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Check & Mate

By: Ali Hazelwood
Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
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In this clever and swoonworthy novel from the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis, life's moving pieces bring rival chess players together in a match for the heart.

Mallory Greenleaf is done with chess. Every move counts nowadays; after the sport led to the destruction of her family four years earlier, Mallory's focus is on her mom, her sisters, and the dead-end job that keeps the lights on. That is, until she begrudgingly agrees to play in one last charity tournament and inadvertently wipes the board with notorious 'Kingkiller' Nolan Sawyer: current world champion and reigning Bad Boy of chess.

Nolan's loss to an unknown rookie shocks everyone. What's even more confusing? His desire to cross pawns again. What kind of gambit is Nolan playing? The smart move would be to walk away. Resign. Game over. But Mallory's victory opens the door to sorely needed cash-prizes and despite everything, she can't help feeling drawn to the enigmatic strategist...

As she rockets up the ranks, Mallory struggles to keep her family safely separated from the game that wrecked it in the first place. And as her love for the sport she so desperately wanted to hate begins to rekindle, Mallory quickly realizes that the games aren't only on the board, the spotlight is brighter than she imagined, and the competition can be fierce (-ly attractive. And intelligent... and infuriating...)

This novel is suitable for both young adult and adult audiences.

©2023 Ali Hazelwood (P)2023 Hachette Audio UK
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  • Categories: Romance

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Just perfect for a highly enjoyable listen

Brilliant performance and the story is so enjoyable. I am not a chess fan but I loved it. I am also not a YA (60 year old psychologist with a PhD!).

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Classic Ali Hazelwood - loved it !

Romantic, fun, witty dialogue and smart characters. Everything we've come to expect from Ali Hazelwood. Don't be put off by this being marketed as a "clean" romance - it's really not disimiliar to her other work. Narrator was amazing too.

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An easy but delightful read

Ali Hazelwood doesn’t disappoint. I have been a fan ever since love hypothesis and I just adore the way her female leads feels so relatable, this is true yet again with Check & Mate. It’s an easy listen, the voice is so sweet and soothing, throughly enjoyed this overall.

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Absolutely LOVED IT!👱🏻‍♀️🤩🌟👏🌟💖🌟💖🌟💖

I love a story that I can learn something from. It deserves repeat listens, which I did! I loved the witty humour, characters & excellent narration!
Enjoy👱🏻‍♀️😃🤩👏🌟💖

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Perfection

Ali Hazelwood can do no wrong - an auto buy author for me! The narration was impeccable, rhetorical narrator did such a fantastic job with male voices, I was immersed.

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Couldn’t walk away

I loved this book I would have loved it to be a lot longer the end felt rushed but I can see why it was after finishing it. Definitely another great book from Ali

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This book is everything!!

For anyone looking for their next favourite romance read you need to get this one started !

The plot is detailed and beautifully executed. The characters are so loveable- even the grumpy side characters will have obsessively listening to this book.

The way these characters feel so real and down to earth is otherworldly. Nolan and Mallory had been one of favourite relationships to listen to - they’re honest, to the point and yet gentle and understanding.

And the narrator 🤌 I could listen to Karissa Vacker all day. She did such a brilliant job of brining this story to life.

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One of her best!

Ali never disappoints, absolutely loved this listened to it in one day! So so good!

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All of the feels

Ali Hazelwood has done it again. Could not stop listening. Narration was excellent. Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.

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my fave Hazelwood so far!

I'm not into chess so I worried this would be boring but it was the opposite of boring!

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