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    Starting a new thread for the Challenge here in the new site.

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    SWEET SIXTEEN (submitted by Sandlynn) – Based upon the literal sweets in our life (rather than the figurative) read ten to sixteen romances from any of the following categories.

    Three Musketeers – Read a romance set in France or one in which the hero and/or heroine are part of a crime fighting or military team or, simply read an historical romance.
    Jolly Rancher – Read a romance set in the American west and/or set on a ranch or one in which the hero/heroine is a cowboy/cowgirl.
    Candy Corn – Read a romance set on a farm or in a rural/agricultural area or involving people who work with plants and/or gardening.
    Salt Water Taffy – Read a romance set near or on the ocean or involving people who work or have exploits on the water.
    Pop Rocks – Read a romance where the hero and/or heroine are rockers or, more broadly, singers and/or musicians of any type.
    Peppermint Patties – Since peppermint is often used medicinally, read a romance where the hero and/or heroine is a doctor or is set in a hospital or in which one of the main characters has a serious illness or disability.
    Starburst – Read a romance where the hero and/or heroine is a star in the arts such as acting, the fine arts, writing, music, etc.
    Lolli”pop” – Read a romance where the hero and/or heroine is a parent.
    Fudge – We’re fudging things here. Read a romance where the hero and/or heroine is fudging the truth. They are pretending to be something they are not, for example a romance featuring spies or someone who is in disguise or playing a part.
    Mr. Goodbar – Read a romance where the main couple meets in a bar or where the setting is a bar or diner or the hero/heroine owns a bar, is a bartender, or is cook.
    Smarties – Read a romance where either the hero or heroine is considered a prodigy or is involved in formal education, like a teacher or professor.
    Sugar Daddy – Read a May/December romance whether wealth is a part of the story or not.
    Snickers – Read a humorous romance.
    Junior mints – Read a young or new adult romance.
    Milky Way – In homage to our galaxy, read a futuristic or science fiction romance or one where the hero or heroine are involved in science.
    Hershey Kisses – Since romances with little sexual content are often designated as “just kisses,” read a romance with little sexual content or an inspirational.
    Baby Ruth – The genesis of this candy bar’s name has been disputed; but either way, read a sports romance in homage to the baseball player, Babe Ruth, or read a romance in which the hero and/or heroine are in politics in honor of President Cleveland’s daughter Ruth.
    Payday – Read a work or office romance. The hero and heroine should be colleagues.
    Pixie Stix – Since pixies are fantastical characters, read a romance featuring fantastical or paranormal characters or simply read a romantic fantasy or paranormal.
    Good and Plenty – Read an erotic romance. Wink
    Candy Cigarettes – Cigarettes are something to which a sizeable minority of us are addicted. Read a novel from the subgenre of romance to which you are most addicted. (For instance, I’m addicted to contemporaries featuring artists, like singers, actors, writers, etc. Thank the goddesses, this addiction can’t kill me.) Be as specific as possible.
    Truffles – There are truffles that are heavenly chocolates and there are truffles that are savory mushrooms. This is a wildcard category. Read any book on your TBR pile.

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    Groups of Four (submitted by karat)

    Since 4×4 = 16, read books that are related to these groups of four.

    Four seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter)
    – Read 1 to 4 books that have spring, summer, autumn or winter in the title. Or read 1 to 4 books that are set mostly during one specific season
    Four great elements (earth, water, fire and air)
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine works with the earth (gardener, famer, etc), or where the hero or heroine is a firefighter, or is/was in the Air Force or Navy. Or read 1 to 4 books where the characters have powers related to one of the great elements. Or read 1 to 4 paranormal books.
    Famous bands: many famous bands, like The Beatles, U2 and Rolling Stones (currently) have four band members
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine is a musician or likes music. Or read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine is part of a band or a team.
    Four compass points (north, south, east and west)
    – Read 1 to 4 books set “north” (Canada, Alaska, Iceland, Scandinavia, the Northern U.S. States America, etc), “south” (Antarctica, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, etc), “east” (Asia, U. S. East Coast, etc) or “west” (U. S. West Coast, Western Europe, etc)
    Four suits of playing cards (hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades)
    – Read 1 to 4 books with the word heart, love, passion or any other similar word in the title. Or books where the hero or heroine is wealthy. Or books where the main characters live near to, or travel to, a wooded area. Or books where the hero or heroine is a fighter, warrior or is in the military. Or read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine are gamblers, or own/work for a gambling house or casino.
    Four cardinal virtues (justice/fairness, prudence/wisdom, temperance/restraint, courage/fortitude)
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine has one of these virtues.
    Final four: last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. Most common use is the “March Madness” Final Four
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine plays sports, is a sports fan, or is in a competition
    Four Seinfeld Characters: Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza, Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine has a best friend who is a relevant secondary character. Or read 1 to 4 books where the heroine reunites with her ex. Or where the hero and heroine are neighbors. Or read 1 to 4 funny romances.
    Four Sex and the City Characters: Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbes
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine is a writer or journalist, or a publicist, or a business owner, or works with artists or other famous people, or is a lawyer. Or read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine likes fashion and/or is usually well-dressed. Or where the heroine is older than the hero. Or where the hero or heroine is divorced. Or where the hero or heroine is a parent.
    Four Time Zones used in the contiguous U.S. (Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific)
    – Read 1 to 4 books set in these time zones. Or read 1 to 4 time travel books
    Series of Four Books
    – Read 1 to 4 books that are part of a series of four books
    One out of Four
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero of heroine is part of a group of four people (e.g. four best friends, like Mary Jo Putney’s Fallen Angels; four band members, like Nalini Singh’s Schoolboy Choir; four partners, like Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet, etc)

    Alternative
    – Pick your own “Group of Four” and read 1 to 4 books related to the Group you selected.

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    Sweet Sixteen: The Basketball Edition (submitted by Sandlynn)

    Every March, some of you may be aware that there’s a huge college basketball tournament in the U.S. The following are the 16 top teams that went on to compete for the championship in 2015 aka “The Sweet Sixteen” of 2015. (You can look up who won. Wink

    Read 10 to 16 romances following any of the requirements below:

    1. Kentucky Wildcats – Kentucky joined the United States in 1861, the year the American Civil War began. Read a romance in which the setting is the American Civil War or any civil war around the world. Or, since Kentucky is known for its bourbon, read a romance in which the hero or heroine are involved in the making, selling, or serving of wine, beer, or spirits. Or, since Kentucky is also horse country and famous for the Kentucky Derby, read a romance in which the hero/heroine are involved with horses or any kind of racing.

    2. Arizona Wildcats – Arizona joined the United States in 1912. Read a romance set some time in the 1st two decades of the 20th century (1900 – 1920). Or, since Arizona is desert country, read a novel which takes place, at least partially, in a desert environment. Alternatively, playing off the nickname “Wildcats,” read a romance in which the heroine is considered a “wildcat.” Although politically incorrect in today’s terms, a woman who, “loosely defined,” refuses to adhere to society’s strictures of the time in which she lives.

    3. Wisconsin Badgers – Wisconsin is known for its dairy production and its cheese. Read a romance set on a farm or involves a hero or heroine who makes things using these products, like a chef of any sort. Or, in celebration of the badger, which is a creature that burrows and lives underground, read a romance in which the hero and/or heroine is in hiding or is in disguise.

    4. Duke Blue Devils – Duke is not only the name of the person who established Duke University but is also a noble title. Read a romance in which the hero or heroine (or both) have a noble title of any kind. Or, in recognition of their mascot’s name, read a romance in which the word “Blue” or “Devil” is in the title of the book or is a part of a word from the title, like “devilish” or “bluebird.”

    5. Michigan State Spartans – Detroit is in Michigan which is considered the car capital of the U.S. Read a romance in which the hero and/or heroine spend most of the story traveling or “on the road.” Alternatively, in homage to the Spartans of Sparta, read a romance in which the hero and/or heroine are members or former members of the military or a romance which is set in Greece or any country in the Mediterranean.

    6. Wichita State Shockers – Wichita is in Kansas, which is famously known for Dodge City and men like Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok and Bat Masterson who tamed these lawless territories. Read a romance set in the old American west or read one that features a hero and/or heroine who is a police officer, detective, in private security, or is a bodyguard. Alternatively, read any romantic suspense novel.

    7. Gonzaga Bulldogs – Gonzaga University is located in Washington State, which is also famous for its rainy weather, its apples, coffee, and Microsoft. In recognition of one of these attributes, read a romance in which the hero or heroine is involved in high technology or is an entrepreneur of any kind. Alternatively, either read a romance set in the Northwest United States or, simply, a futuristic novel. In celebration of the Gonzaga mascot, you may also read any romance which prominently features a dog or dogs.

    8. Oklahoma Sooners – Oklahoma’s territory was originally set aside as land for Native Americans. However, it was opened in 1889 to settlers, which became known as the “Oklahoma Land Rush.” Read a novel featuring Native Americans or native peoples of any country or world. Or read a novel in which the hero or heroine is a settler, helping to forge a community in a new place. Oklahoma is also known as the center of the “Bible Belt.” Read a romance in which the hero or heroine has or had a religious vocation, such as pastor, minister, priest, nun, etc. Or, simply read an inspirational romance.

    9. Utah Utes – One of the interesting facts about Utah is that it has the youngest population of any of the United States, partially as a result of a high birth rate. As of the last census, the median age of Utahns was 29.2, whereas the median age of Americans overall is 37.7. In acknowledgement of this, read a young adult or new adult romance. Or read a romance in which the heroine is having a baby or in which the hero and/or heroine have young children. Also, Utah is known for its skiing and has hosted the Winter Olympics. Read a romance with a hero or heroine who works in a sport — as an athlete or otherwise — played in the winter such as football or hockey.

    10. UCLA Bruins – UCLA is located in Southern California, which is famous for its entertainment industry. Read a romance set in the entertainment industry and/or one in which the hero, heroine, or both are involved in film, TV, or theater. Alternatively, another notable city in Southern California is San Diego, which is a big Navy town. Read a romance set on the ocean or near enough such that it’s an important part of the community in the story, like a beach town or an island setting.

    11. North Carolina Tar Heels – North Carolina was named in honor of Charles I of England. In recognition of King Charles, read a romance set during his reign of 1625 to 1649 or simply read a romance set in the 1600’s. Also America’s largest home, the Biltmore Estate is located in North Carolina. Read a novel in which the hero or heroine live in a castle, chateau, or in which there is a winery on their property. Finally, the first African American member of Congress was born in N.C. Read a romance in which the hero, heroine, or both are African American or are a member of a minority in any country.

    12. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Notre Dame is not only a university in the U.S., it’s a cathedral in Paris. Read a romance set in France or which features a hero or heroine who is French. Alternatively, in recognition of Notre Dame’s mascot, read a romance set in Ireland or involving a hero or heroine who is Irish. More specifically, the mascot is pictured as a pugnacious leprechaun. Read a romance which features fantastical characters or simply a romantic fantasy.

    13. N.C. State Wolfpack – A wolfpack is group of people or animals that operate as a hunting and attacking pack. In homage to N.C. State’s mascot, read a romance where a group of characters work together as spies, crime solvers, or as members of the same team (like a sports team) or in a business. (Often you find these type of stories presented as a series of books by one author featuring one member of the team of the “pack” for each book.) Also, North Carolina is famous for the Wright Brothers. Read a romance prominently featuring a relationship between brothers or sisters in the same story, whether good or bad.

    14. Louisville Cardinals – Louisville is the largest city in the state of Kentucky, named after King Louis XVI. Read a romance set during the reign of King Louis, 1774 to 1792, or simply read a romance set in the 1700’s. Kentucky is also known for its bluegrass music. Read a romance set in the music industry and/or in which the hero, heroine or both are singers or musicians. Finally, Louisville is known for its famous baseball bats, the Louisville Slugger. Read a romance involving a sport played mainly in summer, such as baseball.

    15. West Virginia Mountaineers – Since West Virginia – “the Switzerland of the United States” — is known for its mountains and rolling hills, symbolic of that, read a romance where the hero or heroine goes from being at one of the highest pinnacles of their society to the lowest or vice versa. That is, they gain social/monetary status or lose it as a major part of the story. Also, Greenbriar, a resort dating back to 1778, is located in West Virginia. Read a romance set at a resort of some sort or a romance in which the hero, heroine, or both are on vacation as a major part of the story.

    16. Xavier Musketeers – Xavier University is in Ohio and Ohio is known as the Mother of Modern Presidents, having sent seven men to the White House. Read a romance in which the hero, heroine, or both are politicians or work in politics. Or, read a romance where the leader of a country, whether elected or an ancestral ruler, is a prominent character in the plot. Or, since Ohio begins and ends with the same letter, read a romance with a word in the title that begins and ends with the same letter; for instance, “widow,” “eye,” “trust,” “river,” “twilight,” “remember,” “willow,” “escape,” “elope,” “tempt,” “yesterday,” etc. (Plurals do not count!)

    17. As an extra challenge, since the “Sweet Sixteen” are the focus of “March Madness,” read any romance that debuted in March of any year, including 2016. (Google will be your friend.Wink

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    Sixteen Songs (submitted by Maggie AAR)

    1. Only Sixteen – Sam Cooke – Read a book where the characters are young when they fall in love or a book with a reunion romance or where the characters knew each other as kids.
    2. Sweet Little 16 – Chuck Berry – The song mentions several specific cities/states – Boston, MA/Pittsburgh, PA/Texas/San Francisco, CA/St. Louis, MO/New Orleans, LA. Read a book that takes place in those cities or states. It also mentions autographs so another option would be a novel about someone famous – rock star, movie star or other celebrity.
    3. You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful (And You’re Mine) – Johnny Burnette – The lyrics mention peaches, cream and strawberry wine so read a book about foodies or a chef or an h/h involved with food in some way. Or read a book about a possessive hero (hopefully one who learns to be less possessive 
    4. Sweet Sixteen – Billy Idol – The lyrics mention a runaway so read a book about an h/h who haven’t been back home in a while. It also mentions an engagement ring so read a book about a fake engagement or a marriage of convenience or an arranged marriage.
    5. Sixteen Again – Buzzcocks – So the lyrics say “Things don’t seem the same the past is so plain This future is our future this time’s not a game”. Read a historical (the past) or a futuristic (the future). Or read a book about a game of some kind – sports, cards, whatever works for you.
    6. When You Were Sweet Sixteen – Originally written in the 1890s this was a huge hit then and was recorded again in 1940s,1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s and the in both decades of the 21st Century. – Read a book set in or written in during one of those decades. Or read a book where an event from the past plays a big role in the plot.
    7. Sixteen Going on Seventeen – From the popular movie The Sound of Music. – Read a book about a nanny, an army officer, set in WWII or that involves music in some way.
    8. Sixteen Forever – The Dictators – Read a vampire romance or other paranormal romance or a romance that involves time travel
    9. Sixteen The Heavy – This song is all about the devil and reclaiming souls. Read an Inspirational romance.
    10. Sixteen Candles by The Crests – Read a book about fire fighters or smoke jumpers or anyone who works in an industry that involves flames.
    11. Happy Birthday, Sweet 16 by Neil Sedaka – Read a book centered around a party or series of parties (such as the Season) or a holiday romance
    12. Just Sixteen by Velvet Revolver – Read a young adult or new adult romance
    13. Sixteen Blue – The Replacements – Read a book about someone who works “in the blue” (sky or sea) such as pilot or naval officer. Or someone who lives on/works on or near the water or the mountains. Or read a tear jerker.
    14. Sixteen and, oh, what a dream (Living Next Door to an Angel) – Neil Sedaka – Read a book with dream or angel in the title or a book about neighbors or a book involving a dream, dreamers or dream walkers.
    15. Christine Sixteen Kiss – Read a book with the word kiss in the title or where the heroine/hero is named a variation of Chris, Christine, Kristoff etc. Or where the relationship is considered “taboo” in some way, ie – adultery, different religions, cultures at war, duke and maid etc.
    16. You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again – Roy Orbison – Read a book about an older h/h
    17. Un-sweet Sixteen Wakefield – The lyrics mention a homecoming queen, beauty queen, and posing in a magazine. Read a book about a model, a homecoming queen, beauty queen. Or someone who works in magazine or journalism. Or someone who is in the pageant industry or is a beautician or cosmetics/perfume industry.
    18. Shades of Sixteen (Trilobite) Mastadon – Book where h/h are painters/sculptors/create visual art of some kind or where art is involved in some way (museum director, own famous painting etc., artist model, parents are famous painters etc.)
    19. U16 Girls Travis – The lyrics mention meeting a girl in L.A. or Paris. Read a book set in those cities or a book about actors or about France.
    20. Sixteen Years Dolly Parton – This song is about a long term couple relocating. Read a book where the h/h are relocating or where they have been together a long time.
    21. 16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six – Tom Waits This song is all about violence and prison. Read a romantic suspense or a book where the h/h was a prisoner of some kind.

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    The 4×4 Sixteen Letters Challenge (submitted by library addict)
    Read 4 books with 16 letters in the title
    Read 4 books with 16 letters in the author’s name
    Read 4 books with a title that begins with the letter P
    Read 4 books where the author’s first or last name begins with the letter P

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    The 4×4 Alphabet Challenge (submitted by library addict)
    Read 4 books with a title that begins with the letter P
    Read 4 books where the author’s first or last name begins with the letter P
    Read 4 books where the hero’s or heroine’s first or last name begins with the letter P
    Read 4 books where the hero’s or heroine’s occupation begins with the letter P (pilot. paramedic, plumber, painter, physician, politician, police officer, private investigator, photographer, publican, etc.)

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    The Alphabet Challenge Variation
    Variation read 16 books where the title/author name begins with the letter A, then B, C, etc through P.

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    On the same theme, only with dates instead of letters.
    The 21st Century Challenge (submitted by library addict)
    Read 16 books, one per year published in 2001, 2002 through 2016

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    The 20th Century Challenge (submitted by library addict)
    Read 16 books, one per year published in 2000, 1999 back through 1985
    Or pick any range of 16 years.

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    The 4×4 Settings Challenge (submitted by library addict)
    Read 4 books set in the USA/Canada
    Read 4 books set in the Northern Hemisphere other than USA/Canada
    Read 4 books set in the Southern Hemisphere
    Read 4 books set in space or on another planet

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    The Rat Race Challenge (submitted by library addict)
    P is the 16th letter of the alphabet. Read 16 books where the hero’s or heroine’s occupation starts with the letter P:
    1. Painter
    2. Palaeontologist
    3. Paralegal
    4. Paramedic
    5. Park Ranger
    6. Parole Officer
    7. Pastry Chef
    8. Pathologist
    9. Pediatrician
    10. Performer
    11. Personal Assistant
    12. Personal Trainer
    13. Pet Groomer
    14. Petroleum Engineer
    15. Pharmaceutical Representative
    16. Pharmacist
    17. Photographer
    18. Physician
    19. Physicist
    20. Pilot
    21. Plumber
    22. Police Officer
    23. Police Detective
    24. Police Lieutenant
    25. Police Captain
    26. Police Commissioner
    27. Politician
    28. Postal Worker
    29. Potter
    30. Preschool Teacher
    31. Principal
    32. Private Detective/Private Investigator
    33. Probation Officer
    34. Producer
    35. Programmer
    36. Property Manager
    37. Psychiatrist
    38. Public Relations
    39. Publican
    40. Publicity Agent
    41. Puppeteer
    Or any other occupation that begins with the letter P.

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    Simply Sixteen (The Whittler) (submitted by library addict)
    Any 16 books from your TBR pile

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    1. Sixteen is the minimum age for being allowed an official beginners driver’s license with parental consent in many U.S. states and in Canada.
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is a race driver, a professional driver, or makes a road travel.
    2. In Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway and the Isle of Man, it is the age one can begin to get a learner’s license
    – Read a book set in Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway and the Isle of Man. Or a book set in an island. Or a story set in a place where the weather is very warm or very cold for most of the year.
    3. In some states in the U.S, and some provinces in Canada, it is the age one can obtain a learner’s permit
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is a student, a teacher or a tutor, or where the hero or heroine learns something new.
    4. Sixteen is the minimum age for getting an adult job in most states and provinces across the globe
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine starts in a new job, or opens a new business
    5. Sixteen is the minimum age that one can drop out of school in many states of the United States (however, restrictions apply and vary depending on state)
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine makes a big change in his/her life (e.g., drops out of school, graduates, moves to another city, etc)
    6. In the United States, female 16-year-olds earn the right to privacy laws surrounding OBGYN practices
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is a doctor, dentist or nurse, or works in a hospital. Or read a book where the hero or heroine gets sick or has to go under medical treatment. Or a book where the hero or heroine is considered to be a private, shy, introvert or mysterious person.
    7. In Belgium, Switzerland and Italy, it is the legal minimum age for a person to purchase any tobacco product
    – Read a book set in Europe, or set in China, India and Brazil (top 3 global tobacco producers)
    8. In the United States, 16 is the most common age of sexual consent, as well as in the United Kingdom.
    – Read a book that was rated as “Hot” or “Burning” at AAR, or a book that you would rate as “Hot” or “Burning”
    9. For its “coming of age” significance, this age has inspired the titles of many songs, such as “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen”, “You’re Sixteen”, “Sweet Sixteen”, “U16 Girls” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Sixteen Candles”
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is a musician or knows how to play an instrument. or Read a book where there is a birthday party. or Read a book where there is a character who is sixteen years-old.
    10. Sixteen is the minimum age to get married with parental consent in many countries and without parental consent in Scotland
    – Read a book where the hero and heroine get married. or Read a book set in Scotland. or a book where the hero or heroine is a wedding planner.
    11. Sixteen is the legal drinking age in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Portugal
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine works in the food and beverages industry (e.g., has a bar, is a chef, etc). Or a book where the hero or heroine has to struggle with any kind of addiction (alcohol, drugs, etc).
    12. Sixteen is the minimum age at which one can buy, rent, purchase, buy tickets to, or view a 16+ rated movie in the province of Quebec.
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine works in entertainment. or Read a book set in Canada.
    13. Sixteen is the minimum age at which one can donate blood with parental consent in many states
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is a parent. Or read a book where blood is a relevant part of the story (e.g., hero or heroine is a vampire and has to drink blood; hero or heroine receives a blood donation, etc).
    14. Sixteen is the minimum age at which one can obtain a 10-year passport in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine travels to a foreign country. Or a book where the hero and heroine have known each other for 10 years or more.
    15. Sixteen is the minimum age at which one can join the Armed Forces in the United Kingdom (deployment is allowed at 18 )
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is or has been in the military, or in law enforcement. Or read a romantic suspense.
    16. Sixteen is the voting age in the Isle of Man, Austria and Nicaragua
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is a suffragist, a politician, a public servant, a lawyer or an activist.

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    Ooops… I missed the title for this last one… It’s Age 16(submitted by karat)

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    Reminder: You can choose to do 16 books for each challenge or 10 (or any number really). Remember, the idea is to have fun and help clear out your TBR pile.

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    The Rat Race Challenge
    P is the 16th letter of the alphabet. Read 16 books where the hero’s or heroine’s occupation starts with the letter P
    Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis- hero is a publican:
    This book started very slow. As one of her friends pointed out, the heroine was a bit of a martyr. While I could understand her motivation, she took things to an extreme. The characters had some serious issues. And though at times they were played for laughs, I often wondered why the heroine, the hero, or his brother hadn’t gotten professional counseling at some point. The reader learned the heroine’s secret early on (not a spoiler, the fact she has one is in the blurb). One of my major issues with the book was how—once the reveal was handled—the wrong character was the one doing the vast majority of the groveling. But on the plus side I liked the h/h overall and was rooting for their HEA. And the heroine’s dog was a total keeper. Though too much page time was spent on sequel bait, it worked; I now want to read the stories of several of the secondary characters.

    • The 21st Century Challenge: 12 down, 4 to go…
    • Sweet Sixteen Challenge: 10 down, 6 to go …
    • The Alphabet Challenge Variation: 9 down, 7 to go …
    • The Rat Race Challenge: 7 down, 9 to go…
    • Simply Sixteen Challenge (The Whittler) – Novellas: 3 down, 13 to go…
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    Oops, that should now be
    The Rat Race Challenge: 8 down, 8 to go…

    I really miss the edit function.

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    Sweet Sixteen
    Payday – Read a work or office romance. The hero and heroine should be colleagues.

    Birthright by Nora Roberts

    Heroine and hero are co-heads of an archeological excavation site.
    Callie Dunbrook is an archaeologist. When ancient human bones are found at a construction site in Maryland, she is called to investigate and then lead the archeological project in the site. Her ex-husband, Jake Dunbrook, is an anthropologist, and is asked to co-lead the project, much to Callie’s dismay. Due to a series of events, Callie learns new things about her past that will change her life forever, and also raise the attention of some very dangerous people. Can she and Jake find out what’s really at the bottom of the mysterious events from her past – and how they impact their present? And can they find room to fix their relationship in the midst of all these?
    I liked this book for many reasons. First of all: Reunited romance! My favourite trope! It rarely fails with me 🙂 Second: archeology. That’s not something we read often about in novels, and it was very interesting to learn about the process and challenges of an archaeological project. Third: the emotional family relationship plot. I will not describe the story here to avoid spoilers, but I loved how the author brought in the point of view of all the people involved, and it was quite well done. Last but not least: the suspense part of the book was quite good too. Overall, another very good book by Nora Roberts.

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    [b]The Alphabet Challenge Variation
    E = Ensenada Escapade by Crystal Jordan: The hero had supposedly had a crush on the heroine since he was twelve, but he’d treated her like he was still in junior high for the past fifteen years: taunting and trying to rile her up every time they saw one another. This behavior made him look very immature and I wish more had been done to counteract the impression. The h/h waited until halfway through the book before having a conversation about it. But even then the hero wasn’t entirely honest about wanting to have a real relationship with the heroine. The heroine spent most of the book unsure where they stood. Despite the fact she never bothered to just ask him, I had more sympathy for her than him. I liked both characters in the previous books in the series, so maybe my expectations were set too high. Overall an uneven read.

    • The 21st Century Challenge: 12 down, 4 to go…
    • Sweet Sixteen Challenge: 10 down, 6 to go …
    • The Alphabet Challenge Variation: 10 down, 6 to go …
    • The Rat Race Challenge: 8 down, 8 to go…
    • Simply Sixteen Challenge (The Whittler) – Novellas: 3 down, 13 to go…
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    Oops, I will get the hang of the new formatting eventually.

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    The Rat Race Challenge
    P is the 16th letter of the alphabet. Read 16 books where the hero’s or heroine’s occupation starts with the letter P
    One Real Man by Coleen Kwan – heroine is a public relations and marketing manager:
    The h/h had known one another since they were children. The hero’s father had been the caretaker for the heroine’s family’s estate. The heroine was back in Australia after a disastrous marriage. She had been portrayed in the first two books of this series as somewhat of a villain, so it was nice to finally get her point of view. The hero decided to extract his revenge for teenaged slights by hiring the down-on-her-luck heroine to be his temporary housekeeper. But it was her PR and marketing expertise which came to his rescue. Part enemies-to-lovers, part wrong side of the tracks, part green romance, the h/h both start out appearing unlikeable. But despite their wrong assumptions, prickly attitudes, hurt feelings, and multiple misunderstandings they couldn’t help falling in love. Overall an enjoyable romance with a balance of fun and angst. A nice conclusion to the Real Men series.

    • The 21st Century Challenge: 12 down, 4 to go…
    • Sweet Sixteen Challenge: 10 down, 6 to go …
    • The Alphabet Challenge Variation: 10 down, 6 to go …
    • The Rat Race Challenge: 9 down, 7 to go…
    • Simply Sixteen Challenge (The Whittler) – Novellas: 3 down, 13 to go…
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    Simply Sixteen Challenge (The Whittler) – Novellas
    Game of the Red King by Jael Wye:
    The hero of this novella was the father of both heroines from the series’ first two books. He’d made a lot of poor choices during his life and did not come across as hero material at first. The book was a reunion romance. The heroine had kept their daughter a secret from him, so also somewhat of a secret baby romance. The hero thankfully owned up to his relationship failures, though it took some time for him to quit being a complete jerk to the heroine. Their relationship woes dovetailed seamlessly with the advancement of the overarching plot. The villain was super creepy. The story had a slow start, but overall an entertaining read. I’m looking forward to more books in this series.

    A Touch of Frost by Rhian Cahill: The hero had just ended his decade long marriage. Though his ex-wife was too often referred to in less than glowing terms, he at least owned up to the fact he’d also made mistakes. His family co-owned a Christmas themed company which had branched out into year-round activities while he’d been away as a big city lawyer. The heroine now managed a sports arena after a career in motorcycle racing had ended with a life-threatening injury. A lot of the novella’s limited page time was spent describing their pasts and families. I wish the story had been longer as I liked the h/h. But the romance seemed very rushed. And though I did buy into their relationship there wasn’t enough time for a convincing HEA.

    • The 21st Century Challenge: 12 down, 4 to go…
    • Sweet Sixteen Challenge: 10 down, 6 to go …
    • The Alphabet Challenge Variation: 10 down, 6 to go …
    • The Rat Race Challenge: 9 down, 7 to go…
    • Simply Sixteen Challenge (The Whittler) – Novellas: 5 down, 11 to go…
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    I keep trying to post a review in this box of a book I just read and this is what I get every time I hit the submit button:

    Forbidden
    You don’t have permission to access /forums/topic/sweet-16-reading-challenge/ on this server.

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    Continuing with the Sweet Sixteen (candy) Challenge…
     

    Pixie Stix – Since pixies are fantastical characters, read a romance featuring fantastical or paranormal characters or simply read a romantic fantasy or paranormal.

     
    For this part of the challenge, I picked up a book that had gotten some positive feedback, even though the subgenre is not usually my cup of tea. The book is Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right, published in 2011. Now, the fact that the title starts with the words “First Grave” tipped me off that this was the first book of a series, but I had no idea that there were something like 11 other books! Talk about prolific!
     
    Jones’ series, as some of you may know, features a woman who’s a wise-cracking private eye, who also happens to be the grim reaper. (I’m assuming there’s not more than one grim reaper on earth at a time, but I’ve only read the first book so who knows!?) Anyway, Charlotte “Charley” Davidson, by virtue of her profession and “her calling” is constantly on call dealing with one crime after another – both those that are happening in the here and now with live human beings, and some that have happened in the past, involving the dead. She’s constantly surrounded by “the dearly departed” who have not yet walked into the light because of some unfinished business. But, unlike our popular conceptions of the grim reaper, Charley is a sparkling presence that lures her dead clients to her in order to walk into the great beyond. 

    (Cont’d.)

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    On the non-spiritual side of life, Charley used to work with her dad, who was a police detective, trying to help him solve crimes without letting anyone know just what his “unnatural,” secret weapon was. Since her father’s retirement, she’s been helping her uncle (also a detective) and gaining a reputation in her own right that draws suspicion, anger, and unease – especially from the police. On top of the list, is a handsome detective by the name of Garrett Swopes who accidentally finds out what Charley’s other “profession” really is, but just can’t believe it. One might think, he’d be the hero of our story, but there’s also another being in Charley’s life – a mysterious presence that seems almost sinister and yet draws her to him and guards her with a fierceness that frightens. Furthermore, there’s a young man from her past she can’t get out of her mind, who she’s been searching for off and on for years. Is it possible some of these “obsessions” are related?
     
    This book is a regular roller coaster. There’s always something happening in Charley’s life, always a menace. However, the mood of the book isn’t necessarily dark. With her wise-cracking ways and tough girl outlook on life, Charley keeps things almost breezy, like she’s whistling past a graveyard … so to speak. There’s a lot of humor here, as well as some serious evil. At times, it can be confusing as Charley juggles interactions with “spirits” and living people in the same scene. To be honest, there were times when I wanted less action and more reflection, just to catch my breath. Also, as a romance, I wasn’t quite sure I was on board with the hero. (I’m only guessing I know who the hero is since the book doesn’t wrap things up. After all, there are 10 more to go!) Plus, the story left a few, other important questions unanswered, and I’m assuming I’ll have to read further to get those answers as well. Since, as I mentioned, this kind of book isn’t what I normally read, I’m not sure I’ll ever find out what is what. But for those of you who like fast-paced, paranormal suspense, with a side of romance, you might want to give this a try. I’ll give the story a B+.
     
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    The Rat Race Challenge – Complete (10 books read)
    Sweet Sixteen Challenge – 8 down; 2 to go

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    Apparently, this board has a problem with LENGTH, which I find hilarious. If you type anything longer than a page – at least – you will not be able to post it. Be succinct and very short, like a vienna sausage.

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    Sandlynn, I just posted this on the “It’s a new AAR! What do you think?” thread, but I will repeat it here.
    I think the problem might be the length, but it might also be a problem with copying and pasting from another document. When I was copying the challenges from the old website to this board, I got the same message you received (“Forbidden. You don’t have permission to access /forums/topic/sweet-16-reading-challenge/ on this server.”).
    I thought it was the length, so I decided to separate the original post in multiple separate entries. Then I realized that while some of the separate entries were still quite long (e.g., “The Basketball Edition”), I had no problems posting them, while one particular entry, “Age 16” (which was actually shorter than some of the posts I had just submitted), kept getting the same error message. And I was trying to copy it from a Word document to here. So I tried a couple of other things until one of my attempts worked: I copied the entire text from the old website to Excel as unformatted text, and then copied it back to here, and it worked… I have no idea why this particular “solution” worked, or why none of the other longer posts generated an error message. I just think the issue is not (or not just) a matter of length.

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    Yes, maybe Word is adding some sort of hidden formatting that the new board doesn’t like. I will using the “clear formatting” option in Word the the next time I have something long.

    If that doesn’t work, then I’ll copy and paste from Word to Notepad and then from Notepad to the board.

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    Sweet Sixteen
    Candy Corn – Read a romance set on a farm or in a rural/agricultural area or involving people who work with plants and/or gardening.

    Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
    Most of the story is set on rural Hampshire.
    #1 in The Ravenels series.
    Devon Ravenel’s cousin, the Earl of Trenear, suddenly died in an accident. Devon inherited the earldom and an estate full of debt. To make things more complicated, the earl left behind three young and unmarried sisters, and a young widow – Kathleen, Lady Trenear. At the beginning, Devon did not want anything to do with the burden of an encumbered estate, tenants, employees and a bunch of destitute female relatives. But as he gets to know his cousins and, more importantly, Kathleen, he starts to realize that he is actually willing to try.
    This book was good, but not great. Kathleen and Devon’s attraction and relationship was credible, and the secondary characters were interesting. However, there was too much time dedicated to sequel bait, i.e., the relationship between Mr. Winterborne and Helen, the main couple in the next book in the series… The story was entertaining enough, tough.

    Age 16
    7. In Belgium, Switzerland and Italy, it is the legal minimum age for a person to purchase any tobacco product
    – Read a book set in Europe, or set in China, India and Brazil (top 3 global tobacco producers)

    Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
    #2 in The Ravenels series.
    Rhys Winterborne came from humble origins and created a business empire. He is Devon Ravenel’s friend, and meets Devon’s cousins in the previous book. Rhys is immediately attracted to Helen Ravenel, and wants to marry her. Helen looks shy and distant at first, but she is actually a warm, kind woman, and she can be very determinate when she is doing what she believes is right. She is quite willing to marry Rhys, and makes her best effort to make sure he understands that. Perfect, right? Unfortunately, Helen learns a secret about her past that can change everything. Can Rhys and Helen overcome this challenge?
    This book was better than the previous one in the series, but was still not a DIK for me. Rhys and Helen spend a lot of time together, and they were clearly right for each other, which was good. But the ending felt rushed and had a series of events that could have be written differently, in my view. Moreover, Rhys was a bit of a rehashed version of other Kleypas heroes, such as Derek Craven and Simon Hunt, so the story did not feel 100% fresh. Nevertheless, it was a good read.

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    Sweet Sixteen
    Sugar Daddy – Read a May/December romance whether wealth is a part of the story or not.

    Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost
    #2 in the Night Huntress World series, set in the Night Huntress universe. Mencheres, an ancient and powerful vampire who was a secondary character in the previous books, is the hero of this story. He has being around for more than four thousand years, and believes that the end of his life is near. One day, he meets private investigator Kira Graceling. She is the first person that tries to help him without expecting nothing in return. But by being close to Mencheres, Kira ends up in a world of danger and darkness. Can they win the fight against Mencheres enemy and find happiness together?
    This book was better than First Drop of Crimson, the previous Night Huntress World story, but not much better. The couple was nicer and the pace was faster, but the story was quite unremarkable. However, it worked well as a quick, entertaining read.

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    Sweet Sixteen
    Baby Ruth – The genesis of this candy bar’s name has been disputed; but either way, read a sports romance in homage to the baseball player, Babe Ruth, or read a romance in which the hero and/or heroine are in politics in honor of President Cleveland’s daughter Ruth.

    The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan
    #3 in the Game On series.
    Ethan “Dex” Dexter, a good friend of Drew and Gray (from the previous books in the series), is now a NFL center. He decides to visit Gray in San Francisco during his bye week. Gray’s sister-in-law, Fiona Mackenzie, is there visiting too. Dex has been attracted by Fiona for two years, and decides to act upon it now that he met her again. Fiona is not into sport guys, but as she gets to know Dex better, she realizes he is much different than she expected him to be – he might even be the one guy that is perfect for her…
    I started reading this series because I had seen great reviews for The Game Plan, and wanted to read the series in order. However, The Game Plan ended up being my least favorite in the series so far. Dex and Fiona were a nice couple, but the obstacles for them to be together were a bit too contrived in my opinion. And Fiona’s decision-making process was sometimes baffling. Nevertheless, the story was enjoyable enough, and I will probably read more books by this author in the future.

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    Sweet Sixteen Challenge
    Pop Rocks – Read a romance where the hero and/or heroine are rockers or, more broadly, singers and/or musicians of any type.
    Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh – hero is the keyboardist in a famous rock band:
    It’s a sign of this author’s talent that I could easily root for a hero who treated his heroine as shabbily as this one did in the flashbacks at the start of this book. Unlike the previous book where it took time to believe in that hero, with this hero we’d seen his remorse and efforts to change over the course of the earlier books in the series. Therefor readers knew before starting what the status of his relationship with the heroine was. We finally met the heroine—if only briefly—in the last book. She came to be one of my favorite characters early on in this story. Second chance romance is one of my favorite tropes, but can be tricky to pull off as the reader has to not only believe they’re still in love despite the reasons for the h/h’s break up, but also that they’ve grown enough to not repeat their mistakes and now have a more solid foundation for a HEA. This book succeeds on both levels. The book’s angst was well-balanced with humor and romance. Rock Courtship and Rock Hard remain my favorites, but this book is now in my top three of the short series. It was a nice end to the series, but I am glad we’ll see the characters again in the next series.

    • The 21st Century Challenge: 12 down, 4 to go…
    • Sweet Sixteen Challenge: 11 down, 5 to go …
    • The Alphabet Challenge Variation: 10 down, 6 to go …
    • The Rat Race Challenge: 9 down, 7 to go…
    • Simply Sixteen Challenge (The Whittler) – Novellas: 5 down, 11 to go…
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    The Alphabet Challenge Variation
    J = Gatlinburg Getaway by Crystal Jordan:
    While at a business conference, the heroine broke her glasses and needed new ones. The hero’s small-town optometry office could not make “glasses in an hour” and since the conference was starting on a holiday weekend she opted to use contacts for the week. There was no mention that the heroine needed hard contact lenses and the descriptions of her hating to wear them sounded more like something out of the early eighties than modern-day lenses. There was no mention of her trying different types of lenses or even daily disposable lenses which would have solved most of her issues with them. While I could understand that she preferred glasses, the optometrist hero also stated multiple times how much he hated contacts and couldn’t understand why any of his patients liked them which did not seem realistic to me. All of this contacts hatred kept yanking me out of the story as it was mentioned so many times. The book also suffered from evil ex-wife syndrome and descriptions of the heroine as “not like most girls” since she liked outdoor activities. The subplot involving one of the hero’s twin cousins was heavy-handed. I liked the h/h as a couple, but I wish some time had been spent exploring their long-distance romance which was only briefly talked about. Also we were shown the heroine meeting the hero’s family, but not him meeting hers which would have been nice to see. Overall a very uneven book.

    • The 21st Century Challenge: 12 down, 4 to go…
    • Sweet Sixteen Challenge: 11 down, 5 to go …
    • The Alphabet Challenge Variation: 11 down, 5 to go …
    • The Rat Race Challenge: 9 down, 7 to go…
    • Simply Sixteen Challenge (The Whittler) – Novellas: 5 down, 11 to go…
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    Sweet Sixteen
    Hershey Kisses – Since romances with little sexual content are often designated as “just kisses,” read a romance with little sexual content or an inspirational.

    A Pressing Engagement by Anna Lee Huber

    Novella in the Lady Darby Mystery series.
    In the previous book in the series, A Study in Death, we learn that Keira Darby marries Sebastian Gage. In this novella, we get more details about the events that happened right before the wedding, and on the day of the ceremony. Of course, Keira and Sebastian could not avoid getting involved in one or two last minute investigations, could they?
    A nice instalment in this series, portraying not only the strong relationship between Keira and Sebastian, but also Keira’s relationship with her family too.

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    Continuing with the Sweet Sixteen (candy) Challenge

    Hershey Kisses – Since romances with little sexual content are often designated as “just kisses,” read a romance with little sexual content or an inspirational.

    I was in the middle of reading Deeanne Gist’s Tiffany Girl, published in 2015, when I heard it had won the RITA in the “Historical Romance: Long” category at the RWA Conference. At approximately 495 pages (not counting preface, acknowledgements, historical notes, etc.) it certainly deserved to win in that category and it wasn’t a bad story either.

    The heroine of our tale is Florence “Flossie” Jayne, an aspiring artist in 1890’s New York City. Flossie lives with her parents, helps her mother with her sewing business, and takes art classes on the side – something that is abruptly ended when her parents tell her they can no longer afford to pay her tuition. Flossie rebels as it appears much of the family’s money is being blown on her father’s gambling habit. However, even without that problem, young women of the time were certainly not encouraged to pursue careers as artists – or careers at all. The goal was to marry and become a good wife and mother. By coincidence, Louis Comfort Tiffany, of the Tiffany Jewelry family, is working to create a stained glass chapel for the 1893 World’s Fair opening in Chicago. His only problem: the male glass workers have gone on strike, and so he looks for women to fill those roles, specifically women in the art field. Flossie accepts the job to become part of the team working on the chapel and also decides to move out of her parents’ home and into a boarding house so she can save a percentage of her money for art school and not turn it over to her father. As a young woman with a job, living without her parents or a husband, Flossie is what they call a “New Woman,” which may have granted some independence, but also brought unwanted attention and difficult responsibilities she never faced before. It also opens the door to her meeting, not only co-workers, but the many other tenants in the New York City boarding house Flossie calls home, including a young, attractive newspaper reporter who is writing about the strike but also surreptitiously writing a serialized story that just might have something to do with Flossie.

    (Cont’d.)

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    Gist really did her research for this story and I enjoyed the end notes she provided on the real women who worked for Tiffany and how she incorporated them. I felt immersed in the world of Tiffany’s workshop and its stain glass process, the boarding houses of the time, the views of the “new woman,” and the Chicago World’s Fair. This is definitely not a wallpaper historical romance. Although it’s a lengthy book, the chapters are relatively short and many of them open with an illustration portraying an incident or scene from the accompanying chapter, helping the modern reader get a better idea of the period. At times, I did get impatient with the heroine and her naivete, but she faces real consequences for her decisions and doesn’t always get what she wants. I appreciated the time the author spent on the hero and his separate issues and desires, but I would’ve liked a little bit more about Flossie’s parents as they seem to struggle in the background and their arc gets a little shortchanged.

    For some reason, I thought this was an inspirational romance, but it’s more sweet than spiritual with very little sexuality. It reminded me a bit of the style of story Lucy Maud Montgomery or even Louisa May Alcott might write, including everyday hardships and problems in a straightforward manner without sensationalizing. I give it an A-, if not an A.

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    The Rat Race Challenge – Complete (10 books read)
    Sweet Sixteen Challenge – 9 down; 1 to go

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    The Alphabet Challenge Variation
    I = Illusion Town by Jayne Castle:
    The h/h woke up married in a dive hotel with no memory of how they got there. There was plenty of the author’s trademark humor as they figured out what happened. I know a lot of readers did not like Arcane Society books but I enjoyed most of them. So it was nice to take a walk down memory lane during this book. I liked both the h/h and her dust bunny. While the plot was predictable, the relationship between the h/h made this another fun read. The introduction of Illusion Town opened an as-yet-unexplored area in the World of Harmony. I’m looking forward to more stories set there as well as the hero’s sister’s book.

    • The 21st Century Challenge: 12 down, 4 to go…
    • Sweet Sixteen Challenge: 11 down, 5 to go …
    • The Alphabet Challenge Variation: 12 down, 4 to go …
    • The Rat Race Challenge: 9 down, 7 to go…
    • Simply Sixteen Challenge (The Whittler) – Novellas: 5 down, 11 to go…
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    The Alphabet Challenge Variation
    D = Ultimate Courage by Piper J Drake:
    The heroine was on the run from her evil ex-fiancé. The hero was a single father suffering from PTSD. The severity of his symptoms fluctuated depending upon what the plot needed at the moment, but I was glad to see he realized the need for professional counseling. The heroine’s confidence issues also seemed to come and go, but not to the same extent. There were some editing errors: the hero referred to himself by one of the other character’s name in an internal monologue and his daughter’s age changed in the final chapter. Both the hero’s daughter and the dog conveniently disappeared at times, mostly the dog. There was a touch of evil ex-wife syndrome. The author had the hero do something really stupid and seemingly out of character just for the sake of the plot which threw me out of the story. But overall I really liked the h/h, both individually and as a couple, and I loved the dog. So I enjoyed the book despite my issues with parts.

    The 21st Century Challenge
    Read 16 books, one per year published in 2001, 2002 through 2016
    2013 = Ask Me for Tomorrow by Elise K Ackers (published October 2013):
    I realize readers were meant to sympathize with the heroine, but I had major issues with something she did (won’t say what since I can’t figure out how to do a spoiler on this new board, suffice it to say it very irresponsible and her excuse was inadequate at best). That said, I quite enjoyed the book. There was much more humor than in the two previous stories of the trilogy. Like the first story, this book had a lot of emphasis on the relationship between the hero and his brother. I appreciated that neither the hero’s two kids nor the heroine’s son ever conveniently disappeared, though the fact this was a kisses-only romance no doubt helped with that. I also appreciated that the hero’s first marriage had always been presented as a very happy one in the earlier stories and that fact wasn’t “revised” when we finally got the hero’s POV with this book. I wish it had been longer to more fully explore the subplots with the children. But overall the romance and family dynamics made for a fun read.

    • The 21st Century Challenge: 13 down, 3 to go…
    • Sweet Sixteen Challenge: 11 down, 5 to go …
    • The Alphabet Challenge Variation: 13 down, 3 to go …
    • The Rat Race Challenge: 9 down, 7 to go…
    • Simply Sixteen Challenge (The Whittler) – Novellas: 5 down, 11 to go…
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