Strength Check (Dungeons and Dating #1) by Katherine McIntyre


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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.

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4 out of 5 (very good)

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This is awesome, fun, sensitive and moving. Watching a budding romance and the trials of two beautiful people is heart warming.

It's great seeing the family dynamics and the problems that Roxie and Melody encounter. The resilience they show is inspiring to say the least.

I'm loving this LGBTQ story, packed with geekiness, board games and a love of horror movies. I started to fall in love from the first page... I'm thrilled that it's the start of a series, I can't wait for the next instalment.

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Strong women. Strong words. Katherine McIntyre is a feisty chick with a big attitude despite her short stature. She writes stories featuring snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes--high chance for a passionate speech thrown into the mix. As an eternal geek and tomboy who's always stepped to her own beat, she's made it her mission to write stories that represent the broad spectrum of people out there, from different cultures and races to all varieties of men and women. Easily distracted by cats and sugar.

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