Monday, May 30, 2016

Get Lucky by Lila Monroe

Summary from Amazon:

What happens when you wake up in a hotel suite next to a gorgeous naked man with absolutely no memory of the past twelve hours?

I guess it's true what they say. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Or at least I hope it stays here. The Romantic Style convention was meant to be a weekend of raucous fun with friends, sun, and enough poolside margaritas to forget about my ex. But now, instead of meeting my fans and signing books, I'm stuck with cocky divorce lawyer Nate Wexler. He's arrogant, infuriating, and I can't keep my hands off of him. Judging by the state of our hotel room, last night was wild. I just wish I could remember it.

A pair of matching tattoos. A cheap wedding veil. A half empty box of glow in the dark condoms.

What the hell just happened?

My thoughts:

     I started this one thinking “another Vegas blackout, I-married-a-stranger book? It better have a fresh take!” Yes, it did.  This quirky couple goes out on a quest to reconstruct their lost night and well…hijinks ensue. 
     Julia is a romance book writer who is quirky, wild and fun loving.  Nate is a broken hearted divorce attorney with no desire to ever be in a relationship again. Lots of laughs and a whole lot of interesting characters are along for this ride around Vegas while they try to decode their night of drunken debauchery. 
     There was on section with A LOT of Dr. Who references that I don’t totally get or really care for but it didn’t deter me for reading on.  Julia has named the two sides of her personality after a couple of the doctors: her sensible side is #9 and her wild side is #10. She keeps up the references throughout the book but they don’t annoy me.
     If you are looking for a fun, sexy little read this is the book for you. There is no deep emotional angst but some heartbreak and past emotional issues but everything is handled with laughter.  The characters are all likeable and I can see this being the start of a fun series!
3.5/5 stars

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Forgive me by Daniel Palmer

Summary from Amazon:

     At DeRose & Associates Private Investigators in Virginia, Angie DeRose strives to find and rescue endangered runaways--work that stands in stark contrast to her own safe, idyllic childhood. But in the wake of her mother's sudden death, Angie makes a life-altering discovery. Hidden among the mementos in her parents' attic is a photograph of a little girl, with a code and a hand-written message on the back: "May God forgive me."
     Angie has no idea what it means or how to explain other questionable items among her mother's possessions. Her father claims to know nothing. Could Angie have a sister or other relative she was never told about? Bryce Taggart, the US Marshal working with her agency, agrees to help Angie learn the fate of the girl in the photograph. But the lies she and Bryce unearth will bring her past and present together with terrifying force. And everything she cherishes will be threatened by the repercussions of one long-ago choice--and an enemy who will kill to keep a secret hidden forever.

My Thoughts:

     Angie DeRose lost one of her best friends, who was never found when she was in her early twenties.  This event helped Angie to decide to dedicate her life to helping others look for their lost children.  Her new agency is starting to really take off and with part time help from other investigators she is able to, just barely, tread water. 
     After getting a call from a desperate mother looking for her runaway, sixteen year old daughter, Angie is plunged into a world of sexual slavery and kidnapping.  On top of a personal tragedy and questions that pop up making her question her past, Angie is extremely busy and wondering how she can handle it all.
     Intrigued by the two storylines and how they would both be resolved but the route getting there was some times a bit slow paced and filled with just too much information.  Found myself getting confused with some of the characters and not remembering who they were at first.  I am a visual person and like to have a bit of a description of the characters physical appearance as well as their character-we don’t get much of that here so that may have led to my confusion here.
     I enjoyed this story but felt that at times the technical bits sometimes get too technical and dragged out.  Many pages were wasted explaining details that could have been summed up in half a page.  I also got a little confused as to what the main story was supposed to be.  At first, I thought the runaway storyline was the main and Angie’s personal family crisis was the subplot but as the book went on it suddenly reversed. 
     I think this would make a great first book in a series about Angie and her agency looking for and helping runaways as it has a lot of potential.  I do feel that some tweaking and streamlining is needed though.  In total, it is a well written thriller with a good, strong female lead that I would like to read and learn more about.
3/5 stars.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Coming Soon: Get Lucky by Lila Monroe

What happens when you wake up in a hotel suite next to a gorgeous naked man with absolutely no memory of the past twelve hours?

I guess it's true what they say. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Or at least I hope it stays here. The Romantic Style convention was meant to be a weekend of raucous fun with friends, sun, and enough poolside margaritas to forget about my ex. But now, instead of meeting my fans and signing books, I'm stuck with cocky divorce lawyer Nate Wexler. He's arrogant, infuriating, and I can't keep my hands off of him. Judging by the state of our hotel room, last night was wild. I just wish I could remember it.

A pair of matching tattoos. A cheap wedding veil. A half empty box of glow in the dark condoms. 

What the hell just happened?

Release date: 5/26!
Review coming here on 5/30. Just started reading it and it is so funny!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Tricky Twenty-two by Janet Evanovich

Summary from Amazon:

     Stephanie Plum might not be the world’s greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she’s being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren’t adding up, and Stephanie can’t shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college—and it’s not just Zeta fraternity pranks.

     As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard its good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken’s killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve.

My Thoughts:

    Stephanie and the gang are up to some more crazy antics! While searching for her FTA’s, moonlighting for Rangeman, and dealing with a pimple, no car, and a breakup Steph starts to reevaluate her career choices…again.  Everyone seems to be loving their jobs and living their dreams except for her but what other options does she have?
     Let me start this off by saying that I have been a HUGE Stephanie Plum fan for years but…#21 didn’t thrill me.  To be honest, the last few books in this series seemed repetitive, predictable, and there just weren’t as many laughs for me as there used to be.  So to say I wasn’t hesitant about reading the next installment would be an understatement. 
     Yes, some things are still a bit predictable but this installment seemed a little fresher and definitely funnier than the last few books.  We also get a little bit more emotion from Stephanie and it seems like more maturity as well.  I would really like to see this series progress a little more in the Life Department for her as all of this back and forth between two men bit is starting to get old.  I think she can settle down relationship-wise without it affecting the series.
     Lula and Grandma Mazur are, of course, present and just as funny as always. And Stephanie’s mom even gets in on the action a bit! Overall, I was pretty happy with this installment and feel like maybe this series is picking back up again.
3.5/5 stars

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett

Summary from Author:

     Sela Halstead lost her innocence in a way that no sixteen-year-old should ever have to endure. She’s spent years trying to forget that night even while wondering about the identities of the monsters who brutalized her—until a telltale tattoo flashes across Sela’s TV screen. The incriminating ink belongs to Jonathon Townsend, the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates Townsend’s world, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, his charismatic business partner.

     The tech mastermind behind The Sugar Bowl, Beck always gets what he wants, in business and in bed. And yet, for a man who’s done every dirty thing imaginable, there’s something about the na├»ve, fresh-faced Sela that sparks his hottest fantasies. Because with her, it’s not just about sex. Beck opens up to her in ways he never has with other girls. So why does he get the feeling that she’s hiding something? In a world of pleasure and power, the shocking truth could turn them against each other—or bind them forever.

My Thoughts:

     At the tender age of sixteen Sela lost her virginity when she was drugged and raped at a college party.  She assumed she was damaged beyond repair and would never be able to have a normal, loving relationship with a man. Now at twenty-six she simply exists with only random, meaningless relationships in her life.
     Suddenly while watching t.v. Sela sees one of her rapists (JT), the only one whose face she saw, and she becomes hell bent on exacting revenge. After a failed attempt to attract his attention at dating sites couples mixer Sela must find a new inside track. She finds it with JT’s business partner, Beckett.  Problem is, she starts dating Beck to get inside opportunities at JT and ends up falling for him. Sela is very strong and very determined to get her revenge but when she starts having feelings for Beck she can’t decide if she should continue on with her plan or give it up for a chance at happiness. 
     I really liked the premise behind this story as it is not one you see very often but some areas of the plot felt rushed to me.  Sela went from disturbed rape victim who cannot have a functioning relationship to falling in love very quickly which seemed a little unrealistic to me.  I actually thought I knew where this story was going and it did surprise me but taking a slightly different direction with its plot twist.
     This ends in a cliffhanger so be prepared to wait for resolution! Book #2, Sugar Rush, will be released in October.  I think that this revenge thriller has potential and if you can overlook some minor, slightly unbelievable things you will like it.  I will give a warning though that if rape is a trigger for you that you steer clear of this series.  No detailed scenes are portrayed in this first book but there is a possibility of it in this series.

3/5 stars*
 Book 2 release date: 10/24/16

*I was hopped up on NyQuil while writing this review so hopefully it makes sense…
**I was given an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cover Reveal for Man Candy by Melanie Harlow!!!

Man Candy by Melanie Harlow
Release Date: June 20, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

He’s back.
Not just back in town, but living in the flat right beneath mine. And he looks good enough to eat, which is just one more reason to stay away from him.
But I can’t resist.
The sex is incredible (pretty sure we’ve shaken the house right off its foundation), but he can’t fool me—not this time. A degree in marketing and five years in advertising have taught me that “true love” is a fairy tale used to sell lipstick, diamonds, and perfume. It doesn’t exist.
He thinks I’m wrong, and he wants to prove it.
I think he’s crazy, so I dare him to try.
It might be the biggest mistake of my life.

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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she's not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.
Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash

Summary from Amazon:

     After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can't quite put her finger on it. She's sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she's registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?

My Thoughts:

     Amanda wakes up with a hangover after a rough night of drinking and losing her boyfriend to discover her life has completely changed.  Her dorm roommate is a totally different person and when she finally drags her sick, lazy butt out of bed to head to class she finds other things have changed as well….the campus, her class schedule, the students…where is she????
     Super natural YA thriller? It’s hard to pick a genre for this novella but it was interesting and slightly bizarre.  It got me thinking about things that is for sure! I am not much of a novella fan myself as I like a bit more of a meaty story.  I really think this could have been expanded on and made into a full length novel and been all the better for it. 
SLIGHT SPOILER: That being said the author paints a very vivid picture and has an interesting take on life, death and the space in between.  It is a very interesting concept!
4/5 stars

*I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cover reveal for Kristen Proby's EASY KISSES!

We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Kristen Proby's EASY KISSES! EASY KISSES is a Contemporary Romance novel and is the 4th book in the New York Times bestselling The Boudreaux Series releasing June 21, 2016. If you haven't already, be sure to grab EASY LOVE, EASY CHARM, and EASY MELODY, the first three books in this sexy series!


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Cover designed by Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations with photography by Sara Eirew

  ABOUT EASY KISSES: The Boudreaux Series. Sexy. Intriguing. Easy. Simon Danbury, an internationally sought after motivational speaker, helps women from all walks of life with love, self-esteem, dating and career building skills. Handsome, witty and wealthy, Simon seemingly has everything a man could want. But appearances can be deceiving. While Simon may have the answers for millions of women all over the world, when it comes to his own love life, he’s a giant, sexy mess. Divorced, and convinced that he’ll never love again, the very last thing he expects is one Charly Boudreaux. Charly doesn’t want to be at this seminar in the middle of nowhere, but her sister made her go. She’s the one who has her life together. Great career, amazing family, nice home, and loyal friends. So what if she doesn’t have a man? She doesn’t need one. If she’s learned anything in her almost thirty years, it’s that men are more trouble than they’re worth. And they have a nasty habit of breaking your heart into a million tiny pieces. So she’ll sit through all of Simon’s touchy feely crap and go home and get on with her life. Except Simon isn’t really spouting crap, and when he smiles at her, the butterflies are ridiculous. Never mixing business with pleasure, Simon finds Charly, a bright spot in a universe that’s been dark for too long. But will he be able to resist her? And why would he want to?  




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  Author pic_MontanaABOUT KRISTEN PROBY: 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.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Let's celebrate the release of Hustler by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince!


We're celebrating the release of HUSTLER by Meghan Quinn and Jessica Prince! 

HUSTLER by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince
Scheduled to release: May 9, 2016
NA Romantic Comedy
Cover designer: Meghan Quinn

I make my living as a hustler, and I’m great at it.
I don’t have a single tell and use that to my advantage to manipulate any situation.
I’ve always known what a person is about to do before they’ve even decided.

That is, until I met Nell.
I can’t get a read on her, and what’s worse, she doesn’t want anything to do with me.
Which only makes me want her more.

Now I’m in for the hardest hustle of my life.
Somehow I have to convince Nell that she belongs with me.
Good thing I’m always up for a challenge.

Casually, I sit on the side of the table and take a sip of my drink as I let her eyes peruse my body. It’s a power move. Even though I’m eager to get to know this little hellion, I mask my reaction to her. Never show and tell, especially with women.

I can feel her eyes scanning me, focused on the bit of exposed skin near the collar of the shirt. They then travel down my stomach – little does she know what’s hiding underneath my clothing – and then to my crotch, then she immediately refocuses on her hands. I caught her though, she’s a goner as far as I’m concerned.

“Penelope Prescott,” I start, but I’m quickly interrupted.


“Excuse me?”

“Everyone calls me Nell,” she clarifies.

I set my glass down and study her before saying, “Too bad for you, I’m not everyone.” Her mouth falls agape for a second before she closes it, trying not to let her shock show. I have a rather up front personality, it can catch some people off guard. Clearly, she’s one of them. “Now tell me, Penelope, how long have you worked for Hotel Paragon?”

I know the answer to my question, but when you’re holding the upper hand, you not only want to show power, but you also want to make the other person feel as though they have some control over the situation, when in fact, they don’t. Poker 101.

She wrings her hands together on her lap. Tell number one.

She’s nervous, but there’s a confidence in her eyes that almost boasts a cocky air around her. Unfortunately for her, I’m a master at reading people, so she’s doesn’t fool me one bit.

With her head held high, she answers, “A little over a year now.”

I nod. “And how long have you been working in the high roller room?”

She bites her lip before answering. Tell number two.

“It’s my first day today.”

I nod again. “And before you started, were you informed that the men playing at the table you would be serving are valuable members to this hotel, some of our most lavish and esteemed customers?”

She twirls a strand of hair around her finger. Tell number three.

“Yes, sir.”

“Mr. Saint,” I inform her.

“Sorry, yes, Mr. Saint.” She grits out my name, as if it’s painful for her to say.

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if "It's Raining Men" starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing... enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Jessica was born and raised in Texas--where she'll stay because she claims the cost of living in Texas excuses the god-awful weather. She is first and foremost a wife and mother. Because of those two things, she's also a self proclaimed wino and coffee addict. 
She's always been and avid lover of all types of books, but romances are her main favorites.
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe

Summary from Amazon:

Blind dates? Online dating profiles? Been there, done that.

Georgia Cummings has zero luck with dating, and the era of the internet is not her friend. No matter how fast she runs, how many corners she turns, she can’t find her way out of this weird, alternate universe where men think dick pics are a replacement for small talk and getting to know a girl. One more crotch selfie and she might write men off for good…

But why can’t she stop fantasizing about him?

Kline Brooks is the quintessential billionaire bad boy—dark, styled, short hair, muscles for days, and a panty-dropping smile.
Except—he isn’t.

As his employee, he won’t touch her with a ten foot pole.
But she won’t touch him either.

Too bad their hormones missed the memo.

If you’re the type of woman who prefers crotch selfies to small talk, this book isn’t for you.

If you enjoy random men you’ve never met filling up your inbox with dirty words and porn—for reasons focused more towards diddling your donut than laughing at the absurdity—this book isn’t for you.

If you HATE laughing, this book isn’t for you.

If you want your male leads to grunt, thrust like jack rabbits, and have one-track minds that prefer a nice pair of tits to brains every hour of every day for the rest of forever, well, then, this book still isn’t for you.

But…If you enjoy a good swoon, a hearty laugh, witty banter, and some hot as f*@% f*@%ing, then consider Georgia Cummings your Girl Friday and Kline Brooks your next irresistible book boyfriend.

My Thoughts:

   Two mystery romance writers teamed up under the pseudonym of Max Monroe to bring us The Billionaire Bad Boys series and it is so much fun!
     Georgia Cummings is the head of marketing for Brooks Media and she loves her job.  Sure her boss is good looking but he is always a gentleman and has never been anything but professional. 
     Kline Brooks is the CEO of his own company and is so busy with it that he rarely dates.  It also goes against every single one of his principles to date or even flirt with anyone at work so he keeps his head down and works. 
     Kline and Georgie have always had a great working relationship until one day….Kline is in desperate need of a date to a benefit so his meddling mother will not fix him up with a gold-digging shrew and Georgia is the perfect candidate.
     This was such a fun story! There is everything here that you could want in a romance book; spunky, fun female lead, swoon-y male lead, great secondary characters, laughter, tears….this is a great beginning to a new series. 
     Georgia is strong, funny and smart with no wishy-washy, lame tendencies that make you want to strangle her. Her relationship with her best friend, Cassie? Awesome and hilarious! Georgia’s crazy parents? Hilarious!
     I cannot wait until the next book in this series is released! 4.5/5 stars

Thursday, May 5, 2016

No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

Summary from Amazon:

     The day Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn’t want to move on; she wants Josh back. It’s been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage—they were happy, weren’t they?—screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Was he murdered? Did he run away? And now, all this time later, who is the mysterious yet strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting her new life?

My Thoughts:

     I don’t even know where to start with this one and I am torn on my exact feelings for this story as well.  My feelings towards the main character, Aubrey, changed many times during the unfolding of this tale and even now that I am finished….still not sure what to think.
     We first meet Aubrey five years after her husband, Josh’s disappearance when he has just been declared dead.  I feel badly for her at this point because her mother-in-law, who never really liked her, told her about the declaration is a very rude and unfeeling way and is now trying to protest the life insurance policy pay out. 
     As the story progresses we jump back and forth between Aubrey’s childhood, the beginnings of her relationship with Josh, and with what happened five years ago on the day he disappeared-from both of their perspectives.  The author did a very good job of separating all of this and I was never once confused by the time jumps.  That being said and without giving out any spoilers, my feelings for Aubrey began to change about halfway through because she wasn’t as distraught or as innocent as I originally thought.  No one is as they seem except maybe the nasty mother-in-law.
   I finished the book about 24 hours ago and I am still ruminating on it and trying to figure out my feelings! It definitely got me thinking but I feel like the ending was rather confusing and I am not one hundred percent sure that I understand what happened.  I might have to go back a reread the last chapter just to make sure I didn’t miss something.  I like a nice tidy ending so this is messing with my head a bit!
3.5/5 stars

     This was the first book I received from my Book of the Month subscription and it was promised to be quite the thriller! It was said to be in a similar vein of The Girl on the Train and now having read it, I can see where that comparison comes from.
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Monday, May 2, 2016

April 2016 Reads

     This was a busy month for me life-wise so I didn’t read as many books as I usually do. I also read a cook book and a lifestyle book that isn’t in the norm for me.  It was an average month as far as quality goes with a couple of great books and a few just okay reads as well.  

Here’s the list:

The Honest Life by Jessica Alba: started using some of The Honest Co. products and wanted to read more about it.  Great read & great products!
Runaway Love by Pamela Washington: see my review here.
Icing by Kelly Jamieson: see my review here
Debauched by Jennifer Dawson: see my review here

Model on Top-Danny by SL Scott: see my review here
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben: see my review here

Cleat Chaser by Sloane Howell: I was hearing a lot about this one online so I decided to check it out.  Cute but just okay for me. 
Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan: This is me just looking for some new recipes or healthy tweaks for us. 

No One Knows by JT Ellison: My review of this one is coming later this week!

Tapping a Billionaire by Max Monroe: Review coming soon!

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