BEST BOOKS OF 2014 — so far….

BEST BOOKS OF 2014 — so far….

Wow!! Since I already have read several books that I would consider to be favorites this year, I’ve decided to start my list of Best Books of 2014. Each of these books is a little different — some are more emotional, some are lighter, some are long, some are short, but all of them are ones I’d recommend to anyone looking for a good read so I’ve listed them all here in one place.

This will be an ongoing list that I’ll add to throughout the year :)

In case you missed the previous years’ lists….

**Note: they’re not necessarily listed in any particular order and these are books read in 2014, not released in 2014. 

**Note: the little ‘blurbs’ I post with them are the ones I actually write right after finishing the book so they are quite literally my exact reactions to these stories.

 

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan (My Review

Archer’s Voice was one of the most heartwarming and uniquely beautiful stories I have ever read. Mia Sheridan’s ability to convey strong emotions and vivid imagery through her writing is absolutely captivating. This was a gorgeous tale of survival and the healing power of love. I strongly encourage everyone to read it and to meet one of the most wonderful book heroes ever — Archer Hale ♥ 5 STARS!!

“He smiled back and put his lips against mine, mouthing, “I love you, too,” against my mouth, as if he was breathing love into my body.”

 

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (My Review)

WOW!!!! This book was absolute, stunning PERFECTION in every way. It was SO unique, and so intensely emotional that it just blew me away!! I almost guarantee that you will cry (seriously, my heart broke for Miles!!!) but I PROMISE you it’s worth every tear because the way that it all comes together is just GORGEOUS!!!! Oh and also, it’s HOT!! Like really hot!!! I loved every word. 6 STARS!!!!!

“Don’t ask about my past,” he says firmly. “And never expect a future.”

 

Don’t Let Go by Sharla Love Lace (My Review

OMG!! This was incredible!! You guys have to read it!!! It had the best, happiest ending ever but tears were pouring down my face at the end. Just pure, emotional overload of the best kind. THIS is the kind of book I absolutely adore. If you’re a fan of The Sweet Gum Tree, you will LOVE this. It’s of course a different story but had the same intensity to it. The hero + heroine were childhood friends and later young lovers torn apart by a tragedy. Then, he suddenly comes home 26 years (!!!) later and the secrets behind why they were torn apart come out… 5+ STARS!!

 

Black Lies by Alessandra Torre (My Review)

HOLY WOW!!! This was the most BRILLIANT books I’ve ever read!! Please just TRUST ME and READ. THIS. BOOK.!!!! It’s such a complete love story. The twist is just WOAH. One of my favorites of the year. 5 STARS!!! — “If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.”

“I will fight for this love. Lie for it. Steal for it. It is worthy of that. I love her completely. She returns the love wildly. This love is worth the unsaid truths. The hidden lies.”

 

Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan (My Review)

THIS BOOK IS OUTSTANDING!!! The only word to truly describe it is EPIC. Calder & Eden’s intense forbidden love story captivated me from the first word until the very last. 5 STARS!!!! Be sure to pre-order, you don’t want to miss this!!

“Calder kissed me in a way that made me believe I had not only always been his, but I would be his forever. In this life or any other. In his kiss was the promise that wherever he and I existed, we would belong to each other.”

 

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (My Review

Once again, Colleen Hoover has delivered an emotionally charged masterpiece that will capture your heart! Music lovers will also be able to enjoy a soundtrack that accompanies this novel. Maybe Someday is not your typical romance but I promise you, it is one of the most beautiful, deeply passionate, refreshingly unique stories I have ever read. Read this book. Live it. Love it. Allow it to take over your heart. It’s an unforgettable journey that every reader should take. 5 STARS!!

 

The Will by Kristen Ashley (My Review

This book was pure GOLD!!!! My heart was racing the whole way through. I was so totally wrapped up in the story!! I love love loved Jake!!!! Talk about ALPHA!!!! Honestly, Jake & Josie are one of my favorite KA couples of all time now. The best way I can describe this book is EPIC — epic emotions, epic story, epic romance!!!  This book reads as a standalone romance so if you’re new to Kristen Ashley books, you can start with this and, if you’re already Kristen Ashley fans, you’ll understand when I say this is Vintage KA“ style!! 5 STARS!!

 

The Emi Lost & Found Series by Lori L. Otto (My Series Review

I was absolutely blown away by this series!! What an AMAZING story. SO powerful. SO emotional. A one-of-a-kind, deeply emotional and unforgettable story that made me cry harder than I’ve ever cried before over a book. It’s an atypical romance – an unconventional story in every way. It steps outside the box, it defies the norm, and it comes out on top. It put my heart through the ringer but having finished it, I can tell you it’s one of the best stories I have ever read. 5 STARS!!

 

Worth The Fall by Claudia Connor (My Review)

Looking for a book that’ll make you SWOON?? This is it!! The hero is an injured Navy SEAL vacationing on a beach who falls for a single mom there with her 4 little kids. There’s just something about a big, tough, Alpha man who accepts kids who are not his own into his life with complete openness that is HEART-MELTING!!!

He took the front steps two at a time and then he had her. In his arms, in his life… “Never again,” he whispered. “Never again will I be away from you like that.”

 

Broken by Lauren Layne (My Review)

Oh, I totally loved this!!! It was exactly the type of book I wanted now: FUN, SEXY, & HEART WRENCHING with kind of a unique modern-day “Beauty & The Beast” twist to it. It had a brooding, tormented & scarred hero (LOVE those!!) and a strong, sassy heroine who did NOT take any of his shit (LOVE that too!!). Definitely a winner!! And, it can be read as a standalone :D

A girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both…

 

Losing Me, Finding You by Natalie Ward (My Review)

WOW!! I read this book in one sitting and absolutely LOVED it!! Holy hell!!! The intensity of this love story was off the charts!!!! My heart was pounding from start to finish and this book was totally unique. Unlike anything else I’ve ever read. — The heroine wakes up every four years in a different city, with a different life, and no memory of her previous lives. Each time she has to figure out where she is, who she is, and has to find her way back to HIM. The man she loves and the man who loves her unconditionally. This is their story. (Not paranormal romance)

 

Come Back To Me by Mila Gray (My Review

I absolutely love love LOVED this!!!!! *wipes happy tears* It was SO much more than I ever expected. Deeply emotional, sexy, funny, romantic…. and it had that special heart-pounding intensity to it. Definitely a new top fav!!! :) — It’s a forbidden romance about a Marine who’s home on leave and drawn to the one girl he can’t have… his best friend’s sister. But he’s only home for 4 weeks before he’s sent out again for another 9 months so every second they have together is stolen and precious…

 

Awaken (A Spiral of Bliss #3) by Nina Lane (My Review 

This was a stunning conclusion to one of the most beautifully written and intensely passionate love stories I have ever read. Dean and Liv’s romance is simply breathtaking!! This series stands out because it’s about an already-married couple. It begins after the “happily-ever-after” where most romances end and in so many ways this one is about healing, hope, and the beauty of knowing with all your heart that the love you feel for your soul mate is limitless. 5 STARS!!

 

Kiss The Sky (Addicted Series) by Krista & Becca Ritchie (My Review

WOW!! I just loved this book! Every single word was brilliant. This was a fantastic addition to the Addicted series which, without a doubt, is one of the best New Adult romance series out there. It has everything in spades — fantastic writing, an original plot line, and characters you can’t help but fall in love with. But just be sure to read the books in order – they are all on my favorites list! (This book was 5 STARS!!)

 

Hothouse Flower (Addicted Series) by Krista & Becca Ritchie (My Review

Another 5-star addition to the incredible Addicted series. Hothouse Flower had the perfect balance of a hot, sexy romance and a strong, well developed storyline. I adore these characters, I love the writing, and I’m completely ADDICTED to this series. If you’re a fan of New Adult romance, THIS is a series you should be reading.  Please note though that this book should not be read on it’s own as it is the fifth book in sequence in the Addicted series. (This book was 5 STARS!!)

 

Room For You (Cranberry Inn #1) by Beth Ehemann (My Review

I adored this book and its sequel, Room For More!!!!  It was a sweet, swoony, heart-melting, romance, perfectly balanced with just enough angst to keep me on my toes. The heroine is a single mom with two little twin girls, and the hero is a famous hockey player (but she doesn’t know that) and when a storm strands him at the Inn she runs with her mom and he has to stay a few days…. ok, and just get this — he calls her little girls his Twinkies!!! OMG *SWOON* – 5 STARS!!

 

Beautiful Broken Promises by Kimberly Lauren (My Review

This standalone was amazing from start to finish! If you love books with kind, loving, and fiercely protective heroes, courageous heroines, deep emotions, and stories that will surprise you in the best of ways, then this is absolutely one you should read. This wasn’t just a romance, it was about the bonds of people willing to go to the ends of the earth to help each other, save each other, and be together. The ultimate heart-warming experience! ➜ “Every day I wish I had found you sooner so I could love you longer.”

 

Carnage: The Story of Us by Lesley Jones (My Review

This book gave me a 5-day book hangover!! It was a passionate, gut-wrenching love story. A non-stop, messy, emotional, beautiful, devastating roller coaster ride from start to finish and honestly, I LOVED it!!!!! It made me FEEL every emotion. But please note that this is not your typical romance story. It shattered all my book rules but it’s still a top fav!! Just go into it with a very open mind. ➜ “I was eleven years old, but I knew without a shadow of a doubt I was staring into the eyes of the boy I was going to love forever.”

 

Push by Claire Wallis (My Review

This book blew my mind!! I LOVED it!!! Totally brilliant! Check this out ➜ He’s calm, collected, & makes her feel safe but he has a very chilling past: his six previous girlfriends have all disappeared without a trace. <— WOAH, right?? I just had to read it and it was… Addictive. Intense. Unputdownable. Crazy. Twisted. Romantic. Sexy. Just totally unique and unlike anything else I’ve ever read. There’s a cliffy, BUT even me, the most anti-cliffhanger girl ever still loved it!!!!

 

Coming Home by Priscilla Glenn (My Review

This was an amazing standalone. Totally original storyline, amazing writing, and a deeply heartfelt, sexy, and believable romance that filled my heart with every possible emotion. It also took my by surprise with a twist I never say coming! This is the kind of story that grabs a hold of your heart and doesn’t let go. Oh, and the hero is a gorgeous mechanic who is hiding a secret… ;) - 5 STARS!!

“I could suffer through anything if you were my reward.”

 

Changing Course by Aly Martinez (My Review

This was a very unique standalone romance and the first one I’ve read with this plotline. This was also the book that pulled me out of a huge 5-day book hangover. The moment that I started this one, it drew me right into the story and I couldn’t put it down!!! It was heart wrenching, angsty, smoking hot, swoony, romantic, funny, emotional… and I totally fell for the hero, Brett. What an amazing guy!! I just love the protective, tortured heroes… *dreamy sigh* …. They make my heart melt!!!

 

Come To Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson (My Review

With this book, AL Jackson has shown once again why she is one of my favorite authors. Come To Me Quietly was a beautiful, touching story about how one girl’s love of a beautifully broken boy could end up saving him. I truly loved it!! If you’re a fan of second chance romance and tortured bad boys, you have to check this out!

“It was always you, Jared. Always. I can’t remember a day of my life when I didn’t love you.”

 

The Driven Trilogy by K. Bromberg (Review #1, Review #2, Review #3)

An emotional, addictive, and scorching hot trilogy that I would highly recommend for fans of Fifty Shades and Crossfire. Trust me, you want to meet Colton Donavan — think reckless bad boy race car driver with a heartbreaking past falling in love for the first time in his life ;) #1 Driven, #2 Fueled, #3 Crashed

“I bet he fucks like he drives — a little reckless, pushing all the limits, and in it until the very last lap.” 

 

Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino (My Review

This is a standalone with a beautiful story, beautiful writing and a beautiful message!! It’s about a reporter who goes to interview a reclusive tech genius turned winemaker in the Napa Valley, and instead finds love in the most unexpected of places…I laughed, I swooned, I wiped happy tears away, and I fell in love. This book warmed my heart and left me with the most wonderful feeling. I highly recommend it for all fans of romance!

 

Lovely Trigger (Tristan & Danika #3) by RK Lilley (My Review

A beautiful ending to Tristan & Danika’s tumultuous, heart wrenching, and passionate love story!! If you love second chance romance, this is a must-read series! In this final instalment of the Tristan & Danika trilogy, R.K. Lilley truly brought this love story full circle. Be sure to read these books in order: #1 Bad Things, #2 Rock Bottom, #3 Lovely Trigger. — “You were not responsible for making me worse. But I’ll tell you one thing, it’s a fact that you were responsible for making me better.”

 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (My Review)

** SOBS ** What an incredible story!! It was powerful, heart-breaking, and bittersweet but also oddly heartwarming. Absolutely unforgettable for sure. I think it’s impossible to come away from this without an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all the blessings in your life. I’m SO glad I finally worked up the courage to read it! *sniff* – “I had a hundred and seventeen days in which to convince Will Traynor that he had a reason to live.”

 

Wife Number Seven by Melissa Brown (My Review)

This was a unique, captivating standalone about a woman who was the seventh wife in a polygamist family and who fell in love with an outsider. A man who made her want more out of life and the freedom to choose who to love. — It was totally different than anything else I’ve ever read!!

“I had my secrets. A voice inside me told me I didn’t belong here, that there was another life waiting for me.”

 

Unravel by Calia Read (My Review

Unravel left my mind spinning!! It hooked me right from the start, kept me guessing the whole way through, and both shocked and impressed me with the way all the intricately woven layers came together at the end. If you want a really ‘different’ read that’ll mess with your mind a little, try this one!!

“…everyone thinks I’m insane. But, I know he’s real, and I know he needs me. Do you believe me?”

 

Brutally Beautiful by Christine Zolendz (My Review

Fast-paced, witty and intriguing, Brutally Beautiful was a dark and twisted yet delightfully gripping book that hooked me from the start and kept me flipping pages long into the night. It was SO well-written. The dialogue was snappy, the plot was kept me on my toes, and the story was raw and emotionally intense. I have quotes highlighted on almost every single page. If you are a fan of dark, tortured heroes and strong heroines, you should definitely add this book to your reading list.

 

Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover (My Review

What an awesome book!!! My first thought after finishing it was: WHY DID I NOT READ THIS SOONER????? WHYYYYYY?? The best word I can use to describe this book would be ‘addictive’.  This is definitely a must read bad boy romance. It’s fun, flirty, and sexy, but also has a lot of depth and a great core group of characters!!

“It’s always been you even when I didn’t want it to be, even when it broke my heart over and over again. It’s just always been you.”

 

Reclaiming The Sand by A. Meredith Walters (My Review

This was often a tough read because of the subject matter (the hero is Autistic and the heroine bullied him in school six years before the start of the book) but it was a beautifully written story. A. Meredith Walters has shown us once again that she has an extraordinary ability to take difficult topics and present them in a candid, yet deeply respectful manner.

“You will hate me. You will love him. I love him. He has changed my world.”

 

Deliver by Pam Godwin (My Review

If you’re a fan of dark romance, Deliver is definitely a book you should add to your list!! It’s dangerous, suspenseful, erotic, and at it’s heart, it’s a love story. It definitely made me uncomfortable at times but that’s kind of what you should expect from a darker romance so really, in every way, this book delivered ;) And it also had a cool twist to the captivity-theme where the woman was the captor!

“You will always own me and I will walk through hell to keep it that way.”

 

Black Box by Cassia Leo (My Review

This was a unique, captivating standalone romance about a protective boy saving a broken girl — bringing her back to life and showing how wonderful life could be when she’d lost all hope for it — and a girl who had everything taken from her unknowing saving him in return.

“Three fateful encounters… Two heart-breaking tragedies… One last chance to get it right.” 

 

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher (My Review

Please note: this is not a romance (but it is awesome!) ➜ When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

 

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (My Review

Please note: this is not a romance. However, when you read this line from the blurb, I think you’ll understand why I just had to read it ➜ “Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive.”

 

Make It A Double by Sawyer Bennett (My Review

This was a really sweet book with a very unique twist to it. The hero had just spent the last 5 years in prison and the heroine was this really awesome girl who wanted to help him heal. It was just a really gorgeous, sweet, sexy romance and it had a really wonderful balance of an intriguing storyline, a SWOONY romance, crazy hot sex, but also really great character development, and a nicely paced relationship (no insta-love). Just my kind of read!!

 

53 Letters For My Lover by Leylah Attar (My Review

This standalone was a sexy, daring, and powerful debut novel that told a beautifully written forbidden romance spanning three decades. But it was also very different than I was expecting — it was actually more “Women’s Fiction” than full Romance but with a very intense love story running throughout it. So at first, it took me a while to adjust to that genre difference but my gosh, the writing was stunning and Troy & Shayda’s love story will stay with me for a long time.

 

Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson (My Review

This was a beautifully written mature YA standalone romance about two childhood friends who are reunited in high school and fall in love. The hero has Asperger’s and the heroine loves him unconditionally. This is their love story.

“When you love someone, their differences fall away. I don’t look at him and see anything but HIM.”

 

The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L.B. Simmons (My Review

In the same vein as The Sea of Tranquility and Hopeless, this story will have you laughing one moment and wiping tears the next as these endearing characters take you on a heart warming, deeply emotional journey filled with romance, drama, and humour. Truly, this book had it all. A must-read for everyone!! 5 STARS!!

“I’ll help you get lost any time, Sunshine. The only deal is you have to promise to come back. I never want to lose you again.”

 

Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry (My Review

This was such a beeeeauituful story!! It took me by surprise in the best of ways. It was so much MORE than just a forbidden student-teacher romance. It was a love story and it was a life story. All kinds of love, all kinds of life. I laughed, I cried and I totally loved it!! It’s a standalone romance and I highly recommend checking it out, especially if you were a fan of Slammed!!

 

 

Vital Sign by J.L. Mac (My Review

This was a beautiful, emotional standalone romance about a woman whose husband dies and donates his organs. She spirals into misery but then searches for the people who benefitted from his death and… “The heart that once fell in love with her now resides in Alexander McBride’s chest.”

“I want to be touched. I want to be held. I want Zander, the man carrying my husband’s heart, to wrap me up in him.

 

Burned by Tara Sivec (My Review

This erotic standalone second chance romance hooked me right from the prologue and I literally read this whole book in one sitting. It was fast-paced, emotional, addictive, and SCORCHING H-O-T!!!!!! Also, it was bit shorter than most (180 pages) so great for when you don’t have time for a long book. No cliffhanger! I highly recommend it!!

“I would have sacrificed everything to make your dreams come true.”

 

Within These Walls by J.L. Berg (My Review)

This was a really sweet New Adult standalone romance! If you’re looking for something that’ll make you smile, try this! ➜ The heroine is a survivor. She was born with a damaged heart and has spent most of her life in the hospital. The (tattooed) hero is broken inside, grieving the death of a woman he’d loved. But when he sees her, something changes and he makes it his mission to try and bring happiness into her life…

 

Calmly, Carefully, Completely by Tammy Falkner (My review)

What a gorgeous book!! So many feels, so much swoon!! You can read it as a standalone (I did) even though it’s part of the Reed Brothers series. This story is about Pete Reed. He’s covered in tattoos and fresh out of jail but he’s a good man with a good heart, one of the Reed Brothers… And that’s when he meets HER. Again. Two and a half years ago he saved her and she’s been wanting to thank him ever since…

 

Among The Echoes by Aly Martinez (My Review)

Sexy boxer, anyone?? ;) This story is a complete standalone but there’s a little twist that connects it with the two books posted above (if you’ve already read those books, you’ll totally *squee* when you read the twist ;) ) This book was a sexy, suspenseful romance about a woman in witness protection who catches the eye of a celebrity boxer!! If you like strong, ALPHA, protective heroes, you’re going to LOVE Slate Andrews!! That man made me SWOOOOON!!!

 

Assumption by Aurora Rose Reynolds My Review

Sexy, action-packed, Alpha male fun!! Teehee!!! I really enjoyed this!! The hero was a total Alpha male (bossy, possessive, bit of an ass, huge heart) and the heroine was hiding out at his house because she’d witnessed a mob hit which naturally brought out his uber-protective side. If you’re in the mood for a fun, Alpha male romance with a badass hero, a feisty heroine, and a great blend of action, steam, and romance, give this a try!!

 

To be continued…

And again, in case you missed the previous years’ lists….

 

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Also, even though I read them a while ago, I also want to add in my top favorite series of all time. They are just breathtaking — the most epic love story I’ve ever read. I can’t recommend them highly enough!!

The Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paullina Simons

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I’d love to hear from YOU now!! 

What have been your favorite books you’ve read this year so far??

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  1. I just recently started popping in to your blog. Great reviews and recommendations. You must read the last book in the Marked Men series, “Rome.” I’ve read them all and like this one the best.

  2. romelia says:

    I just finished Jodi Ellen Malpas trilogy -’This man’, OMG lost 4 nights, was like a zombie, love, love, love it.

    It matches perfectly ” If dominant and controlling yet tortured heroes make your heart race, then these books will rock your world! “

  3. Marlene Joya says:

    All I have to say is that I LOVE your blog!!! Thanks to you I have been able to discover so many new authors and books to read. If it wasn’t for school I would spend all day reading. Archer’s voice, has been my favorite so far : D

  4. So many books to read !!! I love this kind of list !
    Some of them are on my TBR list !! Thank you for the others ;)

    • You’re so welcome!! I’ll be adding to it throughout the year every time I find a new favorite. If you’re ever looking for it again, the link is in the right hand side bar of my blog :)

  5. Congratulations to all who made the list! So excited to see two of our clients made the list: Nina Lane and Jay Crownover!

    Michelle, Literati Author Services, Inc.

  6. Waves, I love seeing our clients on list like this. Both Lane and Crownover are outstanding authors and so happy that you have found both. There are more coming from these two wonderful writers, plus our full-time clients N.M. Silber, Liv Morris, Genna Rulon, Kirsten DeMuzio, and Jane Lark. We have a lot of fabulous authors that are sure to make your future list. :)

  7. Doreen Foucault says:

    Breaking Spades by W. Ferrari. Sooo good!

  8. I want to read all of those! I’m reading the second book in The Bronze Horseman trilogy and just loving every second. Truly epic! Thank you for the recommendation! I also can’t wait to read Rule. I bought it a little bit ago and need to get to it sooner. I loved the Addicted series too! It really stuck with me and couldn’t help but feel for Lo and Lily and hope they get it figured out! Thanks for the list!

  9. I cannot believe you don’t have Tristan and Danika Trilogy up here….come on!!!! :)

    • At the time I made this list, Lovely Trigger wasn’t released yet and since the other books were not released in 2014, I couldn’t yet add it. It will of course be added when the list gets updated :)

  10. Amazing list. I just added a bunch of books to my TBR list. Not like I needed more books on there, but you know how it is. I just can’t resist a good love story. I’ll keep checking back for more. :) Thank you!

  11. I can’t even deal with this list. Every book on here is amazing. I read Ugly Love, Maybe Someday and Archer’s Voice this past month and those three books will stay with me always. They all touched something in me that made me love reading so much more than I already did. I loved the Addicted series- Hothouse Flower has to be my favorite so far, the same with the Marked series. Although it’s kind of hard to pick a favorite book from that series since they’re all different and amazing. I love your reviews and your recommendations. I’ve found most of my favorite books on this blog. ♥

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