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Seventeen Magazine(s)! Challenge
Entertainment Weekly – Read a romance featuring a hero or heroine who works in *any* form of the arts or entertainment, whether it be acting, writing, dancing, singing, visual arts, or sports, etc.
King’s Ransom by Amelia Autin – heroine is an actress:
The h/h had been in love when she was eighteen and he was twenty-two. The heroine returned to his fictional country to film a movie based on his many times great-grandfather unaware the hero had arranged it all. The hero was an arrogant jerk for most of the book. He hadn’t spoken to the too-perfect-for-words heroine in eleven years yet expected her to just fall at his feet and made no effort to discover why she was still angry with him after so long. Their lack of communication was tiresome. The subplot involving the lead actor and his wife was more interesting. The disposable way one of the characters was treated was extremely maddening (trying not to be spoilerish). I also did not find the characters in the film to be the most romantic couple ever as they were described ad nauseam; their actions were pathetic. The suspense plot worked better than in the previous book, though the bad guy was too obvious. Overall a disappointing read.

Simply Seventeen Challenge (The Whittler)
Riding the Storm by Julie Miller:
The paramedic hero was on loan from California to help cover the small Texas town during a hurricane. The volunteer heroine was recently widowed and pregnant. The hero felt she took too many risks. It was difficult to suspend disbelief enough for the plot’s numerous OTT moments. The h/h each tried to outdo the other as to who could be the most selfless caretaker. The romance was super rushed. There were some humorous antics with the secondary characters and animals, but overall an uneven read.

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