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I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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  • The Brass Verdict: Mickey Haller, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    When down-at-heel lawyer Mickey Haller gets the news that his old colleague Jerry Vincent has died, he also gets an unexpected windfall. Jerry had left instructions that Mickey should inherit all of his clients - putting Mickey's stalled career back on track at a stroke. Not only that, but Vincent was about to go to bat for Walter Elliot, the Hollywood mogul accused of brutally slaying his wife and her lover, in a trial that promises big fees and an even bigger place in the media spotlight.

    Lia says: "Another Winner"
    "Another Winner"
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    The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly is his twentieth book and I have read them all. This book brings together Connelly's two famous characters: Detective Harry Bosch and attorney Mickey Haller. Haller returns to the courtroom after a long absence to take on the case of a Hollywood mogul accused of murder. The mogul's first attorney turns up dead, and Haller is assigned to the case. But it gets a bit sticky when it looks like the killer is now after Haller, and Det. Bosch shows up to "protect" Haller, even if it means botching up his case. I've never read any of Connelly's books before, and I'm not normally a fan of this type of fiction, but Connelly sucked me in from the first page with his masterful dialogue and action scenes. Haller is a compelling character full of hard-won wisdom and surrounded by intriguing characters. Bosch is a bit of a jerk, to say the least, but I couldn't help liking him as well. Connelly creates terrific scenes with tightly plotted suspense.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brie Learns the Art of Submission: Submissive Training Center (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Red Phoenix
    • Narrated By Pippa Jayne
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    Brie's life changes the day Sir comes to her tiny tobacco shop. His invitation to the Submissive Training Center is about to rock this young woman's world. The renowned school is famous for its elite submissive instruction. She has no idea what will be asked of her or the boundaries that will be pushed. One thing is certain: Brie is about to learn more about herself in six weeks than she has over the previous 22 years.

    Ducky says: "There is a new submissive in town!"
    "Holy Hotness don't miss this book"
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    Oh My Goodness! I’m still reeling from this series of stories. Red Phoenix brings us an ordinary girl in Brie, college graduate without any real prospects in her field. She’s curious and open minded despite her naiveté, and when she comes face to face with a Dom and his beautifully pulled together and sexy Submissive as they stop in to purchase cigarettes. I loved the fact that Brie was honest enough with herself to be both intrigued and a tiny bit jealous of the confidence and sexuality that oozed from the couple, and her curiosity leading her into a world that she didn’t know anything about is one that will open many eyes.

    The Submissive Training Center runs a 6 week course that will give the successful participants all the tools that they need to become a ‘good submissive’, and enable them the ability to choose a Dominant if they so choose at the end of the course. Unlike most of the BDSM stories that I have read, Phoenix doesn’t shy away from the explanations and descriptions of expectations, and the clear delineation of the trust and respect that is required. And, for the uninitiated, Brie’s attitude and openness to the various steps and scenes encountered can open whole new lines of fantasy or exploration, or even help to provide a small level of understanding about the draw of this lifestyle.

    Brie makes two new friends in the course: Lea and Mary, and as the three proceed through the course, there is plenty of interaction, laugh out loud conversations and even some personal histories that help inform their characters, and show them all in a light that is far different from the simple submissive label. And Phoenix doesn’t stop with the girls: she introduces us to real people that could be anyone you meet: young, old, angry, mean, sweet, timid, attractive and not so – their one constant and connection is the lifestyle.

    Narration is provided by Pippa Jayne was fantastic, she manages to use her voice and skill to great effect, adopting a certain tone and approach for Brie and a slightly different tone for the other characters. A small sibilance in her enunciation of the letter S is particularly emphasized with most of Brie’s voice which starts to dissipate over the length of these 9 stories, much as Brie’s confidence and growth increases with each book and experience. Whether planned or purely an unconscious approach to the character, it was a lovely touch that gave a vocal sense of growth, enhanced by the delivery of word and description as written.

    This is, above all, a story about BDSM and in particular the growth and power that a good submissive can and does wield within the relationship. The scenes are set as both highly sexually charged and instructional moments – not only for Brie, but for the reader. And they are hot Hot HOT.
    I have only one complaint which is, none of the Doms used a condom during any sexual encounters. I know this book is fiction but I think using a condom when have sexual encounters with numerous partners is important.
    Perhaps even more steam inducing because we are following Brie’s growth and learning curve in a way that is almost like being there. Curious about the lifestyle, or just wanting a read that will make you think and act – this is the title for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Touching Ice: Cyborg Seduction, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Mindy Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (230)

    What can go wrong overseeing a bunch of android sex bots on an automated whorehouse in deep space? Great job, if Megan doesn’t die of boredom. Then she catches sight of the sexiest male she’s ever seen. On her grainy security monitor, she watches all his sexual exploits with the bots, and fantasizes. But that’s all she can do because he's a cyborg. Then fate steps in. There’s a crash and Megan must escape or die. The cyborgs are rescuing the sex bots - taking them onboard their ship. She knows cyborgs hate humans. They’ll kill her if she asks for help so she devises an insane plan - pretend to be the most realistic sex bot ever made.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Ok.. WOW! ICE!!!"
    "Touching Ice is a great listen"
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    Every girl should have a cyborg boyfriend like Ice, hot and sexy and willing to die in battle for you. Ice is part of a cyborg group of warriors roaming the universe. When they find a distressed ship that is carrying sex robots that need saving, for him, this is a two for the price of one good deal. Megan has watched Ice every time he came to the station to make use of the robots, fantasizing about him. When she is rescued along sex robots, she's not passing up a golden opportunity to have the cyborg she's always dreamed of.

    Touching Ice is a great listen with explosions and action, and hot passion with a cyborg that gives Megan everything she's ever dreamed about while watching him. When the incident melts down into an intergalactic incident, Ice is willing to do anything to keep her.

    This book is 4 not 5 stars because the sex scences are repetative and the same in each book. The sex is all very vanilla and for a futuristic novel I thought there should be more veriaty. Also you do not get to hear much about the charaters in the previous books. Some people would like this because it makes the books stand alone but, I would love an update on the charaters in previous books.

    Ms. Dohner has created a world with the Cyborg Seduction that isn't always sunshine but dreams of having that one guy can be fulfilled in way beyond your wildest imaginings. I highly recommend picking up this book.

    Mindy Kennedy again was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Melting Iron: Cyborg Seduction, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Mindy Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    Being a female mechanic on a space station for eight years has taught Dawn a lot of tough life lessons that have hardened her heart. She’s got a temper and a mouth to match her red hair and has never backed away from a challenge. Then she’s kidnapped and blackmailed into agreeing to be a cyborg’s personal sex slave. Iron is one big bastard with long, fiery red hair, intense, dark blue eyes and a stubborn streak as thick as his dense muscles.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Sexy!"
    "I think I'm done reading this series"
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    I am going against what most people think as the series has great reviews. I really enjoyed book 1 and book 2 was good but, the familar pattern started to appear. They are all from the same plot, but with each subsequent story the resolution becomes even more contrived. Its always the same thing. Hero gets saddled with heroine who doesn't want him either. Then the hero spends pretty much the entire book trying to win her over. When he does, they are hit with "his duty" to his people, she's upset, then some corney reason is put in place saving them from his fate. All of them follow the same storyline just change the names. The sex scences are very repetative and the same in very book.
    I may give the series another try if, the books come on sale. But to me the rest of the books in the series would not be worth a credit.
    I gave the book 3 stars rather than 2 because Mindy Kennedy is such a fantastic narrator and she made the book entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Game: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (56)
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    (56)

    Eve Duncan returns in a thriller that pits her against the most evil mind she has ever encountered: a ruthless killer who taunts her with his every move...and who has a special affinity for blood. When a Georgia senator's daughter is found murdered, and her body drained of blood, Eve Duncan is drawn into the web of Kevin Jelak - a serial murderer who is on Eve's short list of killers who might know something about her missing daughter Bonnie.

    Gail says: "Dissappointing & Annoying"
    "Vampires Anyone!!"
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    This time Eve Duncan is pitted against the most evil mind she has met up with. Kevin Jelak is the second on a list of three suspects who might know something about her missing daughter, Bonnie. Jelak is a vampire wannabe. His plan is to kill and feed on the blood of a dozen people and so he can become a resurrected god-man. Eve is number 12 on his list. I've enjoyed all of Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan novels but this one is chocked full of the paranormal. I'll continue to be a fan of the Eve Duncan series but I hope the next one has a bit more realism. Blood Game shows us ample blood, but more attention to Jelak than to Eve and her human relationships. As always, the book has much suspense and great characterisation. This is the novel for anyone who enjoys vampire thinking, blood and suspense.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Plaid: Highland Bound, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eliza Knight
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson, Arika Rapson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
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    (25)
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    (25)

    Emma Gordon escapes from a troubling marriage in which she has completely lost sight of who she is. Desperate for independence, she leaves her husband while on a trip in the Scottish Highlands. The only thing is, she ends up hurled back in time to the sixteenth-century Castle Gealach. Laird Logan Grant is tormented by a dark past and harbors a secret that could tear his country apart. Unable to resist Emma's beauty and the calm that she invokes, Logan confesses he desires her.

    Lia says: "3.5 Bugger Another Trilogy"
    "3.5 Bugger Another Trilogy"
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    I happen to like this author and I have enjoyed other books that are part of her Stolen Bride series, but those books pretty much are stand alone and you can enjoy them without reading any others, but this one you cannot. I was intrigued by the time travel aspect of this story and was looking forward to a good read, but after about the first few chapters it became kind of boring. Most of the book was about sex, which is not all bad but I read Highlander romance books for the rich history, colorful descriptions of every day life, and the intense conflict that the warrior aspect brings to the story. I never got that breathless anticipation with this book and we are just left hanging at the end. You have no choice but to buy the next two books in order to know what happens to Emma and Logan. We are given a synopsis of each book at the end of this one and if had read those to start with I probably would have rethought my purchase of this book. It's not a bad story, but it's not her best.

    Antony Ferguson was fantasic and should have narrated the whole book. Arika Rapson sounded like my mother trying to sound sexy - creepy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kissing Steel: Cyborg Seduction, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Mindy Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (242)

    Steel is beyond irritated when he is maneuvered into ownership of a fragile human female. She’s not nearly big enough to handle his size or strength, yet she’s determined to get him into bed - into her. Steel realizes just what this little female is capable of when he awakens, chained to his bed, with her riding his very turned-on body. For a man who prides himself on his unyielding control, Steel soon finds Rena stripping him of it an inch at a time.

    Leesa says: "Getting better!!"
    "Excellent Continuation To The Series"
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    After devouring the first story in the Cyborg Seduction series, Burning Up Flint, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Kissing Steel. Laurann Dohner has created a vivid and vibrant world in which cyborgs pirate the skies and a majority of the humans responsible for their demise are not aware that they exist. It's an amazing concept, especially when you add some heat into the mix.

    In this installment we are introduced to a milder-mannered, yet uncompromising, Steel. He has no need for a woman and currently feels betrayed by the female cyborg he had a unit contract with who betrayed him for another. After his ship is attacked and they are forced to defend themselves, the crew inadvertently captures a female human. She's everything a cyborg female isn't -- small, fragile, delicate -- and unlike the other cyborgs in his accompaniment, Steel has no interest in taking her on as a slave or a bed partner. Unfortunately, his commanding officer Flint takes the issue out of his hands.

    Rena was sent to return a ship that was stolen. What she discovers is the ship is now operated by a crew of cyborgs -- beings she has been told were eradicated on earth. She is stunned to see them and is awed by their size, strength, and cunning. When they begin discussing who she will belong to, she is drawn to the large cyborg who mentions a lover's betrayal. She, too, was betrayed by her husband and yearns for something more. Although Steel denies her, she is determined to show the brawny male exactly what he's missing out on. The result is pages that sizzle and leave you wriggling in your seat. Steel might be stronger and faster, but Rena's sensuality cannot be denied.

    As with the previous story, the writing is excellent, the pace is fast, and the characters are fascinating. Although I'm not a fan of sci-fi in general, this is a series I fell in love with from the start. It's hot, it's sexy, and it's something original. In a world full of books using the same premises, you can't really ask for anything more. If you've not read this series, you really should. The only small complaint I have is that the sex scenes although hot they are very similar and I would love a bit more variety.

    As with Burning Up Flint Mindy Kennedy brought the story to life with her outstanding narration of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Up Flint: Cyborg Seduction, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Mindy Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (295)

    Flint is tall, gorgeous and dangerous. He’s a cyborg - the absolute ultimate alpha male. He takes what he wants and holds what is his. Mira is his now. He takes her aboard his ship and has her branded with his mark. He captured her, owns her, and she will serve his every need. Mira is instantly drawn to Flint, fascinated by his seductive appeal. The sex between them is smoking hot. Until she finds out he is a breeder, contracted to a dozen cyborg women, and she is no more than a possession.

    Leesa says: "I want a Cyborg"
    "Some People Don't Get This Book"
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    And that's okay. Not every reader gets every book, and I'm happy to listen to all opinions and engage in debate on books (my favorite topic). But I have to disagree with readers who think Ms. Dohner writes "rape". She doesn't.

    In the romance genre, it's called "forced seduction" -- and whether some readers like it or not, it's a HUGE female fantasy and a sub-genre of romance all on its own. And Ms. Dohner is the current reigning queen of the genre. Remember this book is erotic fantasy romance and the book is fantastic.

    All I care about is whether or not I enjoy the books and the actions therein, and I do. And I don't psychoanalyze myself for it. Because it IS fantasy. I don't read romance books to learn an author's moral stances or lessons on politics, religion, etc. I read nonfiction for that. I read romances for the completely unrealistic happy-ever-afters; for a chance to escape. And for a chance to indulge in a taboo fantasy (like forced seduction) in the only safe place I can do so...within the pages of a book.

    Rock on, Ms. Dohner. Thanks for leaving the perpetually pregnant, destitute heroines and the billionaire heroes to Harlequin writers, instead giving us books we're not supposed to want but can't wait to listen too!

    Mindy Kennedy was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beautifully Damaged: Beautifully Damaged, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By L. A. Fiore
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (297)

    Ember Walsh is a trusting soul with the quiet beauty of her late mother, who perished in a mysterious car crash when Ember was three. A little tomboyish from being raised by her father, Ember packs a punch when a stranger gets pushy with her in a bar, catching the steely blue eyes of a tall, gorgeous tattooed man — Trace Montgomery. Still damaged from her last disastrous relationship and warned off the bad boy by friends, Ember fights the smoldering heat that Trace sparks in her when he begins shadowing her like a dark angel.

    Donna Thomas says: "Great Story"
    "Emotional and Sexy Story"
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    This is the first time I am listening to this book and I have to tell you that I was completely blown away! The struggle to love and be loved is at an all time high in this book and just when you think it is not going to get any more dramatic or fill you with any more anxiety, everything shifts and changes. It was a long process to get through this book because I just wanted the characters to let it all out and expose every little detail and then concentrate on the happiness. Of course, that is my one dimensional side talking. The angst and drama in Beautifully Damaged just set this book apart from so many others. It was beautiful and breathtaking and so full of hope, but at the end of the day the struggle to find peace is what left me craving for more, page after page.

    Trace is an unbelievable hot guy. Shown by the swarms of women constantly surrounding him. But the thing about Trace, is though he is a fighter, fighting for the one thing he truly wants and needs provides to be the biggest battle of them all. He is afraid of the demons in his past and he knows that there is no way anyone will ever love him because of the torment that he has spent living his entire life.

    Ember (by the way, I love her name) is a strong willed shy girl. She has so much going for her and wants nothing more than to be a writer. But she is not without flaws. She is shy and her best friend knows this and plays off it time and time again wearing down her self worth and image of herself. But Ember is not going to walk away quietly. She knows what she wants to do with her life and she is taking the chance to do it. She doesn’t have a lot of experience with relationships and she always feels so awkward when she meets a guy, words fail her and she tends to stumble over what she is saying, but when Trace shows up in her line of vision everything in her world changes.

    These two are just so seemingly perfect for one another and it just broke my heart to see them struggle so much to find that common ground and common connection. But it wasn’t for a lack of trying, in a city as big as New York, the thought that they just keep running into each other is such a big coincidence, or is it? But one thing is so evident between the two of them, they love each other. And it may not always be spoken or said, but that connection is deeply rooted.

    But with all great stories, the past has a way of coming to the surface and no matter what happens, once she finds out, Trace knows without a doubt that Ember will be running as fast as her legs will carry her. But what Trace doesn’t realize, is the strength and power of true love. Dark hidden secrets, hurt, anger and loss all combine into this novel and just make it gripping. There are so many characters that factor into the pain of the past but the question is whether together they can figure it out and become stronger because of it or will it ultimately be the end of the love they know to be true.

    This book was not only a crazy emotional ride, it was full of love and hope. If Ember can get Trace to see the value in their love everything will change. But the emotional baggage he has carried through the years just makes it that much harder for him.

    This is beautifully told story full of hope and promise and ghosts of the past; it left me breathless and wanting more. I loved them when they were together, I struggled with them when they were apart and I just kept reading until I had all the answers I wanted out of these characters. This is a truly amazing story of overcoming demons of the past and learning to love again and I was captured in the pages.

    Amy Rubinate was really good with the delivery of the story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crash Into Me: Heart of Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By K. M. Scott
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch, Christian Fox
    Overall
    (124)
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    (117)
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    (116)

    What would you give up for everything? Tristan Stone was powerful, commanding, and sex incarnate. And he wore it all so well. From the moment his mesmerizing gaze met mine, I had no choice but surrender to everything he was. His power. His decadence. His passion. He was all I never knew I needed. He wanted to possess me, and I wanted to be his everything. All I had to do was accept what he offered. But everything has a price.

    Amazon Customer says: "CLIFFHANGERS ALERT! What a ride, literally....."
    "3.5 stars Good but could have been better"
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    I really teetered between 3 and 4 stars on this one... The female, Nina in the story came across to me so annoyingly whinny, weak and completely unbecoming.The male character, Tristan was mysterious and alpha but he seemed a little too aloof for me and in the beginning ran hot and cold from one sentence to the next. My other complaint would be that in the beginning the story progressed so rapidly that I couldn't wrap my mind around it. Literally he said a handful of words to her and the next thing you know she's straddling him in his living room and they are having sex. Huh?!? Then the next day he moves all her stuff into his home. I am not a fan of the C word being used in sex talk and there was a fair bit of that. Also the sex scenes needed work as they seemed very flat and lacked details to me. Now your probably wondering why I still gave it 4 stars but it really started to get good right towards the end. Nina started to take the whine down a few notches and Tristan stopped acting like he has some type of split personality disorder. The suspense made me start to want and turn the page a little faster to discover what happens. The ending wasn't a huge cliffhanger but it does leave you wanting to find out how everything is going to come together in the end. So I suppose in some ways it redeemed itself but if you could give 1/2 stars I'd probably rate it at 3 1/2 to be fair. I will still read the next one in hopes that the beginning won't turn me off so much.

    Veronica Meunch and Christian Fox did a good job with the narration of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Betrayed: Guardians of the Targe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    Rowan MacGregor, the rock of the family, is doing everything she can to hold her clan together when she meets Nicholas fitz Hugh. Handsome and charming, Nicholas quickly joins clan life - yet he is not what he seems. A cunning spy, Nicholas is charged by the king of England to break the Scottish rebellion. Despite his loyalty to the king, Nicholas finds himself falling for beautiful Rowan. Nicholas must choose between the king’s will and his own. Can he betray his king and mission? Or will he turn on the woman he loves and the family he has come to care for?

    DARA says: "Adventure, Action, Fantasy, and Romance"
    "3.5 Stars. Good But Not Enough Romance"
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    Three and a half stars, but I've selected 4 since it's well written. This is one of those stories that teaches you some history and reflects on human nature, with a little magic to boot. The hero changes course when he discovers there's more to life than achievement. I'm not a big historical romance reader but I sometimes like them as a change from contemporary or paranormal, but I like more romance in a romance novel. Possible SPOILER: Sex is withheld until they marry, at the VERY end. They kiss a few times, develop feelings for each other and of course there's a misunderstanding that nearly ruins everything. Just not enough romance for me.

    Phil Gigante did a great job with the narration which helped push the story past 3.5 stars

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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