Alta Hensley-Sick Crush

Sick Crush is another Alta book. It is an expansion of a short story that she wrote, called Mr. D. I haven’t read it, but odds are that I have an anthology with it somewhere. My TBR is just insanely huge, and getting bigger and bigger every day.

So, we have Corrine, who is 19. She has just moved away from LA to live in a small town and to finish high school there. Her mom is a famous movie star, and Corrine has no clue where she is at any point in time. But Corrine is used to that. She’s trying to manage going to school, but she is also dealing with a stalker. She knows that there is someone there, because she can see them in the shadows. When she’s late to school again, she gets called into the principal’s office, Mr. D. He tells her that she has detention.

That afternoon, after detention, Mr. D came out of the school and he found Corrine bent over her car, trying to figure out why it wasn’t working. Mr. D saw her, arranged to have her car towed, and took her home. When she got home, Corrine discovered that all the doors in her house were open, which they shouldn’t’ve been since she closed all the doors before she went to school. Then Mr. D came back and her her screaming, and took her to his house so that she would be safe.

This was a pretty short read, and it is packed full of story. I loved the story, and the premise of the story, and all the twists and turns. The one problem I had with the book was that the ending felt a little abrupt to me. It’s like when you see this gorgeous delicious cake and you ask for a piece of it. You are expecting a good sized piece, but instead you get a teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy, minuscule sliver. It’s enough that you get a good taste of the cake, but you aren’t satisfied because you were hoping for more. That’s kinda how I feel about the end. I’m Ok with it, I just wanted a little more to it. But that’s my opinion, and your mileage may vary. Like I said, I really liked the story and what happened in it.

I know that this is a short blog post, but the story is short, and if I talk more about it, then I’m going to give stuff away, and you know how much I hate that.

Alta Hensley-Queen of Hearts

We’re back with the second book in Alta’s Wonderland series, Queen of Hearts. There is one more book to come in the series, so if you are one of the people who like to read a whole series when it is all finished, you are just about able to do that. There are likely to be spoilers in this one for King of Spades, so if you haven’t read that one yet, be wary of reading my review. I try to keep them down, but it does happen.

So, when we last saw Lyriope and Nick, there was fire and chaos. Lyriope took advantage of the chaos, and now she’s in Italy. Which of course Nick doesn’t like at all. He’s going to go out and find her, no matter what. Even if his own people are telling him that he’s distracted by her.

Off Nick goes to Italy, grabs Lyriope, and spirits her away to a small town that he owns. He’s going to keep her there, and they will just stay hidden away under the radar. And he’ll show her around to his favorite places.

I think that Lyriope is really starting to come into her own in this one. She isn’t just reacting to what is happening all the time. She is actually doing something about it. It may not always be the right thing, but it is something. And I think that is a good thing for her. Everyone has pushed her around, so her making some of her own decisions about her life is going to be a good thing, IMO.

Nick. Hmmm. Well. I didn’t like Nick all the time in the last book, but it’s better now. Mostly. I think that Lyriope is good for him, and she is changing him for the better. I think that he is learning some things too, and I think that he needs to see Lyriope making her own choices.

I can’t wait to read the next one. It’s going to be explosive, I think.

Alta Hensley-King of Spades

So, once upon a time, there was an author who came up with a shared world around the Morellis and the Constantines. And all the stories are based around interpretations of fairy tales. We’ve seen K Webster’s Cinderella story on the blog, and now we have Alta’s Alice in Wonderland themed tale, King of Spades. I will warn you that this is the first book in a trilogy, so plan accordingly.

Lyriope is the bastard daughter of Bryant Morelli, who is the head of the Morelli crime family. He fucked her mom, and Lyriope and her brother were the results of that affair. She has spent her life hidden away like a dirty little secret, and not claiming her Morelli blood at all. She hasn’t contacted the family at all and wouldn’t be in contact with them at all if it weren’t for her cousin finding her. She didn’t contact them even when it would’ve helped her out, like when she needed money to bail her mom and stepdad out of trouble, again. Instead, she went to a Russian mob family and borrowed from them. She doesn’t have the money to pay them back, and that is bad, very bad.

Now, she’s at a party surrounded by the rich and corrupt. Her cousin snuck her into a Morelli party, and Lyriope is busy hiding when Nick walks in and their eyes meet. Nick isn’t the only one to walk in who could change Lyriope’s life. A Russian mobster is there, and she’s pretty sure that she isn’t going to survive the night.

Lyriope ducks into a room to not be found, and it turns out that Nick is there. Nick is powerful himself. He is an information broker and he has a popup VIP club called Wonderland. That’s where he gets all his information and he brokers agreements there. They are invite only, and very, very, very exclusive. Nick is also hot as fuck, and he intrigues Lyriope. They talk for a minute, and he tells her that he knows that she’s supposed to die tonight and why. He also tells her that he made a deal, and she’ll be safe for tonight, because he wants to fuck her before she dies.

That is an absolutely ballsy introduction, right? But it really fits Lyriope and Nick. He knows what he wants, and he’s going to do everything he can to get it. She will fight him when she can and fake it until she can make it. Lyriope may not be as strong physically as Nick, or as powerful, but she can damned well do everything she can to appear as strong as he is. Or at least as strong as possible. And she really is strong. She has spent her life having to be the one in charge and having to be strong. Her mother is a complete waste of genetic material, I don’t know that her father actually knows she’s alive, but he wouldn’t acknowledge her if he does, and her step-father is a conman who keeps expecting Lyriope to bail him and her mother out, and then dumps her like a hot turd when he does. And I do mean dumps her. After Lyriope borrows from the Russian mob to pay off his debts, he and her mother decide to just leave her high and dry and run off to somewhere warm and safe. She’s homeless and looking over her shoulder so that she doesn’t buy the farm.

I really was involved in this book so much. And it’s hot as fuck, especially when Nick and Lyriope sign the contract. Whee doggies, that was smokin.

Like I said, this is the start of a trilogy, so I cussed Alta when I got to the end. At least the next one is coming soon.

That’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Anthology-Christmas at the Club

Merry Kinkmas! Today we have an anthology written by 17 authors that take place in several different worlds, and involve 17 different kink clubs. We have established groupings, new couples, Doms and Dommes, Littles and subbies, and good, clean, kinky, dirty fun. Christmas at the Club includes stories from Alta Hensley, Jennifer Bene, Samantha Cole, Pepper North, and Linzi Basset. As with any anthology that is this long, and it is long, I’m only going to mention a few. If you want to see what I thought about all the stories, you can check out my GR review.

Jennifer Bene A Not So Silent Night

This one includes the Infamous trio of Emma, Chase, and Jaxon. Chase doms Emma, and Jax doms them both. They weren’t the first MMf trio I read, but they are still my favorite. the Infamous trio is the basis of the entire Black Light series. Generally, they are written by Livia Grant, but Jennifer wrote this one, mostly because Livia has another story in here. Anyway, I was really glad to see these guys because they are always so hot. On top of being hot, we also get the real life issues of trying to be parents, trying to spend time with in laws, and trying to be the kinky fuckers that you are. I really loved the juxtaposition.

Livia Grant A Kinky Crossover

This is Livia’s story. It takes place in her Punishment Pit world, which appears to be in the same world as Black Light, as Jax has called Lukas to ask if they can come to Lukas’ Christmas party. Because of that phone call, we get to see another little bit of the trio, as well as getting to see Lukas and Tiffany. I love Tiffany’s spunk and the fact that she hasn’t lost that in the year of being married to Lukas. She also has some of my favorite lines in the entire anthology, including her answer to why she’s being punished. She tells the person asking that she’s pretty sure that the reason that she’s getting punished this time is because she married Lukas. Her entire thought stream about her clit at this point is fucking hilarious too.

Alta Hensley Villains and Champagne

This takes place in Alta’s Top Shelf series. Harley is my absolute favorite of all the Domes in that world. In fact, I need to go reread his book sometime in the very near future. I was just so happy to see him again. In this one, there’s going to be a party at the club. Harley just wants to go home to see his sub, Marlowe. Except Marlowe has just walked into the club. She really wants to go to the party. I love all the machinations that go into this story.

Maren Smith Keeping Kaylee

This takes place in Maren’s Castle world. Kaylee is the primary female character in the story, but it really involves all the Ladies of the Castle. They all have plans, because they all feel some kind of way right now. But Kaylee is the driving force. I have to admit that I really felt for Kaylee. It’s easy to end up feeling like you are the last priority on everyone’s list. It’s a really hurtful, sad, and lonely place. I don’t blame her for her plan to get Marshall to pay more attention to her.

Golden Angel A Sassy Christmas

This one takes place in Golden’s Stronghold world. We get to see Adam and Angel struggling to keep their kinky marriage kinky or even sexy after being parents for a year. Now, if you have been a mother, you totally get Angel in this story. I’m not dissing Adam, because parents are going to get him too, and he is doing the best he can, and he does pretty good. But for me, it’s all about Angel and how she feels. I remember feeling that same way when my now very adult son was a baby. I didn’t understand why I wasn’t ready to jump back into sex at 6 weeks, and I hated being touched for a long while. I nursed a very clingy baby, for a year. I almost never had any time when people weren’t touching me, so I totally felt Angel in this one.

There are a lot of other really good stories in here. The nice thing about an anthology is that there is a little something for everyone. Some of the stories are pretty short, but some of them are longer. If you want something that you can read in a few minutes before bed, you can find one with no problem.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading.

Alta Hensley & Maggie Ryan-Prima

Before I get started, I am going to fully admit that I am totally biased toward the heroine of Maggie and Alta’s new book, Prima. Not that I’ve ever been a ballerina or anything, even though I kinda wanted to be, back in the day. I have too many left feet and I am quite literally the person who trips over air. So, let’s talk about this one, shall we?

Clara was a prima ballerina. She was one of the world’s top ballerinas, but she walked away from it. She was melting down, drinking, drugging, and screwing a member of the Bratva. When the ballerina she is the understudy for gets hurt, and not just hurt, but has her legs pretty much destroyed, the dance world turns against Clara, prompting her to walk away, go to rehab, and move in with her babushka. Now, a few years later, she teaches a few children in her garage, takes care of her grandmother, who was a dancer herself, back in the day, but now has a severe case of arthritis. It’s not the life of a prima ballerina, but overall, Clara is happy. Ish.

That is, until the day that Alek Volkov pulls into her driveway and tells her that he and his brother Yuri are now running their mother’s ballet company there in Chicago. And not only are they now running it, they want her to come dance for them. Alek challenges her by saying things like maybe there are some younger ballerinas who could dance circles around her. Alek really wants her to show up. He knows some of her backstory, but not all of it. He just knows that they need a star to make sure that their ballet company continues to be successful. Plus, his brother Yuri is an amazing choreographer, and he needs to have someone who will do his steps justice. So, when Clara shows up, he’s so happy, and he gives her a contract. Having her being a ballerina for their company is great, but now they have to deal with the attraction in between the two of them.

I like Clara, and not just because we have the same name, lol. She has guts, determination, strength, and a lot of love. She has very good reasons for having done the things that she did in her past. I understand why she did them, even as they hurt her badly. I also understand why she didn’t really want to go back at first too, especially as we find out more about her past and her reasoning. I love her passion and her drive when it comes to the ballet, and her devotion when it comes to her babka.

And speaking of Olga, she’s just a wonderful lady. I fell a lot in love with her, and it’s no surprise that Yuri and Alek were willing to do anything she asked. There’s just so much charisma there.

Alek is intense. Intense good, I think, but there is definitely intensity there. And I think it’s a good thing, because he needs to be, especially when it comes to Yuri, who is a diva. If he doesn’t stand up to Yuri, and with the same level of intense, then I think that Yuri would just go completely off the rails. He is also a deeply caring person. Alek wants to take care of his whole company, not just Clara, although he has special pants feelings for her. He’s also very strong. I think that he’s had to be in his life, and he uses it quite well as an adult.

OK, that’s all there is for this one. There isn’t anything under the picture again today. Go check this one out. Happy reading!

Alta Hensley & Stasia Black-Elegant Sins

Elegant Sins is the first book in a new series by Alta and Stasia. It’s all about a generations old secret society in the Deep South, involving blue blooded Southeren gentlemen who have that old school charm bred into their bones and dripping out of them like honey.

We start out with Grace. She’s a waitress in a diner in a dead end town. She’s busting her ass because she wants to be more than that. She doesn’t have much money, so she’s going to business school one free class at a time. (I totally think that this is awesome and there are so many great free classes offered online.) Grace has a goal, and she’s going to do everything she can to make it. Then she gets a notification that something is happening with her credit. Turns out her boyfriend has dumped her, stolen her money, stolen her ID, and ruining her credit all at once. Then, on what is the very worst day of her life thus far, she gets an invitation. She’s been invited to be a belle at the Order of the Silver Ghost, based in Oleander Mansion.

Montgomery Kingston has just turned 25. That means that it’s his time to be initiated into the Order. As soon as he finishes his 109 day long initionation, he’ll be able to take over the family business and get rid of his dad. But first, he has to find his belle, use her, and break her. You see, the belles aren’t the girls you take home to dear maman and marry. They’re the ones that you fuck in front of a bunch of other guys, and keep as your mistresses. For his inititation, he’ll have to choose one of the 20 beautiful women paraded in front of him, stay in a room with her for 109 days, and do whatever the Invitations tell them to. He looks at all the beautiful women lined up for him, and he sees Grace. He doesn’t know her name yet, but there is just something about her. She is dignified and regal, even though she has no fucking clue what is about to happen.

Did you know that Oleander, while very pretty, is incredibly poisonous? Pretty much every part of this plant, from the stems to the petals, will kill you. Even brushing up against the leaves of the plant can cause you to have some skin irritation. I think that fact makes it a perfect name for the home base of the Order. They are toxic and poisonous, and there is definitely something rotten under all the pretty trappings.

Grace is a very appealing character, at least to me. I really enjoyed her strength, courage, and determination. She had a goal in mind and she was going to do everything she could to meet that goal. It takes a lot of work, drive, and discipline in order to do everything she did for herself to meet her goal, even before she fell into the clutches of the Order. I have tremendous respect for her. Plus, when you add in her smarts and knowledge to all the other good things, you really see how she could be an asset to anyone at any point.

Montgomery, what a mouthful of a name, not that Monty fits him, really is torn in two at some points, I think. I really like his mother and the advice that she gives him before he goes to the mansion. I can really see her influence on him and on a lot of his actions. There are aspects of his father in him too, at least sort of. M does have some dark aspects to him, but really which of us doesn’t? I think that he fights himself sometimes, trying to figure out what parts of him he wants, doesn’t want, likes, doesn’t like, etc.

There are a lot of scenes in this one that really knocked me out, but I think the one that really affected me involved satin, canes, and 10 minutes and 9 seconds. And I hate M’s dad.

OK, that’s all there is to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Measha Stone & Alta Hensley-Mafia Lullaby

Measha and Alta teamed up and gave us a really perverted, perverse, kinky, debauched, deprived, and filthy story with Mafia Lullaby.

So, we start with Ariana. She works at a bakery, lives her quiet life, and just goes about her life. One night, after working late, she goes to check her ATM and it says that her account is empty, which WTF? She should have money there, so now she has to ride the bus, so she’s sitting at the bus stop, in the dark, at night. And there are two strange men who sitting there with her. At least, until they grab her, shove her in big black car, and inject her with something.

When she wakes up, she discovers that she’ being held in a place where she’s going to be trained as a little girl and sold off to a permanent Daddy.

Costello is her Daddy. He’s part of the Mafia family who developed a special drug called Lullaby that causes the people who take it to regress, so when they give it to the girls they have taken, the girls regress back to acting like a little girl who just wants to make her Daddy happy, and it lowers all their inhibitions. They take women who are isolated so that they can sell them. Ariana is the latest girl for him to train, and there’s just something about her. She has a fire that most girls there don’t seem to have, and there’s something that draws him to her. There may be some reasons that she seems to have that fire, but Costello isn’t sure.

I like Ariana. I think that she has a lot of strength. I think that she is very smart, and more importantly, she’s very canny. She scopes out the situation and figures out what she has to do in order to survive. I think that she is also a good actress. I don’t know if she’s always been good at acting or if it was one of those things that she learned how to do as a survival technique after she was stolen. One way or another, she managed to do it.

I liked Costello from the get-go, basically. He has a good heart. He’s not a good guy, I mean he is highly involved in human trafficking, but he’s not the absolute worst guy out there. He does at least make sure that he takes good care of his girls while he trains them, which is good, I guess. His girls are at least ready to go when their adoption day comes out.

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I do hate Nanny Nancy. She’s a fucking bitch. She needs a house to fall on her.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Alta Hensley-Sinners & Gin

It’s been a minute since we got to have some top shelf booze from Alta. She’s decided to rectify that with Sinners & Gin. I’m not complaining or anything, I know that Alta had some life happening, and I’m always happy to get any book, whenever it comes out. So, yay! Let’s sit down with some gin and talk about this book.

So, we start back at Spiked Roses in NOLA. Matthew, who deals in a little bit of everything, has just had a big shipment of paintings stolen from him by a mafia boss. He’s not happy about having his paintings stolen, but that’s not the worst of it. Now, the worst of it is that each of those paintings had a metric shitload of diamonds behind them. Now Matthew is out the paintings and the diamonds, and he’s pissed AF. Which, really, can you blame him? I sure don’t. Anyway, he has a plan. He needs to talk to the other owners of Spiked Roses because he needs their help. He really doesn’t need them to do much, other than show up at this kitty party he knows about. The party is right up the guys’ alleys. It’s a kinky kitty party, with pretty subs dressed up as kitties.

Aria is at the party, but she’s trying to hide. You see, it’s her father’s party, and he would blow his top if he knew that she had snuck into his kitty party. So, she’s standing on the sidelines, dressed all sexy, wearing a kitten mask, sipping champagne, and just watching. Just as she’s about to leave, a mysterious man comes up to her and starts talking to her. Then he warns her that her dad is watching, and she had better act like she belongs at the party. Turns out it’s Matthew, who has been watching Aria, because she is the key to his plan to bring down her dad, who stole from Matthew.

Matthew’s plan is to take Aria and then ransom her back to her father for his paintings and diamonds. He sneaks her out through her bedroom window, wearing nothing but a robe, and being shot at by her father’s men.

Matthew is an idiot. I mean, just an outright idiot who needs to be smacked hard AF. He’s a smart idiot who’s sneaky and tricky, but he’s an idiot none the less. I think Tennessee should’ve given Aria a belt so that she could belt his ass, or at the very least, Tennessee should’ve done it. Maybe Matthew would’ve learned then. He doesn’t listen really well all the time either. I think he hears, but if what he hears doesn’t fit into his narrative, then he isn’t quite listening. I know it sounds like I don’t like him, but I kinda do. I think that he has a code that he sticks to. It’s not my code, but it works for him.

I like Aria. I feel sorry for her because she was stuck in that house with her father and she never got to live. Then she had to deal with Matthew being a pain in her ass and kidnapping her. But even as I felt sorry for her being trapped with her father, I decided that I admired her. She survived. That’s always the important thing, I think, surviving. She may have survived by having to hide away, but you know, whatever it takes.

I can’t wait for more of these books. I think that there is at least one more of the owners. I’d have to go check.

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I think that Matthew should send Tennessee a lot of roses and money and a whole lot of thank yous.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Alta Hensley-The Truth About Cinder

Have you ever wanted a fairy tale that took place in a post-apocalyptic world where most everywhere in the world has dried up and water is more precious than gold? If you have, then Alta has the perfect story for you, The Truth About Cinder. As you might be able to guess from the name, this is the story of Sleeping Beauty. OK, it’s a dark, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, kinky version of Cinderella. And I gotta tell you, I much prefer Alta’s version over the Brothers Grimm’s version. More sex and spanking, for one thing.

So, pretty much all the water has dried up. There are a few places where water can still be found, and in those areas, communes have sprung up where people live. The communes aren’t very pleasant places. They are really just surviving, and you know how people are when they are in that kind of mindset, so just imagine how nasty the people were in some of those communes. Think something like Mad Max or Tank Girl. Outside of the communes, the rest of the world is a desert, with no plants, no animals, no nothing.

Into this desperate, desiccated world trudges Cinder. She left the commune she was born into, and has stayed here and there at various communes on her journey. She has an ultimate goal in her journey, and it has taken her quite a while to get to it. She is going to the Palace of Lazar. She wants to join the harem there. Everyone says that it is just a myth, but she knows deep in her soul that Lazar exists and she’s going to get there. It isn’t an easy journey, by any means, but it is worth it for Cinder. In fact, for Cinder, it’s so worth it that she nearly dies on her journey.

But when she wakes, she discovers that she has made it to Lazar, and a gorgeous man is there in front of her, telling her that she has made it and if she meets the requirements, she can join the harem. Donte is the man, and he tells her that if she doesn’t behave, he’ll be in charge of punishing her. He stands there while she’s examined to see if she’s a virgin then takes her to the baths and watches as she is groomed, and all her body hair is removed. Cinder is all about having him there, as she is drawn to him and he makes her feel safe.

Months go on, and Cinder is happy in the harem and being trained, but of course, nothing stays the same, and when you live in a dangerous world, even if you are living in a palace in the lap of luxury, no place is safe forever.

I really like Cinder. She knew what she wanted and she was willing to go out and get it. I mean, it had to have been scary to go out into the world from her birth commune, and then to leave one after another so that she could get to the palace. And she had to do that without knowing exactly where she’d be able to get more supplies or if what she carried would last her as long as she needed. I’m not sure that I would’ve been able to do it, especially trudging through the desert. I am not a trudging through the desert kind of woman. I am not a going to the desert kind of woman. It’s hot. I don’t like to be hot. We get to see a lot of that fire and strength in Cinder. I mean, yeah, she has her moments, but overall, she is a very strong character. That doesn’t mean she’s not submissive too. The two things aren’t mutually exclusive. You can be both strong and submissive. And Cinder definitely is.

Donte seems to be a really good man. He cares for the entire harem, and wants everyone to be safe. He is stern and disciplined, as well as being the disciplinarian. But it seems like everything he does to discipline the women of the harem is done in a caring way. In fact, there is one point when he’s been brought in to punish Cinder that he asks if she thinks that she deserves it and listens to her explain why she doesn’t. We really don’t get to know much about him, except through Cinder, since everything is from her POV.

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OMG, that last scene with Maysa? I’m pretty sure that’s going to be nightmare fodder for me. That was… Yeah.

OK, that’s all for me. Go check this out! Happy reading!

 

Alta Hensley-Caged

Alta wasn’t happy with just one surprise release in the past few days. She had to come out with two! Caged is a fun, filthy, dark, little Mafia tale, involving, guess what? That’s right, cages!

We start out at a funeral with Nayla. One of her co-workers has been killed in the line of duty of taking out one of the big Mafia families. And of course, one of those two families decides to interrupt the funeral with a little gunplay, because what funeral doesn’t need a whole lot of people getting shot. Nayla is lucky enough to survive it.

She’s a prosecutor who is after one of those two families. She has pix of the head of the family, Eddie, on her apartment’s wall because it is supposed to help her focus on her job. She stares at him a whooooole lot. I mean, like a lot a lot. Then, one day, she meets the real thing. In her apartment. Who has come to take her away. Yeah.

Meanwhile, Eddie has decided that he’s going to take Nayla. He has his reasons to do it, and he kinda doesn’t care what she has to say about it. He’s going to do what he wants.

There is a lot of fun and filthy filthy filth in this. And I love it, a lot. A lot a lot. There’s just something about the way that Eddie treats Nayla that is so twisted and kinky and hot like burning.

Overall, I really like Eddie. You wouldn’t know that he was the head of a Mafia family unless you knew that he was the head of a Mafia family. He seems like such a good man. OK, I’m not saying you can’t be a good man and a crime lord, but you get what I mean, right? Anyway, he is definitely honorable, and has very definite ideas.

I liked Nayla too. With that said, I thought that there were times that she was a little naive. I dunno, naive might not quite be the word, but I think that’s the closest that I can come to it. She’s willing to believe the good in people who might not have that good. I think that she might also have a little bit of a black and white view on life.

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I have to say, I love Eddie’s house. And his choice in dinner parties.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. You’re going to have to go check it out! Happy reading!

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