Until You (At First Sight #3) Audiobook by T.J. Klune Narrated by Michael Lesley

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/until-you-by-tj-klune-8555-b

Blurb

Sequel to The Queen & the Homo Jock King

Together with their families and friends

Paul Auster

and

Vincent Taylor

request the honor of your company at the celebration of their marriage.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

OH. My. GOD!

This was SOOOOO funny. But also, unexpectedly touching, too. With some crazy smexy times thrown in for good measure.

(This is the third book in the series – the first two reviewed here: http://openskyebookreviews.com/?s=tell+me+it%27s+real+klune)

This is not a standalone – it’s full of “inside jokes” and things that only make sense if you’ve been reading the series all along. And it’s HYSTERICAL. OH MAN. I literally laughed out loud so often I had to leave the room so my husband could sleep. I snorted and almost cried, too.

Things I ADORED: The feelings. Yes – Vince can be sappy and so can Paul – but also Daddy and Sandy and –what? – Darren too? And the folks and – well pretty much everyone spills feelings all over this book. The GPS. That Bitch made me a fan of TJ from the first moment I read Tell Me It’s Real. It was one of the first times I felt the need to pull over and stop the car because I was laughing so hard. She’s back in this book and even bitchier! The Bros. O.M.G! When Corey and Sandy decide they can be bros and take a tour of the horse farm- I really almost peed my pants. The wedding. It was spectacular and wonderful and just as I’d expected. Jeremy and his father. Yes! I really want to hear about both of these men in a longer story. Daddy is a character I’ve loved from day one and I know Klune is comfortable about writing older figures (See Jack and Jackie) so it would be fantastic if we can see their story unfold from the beginning. Corey/Kori is another angst-fest waiting to happen – I can tell- but it seems like her Jeremy has a good, solid head on his shoulders and won’t be prone to any nonsense.

All in all this was so much fun to read, surprisingly touching, non-surprisingly hysterical and such a nice way to catch up to old friends and meet new ones! (The audio will probably make my head explode with it’s greatness!)

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Gah! This was SOOOO funny. First you think it really can’t be more funny than reading it, right? Well – it’s different funny. In my head the jokes play out one way and in Michael Lesley’s mind another, so it’s a different funny and so you get two sets of experience! I adored listening to this! I laughed out loud and I found Michael’s special effects wonderful! There’s a crowd scene (you know where!), a Sat Nav voice (The evil bitch!), the phone, and more… all these extra touches which just make this already fabulous story rocket out of the stratosphere.

Favorite moment: Being Bros.  I couldn’t even stop laughing.  I was crying so hard!  I can’t wait for Kori’s story!!!!

So… if you haven’t already bought it – do it! But make sure you’ve read/listened to the others in the series first.

6 of 5 stars

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Lord Mouse Audiobook by Mason Thomas Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Lord-Mouse-Audiobook/B06XH41R6Q?qid=1498022959&sr=1-1

Blurb

Scoundrel by nature and master thief by trade, Mouse is the best there is. Sure, his methods may not make him many friends, but he works best alone anyway. And he has never failed a job.
But that could change.
When a stranger with a hefty bag of gold seduces him to take on a task, Mouse knows he’ll regret it. The job? Free Lord Garron, the son of a powerful duke arrested on trumped up charges in a rival duchy. Mouse doesn’t do rescue missions. He’s no altruistic hero, and something about the job reeks. But he cannot turn his back on that much coin – enough to buy a king’s pardon for the murder charge hanging over his head.
Getting Garron out of his tower prison is the easy part. Now, they must escape an army of guardsmen, a walled keep and a city on lockdown, and a ruthless mage using her power to track them. Making matters worse, Mouse is distracted by Garron’s charm and unyielding integrity. Falling for a client can lead to mistakes. Falling for a nobleman can lead to disaster. But Mouse is unprepared for the dangers behind the plot to make Lord Garron disappear.

Review

“Prison Break with gays and magic”

This was a really fun book and felt very fresh and original.
Mouse, our hero, is a scoundrel with a heart of gold. He’s a thief who
only robs from the rich to help keep his father out of trouble. He takes
on a high risk high paying job to rescue a foreign noble who’s been
unjustly imprisoned.
Mouse has a couple of no strings attached flings with other men as he’s
preparing for the job, which added to the gritty atmosphere and gave us a
look at our hero as a mature, sexually liberated man, a refreshing change
from the nearly virginal wholesome leads we too often see.

Mouse delightfully subverts tropes by being sexually dominant (aks top)
despite being a smaller man. Far far too often we see all bottoms are
small guys while all tops are big strapping manly men, so this change is
refreshing and interesting. It’s also refreshing to see a small wiry man
as a bit of a sex symbol.

The noble that Mouse is set to rescue, Garron, proves to be a complex man
in his own right, muscular and handsome, he’s still gentle and sensitive,
which complicates Mouse’s job of getting them both out safely. Sparks fly
quickly between them and their relationship develops briskly but it felt
natural and didn’t intrude on the action.

There’s a really tense and gripping journey through the castle where
Garron was imprisoned. At heart the book is a prison break, just set in a
quasi-middle ages castle. Mouse is quick witted and ruthless, with many
costume changes, subterfuge and no shortage of violence in his pursuit of
their freedom.

After a tightly plotted beginning and middle the ending felt a bit rushed
but it’s a small complaint out of a delightful adventure. I look forward
to more from the author and hope we haven’t seen the last of Lord Mouse.
Joel Leslie, one of the best narrators out there, elevates the reading to
a performance and breathes life into the characters.

5 stars

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Survey by Sean Crisden for a new podcast!

Sean Crisden, one of our favorite narrators, is “flirting with creating a podcast to deliver narrated romance, erotic romance and/or erotica straight to listeners”. He made a survey for listeners to take so that he can get a feel for what folks would like to see. He’d love to get our feedback!

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See Me Audiobook Tour by KC Wells!

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Narrated By: Joel Leslie
 
Blurb



Adrian DeSoto spent most of his time in high school being bullied and beaten up, simply because he was perceived as gay. Always slight, effeminate, he was the perfect victim for guys like Martin Cavanaugh, one of the high school jocks. When it all got too much, Adrian was faced with two options, one more devastating than the other. Eleventh grade saw a new Adrian, one who hid his fears and pain behind a mask in a bid to survive.


Eleven years later, and Adrienne is one of the top drag acts in Orlando. She’s fierce, funny, and exuberant. A face from the past gives her a shock, and after that there’s only one thing on her mind – revenge.


Marty Cavanaugh has a particular kink. He loves it when a drag queen goes down on him. But that’s as far as it goes. He won’t admit to himself what’s under that tight fitting dress. And then he meets Adrienne and his whole world goes into a tailspin…


Warning – Contains men in drag, honey! You have been warned.



June 26 – Open Skye Book Reviews, The Geekery Book Review
June 28 – Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Bonkers About Books, RAM PA Group, The Power Of Three Readers
June 30 – My Fiction Nook
July 3 – Making It Happen
July 5 – We Three Queens, Alpha Book Club, Boy Meets Boy Reviews, Love To Read Romance Books, MM Good Book Reviews, Rainbow Gold Reviews

 
 
 
 

Author Bio


Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a mÈnage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wingsówriting about men in love was even hotterÖ.


K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit itÖ it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.


And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longerÖ and longerÖ.


K.C. loves to hear from readers.


E-mail: k.c.wells@btinternet.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld
Twitter: @K_C_Wells
Website: http://www.kcwellsworld.com

Narrator Bio


Joel Leslie is a UK transplant, growing up with American parents in a British commonwealth. A classically trained actor with an MFA in theatre from USC, he is often cast for his unique ability to deliver native, authentic combinations of American and British sounds. Among the m/m series he records are NR Walkerís Red Dirt Heart, Haley Walshís Skyler Foxe Mysteries, Sloane Kennedyís Protectors, Adam Carpenterís Jimmy McSwain Files, Perie Woolfordís Sam Dorseyís Gay Popcorn, and Smith and LeNoirís Blackballed trilogy. His great range and ability to bring characters to life with honesty, wit and versatility delights producers and listeners alike.
He is proud to have a strong following with m/m listeners and an ongoing relationship with some of the finest writers in the genre. He loves that every day he gets to share these beautiful, inspirational and empowering GLBT characters with the world. When not in the booth he spends his time chasing after two loquacious wiener dogs. He records projects outside of the m/m genre under the name Joel Froomkin. Visit www.joelleslienarration.com for more and friend him on facebook at Joel Leslie Froomkin.

 
 

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Moving Maverick: A Made Marian Novel (Made Marian Book 5) Audiobook by Lucy Lennox Narrated by: Michael Pauley

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Moving-Maverick-Audiobook/B06Y273LHF?qid=1497811532&sr=1-3

Blurb

“Do you remember what you promised?”
Maverick: I haven’t been back to Rabbit Island, South Carolina, since my parents died and my grandmother, Mimi, rejected me. I’m only returning now to attend her funeral and sell an estate I never wanted. But the moment I step foot on the island and fall into Beau’s arms, I realize it might not be so easy to say goodbye after all.

Beau Talmadge was always the boy next door, but now he’s no longer a kid. The man is hot as hell and pushes all my buttons in the very best way. I’m supposed to leave in a week. Sell everything, close the door on my past, and walk away forever. So why am I letting myself fall for someone who lives thousands of miles away? And how the hell am I going to break it off when it’s time to go?

“That I’d come back.”

Beau: It took one short summer to fall in love with Maverick Mitchell and fifteen long years to forget him when he left. I’d never expected to see him again, but when he shows up at Mimi’s funeral looking lost and lonely I can’t resist doing anything I can to comfort him. Falling into bed with Maverick is easy and the nights we spend together are as hot and steamy as a South Carolina thunderstorm.

I know it’s not smart. I know it’s not what he planned. But dammit, Mav belongs in my arms, in my bed, and in my life. So how the hell do I get him to stay?

“Took you long enough.”

Fair warning: Moving Maverick is a 73k word gay romance novel featuring sweet tea vodka, fancy salt and pepper shakers, guys catching crabs (not that kind), Aunt Tilly with a knife, and multiple detailed instances of man parts touching.

Moving Maverick is the fifth book in the best-selling Made Marian series. It can be read on its own but is much more fun read as part of the series. The series begins with Borrowing Blue and each book follows a Marian brother’s se

Review

This is one of those stories that I have to divide into two parts. There were the parts I loved and the parts I really hated.

Loved: The outer banks! Man! There’s so much flavor and charm and the whole “Rabbit Island” and the carvings and … so much! I loved that!

Beau: He’s just perfect. Sweet, hot, funny, fun, smart – the whole package.

The HEA: Happy and lovely and a great solution for everyone!

Hated: Maverick’s grandmother’s “reason” for why Maverick was put into foster care. It’s just ridiculous. I guess you can say that grief will make people do stupid things but this was just above and beyond and it definitely affected my willingness to enjoy this story.

Maverick’s inability to see the answer to all their problems when it was hitting him in the face. He has the love of his life in his arms and he can’t see what needs to be done? Soooooo frustrating.

Maverick himself sort of falls into an in between category – I wanted him to appreciate Beau more than he did.

Michael Pauley did his perfectly wonderful job narrating as he does the others, but I’d wished he’d done more with the accents.

All in all I was enthralled enough to listen all the way through and I was definitely pleased with the end results but I had moments where I wanted to punch someone too.

As a result I’m giving this a 3 of 5 stars because it really was a split decision.

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Slim Chance 
by Jeff Erno


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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/slim-chance-by-jeff-erno-8613-b

Blurb
Can a man improve his appearance without losing everything good inside him?

Oliver has always been obese and suffered from a negative body image. He’s tried diets before, failing time after time, but he vows this time will be different. As he begins an exercise program, his confidence increases—and so does his interest in his friend and coworker Benjy. Though they bonded long ago over a love of online gaming, it takes a lot of courage for Oliver to share his new body and be intimate with another man.

A passionate romance blooms, but as Oliver nears his goal, it seems he doesn’t need Benjy—with his chronic anxiety and troubled past—now that he’s made attractive new friends at the gym. But not all relationships are equal, and Oliver realizes that Benjy, who loved and supported him when no one else did, is more than a reminder of his old life.

A pleasing appearance means nothing when it hides a lonely, empty heart, and if Oliver cannot decide what’s truly important, he’ll lose what he cherishes most

Review

This is very much a story of self awareness and self esteem. Oliver makes a firm decision to lose weight and Benjy supports him. At the beginning Oliver is so judgmental not only of himself but also of Benjy. He values fitting in with what he views as being socially acceptable, not being overweight and not having anxiety problems etc.

Oliver and Benjy’s friendship develops further to hesitant lovers and a relationship. It is disappointing that whilst Benjy tries to understand and help Oliver, Oliver doesn’t try to do the same about Benjy’s issues. At those times Oliver is not a likable character. Several times towards the end I exasperatedly thought ‘oh Oliver’ but he comes good in the end.

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It’s a good moral story. Treat others as you want to be treated and not to judge others. I liked the blurb and the idea of the story but something was missing and I can’t put my finger on it.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Men In Uniform: Coach’s Challenge (Scoring Chances #5) by Avon Gale

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/coachs-challenge-by-avon-gale-8609-b

Blurb

It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds out the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression—especially when Shane’s rough good looks have Troy thinking inappropriate thoughts about a player, even if he’s set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon, and with a team that doesn’t trust him, Troy, or each other. Despite his determination not to get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff, out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything.

Review

Avon Gale is one of my favorite authors – ever! She is very gifted at writing humor and romance – together – which isn’t easy. But – in addition- she really knows how to pull at your heartstrings, too. And then you’re laughing through tears which is an amazing feeling.

 

I love her hockey series best (so far). Her love of the sport is evident and it comes through in her writing.  Since I’m such a fan, it’s hard not to compare one book to the other – though each book is very different. So, I distance myself from my fangirl-love and try to look at each story on it’s own merits.

 

So, if I’m not comparing this story to others in the series, and I’m looking at this as a book on its own – there is absolutely no question that it was EXCELLENT! There’s a lot of humor and the hockey is good. The general storyline is also solid.

 

My favorite aspect of this particular couple is their need to bicker with one another. It’s pretty hysterical – and then – all of a sudden – they’re having some really hot sex! The chemistry between these guys is phenomenal. (There is a particular scene where some tender things get expressed in the middle of fight – EPIC – so funny!)

 

I’ll only say that the lack of a character like Lane or Max is really the only thing that makes this “not my favorite in the series”. Neither of these guys is nerdish or terribly awkward and I ADORE those types of characters, so… But that’s about it. This is wonderful and everyone who loves this series MUST read it and yet it stands alone beautifully as well.

 

4.5 of 5 stars

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Review by Dee

Another excellent addition to the Scoring Chances series!

Shane is a closeted player who is playing his last season with a team that has had a troubled past year, particularly with a homophobic coach. Troy is the new head coach trying to turn said team around. Shane does not make a good first impression with Troy (he’s late to the first practice), but despite that, there is an instant attraction between the two men. The book is humourous, (the team mates provide some comic relief, especially Evans), and the storyline is interesting and fun. There is light suspense and a bit of a twist –all which serve to make an excellent book. The banter and chemistry between Shane and Troy is great.

I liked that both MC’s were slightly older; mid 30’s (Shane) and mid 40’s (Troy). They both sounded like they were mature …for the most part … except when they decide to blow each other in public areas (not that I’m complaining, LOL!)

Any of the books can be read as a standalone and this is no exception – I loved it!

 4.5 of 5 stars

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Bobby and the Beast: A Gay Twink Romance Fairy Tale by Mark Pace Narrated by Eugenia Woods

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Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Bobby-and-the-Beast-Audiobook/B012YLP5PM/ref=a_listener__c1_2_3_i

Blurb

Prince Christopher is as conceited as he is handsome. After his overwhelming ego offends an evil sorcerer, Christopher is robbed of the source of all his arrogance: his looks. Transformed into a hideous beast, Prince Christopher has only a limited time to fulfill a near-impossible condition or the curse will remain with him forever.

Bobby Farmer is a stunning and innocent twink. When Bobby’s father is imprisoned as a trespasser at Prince Christopher’s castle, Bobby offers himself in his father’s place, and Prince Christopher accepts the brave young man’s deal.

It isn’t long before a friendship begins to blossom between the happy-go-lucky Bobby and the newly-humbled Prince. Friendship isn’t enough to lift the sorcerer’s shapeshifting curse, and unless Prince Christopher can win Bobby’s heart, his fate will be sealed…. But as the Prince-turned-beast wonders, how can a man whose beauty is more than skin-deep ever come to love a creature such as himself?

 

Review

This is a very familiar interpretation of Beauty and the Beast. With the
exception of the beauty being a young gay man, it’s very similar to the
Disney version. I love fairy tales, and there aren’t many good gay fairy
tales out there, so I was glad to see this, and would listen to any future
gay fairy tale releases from this author.

I’d have liked the story to have brought in more twists and surprises. The
story was well told, and of course fairy tales are expected to follow a
familiar path, but I’d have liked to see the author put more of his own
stamp on the story.

The story was very pg – maybe even g rated. The story would be suitable
for all ages. I think some adult content could’ve spiced things up, but
that would’ve been a different story.

The narrator did a good job, although I think a female reader was an
unusual choice to tell a gay male fairy tale.

4 of 5 stars

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Chief’s Mess (Anchor Point #3) by L.A. Witt

Riptide Presents

http://riptidepublishing.com/chiefs-mess

Blurb

Anthony Talbot is in Anchor Point to visit family, but after two days of strife, he needs a break. A local gay bar is calling his name.

When Chief Noah Jackson sees that red head stroll into the club, he immediately wants him. They’re perfectly matched, and before long, they’re burning up the sheets. Noah can’t get enough. Anthony can’t stay in Oregon for long, but as soon as he leaves, he’s counting down the days until he can fly back for more. And between his increasingly frequent visits, there’s always phone sex, sexting, webcams . . . anything they can get.

But Noah’s got a carefully crafted façade, and Anthony can’t help noticing the slowly forming cracks. The scent of alcohol in the middle of the day. The extra drinks at dinner. The hint of red in his eyes. Anthony knows what it means. He doesn’t want to believe it, but he’s seen this before, and there’s no denying it. If Noah doesn’t get his downward spiral under control, he’s going to lose both his career and the first man he’s ever really loved.

Review

I guess I never realized what a “button” alcoholism is for me. The MC Noah spends literally 98% of this in denial that he even has a problem. That was really, really hard to read. After reading how strongly Anthony feels about alcoholics, watching him – also in denial – was hard.

Most of this book is divided into either our MCs having really hot sex or angst about the alcohol issue.

I never warmed up to Noah, found his “conversion” to be laughably easy and not at all reliable, and in the end he never really won me over. Anthony was set up as a jerk in the first book, continued that in the first part of this book and though I warmed to him by the end I can’t really say that I liked either of these guys much even at the end of the book.

For me, this was a total miss. I’ve really enjoyed the other books in the series, with the first being my favorite – but I can’t say that I recommend this one at all.

There are some positive reviews out there, so I’d recommend reading those if the blurb/cover catches your eye. To be sure there is plenty of sex and that can be enough – depending on what you’re after.

The writing was good, but I do think there was an awful lot of words that didn’t do much to further the story.

2.75 rounded to 3 of 5 stars

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The Right Time For Us (Cade Creek #14) by Stormy Glenn

Amazon Link
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Blurb

Robby Fletcher had a lot of things to be ashamed of, but being assaulted by his oldest brother and his pals wasn’t one of them. It’s been going on for years, but after one beating too many, Robby has finally had enough.

When he learns that Moose is in danger, Robby wants to protect his brother for once, and that means going to Cade Creek to warn him that Billy is out for revenge. But nothing ever comes easy for Robby. He barely has time to step foot in Cade Creek before he’s running for his life.

Gus Fletcher knew something was wrong the second three rough-looking guys stepped inside his feed and seed store. He knew they were after something, and he was determined they wouldn’t get it, especially when he discovered the frightened man hiding under his desk.

Between misunderstandings, the danger from Billy and his cohorts, and trying to help Robby and Moose mend their relationship, falling in love seems easy. But finding the right time for it is almost impossible.

Review

(Spoilers may be included, read at your own peril!)

I did not care for this, unfortunately, because I really love this author and this series.

We met Robby earlier, he’s Moose’s brother, and he had helped Moose escape from under the evil thumb of their brother and father.  Now it’s Robby’s turn to escape but not before we learn just how bad he’s had it.  (Rape, beatings, and more.)

When Robby leaves town he goes looking for Moose not expecting help but hoping Cade Creek can be his refuge, too.  He finds himself in the store of Moose’s boss, Gus and Gus instantly knows he has to protect Robby.

It’s here that – for me- things get dicey.  What looked to be a fabulous hurt/comfort read ends up being a ridiculously quick courtship to marriage and though abused all his life, Gus insists on spanking Robby because that’s Gus’ kink.

I not only didn’t buy it, but it felt like a continuation of Robby’s abuse and really turned me off.

Maybe not everyone will see it that way, but I don’t think there was enough story here for me to feel that the spanking was something Robby wanted or could even tolerate.

In addition, with the absence of a paranormal mating, the I love yous and the marriage happened way too quickly for me to be a believer.

 

Sadly, I cannot recommend this.

2 of 5 stars

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