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While this book is written in dual POV, it's narrated just by a single female voice. She does a good job of making Travis's voice more gritty. Her male voice also has a certain a**hoIe vibe to it which is very fitting for the character. She does a great job getting the emotions, the quivers, excitement etc in her voice and spoken words down.
As far as the story itself goes, I felt a bit of a disconnect with the characters. They often act quickly out of anger and explode with emotions. Sometimes their emotions and feelings seem conflicting and not consistent for the characters. Both main characters are demanding and hypocritical with their expectations. Viola is a priss and often acts entitled and immature. With Travis, it bothered me that he continued a sexual relationship with two women during the same time frame. He doesn't stop one relationship because it's a sticky situation and also because he's a guy so it's too hard to say no? Hmm. That's not really attractive. That doesn't make me root for him. Their back and forth hate/hate relationship felt like it just went on in circles. It didn't seem to actually get anywhere and yet their story continues on in another book.
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What made the experience of listening to Checkmate: This Is War the most enjoyable?
I loved the narration by Lia Langola! She did an amazing job bringing all the different characters to life! I was really impressed by her male voices and found her performance very engaging. She captured the emotions of the characters perfectly.
What did you like best about this story?
I am a huge fan of the enemies to lovers trope, so this was a great story to listen to. It was hard to like Travis at first since he was such a manwhore, but the characters definitely grew on me and had me rooting for their happily ever after. The back and forth witty banter was fantastic! This is book 1 in the duet, so I can't wait to listen to book 2!
Which character – as performed by Lia Langola – was your favorite?
My favorite was actually Alyssa! She was so fun to hate and was exactly how I imagined she would sound. Another favorite was Travis, who was also voiced flawlessly.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Going to War Never Felt So Good! ;)
Any additional comments?
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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