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Seventeen Magazine(s)! Challenge
Ladies Home Journal – Read a regency, a “just kisses” romance, or an inspirational. Or, playing off the word journal, read an epistolary romance, featuring either letter writing or modern day emails, texting, and tweeting.
So Wrong It Must be Right by Nicole Helm – hero and heroine have been communicating anonymously via email for eight months:
This book was a modern day epistolary story inspired by You’ve Got Mail, but with a role reversal. The heroine was the business exec attempting to purchase the house and land where the hero lived and ran an urban farm. Sadly the bulk of their email and IM chat exchanges took place before the story began, so we mostly only heard about them. With the exception of her cousin/BFF, the members of the heroine’s family were awful. I liked that the author allowed the heroine to be unsympathetic at times. As exasperating as it was, her single-minded focus on taking her promised place in the family business was understandable, as was her decision to continually adapt her original plans. The hero had good reasons to doubt things. Their romance was charming and full of joy and humor, yet edged with angst as they tried to navigate how to take their relationship from fantasy to reality then permanence. The plot had a few surprises. Several of the subplots were ultimately glossed over, but overall a very enjoyable read.

Simply Seventeen Challenge (The Whittler)
Two Against the Stars by Veronica Scott:
The hero was being held in a cooked veterans’ clinic where the heroine had found a low-level job after she’d escaped from the crime syndicate featured in the last few books. While many books in this series have an old-fashioned Saturday matinee feel to them, the way the h/h conveniently had whatever they needed exactly when they needed it to repeatedly get out of whatever their current jam was felt more contrived than usual. Thankfully their romance worked better for me than the suspense plot.

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