The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely ~ Review & Quote-tasticc (@LaurenBlakely3)

This was a fantastic read!! I loved watching Ryder and Nicole grow and change as people. They had chemistry from the start and it was only going to get hotter!
The Knocked Up Plan
Title: The Knocked Up Plan
Author: Lauren Blakely
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 23rd 2017

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There are three little words most guys don’t want to hear on the first date. Not those…I mean these… “knock me up.”
This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it’s not true love. It’s a bun in the oven, and I’m not afraid to hit up my s-e-x-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and charming — and he’s also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.
I won’t fall for him, he won’t fall for me, and there’s no way baby will make three.
There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date — “your place or mine?”
When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, any place — as well as any position — I can’t refuse. Besides, I've got my own reasons to take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.
There’s no way I’ll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?

This was such a sweet book to listen to! I have such deep respect for a woman with a plan, who wants to take that next step in her life, whether or not she has the right man in her life. So it was fun to see Nicole proposition Ryder into helping her become a mother. But the most amazing bit was for these two people falling for one another along the way!

Nicole was a girl with a plan, and right from the start I could see that she was attracted to Ryder and vice versa. They worked together, and flirted constantly, but never acted on those feelings. Ryder had some baggage that made him bitter, however, an ultimatum from his boss made Ryder re-evaluate his work ethic.

I loved seeing Ryder and Nicole interact together, and it was undeniable that these two NEEDED to be together. But the sweetest thing was to see Ryder fall, for the package... like I hoped he would! His feelings were real and he was able to move past his history with his ex.

I've read few of Lauren Blakely's books and each time she surprises me with the uniqueness and the originality she delivers. The chemistry with the characters hooks you and I love how real it feels to be in the world she creates. I know I will never go wrong it I pick up one of her reads! 

I love the flirtiness in the first one, and the second one made me SWOON!

“Is that your way of inviting me to take your wheelbarrow out for a ride around the garden?”
His lips curve up in a mischievous grin. “Nicole, don’t you know? You can ride this ride any time.”

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The doctor leaves us alone, and I bend my face to her belly and press the gentlest kiss to her skin. “Hi, baby,” I say, and I know, I fucking know, that I’m already in love with our child.

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her 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 seventy-five times, and she's sold more than 1.5 million books. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, FULL PACKAGE and THE SEXY ONE. In February she'll release THE HOT ONE, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

Other reviews featuring Lauren Blakely
Big Rock
Mister O
No Regrets series
The Start of Us #0.5
The Thrill of It #1

Every Second with You #2
Caught Up In Love series

Caught Up in Us #1 
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Most of All You by Mia Sheridan ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@MSheridanAuthor, @ForeverRomance)

Most of All You was such a beautiful read that touched on some delicate issues, but was woven together perfectly to be a wonderful story that will leave you with so much love in your heart! Get it today!
Most of All You
Title: Most of All You
Author: Mia Sheridan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 17th 2017

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A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior, and carries within her a deep mistrust of men who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .
Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness about him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .
Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world that had stolen everything from them would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

Mia Sheridan is one of those writers that weaves stories that will leave an imprint on your soul. Some of her earlier work did that to me and she did so once again with Most of All You. It's about two broken people, with traumatic pasts who slowly piece themselves back together. It's not an easy journey, but both characters learned a lot about themselves and one another.

The prologue shattered my heart seeing how much Ellie lost in her short life so far. She was left in a place that I knew would break her at some point. Jumping into the future, I could see how hard Ellie's life had become, but deep down she had a spark of hope and fight left in her, she just had to believe in herself.

Gabriel was such a sweet and kind guy that had been through hell and survived to be such a great man. Gabe had a great support base, even though he was a little sheltered by his brother. He went looking for help with a delicate issue and he found Crystal (Ellie). Things between them were rocky to begin with but a series of events put them under the one roof. The connection between Ellie and Gabriel was intense, and they were beautiful together. But some things needed time to heal and to be done alone.

I loved how patient Gabriel was, both with his hands as he carved marble for a living, but with his heart too, as he waited for Ellie to believe what he saw in her. Ellie grew into a stronger person and realised what she needed to do to keep the heart of a guy that loved her unconditionally. Most of All You was heartbreaking at times, but it had a tenderness and so much love entwined throughout the pages. Mia Sheridan sure knows how to deliver a read that will leave you with such a book hangover and wanting more! I am intrigued be Gabe's brother Dominic, so I do hope we get to visit this world once again.

Complimentary copy provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing), via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

This was such a sweet and tender moment, that I HAD to share!

He paused, his thumb moving lightly over my cheekbone, caressing my face like I was precious. “And you, most of all, you. I want to look at you and say, one evil man did not stop me from presenting my heart to the girl who claimed it. You get my heart, Eloise. You. And, God, I hope you want it. But if you don’t, I still won’t regret giving it to you. Even then, I won’t regret loving you because it means I win.”

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Mia SheridanMia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale ~ Audio book Review & Quote-tastic (@kerrylonsdale)

Everything We Left Behind was the perfect sequel to the first book, Everything We Keep. I loved getting to know James, as well as experiencing his time as Carlos. His life was thrown upside down, but he was strong enough to walk through it again.
Title: Everything We Left Behind
Author: Kerry Lonsdale
Series: Everything We Keep #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 4th 2017

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From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes the highly anticipated sequel. Told from one man’s two perspectives, Everything We Left Behind effortlessly blends suspense, mystery, and romance in an exploration of loss, resilience, and the compelling need to protect the ones we love at all cost.

Two months before his wedding, financial executive James Donato chased his trade-laundering brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges from a dissociative fugue state to find he’s been living in Oaxaca as artist Carlos Dominguez, widower and father of two sons, with his sister-in-law Natalya Hayes, a retired professional surfer, helping to keep his life afloat. But his fiancée, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on. She’s married and has a child of her own.

Devastated, James and his sons return to California. But Phil is scheduled for release from prison, and he’s determined to find James, who witnessed something in Mexico that could land Phil back in confinement. Under mounting family pressure, James flees with his sons to Kauai, seeking refuge with Natalya. As James begins to unravel the mystery of his fractured identity, danger is never far behind, and Natalya may be the only person he can trust.

(This book is the sequel to Everything We Keep)

After I read Everything We Keep, I knew I needed to read the next book because the Epilogue hooked me and I had to know what happened next. Everything We Left Behind was just as heartbreaking as I thought it would be, as I watched James regain his early memories, but he had no recollection of the past five years. He had lost so much, but had gained two sons that he didn't remember. It was a fantastic journey of a guy who lost his love, but was able to find new love, and became the best father he could be.

This book was told in two perspectives: James and Carlos. James was the dominant personality and Carlos was the personality that surfaced after an intense incident that blocked James out. The book alternated between the past (Carlos) and present (James) so we could fully understand what happened after I last saw Carlos. I saw how he moved on, how he was coping now and becoming an instant father.

Timothy Andrés Pabon narrated this story perfectly and game both Carlos and James their own distinctive voices, despite being the same person. Carlos had only spent his time in Mexico, so had a hint of an accent.

I am continuing to love Kerry Lonsdale's writing and the way she pulls me into her complex world. I loved both James and Carlos, and enjoyed seeing each journey to where James was now. There were a number of twists thrown in that had my jaw dropping, but I also loved seeing the new love in both Carlos and James's life. The situation with the bad brother through me, and with what I already knew, I didn't quite buy it, but it was the way the story went. Still, it was an amazing read and I know Kerry Lonsdale is a must read author for me now!

I loved this moment, it stretched out I little, so I grabbed the important parts. It was such a heartbreaking moment, but I was so proud of her for putting herself out there.

“The hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life was shake your hand at the airport and act as if we just met when all I wanted to do was run into your arms. “I haven’t seen you since November and it’s killing me.” She thumps her chest. “Killing me that you haven’t kissed or hugged me. You used to hug me as though you were afraid to let me go. God . . .” She sucks in a ragged breath. “I want you to touch me. I just want you to hold me.” Her voice breaks on the last word.

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“I love you, James,” she says when he grips the doorknob. “I loved you as Carlos and I love the man you are now.”

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Kerry Lonsdale believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an aging golden retriever who’s convinced she’s still a puppy.

Other reviews featuring Kerry Lonsdale
Everything We Keep
Everything We Keep #1
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Born, Darkly by Trisha Wolfe ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@TrishWolfe, @XpressoTours)

This was a thrilling beginning to this duet. Trisha Wolfe has harnessed her inner dark side and put together this fantastic dark romance that I need more of!
Born, Darkly (Darkly, Madly Duet, #1)
Title: Born, Darkly
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #1
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Published: September 19th 2017

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He challenged her sanity.

She shattered his reality.

They dared each the brink of madness.

A dark and twisted maze awaits criminal psychologist London Noble when she falls for her patient, convicted serial killer, Grayson Pierce Sullivan. As she unravels the traps, her sanity tested with each game, she's forced to acknowledge the true evil in the world around her.

I can't remember the last time a book gave me the feels like this one did! It was dark, it was intense and at times wrong... but it was hot and sexy too! It truly was a book that messed with my mind as I tried to understand the growing relationship between London and Grayson.

London was a psychologist who worked with killers... specifically psychopaths. She got into their minds to determine whether they could be rehabilitated or not. This was how she was able to work with Grayson Sullivan; a convicted murderer that she has wanted to meet one-on-one for some time.

Grayson was just as twisted as I thought he would be. He had put a lot of thought into his killings, as each one of them had performed crimes themselves. I knew he was going to be a complicated person, but I never expected how intelligent and psychotic he could be. He thought everything minor detail through, and each step was planned months ahead.

These two had more in common than either of them realised. London took the time to try and understand Grayson, but he only revealed what he wanted her to see. Grayson knew there was more to London and just wanted her to see it too. She had demons buried in her past that needed to be uncovered... which shocked me to my core. These two are a match made in heaven – or hell, if you prefer.

Trisha Wolfe is an author that I have come to love. She has written in a number of genres, and I've devoured each and every read. This book however was a serious mind trip, and I think that she has one truly complex and twisted mind to deliver a masterpiece such as this one! I didn't know if I should be revolted with London and Grayson's relationship, or to cheer them on with their psychotic plans. I do know though I could not put this one down and I need to know what happens next!!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

These two, I couldn't figure out if I loved them or hated them! They were great together and through these teasers you could feel the chemistry!

“You’re mad. You’re delusional. You’ve built an alternate reality around me that is as far from the truth—”
His lips capture mine, silencing me. The kiss is hard and carnal and raw. I moan into him before I brace my palms high on his chest and push, breaking away.
“I wanted to taste the lie on your lips,” he says. “Tastes bitter. Nothing like that sweetness I experienced yesterday.” Then he backs farther away, allowing me to breathe and straighten my blouse.

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“I want to leave. Now. Right now, Grayson. Let me go.”
He rests his palm on my cheek. “God, you’re beautiful.” Then his lips taste mine. Slow and tentative at first, he kisses me deeply, and I welcome it. Our movements become frenzied as I put every emotion into the kiss, begging him. When he breaks away, I say again, “Please, release me.”
He licks his lips as his gaze drags over my face. “Not happening, doc. You’ve been a very, very bad girl.”

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.

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With Visions of Red series
Book One
Book Two
Book Three
Broken Bonds Novel
With Ties That Bind: Book One
With Ties that Bind: Book Two
Living Heartwood series
Goddess Wars series
 Fireblood series
Unveiled #1.5

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Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead ~ Audio book Review & Quote-tastic (@RichelleMead, @PRHAudio)

I've been anticipating Midnight Jewel for a while, and I was excited to get a copy on audio. It was a long book to listen too, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Midnight Jewel
Title: Midnight Jewel
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: The Glittering Court #2
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Published: June 27th 2017

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The Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling author Richelle Mead.

Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls. She is a war refugee, cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where she has learned to fight against the many injustices around her. For some, the Glittering Court offers a chance at a life they've only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it's simply a means to an end. In the new world, she plans to earn off her marriage contract price, and finally be free.

Mira pitches herself as an asset to one of the passengers on board the ship: the sardonic and aloof Grant Elliot, whom she's discovered is a spy for the prestigious McGraw Agency--and her ticket to buying her freedom. His cover blown, Grant has little choice but to take her on. Mira applies herself by day, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity. By night, she dons a mask and slips into the city, fighting injustice and corruption on her own terms--and impressing Grant with her extraordinary abilities and insights into a brewing rebellion. But the rebellion isn't all they're fighting...

Neither of them can ignore the attraction burning between them--an attraction so powerful, it threatens to unravel everything Mira's worked so hard for. With freedom finally within her grasp, can Mira risk it all for love?

I've been keen to get my hands on Midnight Jewel since I finished the first book last year. This time I was able to listen to the book which was narrated by Kyla Garcia, and I think she did an incredible job telling the story. She gave each character their own voice and she kept me engaged in the exciting story that Richelle Mead delivered.

I love that each book in this series appears to be running in the same time frame. I got a run-down on a lot of the story that I read in the first book, but it was from Mira's perspective. It wasn't told in too much detail, so I wasn't bogged down in the story line that I'd already read in the first book. I saw what Mira did once she made it to the New World to start her new life, look for her brother and find herself a husband.

Midnight Jewel was an entertaining read from start to finish. I got to see Mira as she tried to make the money to free her brother. One of her new acquaintances brought her into situations that helped some people, but they were nothing more than local pirates. It was amusing to see Mira and Grants relationship blossom, from contempt, to attraction, to sizzling chemistry! They had a few issues to work through, but I hoped they would finally get onto the same page!

Richelle Mead has definitely stepped it up with this book in the series! It was action packed, had plenty of twists and a slow growing romance that I couldn't wait to see hit boiling point! I was introduced to a few more characters that helped make this story so compelling to read. They all impacted the story differently and added their own little touch to the tale. I am dying to get Adelaide's story... I think it will be the best of them all!

Complimentary copy provided by Penguin Random House Audio in exchange for an honest review.

Today I'm sharing a snippet of the first chapter of the book, so you get a feel of the narrators voice and of the meeting between Mira and Cedric.

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Richelle MeadRichelle Mead is the author of the international bestselling Vampire Academy series, its spin-off series, Bloodlines, and the Age of X series. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, travelling, trying interesting cocktails and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pyjamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Other reviews by Richelle Mead
The Glittering Court series
The Glittering Court #1
Bloodlines Series
The Ruby Circle #6
Age of X series
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Sure Thing by Jana Aston ~ Early Review & Swoon Thursday (@JanaAston)

I literally just finished Sure Thing and had to share my review ASAP! It was such an entertaining read, you all need to pre-order this one today! Jana Aston is a fabulous writer, and you will love her light romances!
Sure Thing
Title: Sure Thing
Author: Jana Aston
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: October 10th 2017

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Have you ever set out to have a one night stand with a sexy stranger?
No? I’m the only one?
Just kidding, I would never.
Not usually.

But then I figured, why not? My entire life I’ve been good and it’s gotten me nowhere.
No job.
No apartment.
No boyfriend.

I’m owed a little fun, aren’t I? A reward for being good.
Sure, a new pair of shoes would be more appropriate, but Mr. Sexy Stranger is more appealing. And when he speaks—in that British accent—it’s a done deal. Every American woman has a hot British guy fantasy. Well, most do. I haven't taken a poll or anything, but I’m pretty sure it’s a fact.

You know that saying about best-laid plans?
Good, because I don’t either, but I assume they go awry.
Like my one night stand…

Every time I pick up one of Jana Aston's books, I know it's going to be a fun, sexy, light hearted read... and exactly what I NEED! Right from the beginning I loved that Violet put herself in a position outside of her comfort zone. It may've been in a bar contemplating a one night stand, but I was rooting for her to make it all the way! Then to step in for her sister... I didn't think she could pull it off, but she kept surprising me over and over!

Jennings, oh how I loved that British hunk of meat! He knew that “Daisy” (Violet) was hiding something, but couldn't pin point what it was. He was sweet, taking Violet on an incredible date. He was attentive, listening to everything that she told him. But he was dominating too, and would take over when Violet needed him to.

I loved seeing Violet and Jennings together. They had a fierce connection and I enjoyed watching them get to know one another. They were sizzling in the bedroom and experienced a lot of intimate and sweet moments together as well. However they were both holding onto a secret and were afraid that it would tear them apart.

Jana Aston sure knows how to deliver a read that makes me smile and I fall for all the characters every time! She combines the right amount of humour, sexiness and hunkiness that has me coming back for more. I have a feeling we may get another read from this world as a few hints were dropped, so I am REALLY excited!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

The first quote gives you an idea as to why Violet falls so fast and hard for Jennings. The second, a scorching kiss!

“... he used his sophisticated British accent to speak words and I’m not made of stone for crying out loud. He said ‘pussy.’ In the hotel lobby. In his accent and it was lewd and inappropriate and hot as hell. And then ‘cock’ flew out of his mouth and words like ‘begging’ and ‘multiple orgasms’ and, well, that was that.

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Jennings tips his head closer to mine and covers my lips with his own, one hand on the nape of my neck to hold me steady as his lips brush over mine. Softly. But his other hand drags the hand I’ve placed mid-thigh up to the juncture of his legs. He squeezes my hand underneath his, forcing me to feel him through the denim barrier separating us.
I whimper, a silly little mumble from the back of my throat, and he smiles into the kiss, his lips curving against mine before he breaks us apart and touches his forehead to mine.
“Later,” he promises with a wicked grin and one softly spoken word.

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
Jana AstonJana Aston likes cats, big coffee cups and books about billionaires who deflower virgins. She wrote her debut novel while fielding customer service calls about electrical bills, and she's ever grateful for the fictional gynecologist in Wrong that readers embraced so much she was able to make working in her pajamas a reality. 

Jana's work has appeared on the NYT, WSJ and USA Today bestsellers list, some multiple times. She likes multiples.

Other reviews featuring Jana Aston
Wrong Series
Wrong #1
Right #2
Fling #2.5
Trust #3

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