Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: Close to Home (Sanctuary Island #5)

Close to Home (Sanctuary Island #5)

by Lily Everett

When Tessa Alexander came to Sanctuary Island, she left behind a marriage to a man who didn’t love her the way she loved him. When she finally found the strength to set them both free, she discovered friendship and self-acceptance in her adopted hometown. Now she’s settled into a quiet life on her own—never expecting to see her husband again.

Johnny spent almost two years deep undercover, unable to let his wife into his cold, dangerous world. He’s shaken to the core when he comes home to find her gone. It’s painfully clear that Tessa is no longer the timid young woman he married—she’s become a force of nature, a brave and determined beauty. Johnny can’t let her go without a fight so he sets out to seduce his own wife. But will passion alone be enough to convince Tessa that her new life should include a second chance at happiness with a man who must learn to believe in love?
Themes: Contemporary
Rating: 4.25 stars
Heat Rating: 
 Finally we are able to travel back to the enchanting Sanctuary Island, as Lily Everett brings two people back together in an all new way in order for the love they have both been hiding to find a true outlet. This story is about all new individuals, bringing fresh blood into this series and letting us get looks at some of our previous favorite couples—not to mention the crazy townspeople that make this island so unique.  If this is your first foray onto Sanctuary Island you will not be disappointed, even as some of the backstories are glossed over, this book truly is entirely stand alone and give Tess and Johnny the spotlight.  Johnny has finally returned to his true identity after sublimating himself for almost two years in order to go undercover and bring down a dangerous criminal organization, but before he can even make it home to the wife he loves, the rug is pulled out from under him.  Tess has released Johnny from their marriage, even though he doesn’t want release, and has left him to move to a small island off the coast of Virginia.  Determined to get her back, Johnny travels to the island and finds himself forced to deal with all the changes not only in his life but all the change in his wife. Tess is definitely surprised to see Johnny arrive on the island, but even more surprising is his determination for them to get back together. She loves Johnny so much, but she is determined not to chain him to her when he doesn’t love her.  But could they both have had their eyes closed to one another’s true emotions all these years? I loved seeing Tess stand up for herself against Johnny, even as I know that was breaking his heart, and finding her strength and sensuality as a truly desirable woman.  Tess was sweet and na├»ve in some ways, even as she grows and continues to dig herself a place in the world to set down roots.  Johnny was a bit of an ass at times, mainly because he never dealt with all the trauma of his childhood or looked inside to understand the motives for his overly-protective alpha personality.  When he begins to accept that he needs help—and even to get that help—there is true promise for him and of course his ability to seduce his wife is undeniable. Once Johnny and Tess see the passion that they both denied was there between them all along, and give into their needs, the fire between them is enough to singe bystanders and readers alike.  I love every story I have ever read based on this beautiful magical island. There is also a side romance that begins in this story and carries us into the next between two island residents both trying to find their place in their small town.  I am looking forward to reading the next in the series and of course seeing where Lily takes us next.  If you are looking for a read that is sweet, passionate, suspenseful, and ultimately a story of two people finally finding one another even though they have been together for a long time, Close to Home is a great foray into a world filled with strong and crazy characters.  

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: At Close Range (Tracers #11)

At Close Range (Tracers #11)

by Laura Griffin 

When a lakeside tryst ends in a double murder, police detective Daniele Harper arrives on the scene determined to get answers. Clues are everywhere, but nothing adds up. Dani turns to the Delphi Center crime lab for help, but soon regrets it when her secret attraction to their chief firearms examiner threatens to distract her from the most important case of her career.

As a ballistics expert and former Navy SEAL, Scott Black knows firearms, and he knows he can help Dani unravel her case. Scott has managed to hide his interest in his best friend’s younger sister for years, but when her investigation brings them together, the sparks between them quickly get out of control. Scott resolves to keep his hands off Dani and his eyes on the goal—identifying a killer. But when that killer zeroes in on Dani, all bets are off. There isn’t a line Scott won’t cross to convince Dani to trust him so that he can help her take down a ruthless murderer who has her in his sights. 
Themes: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 stars
Heat Rating: 
 Well this story has been a long time coming for those of us that are long time readers of this series. Dani and Scott have been circling each other a long time now and seeing them finally admit to and deal with their feelings was a welcome relief from the tension. Griffin’s Tracers series began many books ago with a story where we were introduced to the crime-solving powers of the individuals at the Delphi center, a cutting edge state of the art forensics center with all different specialties and as many unique individuals in employ as there are sexy and interesting cops that run into their paths.  Daniele has worked a long time to be taken seriously as a detective, getting out from under the thumb of her brother, while still being irresistibly dawn to his best friend Scott. When she finds herself in charge of her very first investigation, she knows that Scott and she will have to work closely together, but soon the danger surrounding them is unresolvable.  Scott knows that he needs to do everything he can to make sure that Dani stays safe, even from his own desires and emotions, but being around her so much with none of the usual barriers between them has become more torturous than ever.  I loved seeing Scott and Dani circle closer to one another and finally collide in a clash of passion, danger, and love.  Dani was a hard as hell woman that has had to be stronger than the men around her in order to prove herself in her field, but she is still that young girl who crushed on and then fell head over heels for her brother’s best friend.  Seeing her stand up for herself and for Scott as the danger increase and the evidence stacks up against them showed us that she really was a perfect partner for Scott. Scott is a bad ass former SEAL whose daily life revolves around crime and guns—not really a way to get more macho than that is there? When he stops fighting his feelings for Dani, finally admitting that he couldn’t live without her in his everyday life, his protective streak and sweetness become even more apparent that his badassness. Passions run high between Dani and Scott from the very beginning of their introductions to our imaginations, and when they finally embrace those desires, Dani and Scott are inseparable and obviously in love.  I was thrilled to see the trust Dani had in Scott, even as everyone around them doubted him, and that trust obviously is what made their relationship so strong.  I look forward to seeing these two in future novels, seeing how their HEA just keeps getting better and better. Once again Griffin hits every hot button of romantic suspense in this novel of danger, trust, and love between two people who are opening their eyes to the true nature of their fate in one another’s lives.  Another work of art, Laura.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: Moonshadow (Moonshadow #1)

Moonshadow (Moonshadow #1)

by Thea Harrison

Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….
Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.
He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….
Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.
When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.
Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.
As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.
Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…
Themes: paranormal
Rating: 4.25 stars
Heat Rating: 
When I get hooked on a really good series, I have to say that there isn’t much that can pull me away once I get started, even if a dud pops up in the series every now and then.  But even better than that is a really GREAT spinoff of that much loved series, as is the case with this new Moonshadow series.  Book one begins with a windfall falling into the lap of a young woman that has been a victim of Murphy’s Law for a long time.  There’s always that little bit of hope that a person will come into our lives and offer us the home of our dreams and a way to survive without ever having to work another day in our lives. Sophie has found a way to make a living while helping people using her skills and inherent magic, but when a vision almost kills her, she is ready for a break so when she has the chance for an extended vacation there is nothing that will keep her at home.  Fans of the Elder races series will recognize some names as well as the types of creatures in the world Sophie and Nikolas inhabit.  Nikolas is an immortal warrior that has been fighting against the evil queen of the light fae and the end is coming to his people in one way or another unless he can find a sanctuary to allow his people to rest and regroup.  When Sophie finds herself pulled into this war and working with Nikolas the passion between them become undeniable and as her heart gets deeper and deeper entrenched with the winning of the war, Sophie knows the price of salvation for Nikolas and his people might just be her life.  I LOVED Sophie; she is such a smart-ass and her wit and sarcasm are sharp enough to cut Nikolas down to size more than once.  The danger surrounding Sophie brings her abilities and skills into sharper need, so when she has to put her full trust in those abilities in order to save Nikolas and his people, there is never any doubt in my mind that Sophie will get the job done.  Nikolas was…well… he was an asshole.  Pretty much the best way to describe him through most of the story.  He has spent so many years distrustful of people and unable to trust in anyone except the men he has fought beside for millennia, so watching him push Sophie away while simultaneously pulling her in made me so angry for her. Once he pulled his head out of his ass, Nikolas became a really wonderful character to get to know and seeing him grow was a wonderful experience.  I love this new series and am looking forward to seeing more of the group find their loves and continue their battles to become a force to be reckoned with now that they have restored their foothold into the world on this side of the divide.  If you love the elder races series by Thea Harrison or are a fan in general of beautifully written paranormal romance, you will enjoy this story if you give it the chance to get through the beginning world building and character introductions.  I know I am dying for more of both this series and the original that made Harrison a key member of my favorite authors list. 

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Hot Witness (Hostile Operations Team #9.5)

Hot Witness: A MacKenzie Family Novella(Hostile Operations Team #9.5)

by Lynn Raye Harris

New York Times bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris adds her unique twist to Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie family with HOT WITNESS…
Eva Gray has a secret. Eight years ago, her sister entered the Brothers of Sin Motorcycle Club and never came back. Seven years ago, she vowed revenge, even if she had to change everything about her life to do it—her look, her name, her face.
Now she’s stalking the Brothers and looking for weakness. She’s close to achieving her goal, so close she can taste it. But a prominent federal judge is now in ICU, and Eva’s the only one who can prove the club hired the hit.
Jake Ryan was once a Brother, but he got his life together when a judge gave him a choice: prison or the military. He took the military and he’s never looked back. Now, as a member of the lethal Hostile Operations Team, he’s accustomed to working on the side of justice.
So when Declan MacKenzie comes to Washington DC and asks him to infiltrate his old gang to protect a witness and get evidence, he doesn’t hesitate to do his duty. But little does he suspect that Eva Gray is a girl he once knew or that she’s on a mission of her own. A mission that could see them both dead before they’re through.
When the warrior meets the vengeful virgin, nothing and no one is safe…
Themes: novella, contemporary
Rating: 3.75 stars
Heat Rating: 

 So this was a very interesting short story, one that I would have loved to see be a more fully fleshed out novel, but I enjoyed having this to read on a cold night in a hot bath. This story serves as a cross-over between two well-developed series by two very accomplished authors. I have followed the HOT series from the very beginning and love every new installment no matter the length or the subject. I was a little lost in reference to the Mackenzie series portion of this tale, but I am very interested now and might just start a little research into getting this series for myself as well. This is the story of a former bad-boy returning to his hometown in an attempt to save the life of a woman that has decided she is willing to risk her life in order to see justice for the criminal death of her sister.  The bad-boy in this case is the sexy HOT operator Jake “Harley” Ryan and Ms. Eva Gray has captured his mind and heart in a very short time and is willing to put his life on the line in order to keep her safe. While the story moves quickly, Jake and Eva understand their connection from the very beginning and are willing to put their hearts out there and decide to embrace the chemistry and romance between them. I enjoyed reading this story and getting to know Eva and Jake in the little bit we got to read about them.  I am looking forward to seeing more of them in the future.  The HOT series continues to capture my attention and keep readers on their toes, and while I’m not familiar with the Mackenzie series, HOT Witness stands alone as a wonderful short read with heart, passion, sweetness, and action.  Keep the fun coming Lynn, this reader personally cannot WAIT for what is coming next for Colonel Mendez’s boys (and girls).
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: Falling Hard (Colorado High Country #3)

A war widow alone…
Ellie Meeks promised her pilot husband that if anything happened to him, she would live her life to the fullest. Three years later, she is still alone, raising the twins he never met. She has no interest in dating or meeting men—until one snowy night when a stranger helps her get her sick kids safely home. That stranger turns out to be a former Army Ranger and a member of the elite Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. He’s also tall, rugged… and irresistibly sexy.
All it takes is one kiss…
Jesse Moretti came to Colorado to get Iraq out of his head, using the adrenaline of extreme sports and high-risk mountain rescues to keep his mind off the past. But getting involved with Ellie might be the riskiest thing he’s ever done. It’s not just their explosive chemistry. There’s something about Ellie that gets inside him, opening him to feelings he’s tried hard to ignore.
When passion ignites…
Ellie feels alive in Jesse’s arms and happier than she ever thought she’d feel again. But their relationship comes at a price for him, and soon Ellie sees that she must help Jesse fight the demons of his past to protect the love of a lifetime—and save the heart of a hero.
Themes: Contemporary
Rating: 4.5  stars
Heat Rating: 
Truly a story of two individuals, both dealing with loss and damaged hearts, Falling Hard is a story that will bring you to tears, break your heart, and then ultimately make you believe in the true healing power of love. For fans of Pamela Clare, these stories have just enough action and drama that we are tempted to categorize this new series as Romantic Suspense, but these stories truly are all about the two people falling in love and finding a way to live happily ever after.  This third story in the series is one that grabs and keeps attention from the very beginning and tugs our heartstrings as Jesse and Ellie come to terms with their relationship and the ramifications for their futures as they try to build a new life together.  I enjoyed very much reading Jesse’s story even though it broke my heart seeing him dealing with his fears and his memories.  Ellie was her own brand of crazy and damaged, but she managed to stay strong not only for herself but for her twins. If you haven’t read along and this is the first novel in the series you’ve read,  don’t feel like you’ll be left behind because Jesse’s story can stand all on its own and you even get filled in a little bit so you can catch glimpses of the romances in the previous stories.  I loved getting to see Jesse getting out of his comfort zone and offering his help and himself to Ellie and her boys, while Ellie was the kind of woman that I find inspiring even as I know she’s not really a role model for me.  Ellie is a great mom, even as her personal life has atrophied and she devotes herself to her children even though her heart is slowly coming back to life as Jesse offers her a glimpse of the life she deserves.  Ellie has a few moments where I wanted to look at her and ask WTF, but she slowly got over her issues and found a way to truly open her heart.  Jesse was a good guy all around, even as he tried his hardest to keep himself from falling for Ellie and her boys, which of course turned out to be a pointless task.  I LOVED this story and I am really looking forward to whatever comes next for the Colorado High Country series and this Search and Rescue team. Pamela has a way with damaged characters and bringing together two people that don’t seem to go together on paper (sorry for the bad pun), but in the end become the perfect marriage of hearts and lives.  If you love a good romance, with some laughs, tears, passion and adventure, then this series is definitely worth adding to your shelves.  Thanks for the memorable experience Pamela; I am impatiently awaiting your next work of art.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Review: Tied to His Betrayal (Dirty Little Secrets #2)

Tied to His Betrayal (Dirty Little Secrets #2)

by Stacey Kennedy 

Darius Bennett can’t live without supreme control. A self-made billionaire, he’s rich enough to get anything—and any woman—he wants, yet he’s still haunted by a broken relationship. Five years ago, Darius let Taylor Erikson go because he knew he could never give her what she truly wanted: his heart. But the moment Taylor walks back into his life, bruised and beaten, Darius blames himself. To make good on his betrayal, he vows to help her heal—in and out of the sheets.
Once upon a time, Darius was Taylor’s world. Now his fierce embrace is exactly what she needs to get back on her feet. But Taylor pays a heavy price for her sizzling nights with Darius. As the emotional ties become stronger than ever and the paparazzi hunt her down for their next juicy story, Taylor must face some hard truths. They can’t go back. And to move forward, the key to loving Darius isn’t about keeping his secrets—it’s about exposing them.
Themes: Erotica, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 stars
Heat Rating: 
 Ok once again I am struck with a dilemma; I enjoyed this story very much, despite the fact that I really HATE reading romance novels in first person when the story jumps back and forth from POV to POV.  This was a story of second-chance-love for sure, but there were a lot of tears, a lot of really scary truths and a woman that has loved a man for years even when he pushed her away and she tried to find a way to survive without him. Darius pushed away Taylor many years ago, hoping to allow her to grow and experience life, even though it broke his own heart just as much as hers.  He believed he knew what was best for her and his decision has led to some really serious consequences that are coming to light currently.  Taylor has tried hard to move on with her life, but once again she finds herself depending on Darius and falling back in love with him.  She wants to be able to trust him with her heart, but deep down she knows he can’t change and truly offer what she needs because he is too stubborn and determined that he knows what the best course of action for all is. I liked Taylor even in the few moments that she was completely a wimp, her inner strength came out when she really needed it, but overall she was a character that I liked reading about.  Darius was kind of an ass most of the time, even if he was a sexy-as-hell ass.  Truly there were issues the man needed to come to terms with, but in the end when he finally pulled himself together and found the love that was always within his reach, I found I was rooting for him to get his HEA.  The chemistry between these two was off the charts, even though it was obviously difficult for them admit their feelings even all these years later.  The passion that carried them quickly into deep waters was sensual and hot enough to keep me reading even when I felt like putting down the book.  Overall I am liking this series, by one of my favorite erotic authors, but once the series ends, I hope (PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE) that Stacey returns to the standard third person POV which is where my heart and attention truly lies. Looking forward to the next two stories and finding out who seems to be after the DC men and the women that are grabbing their hearts.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: Kill Without Shame (ARES Security #2)

Kill Without Shame (ARES Security #2)

by Alexandra Ivy

Five brave military heroes have survived the hell of a Taliban prison to return home—and take on civilian missions no one else can. They’re the men of ARES Security. Highly skilled, intimidating, invincible, and one by one, tested again and again…
 Lucas St. Clair’s prestigious family had a political future neatly planned out for him—one that didn’t include his high school sweetheart, Mia Ramon. Under their pressure, Lucas gave her up. But since surviving captivity, he’s a changed man—and a crucial member of ARES Security. When he discovers a dead man clutching a picture of Mia that bears a threatening message, his fiercest protective instincts kick in, and he knows he must go to her.
 Mia has never forgiven Lucas for breaking her heart, and she’s convinced her feelings for him are in the past. But it’s soon clear that isn’t true for either of them. Now, determined to solve the crime and keep Mia safe, with his ARES buddies backing him up, Lucas will have to reconstruct the murder victim’s last days—and follow a lethal trail that leads right back to the fate of the woman he still loves…
Themes: Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 stars
Heat Rating: 
 Wow I have read a lot of second chance for love stories, but this story has got to be one of the most interesting and well-written I have read in a LONG time. I have read everything ever written by Alexandra Ivy and, though they vary in theme, heat, and length, I have never read one that I didn’t love and Kill Without Shame did not let me down.  Ivy has a way with both her characters and her writing that brings readers to her and makes them into loyal fans with the first read.  While the first story in this series led me to think this series was going to have a bit of the paranormal mixed in with the contemporary aspect, this second novel is straight contemporary and more than awesome all on its own.  Lucas left his hometown in Louisiana a long time ago, leaving behind the girl he loved, trying to escape the influence and unhappiness of his family life. Now that he has found his place in the world, when a threat to the woman that still holds his heart is presented to him, there is no way he won’t protect her and work to earn her forgiveness and love back.  Mia on the other hand is in no mood to forgive, even after Lucas repeatedly saves her life; soon it becomes obvious that the danger to Mia is very real and it isn’t going away.  Mia and Lucas—along with his friends and fellow ARES members—work to uncover the mysteries of the past in order to unmask the individual that looks to see Mia dead.  Full of intrigue, twists and turns, Lucas and Mia’s story is one that reminds us all that while love may be pushed to the back of our minds, our hearts never truly stop loving, even when doing so hurts.  I enjoyed getting to know more about the slick and suave Lucas St. Claire, seeing him give his all to solve the mystery surrounding his woman, while at the same time working to convince her that she can’t live without him any longer.  He is that guy that on the outside looks like he has everything he’s ever wanted and nothing bad ever sticks to him, but on the inside he is slowly bleeding out without the heart that Mia stole from him a decade earlier.  Mia is a woman that has made the best of her humble beginnings, becoming a successful business owner and putting her mark on her hometown, but she has never forgotten the young man that shattered her heart and has never been able to find someone to put it back together for her.  When Lucas comes back into her life, sharing the bad news that one of their childhood friends has been murdered, her world shifts in more way than one.  Now Mia can no longer deny that though he broke her heart, he also kept it for himself and until she can come to terms with that loss she will never be able to move on with her life. The passion between these two was off the charts, whether they are arguing, fighting for their lives, or coming together in the heat of the moment, there is no way to deny the spark they set off whenever they are in the vicinity of one another.  I loved this story and cannot wait for more in this series.  The other men of ARES are going to be intriguing to watch as they fall under love’s spell and I am looking forward to being a fly on the wall when they do.  And of course, we are all dying to find out who is threatening Hauk and see him kick some bad-guy ass. Ivy strikes gold again with her new ARES Security series and as long as she keeps these amazing and interesting stories coming my way, she will always have a fan in me. Thanks for the awesome escape from my rather mundane reality as I enter the world of the amazing men that are ARES.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Mini-Review: Tease Me, Baby (O'Connor Family #2)

Tease Me, Baby (O'Connor Family #2)

by Katie Reus

She never wanted perfection, but that’s what she finds.
Pastry chef, Fallon O’Connor is torn between her dreams and her obligations. Right before she reluctantly sets off for a degree she doesn’t want, she’s reeling from a mind-blowing encounter with Mr. Perfect. But one sexy, toe-curling kiss isn’t nearly enough when a Boy Scout like Sheriff Fulton lights her fire.
After one delectable taste, he’s never letting her go.
Brad Fulton would do anything for more time with Fallon. After all, he’s wanted a chance with her ever since she moved back to town. And just when things start to heat up, Fallon starts packing her bags—for a future without him. Now, it’s up to Brad to show Fallon that everything she’s ever wanted is right in Holly, North Carolina. But can Fallon trust her heart enough to stay?
Themes: Contemporary, Novella
Rating: 3.75 stars
Heat Rating: 
 This story is the second in a series set in the year-round-Christmas town known as Holly, NC.  I didn’t realize when I read the first story that it would be turned into a series, but I’m thrilled to be able to see a return of these characters and this special town. The story kicks off with a serious bang, but then simmers nicely as Brad and Fallon get to know each other a little better. I enjoyed the story very much and can see that the H/H were meant to be and just need a little timeline to give them both a push towards their destinies and their new life together. Brad is an alpha male to the core, but even when he is being commanding and macho he is still sweet and considerate to his woman and what woman wouldn’t melt for that.  Fallon is at a crossroads in her life and can’t decide which direction to take in her life.  Starting a relationship with Brad is not making her decision any more clear, but thankfully she begins to believe in herself and her dreams in time for Brad to have a chance to steal her heart.  I loved seeing these two circling one another and losing their minds in the passionate chemistry they shared.  It is obvious that these two will be together for a long time to come and the passion won’t be dying anytime soon.  If you like a good steamy romance with a lot of sweetness and love thrown in, then Tease Me, Baby is just the story to read on a lonely evening. I am looking forward to the next story in the series and seeing more of Fallon’s family falling in love. This series is one that surprised me, but with the chemistry and strength of characters I have come to expect from Katie, this story is magic and I have no regrets about jumping into another series with both feet.

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