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Easy Eighteen Challenge (The Whittler) – Novellas
A Curse for Spring by Amanda Bouchet:
We first met the h/h when they were ten, then quickly flashed-forward fifteen years. The now adult hero’s attitude toward the start was selfish and hypocritical. Thankfully he soon acknowledged this fact and admitted he was acting out of line. The misunderstandings and perfectly timed interruptions frayed a bit in the middle, but thankfully the h/h both made an effort to communicate with each other. Overall an imaginative, angst-filled adventure with a likeable couple on a quest to save a kingdom.

Easy Eighteen Challenge (The Whittler)
Gabe by Veronica Scott:
We originally met this hero in the first book of the series. The author initially listed that his book would be third, but it was repeatedly pushed back, so I was glad to finally get his story. Most of the book was set in an isolated area of the planet with all new characters. The alien baddies were the usual proverbial mustache-twirling evil, casually cruel and effectual yet inept. There was a major twist in the overarching series plot. A few other subplots just skimmed the surface rather than exploring their actual ramifications so I hope things will be addressed in future books. The romance was of the insta-love variety, but that worked well with the plot. As with others in the series, it read like an old Saturday matinee with the intrepid h/h getting into one scrape after another. The way they worked themselves out of these various jams was contrived at times, but overall a fun story.

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