RELEASE WEEK REVIEW: Strength Check by Katherine McIntyre

Strength Check by Katherine McIntyre

Series: Dungeons and Dating #1

Release Date: September 21, 2021

Page Count: 297 pages

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Roxie Esposito just opened a board game café in San Francisco and should be basking in success. Instead, she’s picking out shards from her last relationship and handling her perpetually drunk mother, both of which strain her finances and fuel the need for a roommate.

Melody Roberts finally got the promotion she’d been aiming for—across the country in San Francisco. The perfect escape from her stagnant life and the toxic relationship with her now ex-boyfriend.

The moment Mel answers Roxie’s ad for a roommate, the connection between them is explosive, warm, and real—everything they’ve both been longing for. Between horror movie marathons, board game nights, and deep talks, Mel and Roxie are falling for each other hard. Except the only problem with romance is they both seem to fail every single time, and when the grenade of exes, family drama, and their own insecurities drop, neither will escape unscathed.


I really enjoyed Strength Check, the first book in the Dungeons and Dating series. It made my inner nerd so happy and I loved the romance between Roxie and Mel. It has roommates to bffs to lovers, insta crush, found family and slowburn romance. It’s also the perfect fit for “Idiots to lovers” tag on Ao3 ’cause half the time I wanted to scream at them to get together.

It is written in dual POV and I loved getting alternate chapters from both of them. Roxie and Mel have sizzling chemistry on page. They really complimented each other.

Found family is one of my favourite tropes and Roxie and her friends were amazing. They own a board game cafe and it was so wonderfully geeky. I really liked the side characters, especially Cal and Jasper, and I cannot wait for more books in the series. Cal’s book is next, and I’m really excited.

*ARC provided by the author via Gay Romance Reviews in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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