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★★★★★ BOOK REVIEW ~ Checked by Jennifer Jamelli (Penny Lisa)

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Callie spends countless hours staring at appliances to make sure they are really unplugged. She wastes obscene amounts of time checking for murderers in various corners of her house and entire sleepless nights performing pointless checking rituals. Then every spare minute is filled with inspecting doorknobs, chairs, floors, etc. for minuscule traces of germs. Oh, and she does all of this as she counts to three over and over again in her head. She does this every day. Without fail.

Dr. Blake just doesn’t fit into her schedule. Until he does. Until Callie begins to trust him. Until she starts to need him. And want him. And . . .
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5 Pennies
While I love reading, I love it even more when I learn something new. Checked deals with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and how debilitating it can be. People often times will joke about being OCD or anal retentive when they need to have certain things done just so. For those that suffer from the condition, it controls them in every aspect of their life. It often is a coping mechanism for anxiety, but it can cause alienation of those around them that grow frustrated by the patterns and rituals they repeat over and over again.Callie suffers from OCD. She is in grad school and is seeking treatment for her condition with a couple of specialists. When her case is assigned to a new psychologist, she is resistant to starting over with a new clinician. Dr. Aiden Blake has seen first hand the devastating affects OCD can have. He knows that in order to push her outside her comfort zone, he is going to have to earn her trust.I blew through this book today. Every chance I had to read it, my nose was buried. Jennifer has a very engaging writing style and I could feel the emotions between Callie, her family and Dr. Blake. The way Jennifer took Callie through her daily rituals, the streaming playlist in her head and overwhelming fears provided such insight as to what someone with OCD goes through even with dealing with the most mundane tasks. The constant need for control over their environment is exhausting and I have a new found appreciation and empathy for the condition.

What I wished I had known before I started this is book 1 of a trilogy and book 3 has not released yet. I was going to dive right into Checked Again, book 2, but want to find out how soon book 3 is coming out. There is a significant cliffhanger at the end of this book that leaves the story with multiple directional possibilities. Jennifer can expect me to start stalking her about the release of book 3.

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Jennifer Jamelli has spent most of her life reading and writing; she holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English, and she is an 8th grade English teacher.She also directs a musical production each school year. Her most recent show was Beauty and the Beast.Jennifer lives with her husband and her four-year-old son.

She, like the main character in her debut novel, has a rather hopeless case of OCD.

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