Rook Black is determined to leave her chess career in the past. Unfortunately, beyond being able to kick ass on the board, she doesn't have many skills to offer up, which leads her to a hustle - and a lot of trouble. Trying to make it right, she's stuck back in the game and miserable about it...until she meets Carmen.
Carmen Barnes is a beauty queen who's out to prove she's more than just a pretty face. Determined to use her crown to change the world, she wants to leave a mark that makes people think. Hosting a chess tournament for a local teen's homeless shelter is just the thing. One caveat: She doesn't know a thing about chess. There's also the stifling rules that come with her title. Romance - or a lack thereof - is written into her contract.
When a stubborn chess player is pitted against an ambitious pageant winner, heads butt and sparks fly. Will Rook's gambit pay off? Fate aims for a checkmate in this lesbian romance!