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King’s Captive

By Amber Bardan

Synopsis

For three years, I’ve belonged to Julius King. 

Some people would think being stuck on a private island is heaven, but this is my hell.  

Because I’m not here as a guest. Not even close. I’m a prisoner. I’m his. 

Julius King. Powerful. Wealthy. Dangerous. 

There are parts of me he wants that I can’t give him. When he looks at me, there are times I swear he sees someone else. And the scary part is that sometimes, when he touches me, I think he may be someone else, too. 

Though my body might be tempted, and he might control everything else, I can’t let him have any piece of my heart. I won’t. But every day, the fight gets harder, and Julius manages to slip past my defenses in the most unexpected ways.  

I have to find out the truth about Julius King. Even if it destroys me. 

Review

This is going to be a fairly short review, because KING’S CAPTIVE is practically one giant plot twist in the making, and to talk about any of it could be considered a spoiler.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t get this one.  It is told mostly in the present, but also includes flashbacks to an event three years ago, aptly called Bloody Birthday.  That is the day Julius arrived at Sarah’s family home and took her for himself.  Each flashback is designed to give us a piece of the puzzle, but trying to keep track of those pieces was hard given that they were provided out of order.  By that I mean the first flashback takes place at 3.00pm, then 3.15 pm, then 1.20 pm, then 1.40 pm, then 3.30 pm, then 1.56 pm, etc.  Trying to keep track of what happened in the past, and how it related to what was happening in the present, became too much for me and ultimately affected my enjoyment of this story.

You know how you sometimes watch a movie, but when you watch it a second time and know how it ends, everything suddenly makes sense?  I think this is one of those books that would make more sense the second time around.  Maybe then I wouldn’t be left with so many questions.

KING’S CAPTIVE is told in dual POVs, but mostly in Sarah’s.  It is a stand-alone and it comes with a HEA.  While I didn’t enjoy it, I’m sure there are plenty of others who will love it.

King’s Captive

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A Harmless Little Game (Harmless # 1)

By Meli Raine

Synopsis

Four years ago I lost my virginity on live, streaming television.
Too bad I wasn’t awake for it.
The video went viral. Of course it would. A Senator’s daughter on camera? Wouldn’t you click “share”? Besides, that’s what three of the four guys in the video did.
Share.

They shared me.

But that fourth guy? The nondescript one in the background in the upper left corner of the screen, just sitting on the couch? The only one who did nothing?
Not one single thing.
That was my boyfriend, Drew.
And that was the last time I saw him.

Until today, when my father—now on a path to the White House—hired him as head of security for my new team as I return home after four years of “recovering” in an undisclosed location that involved white lab coats, needles, pills and damage control.

You see, the other three guys never went to jail. Never had charges pressed.
Never faced consequences.
Until today.
Game on.

Review

WOW!  A HARMLESS LITTLE GAME is a book that grabbed me right from the very first page and did not let me go.  I know a book is good when I’m up until 1am reading.  Since this is the first book in the Harmless trilogy that focuses on Lindsay and her desire for revenge, I can’t say much, so this will be a fairly short review.

What Lindsay went through four years ago was horrific.  What’s worse is that the men involved got away with it.  If that doesn’t fire up your anger, I don’t know what will.  I really felt for her and I admired the strength and courage she displayed to stand up for herself.  I also liked Drew, who is a very quiet and controlled man.  I have a feeling that when his control slips, the fallout will be huge and it’s going to be a sight to behold.  I absolutely hated her parents, especially her mother.  Honestly, if it turns out that she had something to do with what happened to her daughter, I would not be surprised at all.  The scene where Lindsay stood up to her mother was awesome and I was so cheering her on.

This book left me with a lot of questions.  Questions that I’m sure will be answered in the following two books.  How did those men get away with it?  Who is protecting them?  Why did they do it?  Did someone put them up to it?  Who is her friend?  Who is her enemy?  Who is telling the truth?  I have so many more questions, but I can’t list them here without giving away some spoilers.

This first part of the trilogy takes place over two to three days and ends in a cliffhanger.  I did find it a little repetitive at times, and I also got annoyed when Drew kept telling Lindsay that she had no idea what she was in for.  I wanted to yell at him to just tell her already, but I guess that would have shortened the story quite a bit.  A HARMLESS LITTLE GAME is told only in Lindsay’s POV, with the next book in the trilogy being told in Drew’s POV, which I’m really looking forward to because I can’t wait to get inside his head.

Please Note:  This book contains scenes that may be triggers for some people.

A Harmless Little Game (Harmless # 1)

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Vanished (A Beautiful Mess Novel)

By T. K. Leigh

Synopsis

Rayne Kilpatrick has everything. A job she’s dreamed of since a little girl. The perfect house. And a man she loves and is about to marry… Until he never returns from a humanitarian mission.

Gone. Disappeared. Vanished.

When footage of his gruesome murder by a Muslim extremist group is shown across the country and around the globe, she wants the person responsible for the disappearance of the man she loves to pay. She wants him to lose the one person who means the world to him, too, and she won’t stop until he does.

Alexander Burnham has everything… Finally. A job he enjoys where he can actually make a difference in the world. The perfect woman who he’s loved his entire life. And the most beautiful daughter a father could ask for… Until he walks into her bedroom one morning to find it empty.

Gone. Disappeared. Vanished.

It’s a race against the clock for Alexander to put the pieces together and find out who has taken his daughter and what they want from him. As information comes to light, he is forced to bury the guilt he feels after losing his fellow team member and focus instead on finding and saving his daughter…

Before it’s too late.

Review

Vanished is an appropriate title for this novel.  It’s meaning can be taken on so many levels through this read.  On an emotional level, a love that’s vanished replaced with grief. Compassion that’s disappeared replaced with anger and fear.  On a more physical level, loved ones are taken for reasons beyond comprehension.

This novel is split into three different parts.  Part one was definitely the hardest part for me to get through.  I really saw Rayne’s pain.  She grieves for the life that she will never have back and she wants someone to pay for that.  Rayne is a broken woman who now sees a way to help alleviate some of her suffering.  We also got a sense of the man that Alexander has become through the years.

Part two was were the mystery really picked up.  Alexander is on the frantic hunt for his daughter who has been taken.  He is piecing together who and why this is happening.  I loved his relationships with all of family.  And he has a really special bond with his wife.  I also liked his relationship with Agent Moretti.  They have the relationship need to get the job done.

Part three also continues the mystery but also ramped up on the thriller part of the novel.  We get to the real issue of why Alexander’s daughter was taken.  There are actually two twists in this part.  One I saw coming but the second took me by surprise.

This novel deals with deep issues at it’s core.  The first part jumped around a little so I found it a little confusing to start with and I found it extremely dramatic.  Parts two and three I couldn’t put down.  T.K. Leigh has an unique way of writing.  She broke this book up not just by parts but by hours as well. She understands that in a kidnapping every minute counts.   She also conveys emotion in a powerful way.

Vanished

My Rating:  1/2

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Wicked Games (Steele Security # 1)

By A.D Justice

Synopsis

She has the story of a lifetime every investigative reporter dreams of landing.  
But the trail of incriminating evidence leads back to the only man she’s ever loved.
When she misses her flight, she watches the plane explode in mid-air, knowing the bomb was onboard to silence her.
Who can she trust?

He hasn’t been the same since the day he lost her. 
Then he catches an intruder in his house, only to find his long-dead love is still alive.
Lust, love, betrayal, and loyalty war inside him.
Treachery, deceit, and danger threaten them. 

When an unknown enemy holds all the cards, how can they survive the wicked games?

Review

WICKED GAMES is the first book in the Steele Security series and the first book I’ve read from A.D. Justice.  It is told in the past and present day, with a good portion of the story taking place between three to five years ago.  I can’t say much about the main characters because I felt the arms trafficking side of the story overshadowed them.  Or maybe that was the part of the story I was most interested in and enjoyed the most.  I will say that the person behind the arms trafficking was obvious and I hope it was supposed to be.

I could be wrong, but I believe this may be the author’s debut novel, which would explain the few technical issues I had problems with.  The story is told in multiple POVs, with the POV changing without notice, often several times within the same chapter.  There were occasional gaps in time that also came without notice.  One chapter, told in Brianna’s POV, takes place over several months, then the very next chapter, told in Noah’s POV, starts all the way back from where the previous chapter started.  These things disrupted the flow of the story, and overall I struggled with this style of writing.  Moving on, I thought it was odd that when Brianna was thinking about her parents, she would refer to them by their first names instead of Mom and Dad.  She would do the same with Noah, one minute calling him Noah and then switching to Reaper.  Lastly, Reaper’s team was called out several days before Brianna was to go home, but later on she says his team was called out just hours before she left.  While this is not a huge mistake, it is a sloppy one.

Despite what I’ve said above, overall I thought WICKED GAMES was an okay read, one that came with a HEA for Noah and Brianna.  I bought the first four books in this series as a box-set, and I will give the second book a try before deciding whether or not I will continue with the series.

Wicked Games (Steele Security # 1)

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Steele Security Series

Finding Kyle

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

When you’ve lived your life as a criminal…
When you’ve done unspeakably evil things …
When your soul has become dark and stained…

The path to redemption begins where you least expect it.

Kyle Sommerville is in hiding and doesn’t want to be found by anyone. Certainly not by his quirky, free-spirited neighbor who’s managed to push her way past the walls he’s built around him. But Jane Cresson’s indomitable will and insatiable curiosity about her reclusive neighbor makes it impossible for Kyle to stay immersed in his dark world.

Little by little, she claws through his shell.
Day by day, she gets him to smile a little more.
Night by night, they both find pleasure they never knew existed.

When Kyle’s secretive past is exposed, Jane begins to think she’s in over her head. Can her love for this broken man finally clear his path to redemption, or will Kyle’s darkness finally extinguish every bit of hope she’s put into him?

Review

If you’ve read The Last Call and The Wicked Horse series, you will have met Kyle before, albeit fairly briefly.  We learnt in WICKED BOND that Kyle was an ATF agent killed while working undercover to bring down a notorious biker gang, the Mayhem’s Mission.  Even though we only saw him in a few scenes, I was saddened to hear he had been killed.  So of course I was very happy to find out his death was just a cover to protect his identity.  Kyle is now hiding out in a small fishing town called Misty Harbor until he’s called up to testify against the club and a Senator connected to it.  He knows there’s a bounty on his head, but he figures he can handle himself and refuses to go into witness protection.  What he can’t handle is sweet little Jane from across the road who is determined to win him over with her sunny personality and horrible baked goods.

I had to do terrible things to people that, without the immunity the government has provided me, would land me in jail for the rest of my life.  I have so much blood on my hands that it won’t ever come off.

I liked Kyle and my heart broke for him several times, however I was expecting him and his story to be a lot darker than it was.  He doesn’t believe he deserves anything good in his life because of all the evil things he had to do to keep his cover intact, even though he did them for the greater good.  He believes Jane is too pure and innocent for the likes of him, so he tries to keep her away by being rude, but her persistence eventually wins him over and he opens up to her.  Well, as much as he can while keeping his real identity safe.

I’m surprised when an arm wraps around my waist and I’m lifted off my feet, which dangle just above the rocky dirt road as Kyle carries me across.
How gallant.
How very sweet.
He practically dumps me to the grass when we reach the other side.
How barbaric.

I can’t say a lot about Jane because this story was so focused on Kyle.  I can tell you that she’s a very cheery young woman who wants to see the good in everyone and everything.  I liked that she was a little pushy with Kyle and did not give up easily, because he needed to be pushed and pushed hard before he would budge.  For the most part I liked her, but I found her movie quotes to be a little annoying and I think her reaction to learning the truth about Kyle was irrational.  I’m so glad her best friend, Miranda, put her in her place about that.

“Hello, Jane.”
“What are you doing here?”
“I came to see if I could make things right with you.”

FINDING KYLE is told in dual POVs and is a stand-alone that comes with a lovely HEA.  Kyle has made appearances in SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED and WICKED BOND, but you don’t HAVE to read those to enjoy this story.  That being said, I would suggest you read WICKED BOND first because he does have a couple of important scenes in there, plus it’s an amazing read.

Finding Kyle

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Dirty Deeds

By Jacqueline M Sinclair & Geri Glenn

Synopsis

Tori
My life had been going just fine until the night I met him. He was darkness, sex, and danger, all wrapped into one perfectly muscled package, and he had his sights set on me. But that same night, everything I knew about my life was turned upside down. One glimpse of Trick’s tattoo, and the memories consume me. That’s when my anger was born.

Someone in his club killed my parents, and I had watched it happen. I can’t remember much, but I will stop at nothing to find out who that someone was, and make them pay. Getting close to Trick is the only way to do that, but he’s loyal to his club. As things heat up, conspiracies are revealed, and I’m about to learn just how deep those loyalties run.

Trick
From the instant I laid eyes on Tori, I wanted her. And for the first time ever, I find myself having to work at getting close to a woman. She’s mysterious and gorgeous, and I never quite know what she’s going to do next. She’s fascinating, but something’s not right. Something is holding her back from me. Something I intend to find out.

But then she does something crazy. After she accuses my club of being responsible for the death of her parents, I know I should cut ties with her. I have a responsibility to my club—to my brothers. But what if she’s telling the truth? I’ve introduced her to them, and that means she’s now in danger. As a member of Satan’s Wrath, I have to let this play out, but how can I protect her without going against my brothers?

Review

Firstly the cover rocks and I can totally see Tori and Trick and their passionate connection – love it and I also thought having both characters POV helped with the intense story.

Dirty Deeds to me was more a mystery/suspense than a biker romance story and I enjoyed the overall storyline.  Tori’s story began strong for me, I felt her chemistry with Trick from the first few chapters and it gripped me by my heart and I wanted to find out who were the true bad guys.  I did not guess all the connections and I loved that so many secrets were revealed and then the true heroes for Tori stepped up when she needed them.  What I enjoyed was the drip feeding of the hidden mystery story, I had suspicions for characters but was not sure so kept turning those pages and the violent scenes created great suspense and drama.

I really enjoyed the friendship of Tori and her cousin Spencer and that Tori was really independent.

The flashbacks for Tori’s story were thrown in at the right times and kept me intrigued and the sexual chemistry and passionate scenes between Trick and Tori were really well written.

I also could not pick the change in authors and their writing which was great as some books I have read by two authors you could pick the difference and change in characters, in this case I could not so well done.

Dirty Deeds

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Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers # 2)

By Sarina Bowen

Synopsis

He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score…
 
As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O’Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O’Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.
 
After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O’Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O’Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good…

Review

HARD HITTER is the second book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series and was an enjoyable read.  I liked both Patrick and Ariana and I thought the connection between them was caring and sweet.  Patrick doesn’t like to be touched, which makes his sessions with Ariana difficult because as the team’s massage therapist and yoga instructor, it’s her job to touch people.  I really liked how she worked on him slowly, building up his trust and allowing him to enjoy and greatly benefit from their sessions.  This of course helped to coax him out of his shell, allowing him to embark on his first ever relationship with her and become a much more likeable character.

I loved the scene where Patrick gets the entire team to submit their ideas on how to woo a woman.  I thought it showed exactly how important Ariana was to him but it also was a nice bonding experience for the team and gave them a chance to see a softer side of their captain.  I also liked hearing about the men who taught a young Patrick to fight back and was disappointed we didn’t hear more about them, because meeting them was a huge turning point in his life.  Are they still alive?  Is the gym still there?  Does he visit during the off-season?

Unfortunately, there were a few things in this story that irked me a bit.  Both Patrick and Ariana are dealing with some heavy situations which seemed to detract from the relationship, and I felt like most of the book was spent waiting for the other shoe to drop.  One thing that I couldn’t wrap my head around was why Patrick was the captain.  He didn’t seem like a good fit for the role given how anti-social he was, and he’s the team’s enforcer which is normally a low-level position within the team.  Another thing I couldn’t figure out was why Patrick didn’t like to be touched.  I know everybody handles life experiences differently, but unless I missed a shocking revelation about his past (like sexual assault), I just can’t see how being beaten up as a kid would cause you to hate being touched by people as an adult.

HARD HITTER is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. The entire story takes place in a three and a half week period, with the epilogue taking place three months later.  The next book in the series is PIPE DREAMS and will be about Nate’s Manhattan Assistant and Ice Queen, Lauren, and the team’s goalie, Mike Beacon.  Although, I really can’t wait for Nate and Becca to get their story.  How Becca is oblivious to all the signs is beyond me.

Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers # 2)

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Tormented (Fallen Aces #3)

By Max Henry

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Synopsis

She’s perfect.


And broken, like you … 
Unaware of how beautiful she is.

And how much worse her life could be … 
She’s cast out for being different, misunderstood, or simply too complicated to bother with.

Just. Like. You … 
She’s still perfect.

Because after all, you can’t break what’s already broken, and you can’t hurt what already suffers.

Or can you …?

Review

Tormented is my favourite so far of the Fallen Aces series, why, because it is Sawyer’s story.  Sawyer is troubled, dark and crazy and he is one of my favourite characters from not only Fallen Aces MC but the Butcher Boys.

So many times I had tears in my eyes for both these characters, the way this story is written you feel all their emotions, trauma, uncontrollable urges and fears.  I kept highlighting beautiful paragraphs as I read Tormented, I had to stop, take a deep breath and hope that these two broken souls were going to repair each other.

Sawyer and Abbey-girl take us on a an incredible journey, I simply could not put this down.  It is dark, gritty and gruesome in parts but that is their story.   We get flashbacks for Abbey’s history which is not easy to read but explains her trauma and despair.

I loved following Sawyer’s second voice, how they reasoned with each other and my god the redemption with Evan for Abbey-girl – brilliant!  Cannot believe the links in their history and Fingers was an endearing man and just the way he was with Abbey made me happy for her to have that.

Tormented flowed well and the ending was perfect – Abbey deserved that as did Sawyer.  I do have so many questions now and am looking forward to the next few Fallen Aces stories.  I need to know want happens to Grace and Mack.

Quote: I want your jagged edges to match mine.  I want to combine our dark and ugly hearts into something unbreakable

Tormented (Fallen Aces #3)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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El Diablo (The Devil #1)

By El Diablo

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Synopsis

I was ruthless.
I was feared.
I had sacrificed. Myself. Her. Everything…

Living in a world where I was worth more dead than alive was a choice. I was a bad man, never claimed to be anything else. I’ve done things I’m not proud of. Seen things that can’t be unseen. I’ve caused pain that I can’t undo.
It was all my choice.
Every decision.
Every order.
Right and wrong never mattered.
Until her.
She was under my protection, until she became my obsession.
But who was going to save her…

From. Me. The devil himself.

Fate brought us together. Destiny destroyed us.
STANDALONE. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Full length novel.

Review

El Diablo delivers those book moments (yes there are more than one) when you’re reading and you want to stop, it feels hard but you know you have to continue.  This story tied me up in knots, I was scared for the secrets, not wanting to know but really needing to know if my feelings were correct. This story is amazing – I simply loved it.

El Diablo  is told in two parts, however the overall theme is about the women who moulded this man to be who he is.

The first half told his story of young first love, his protection of his sister and his devotion to his mother.  This is a hard story with loss and different types of love and him becoming that man.  One scene with his sister and her friend is an incredibly tough chapter but moulds this man.

Moving on to the second half – this was my favourite – it is more dark, raw and gritty.  I held such sadness for Briggs and totally devastation for Lexi but wow their characters and how they affect El Diablo kept me turning those pages.

Lexi was my favourite character of all the women for sure, the interactions, emotions and drama were fantastic.  It was so interesting to see how part one of this story ultimately paved the way for how El Diablo lives and conducts his life.  I was trying to piece everything together, I gave up and just enjoyed the passionate and heart breaking moments that was Lexi’s life with El Diablo literally conducting her life like a conductor of a orchestra.

El Diablo’s secret is outstanding at the end and ties all my questions together and thank god I got my answers, amazing how the author intriquitely weaved all the characters together. I cannot believe Sophia’s connection to it all and my god the lengths El Diablo goes for Lexi is breathtaking and I cried with relief at the ending.

This story is dark and dirty but the ending is beautiful and one of the best I have read in such a long time – so fulfilling – it is so worth the devastating journey.

El Diablo (The Devil #1)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Dark Desires (The Hunter Chronicles Book 2)

By Claire Marta

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Synopsis

Jasmine Hunter finds herself knee deep in a decadent vampire nest in Prague. A killer lurks the medieval city and is preying on blood donors who frequent the home of the local Vampire Mistress.

With her teammates from Scotland Yard in tow Jasmine, must attempt to discover the murderer’s identity.

But will things go to plan? Sex dungeons, submissive human pets, and sexy dominant males are a lot for a rookie to cope with.

Especially when Eric is the last person she expects to see…

Requested to assist with the hunt for a vicious serial killer by an old friend, Eric is left speechless to find Jasmine offering herself up as food. The attraction between them is burning as red hot as before, and his lust for the feisty female is just as deep.

More disturbing, his emotions which he normally has leashed, once more slip in her presence. Yet this time they feel different. Darker, primal, and savage yet Eric cannot explain why. The insidious pull of the other predators around him is also more than a sweet temptation he finds himself unable to resist.

Combining forces, Jasmine and Eric must play the parts of Master and submissive.

But nothing is as it seems.

Can they work out who the killer is in a household full of deception and secrets before it is too late? Or will a price be paid in blood….

Review

Dark Desires is book two in The Hunter Chronicles Series.  It picks up months later after Eric and Jasmine’s night in Paris.  We come to find out that Eric has had  no communication with Jasmine since that night.  Which has left Jasmine a little confused and frustrated.

Eric is still hot but doesn’t seem to understand women very well.  He is still very protective and is just beginning to realise what he wants.

It seems that Jasmine has decided that she is done waiting on Eric.  She dives into work.  She wants to prove herself to her coworkers and her boss that she can be a great field agent.

On her first assignment, she goes undercover in a vampire nest that leads her right back to Eric. As they start working together to track down a killer, Eric starts having stronger feelings than he has ever had before. He is not sure what is going on with him just that he has to have Jasmine.

Claire Marta has seamlessly put a cast of characters that work so well together.  There is a really family feeling between Jasmine, Twitch and Gemma. Their banter is so funny.  There was also a laugh out loud moment between Twitch and Eric that even when I think about it now brings a smile to my face.  New characters were also added to this book:  Asier, Kane and Conall.  There is a complicated relationship between Asier and Eric when it came to Jasmine. Each want to keep her safe but there are other forces at play that interrupt a long lasting friendship.

This book as mystery and suspense.  It will be interesting to see where Clarie Marta takes Eric and Jasmine’s relationship in the future.

Dark Desires

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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