Cashing the Reality Check
Title : Cashing the Reality Check
Series : Checkmate, Book #2
Author : Lex Chase
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Urban Fantasy, Humour
Length : 138 pages (e-book)
Published : August 7, 2013
Rating : ★★★1/2
Sequel to Pawn Takes Rook
Checkmate: Book Two
Even after eleven months of keeping the mean streets of Axis City safe, superduo Checkmate—Hogarth Dawson—and his boyfriend, Memphis Rook, still receive the cold shoulder from the Power Alliance. Undeterred, Hogarth brings his intense focus to bear on Rook, and after Hogarth makes an accidental marriage proposal, it becomes all too clear Rook isn’t quite at the same place. But before life gets awkward, duty calls.
Booted-off female contestants of the romantic reality show Single and Super are being found in comas, and Checkmate needs to get to the bottom of it. As part of Rook’s plan, he cleans up his bad boy image and goes undercover as a bachelor looking for love among twenty-five frenzied women. Against Rook’s wishes, Hogarth sneaks onto the set as a cameraman to investigate the case on his own. With questions unanswered between them, emotions run high, distracting them and feeding a trap of their own making.
So book two seems to have a different focus than book one. In book one all Garth wants is to be admitted into the Alliance as an official superhero. He has a good amount of hero worship for Rook and things between them kick off from there and they fight the bad guys together. Cashing the Reality Check focuses more on their relationship. There’s still the humor and the superhero bad ass stuff but I think this one was more “romance” than the first one.
Garth is a huge fan of Single and Super, a show very much like the Bachelor. YES! I’ve watched a season or two. Anyway, it’s the final night and he’s about to make his pick when something crazy attacks Garth and Rook which results in the trashing of their apartment. The heroes still have to patrol the streets so they go out and find one of the contestants from the show wandering the streets. Almost in a zombielike trance. They take her to hospital only to find a fellow superhero bringing in another woman from the show in the same condition. The fellow superhero is Pixel and she has the power to draw something and make it so. Pretty cool, right? Garth doesn’t totally trust her but she drops a bomb on them that one of the superheroes has gone rogue and doing something sinister on the set of Single and Super. To be on the show you have to be a hunky dreamboat type of guy, so Rook gets a makeover to go under cover. He tries to go it alone but Garth isn’t having it. He sneaks on set with the help of Pixel to discover the secrets hidden behind the scenes.
I really like Garth. He’s quirky, funny and I’d have to agree with Rook, intense. He goes and goes like an energizer bunny. Sometimes it’s too much but on the other hand he has some lines or comments. His thought process is fun and reading the book through his POV definitely gives it a voice. Rook is a little harder to understand but since he’s quiet and broody and we never get his POV that’s understandable. He has some very sweet moments in this book. Still tough but he’s in love for the first time in a long time and it’s always nice to see big strong men acting sweet.
We meet a new superhero named Pixel in this one and I’m kind of torn on if I like her or not. You’ll find out why when you read it. I didn’t fully grasp why the bad guy was doing what he’s doing. I would have liked a little more back round there. Also, why and how Garth’s manifested like it did in the big battle scene. The ending was very sweet. If you liked the first one you’ll definitely want to pick this one up.
Rated 3.5 stars by Whit