Are you ready for something a little different from Ali Hazelwood? Get excited for Check & Mate, the new hit from the globally bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis
In this clever and swoonworthy new 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.
Check & Mate stole my heart from the first page...I couldn't put it down! - Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk
Wickedly smart, highly addictive, fun and emotional all wrapped in a wonderfully heart-clutching book...I can't stop, won't stop screaming about this one - Susan Lee, author of Seoulmates
Ali Hazelwood is a Grandmaster of romance. Check & Mate is so delightfully hilarious that you won't see the play coming before Hazelwood steals your bishop, sneaks by your defences, and checkmates your heart. - Ashley Poston, author of The Dead Romantics
Ali Hazelwood is the queen of smart rom-coms, and Check & Mate is her best book yet... the perfect rivals-to-lovers romance. - Alex Aster, author of the Lightlark series
Ali Hazelwood is a known master of deeply clever, ridiculously satisfying 'JUST KISS ALREADY!!' slow burns, and this book is all of that and so much more...[you'll] swoon and gasp and cackle. - Emma Lord, author of Tweet Cute
A swoon-worthy romance - Publishers Weekly
Ali Hazelwood is the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis, Love on the Brain and Love Theoretically as well as a writer of peer-reviewed articles about brain science, in which no one makes out and the ever after is not always happy. Originally from Italy, she lived in Germany and Japan before moving to the US to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. She recently became a professor, which absolutely terrifies her. When Ali is not at work, she can be found running, eating cake pops, or watching sci-fi movies with her two feline overlords (and her slightly-less-feline husband).