Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Check Me Out by Becca Wilhite {Review}

Check Me Out by Becca Wilhite
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published February 3rd 2018 by Shadow Mountain


Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.

Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local cafe where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts that in his face-to-face conversation.

When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a "battle of the bands" book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.

Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?

Check Me Out is a contemporary romance—with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac—that reminds us to never judge a book by its cover.


My Review: 4 Stars

Cover love and a book about a librarian won my heart from the start. Greta has spent a good chunk of her life working her way up to head librarian at her charmingly old local library. She's good at what she does, but she lacks some social qualities. You see, Greta is a little superficial, oblivious, and selfish. Her best friend is not physically attractive, but definitely her soulmate. Will is quite heavy and it's mentioned numerous times, but man, that guy is a poet at heart, with his silvery, smooth tongue and irresistible personality, he could melt any girl's heart.

Every year, Will delivers an amazing gift to Greta for her birthday and this year, it's his cousin Mac, the "perfect" man. Is there really such a thing as perfect? It seems rare to get the whole package deal--either you go for personality or for looks and in my honest opinion, personality can help make or break looks. Greta is ecstatic with her "gift" and can't see what's right in front of her, although it's obvious to everyone else, including the reader.

One thing that I loved best is that although Greta is blind, unknowingly hurtful, and living with her rose colored glasses on, she eventually comes to a crossroads and has to make that choice--personality or looks? It's a tough choice for her to make, but I love the growth that gradually happens through her journey. 

Greta is also campaigning for a library bond on the voting ballot to help her beloved workplace stay open. She goes about things in an interesting way, which really shows her extreme flaws and shortcomings, but once again, her journey and learning experiences make her feel like an average person and not some idol. However, I'm not completely convinced that she's all the way "grown up" yet and I'm not sure she'll find her HEA without more time.

All in all, the voice is entertaining and the flaws make for realistic characters. No one can judge by a cover and no one can expect perfection.

Content: mild romance

*I received a copy through Netgalley, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions*


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