Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fonseca's Fury by Abby Green & author Q&A

1. How have your years working in the film and TV industry helped to shape your writing?
I think they’ve helped because I’m used to working in an unconventional environment and largely for myself. Even though working on a film is with a lot more people, you’re still freelance. It’s also helped because I’m used to breaking down scripts into their various components, which comes in very handy for knowing how important the continuity of a story is.

I’m also used to working under pressure which helps coming up to deadlines!


2. What inspired you to make to the move to being a romance writer?

I’d wanted to get out of being an Assistant Director for a while, and at first I wanted to write a screenplay but then I thought about it and realized that perhaps writing fiction might be more practical in the long run. (The percentage of scripts that actually make it to the screen is tiny!). I had lived with a friend who had first talked about submitting a manuscript to Mills and Boon and that’s where the germ of the idea started, so it’s all thanks to her.


3. If you could make any literary hunk in history come to life, who would it be and why?

At the moment, it would have to be Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books because he’s just the most perfect hero. He starts out as this incredibly sweet and honourable guy, virginal to boot, yet very instinctively Alpha. He grows into this very complex and charismatic man who has the most amazing love of a lifetime with the heroine, Claire. He develops through the books into an incredibly rich and complex character. Brilliant, and very sexy.


About the author:

Abby Green spent her teens reading Mills & Boon romances. She then spent many years working in the film and TV industry as an assistant director. One day while standing outside an actor's trailer in the rain, she thought: there has to be more than this. So she sent off a partial to Harlequin Mills & Boon. After many rewrites, they accepted her first book and an author was born. She lives in Dublin, Ireland and you can find out more here: www.abby-green.com


Title:  Fonseca's Fury
Series:  Billionaire Brothers #1
Author:  Abby Green
Published:  December 16/14 by Harlequin
Length:  192pgs
Format:  paperback
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

The last time Luca Fonseca saw Serena DePiero, he ended up in a jail cell. The Brazilian billionaire has since clawed back his reputation, but he's never forgotten her. So when Luca discovers Serena's working for his charity, his anger reignites.

Serena has changed. Finally in control of her life, she refuses to let Luca intimidate her. She'll deal with whatever her new boss throws at her—from a rain-forest trek to the social jungle of Rio. But she can't handle the passion that flares hotter than Luca's fury—especially when it threatens to consume them both.

My Review:

This novel was eloquently and captivatingly written. Green’s polished and inviting style combines with this incredible story of substance in an unforgettable manner. I found the plot engaging. Green combines the romance of a new couple with real world issues and controversial families.

Green has developed characters that had me hooked from the first chapter. An intense, tumultuous chemistry flows through the entire story. The attraction and wariness the characters feel for one another is palpable. It’s absolutely addictive. I really appreciated the fact that although the main characters came from money, they were about so much more than that. These were individuals of substance, who really cared about the world around them. This combined with their explosive relationship to create the perfect couple for the story at hand.

I couldn’t put this one down even for a second, even though I really should have been sleeping. This is definitely a ‘just one more chapter’ type of novel.


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Total Abandonment by Scarlett Avery

Title:  Total Abandonment
Series:  Unbearable Passion
Author:  Scarlett Avery
Published:  January 6/15 by Absolutely Naughty Publishing
Length:  107pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  erotic romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Women are losing their heads and panties over the naughty adventure between former real estate queen turned escort Sofia Herrera and billionaire Bryce Van Der Linden.

In Unbearable Passion, Total Abandonment, Scarlett Avery concludes the sensual, sexy and steamy romantic erotica for women.

My Review:

This novella was a nice conclusion to Avery’s Unbearable Passion series. It wraps up all of the different aspects of the story while at the same time taking you on quite a journey. Avery’s story here is both hot & intricate. Although based around the relationship between the main characters, there is so much more going on as well. It was a joy to unravel. There is also a natural flow to the dialogue, allowing readers to feel like they’re really alongside actual people.

I’ve really come to like the cast of characters throughout this series. The heroine’s vulnerability is simultaneously poignant and over the top. Her beliefs about herself and those around her really shine through. It is an essential aspect of who she is. It also becomes all the more apparent when placed against such a self-assured male lead. Together they create quite a couple, one that you won’t soon forget.

I thoroughly enjoyed this conclusion to the Unbearable Passion quartet. I also loved the hint as to what comes next. I, for one, definitely can’t wait to read more from this uniquely creative author.


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Eggnog Kisses by Mireille Chester

Title:  Eggnog Kisses
Series:  Holidays in Quilondian #1
Author:  Mireille Chester
Published:  December 15/14
Length:  78pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

It’s been six months since Kaley’s fiancĂ© called things off, disappearing with barely an explanation, and the thought of spending Christmas alone is causing feelings of hurt and loneliness to ruin her holiday cheer. Tall, dark, quiet, and ever the gentleman, her next door neighbor has been sneaking into her thoughts more often than not lately. When she decides to ask him to go to a Christmas party on a spur of the moment whim, she has no idea she’s about to unleash a whole new dimension on her usually normal life.

Born in Quelondain, Sean is no stranger to a broken heart. Though it’s been years since the one he loved fated to his best friend, the ache is still present and crossing over to the other world hasn’t helped like he’d hoped it would. When Kaley asks him to accompany her to a Christmas party his gut tells him to stay away. It’s not that he isn’t attracted or tempted, but how is he supposed to explain his past and what he is. Of course, it’s just one evening, right? What could possibly happen in one night?

Two broken hearts…

Two worlds…

One fate…

Excerpt:

She managed to get into her apartment while keeping a curious JJ from escaping. The fluffy white cat purred and rubbed himself against her ankles.

“Hey, bud. Did you miss me?” Kaley went to the cupboard and pulled out a few Whiskas treats for him. She looked around her small apartment and suddenly, she didn’t want to be there alone. “I’ll be right back.”

She didn’t bother putting on shoes before closing her door behind her. Sean answered his door and smiled at the sight of her.

“What can I do for you, neighbor?”

“I…” This was stupid.

“So, what brings you over here?”

“I just…” Kaley’s good mood vanished.

His smile softened. “First Christmas since Gale left?”

She took a deep breath and blew it out of her nose. “It’s stupid, I know.”

Sean shook his head. “Not at all. I know the feeling. I wasn’t engaged, mind you, but my first holiday after my girlfriend left I was a wreck. We’d been together four years.”

“I’m sorry.” She looked at the ground. “What happened?”

He cocked his head to the side. “I was just about to have a rum and eggnog. Want one?”

She was tempted to turn him down, but curiosity got the better of her. “Sure.”

He held the door opened wider so she could get in and directed her to the couch. “It was your typical breakup. We were young and life had other plans for us.”

She watched as he mixed the drinks and brought them over. “Thanks.” She took a sip and he took a long swallow of his drink. “Anyway, it wrecked me when she left.”

“What did you do?”

“I moved here.” He smiled.

Kaley frowned. “That worked? It helped?”

“Not even a little bit. The only thing that helps is time.”

She couldn’t help the depressed look that took over her face. “Five years, eh?”

Sean laughed. “It’s been that long, but it didn’t take that long. I’ve had a few other girlfriends since, I just haven’t found anyone else I want to settle down with, that’s all.” He raised an eyebrow at her glass. “Want another one?”

“Please.”

“So where’s your party at tonight?”

“Mel’s boss is throwing a bash for their office. He rented the Rex Hall.”

“Cool.”

Kaley noticed him glancing at the clock on the wall. “Do you have something to do?” She turned toward the door as someone unlocked it from the outside and he stood.

“Sean!” The dark haired woman dropped her duffle bag and ran into his open arms. Kaley watched dumbfounded as he hugged her close. He had a girlfriend.

“I was getting worried.” He took her coat from her and hung it up.

“My bus was delayed. There was a crash on the highway and we got caught behind all the traffic. I don’t think it was too bad. I mean, there were ambulances and stuff, but the cars looked to be in not bad shape when we were finally able to go by.”

“And you didn’t think to phone?”

She shrugged. “Ooh! Are you having rum and eggnog without me?” The woman finally turned her attention to Kaley. “Since Sean has zero manners, I’m Reese, by the way.”

“Um, Kaley.”

“Let me guess. He didn’t tell you I was coming?” She took the drink Sean handed her and settled on the cough beside Kaley. “And he says I’m forgetful. You’re getting old, big brother.”

He scoffed. “And you get more immature the more years you put behind you.”

“Mom’s going to flip when she hears you finally have a girlfriend. It’s about time you got over that stupid bitch.”

“Reese!”

“Well, what? By the moons, she was. None of us could figure out what you saw in her.”

“You were sixteen when we split. Don’t tell me you gave a shit.”

Reese pounded back her drink. “Of course I cared. How many big brothers do I have?”

Sean rolled his eyes. “Four.”

“Right. But you were always my favorite.” She skipped back to her knee high leather boots, slipped them on, and shrugged on her coat.

“Where are you going?”

“I’m meeting Heather.” She gave him a peck on the cheek. “I have my key. Don’t wait up.”

“Just remember I’m leaving at eight tomorrow morning. With or without you.”

“Yeah, yeah.” Reese grinned. “I missed you.”

“I missed you too. Brat.”

She closed the door with a wave at Kaley.

“She’s, uh… she’s one of those high energy people.” Sean smiled and went to refill their drinks.

“No kidding. I had no idea you had a sister. Or three brothers for that matter.”

“What about you?”

Kaley shook her head. “Only child. Your mom and dad?”

“Both alive and running the farm. You?”

“My parents died when I was fifteen. Drunk driver. I went to live with Mel and her folks.”

“But you don’t do Christmas with them?”

“They’re not around since they retired. Mel gets on a flight tomorrow to join them in Mexico tomorrow morning. They invite me every year, I just… Christmas needs snow. You know?”

He grinned. “I agree.”

Kaley found her gaze moving to his mouth. He had a great smile. Had they really been living next to each other for almost six years? How had she never noticed?

“What?”

“Nothing. I was just thinking that I can’t believe we’ve been neighbors all this time and we know nothing about each other.”

His smile softened. “Yeah. I guess that’s life. Everyone’s too busy.”

She looked at her watch. “Shit. I have to go get ready.”

Sean stood and walked her to the door.

“So, you’re just home alone tonight?” She looked up into his dark green eyes.

“Seems like it.”

“I was just thinking… Mel is bringing a date tonight and I’m going to be the third wheel. Want to come along?”

“I don’t think…”

“Come on. I’ll owe you one. There’s this guy that works there that always gets drunk and hits on me. You can pretend to be my boyfriend.” Sweet mother of fuck. Had she actually just suggested this? She was thirty four years old for shit’s sakes. Her face turned a deep shade of red. “Sorry. That’s so highschool. I’m just going to leave before I make myself sound any more stupid. Thanks for the drinks.”

Kaley rushed out of his apartment and back into hers. Good god! How many eggnogs had she had?

My Review:

This is an imaginative and one of a kind story. I love the beings and creatures that we got to meet throughout the story. I could easily picture them all based on Chester’s descriptions. To be honest, I want a florsh cow of my own now. Not only that, but Chester tells a memorable story that sparked my imagination while engaging my heart. This novella is an enjoyable, quick read perfect for a stormy afternoon or a hot summer’s day. It is a sweet, heartfelt romance.

I appreciate the way that Chester writes in both his and her perspectives. By not only switching between the two, but also writing his perspective in the third person and hers in the first in a well presented manner readers no only keep the switches straight but get lots of insight into both sides of the relationship and into the characters themselves. I also love the intense sense of friendship, family, and being there for each other no matter what that you feel throughout this story. It turns this enjoyable cast into an unforgettable one.

This is an author that I’m definitely please to have been introduced to. I can’t wait to read more from this series and to delve into her other work.



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Friday, January 23, 2015

Guest Post with author Scott McCloskey


First off, I’d like to thank Jonel Boyko for sponsoring the giveaway for Everywhere the Road ends, Book II of the Traveler of Ord Saga, and for being so gracious as to allow me some space on her blog to share thoughts. I can only hope others take away from this time what I’d hoped to put into it.

I have to admit that coming up with a topic for this post took me some thought. What does one write about in a guest post? Anything really, but with the space and time available, I thought I’d like to offer some advice for potential authors who are struggling with a manuscript, or those who have a manuscript and are mulling over the self-publishing route.

First, to the journeyman writer:

The first and foremost piece of advice I can give is on what you should write. It may sound contrived, and it may be something you’ve heard before, but really – write what you want to write. I simply cannot stress this point enough. Some people approach writing as a business. To some extent they’re correct – books sell, and authors who sell books can expect to enjoy popularity, notoriety, and that curious, oft-heard euphemism called ‘validation’. Writing may be a business, but before that, it is an art, not unlike painting or sculpture. Your canvas is parchment, your tool is the quill; with them, the picture you paint only differs from visual art in that your image is painted in the viewer’s mind.

But think for a moment about that image. Some artists paint on commission, yes, but there’s something of a difference in complexity between a still life on canvas and an eighty thousand word novel. Neither is a less valid pursuit than the other, but writing a novel is a heck of a thing – even if you haven’t published or even edited your manuscript, you should be proud of yourself for even finishing it at all. Truly devoting yourself to your story can result in years of diligent work to reach the goal of a single completed piece, especially if you’ve got a life, a day job, and find yourself burning the midnight oil and battling against mental fatigue just to bust out five hundred solid words this week. It sounds like a rough road, but it doesn’t need to be. Ask yourself – is it a labor of love, or just a labor? If you’re writing for you, and cultivating the story you want to tell, chances are you’re still going to be there at the end of the journey, no matter how long it takes to get there. If you’re writing what you think other people want to read in the hopes of just trying to make money, you’re not going to be truly devoted to your work. Eventually that’s going to lead to burn-out, and worse, readers noticing you’re just not giving it your all.

Second is the question of writing at all. One of the toughest things about painting a literary picture is the reality of having to get up to do something else, walking away for a while, and then digging back in later, when your ideas aren’t as fresh in your head. The result is some of your precious writing time going to reviewing what you already wrote, to get yourself back on track. With every day that goes by, it’s easy to think that you just can’t get back into it with only X amount of time to work. So, you pass on opportunities to write, and eventually feel that you’re so far away from it that you can never put your train of thought back on the track again.

I can say this – don’t let such things deter you from writing at all. ANY progress is progress, and if you see it that way, suddenly loving your work again isn’t so hard. One considerable benefit about working on an unpublished, unagented manuscruipt is that it is truly yours. You have no deadlines, and no pressure to perform. Just write. Sit down, write what feels right, and to save confusion and spare yourself a lack of motivation, do not go back to edit anything until the work is done. Don’t think you can find any time to write? Here’s a trick I often use. Do you like tea? Coffee perhaps? Try this – fill that cup, and instead of checking your Twitter feed, your email, or reading the paper, write until that cup is empty. It may only be fifteen minutes, but it’s something, and that feeling of a little progress every day is going to stay with you. If you don’t have enough free time in your life to just sit down and enjoy a drink for a few minutes…well, I offer you my condolences.

Now, to the waffler:

I’m not going to get into the debate of self-publishing over the traditional route here, as that’s a long conversation in its own right. What I will say is – don’t be afraid to be your own house. Agents and traditional houses reject queries every day simply because they have so much on their plate. It doesn’t mean your work is bad – it means that you’re not the only fish in the sea, and that’s an inevitability we all have to deal with. Do you plan to write a lot of books, or is this going to be the only project you ever work on? If you answer with the former, consider self-publishing your first book. It will provide you with invaluable experience regarding the publishing process, and it will introduce you to the world as an ‘author’, with a defined body of work. That opens a lot of doors for social networking and building yourself up in the world, plus it gives others the chance to see what you’re all about. If you do want to go the traditional route with a future manuscript, you’ll also get yourself a nice cap-feather for your next inquiry. I have two self-published novels right now, and I can say from my own experience that publishing houses and agents are giving me that precious time of day on my unpublished work that they weren’t willing to give me before.

At any rate, thanks for reading, good journey on painting your own picture of the mind, and say hello if you’d like a companion for the ride!

About the author:

Scott McCloskey has searched from the eastern United States all the way to Osaka, Japan, but has uncovered no Elvish rings of power, nor magic swords to hold aloft. Blame books for teaching him never to give up. In the meantime, he pens the almost plausible adventures of siblings Theodore and Marie Ellsworth in The Gossamer City, as they are dictated to him by the diminutive gnomes with hummingbird wings that flit unceasingly about his bedroom at all hours.

Scott's typewriter is subject to occasional fits of lycanthropy, and has been known to go bump in the night – Eden in Spring, a macabre tale of an impermanent afterlife (to be released in March as part of Paying the Ferryman, a horror anthology published by Charon Coin Press), is the result of one such haunting.

Scott lives with a loving wife who puts up with his idiosyncratic bent, two adorable little girls to whom he sings scratchy jazz tunes at night, several Russian Wolfhounds, and a friendly Samoyed who sits by his side as he wiles away the midnight hours at his keyboard. His second book, Everywhere the Road Ends (Book II of the coming-of-age adventure series The Traveler of Ord) is available in paperback and digital formats via amazon.com.

Examine Scott's ramblings at ordonline.net.

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Exposed by Scarlett Avery

Title:  Exposed
Series:  Unbearable Passion #3
Author:  Scarlett Avery
Published:  December 12/14 by Absolutely Naughty Publishing
Length:  80pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  erotic romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

The kinky romance between Bryce Van Der Linden and Sofia Herrera intensifies and it becomes clear it’s much more than a business arrangement.

In Unbearable Passion, Exposed, Scarlett Avery unravels a sensual, sexy and steamy romantic erotica for women.

My Review:

Avery returns to her unique story with the same style and tone we’ve come to know her for. She continues to develop her world in a vivid manner that is very easy to picture and become part of. I did find the story a little stereotypical and clichĂ©d in this instalment. There were also some very original aspects as well. The story itself also had a slower pace than the previous two segments of the story.

I quite enjoy the characters in this novel. Bryce continues to become more and more human, while at the same time his roots and priorities continue to shine through. Sofia’s fears and concerns really become apparent in this instalment of the story. Her obsession with her sister’s ‘perfection’ is also blatantly obvious to the point of distraction. This definitely serves to highlight the differences between these two. Together, these two strong individuals easily carry this story forward with minimal supporting cast, and they do so in a rather memorable way.

This was definitely an enjoyable addition to Avery’s Unbearable Passion series. It added to the overall plot of the series, and really served to humanize the characters.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Running Interference by Elley Arden

Title:  Running Interference
Series:  Cleveland Clash #1
Author:  Elley Arden
Published:  January 19/15 by Crimson Romance
Length:  182pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

In an exciting new series from Elley Arden, it’s sports romance with a twist, when an independent, tough-talking female football player joins forces with her high-profile, hotter-than-hell friend to save her father’s boxing gym.

Even when she’s playing offense, defense is the name of the game for Cleveland Clash offensive linewoman Tanya Martin. After watching her family and friends struggle with relationships and the strings they leave behind, she has one unflappable goal: “Protect this house. Protect this heart.” The motto takes on new meaning when her father’s beloved gym is threatened with foreclosure and help appears in the form of her high school friend Cam Simmons, who rolls into town after a Super Bowl win and a five-year absence, looking like the one man who could test her resolve.

More comfortable in the spotlight than in the gritty surroundings of his hometown, Cam Simmons dreads the off-season visit that comes with the ulterior motive of convincing his mother to move. But things change when he reconnects with Tanya. The more time he spends with the sexy, sarcastic woman, who is as determined as ever to stay single, the more he can’t resist the challenge. Until, becoming friends with benefits has her running away, and a bachelor auction to save the gym has him in the sites of a woman who could ruin everything.

About the author:

Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.

Charming characters. Emotional stories. Sexy romance.


My Review:

This is a very real story that readers become part of. The sweet romance combined with the hardships of life was very well done. The lives of the rich and famous combine with hometown families and pride in a way that tugs at your heart. I love the focus on women in sports, a very underappreciated and underexposed focal point for novels. The contrast between men’s and women’s pro football was quite poignant. Arden, writing with her usual well-polished, light-hearted style combines this all into an unforgettable package.

The main characters in this novel definitely carry the story well. The heroine’s hopes and fears define who she is and how she lives her life. I really enjoyed seeing our hero remember his roots & what made him who he is today. These aspects not only define who these characters are as individuals, but also how they come together as a couple. Their mutual histories are also quite intriguing, allowing readers to understand how these individuals came to be who they are today. The supporting cast in this novel was quite well developed as well. I enjoyed getting to know them in the context of their relationships with the main characters. The local slang is apparent in the dialogue and flows naturally. It definitely adds to the entire aura of the story and to how readers perceive these individuals.

This is definitely another winner from Arden. It is a great start to a fantastic new series that I’m very excited about.





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Female professional football player Tanya Martin enlists the help of childhood friend and Super Bowl MVP Cam Simmons to help save her father’s financially strapped boxing gym and in the process loses her carefully guarded heart.

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Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Title:  Lover Awakened
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood #3
Author:  J.R. Ward
Published:  September 5/06 by Signet
Length:  434pgs
Format:  paperback
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  borrowed
Rating: ★★★★★+

Back Cover Blurb:

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

My Review:

Ward immerses you in the action of her story from the first page. Action also takes many forms in this novel. Not only do we see the Brotherhood’s battles, I love this author’s writing style. The in-your-face, rough & real attitude of the characters really shines through, making you feel like you’re part of the story. Ward develops this world in a larger than life manner that makes it easy for readers to picture the multiple different aspects occurring at the same time.

Zsadist is a larger than life, scary MoFo, but I thoroughly enjoyed him. The in depth way that he is developed here (building on what we know from previous novels as well) puts everything in context. His strength and vulnerability are essential to who he is. The flashbacks into his past were heartbreaking but provided a great deal of context. Contrasted with Bella you have a heady mix. The manner in which they fight against yet understand one another is breathtaking.

I enjoyed getting to know the other characters’ stories and about their lives as well. This broad approach puts Zsadist’s story in context within the larger picture of the Brotherhood. I really enjoyed the look at the entire Brotherhood as a whole, even if my heart breaks for a couple of them. I also appreciated getting to know the lessers. By developing them as actual individuals rather than simply as the ‘others’ Ward provides a much deeper and more fulfilling set of opponents throughout the novel. She humanizes them in a manner where you don’t necessarily like them, but you do understand them.

This series is absolutely addictive! For me, this novel is the best of the series (so far, anyway). I highly recommend, and the rest of the series, to all those who enjoy a paranormal romance.


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