Lovewrecked by Karina Halle ~ Review & Teaser (@MetalBlonde)

I've read a lot of Karina Halle's books, and most I have loved. This one was good, but it didn't blow me away like I hoped it would. The weather was hit or miss, we travelled to some nice destinations and met some amusing characters!

Title: Lovewrecked
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: April 25th 2020
Published: Contemporary Romance

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A grumpy groomsman. A surprise shipwreck. Stuck on a deserted island together? Worst maid-of-honor gig ever.

Daisy Lewis is experiencing a relentless string of bad luck.

Fortunately, Daisy has her sister’s destination wedding coming up. A week of sand, sea, and sun in the South Pacific as the maid-of-honor is exactly what Daisy needs to forget her upturned life and focus on the positive.

That is until Daisy meets the best man.

If you take tall, dark, and handsome, and add a dash of rugged, a pinch of brooding, and a whole lot of sexy, you’ve got Tai Wakefield. Unfortunately he’s also a major grump, total alpha, and seemingly out to antagonize Daisy at every turn.

As if being part of the wedding party with Tai wasn’t bad enough, Daisy’s bad luck soon resurfaces when she ends up on a cramped sailboat with Tai and the newlyweds.

Which then shipwrecks on a deserted island near Fiji.

Okay, so they aren’t completely alone. There’s an oddball research scientist who has been isolated for far too long, they have rundown bungalows as shelter, stores of water and canned food, plus a feral goat named Wilson.

It’s Lost…without the smoke monster.

But with rescue weeks away, Tai and Daisy realize the only way they’re going to get through this mess is to stop fighting and start working together.
And with their guards down, they get closer.

A lot closer.

Soon, Daisy realizes that the only thing worse than being stuck on a deserted island, is being stuck on a deserted island with a man she hates to love and loves to hate.

A man that can break her heart.

Karina Halle is an author that I really love to read, she has delivered some incredible stories so far. Lovewrecked was a good read, but it wasn't one of my favourites.

Daisy was going through some tough times, and travelled to New Zealand for her sisters wedding. Right from the start she kept getting herself into amusing and uncomfortable situations. Meeting Tai, the handsome groomsman, should've been something to brighten the trip. However he was more the broody type and he seemed to clash with Daisy a lot.

I liked Daisy, the way she was carefree and would smile even though her life was a wreck at the time. I didn't like the way her sister treated her, or her parents for that matter. They seemed to only see what she showed on the outside, not through to the broken girl on the inside. As Tai got to know Daisy he could see her sadness, and that she wore that smile as a shield.

Tai had his own demons, and the trip that they all ended up going on awoke all the feelings that he had buried. He built a connection with Daisy, but was quick to shut her down in the heat of the moment. The trip was hard on everyone, and the tension was high, so it was going to be a matter of time before tempers exploded.

I enjoyed meeting all the characters, they learned a lot about one another and became closer due to the situation they got themselves into. There were some interesting elements that left me scratching my head, but overall it was a sweet read. 
Here are is a funny moment, and a couple of sweet ones! 

“I’m sorry I touched your dick.”
He chuckles. “I’m not. It’s my one redeeming quality.”

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“How are we going to get through this?” she asks, her voice quiet against the roar of the downpour, the rain running into her eyes, her mouth. “Not just this storm, but all the days ahead of us?”
“One sunrise at a time,” I tell her. “One sunrise at a time, and with me by your side. Okay?”
I squeeze her hand.
She squeezes mine back.

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“Gingersnap,” he says, pressing his forehead against mine. “I’ll go wherever you go. All I know is that I’m going to be with you. I told you that. One sunrise at a time, with me by your side.”

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Karina Halle is a former travel writer & music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author of The Swedish Prince, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Bad at Love & over 45 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her adopted pup Bruce, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

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Accidental Knight by Nicole Snow ~ Review & Teaser (@NicoleSnowBooks)

I've read one book by Nicole Snow before, and I decided it was time to jump back into another read. Accidental Knight had a mixture of humour, lust and suspense that kept me flipping the pages!

Title: Accidental Knight
Author: Nicole Snow
Series: Marriage Mistake #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 27th 2019

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Accidentally wed to a screaming hot stranger.

I inherited a freaking husband.
Grandpa's will was a shocker: huge fortune, gorgeous ranch, and the best horse ever.
The fine print? Marrying Mr. Grump-alicious.
The man who's supposed to protect me from...what, exactly?
That's what I hope to find out if Drake Larkin ever talks.

I know what I'm in for the first time his glance tears me open.
A broody enigma who's large and in charge.
A mute who curls my toes when he barks a few words.
A silly, shameful, is-this-real-life crush I can't afford.

Did I mention our pretend marriage-rodeo lasts six damn months?
Long enough to teach my heart cartwheels.
Time enough to seal this madness with a kiss.
Insane enough for secrets to slip - and sting.

Grandpa's last wishes scare me. So do Drake's real motives.
But it's my beast of a "husband" who makes ridiculous seem right.
Have I found my knight?
Does love have a prayer when life throws us a dragon?

I read the blurb for Accidental Knight and was intrigued immediately. How would one get accidentally married to someone... I just needed to find out. Throw in the will of a quirky grandfather, a cheeky horse and a hot ex-army sniper, and you know I was hooked!

Bella returned to her Grandfathers hometown after he passed and I could see that she was a lost soul. The relationship between her and her parents was strained and she didn't really have anyone that she was close to. After the reading of the will, she was shocked on what had happened and was looking forward to heading back to the ranch that she loved staying at when she was growing up. What she didn't expect was the hot old army buddy of her grandfather at the house.

I really enjoyed watching the connection between Bella and Drake grow. Even though they got off to a rocky start I could see that they only wanted the best for each other and the town. There were other factors entwined throughout the story and I could feel the suspense building in the story. I didn't particularly like Bella's parents to begin with, but they began to change and grow on me throughout the read.

Accidental Knight was a pretty fun read with lots of entertaining moments, and a slow developing build between the two main characters Bella and Drake. The little messages from Bella's grandfather made my heart swell, as I could see the love he had for Bella and Drake. I loved the connection that Bella had with Edison the horse, and how clever he was. The suspense in the story added another element to the story, and I liked there was another reason for Drake's passion. Overall, it was a really good read, and I am glad that I tried another read by Nicole Snow.
I have a few teasers for you today... I just loved these two and the chemistry between them!

“I hope you liked what you saw,” she whispers. “As much as I liked...well, everything.”
I smile and kiss the top of her head. “Don’t know, darlin’. I might have to see it a few more times before I’ll know for sure.”

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“Oh, wow,” she whimpers. It’s barely there, but my ears hear it like starving wolves sensing prey.
I smile down at her. “What’s the matter, gorgeous? Don’t tell me you’ve never seen a grown man before?”
Her little teeth pull on her lip. Her big green eyes waver. There’s something she’s not saying, and when I realize what it is, my cock fucking hurts with raging need.
“Shit, woman. Don’t tell me you’ve never done this before?” I pinch her chin softly between two fingers, making her look at me, while my free hand goes to my belt and begins to tug.
“Not with anyone like you, Drake. Not with...not with anyone.”

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“Holy smokes. I wish you’d told me it was the best thing ever,” she says, running her fingers over my muscles.
“Can’t say that ’cause it’s not, darlin’.” I wait for her to look at me, surprised. “Best ever’s coming. Round one’s just a warmup.”
“Round one?” She laughs, her eyes going adorably jittery in her head. “Oh, my, yes.”
I smile, pulling her into another kiss. So maybe I’ve created a sex-crazed little monster, and damn if I don’t love it.

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Nicole SnowNicole Snow is a Wall Street Journal and USA Todaybestselling author. She found her love of writing by hashing out love scenes on lunch breaks and plotting her great escape from boardrooms. Her work roared onto the indie romance scene in 2014 with her Grizzlies MC series.

Since then Snow aims for the very best in growly, heart-of-gold alpha heroes, unbelievable suspense, and swoon storms aplenty.

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Love Under Quarantine by Kylie Scott & Audrey Carlan ~ Review & Teaser (@KylieScottbooks, @AudreyCarlan)

This was the first project by new writing duo, Kylie Scott & Audrey Carlan, and I must admit it as a pretty solid start to their writing partnership.

Title: Love Under Quarantine
Author: Kylie Scott & Audrey Carlan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 5th 2020

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While the world is ravaged by a global pandemic, hotshot NFL running back Evan Sparks is locked in his own personal hell. With a career-ending scandal on his back, Evan hides out in his best friend’s empty San Francisco home, the full city shutdown locking him in a lonely twenty-story apartment in the sky.

Romance writer Sadie Walsh is having the worst case of writer’s block ever…until the incredible, muscular stranger staying next door gets her muse going strong. The pair of loners, never expecting to find a friend in all the madness, meet each day out on their balconies like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet.

Each new day brings unique challenges for the pair as they navigate the unknown and find solace together. They quickly figure out that as long as they have one another, they can handle anything.

Even falling in love under quarantine.

Considering what the world is currently going through this read is relatable to all of us. I really enjoyed getting to know both Sadie and Evan, and felling their emotions through these pages. They were frustrated, but had one another to share that with and the connection between them grew steadily over the few weeks since they met one another.

I liked how forward Sadie was and often didn't have a filter. She said exactly what she wanted, which often lead to amusing situations. She was very serious about the Covid situation and was a stickler for rules, which was why it took a long time for her and Evan to get together.

Evan was hiding out as a scandal was sending his career into a nose dive. He hadn't had a serious relationship before so wasn't expecting to build such a strong connection with the hottie next door. Although they were from different kinds of worlds, they had a lot in common and complemented one another perfectly.

I enjoyed the way the tackled all the issues throughout the story: Covid 19, the scandal, the distance between them and the ever building chemistry. Kylie Scott & Audrey Carlan did a fantastic job at creating the characters and putting them in a world we are all stuck in. I really hope we get to see more of their work together in the future.
This had a slow build and everything was leading to this moment when they could finally touch one another...

“You are the most perfect creature,” he says. “I feel honored to be holding you close, feeling your breath against my neck. I don’t know how to explain it…”
“Meant to be.”

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“I never even believed in the insta-love stories. This is so completely unexpected,” I whisper.
“But good.”
“Amazingly so. Kiss me.” I nudge his nose with mine, wanting—needing—to have him make the first move.
“My pleasure. My Sadie.” He murmurs against my lips until his fingers sift into my hair and grip the back of my head while he takes my mouth in a searing kiss.

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Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014, 2018, & 2019, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Audrey Carlan is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She writes wicked hot love stories that are designed to give the reader a romantic experience that's sexy, sweet, and so hot your e-reader might melt. Some of her works include the wildly successful Calendar Girl Serial, the Trinity Trilogy and the International Guy Serial.

She lives in the California Valley where she enjoys her two children and the love of her life. When she's not writing, you can find her teaching yoga, sipping wine with her "soul sisters" or with her nose stuck in a wicked hot romance novel.

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Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy ~ Review & Teaser (@SarinaBowen, @ElleKennedy)

I don't really read a lot of MM reads, however I love both Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy's writing and I decided that I needed to give this one a go! It was a lot of fun, with saucy moments that had me hooked!

Title: Top Secret
Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Genre: M M Romance
Published: May 7th 2019

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Bestselling authors Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy return with their first Male / Male romance in 3 years.

LobsterShorts, 21. Jock. Secretly a science geek. Hot AF.
LobsterShorts: So. Here goes. For her birthday, my girlfriend wants…a threesome.

SinnerThree: Then you’ve come to the right hookup app.

LobsterShorts: Have you done this sort of thing before? With another guy?

SinnerThree: All the time. I’m an equal opportunity player. You?

LobsterShorts: [crickets!]

SinnerThree, 21. Finance major. Secretly a male dancer. Hot AF.
SinnerThree: Well, I’m down if you are. My life is kind of a mess right now. School, work, family stress. Oh, and I live next door to the most annoying dude in the world. I need the distraction. Are you sure you want this?

LobsterShorts: I might want it a little more than I’m willing to admit.

SinnerThree: Hey, nothing wrong with pushing your boundaries...

LobsterShorts: Tell that to my control-freak father. Anyway. What if this threesome is awkward?

SinnerThree: Then it’s awkward. It’s not like we’ll ever have to see each other again. Right? Just promise you won’t fall in love with me.

LobsterShorts: Now wouldn’t that be life-changing...

I decided it was time to pick up a book by this duo, because I was in a bit of a reading funk, and I am so glad that I did! I was pulled into this amazing world, addicted to the passion and chemistry that was oozing off the pages!

Keaton and his girlfriend had been together for a long time, and she asked him for a threesome for her birthday. I liked that he was willing to do anything for her and the more he pursued it, the more open he was to it and was willing to give it a go.

The more I learned about Luke, the more I loved him! He was working hard to be in college, being employed as a male stripper was the easiest and quickest way to make money. His family however, made things difficult for him often, but he tried hard not to bring him down. It wasn't always easy living in a fraternity house, but he had plans to make everything easier.

It was interesting seeing Keaton and Luke interact in the beginning. They weren't exactly friends, and didn't really get along. However, I loved watching them interact through the app and seeing that connection grow. When Keaton and Luke got physical, it was so hot and I had hope these two would get past their insecurities and difficulties to find happiness together.
These two were so hot together! I loved the banter that they had with one another, and the sweetness occasionally too.

“Punish you?” My voice cracks on the words, because it’s late and…
Fine, I like that idea a whole lot. Sue me. I close his bedroom door and lock it.
When I turn around, he’s grinning at me, like he just won some kind of bet with himself.
“Smug is not a good look on you,” I say, moving to stand over him. “Take off my towel.”
“It is too a good look on me.” He props himself up on an elbow in a big hurry. Then he reaches out and gives my towel a quick tug. “Aw, look who wants my body,” he says as my semi bobs into view.

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I’m just a guy, standing on a beach in nothing but his favorite pair of lobster shorts, waiting for the right man to love me.

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Sarina Bowen is the award-winning author of more than thirty contemporary novels. She has hit the USA Today bestseller's list thirteen times and counting. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina's books are published in a dozen languages on four continents.

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A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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How to Save a Life by Emma Scott ~ Review & Teaser (@EmmaS_writes)

Emma Scott is an Aussie author that I haven’t picked up before, and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t do so earlier. It began as a sweet read and turned into an intense read as the story unfolded! It was really good.
Title: How to Save a Life
Author: Emma Scott
Series: Dreamcatcher #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 9th 2016 by Trillian (first published February 5th 2016)

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Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.

Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, on the run from the police, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.

Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from How to Save a Life, but I certainly wasn’t prepared for the roller coaster ride that I went on. I really enjoyed meeting Jo and Evan, and understanding how difficult their pasts were. It was a very emotional and difficult story, and I was all on board to journey with them.

What Jo had been through broke my heart, she had been through one of the most horrific things as a child and had lost so much. She didn’t have a very stable life, but she was safe. It was interesting, watching her try to start over in a new town and taking charge of her life. The more she learned about Evan, the more she was drawn to him.

Evan’s life was not easy either, but he had a stable home. However, he had had an issue a few years prior that left him as a loner at school. He had difficult relationships with his adopted brothers, and really didn’t connect with anyone until Jo came to town.

It was sweet watching the relationship between Jo and Evan grow... until some massive twists were thrown in and their lives were torn apart. The story was then thrown into the future, and on a road trip that had a Thelma and Louise type of feel. I felt so many emotions; happiness, dread, relief and love. I didn’t know where the story was going, but I hoped it would have a happy ending.

I must admit, this story isn’t for everyone. There is a bit of a psychic feel to it. I enjoyed the way Emma Scott told the story and how she revealed each aspect to the reader. I was left shattered, I shed a tear, but my heart ached for these two to find happiness.
Jo and Evan took a long time to show affection to one another, and this was one of the sweetest moments before their lives were torn apart again.

His hand rose up out of the water and I watched it move to my face. I didn’t stop him. His fingertips touched my cheek and his thumb traced the line of my scar from under my eye down to my jaw.
“You’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.”
It was too much. No one looked at me like this. No one told me I was beautiful. And no boy had ever moved to kiss me like Evan did. His face slowly coming toward mine, his eyes gentle, the warmth of his attention like a roaring fire over me.
He covered my mouth with his and inhaled a little while I exhaled. A little sigh that turned to a soft moan as his mouth opened and mine opened with him, letting him in. I let go. The shields guarding my heart lowered. Evan wasn’t taking, he was giving. His kiss gave me those impossible things I’d desperately wanted all my life: tenderness, consideration, reverence.

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Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy thoughtful, realistic stories with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels.

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His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey ~ Review & Teaser (@AuthorRSGrey)

I'm not sure what I expected form this read, but unfortunatley I was a little let down by it. I couldn't really connect to the characters and felt that their story was a little forced. It had asome good elements, but unfortunately, this one wasn't for me.

Title: His Royal Highness
Author: R.S. Grey
Genre: November 14th 2019
Published: Contemporary Romance

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I’ve spent eight years wishing I’d fall out of love with Derek Knightley. Blowing out birthday candles, chasing after shooting stars, making it rain spare change into mall fountains—every time it’s the same wish: forget about Derek.

But the day he walks back into my life, I realize there are two things time has yet to soften: my feelings for him and his chiseled jawline.

It’s infuriating that my heart still races when he walks into a room. I refuse to fall prey to old unrequited love, so I decide the less I’m around him, the better. Avoidance is key.

Unfortunately, Derek isn’t going to make it easy. As a teenager, I would have crawled on my hands and knees to attract his attention. Now I can’t seem to escape it.

I’m not sure why he’s bothering. He’s not just out of my league—he’s out of my tax bracket. As the sole heir to the Knightley Company, he’s as close to American royalty as you can get. As for me, I’m just a part-time princess at Knightley’s flagship magical theme park.

I spend my days playing make-believe, but Derek has no use for fairytales. His unwavering confidence makes it clear he thinks I’ll surrender in the end.

He’s just biding his time.
Making me sweat.

His Royal Highness always gets what he wants.
And he wants me.

This is the second book I have read of R.S. Grey's and I was really drawn to the blurb of His Royal Highness, and was excited to give it a whirl. It wasn't exactly what I expected, so I think I was a little let down by it in the end.

Whitney was working at a theme park, which she seemed to think was her dream job. She was doing her own thing after living in the shadow of her sister for most of her life. The first time that Whitney and Derek met, I could see that he was genuinely interested in mentoring her, however, she was still young and he was still building his career.

Jump to the future, and they have both grown into strong adults. Whitney was trying desperately to squash whatever childhood feelings that he had for Evan, while Evan was looking at the beautiful woman that she had grown into and was attracted to her despite her feistiness.

I enjoyed watching Whitney and Evan work together and seeing the chemistry build between them. It saddened me the impact that Whitney's parents had on her life and her self esteem, but she had a good relationship with Derek's Grandfather. Whitney and Evan had amusing banter between them but for me though, it wasn't a book I loved. I felt a few situations were drawn out, so I would skim parts of the read. I also thought that Whitney wasn't as grown up as she was supposed to be and was still heavily tied to her past. 
I enjoyed this sweet moment between Whitney and Evan.

Then, ever so gently, Derek reaches over and wraps a hand around my waist, tugging me against him and dropping a kiss to my hair. Tears spring back to my eyes, but they don’t blur the grin spreading across Cal’s face. “Well then, we’ll all go,” he says, sounding extremely pleased with himself.

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of nineteen novels, including seven #1 bestselling romantic comedies. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. 

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