Tuesday, October 22, 2019

New Release Review: Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen


Moonlighter
The Company #1
By Sarina Bowen
Release Date: October 22, 2019

Only in my family could a professional hockey player earning seven million dollars a year be considered a slacker.

I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name.

Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job.

But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.

So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?

It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector.

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Contains: hackers, hockey players, and a hotel room with only one bed.


My review: 5 stars!
Sarina Bowen absolutely never disappoints, and I am over the moon(lighter) for her newest series. Along with her trademark steamy sports romance expertise (laced with witty dialog of course), she throws in some business suspense that was so darn intriguing! We met both Eric Bayer and Alex Engles briefly in prior Brooklyn Bruisers novels, but Moonlighter would read perfectly fine if you were meeting them for the first time here. This book falls squarely in the both the fake dating and friends to lovers tropes, but there's also a surprise trope in there that turns out to be a huge part of the plot and brings us some wonderfully swoony moments. I adored Eric and Alex together and enjoyed getting to see some favorites from the Bruisers world again (Bingley!) 

My favorite highlight: And here I thought I was going to spend the evening watching violent movies in my underwear and eating take-out. As one does.




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New Release Review: Happy Trail by Daisy Precsott

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"Happy Trail was a feel good, funny and heartwarming adventure with the usual Daisy Prescott charm.."-- T. Gephart, USA Today bestselling author

Happy Trail, an all-new opposites attract standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Daisy Prescott, is available now!

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A man of few words, Ranger Jay Daniels values the calm, quiet solitude of the Great Smoky Mountains. Never quite fitting in with either side of his family, he prefers the company of birds and trees to people.

Yeah, he’d most definitely prefer a bird—any bird, any bird at all, take a vulture for instance—to the human-tornado hybrid that just blew onto his peaceful stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

The path of true love never has run smooth for Olive Perry. After getting dumped and promptly abandoned in the middle of her multi-month hike, Olive swears off men. Determined to finish the long trek by herself, she doesn’t need a prince—or broody and taciturn ranger—to save her.

Yet, when an early snowstorm threatens the mountains, and Ranger Daniels is charged with getting hikers to safety, that includes hot-tempered Olive Perry. Snowed in and forced to share an abandoned cabin, can Olive’s heated intensity melt Jay’s cool reserve?

And if so, will this happy trail lead to true love? Or will their time together be just another bump in the road?


'Happy Trail' is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book #1 in the Park Ranger series.

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My review: 4 stars
What a delight! I am new to Daisy Prescott, but I found her writing charming. 

He reveals his forearms and feet and I'm decoupaging a mental scrapbook about them.

Happy Trail is full of so much more of this- it was such fun to read! Penny Reid's genius idea to create Smartypants Romance and let authors expand her Green Valley, TN universe is so just so darn enjoyable and satisfying. Park Ranger Jay could be one of Reid's Winston brothers himself- he's quirky and shy and awkward and handsome. Olive is an unlikely hiker who surprises even herself as she plans on finishing the Appalachian Trail after her ex-boyfriend leaves her behind. Jay and Olive's stay in a snowed-in cabin sets off a slow burn in every sense of the word. So much research must have gone into writing this tale- it felt so authentic and I learned so much about thru-hiking and so many other terms I had never read about. Looking so forward to more books in the Park Ranger series.

About Daisy Prescott
Born and raised in San Diego, Daisy currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband, their rescue dog, Mulder, and an imaginary house goat. When not writing about herself in the third person, Daisy can be found traveling, gardening, baking, or lost in a good book.

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New Release: Love in Due Time by L.B. Dunbar

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Love in Due Time, an all-new second chance romantic comedy from L.B. Dunbar is available now!

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Naomi Winters will be forty—soon-ish—and she’s only been with one man. One night. One time. Long ago. She believes everything happens for a reason, and the universe spoke about Nathan Ryder.

Nathan Ryder isn’t the same man who hightailed his bike out of Green Valley eighteen years ago. As a rule breaker, women are one area he acts a fool. Case in point…the local librarian. He can’t get a read on her, but she’s one risk he’s willing to take. Again.

What do an eccentric librarian and a sexy silver biker have in common? More than you think.
The due date on their love might not be expired after all.

'Love in Due Time' is a full-length, contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Green Valley Library series.

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About L.B. Dunbar
L.B. Dunbar loves the sweeter things in life: cookies, Coca-Cola, and romance. Her reading journey began with a deep love of fairy tales, medieval knights, Regency debauchery, and alpha males. She loves a deep belly laugh and a strong hug. Occasionally, she has the energy of a Jack Russell terrier. Accused—yes, that’s the correct word—of having an overactive imagination, to her benefit, such an imagination works well. Author of over two dozen novels, she’s created sweet, small town worlds; rock star mayhem; MMA chaos; sexy rom-coms for the over 40; and intrigue on an island of redemption. In addition, she is earning a title as the “myth and legend lady” for her modernizations of mythology as elda lore. Her other duties in life include mother to four children and wife to the one and only.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Teaser: Overnight Service by Lauren Blakely

 
OVERNIGHT SERVICE by Lauren Blakely 
Release Date: October 30th
 
A brand new enemies-to-lovers standalone romance from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely! The passionate, fiery and witty OVERNIGHT SERVICE is coming October 30th!
 
 
Preorder TODAY!
Overnight Service   https://laurenblakely.com/overnightservice

Audio THE AUDIOBOOK will be Performed by Jason Clarke and Emma Wilder

With a full cast including Audie winners Andi Arndt, Dion Graham, Vikas Adam and Dan Bittner

And with special performances by Shane East, Teddy Hamilton and Erin Mallon. This audiobook will also include the novella THE ENGAGEMENT GIFT performed by Teddy Hamilton and Elena Wolfe.

   
Blurb: Top three reasons why sleeping with the enemy is a bad idea...
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Top three reasons why sleeping with the enemy is a bad idea...

1. She’s my fiercest rival.
2. She’s also my fiery ex.
3. We’re going up against each other in a stiff competition to win the hottest new client on the market.


And yet, I’d like to be up against the wall in a stiff competition to get her to call out my name.

Time to double down on my resistance to her tough-as-nails, take-no-prisoners, sexy-as-sin attitude. The same attitude I find irresistible.

That’s a big problem, because in this race to nab the client, I run into Haven in the hotel, on the beach, in the guest quarters late at night.

Hate sex would be a terrible idea.

Except, it’s the complete opposite, and now we can’t keep our hands off each other.

Trouble is, I’m not so sure it’s hate I’m feeling anymore.

And that’s the biggest reason sleeping with the enemy you’re falling for is a bad idea -- my job literally depends on never letting her into my heart.

   

About the Author: A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. Her heroines are strong and smart and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. She lives on the West Coast with her family, including her smoking hot and hilarious husband and her two brilliant and kind teenagers. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs — she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she’s lucky, she’ll soon have six dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she’s sold more than 3 million books.
She'd love to give you a free book today! Check out her web site to grab your free read: laurenblakely.com/one-free-book/
 
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Monday, October 14, 2019

Blog Tour: Baking Me Crazy by Karla Sorenson

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"Friends to lovers at its best-- a sweet indulgence I couldn’t put down!” - R.S. Grey, USA Today Bestselling Author

Baking Me Crazy, the first in the romantic comedy Donner Bakery Series of standalones, from Karla Sorensen is available now!

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I'm Levi Buchanan, and until five years ago, I thought the legend of my family's curse was a load of crazy, Southern nonsense.

No curse can make you fall in love at first sight. No curse can force a true, deep, passionate, all-consuming love that will haunt you all the days of your life.

Then I met Jocelyn Abernathy and I realized how completely wrong I was.

The problem is, Jocelyn guards her feelings like well-armed soldier. She's the most beautiful, stubborn, infuriating woman I've ever met. Every time she talks, I want to kiss the living daylights out of her. But I can't.

Because when we met, she didn't need true love. She needed a best friend. And that's what I've been to her... for five years.

But when Jocelyn meets a handsome stranger her first day working at Donner Bakery and she lets him buy her a dill pickle cupcake, I realize with ominous regret that I may have missed my window with my best friend.

If I can't get her to see past our friendship, my new curse may be to watch the love of my life move on with someone else.

'Baking Me Crazy' is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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Download your copy today!
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/BakingMeCrazy
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2klKiUj
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2ku91Wg

My review: 5 stars!
I loved Baking Me Crazy so much- it was perfection! Penny Reid is an absolute literary genius and I am over the moon for her Smartypants Romance spin-off books. I adored going back to Green Valley and the cameos from favorite Winston Brothers characters were fantastic. But Joss and Levi stole the show with their friends-to-lovers story. Levi's courting of Joss had me swooning. Together they were magic- his thoughtfulness and her ultra strong determined personality went together so well. This story was so unique and different and had me smiling he whole way through. I am so excited to read more Smartypants books!

Excerpt:
"Besides, this is my best friend perk. Shouldn't I get perks in baked goods?"

She cut me a look. "You've been getting those perks for two years, Buchanan. Don't even pretend you didn't put on a solid ten pounds that first year I started baking." Quite pointedly, she looked at my stomach, which we both knew was covered in muscle.

“That's rude," I mumbled under my breath. I flexed my bicep. Nero licked my elbow since it was right in front of him. "Yeah, ten pounds in my left arm maybe."

The noise she made roughly translated to you are ridiculous. She made that sound at me a lot. Of course, the sad truth of the matter was that I was ridiculous.

Not once in the past five years had my feelings lessened for her. I had just learned to live with them. In my junior year of undergrad, I was taking a class on brain pathology in injuries, and a man came to talk to us about how he learned to live without his right arm after it was amputated.

He told us about how, even years after he lost his arm, his brain still triggered sensations to the limb that was no longer there. The adult brain, in particular, struggled to reorganize after the loss of a limb, and given that four out of five amputees suffer from phantom pain symptoms, some of which were incredibly debilitating, it was a lesson that stuck with me.

I wasn't fool enough to think that me loving Jocelyn was on par with a man who’d lost his arm, but something about the way he talked plucked at a chord inside me. Sometimes my brain struggled to remember that we were just friends.

She'd never dated, never even hinted that she wanted to. She'd never given me a longing glance. Never stared at my mouth like she wondered what it tasted like.

But my hands never, not once, stopped wanting to reach for hers. My fingers always, always itched to dig into her crazy hair and see what the curve of her scalp felt like.

My brain knew what this relationship was, but sometimes, the signals it sent to the rest of my body didn't always match up with the truth of our situation. We worked out together a lot, Joss and I, and when she got frustrated with the limitations of her body, I always wanted to wrap my arms around her.

I wanted to pull her into the curve of my body, absorb her dissatisfaction into my skin, and carry it for her. That was the irony when she made noises like that.

She had absolutely no clue how ridiculous I really was.


About Karla Sorensen
Karla Sorensen has been an avid reader her entire life, preferring stories with a happily-ever-after over just about any other kind. And considering she has an entire line item in her budget for books, she realized it might just be cheaper to write her own stories. It doesn’t take much to keep her happy…a book, a really big glass of wine, and at least thirty minutes of complete silence every day. She still keeps her toes in the world of health care marketing, where she made her living pre-babies. Now she stays home, writing and mommy-ing full time (this translates to almost every day being a ‘pajama day’ at the Sorensen household…don’t judge). She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two exceptionally adorable sons and big, shaggy rescue dog.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Cvoer Reveal: Man Cuffed by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby

Man Cuffed 
by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby
Release Date: November 19, 2019



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A new comedy from the USA Today bestselling duo!

Mac
A good cop can always spot trouble. That’s why my senses started pinging the moment I met the hottie next door. The neighborhood may never be the same. First she confuses me for a male stripper and tries to remove my uniform. (The guys on the force will never let me live that down.) And then there’s the breaking and entering.
I don’t know what to do with her. My libido has a few ideas of its own, though. Bad, bad ideas.

Meg
Hey, I it’s not my fault that Hot Cop’s nightstick gets excited every time we see each other. And I can’t help that someone broke into his apartment. 
Fine—that last thing was totally my fault. And I intend to make amends. So when he needs a date for his sister’s wedding, I’m there. This is right up my alley. I’m an actor. By the time it’s over, his entire family will believe we’re a couple. 
Even him.

Warning: may cause unrestrained giggling in public. Contains: a bridezilla with a turkey leg, a flash mob, and a growly hero.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

New Release Review: Baking Me Crazy by Karla Sorensen

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"Friends to lovers at its best-- a sweet indulgence I couldn’t put down!” - R.S. Grey, USA Today Bestselling Author

Baking Me Crazy, the first in the romantic comedy Donner Bakery Series of standalones, from Karla Sorensen is available now!

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I'm Levi Buchanan, and until five years ago, I thought the legend of my family's curse was a load of crazy, Southern nonsense.

No curse can make you fall in love at first sight. No curse can force a true, deep, passionate, all-consuming love that will haunt you all the days of your life.

Then I met Jocelyn Abernathy and I realized how completely wrong I was.

The problem is, Jocelyn guards her feelings like well-armed soldier. She's the most beautiful, stubborn, infuriating woman I've ever met. Every time she talks, I want to kiss the living daylights out of her. But I can't.

Because when we met, she didn't need true love. She needed a best friend. And that's what I've been to her... for five years.

But when Jocelyn meets a handsome stranger her first day working at Donner Bakery and she lets him buy her a dill pickle cupcake, I realize with ominous regret that I may have missed my window with my best friend.

If I can't get her to see past our friendship, my new curse may be to watch the love of my life move on with someone else.

'Baking Me Crazy' is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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Download your copy today!
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/BakingMeCrazy
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2klKiUj
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2ku91Wg

My review: 5 stars!
I loved Baking Me Crazy so much- it was perfection! Penny Reid is an absolute literary genius and I am over the moon for her Smartypants Romance spin-off books. I adored going back to Green Valley and the cameos from favorite Winston Brothers characters were fantastic. But Joss and Levi stole the show with their friends-to-lovers story. Levi's courting of Joss had me swooning. Together they were magic- his thoughtfulness and her ultra strong determined personality went together so well. This story was so unique and different and had me smiling he whole way through. I am so excited to read more Smartypants books!

About Karla Sorensen
Karla Sorensen has been an avid reader her entire life, preferring stories with a happily-ever-after over just about any other kind. And considering she has an entire line item in her budget for books, she realized it might just be cheaper to write her own stories. It doesn’t take much to keep her happy…a book, a really big glass of wine, and at least thirty minutes of complete silence every day. She still keeps her toes in the world of health care marketing, where she made her living pre-babies. Now she stays home, writing and mommy-ing full time (this translates to almost every day being a ‘pajama day’ at the Sorensen household…don’t judge). She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two exceptionally adorable sons and big, shaggy rescue dog.

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Blog Tour: Beard With Me by Penny Reid

“This is Penny Reid at her finest.” -- L.B. Dunbar, author

Beard With Me, an epic and breathtaking story from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!

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No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching.

Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart . . . except when it comes to Billy Winston.

No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe, or die trying.

Billy is fearless, Billy is disciplined, and Billy is honorable . . . except when it comes to Scarlet St. Claire.

‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story. 
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My review: 5 stars
Wow. I knew this would be a deep and emotional story, but I didn't realize just how much I would feel as I read it. Penny Reid is so talented, she can tell a truly heartbreaking story in a way that makes you understand that it just needed to be told. We needed Billy and Scarlet/Claire's origin story. And it's fantastic to see the whole Winston clan in their younger days- teenage Cletus was even better than I suspected I'd find him. I absolutely cannot wait for the present day Billy and Claire story- it just cant't come soon enough. They deserve an HEA!


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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Blog Tour: Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely

 NEVER HAVE I EVER 
by Lauren Blakely 
Release Date: October 4th
 
Sexy single dad. Frenemies to lovers. All the feels.

“Never Have I Ever was absolutely fantastic!!!! A head-over-heels, heartfelt, story of sexiness.” - Lulu’s Library

"This is my new absolute favorite Lauren Blakely title. It tells the perfect story at the perfect pace that it allows you to move with the characters." - Laura at Booked All Night
 
Falling for the enemy has never been so deliciously complicated in this standalone romance where a sexy single dad meets his unexpected match!
 
AVAILABLE NOW!! 
✦Google Play Books ➜ https://blkly.pub/GoogleNever
 
Lauren is donating 100% of all preorder proceeds & release day sales from all ebook and paperback retailers to several animal rescues, so one-click today and you'll get a sexy, emotional contemporary romance AND also help your furry friends! Plus, we'd love for readers to help pick the animal rescue organizations she donates to!!

If you have a favorite local one you want to nominate just fill out THIS FORM—>https://forms.gle/6ha3Hf11WaQkXbK67 
(This applies to ALL preorders! Even if you preordered several months ago!)
 
NEVER HAVE I EVER is AVAILABLE NOW!!

My review: 5 stars!
Lauren Blakely is one of my favorite one-click authors so of course I snapped this one up on release day- and how cool that she is donating 100% of proceeds from preorder and release day sales to animal rescue! I love the characters and worlds she creates. Never Have I Ever combines enemies-to-lovers and the single dad trope with a delicious slow burn. It had a fun theme woven throughout, with great dialog, sizzling chemistry, and no unnecessary drama. I adored Zach's kids and the part they, especially his daughter Lucy, played in the story. When I finished, I had a huge smile on my face- absolutely loved this one!
 
 
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Falling for the enemy has never been so deliciously complicated in this standalone romance where a sexy single dad meets his unexpected match! Get ready for all the feels!

Never have I ever been so infuriated by a man I wanted to kiss.
They say opposites attract, but I beg to differ. Combust is more like it. Because every single time I talk to Zach Nolan, I see red.

The too-good-looking, too-smart, too-effortlessly charming single dad who works down the hall from me has turned getting under my skin into a sport. Call it the battle of wits between the wedding planner and the divorce attorney.

Trouble is, when we’re forced into closer quarters planning an engagement party for our best friends, I start to see his other sides.

And I fear I’m falling for the enemy.

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I’m not out to make friends. My goals are simple -- fight till the end for my clients, and my family.

The last thing I need is a vibrant, outgoing, snarky, and surprisingly big-hearted wedding planner to spend my precious free time with…except, watching Piper bond with my daughter just might break down the cinder block walls I’ve built around my heart these last few years.

Second chances don’t come around for guys like me…or do they?

   

About the Author: 
A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. Her heroines are strong and smart and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. She lives on the West Coast with her family, including her smoking hot and hilarious husband and her two brilliant and kind teenagers. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs — she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she’s lucky, she’ll soon have six dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she’s sold more than 3 million books. In October she'll release Never Have I Ever.

She'd love to give you a free book today! Check out her web site to grab your free read: laurenblakely.com/one-free-book/

Connect w/Lauren: Website: http://www.laurenblakely.com/ 


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