Check Your Work – Book Review

Title: Check Your Work
Author: Skye Kilaen
Series/Number: Love At Knockdown #3
Genre: Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: November 1, 2022
Themes: MF Romance, Bisexual MCs, Fake Dating, Teacher MC, Grumpy/Sunshine, Age Gap, Cinnamon Roll Hero


One month. No feelings. They’ve totally got this fake dating thing under control.

Bisexual ex-barista Oliver is finally a high school math teacher, and it’s everything he ever wanted. Until he stumbles across the mysterious customer he crushed on back when he worked at Knockdown Coffee… and kinda sorta accidentally tells his Vice Principal that he’s dating her. Oops?

Octavia, a bi programmer, didn’t expect to run into the cute blue-haired barista again. Certainly not while volunteering at a local arts high school. He’s much too young and much too nice for her—but when she discovers he’s told people they’re dating, it’s a stroke of luck. She needs a fake relationship to stick it to her nemesis, and Oliver’s the perfect fit.

Their assignment is simple: one month of a convincing charade, and after the company gala, everything between them is absolutely and completely over.

Sometimes, however, the homework is harder than you expect.

A high heat contemporary queer M/F romance with a guaranteed HEA.

Tropes: fake dating, age gap (she’s older), cinnamon roll hero, bisexual romance.

Detailed content warnings are available in the book’s front matter and on the author’s website.

Thank you to the author for an eARC of this title

This was so cute! I loved how this was like a comedy of errors and turned into the sweetest development of a relationship. Oliver is adorable and so sweet. It was really hard watching him struggle to feel like himself at his new job and learning about his past experiences.

I loved when, as his fake relationship with Octavia developed, they had so much intimacy along the way. It was really cute seeing them bumble through faking dates together. I really like how Octavia encouraged Oliver to be himself. Seeing them get close and be intimate in the most simple ways was the sweetest thing in the world.

It was really sweet seeing the two of them support each other through their jobs and experiences. I loved how supportive Octavia was of Oliver’s need to express himself and how even before they were officially dating she was doing what she could to make him feel comfortable and supported.

In the end they were very cute together and I really enjoyed seeing them support each other and warm up to each other.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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