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The 19 in 19 Phonics Challenge
A for athletics — Read a romance in which the heroine and/or hero is involved with sports, e.g. athlete, coach, referee, team owner, etc.
A Touch of Magic by Carla Neggers – hero is a professional football player:
When the heroine showed up at the hero’s parent’s door drenched and minus a contact lens the hero assumed she’d concocted an elaborate ruse to meet him. Though his name seemed vaguely familiar to her, the heroine had no clue he was a famous football player. She was trying to have a vacation before her thirtieth birthday away from the stress of her job as president and CEO of her company and chairman of the board of her family’s foundation. The meet-disaster plot wouldn’t work in this day and age of the internet, but was fun despite the hero’s arrogant assumptions and refusal to believe she was so successful and not simply out to snare him. It helped to have his POV somewhat and that he eventually apologized, but his insistence on believing she was lying grew wearisome. There was a small mystery involving her older brother that was rather convoluted. Overall I enjoyed the book because of the heroine.

The Alphabet Challenge Variation
D = Delinquent Desire by Carla Neggers:
This was another book with a successful heroine who met the hero under less than auspicious circumstances. She was a senior management consultant who spoke multiple languages. A misunderstanding led him to believe she was becoming a nun, while she thought he was being standoffish since she was spending the month as a counselor at her aunts’ summer camp for delinquent girls. He was a bigwig Hollywood agent. Thankfully the misunderstanding didn’t last long. The hero was judgmental about the girls, but that seemed to be an excuse to add conflict and he quickly came to realize the error of his mistaken prejudices. Neither wanted a summer fling so they made an effort to get to know one another before becoming involved and then worked to make the logistics of their relationship work. Published in 1984, parts of the plot haven’t aged well. But the heroine was great. I loved that she read the O.E.D. for fun. I had a number of plot quibbles, but nonetheless a likeable read.

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