Wisdom Check by Katherine McIntyre _ Book Review

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Julian’s boss is newly single, ridiculously hot, and looking his way. He’s so screwed.

Cal Morgan’s life was going right on plan—got the wife, the baby, and the board game café he opened with his best friends. At least, until his wife dropped the dreaded ‘d’ word. Newly divorced and juggling custody of their toddler with his ex, Cal’s dreams of a family are burnt to ash.

Julian Hale’s been carrying a torch for his sexy boss, Cal, for far too long. As the oldest of five and surrogate mom to his siblings, Julian gets tugged in so many directions that he’s never made time for himself—his wants, his desires—and he definitely desires this man.  

However, when Cal starts turning those scorching stares Julian’s way, he can’t resist, even though he should. They’re boss and employee, and Cal’s fresh out of a divorce with a two year old—it’s a recipe for disaster even if they’re both falling fast. But when Julian’s application to nursing school gets accepted, he’ll have to choose between pursuing the dreams he set aside when his mom died or the one man he could imagine a future with. Life taught him early on that he’ll never get both.

Roll the dice on romance at Tabletop Tavern…

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Wisdom Check is the second stand alone in the Dungeons and Dating series by Katherine McIntyre. I’ll be honest, I was slightly nervous going into this because I was quite disappointed in book 1, but I’m happy to say I enjoyed this significantly more.

Cal, one of the owners of the Tabletop Tavern, is newly divorced from his less than pleasant wife. Now he’s left with his job and giving his two-year-old daughter the best life he can as a single parent. Now that he’s out of that toxic relationship, he is seeing things in a new light, especially his employee/ friend Julian. Julian has been crushing on his boss Cal since he was hired a year ago, so he doesn’t mind being an emotional support for him in his time of need. He’s also used to taking care of others, acting as a second parent to his 4 siblings alongside his dad after his mother’s passing. Time spent together leads to them acknowledging their attraction to each other. When things get physical, Julian is hesitant to make it public because he’s juggling so much and is afraid of being a rebound for Cal. When Cal’s ex tries to reinsert herself will he step up and claim his feelings for Julian or let him push him away.

The truth was if Cal needed anything, Julian would turn himself inside out to put a smile on that man’s face.”

Ya’ll this one hit just right, I don’t know if it’s because I went in with low expectations or what, but I have zero complaints. Cal had his sh*t together pretty well for someone who was dealing with an evil manipulative ex-wife, a homophobic father, an ex friend trying to mess with his business, and being a single parent. Props to him for managing to provide a loving and stable environment for his absolutely adorable two-year-old among all that. Julian was precious and deserves ALL the love. He raised his siblings as best as his could, so their father could keep a roof over their head and no matter how ungrateful his siblings acted he never gave up on them. He just had the biggest heart, and it was wonderful to see Cal show him how much he deserved to be the one taken care of for a change. Besides being completely supportive of each other and domestic sweetness when it was Cal , Julian and little Kay, the two of them when they are behind closed doors is 🔥🔥🔥 The sexual tension between them pays off deliciously!

He never stood a chance at keeping Cal out, and the moment the man turned his interest on Julian, it didn’t matter if his heart might end up shattered. He’d already fallen deep.”

Overall, Wisdom Check redeemed the Dungeons and Dating series in my eyes. The boss/employee trope that’s filled with friend game nights, stolen moments at work in the walk in fridge, aquarium trips, family and happily ever afters.

—Written by Amanda—

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