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The 18 in 18 Phonics Challenge
N for neighbor — Read a romance where the heroine and hero are neighbors or a romance where they grew up together.
Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti – hero moves in next door to heroine:
The hero was a detective who’d quit after his last undercover assignment. He’d bought a small house unaware he’d been set up to purchase that particular house by a man starting a clandestine government agency. The heroine lived next door and was in hiding. The mystery surrounding her lured the hero into accepting the new job. Plots that require one character to lie to the other for an extended time can be difficult to implement. It helped that the h/h were each keeping secrets and both had reasonable justifications as to why. So the sense of betrayal was believable yet their reunion was also convincing. It also helped that they were a well-balanced couple and she refused to put up with his attempts to shelter her. I adored the quirky dog. The villain was run-of-the-mill, but overall a nice blend of suspense and humor. Plenty of sequel bait characters were introduced and I am looking forward to more of this series, particularly the unit’s leader and the psychiatrist’s story.

Easy Eighteen Challenge (The Whittler)
Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis:
The heroine worked as the office manager for a security company, but wanted to be an investigator. She’d broken her back as a teenager and had leftover nerve damage in her leg. The hero was an ex-DEA agent turned security specialist. Neither wanted to get involved to start. The hero quickly changed his mind once he started helping her with an “off the books” case investigating a man who was stealing all the profits from a local Christmas village and bingo hall and not paying the senior citizens who worked there. He was keeping secret the fact her brother as well as their boss knew about the case and had asked him to keep an eye on her. And keeping secret from her brother and boss that he was in love with her. He saw her as perfectly capable and disagreed with their decision to wait before promoting her. They each had emotional baggage which complicated their relationship, but there was plenty of humor as well. Overall a charming romance between two stubborn and well-matched characters.

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