BRAWLER (Detroit After Dark #2) by K S ADKINS



My name is Macy Kowalski.

I’m a registered nurse, a pharmaceutical scientist, a founding member of the Detroit Police Department’s barely-legal Shadow Squad, and a walking case study in 21st century man problems.

I like things calm and orderly. I have a soft spot for people, so I spend my days developing a formula to help cancer patients escape their suffering. My research has caught the eye of some dangerous members of the self-medicating community, and now I have to make sure my plans aren’t polluted by unsavory people who’d rather destroy me, my friends, and my city.

By night I have a part-time partner and full-time guardian, Detective Jonas Rafe, fellow member of the Shadow Squad. He is as volatile and unpredictable as anything I’ve ever dealt with in a lab. I’m smart enough to protect myself when handling chemicals, but I’m still learning when it comes to him.

He’s sweet when his mouth is closed, but there’s no way to prepare for when it opens. In time, his actions speak louder than his words, and though I vowed to never put my trust in another cop, he makes me want to take chances.
He’s the law, and he wants to protect me. They all do. But I’m neither as fragile nor as pure as he wants me to be. I’m a nerd with a gun fetish. I’m tired of observing, and it’s time for me to be in on the action. When he finds out what I’ve been up to in Detroit after dark, our relationship is tested, loyalties are divided, and lives are put in jeopardy.

When our team is under fire, Jonas will finally see the real me. When he does, will he see what he wants to see, or will he be the one who finally breaks me?

My name is Macy Kowalski. I am a brawler.


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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny ~ 3.5 Stars

Gitte & Jenny:  We love this Author. K.S Adkins writes from her heart and soul. She writes with an unapologetic honesty and makes no excuses for her stories or her characters who wear their hearts on their sleeves. How refreshing!

‘Sometimes the world is just too overwhelming, too cruel, just too everything.’ – Macy

Picking Brawler up we knew we were going to get another dark and gritty emotional story. A story with unassuming rough and damaged yet kick arse characters who have the mouths of sailors and fishwives. Characters who display intense emotion with cut throat words and swinging fists, yet have hearts of pure gold, loyalty and an honesty unrivaled. And sure enough we got that, yet this time we got brilliant writing too. We can’t say how amazed we are at the perfection of K.S Adkins writing in Brawler, wow what a fantastic improvement on the previous instalment, Brutal, which we loved!

We met Rafe and Macy in Brutal and this was their emotional and heart-breaking story. And what a story it was! Their relationship dominated, which turned out to be our only gripe. Yes, we loved being part of a journey where Macy and Rafe got to know each other and understand just why their relationship was as volatile and complicated as it was.

“Because, Princess, once you walk out that door the only one fucking you is me.” – Jonas

We fell in love with Jonas Rafe, he’s an amazing man, so alpha yet humble and vulnerable too. At times he had us in fits of laughter as well. This man and his lack of filter…hilarious!

“No man needs to see the inner workings of pussy. We just know we like it in there.” – Jonas

We would have loved more of his back-story, especially from his childhood. Yes, it was touched upon in order to explain his issues, however it wasn’t enough for us. We wanted more in order to fully connect emotionally.

‘Twice in one night, I’m running from the only guy I’ve ever truly wanted. A guy who thinks I’m a whore.’ – Macy

As for Macy she’s an amazing character. After all, nerdy chicks rock!

So whilst we really and truly enjoyed Brawler and thought the writing was brilliant, we didn’t love it as much as Brutal. For us the story was lacking somewhat, being overly focused on Macy and Rafe with their back-and-forth with sparse intermittent glimpses of the ongoing fight against the ‘unknown’ enemy. We loved revisiting with Rogan and Venessa; we absolutely love this couple and they’ll always have a special place in our hearts.

“I’ve never met anyone who can give you a compliment and an insult in the same sentence.” – Macy

Ummmm have you met us Macy? Hahahahahahaha

Oh and just one more thing from Jonas, because this guy and his lack of filter never failed to entertain us.

We’ll leave the last word to Jonas whose lack of filter kept us constantly amused!

“I was never mad at you, I was mad at me. I owe you an apology and I’d like to deliver it in your privates.” – Jonas

 **ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

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Brutal (Detroit After Dark) (Volume 1)

Brawler (Detroit After Dark)

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THE KING (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. WARD




J.R. Ward’s # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.

Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?


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Reviewed By Gitte

The King: 5 blinding – back to basic – Stars!

This is book #12 in the BDB series, Ladies and Gents, so I’m not even going to get into the nitty gritty. You know what’s up if you’re loving this series as much as I am. If you’ve never read it, then do yourselves a favour and go get what in my opinion is THE BEST paranormal series out there. Where else are you going to find Vamp Brothers who epitomise everything hot, sexy and bad arse? Heroines who rock and a story that’ll keep you invested, addicted, laughing and swooning? Well, right here that’s where…and you’ll not be disappointed!


J.R Ward is the Queen of paranormal in my opinion and no matter how long this series goes on for I’ll be gagging for the next book in line. Sure, at times a story may slightly lose its way, however, in The King we went back to what is so bloody amazing about this Author and this series. The humour, which is classic and rib tickling, was spot on and was once again brilliantly woven into the storyline. The dynamics and banter between the characters was magnified this time round and had my heart pounding, my pulse racing and I just couldn’t let go of my kindle. It was blinding perfection! True!

“Wrath – Beth x Overnight = Psycho-hose Beast”

Saying that this is Wrath and Beth’s story would be somewhat untrue. Sure, we had Wrath’s beginnings which had a consequential impact on their current predicament and ran alongside their present until it came to a crescendo at the end. It was pure magic and I loved…absolutely bloody loved how it all came to be. It gave me goose-bumps at the end and I may have cried a tear or two.

“There was a sniffle from the crowd. At which point, Rhage’s voice hissed, “What. This is beautiful, ’kay? Fuck all y’all.”

So yeah, alongside their story we had Sola & Assail as well as Trez and iAm whose book is next in line. Also, we had Xcor and Layla. These side stories were all captivating and had me inhaling every word desperate for more!

Sigh….I have to say that I’m in love with Assail who’s sooo bad but oh so good as well as filthy kick arse Trez and I really really want their stories like right NOW! Oh who am I kidding….I really want iAm’s too; he intrigues me immensely and I love the hidden vulnerability in him! The confessions in The King had me reeling as well as mesmerized! As for Xcor….hmmm this man is a contradiction and I’m not sure yet….

“Knock her dead, my man.”

“Oh no.” Xcor shook his head.” That shan’t be necessary. This one I like.”

Now, I have to say that I fell in complete love with Wrath in The King, he was never really a favourite for me, everyone knows I’m Z’s girl, however, I think we see a side of Wrath here that we were never really privy to before and I enjoyed every minute of it!

“When were you going to tell me?” He demanded. “Tell you what? That you can be a real asshole? How about right now.”

The King was jam packed with passion and moments that were in my opinion classic BDB. Whilst reading I felt like we’d returned to what makes BDB so fan-bloody-tastic and why I love  J.R Ward so much, I swear I have a huge girl-crush on her and if I ever have the privilege to meet this Author, I think, no I know I’ll faint in my excitement. You feel me?


The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

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love, in english



He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now.Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the f*#king truth.


To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Latino charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.

Something that can never, ever be.

Or so she thinks

´♥ ´♥ ´♥

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Jenny & Gitte: 5 Absolutamente hermoso Stars!

 “Try not to fall in love with anyone….”

Love, in English was quite simply stunning; visually and the perfection with which it was written. An emotionally raw portrayal of love born under adversity and how this love can quite simply be written in the stars. It was our first Karina Halle and we experienced such beauty that this will most definitely not be our last. In our hearts and in our minds all our senses were evoked; we lived and breathed everything Spanish – everything love. The scent and taste; the heat and the passion. It was all there.

“You and I, we were always a memory in the making.” – Mateo

We can’t put into words how much this story gutted us and pulled at our every emotion as it made our hearts cry, then hopeful, bleed and then rejoice in the purity of love and the belief that yes, soul mates do exist and under the guidance of the stars courage and love will prevail. No matter what the obstacles may be.

“Promise me, you won’t give up on us.” – Mateo

Love, in English is incredibly powerful; the emotions that bleed off the pages straight from this Author’s fingers are incredibly intense. We didn’t merely read this story, we lived it – we breathed it. Upon finishing we felt as if we’d lived a lifetime such was the extent of our exhausted emotions and stress from Vera & Mateo’s story. A story so unique, so refreshing, so believable and so passionate. Bravo, Karina Halle we are in awe of you and will never forget this journey you took us on.

In and rut and disenchanted with her life,  23 year old Vera Miles takes off to Spain for a few weeks to teach conversational English to a group of business men and women. Vera instantly falls in love with Spain and feels a sense of belonging . There she meets 38 year old businessman Mateo Casalles, married man and devoted father to his daughter Chloe. What begins as a friendship and flirting soon intensifies as Mateo begins to break down Vera’s emotional walls and their hearts become involved.   Mateo and Vera are drawn to one another and experience a connection neither thought possible. As their feelings heighten and the course draws to a close, each must face the bleak prospect of returning to their lives without each other.

“There will be nights where you will feel alone and lost…..Where I will feel alone and lost. When that happens, I want us both to remember this, right now. Bring our thoughts back to this room, this moment. Where we aren’t lonely. Where we are both found.” – Mateo
“I hope it will be enough.” – Vera
“It will never be enough.” – Mateo 

Vera, beautiful lost and lonely Vera. She found her way into our hearts as she battled with her emotions and for what was the right thing to do. Which path to take.

“I’d never be loved and no one would ever want my love in return.” – Vera

Mateo, we fell in love with this passionate, possessive and mature man who had an incredible heart and a sensuality that left us breathless.

“Love is like a thief, it robs you of all thought and logic and all you have left is a heart that you can only pray is strong enough to survive the rest.” – Mateo

Love, In English quite simply spoke to our hearts and fed the romantic in both of us, it fulfilled our wanderlust and the passion of Vera and Mateo’s journey consumed and enthralled us.

Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars – Gilbert Parker

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Love, in English

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We originally read this series at the beginning of 2011 – before we had the blog and never got the chance to review these books and always spoke of our desire to review them for TB.

We’ve read so many books since, yet these are two books that have always stayed with us and reminded us why reading for us is a passion and not just a hobby.

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Review by Jenny & Gitte

 “Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal.”

Ever since we first picked up a copy of If I Stay some 3+ years ago, we’ve always spoke of our desire to revisit these books again. This series meant so much to us and we can recount exactly where we were and the feelings Mia and Adam’s story elicited from us in this deeply moving, profoundly beautiful and soul searing series.  These books are always in our thoughts when discussing our all-time favourite reads.  Mia and Adam’s story, to this day, still remains up there as one that touched our hearts and never let go.

“But the you who you are tonight is the same you I was in love with yesterday, the same you I’ll be in love with tomorrow.” 

Now, with the imminent release of the movie for If I Stay, watching the trailer made us want to drop everything and was a good excuse as any to pick up these books again. We couldn’t wait to finally get back to reliving those special moments created by an author with a true gift of storytelling.

Let us just say, we felt every single moment as if it was the first time and being back with Adam and Mia was akin to visiting some old friends, who, although you may not see often, they still manage to invade our thoughts constantly.

Our hearts broke all over again. We sobbed, we cheered, we loved, we laughed and we awed at the courage, love and strength shown by these young people whose story we will never forget.

“I know that all the magic kisses in the world probably couldn’t have helped him today. But I would do anything to have been able to give him one.”

We’re not going to cover the story because we would hate for readers to have any part of this journey ruined. We originally went in blind and we our reading experience was all the richer because of that.

Gayle Forman delivers a powerfully told story set against a background of music, that deals with the  intense and complex feelings of first love, it deals with loss, longing, choices, strength, courage and second chances and displays how a heart that loves bears the greatest strength of all.

“But seventeen is an inconvenient time to fall in love.”

A not to be missed series and please, we implore you…..please read the words the author has so beautifully and emotionally written before seeing the movie. You won’t forget them. We know we haven’t and we know we never will.

But still, I find the need to remind myself of the temporariness of a day, to reassure myself that I got through yesterday, I’ll get through today.”

We were moved implicitly by If I Stay. We were rendered speechless and left breathless in Where She Went. Two memorable books that tell a story where you wish, with every fibre of your being, that love will prevail.


 About the Series

(We suggest not reading the synopsis for Where She Went before finishing If I Stay)

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On a day that started like any other,Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she’ll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.


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It’s been three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life.And three years he’s spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good – or can you really have a second chance at first love?

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DELETED SCENE FROM SPIN (Songs of Corruption #1) by CD REISS

It’s no secret we are die hard fans of this book! We bloody LOVED it and couldn’t get enough of one Mr Antonio Spinelli.

Well….we’ve got a little more Spin for you here – check out the deleted scene the wonderful CD Reiss so kindly let us share with you all!

This deleted scene is out of timeline but we though you’d love a bit of naughty Antonio anyway ;)

(Warning: Contains spoilers if you haven’t read Spin)

Be sure to head on over to CD Reiss’s author page for some special news on an upcoming Antonio POV
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I woke before the sun came up and got into the shower. I’d dreamed I was Marina, the little bird of a girl. I knew it because I chirped. And Antonio was on top of me, wearing nothing but his gun holster, fucking the life out of me. I came again and again as he said, sweetie pie bird whoresweetie pie bird whore – sweetie pie bird whore with the scent of burned pinewood and broken plaster everywhere.

I couldn’t get it out of my head.

I’d just given up everything. When I’d gone to Antonio’s house, and when I’d been crushed at the sight of Marina, I’d severed relationship with Daniel when I got upset at another man’s betrayal.

I came into the bedroom with the towel wrapped around me. Antonio, in a dark suit and tie, sat by the window, a hand on each arm of the chair, legs apart as if he wanted to take up more space. Behind him, the sun lightened the sky in advance of its appearance.

“I don’t want to scare you,” he said.

“You keep saying that, then doing scary things.”

“You never get shaken.”

“How did you get past the security system?”

“It’s my job.” He held his hand out for me. I stood in front of him, just a step away from the space between his knees. “I want to explain about Marina.”

“I don’t know if I want to hear it.”

He reached up and pulled at the top of my towel, unhooking it from itself. It opened, revealing my body to him in the morning light.

“You need to hear it.”

I didn’t know if my nipples were hard from the air on them, or his gaze, which stroked every inch of me. Just the two of us, not touching, not moving or speaking, my nudity a provocation no greater than his posture in suit and tie. The space between us was tangible enough to touch. I reached my hand into that space, and his hand came to meet mine. It was a strong hand, wide and graceful. I didn’t care what he did for a living, who he’d killed or what he’d done to get him chased from his home. I didn’t care who Marina was to him. I would have sold my soul and my body to have him just one more time.

“I hate this,” I said.

He laced his fingers in mine. “You don’t look like you hate it.”

“I hate being of two minds. I hate my body right now. The way it reacts to you. My skin. God, if I could crawl out of it. It wants you so bad and all I want to do is be good. All I wanted to do is be loyal and faithful and you’re like this loaded gun I want to put to my head so I can blow my brains out and stop thinking. Stop talking my body out of what it wants. But those thoughts are the only thing saving me right now. Because if I let you have me, you’ll walk away the same man. Me? I’ll walk away and have no life to go back to.”

“Once I take you, you’re not walking away.”

“You say.”

“I do say.”

I got on my knees, falling between his legs like a supplicant. “Will you put me on that bed? Right now? Before I make any big decisions?”

He leaned forward, putting his hands on my neck. “That’s backwards. First we make a decision, then I’m going to take you.” He kissed me, my lips and my jaw, my ear and my chin. “And when I do, I promise you, I will not walk away from you for all the world. You will be the last woman I touch.”

“You say.”

“I say.”

His eyes looked up and down my face, as if kissing it. Even in the morning half light I saw the lust in his expression. I should have been scared, but I could only hope he was there to fulfill the dream he’d woken me from. A dream that made me weak and stupid. I felt everything. I thought nothing.

“Antonio,” I said, my voice still husky with sleep. “I want you.”

“I know.”

“Can I have you?”

“No. Not now.” He sat on the edge of the bed and turned the light on. “I need to explain about Marina.”

“You could have called.”

He laughed a true, hearty laugh, his smile going right to his eyes. They twinkled in the dull light. I wanted to see him laugh like that on the beach with the breeze in his hair. Antonio, without a care in the world.

“I wanted to see your face,” he said, slowly pulling me toward him and kissing me. He’d just brushed his teeth, and he tasted clean to the core. “It’s how I tell if you believe me.”

He pushed me onto the bed and lay to the side of me.

“I won’t. Even your truths sound like lies,” I said, wanting more than anything to believe him, no matter what he said. If it put his naked body next to mine, I wanted all of it to be the truth.

“We can pretend it’s all made up then.” He put his hand on my knee and drew it upward, his thumb stroking the inside of my thigh. “Because it’s hard to talk about.”

“Okay, tell me the story.” I didn’t know if I’d even hear him with his hand on the inside of my leg. He could have told me he was Prince Charming and I was Cinderella and I would have nodded and forgotten it inside the tingling sensation of my skin.

I put my lips to the top of his head, getting lost in the sharp, musky smell of him. “Tell me about Marina.”

“I knew Marina from home. She’d been sent to Napoli to live so she could be raised in the old way. She had childish ideas about me.”

“Where did she get them?”

He looked away, then back at me, “My family, and I will take some responsibility. I was resigned to it, possibly. I was a consigliore. My decisions weren’t my own.”

“And they are now? I’m asking because I get the feeling breaking it off with her isn’t going to go well.” He started to speak, but I silenced him by tightening my hand on his arm. “You think your family is so different from mine. It’s not. There are expectations on us, and they’re serious. Defying them can be a problem.”

He picked his head up and looked me in the eyes. “I can never go home. Not if I want to live. I was a consigliore, and I did things I wasn’t supposed to. I went on a vendetta. It’s not allowed.”

He leaned back and opened my legs again. He took a sharp breath at the sight of my crotch, making me feel exposed and vulnerable.

He slid his thumb in the shadows where my legs met, the pad of it brushing my soaking skin.

“Fuck,” he whispered. “I can’t keep my hands off you.”

“I’m still mad at you,” I said. “You didn’t tell me first thing.”

I couldn’t speak when he used his thumb to stroke my clit.

“I regret that.”

“But do you feel remorse?”

“Look at me,” he said. When I did, he slid two fingers in me. I groaned with pleasure. Whatever was going to happen, I couldn’t stop it for love or money. “I’ve given this a lot of thought.” His thumb stroked my clit in gentle circles. “And here’s what I’ve decided. I want you, and you’re mine. That’s the end of it. I can’t take you today, maybe not tomorrow.” He pulled his two fingers out and added a third, increasing the pressure of his thumb. I pushed into him, and every bit of feeling became a vibrating wave form controlled by his hand. I’d never come with a dick or a finger inside me, but I couldn’t have imagined being closer. “But I have to decide what I want in this life, and it’s you. Look at me.” I did. His face was earnest, serious, and I felt like I was going to explode. “Do you want to be mine?”

“Yes, God yes. But I don’t know how.”

“We’ll both get rid of the obstacles. Mine first. Then yours.”


“I can’t wait to get my mouth on your pussy. I’m going to make you come until you beg me to stop.” He pulled his fingers out, then pushed them back in, every stroke a  new awakening. “Then I’m going to fuck you like you’re my puttana. All night. You won’t walk the next day.”

His thumb pressed on my clit, circling like a clock gone wild, and I knew it was going to happen. I was going to come, even with his fingers in me. They weren’t a distraction or a worry, the things that usually stopped me, they were holding me together, even my pussy clenched around them, a tight, wet wall of sensation, and my consciousness flowed down my spine, to between my legs.

“No one else, Contessa. There’s no one between us. You’re done with him.”

“Antonio,” I groaned, and came. My hips levitated from the mattress even as my knees went weak. I lost myself to him and his fingers. I was his. From that moment to the depth and breadth of infinity.

When he pulled out of me, I involuntarily clenched around him, as if I wanted to draw him back. He kissed me, his jacket ticking my naked chest. When I reached for his belt, he pulled away. I went for his pants again, feeling the rock hard erection under them. He moved my hand away.

“Not yet,” he said.

“Why not?”

“I’m a good Catholic boy.”

I laughed and he laughed with me.

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So….what’s it about?


***You do NOT need to read Songs of Submission to read Spin***

Mafia capo, Antonio Spinelli blew through my orderly life like a cyclone.

Gorgeous and passionate, with a breathtaking brutality, he put me under his spell the moment he touched me, drawing me into his underworld of risk, violence and betrayal.

And I found, just as this sophisticated savage didn’t trust me, I didn’t trust myself. Something happened to me. Some alchemy from the heat between us.

I discovered I was a savage, too.

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Spin (Songs of Corruption)

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