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The 19 in 19 Phonics Challenge
I for identity — Read a romance where the heroine and/or hero has amnesia. Or where the heroine and/or hero is hiding their true identity, been a victim of mistaken identity, etc.
The Bodyguard’s Bride-to-Be by Amelia Autin – heroine has amnesia:
This h/h were introduced several books ago and anticipation of their story had been the main reason I’d stuck with this series. The heroine was an administrative assistant at the US Embassy. She suffered a severe concussion in a bombing and was placed in a medically-induced coma. When she awoke she had no memory of the previous eighteen months. In an effort to protect her, the hero pretended they were still engaged even though she’d returned his ring two weeks earlier despite the fact they were both very much in love. He was in charge of the security detail for the crown prince. The book took place in a fictional country in which women had only been recently allowed to serve in their military, etc. The hero knew he was a product of his chauvinistic upbringing but had been and continued to make the effort to reevaluate his thoughts and actions to truly treat women as equals. Since he was aware not doing so was wrong he actually did a much better job of not acting like a jerk than some of the previous heroes in this series, even those not raised in the pretend country. The domestic terrorism subplot would have been better served if the immigrants who were the purported targets of the attacks had been given more page time other than a few brief scenes for one small family. As it was they felt more like a plot device. Despite these issues, the romance made the book work. The heroine fell for the hero again even though she knew he was keeping something secret from her. The hero knew he’d screwed up before and was determined to do whatever he could to set their relationship to rights. They each had baggage to work through and it was easy sympathize with both of them. There were other plot quibbles, but overall a good balance of angst, humor, and self-discovery.

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