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Chrissy’s Review: Playing Defense by Aven Ellis

Playing Defense (Dallas Demons #5)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, LLC, 2017

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book? 
I did. I read Playing Defense every free chance I had, and as with all of Ms. Ellis’s books, I loved it. I was left with that happy, giddy feeling I always have at the end of her stories.

Playing Defense follows JP Rochat and Reese Brannon through their fast relationship. These characters are young. There were a few times I just wanted them to talk to each other instead of listening to others and not getting the whole story. But that’s the beauty of being the reader, I know what’s happening even when the characters do not. I also wanted more Real.Life.Reese. and hockey. There was quite a bit, but I just wanted more.

Their romance was sweet. I loved their competitiveness. I loved that Reese wasn’t afraid to post her non-healthy treats–Oreos! And I loved seeing what the other characters were up to, especially Harrison and Kylie!

 

Would I recommend it? Yep! I sure would.

 

Chrissy

 

About the book – from Goodreads: After a string of bad set-ups and boring dates, Reese Brannon is done with men. She’s focused on her job as a fitness model and blogger. Her life in the city is fun. She’s young. There’s no need to look for a man because she doesn’t want one. Especially when relationships usually end in heartbreak.

Jean-Pierre Rochat—known as JP— is done with women. All this Swiss hockey player has ever wanted is to fall in love, but his relationships never end with a happily ever after. Believing he’s always going to be dealt the friend card, JP is over it. If he’s going to be stuck in the friend zone, he’ll keep things casual for his new endgame.

But will one hot Dallas summer night change everything for Reese and JP?

Because when the two meet again when JP returns for hockey season, Reese finds her attraction to him hasn’t waned since their first meeting. Charming and intelligent, JP is different in all the right ways, but Reese realizes letting him in will make her vulnerable, something that terrifies her. JP never forgot Reese from their initial introduction last winter, and the sparks fly for him even more so the second time. But with Reese, his thoughts are anything but casual . . .

Can JP and Reese let their guards down to take a chance on love? Or will this simply be a game of playing defense?

 

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: Waiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis

Waiting For Prince Harry (Dallas Demons, #1)Waiting for Prince Harry
written by Aven Ellis
published by Aven Ellis, 2014

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Did I enjoy this book: 
This book is adorable!!! Poor Kylie is an introvert, but her family seems to ignore this. In an attempt to escape them, she bumps into a strange man who entices her to stop and talk for a bit. They have deep conversations and a strong connection, but she never learns his identity. As fate would have it, he finds her a few days later–and she learns that he is the star of the Dallas hockey team. We spend the rest of the book attempting to navigate their complicated attempt at a relationship.

This is the first book in a series about the “Dallas Demons” hockey team.

 

Would I recommend it: Absolutely! This is a fun read. The characters are well written and the whole plot is fun. Even the low points weren’t really all that sad. I’m looking to add the next books in the series to my To Be Read pile!

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer…Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it…

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Save the Date by Aven Ellis

Save the Date (Chicago on Ice #3)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soulmate Publishing, 2017

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book? 
Of course I did! It’s an Aven Ellis book! Seriously, this author has yet to disappoint me.

Save the Date is another fun, sweet, romantic hockey romance. Collins Brady is an event planner who dreams of working with horses and riders. Luca Ballerini is the new Chicago Buffaloes goalie who has a work ethic many rookies do not possess. When they find each other, Collins and Luca are a great match. From the beginning, their chemistry was evident. Of course, there were some ups and downs, but their story will make you swoon.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely!

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Chicago event planner Collins Brady knows how to make the magic happen for her clients. From elaborate weddings to cute baby showers, Collins knows what to do to make an experience breathtakingly perfect. In her mind, she adds the sparkle that makes everything shine.

If only she had that same sparkle in her personal life.

While she’s good at her job, her true career dreams lie elsewhere. If she could do anything, it would be to become an equestrian riding instructor. That dream, however, is shelved due to practicality. And that’s not the only thing Collins has shelved. After ending a relationship with her college sweetheart, Collins has taken her heart out of the game, too. She wonders if that magical kind of love can exist. But maybe it’s only a fantasy.

Or is it? All of that changes the night she meets Luca Ballerini, the rookie goalie for the Chicago Buffaloes. Passionate and fiercely determined, Luca has only made time for hockey in his life—until he meets Collins. Her spark hasn’t escaped him, and now Luca wants something other than his hockey career.

But following their dreams and hearts isn’t always easy. Can Collins and Luca find a way to live their dreams with each other?

Will love get past them? Or will this goalie make a perfect save of Collins’ heart?

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Sugar and Ice by Aven Ellis

Sugar and Ice (Rinkside in the Rockies #1)
written by Aven Ellis
published by RJM Publishing, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I loved it. Of course I did. I read it every free chance I had. I didn’t want to put it down!

Josephine is a baker who loves her job testing recipes for Bake It! Magazine, but she’s looking for more. Cade is a forward for the Denver Mountain Lions hockey team with a reputation for being fierce. They are both passionate about their jobs, and when they meet due to a faulty oven, sparks fly. Ms. Ellis knows how to write a relationship that will make you happy and giddy and hope for the two main characters to find their happily ever after. I just smiled and giggled and did a few happy dances throughout this story. It is one of my favorites from Ms. Ellis. Truly.

I can’t wait for the next Rinkside in the Rockies book!

 

 

Would I recommend it: Do you have to ask? Of course! Read it! Read every book by Ms. Ellis. =)

 

Chrissy

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Sugar and Ice is the first full-length novel in the Rinkside in the Rockies Series by Aven Ellis!

Josephine Rossi has recovered from a broken heart, but has vowed that she’s all about the desserts now as a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. Cheesecake never breaks your heart. Unless it cracks on the top, but still, it tastes amazing if you bake it just right. She knows what to do in the kitchen as far as making luscious desserts. Men? Apparently she’s not so good at figuring them out, so she refuses to bother. Josephine knows it is safer to stay in the kitchen than to take another chance with her heart.

Denver Mountain Lions forward Cade Callahan is passionate about hockey, but is also about finding love. He thought he had it once, but a disastrous romance last holiday season has him keeping his heart in check. While he’s fearless on the ice, he’s guarded with his heart. Cade is determined history won’t repeat itself again. He won’t let his guard down until he’s certain he’s met The One.

However, Cupid’s arrow might just strike when these two least expect it. When an oven goes out, and a cheesecake for testing has to be baked, and Cade just happens to live in the same building with a working oven…Well, things other than cheesecake might just heat up in the kitchen. Can these two passionate people learn to trust their hearts again? Can love override fear for Josephine and Cade? And will they find the combination of sugar and ice is the sweetest one of all?

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: On Thin Ice by Aven Ellis

On Thin Ice (Dallas Demons #4)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really did! It was a book that I read every free chance I had, as I do with all of Ms. Ellis’s books. Seriously, if you haven’t read her stuff yet, go and read it. Just do it!

On Thin Ice is a great addition to the Dallas Demons series. I loved getting to know Nate Johansson’s little sister, Holly, better in this book. She is a homebody, a Harry Potter fan, and a writer. And she has a secret. We also get to see a very different side to Matt Rhinelander. He isn’t the guy everyone thinks he is, and Holly sees him as he truly is. Their chemistry is fantastic and you can’t help but want these two to make it. Nate got on my nerves a bit in this book, but that’s what big brothers do. Big brothers are overprotective and think they know what’s best for their little sisters. You have to love him for that.

This is another great read from Ms. Ellis. I loved it from beginning to end.

 

Would I recommend it: Absolutely!!!

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Holly Johansson knows some things in her life are certain after college graduation:

1.) It’s a long road to become a full-time author. 2.) She’ll need to work to pay her bills. 3.) And Dallas Demons superstar Matt Rhinelander will never return her feelings.

Holly knows her unrequited crush on the partying hockey player is ridiculous. There’s no way Matt would be attracted to a woman who prefers nights in watching TV or reading books when he’s known for his frequent bar hops and fast lifestyle. Obviously he would never see her as anything other than his teammate’s little sister.

Yet Holly is drawn to the other side of Matt—the man she knows has always been thoughtful and easy to talk to whenever she’s been alone with him. It is this Matt that fueled the crush Holly has on him. And she knows it will always be just that—a secret crush.

Or will it?

Because when Matt helps Holly through a crisis, her heart begins to believe that there might be feelings on his part, too. After a night of hard partying puts Matt in jeopardy with the Dallas Demons, can Holly be the one to save him? And when Matt admits he sees her as more than Nate Johansson’s sister, will it put both of them on thin ice?

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Green Tea Latte To Go by Aven Ellis

green-tea-latte-to-goGreen Tea Latte To Go
written by Aven Ellis
published by RJM Publishing, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy it. It kept me reading and left me with a smile on my face.

Payton is a fashion and lifestyle blogger who loves all things Duchess Catherine. Brooks is an exotic pet vet from England. When the two meet at the coffee shop one morning, a connection is formed. This connection is fueled during a rather adventurous trip to the vet with one of Payton’s concierge client’s pet pigs, Mr. Not Bacon. (I love that name for the pig!) Although Payton is young, early twenties, she has a good head on her shoulders and she is really making something with her blog. She has the business of blogging down, even though her parents don’t see that. She’s making a name for herself, and she should be proud. Brooks is a sweet man getting over a broken heart. Their relationship is fast but sweet. They go together. I loved that Brooks was so supportive of Payton and her blogging. He got her and her dream.

Green Tea Latte To Go is a sweet romance that will keep you turning pages.

4 stars

Would I recommend it: Sure! I love Ms. Ellis’s books.

 

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Perfect Drink: Green tea latte with coconut milk and raw honey.

Perfect Fashion Icon: The Duchess of Cambridge. Always on point with her fashion, dressing appropriately for every occasion and not afraid to recycle things from her wardrobe, I truly admire her class and style.

Perfect Place: Seattle.

Perfect Activity for Relaxation: Yoga. I’m terrible at it, but I’m determined to perfect downward dog. Someday.

For Seattle blogger Payton James, life is all about trying to achieve perfection. Payton is determined to be her best self in all areas, and she refuses to rest until she achieves it.

However, an imperfect moment in a coffee shop completely changes Payton’s life. When her drink order gets switched by mistake, Payton finds herself face-to-face with a gorgeous British man named Brooks. Payton is instantly attracted to the witty stranger who is quick with his words—and has a beautiful smile.

Brooks is an exotic veterinarian with a huge passion for animals. Heartache in his past has led him to focusing on his career out of fear of getting hurt again. But there’s something about Payton that makes this vet want to know more about the bubbly blogger he has met via fate—and has him reconsidering his stance on love.

But will Brooks ever be free of his fears to truly open his heart? And will Payton’s drive for perfection cost her the one thing she loves most? Or will she learn to embrace imperfections?

And maybe perfect is the one thing Payton doesn’t want after all . . .

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Trivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis

Trivial PursuitsTrivial Pursuits (Chicago on Ice #2)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soulmate Publishing, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I could just leave the five-star graphic and walk away. That says it all. But I’ll tell you a bit about how much I liked the latest book from one of my favorite authors, Aven Ellis.

I. LOVED. IT.

In true Aven Ellis style, Trivial Pursuits has a great heroine, a hot hockey player, some quirky friends and relatives, and a fabulous story. We get to see what Landon (Landy), the playboy and selfie king, and Livy, a jewelry designer, are up to in this Chicago on Ice book. We even see a bit of Aubrey from The Aubrey Rules (see my review here–5 stars, of course!), the book where we first met Livy and Landon. Livy and Landon are so cute together. I love how they met. They each have their own trust and relationship issues. But they work well together. Their chemistry is fantastic.

My favorite character, hands down, was Nana. 😉 I loved her. I never laughed so hard out loud while reading a book! Nana’s scenes had me cracking up, especially during the Connectivity chat scene when the family comes in. It was hilarious! (I’m not going to give it away . . . you have to get the book and read it. So funny!) I really hope to see more from Nana in the future!

This is a fantastic read. It was sweet, romantic, funny.

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Would I recommend it: YES!! ABSOLUTELY!!! You should really just read ALL of Ms. Ellis’s books. Seriously.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Landon Holder is exactly the kind of man Livy Adams should stay far away from.

The flashy, flirty star defenseman for the Chicago Buffaloes is known for hooking up with women all over Chicago. Livy finds herself attracted to Landy, but his sexy good looks and charm are irrelevant. She had her heart shattered by a cheating athlete in college, and Livy vows she will never let her judgment lapse like that ever again.

Yet Livy knows she can’t spend the rest of her life focusing on building her jewelry line during the day and her evenings playing TriviaPlayOrPass! on her phone, either. Even though she does have fabulous conversations with a player named Scott, it’s time to get back in the game—in real life. While Livy tries to figure out her career path in jewelry design, she knows it’s time to take a chance on romance again, too.

But in a strange twist of fate, Livy finds herself getting to know Landy on a much deeper level. Sometimes people aren’t always as they appear to be. Just like a diamond, you have to look closely to see true clarity.

As Livy unwraps the layers around Landy to see the man behind the image, will she have a change of heart? Can she leave her past behind for a future with Landy? Or is it all a game of trivial pursuits?

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Breakout by Aven Ellis

BreakoutBreakout (Dallas Demons #3)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, 2015

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
Do I even need to say it? I mean, really, if you’ve been reading EFC for a while, you know Ms. Ellis is a favorite, go-to author of mine. So, you should already know that I loved Breakout. 

As with all of Ms. Ellis’s books, Breakout made me happy, giddy, angry, frustrated, elated, etc. All the feelings were there. Lexi and Niko have fantastic chemistry. It could be felt from their first interaction dodging a hockey puck all the way through to the end. Lexi is a great main character. She can definitely hold her own and she knows her hockey. I loved it when she put Kimberlee in her place. I also liked that she wanted to keep her job on her own and that she didn’t want to use her parents’ money to survive. And I loved that she didn’t flaunt her wealth. Niko is a sweetheart. And he is a good match for Lexi. They each have their insecurities, and those insecurities become major obstacles. Lexi’s biggest insecurity is her fear of abandonment. I think Ms. Ellis handled Lexi’s adoption issues well.

The end left me satisfied and happy. Breakout is another win for Ms. Ellis.

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Would I recommend it: If you couldn’t guess . . . YES!!! Read every single one of Ms. Ellis’s books. Now. Go. =) Seriously.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
While Texas is known for loving football, Lexi Stewart has always been drawn to the ice. Hockey is her passion, and she wants nothing more than to pursue a career in video editing for the home network of the Dallas Demons hockey team.

Lexi has an editing job for a corporate account, but it’s not fulfilling. Nor is her dating life, despite having the so-called help of The One Online Dating Service. Lexi knows there has to be more for her—on both fronts. She’s ready to take the next step, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen anytime soon.

Until a flying puck changes everything.

Niko Xenakis is the new Dallas Demons TV producer, and he’s looking to make his mark in his new role and hopefully work his way back to his hometown of Baltimore. But once he meets Lexi, he might just change his mind on what he wants for his future . . .

But the road to love is never easy, complicated by the fact that they both carry emotional baggage from the past in their hearts. Can these two “breakout”of the past to find love in the present?

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: The Aubrey Rules by Aven Ellis

The Aubrey RulesThe Aubrey Rules (Chicago On Ice #1)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soulmate Publishing, 2015

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
YES!!! I LOVED IT!!!! I could end the review right here, but I won’t. I will warn you: this is a gushing review. It was that good.

Seriously, I love this book. I was supposed to read another book for a tour before I read this one, but I really needed an Aven Ellis fix. And, boy, did I get my fix! I may have read this while eating meals. I may have read this while walking from the parking lot to parent orientation at my kids’ school. I may have read it while waiting in line for something at said orientation. I may have read it while walking back to my car. And while I may have been doing this reading, I was smiling, giggling, and stifling a few SQUEEEEEs. I’m sure I received a few “looks,” but I was too busy reading to notice. 😉 I love Ms. Ellis’s books. Love them.

The Aubrey Rules was fantastic. I haven’t laughed, squee’d, or been downright giddy over a book as much as I did with this one. It was a fun story. The characters were great. Aubrey made me laugh. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. I loved how she spoke her mind at the end. Beckett was a sweetheart. He was a great leading guy. And I’d call him Captain Smart (or Sexy) Ass as well. These two had phenomenal chemistry. I can’t wait for the next Chicago On Ice book. Hell, I can’t wait for the next Aven Ellis book!!

Would I recommend it: Read it. Now. Go.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Some of the Aubrey Rules to Live By:

*If I’m going to indulge in French fries, I must add extra time to the treadmill the next day.
*Always keep your work and private life separate.
*Being open to new experiences will never involve eating kale.
*Never, ever date a professional athlete.

For Chicago social media professional Aubrey Paige, the rules are everything. So much so that Aubrey has painstakingly written her rules for living into a polka-dot Kate Spade notebook that she carries with her at all times. It’s her personal guidebook to living her life. These rules are the Holy Grail—ones never to be broken. They guide her actions for everything, from dealing with workplace drama to finding a great guy to date. After all, these are her own rules, built from her life experiences and observations. So they have to be perfect, right?

Or are they?

Because when Aubrey meets a cute Canadian, she suddenly finds her rules being tested and challenged in ways she never dreamed possible. Beckett Riley is the shy, quiet, determined captain of the Chicago Buffaloes, a hockey team on the verge of turning the corner to becoming a winning organization. He’s Aubrey’s opposite, with so many qualities that Aubrey had listed as ones she’d never want in a man.

Yet Aubrey finds herself drawn to Beckett in ways she’s never known. And when she unexpectedly finds herself working with Beckett, she wonders if rules are meant to be broken after all . . .

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Connectivity by Aven Ellis

ConnectivityConnectivity
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, 2013

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really did. My only complaint is that I didn’t read it sooner. I should have read it the moment I got my hands on it. Silly, silly, me. Why didn’t I? But, I digress . . .

Seriously, Ms. Ellis can tell a fabulous story. Connectivity will draw you in and won’t let you go until the end. This is the book that started it all. Connectivity–the social media site–is mentioned in ALL of Ms. Ellis’s books. I love that. You’ll smile, squeal, laugh . . . I could go on. I loved watching MK and William grow and change over the course of this book.

Connectivity is one of those books that leaves you with a giddy smile at the end . . . a giddy smile that will appear whenever you think of MK and William.

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Would I recommend it: Yes, yes, yes. Read it. In fact, read all of Ms. Ellis’s books.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.

MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.

But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.

Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well…

 

 

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