Check Me Out by Becca Wilhite (Review)

This is the second contemporary release from this line of books. Read what I thought below...

Check Me Out
(A Proper Romance)
by Becca Wilhite
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
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 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.

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My Review

CHECK ME OUT is a contemporary romance with plenty of charm. There's the small-town setting, the boy-next-door who is also the best friend, the hot new guy, some quirky and fun characters, a library in danger of being closed, and in the middle of it all a sweet librarian who finds she also has a little spunk. A steadily-paced story with an adorable ending.

Let me just say that I love the title of this book and the intended pun based on the protagonist being a librarian. I adored Greta (said protagonist), even though she is so blind to so many things. I also adored Will and Great's co-workers. This story tugged on my own love for libraries and books from the first page on. There were moments of knowing disaster was about to strike and helplessly watching it unfold. I really, really wanted Greta to figure things out and for the library to survive. The setting was really fun with all this history behind the library and a little mystery around some of the characters as well.

I did have a few reservations. I would have liked more Will and Greta and to feel more of their chemistry. He was such a great guy and I got how everything worked and turned out, but my feelings weren't always engaged in their relationship and the romance aspect of the book. There were also some parts that were slow for me and I felt the book could have been shortened.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an overall sweet story. I would have liked a little more spark in the romance department, but still enjoyed it.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

Books in the Series

   The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott (Historical Proper Romance #2)
The Sheriffs of Savage Wells Beauty and the Clockwork Beast Forever and Forever (Historical Proper Romance) A Lady's Favor
My Fair GentlemanHeir to Edenbrooke Lord Fenton's Folly A Heart Revealed
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About the Author

Becca Wilhite, author of Bright Blue Miracle and My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions, is a happy wife, and a mom to four above-average kids. High school English teacher by dar, writer by night (or very early morning), she loves hiking Broadway shows, food, books, and movies. You can find her online at

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