Title: This is Beautiful
Series: Logan and Kayla #2
Author: Kennedy Fox
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 19 Sept 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads
The anticipated conclusion of the Logan & Kayla saga in the Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo under the USA Today bestselling author pseudonym, Kennedy Fox!
This second-chance romance will have you gasping and cheering this two on from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the final game?
Kayla Sinclair is a saint and real life Angel.
She wears her heart on her sleeve and inspires me to be a better person.
Rescuing dogs, feeding the homeless, volunteering at the local food pantry are just a few of the ways she gives back to others, although no one has ever been there for her.
Falling for her was inevitable, losing her will destroy me.
Letting someone in didn’t come easy, but she made me want to try for the first time in years.
Her bubbling personality and kind spirit make it impossible to forget a girl like her.
But when tragedy strikes and she loses all memory that our relationship ever existed, my worst nightmare comes to life.
I’ll do anything to remind her of the love we shared. I know it’ll be an uphill battle, but I won’t walk away without a fight. Whoever said all is fair in love and war never played by my rules.
*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is book two in the Logan & Kayla Saga–a second-chance romance. Must read This is Dangerous first. However, you don’t need to read any of the other Checkmate duet series to enjoy this one, but it’s recommended as they are both introduced in the earlier books.**
Just when you think Logan and Kayla are on the right path to forever, the rug gets pulled from under them. Although Kayla has lost her memory of recent events, she can still feel the connection she has to Logan, despite the depth of emotion having yet to be restored.
I loved how Logan provide a secure foundation from which Kayla could begin to re-establish her feelings for Logan. Even if Kennedy Fox does employ torture through the narrative by making you question whether Kayla will be able to recover the same relationship she had previously with Logan.
I absolutely adored Logan’s commitment and patience with Kayla and the way in which he allowed her the freedom to explore her feelings, even if the lack of emotional intimacy they previously shared is slowly tearing him apart.
While Kayla has lost a lot alongside her memories, it was as if she was given a new lease of life and an injection of confidence. Seeing her life clearly for the first time in a long time and gaining the courage to alter the aspects she felt were lacking, in particular her career. Although Kayla lacked a family and true nurturing growing up her determination to help others shines through the narrative and ultimately guides her to make her own dreams come true.
I liked the realistic portrayal of raising a child between two households and how one parent can be played off against the other. While raising a child is fulfilling and full of love it can also be extremely challenging, especially when the child is on the precocious side.
Kennedy Fox really kept me on the edge of my seat with the way in which Logan and Kayla interacted through the story, I was constantly wondering if they could overcome the barrier that had been placed between them. It also made me wonder what it would feel like to lose two years of my memory overnight, all the experiences that help shape your identity eliminated in one fell swoop.
There were a lot of outstanding plot threads left open from This is Dangerous which I am pleased to say were all cleared up within the plot, not necessarily in the way you would have expected!!!!
The way in which the story reaches its fruition was ultimately satisfying, if a little rushed. I really enjoyed seeing the other characters from the previous duets and loved the epilogue which brought all of the characters stories to completion.