselves. They improve a client's self-image with confidence and teach them how to learn what their partner is seeking and needing in a longstanding successful relationship and fulfilling those needs. He shows men that if a woman can feel sexy and wanted, then she's going to make him one very happy camper. And Leo Foxx loves his job...he loves helping the meek, introverted, shy male client come out of his shell. He loves women and loves seeing their needs met -- seeing them satisfied, confident, happy and sexy with their partner.

There's a lot of fun sexual word play (which is the name of this game)...lots of sexual innuendo especially when Leo meets Chloe Evers and he becomes obsessed with her...flirting with her and more. It was so darn cute to watch them circle each other. There are dozens and dozens of sexually veiled lessons between the game of chess and how much power a woman holds with a man and I absolutely loved how this author intertwined the two.

I loved Leo...a genius who "loves 'em and leaves 'em" until he's bulldozed over by a fast speeding train with one look from Chloe and it was hilarious. He see's everything in slo-mo and all she does is stroll into his space and he's completely useless. Twitter-pated. He's blasted into oblivion. Aaaaaaand of course he tries to rid himself of his obsession thinking "one good roll in the hay" will get rid of his incessant desire...(yeah, we all know how THAT always works out!...) buuuut if only muddies the water up worse than before. And through it all is the wonderful, controversial drama; both with Leo and his two partner/best friends, (Oz & Dex) and their many business dealings...someone trying to sabotage their business (a mole?)....feminists picketing outside their building; bad press derailing their company.... and of course Chloe befuddling this guys thinking. It was SO great. Chloe was equally interesting...she's a gorgeous and strong young woman (26) who fights to stay on top in a man's world that's trying to knock her down....while struggling with her emotional demons. This story is told in 1st person from a man's POV. I thought at first it would've been better if we could've heard from Chloe...know her inner thoughts, etc. But I don't think so. I think Ms. Alexander told it perfectly from a man's view point. It made me more sympathetic to Leo and what he went through. Brilliantly played!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book! 1st of the Series! 24 Oct. 2016
By Meg Rey - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read all of Shelly Alexander's books and was so excited to see that she had another series coming out! This series is about the nerds of the world who are awkward as teens but grow up to be amazing good looking mean that treat their women right! Every girls dream right??? This is the 1st book of the series and it tells the story of the CEO of Checkmate Inc. and his PR new hire Chloe. Checkmate Inc. was Leo's idea along with his other two Chess Club Friends Oz and Dex. Leo's sister Ava decided he really should hire a new PR person and she thinks her friend Chloe would be perfect for the job and for her brother. As soon as Leo meets Chloe the sparks fly. The two of them have all they can do to keep their hands off each other. At the same time they are trying to work together to stop the bad PR from happening and at the same time trying to find out who is behind it. LOVED LOVED LOVED this book and I highly recommend it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Try a different series by S. Alexander, but not this one 1 April 2017
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I can't believe this is the same author as the Red River Valley series. Those couples had a real connection, the writing was quite good and the lives and scenarios she created were believable and felt real, like I would have friends with them. This book is nothing like that. Not only is it told from the male perspective the entire time, he's a jerk. I couldn't bring myself to like him and his egotistical "aw, shucks, I used to be a nerd, but now I'm amazing" persona. I do not recommend this book, however, I really recommend her other series- Red River Valley Series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 22 May 2017
By sherrie counts - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book could not put it down had to know what would happen next. Loved the characters especially Chloe she is a confident woman who knows her job but is wary because of that ass Adam almost unsure of herself but when the trouble comes to a climax we find she does have a little tiger in her and she saves her love and her job can't wait for the next book in the series which if you pay close attention you will see the hints!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not demanding mentally but a fun piece of fluff with an interesting premise I've never ... 29 Dec. 2016
By S. L. Berry - Published on Amazon.com
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Not demanding mentally but a fun piece of fluff with an interesting premise I've never read about before. Interesting enough to make me want to read another other characters in the series.
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