Check & Mate

Check & Mate

Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 07/11/2023
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Check & Mate
Why do i now care about chess
Love Ali Hazelwood, this is my fav YA romance of the year. I love her unproblematic male lead characters. Great tension. Didn't like some of the childish ... READ MORE
Grace at Waterstones Belfast
Check & Mate
Ali Hazelwood has done it again!
the tension, the pining, the passion. *chefs kiss* It’s a big statement to make but… I think this might be my favourite book (if not joint favourite) fr... READ MORE
Kate at Chichester Waterstones
Check & Mate
The best YA romance book i have ever read.
I'm not normally one for Young Adult romance books, however, when Ali Hazelwood announced one, I have never been more excited and it lived up to the expect... READ MORE
Trudy Thomas
Check & Mate
Perfect cure for a reading slump!!
Carla Bastos
Check & Mate
Her best yet!
So Ali Hazelwood can literally do no wrong, and this might just be my favourite book yet despite me hating chess?! I have been in an absolute reading slump... READ MORE
Tilly Fitzgerald
Check & Mate
Hazelwood's magic continues to YA...
As someone who loves Ali Hazelwood's books and YA romances, I was very excited for this one! Definitely on the upper end of Young Adult though. It carries ... READ MORE
Libby Low
Check & Mate
The chemistry and the pining were insane!
Ali Hazelwood has done it AGAIN, and I adored her YA debut! I have to say, I know absolutely nothing about chess, or the world of chess, or chess champions... READ MORE
Millie Slingsby


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...)

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781408727614
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 250g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm

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Check & Mate
So cute and funny
I think Check & Mate might be my new favorite Ali Hazelwood book, it’s funny, it’s cute, and made me laugh. Check & Mate is her fourth novel and her first ... READ MORE
Veronica Garcia Jimenez
Check & Mate
Great YA
I can see why this is Ali Azelwood’s favorite child. Check & Mate is a wonderful YA and I was enthralled by the story from the beginning. While the stor... READ MORE
Sara Machado
Check & Mate
I love Ali Hazelwood's books so much. Smart, funny and thoughtful, they are so charming and are a real tonic. I save them for when I'm feeling rather down ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Check & Mate
What’s not to love!
Another fun & fabulous read from Ali Hazelwood!Strong well developed characters, clever potting and the usual zingy dialogue. What’s not to like? With ... READ MORE
Small Adventurist
Check & Mate
Ali smashed it like always.
Rosanna Dickason
Check & Mate
Smart, Interesting and Romantic!
As a big chess fan I really loved this YA Romance from Ali Hazelwood. Check & Mate is a book that is smart, romantic and one that excited the hell out of m... READ MORE
Porsche Barrett
Check & Mate
My favourite by this author!
Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood I give this book 4.5 stars I have never played chess but it made no difference to my total enjoyment of this book and I h... READ MORE
Check & Mate
Adorable chess romance
Mallory Greenleaf was chess-mad as a child, then something happened, something to do with her father, and she hasn't played or competed since. Her father i... READ MORE
Alison Robinson
Check & Mate
Check & Mate
Mallory Greenleaf’s life changes instantly when she crosses path with chess world number one, Nolan Sawyer, in a local tournament. Daughter of a former che... READ MORE
Laura Oliphant
Check & Mate
Another hit from Ali Hazelwood
I’m always apprehensive about buying another Ali Hazelwood book PURELY because what she writes is incredible and I’m always afraid of starting a new one an... READ MORE
Abbie Vidler
Check & Mate
Once again Ali Hazelwood has made another wonderful book. I dare say its her best story yet! The main girl is written to be unlikeable but shows growth whi... READ MORE
Kaiden Jones
Check & Mate
A Captivating Chess-Inspired Romance in the Hazelwood Universe
Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood is a captivating blend of emotional depth and strategic allure that kept me engrossed from start to finish. Mallory Greenleaf... READ MORE
Beth at Andover
Check & Mate
YA chess romance
Having left chess years ago, Mallory is sucked back in when she wins against the current world champion, Nolan, in a charity tournament. Both can’t deny b... READ MORE
Bosties Lovebooks
Check & Mate
Somehow very boring to me...
When I bought this book, I already knew that it would be about chess. Which is interesting for me. But this book is suppose to be also a romance, but the... READ MORE
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