R E V I E W ➠ Defiant by Bella J.

2019 ARCs, Angsty, August 2019 Review, Biker Romance, Dark Romance, Tear Jerker


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Infatuation is a dangerous thing.
It devours you. Manipulates you. Owns you.
You can try to ignore it, try to move past it. But it’s more powerful than you. It won’t let go.
The day I first saw him, infatuation dug its claws into my soul. I couldn’t stop it. Everything faded. Except him.
My infatuation blinded me. Made me see what it wanted me to see. Now I’m lost within the lie. Caged by the beast.
In the end, he will have me.
Until then…I fight.

RELEASE DATE: August 28, 2019

Not my first read by author and I have read Book #1 Depraved, and that is something I would highly recommend reading before this!! Gosh, where Book 1 left off was painful to wait for Book 2, not going to lie. This one is EXPLOSIVE!

Alyx and Granite…not sure where to begin here because nothing changed. Alyx is still seeing Granite as the monster and Granite can’t not feel guilty about everything that has happened. They both can’t deny their chemistry and maybe even meant to be after all but things don’t go as smooth sailing, even when one would think THE GOOD is going to happen…prepare because it WILL HIT YOU!

Granite wants to really make it and as in PRESIDENT make it of the MC Club but at what cost? Hard decisions are made and people are hurt. Alyx is already unsure of herself and now after the incident, everything has gotten even more rocky. Does this mean it;s the turning point finally for the two?

THIS IS A ‘ALL THE FEELS’ type of book, as was Book 1 but this one specifically much more. You feel every single word down to the core, the betrayal, lies and hurt. For it being dark and very vivid it’s very enchanting, draws you in even in the bad. You still get the romance, passion and love…but for a price for sure! Emotional Price that is!! Watch out for the twist and I am so happy I got to finish Alyx & Granite’s story!!

Rating: ★★★★★
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
⇨ H A P P Y – R E A D I N G ⇦


American street kings series BOOK #1


R E V I E W ➠ Broken Knights by LJ Shen

2019 ARCs, Angsty, August 2019 Review, Friends-To-Lovers, Tear Jerker, YA Romance

All Saints High #2

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Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.
Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.

Sweet.
Caring.
Charitable.
Quiet.
Fake.
Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.
Who taught her how to laugh.
To live.
To love.
Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
Gorgeous.
Athletic.
Rugged.
Popular.
Liar.

This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna.
But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.
When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.
Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.

Release Date: August 25, 2019

“Moonshine,” he whispered.
“You fill up the empty, dark space–like the moon owns the sky. It is quiet. It is bright. It doesn’t need to be a ball of flame to be noticed. It simply exists. It forever glows.”

He looked cold as tombstone. I’d always thought of him as a cold-blooded creature.

Not my first read by author but my first official ARC review, and I have to say that I have not read Book #1 in this series Pretty Reckless, so here I go. Also I’d like to clarify that I usually and by usually I mean I really never read any YA romance, so this will be something new for me and an experience.

From understanding that Luna is the girl who is in love with Knight and vise versa even from very young age. It’s very sweet when they are at that vulnerable age and young love! Then you get the back story about her parents and HEARTBREAK. I can only imagine how they both feel. In some way I can relate to her social up-bringings, just heartbreaking!

From the book:
Oftentimes, he smelled of my heartbreak.

The untouchable and the nobody, I know it’s of young age but my heart really hurt for this. And so it goes on, a faker and a liar! Oh the young days, this sure reminds me exactly how well LJ Shen is with her words. This story sure took me for a ride, as painful as it was, it was like real life. I rather enjoyed it considering I do not do YA and was little nervous to try.

The reason my review doesn’t contain a lot of book information is because I don’t know how to review a YA yet, I am focusing on the positive therefore all I can say is that it will take you for a ride, break you and then break you even more before it remotely puts you back together. Also the whole timeline from them being 8/9 and then teenagers just barely up to 19/18 age, the parents pain, the high school pressure, it was all INTENSE! I’d like to mention that LJ Shen is the shit when it comes to words, even though this was not my taste because it’s YA i appreciate the story and words SO MUCH, she just has a way with them and it’s magical!

Rating: ★★★★★
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
⇨ H A P P Y – R E A D I N G ⇦

All Saints High Series

R E V I E W ➠ The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward

August 2019 Review, Friends-To-Lovers, Rich/Poor Romance, Sizzling, Slow Burn, Tear Jerker, TOP 2019 MUST READ


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It was the summer of my life.
I’d met the guy of my dreams.
Unfortunately, he was the son of my uppity employer—and very much off-limits.
But Gavin was a rebel. He knew his mother would disown him if she found out about us; in his eyes, we just had to be careful.
He never treated me as his mother did—like hired help.
Instead, Gavin put me on a pedestal and loved me harder than I’d ever been loved in my life.

What a summer it was.
Until it all ended—badly.

I was never supposed to see Gavin again.
That didn’t stop me from thinking about him every day for ten years.
I knew little about his life now, just that he was an entrepreneur living an ocean away.

When a twist of fate had me working again in the very place our love affair started a decade earlier, I knew it was only a matter of time before I might see him again.
But I wasn’t prepared.
What if he hated me?
What if he loved someone else now?
I wasn’t prepared for all the unknowns.

And most of all, I wasn’t prepared for today to be the day he came back.

Release Date: August 17, 2019

The next thing I knew, he had taken my mouth with his,
groaning down my throat the moment our lips touched.

As my fingers continued to thread through his beautiful, thick hair, I wondered if I was touching my Gavin or someone else’s.

-Raven

Not my first read by author, I don’t know a lot of people actually anyone who hasn’t read a Penelope Ward book, I mean HELLOO!! I was preparing because of the Blurb that got me!

Right away my heart was hurting, but the back-story of Gavin & Raven…oh be still my heart. To come to an understand of the HOW was beautifully broken. THIS STORY WILL TEAR YOU DOWN & THEN BUILT YOU BACK UP!

O.M.G. Part one was a killer, and i mean that in every emotional feelings type of way. The whole back-story of them was very informative and heartbreaking on a lot of way. All the side characters, Raven’s mother and Gavin’s family, all had a backstory and some connection in a way. So to say that I disliked a character is hard, except except except Gavin’s mother, WOW she was a kicker!! It’s hard to say much because I don’t want to ruin it for you, but there was so much I just want to spill it all! Oh, and you will love Marina, HA! I want to be best friends with her and have her on my side of the ring!

Gavin: as a young man he was level headed, gorgeous and fun.
Raven: as a young woman she was strong, already grown up and eventful.
Gavin: As a man he is a knock out drop dead gorgeous and still his old self just more responsibilities as it seem.
Raven: As a woman she is broken, marked and still the honest beautiful girl she was.

This is a story of a boy and girl that fell in love so much that nothing could tare them apart, until one day something did, or did it in the first place at all? One summer proved that LOVE exists but did it still exist? It’s heartbreaking of the events that occur down to the last %. It’s a book that I couldn’t put down and reading it made me feel as if i was living it. I laughed, cried, got angry and loved with Gavin & Raven. A contrast story!
Penelope really is a magician!

TOP 2019 MUST READ LIST!
Rating: ★★★★★
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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R E V I E W ➠ Cash by Megan O’Brien

2019 ARCs, Biker Romance, MUST READS!, Sizzling, Tear Jerker

The Ride Series Second Generation Book #3

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From the moment Cash Walker encounters Layla West, it’s clear she’s different than any woman he’s ever met. Her bright green eyes and strong will have him captivated. She’s his. Now he just has to convince her.
After losing her nan, Layla relocates to Hawthorne, Nevada, with her five-year-old daughter and the desire for a fresh start. What she hadn’t planned on was a cocky, hot-as-hell biker determined to work his way into her heart.
When danger threatens Layla, Cash will stop at nothing to protect the family he’s claimed, even if it means partnering with a club from the past in unexpected ways.
This the story of Layla and Cash, the third book in the Ride Series Second Generation.

*Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Release Date: September 3, 2019

“Why do you call me that? Chief?” she asked quietly.
I smiled around the rim of my beer before pulling it back to answer her. “Because you’re strong as hell and in charge of yourself in a way I haven’t seen in a long damn time.”

A dream that I desperately hoped to never wake up from.

-Layla

Not my first read by author, she is a top favorite of mine. I have read ALL her books and heck re-read them a couple or 8 times!! So when Cash came out I was SUPER EXCITED! A little background on her books from my point of view. They are Biker Romance and consuming, each one different in it’s own but together as a Series of course. The men are UBER-ALPHA, sexy, bikers and very hand’s on dominant, I’ll leave it at that 😉

This story hits home a little and you’ll see towards the end. Cash is a Knights member and his only family he has ever known. His own mother gave him into the system as a child, and he never knew who his father was. He always assumed he just didn’t want him either. Layla is a BRAVE BRAVE young woman who took on so much at a young age and grew into taking care of herself and being very independent. In comes the first meet where Layla deemed Cash as the Sexy Viking in her head but then get’s knocked down a few pegs when he simply say NOT INTERESTED. After that Layla swore to herself she will not make a fool of herself again, in any situation. Ha! Jokes on her because that “gym” you’re going to, well not only does she see Viking man there but other surprises.

This is a fast as train and consuming story! It has a normal aspect but with a twist of biker and alpha romance. What I love mostly about the story is that it’s very relatable and something you HOPE you can live through once in your life, or the next lifetimes! Cash is all consuming, larger than life big man who is just a little child scared just like he was back then. Layla lost her Nan but was left something she was thankful for. When danger striker her and her family, Cash is the knight in shinning armor and I MEAN IT, he is swoon worthy and all man!

Sometimes life throws in unexpected roads, fate dangles that goodness right above your head and time, never seems to be enough of. BUT fate, now fate is a tricky little thing, when it’s meant IT’S MEANT! And that’s what this love is, they are beautiful together. I teared up towards the end, hit a little home and well just thinking about it makes me want to cry again. The story has it all CAN’T WAIT FOR MORE especially Gunner’s story too!!

A MUST READ!
Rating: ★★★★★
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
⇨ H A P P Y – R E A D I N G ⇦

R E V I E W ➠ The Complete Captive Heart Duet by Carrie Aarons

2019 ARCs, August 2019 Review, Cliffhanger, Friends-To-Lovers, MUST READS!, Slow Burn, Tear Jerker


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BLURB

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐞’𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐠𝐮𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐤 𝐣𝐨𝐛. 𝐄𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭, 𝐓𝐮𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐫. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤, 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲, 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦.

“𝘈𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘢 𝘵𝘺𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘰𝘺 𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥. 𝘕𝘰 𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘵, 𝘴𝘸𝘰𝘰𝘯-𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘯 𝘬𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘶𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥; 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘈𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘭𝘺.” -𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵

LOST

We knew each other a lifetime ago. And then…
We lost childhoods. We lost opportunities. We lost love.
Fate is giving us another chance. But a chance at what?
Because even though we’ve been brought back to each other under the worst of circumstances…
We are still. So. Damn. Lost.

FOUND

We found each other where no else could.
Found a purpose. Found ourselves. Found love.
Again.
But then life got in the way.
Three years later and the people that we once were are nowhere to be found.
Can our love survive everything we’ve put it through?
Can we find a way back to each other…
Again?

RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2019

I bend down and lay a featherlight kiss on her lips, letting my mouth linger there for just a minute.
And then I walk out of our house. Her house now.
Out of her life.

-Tucker

Lightning struck twice for Charlotte Morsey and I. The force of nature brought us back together and fused us so tight, that these days I’m not sure where I end and she begins.

-Tucker

⇨ R E V I E W ⇦

Not my first read by author, in fact I think thus far I have read many enough to know the writing style and the author. This was new from her to me, darker and a duo at once also!

To say I was ready for this, I wasn’t. This kind of brought out emotional sides of me and darker sides. It’s heartwarming in a dark way but not less beautifully written by the author. Again, very different than what I am used to from her, so that was also a shock on it’s own.

LOST
Charlotte & Tucker, like saying night and day or sky and the ground. Tucker is the dark and Charlotte is the light. This will have some triggers for some, as it does involve addiction. Where Charlotte pass time is reading and anything nerd-book related, Tucker roams the street for his next fix. How do they go together, have attraction to one another? OOOH, in so many many ways. I don’t want to spoil it but it’s eye opening. The incidents they go through, the understanding that happens, the need from both in different ways *sigh* But the ending to book #1 was not fair, the history alone will have you begging for book 2 because I NEEDED to know so bad!

FOUND
This reminds me a little of Bonny and Clyde to be honest, where two unlikely people happen together and the adventures they encounter together will have you asking WHY. In so many ways of Book #2 i kept asking why, why did he do that, why did she stick to him, why did it happen…the chemistry between hero and heroine is mesmerizing though, someone so beautiful from the dept’s of dark. Their history, the side characters and story line, really sadly beautiful. REAL LIFE! I would say, that’s why the romance part of this was even more beautiful and relatable to. Also brief touch on the kiss and sexy scenes, FANTASTIC in both instances..just enough to both of the worlds! The ending to all this, W O W! What an outcome, I’m getting goosebumps just typing this, all over again. Prepare to shed some tears, I know I couldn’t hold them back. Like I said ALL THE FEELS!

A MUST READ!
Rating: ★★★★★
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
⇨ H A P P Y – R E A D I N G ⇦

R E V I E W ➠ Unexpected Fight by Kaylee Ryan

2019 ARCs, Friends-To-Lovers, July 2019 Review, Slow Burn, Tear Jerker


BLURB

No matter how much you plan or try to prepare for what’s to come, life always sends you on an alternate path.

We’re taking each curve in the road as it bends.

Except what do you do when you don’t see the curve coming?

We’re struggling, learning to navigate in total darkness.

One breath.
One second.
One minute.
One hour.
One day at a time, we’re learning to live with our unexpected fight.

RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2019


“…It’s as if you live inside my soul.”


⇨ R E V I E W ⇦

Not my first read by the author & heck will not be the last! I am trying to keep it together while writing this but *crying* this is a TEARJERKER times 100!

This is such a sweet story, begins with Tyler and Reagan who have known each other for almost all their lives and of course Ty is Reagan’s best friend…they never went there, skirting that thin line of best friends and more…until one night where Ty took a chance. And boy would it be a chance!

I have to warn you right now, at 88% I wasn’t sure if I’d survive! I mean…GAH i can’t say much but will it pull at your ALL THE FEELS strings! It’s fast pace as far as the events go, but very very sweet and family oriented. There is so much that they both have to overcome alone but together, even more. Agony, slow burn, passion and rawness THAT’S what this book is about to me!

I have a little back-up from it and that is that the transitions were a little rough for me, going from one scene to another..i don’t know if it’s just me with this book because all the other books i’ve read by the author I HAD NO ISSUES at all, in this one I have to be honest as I always am in my review’s, it was a little rough for me AND the weirdest part is only in SOME SECTIONS of the story! This could all be me and crazy i swear! You DO get both POV’s here and another great thing about this book is the side characters, you will love it all come together! P.S. I hope Dawn & Mark are next

Rating: ★★★★★
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Recommended: ☑
⇨ H A P P Y – R E A D I N G ⇦

R E V I E W ➠ Call Her Mine by Melissa Foster

2019 ARCs, Friends-To-Lovers, July 2019 Review, Slow Burn, Surprise Baby, Tear Jerker, TOP 2019 MUST READ


BLURB

Ben Dalton has always been honest, except where his heart is concerned. He’s been in love with his best friend—saucy, smart-mouthed Aurelia Stark—forever. But Ben’s a planner, and timing has never been on his side. When he finally decides to make his move, Aurelia beats him to the punch with a move of her own—to a different town.

Aurelia loves her new life in the charming town of Harmony Pointe. She has a great apartment and her very own bookstore, and best of all, the sinfully hot, commitment-phobic friend she’s crushed on for years is no longer just around the corner. Maybe she’ll finally be able to leave her unrequited love behind and move on.

But when a baby is left on Ben’s front porch—a baby that is presumably his—Aurelia is there for him. Neither one knows the first thing about babies, but how hard can it be? Ben and Aurelia are catapulted into a world of love, laughter, and tracking down the baby mama, and it might even add up to a very happily ever after… just not one either of them expects.

RELEASE DATE: August 13, 2019

⇨ R E V I E W ⇦

Not my first read by author, heck I have read just about every single book MF put out, she is also one of my very first reads. That said, a new series HECK YESSS!

This started off on fire, then died a slow death when I realized what was happening *sigh* poor Aurelia stuck in the deep end of the ‘friends zone’ GAH! What’s worse she is doing it to herself, she can’t blame Ben for not returning anything because well to her it’s one sided. But just when she was making a small step towards moving ON and away…a basked with a baby shows up at Ben’s door. Fast forward and they are sitting at the doctors office trying to figure out where, what, when and who. The who part being specific…which is also a part that is killing Aurelia. Nothing worse then going over your mega-crushs also BFF old flings.

Today had felt like a month rather than a day. She had to get on with her life.

-Aurelia

looking from Ben’s view, he was finally ready to gamble it all, just to be with her. His love for Aurelia only grew every day, now the mess he seems to be in, he is thankful for Aurelia but there is so much he wants to tell her, sow her…*sigh* but guys, the SWOON affect is not only with Aurelia but with BABY B oh. my. gosh. i seriously am in love with Ben for it! He calls her PEANUT, now OVARIES EXPLODE because it’s so sweet and even though he wanted to wish her away, he can’t.

Basically this is a case of CAT & MOUSE, the chase, the unsaid words, the adventurous…every time they seem to take a step something comes up, something happens, another time, another day…well, both Ben and Aurelia need to get their shit together and say it…GAH! I was fuming at one point yelling at my kindle DO IT DO IT DO IT!

Oh my heart, I am not sure I would have survived had I known what was coming. You will be shocked and better get some tissues handy because it’s a tearjerker. So sweet yet so heartbreaking…MF’s characters are always wonderful, this story alone is something NEW from her TO ME! I really enjoyed it, wish there was more of the sweet, the swoon, the funny and Baby B! Simply a beautiful story, re-read worthy and YES, made it to my TOP 2019 MUST READ list!

TOP 2019 MUST READ!
Rating: ★★★★★
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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