Checkmate

Checkmate❰Reading❯ ➾ Checkmate Author Nicki Bennett – Oaklandjobs.co.uk All for Love Book OneWhen sword for hire Teodoro Ci za de Vivar accepts a commission to rescue Lord Christian Blackwood from unsuitable influences, he has no idea he s landed himself in the middle of All for Love Book OneWhen sword for hire Teodoro Ci za de Vivar accepts a commission to rescue Lord Christian Blackwood from unsuitable influences, he has no idea he s landed himself in the middle of a plot to assassinate King Philip IV of Spain and blame the English ambassador for the deed Nor does he expect the spoiled child he s sent to retrieve to be a handsome, engaging young man As Teodoro and Christian face down enemies at every turn, they fall and in love, an emotion they can t safely indulge with the threat of the Inquisition looming over them It will take all their combined guile and influence to outmaneuver the powerful men who would see them separated or even killed. 2.25 starsBest part of this novel was its beautiful cover The head hopping at the start was dizzying and the story could have been muchcompact. Wow Just look at that cover I m not generally a fan of Ann Cain s hand drawn covers, but I ve probably only seen theyaoi ones This is utterly brilliant and has everything that a gay historical needs Yes, there s flesh but it s not representative of men shagging it srelevant to the story It has depth Bloody brilliant and standing ovation from me My top cover of the year.Although I did enjoy the story as a whole, the main thing that stopped this book getting a much higher mark Wow Just look at that cover I m not generally a fan of Ann Cain s hand drawn covers, but I ve probably only seen theyaoi ones This is utterly brilliant and has everything that a gay historical needs Yes, there s flesh but it s not representative of men shagging it srelevant to the story It has depth Bloody brilliant and standing ovation from me My top cover of the year.Although I did enjoy the story as a whole, the main thing that stopped this book getting a much higher mark which with a hard edit it would have deserved was the head hopping I can usually bear it although I know most readers dislike it intensely with two people, but this hopped between however many where on the page, which was often 3 people and caused my head to hurt at times, and made for some really difficult reading Christian realized he had not brought his valise into the room with him Sighing against the inevitable, he wrapped the clothtightly around his waist and opened the door He hesitated when he saw Teodoro and Esteban standing there, but there was no help for it He needed his clothes Without speaking, he crossed to his bag and rummaged through it for a clean shirt and breeches.His already hard cock throbbed against Teodoro s breeches when Blackwood entered the room clad only in a bath sheet, his bare chest and limbs evenalluring than the Spaniard had imagined them.As you can see, the head hopping here causes definite confusion It also made it very difficult to get to know the characters it s hard to get inside the head of someone when they only have one paragraph, one reaction and then you are whizzing over to everyone else in the scene To be honest it made the book almost unreadable, as the POV even broke away from Teodoro in the middle of an exciting sword fight, completely spoiling the scene, to leap into Christian s head who was elsewhere at the time.The mercenary s conscience surprised me I wouldn t have thought he d have cared whether his client s story was true or not he was being handsomely paid I would have thought that a hired sword would have one loyalty the the highest bidder Granted he was attracted to Christian from the first but not enough to immediately feel guilt that he was kidnapping Christian, not saving him from unnatural practices.There were a couple of things that jarred, such as a horse travelling 400 miles in 5 days, and the mention of a Grand Tour which didn t exist until after the Restoration, but other than that the history seemed pretty solid to me, so no complaints there.Overall, it s a good story with a tender romance, exciting moments, enough hurt comfort to assuage the hardest heart and if you can get past the confusion of the dizzying head hopping you ll probably enjoy the book, but it makes it a not read again for me, I m afraid This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Using The Three Musketeers as inspiration Teodoro and Christian must work together to stay safe Their love is not approved of by the Inquisition Christian s father is head of the English delagation working on a treaty with Spain Opponents of Spanish King Phillip are trying to derail the negotiations and want to use Christian as a pawn Teodoro has been hired to bring Christian to them but when he learns the truth he wants to make it up to Christian and help keep him safe I enjoyed these men Using The Three Musketeers as inspiration Teodoro and Christian must work together to stay safe Their love is not approved of by the Inquisition Christian s father is head of the English delagation working on a treaty with Spain Opponents of Spanish King Phillip are trying to derail the negotiations and want to use Christian as a pawn Teodoro has been hired to bring Christian to them but when he learns the truth he wants to make it up to Christian and help keep him safe I enjoyed these men At first they are on opposite sides but quickly realize they have been lied to Christian grows into his aristocracy and cannot be seen as a child by his father after his adventures with Teodoro, Raul, and Gerrard to save the negotiations and protect King Phillip Lots of action and adventure and swordplay At the end of the story we get a glimpse of the French Musketeers I cannot wait to read the sequel, All For One A good historical read Kept you on your toes In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate Isaac AsimovTeodoro Ci za de Vivar of Checkmate by Nicki Bennet and Arial Tachna, has one main concern supporting his son, Esteban Anything else, including his own pleasure, takes second place His occupation as a mercenary is a dangerous one but it pays well for Teodoro, it s worth the risk When he s hired to find Christian Blackwood, son of an English nobleman, Teodoro sees it as an easy job, over and done with swiftly What h In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate Isaac AsimovTeodoro Ci za de Vivar of Checkmate by Nicki Bennet and Arial Tachna, has one main concern supporting his son, Esteban Anything else, including his own pleasure, takes second place His occupation as a mercenary is a dangerous one but it pays well for Teodoro, it s worth the risk When he s hired to find Christian Blackwood, son of an English nobleman, Teodoro sees it as an easy job, over and done with swiftly What he doesn t realize is that retrieving Christian will engage not only his sword, but his mind and his heart as well.Teodoro accomplishes his mission, getting Christian away from Hawkins, his bodyguard, but wounds him in the process After hearing that Christian s father sent him away for his own protection and learning that St Denys, the man who hired Teodoro to retrieve Christian, is the one Christian needs protection from, Teodoro understands Christian is in trouble He will not leave him unprotected until he can eliminate the threat, so Teodoro takes over as Christian s bodyguard After making preparations for Hawkins to be taken care of, Teodoro brings Christian back to Madrid with him From the start, Teodoro and Christian have a strong attraction to each other, but honor prevents Teodoro from propositioning Christian he thinks he has nothing to offer Christian and that there is no way Christian could possibly want someone so far below his class.Teodoro s son, Esteban, is not happy when Christian insinuates himself into their home and, apparently, into the heart of his father as well With patience and consistency, Esteban comes to see that Christian isn t there to usurp his position or take Teodoro away from him and begins to trust him Esteban also sees how much happier Teodoro is with Christian around With the help of his best friend, Raul, Teodoro obtains evidence in writing of St Denys association with conspirators in an attempt to assassinate the king of Spain when he meets with the English Negotiator, who happens to be Christian s father St Denys is condemned and executed, but that s not the end of their problems There is another coconspirator out there to be taken care of Before Teodoro can present his evidence, he is arrested by soldiers of the Inquisition charged with Sodomy It s obvious to all that the man working with St Denys is to blame for alerting them because he thinks it s a way to get rid of him His family and friends agonize over what will happen to Teodoro and desperately search for a way to save him, because, generally, no one escapes the Inquisition s clutches.I thoroughly enjoyed this swashbuckling tale and fell in love with the characters Teodoro having a son was a nice twist Raul added a touch of the exotic the mystery surrounding the man was intriguing and his dedication to Teodoro was admirable Teodoro and Christian s miscommunication about their attraction gave them time to get to know each other better before jumping right into bed Teodoro and Esteban as well, didn t give Christian enough benefit of the doubt, assuming that he was just a spoiled, privileged child, instead of the fair minded, not condescending man he actually was If you like swords for hire, hot sex, despicable enemies, intrigue, betrayal, and a happy ending, then you may enjoy this book Thanks, Nikki and Ariel, for the exciting story I m looking forward to readingof the series.NOTE This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews This is the second story I ve read by Nicki Bennett and Ariel Tachna, and I liked the interaction between Teodoro and Christian, especially complimented by Raul the gypsy and Teodoro s son Esteban This story is set in the time of the Spanish Inquisition where being different meant death and most of the characters were either bi or gay, so it was a large blade hanging over their heads What felt a little unrealistic to me were some of the supporting characters and how easily they accepted that d This is the second story I ve read by Nicki Bennett and Ariel Tachna, and I liked the interaction between Teodoro and Christian, especially complimented by Raul the gypsy and Teodoro s son Esteban This story is set in the time of the Spanish Inquisition where being different meant death and most of the characters were either bi or gay, so it was a large blade hanging over their heads What felt a little unrealistic to me were some of the supporting characters and how easily they accepted that difference in such a time, and I was constantly waiting for something to go wrong with someone close to the MCs, especially with the brothel proprietess There were some excellent nail biting moments throughout with regards to the Inquisition and a little BE Overall a decent read and a nice love story, but I would have liked avibrant suspense subplot 3.5 stars I could not finish this book I gave up about 1 3 1 2 of the way in I can t stand stories where the protagonists spend the whole time pining after each other when they both got the hots for each other SO OBNOXIOUS JUST FRICKLE FRACKLE ALREADY Swashbucklers and swordfighting and true love, you cannot beat this book The best books let you step into another world and forget yoursI enjoyed my trip into Teo and Christian s world and hope to go back soon. Book CheckmateAuthor Nicki Bennett, Ariel TachnaStar rating No of Pages 294Cover Intriguing POV 3rd person, multi POV, omnipresentWould I read it again Probably not.Genre LGBT, Historical, Magic, Spanish Inquisition, Romance, Adventure, Hired Sword I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW Reviewed for Divine MagazineThis was an interesting read and I m of two minds about it.On one hand, it s really, really long, with not a lot to show for tha Book CheckmateAuthor Nicki Bennett, Ariel TachnaStar rating No of Pages 294Cover Intriguing POV 3rd person, multi POV, omnipresentWould I read it again Probably not.Genre LGBT, Historical, Magic, Spanish Inquisition, Romance, Adventure, Hired Sword I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW Reviewed for Divine MagazineThis was an interesting read and I m of two minds about it.On one hand, it s really, really long, with not a lot to show for that length I mean, about 40% was about the adventure aspect and the other 60% was the romance, which I m not sure was strictly necessary But, saying that, a lot of my issues with the book were because there was a lot that wasn t strictly necessary On the other hand, I did enjoy the overall story, but it s not something that I d rave about to a friend or bother to read the next two in the series, either.First off, the omnipresent POV I ve got a lot of experience with it, but this time it was just unnecessary Half of the omnipresent POVs by which I don t mean when whole scenes or chapters were occasionally dedicated to one character were pointless and added nothing to the story that couldn t already be known or shown through their actions and words Here, I m specifically thinking about St Denys, Esteban and the times when Teodoro and Christian are in the same scene we don t need both their POV s.Omnipresent, in this case, is a problem for two reasons 1 we get told things twice once in one paragraph that is Teo s POV and again in Christian s POV which is the next paragraph, literally 2 one paragraph reveals something to us which, in the next, we re not supposed to know It makes it hard to follow the story and keep track of what each character knows or thinks Particularly when the two MC s often have alternating paragraphs Christian, Teodoro, Christian, Teodoro When you get into a rhythm of that, it s okay to follow, butoften than not, it happened for one solid chapter, then changed format in the next and again in the next It was constantly confusing and difficult to keep track of what POV the paragraphs were supposed to be told in, when not immediately made clear, until halfway through the paragraph scene.Half the space taken up by this constant repetition and re experiencing of a situation through both and sometimes triple, when Esteban is involved sets of eyes makes the book much, much longer than necessary It s also pointless Half the time we already know what is going on, who feels what and so forth I d much rather the author s showed us these varying perspectives in either one whole scene chapter dedicated to one character s POV or by SHOWING us through their words and actions This constant telling grew old very quickly.St Denys, as a baddie, was tame and boring I mean, we got one chapter which included his POV unnecessary and after that, he was referred to as this big, bad villain, but he was never seen and did nothing that actually put the characters at real risk of danger The same could be said for the el conde de la Rocha, who was nothing except an off page tool to spur on the action, but only entered the story for about a page.And, quite honestly, St Denys POV at the beginning ruined part of the story as did the blurb How Because the big revelation of St Denys plotting to kill the King is a major plot arc, which is haphazardly thrown into the blurb, so that it s neither a surprise or all that shocking to the reader when the big revelation is made Which jars with the fact that the author s make it very clear throughout the story that this is supposed to be a huge surprise to the readers Except that St Denys POV and the blurb remove all mystery, giving far too much away in a story that, shockingly, goes to painstaking lengths to keep this information from us until the big reveal It makes absolutely no sense.On top of that, there were no translations This book is littered with Spanish phrases and not one of them is explained There also isn t a glossary anywhere in sight, that I could turn to while reading If I were to highlight all the Spanish terms, to look them up later, I d be highlighting half the book Instead, I chose to remain ignorant and look up the most confusing in that they held some sort of meaning to the characters when I was done If I hadn t done that, I would have been putting this book down every five minutes to check Google Translate As it was, the scenes would have made so muchsense had I known what they were talking about, but I ve never even flirted with Spanish, so I had no hope in hell of ever guessing what all those curse words and endearments meant.To keep going with the negative, but be a littlebrief with it there were continuity issues, e.g someone was standing, but was talked about as though they were seatedspelling and grammar issues, as well as mis placed punctuation A good example is when Esteban and Gerrard are both, at different points, mentioned as the Esteban and the Gerrard unbelievable abilities, in terms of being interrupted in flagrante after a big build up and one MC with a lot of serious injuries , only to immediately jump up, with no problems, and be able to talk freely Also an issue is their ability to be free with movement, have sex and jump out of bed with no issues, after being tortured with whipping and the rack, at least.facts were skimmed over that were important Often they weren t mentioned at all, until well after the fact, when it was thrown in as though we should have known it already the best example is St Denys there was so much sex that I got sick of it I literally began skim reading the sex scenes to get to the next big of dialogue or storytelling, because one they got together it was excessive andagainunnecessary.the story ends at 94%, with the cover, blurb and excerpt of book 2, cover and blurb of book 3 and a long list of books by the author s that I could just as easily look up online, if I were so inclined Which I m not, at the moment OverallI could absolutely sum up this book with one word unnecessary The actual plot was great, as were the characters, but the execution of putting those two things together didn t work The biggest issue was the omnipresent POV, which caused a lot of theserious problems I encountered On top of that, the actual plot aspect the threat to the King was so easily resolved that it almost feltyou guessed itunnecessary, to have a book of nearly 300 pages tell the story I mean, I could easily have cut 200 of those pages without impacting the story at all That s how little drama, danger etc there really was, though it was all made to feel very important and dangerous It justwasn t.Though I enjoyed it, it wasalong the lines of Meh I could have not read it and been just as happy with how I spent my day, but reading it didn t exactly kill me, either.In another POV, this could have been fantastic, without all the head hopping and repetition, without the excessive sex and the over exaggerated danger I m giving it a 3 because I enjoyed it and, overall, Christian was my favourite character, but the fact that I didn t understand 30% of the words in the book which were Spanish really detracted from that enjoyment On top of the other issues, nothing over a three would have been appropriate.And, no Sorry, but I won t be reading books 2 and 3 I m happy with how things ended, even for Raul, so I don t feel there s a need to read about his story in book 3 and I barely saw a glimpse of the main character for book 2, so I m not really sure why I d be super excited about going ahead to read about a guy who had about three lines of dialogue, was introduced at the end of the Epilogue and had no impact on the story or me, as a reader, whatsoever Even if I was interested in Raul, I wouldn t be tempted enough to force myself through book 2 just to get there An unexpected pick from a fave genre of mine in romance historical and if coz its m m I said why not give it a try Nicki Bennett Narration isn t awesome, Peter M Brooke is a new narrator for me, yet he has done a commendable An unexpected pick from a fave genre of mine in romance historical and if coz its m m I said why not give it a try Nicki Bennett Ariel Tachna are new authors for me, but what a delightful read they provided, with a historical backdrop of Spain and English political tensions I was just craving to read a book that comes with swashbuckling Spanish swordsman, rescuing a English dude in distress Narration isn t awesome, Peter M Brooke is a new narrator for me, yet he has done a commendable job in providing voice variation to the characters, both the main and the supporting ones If you have a penchant for historical m m romance, with age gap thrown into it and of course, some really smexy scorching between the sheets action, you will like this one

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  • Paperback
  • 294 pages
  • Checkmate
  • Nicki Bennett
  • English
  • 22 February 2017
  • 1615810935