Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Blog Tour: Check Me Out

Check Me Out. Becca Wilhite. 2018. Shadow Mountain. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: You know that quote people attribute to Confucius? The one that says, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life"? I know that quote. I've had paper copies of it stuck to various household mirrors. I believe in it. I love it.

Premise/plot: Greta, our heroine, is a young librarian who shared a wish with her best friend, Will. Her wish? To find the perfect guy. He delivers; in fact he sends the guy, his cousin Mac, to the library, to the poetry section. Her reaction is total swoon. But what she doesn't know--but readers do--is she's fallen into an adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac.

The guy she's falling head over heels for--is being told exactly what to say by Will. When they bump into each other impromptu, he stumbles and goofs. On their dates, he's always glued to his phone. But he gives the most awesome compliments--via text and sometimes in person.

The other drama of Check Me Out is Greta's fight to save her small town library. If a bond passes, I believe, then there will be a new library. If it doesn't, well, the current library closes its doors forever.

My thoughts: I enjoyed this one. I did. I usually don't read contemporary romances because I don't read smut. (To clarify, I don't judge those who do. I just personally choose to keep my romances clean.) I trust Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance line though. So as soon as I heard that this one was a loose adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, I said YES, please!

Cyrano de Bergerac is told from Cyrano's perspective. Obviously, this one is from the female perspective. Greta--like Roxane--is at first concerned SOLELY with appearances. Greta finds Mac to be swoon-worthy. And she can't stop talking about his perfect hair, his perfect body, his perfect smile, his perfect eyes, etc. She melts at the touch of his hand on hers. She's smitten thoroughly. I am often annoyed with Roxane's character--her blindness to what is right in front of her, her shallowness, her silliness. That holds true, in part, with Greta.

© 2018 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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