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Simply Seventeen Challenge (The Whittler) – novellas
Star Cruise: Stowaway by Veronica Scott:
This novella was part of the Pets in Space anthology. Both pets were introduced earlier in the series. In this story they alert the hero, the ship’s cargo master, to a leaking container. Upon investigating the leak, he’s shocked to discover the heroine inside. The heroine had been kidnapped from her home planet years earlier and sold to an organized crime syndicate. Their romance was a tad rushed, but overall the story felt well-rounded even at novella length. It was nice to see the crew of the ship again.

The Breakfast Cereal Challenge
Alpha Bits (1958) = Read a romance where the hero or heroine is involved with education, e.g. teacher, principal, school counselor, etc. Or a romance where the hero or heroine has an occupation involving writing, e.g. author, reporter, editor, etc.
McKinnon’s Royal Mission by Amelia Autin – heroine is a college professor:
There was info dumping regarding the unrelated case in the previous book. The heroine was teaching for one year in the US and she also happened to be a princess. The hero started as an arrogant jerk and jumped to conclusions about the heroine. He then proceeded to mockingly call her by a nickname for weeks knowing he was hurting her feelings. Of course, this was all to keep her at a distance as he didn’t want to acknowledge his attraction. Sadly, he never apologized for this behavior and the heroine forgave him much too easily. Even after they admitted their feelings he continued to lie to her. I had issues with the way the heroine was inconsistently written, but felt she deserved better. I had little sympathy for the hero’s “I am unworthy of her” routine. The book improved in the last third, but it remained the heroine who made most of the sacrifices. The disappointing suspense plot unraveled completely in the end. As contradictory as the heroine’s thoughts and actions were, she was by far the best part of the book.

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  • The 20th Century Challenge: completed!