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Easy Eighteen Challenge (The Whittler)
Heart of the Dragon’s Realm by Karalynn Lee:
The princess heroine was “traded” to the king of a neighboring realm to ensure peace. The heroine was angry at her brother for making the trade, not knowing that the hero had an alternate motivation. While the romance was central to this story, most of the narrative focused on the heroine and her journey. She did something late in the story without thinking things through at all which seemed to be done solely to advance the plot. The ending felt rushed. Despite the issues, overall an enjoyable book.

Cowboy SEAL Redemption by Nicole Helm: We first met the heroine in the previous trilogy. She owned a local bar. She was attracted to the hero, but believed women like her didn’t deserve a happy ending. The hero had been medically discharged from the Navy. His mother announced his family was coming to town uninvited. When she assumed the heroine was his girlfriend, he didn’t correct her in an effort to convince her he was over his fiancée having cheated on him with his brother. When he asked the heroine to pretend to be his girlfriend she agreed for a favor in return. Each had emotional baggage to work through, given the severity of which I was glad the hero was already getting professional counselling and the heroine agreed to do so. Their problems didn’t magically disappear. It was perfectly understandable why the heroine did not trust men, but frustrating that she also did not trust her sisters. It took time for the h/h to turn their pretend romance into a real one. The subplot regarding his family ended up playing only a small part in the story. Some quibbles, but more with the plot than the characters. Overall an enjoyable read with a good mix of humor, angst, and found family.

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