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The 21st Century Challenge
2016 = Lonen’s War by Jeffe Kennedy (published July 2016) :
Many of the rules of this fantasy world weren’t fully explained. The h/h were both thrust into ruling via a war between their peoples and the fact their fathers and older brothers were soon killed. The heroine had grown up isolated and clueless to the atrocities committed against the hero’s kingdom. The story definitely benefited from having both the h/h’s POVs. This book was mainly set-up with the eventual romance hinted at but far from the focus. There was a set of cartoonishly evil villains as well as a multitude of other opportunistic characters out for power. An intriguing start to this series.

The Shoe Challenge
Mary Jane – Read a book with a name in the title, that is part of a series based on siblings/family members or that involves young girls in some way.
Oria’s Gambit by Jeffe Kennedy – heroine’s name part of the title:
The h/h agreed to enter into a marriage in name only so the heroine could ascend the throne and protect both their kingdoms. Their burgeoning relationship was complicated by the fact the heroine could not be touched by anyone except her mother. The hero was determined to somehow make their marriage real. They each started mistrustful of the other but they made an effort to really talk and worked on becoming a team. I appreciated that the plot didn’t rely on any big misunderstandings. The villains were still somewhat one-dimensional. Overall an engaging read with some interesting plot twists.

Synthetic – Many shoes are made of manmade materials these days. Read a book that is “fake” in some way, such as a fantasy, sci-fi, or alternate history romance.
The Tides of Bára by Jeffe Kennedy – fantasy:
Picking up where the cliffhanger ending in the last book ended, the h/h went on the run. The heroine’s dragon familiar continued to provide both wise counsel and comic relief. The hero’s horse was a welcome addition. Unlike the previous book, several misunderstandings were allowed to fester simply to provide conflict between the h/h. Thankfully that didn’t last too long. While there were a few surprising twists mostly this was a bridge book to set up the next phase of the overall storyarc.

The Catchphrase Challenge
“De plane, de plane!” Tattoo,(Fantasy Island) – Read a fantasy romance.
The Forests of Dru by Jeffe Kennedy:
The hero’s people, particularly one of his brothers, were reluctant to trust the heroine with some believing she’d cast a spell on him. So more political intrigue, this time set in the hero’s kingdom. The h/h were back to working as a team and discussed their problems. My favorite of the series so far. Hopefully the author will soon write more as there were many plot threads left dangling.

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