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Monday, December 16, 2019

Wonder With Me (With Me in Seattle #11.5) by Kristen Proby

My Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Yes, With Me in Seattle #11.5    
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: Imperfect perfection.


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby comes a new story in her With Me In Seattle series… 

Reed Taylor doesn’t pay much attention to the holidays—until he receives a surprise present. Four-year-old Piper is the daughter he never knew about, and with the death of her mother, is also now the roommate he never expected. He’s determined to make their first Christmas together one she’ll never forget. Noel Thompson has gotten her share of strange requests in her career as an interior designer. The call to design a beautiful home for Christmas is more like a dream come true. And that was before she met her new employer—sexy and mysterious, he’s everything she ever hoped Santa would bring her. As Noel showers his home with holiday spirit, Reed showers Piper with love. And the busy life he’s created for himself no longer seems nearly as important as the one Noel is helping him build with his daughter. But if he can’t convince his decorator to stay, this could be the only year he feels the true wonder of the season. **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.** 

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I LOVE the “With me in Seattle” Novellas! I still remember reading the first book in the series and falling in love with every character. This time around we get to fall in love with Reed, Noel and Piper.

Reed is a bachelor in every way; he is not out for finding the love of his life. His main focus is work and then maybe he gets to play a little bit, but nothing can distract him from his main focus. That is, until the unexpected happens and now he has a different priority, make Piper happy.

He has no clue what he is doing but failing is not an option, finding a balance in his new life is his biggest obstacle, but he seems to be on the right track.

Noel loves her job, and it also occupies 99 % of her life, she has nothing else besides her business and that’s okay with her.  She has worked really hard to get where she is at and there is no way she is throwing that away for anyone. 

Until they met, their attraction was instant and the chemistry was off the hook. There was no stopping what was about to happen between them, so they might as well enjoy the crazy ride.

Reed is sure he has never felt anything like this before, so he is not about to let it go. He is in for the long haul.

Noel is terrified of making space for someone else in her life, but Reed is a force of nature, she can’t seem to stop. The pace seems fast, but no one can't tell you what feels good and natural besides yourself.

Taking a chance on him could flip her world upside down, but oh so worth it...



“No one does swoony alphas, strong women, and sexy love stories like Kristen Proby. She truly knows how to write romance with heart.” ~Laurelin Paige, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author “Kristen Proby is the Nora Roberts of our generation.” ~Corinne Michaels, New York Timesbestselling author “Kristen Proby is our go-to when we want to escape, when we want a love story with a slow burn, a stellar supporting cast, and heroes that have us swooning for days.” ~Christina Lauren, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author “Proby has a knack for drawing readers in with her witty storytelling and heated romances that keep readers engaged until the very end. Once you sink your teeth into this juicy tale, you’ll find yourself wishing that the Seduction restaurant was actually in your city!” ~RT Book Reviews


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps. 


The Virgin Gift (The Gift #2) by Lauren Blakely

My Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Yes, The Gift #2
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: Asking for what you want.

I might still carry my V-card, but I know exactly what I want in a man. Smart, charming and oh-so-skilled. Too bad I haven't found him yet.

But maybe he's found me. .

Because when my charming, laid-back, next-door neighbor discovers a secret list I keep, he volunteers to work through every single item on it. .

Including the last one -- at the end, we walk away and stay friends. .

I say yes to his offer, and that's when I discover another side to him. .

A side I adore. A side I crave. He's commanding, intense, and everything I've ever wanted. .

But as we check things off one by one, I find myself breaking the most important rule of all. And I have no idea what it will do to my heart.

THE VIRGIN GIFT by Lauren Blakely Release Date: December 2nd

THE VIRGIN GIFT, the second book in The Gift Series, a series of sexy love stories, by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, is a red hot neighbors to lovers, lesson in seduction romance and it’s AVAILABLE NOW in Kindle Unlimited and audio!! Ebook will be 99¢ on release day only! 

“Another winner! You won't want to put Nina and Adam's story down. And just wait until you see what number eleven is on Nina's list…” --Sarina Bowen, USA Today bestselling author of Moonlighter

Lauren NEVER disappoints! 

This time she bring us a funny, witty and sexy novel about two amazing and perfect for each other neighbors. 

They had a perfect friendship, Adam was sure he didn’t want to cross any lines with Nina, she was too valuable for him. That is until he reads her list, and now he sees everything in a whole different light, she is ready to be awakened, and he is certain he is the man for the job.

How hard can it be, it is just sex right? And he is definitely not looking for anything else.
Nina has waited for so long, now it just seems harder and harder to take the chance and lose it. But fate has other plans for her and it puts Adam right in her path, finding that list will change everything. 

She has never seen Adam in that light, I mean, she knows he is gorgeous, but he is a friends, no romantic anything going on… or is there? Thinking about it now…that doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.

Get ready for some crazy sexy scenes and some intense connection. These characters have been holding back for too long and once they let go there is no stopping them.

Who knew asking for what you want could be so sexy?!

Find out what happens when sexy, charming Adam discovers the girl next door’s naughty to-do list AVAILABLE NOW!! Amazon US Amazon UK Amazon AU Amazon CA Paperback Audio Performed by Elena Wolfe & Teddy Hamilton with special appearances by Joe Arden & Maxine Mitchell

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Excerpt: I broke the hold he had on my hip. I spun around and took a few steps backward to the kitchen counter, feeling naughty, daring. 

From a few feet away, I stared at my friend with new eyes, drinking in the cut of his jaw, the fire in his eyes, the expanse of his hard chest. 

My eyes roamed over him. He was fully dressed, but fully revealed too. The outline of his arousal was visible through his pants. Thick and firm.

My mouth watered as I stared at the shape of it. 

But tonight I wanted something else. 

Something for me. 

I didn’t need to start at the beginning of my list. The first three items set the tone. I’d cross them off as I worked through the others.

I knew where to start. 

“Okay, then. Now that we’ve tackled the rules of engagement, I’d like to try number four, please.”

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. She also writes red-hot love stories for her Lauren Blakely After Dark line.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Never Kiss a Rockstar by Sarah Darlington

My Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Yes,The NEVER TRUST Series Yes, #2
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: Two lonely and broken souls.

Dani Mills, drummer of the world-famous band, Sunset Revival, doesn’t have time for romance. Touring with her bandmates across the country, she’s content with meaningless sex: one-night-stands, no kissing, no personal details. These are her rules…and there are never exceptions.

John Michaels lives a life of seclusion in Corolla, North Carolina. He works, eats, and sleeps—and is perfectly content with his lifestyle. He doesn’t have the time, or energy, to deal with people. Or relationships. Especially women relationships.

When Sunset Revival gets stranded on the beach, it’s John who is asked for shelter. With his sexy-as-sin good looks—covered in ink with blue eyes so deep they shine—Dani finds herself desperate for one night in his bed. That’s all either of them wants, really…one night, no-strings, no promise of tomorrow. 

Yet, when one night turns into two, both find themselves breaking their own rules. Thrust into a whirlwind of passion and desire, the pair struggle to maintain the upper hand, with John learning the hardest lesson of all…never kiss a Rockstar. 

**NEVER KISS A ROCKSTAR can be read as a standalone, or as the second book in Sarah Darlington's NEVER TRUST Series.

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Yes, I'm game.

Another amazing story!

Stardom hasn’t made her life any easier, Dani is hiding, and she is really good at it. She has her heart so well protected, that there is no way anyone can even get close enough to get a glimpse of her real self. 

John has been hiding too, he escaped his past and now he is just gliding through life, he doesn’t like people close, or people at all, so there is no risk of anyone ruining the peaceful life he created for himself, until she shows up.

Danielle isn’t like anything he has ever seen before; she is a mystery and he can’t get enough of her. She sounds and looks like trouble and she probably is, but he can’t help himself.

John is an unexpected surprise, she is ready to use him and move on; but what she s definitely not ready for, is the kind of attraction they are sharing. 

Will Dani Mills be able to break her own rules and give this mystery man a chance? Or will their secrets be too much and end up destroying them?



Find the other books in the NEVER TRUST Series here...

Each can be read as a standalone.





Sarah Darlington was born in Colorado and grew up all over the United States. These days, she calls Virginia home, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and large dog. The best word to describe Sarah is 'creative.' She's passionate about designing, crafting, and photography. But most of all... she loves creating stories through her writing.

Her romance books are sexy and heart-gripping at their core, guaranteed to make you swoon. Any of them can be read as a stand-alone, but all are connected within the same world. 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Rush (Black Hearts Still Beat: The Beginning, #1) by L.A. Cotton

My Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Yes, 
Black Hearts Still Beat: The Beginning, #1.
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject:A second chance

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™–๐™™ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™๐™ค๐™˜๐™ , ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™จ ๐™– ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ก๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š.

Evangeline Walker knows how quickly everything can change.
But nothing can prepare her for the moment she meets Rafe Hunter.
Intense gray eyes.
Wicked smile.
Tattoos inked on his skin just begging to be touched. 
Those aren’t the reasons Eva should stay away from him though.
The fact he’s the bassist for America’s hottest rock band is the reason she should run and never look back.
Everyone knows the greatest love stories all start somewhere.
... this is their beginning.

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๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—–๐—ž ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—”๐—ฅ ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐— ๐—”๐—ก๐—–๐—˜ ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ง 

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™–๐™™ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™๐™ค๐™˜๐™ , ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™จ ๐™– ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ก๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š.

The first book in a brand new emotional and angsty new adult romance series from L A Cotton is live!!!

Eva and Rafe's story was cute and entertaining. The book is a really fast read and it keeps you engaged all the time in the story.

Eva has been through a lot and is not sure she deserves to still be here. While Rafe's demons are still hidden, we can tell they are the really bad kind. Can they make it with all that darkness surrounding them?

It is an instant love kind of story, super strong connection in seconds and bleeding hearts in weeks, which makes sense since they are children.

We are left with a little cliffhanger waiting to see what Rafe's whole deal is and if Eva is making the right choice.

I love rockstar romances so it was a really enjoyable book and I can't wait to know what happens in their story.

๐—•๐—จ๐—ฌ ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ก๐—ž๐—ฆ 

RUSH: The Beginning (Black Hearts Still Beat #1)

Audio: coming soon


RISE: The Interlude (Black Hearts Still Beat #2)



“I made you some hot chocolate.” He offered me the mug and I took a sip, the smooth rich liquid warming my insides.

“How very rock star of you.”

“I try.” His gray eyes twinkled with laughter. “Come here.”

I went to Rafe, and he eased the mug out of my hand, placing it on the ledge. His long fingers brushed my jaw, moving along my neck and into my hair as he tilted my face up to his. “I’ve wanted to do this again all night.”

My hands wound around his neck as he kissed me, his lips brushing over mine with a heated desperation I felt right down to my toes. We stumbled back as Rafe’s hand slipped to the small of my back pushing me closer as he pressed me against the wall.

“Rafe…” I panted and he broke the kiss.

“You want me to stop?” His eyes searched mine, his pupils blown with lust.

“N- no.”

“Thank fuck.” He dived for me again, attacking my mouth with fervent need. One of his hands slid to my throat, stroking the skin there, his lips chasing his fingers. Sucking and biting, sending shocks of pleasure zinging through me.

“Where have you been all my life?” Rafe whispered into my neck, his words so low I wasn’t sure they were for me. But I’d heard them. Like a gunshot to the heart they’d impacted me.

It was crazy.

We didn’t know each other. We didn’t know any of the important stuff. But I was falling. Hurtling towards the ground hoping, praying, he’d be there to catch me.

“Eva, tell me what you want?” He lifted his face, eyes dark and stormy and so full of need. I swallowed hard.

“This.” I pulled his face to mine, kissing him deeply, rubbing myself against him shamelessly. His mouth curved, and he pushed his head to mine, forcing me further against the wall. My hands pressed at my sides, steadying myself as he hooked one of his hands under my thigh, hitching my leg around his hip. I could feel him thick and hard beneath his jeans, but I wasn’t ready for that.


Angsty. Edgy. Addictive Romance

Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Sirens in Bliss (Texas Sirens #7.5) by Sophie Oak & Lexi Blake

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My Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Yes,Texas Sirens #7.5
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: That's what family is all about.
It’s the event of the year. The wedding of Leo and Wolf to their beautiful sub, Shelley McNamara, has all of Bliss up in arms—and makes everyone think about love and marriage and family.

Wolf and Leo have to deal with the sudden reappearance of their father. Rafe Kincaid is handed an opportunity that might take him and his family away from Bliss. Aidan, Lexi, and Lucas O’Malley find themselves at a crossroads in their marriage. And Stefan Talbot must face his biggest fear—possibly losing his wife in childbirth.

So come to the Feed Store Church, pick a seat, and enjoy the chaos as all your favorite characters from Texas Sirens and Nights in Bliss, Colorado, come together for one eventful weekend.

And some of them may never be the same again.

Note: This is a reunion book, which shares an overall story arc and many crossover characters with the Texas Sirens and Nights in Bliss series. This is not a stand-alone.

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What happens after happily ever after?
Sirens in Bliss, a steamy new romance in the Nights in Bliss, Colorado Series from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake writing as Sophie Oak, is available now!

I don’t have any clue how to review this book, I was so excited to read about all my favorite couples, so much love and craziness. 

For a moment I felt melancholic, we have lived with these characters for what is seems like forever, we have seen their love and families grow, and we have been with them while they fought for their lives.

Bliss has become such a happy place where I love escaping to.  Where true love finds a way, where strong men love their women, sometimes as a team ๐Ÿ˜‰ and where the strongest women find their ultimate power to destroy their enemies… Home. 

Seeing all of them together and getting to read about my favorite couples was priceless. All time fave the Originals Jack, Sam and Abby and crazy Max and Rye and the sweet Rachel. I still remember reading about them for the first time, such intensity, it made me want to go back to those books and meet them all over again.

The author has achieved the ultimate writer’s dream, I am invested in these characters, I cry with them and I feel their happiness, and I’m sure I will be unhappy once it’s over. 
She gave us such lovable characters, that we couldn’t help it.

Back to this book, it wouldn’t be Bliss without some drama, and trust me… there’s enough!

Marriage trouble, self-steam age related issues, and the past knocking on their doors… nothing a good Dom can’t fix. And we sure have enough of those there!


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Shelley turned her head, looking between them both. “You know I thought it was weird that neither one of you looks a thing like your father.” Wolf shrugged. He was happy about that. “Guess we took after Ma’s side.” “Nope. I spent the afternoon looking through pictures of Cassidy’s family while we played with beets. They’re all small. She said Robert’s people were, too.” Leo sighed. “We’re not aliens, Shell.” Oh, god, had his mother gotten to her? “No alien DNA here.” She shrugged, a teasing smile on her lips. “I don’t know. You seem smarter and faster and more agile than the normal human. And hey, I wouldn’t mind if my kids got an edge because their dads had some freaky genetics.” She laughed and threw her arms around Leo, kissing him soundly. She turned and gave Wolf the same treatment. He could actually see several play scenarios where being half-alien might be fun. “Hey, I have about thirty minutes before I have to drink beet juice. Why don’t we have one last crazy fling before we’re boring old married people?” Shelley asked, a glint in her eye. Wolf knew just the place. “There’s a big closet where Zane keeps the dry goods.” He started to lead them back, finding the door and hauling them all in. He shut the door and turned on the small light. Thank god Lucy, Zane’s waitress, was as obsessively, compulsively clean as his brother. The storage room was pin neat and had enough space for what he needed to do. “Shouldn’t we turn the lights off?” Shelley asked. Leo stared at her. “Shouldn’t you take your clothes off?” Yep, he was already in Dom mode. That was plain to see. “Hurry, baby. He’ll spend all his time spanking you and then we won’t get to the part where I feel some small amount of relief for my aching dick.” It was only the truth. He’d been hard for days. Well, the whole sweat lodge thing had actually been a blessing since his cock had shriveled up at the thought of being alone in a sweaty, naked place with his brother and de facto stepfather, and his stepfather had been talking sex. It had been damn funny until he got a picture of it in his head. He was actually happy now that he was hard again. For a couple of minutes, he thought his cock might be dead. “Well, we can’t have that, can we?” Shelley pulled the tie on her wrap dress and was handing it to Leo in no time at all. Her gorgeous curves were on full display in a sexy black bra and some killer heels. No panties. His girl had learned that lesson long ago. Leo sighed, his hand covering her shoulders and sliding down to her breasts. “Do you have any idea how much we’ve missed these breasts?” Wolf flicked the back clasp of her bra because the situation was far too desperate for a ton of playtime. His brother liked to warm up, but Wolf was already on fire. “We sat around drinking beer last night and moaning about how long it had been since we’ve seen you naked, baby.” A shake in Leo’s voice gave away the fact that he was on edge, too. “It’s been eight days, thirteen hours, and twenty-four minutes.” Her head fell back against Wolf’s shoulder as she laughed. “Well, you two certainly know how to make a girl feel wanted.” 

About Lexi Blake

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Special Delivery (Always Satisfied #5) by Lauren Blakely

My Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Always Satisfied #5)
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject:All I want for Christmas
All I want for the holidays is the willpower to resist my brother’s sexy, charming, easy-on-the-eyes new business partner.

Instead, I'm stuck planning all the holiday parties with the one guy who makes me want to break my dating diet.

Who thought that was a good idea?

Oh, me. Yep, brilliant, strategic me who raised her hand and said yes I’d love to hang mistletoe with that hot former sports star. (Note to self: Mistletoe leads to toe-curling, knee-weakening kisses.)

And I’d love to get snowed in with the one guy I shouldn’t fall for. (Addendum to the note to self: You know exactly where eight inches of snow leads to. Ahem, eight inches.)

As long as I can make it through the holidays I’ll be on my merry way, fa la la la la. But the holidays have a surprise for me.

SPECIAL DELIVERY by Lauren Blakely Release Date: November 11th Genre: Contemporary Romance Cover Designer: Helen Williams

From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes her first ever holiday romance! This sexy, feel-good novella will fa la la its way into your heart and jingle all your parts!

AVAILABLE NOW FOR ONLY 99¢! The price goes up after release day! This is a rare chance to snag a Lauren Blakely book for 99 cents!!

This was a cute and sweet pre-Christmas snack. Really fast paced love story, where both leading characters meet at the wrong time but them being together feels just right!

There is not a lot of plot other than them being totally into each other, which is still good. Sex scenes are great, and their relationship is healthy from the start.

Quinn is a planner but there is no way she could have planned for what happened between them, their passion can’t be contained, and the consequences of it might be greater than what they could even imagine.



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.
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