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 café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than 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 that it is what’s on the inside that matters most.
Check Me Out Review
Check Me Out is Becca Wilhite’s first entry in the Shadow Mountain Publishing’s Proper Romance Series. The premise is a cute one, and I admit to having a fondness for all things library. This is a contemporary tale with a Cyrano de Bergerac storyline. The three main characters are Greta, Will and Mac. Greta and Will have been friends since childhood, and Mac is Will’s cousin, introduced to Greta as a birthday “present” from Will. This fledgling romance between Greta and Mac begins to grow, but becomes increasingly awkward and a little uncomfortable as Greta begins to realize that his texts don’t quite match up to his in-person conversation, and she isn’t quite sure what to make of it.
As the story progresses, we’re introduced to additional interesting characters, including a mysterious Dr. Joshua Silver, a figure from the town’s history. He becomes a bit of a subplot as she develops a “historical crush” on him while she researches him and tries to learn his fate.
Greta is not one of my favorite protagonists. She came across as shallow, and somewhat impetuous. I found her sometimes frustrating, especially in the beginning. I would have liked to have learned a little more about her, which might have given her more depth. The book took some unexpected twists toward the end that made it a little more thoughtful and leaves the readers to ponder on their own bias and prejudices.
If you’re looking for a clean romance, that’s a little different than most, then Check Me Out could be a good read for you.
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