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Review of “Kiss Me Hello” – Grace Burrowes

 

 

Book Three

MacKenzie Knightley is the best criminal trial attorney in Damson County, but he has no defense against petite, peppery Sidonie Lindstrom, a foster mom who’s moved into the farmhouse where Mack and his brothers grew up.

Sid is grieving the loss of her brother, worried she’s about to lose her foster son, and in no mood for romantic nonsense when Mack drives up the lane. And yet, he’s good with her horses, good with her foster son, and just the sort of solid, trustworthy, guy she might fall for—until she learns that he’s not at all what he appears to be.

 

REVIEW 
 
I didn’t read the first two books in the series but I don’t think that’s relevant to my thoughts on this story. It came across as a standalone book. 
 
Now for my thoughts on this creation….
 
I didn’t particular love or hate this book. For me, it was just eh. 
I didn’t feel a connection between Mac and Sid. There was no sparks whatsoever in my mind. All the characters lacked a human quality which a writer must convey if she or he wishes to entice the reader to keep reading and keep purchasing his/her story. 
 
I did read the whole book but, unfortunately, I won’t be going back for seconds. 
 
The only reason why I am not giving it a 1  was due to the fact Grace shed some light on the foster care world. It saddens me to see children “forgotten” in the system or foster parents who are doing a great job not get the recognition they rightfully deserve. Trust me, I know not all social workers drop the ball but when they do, it hurts not only the child but those who care for the child – foster families, friends, and their real family (in this case). 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤1/2
 
 
 

PURCHASE LINKS:  Kindle Edition / Mass Market Paperback

 

 

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Review of “Fall With Me” – Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

With You series
HarperCollins (Avon)
March 31, 2015

 

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.



 

 Review 
 
Let me set the stage for you and see if you can figure out how this story will end based on the information I provide you. 
 
1.) Henry (an ex-con) wants to talk to Roxy and make amends for the terrible act he committed against her friend, Charlie. A thoughtless act of violence which made him basically a lifeless person. 
 
2.) Roxy has acquired herself a stalker. 
 
3. The stalker makes his move and cue the rescuer.  
 
Come on…. I know you can figure it out. I concluded how this book was going to end from almost the beginning. 
 
Since I like more mystery in a mystery novel, even though if it’s a romance/mystery novel, I’m knocking down the score. 
 
This book was just okay. Not bad but definitely not worth a second read. 
 
However, I did like two major characters in this novel – Nick and Katie. 
 
Too bad those two won’t be hooking up. 
 
 
 
 Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
 Score: ❤❤1/2
 
 
 

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Review of “Love After All” – Jaci Burton

High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One”.

Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary. Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.

Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.

Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…

 
 
 
 Review 
 
FWB (Friends with Benefits) minus feelings? Yeah, I never heard of it happening either. Usually it doesn’t work out but in the romance writing world, it sure does. 🙂 
 
When you are firing off sparks brighter than a Fourth of July celebration, feelings are inevitable. Speaking of sparks, these two set the pages on fire. What an unforgettable duo. They have quickly became one of my top JB couples. 
 
My only complaint (minor one) – I wish JB would’ve had Chelsea go on more dates so we could see more of Bash’s feelings for the spunky, sexy lass. Maybe have conversations where they discuss the blind dates. I think they would’ve added volumes to their building relationship. 
 
All in all, another great story. 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 
 
 PURCHASE LINKS: Amazon – Print /  Kindle
 

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Review of “Pucked” – Helena Hunting

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With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. She isn’t interested in legendary team captain, Alex Waters, or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. When Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match.

Suffering from a complete lapse in judgment, Violet discovers just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. Violet believes her night of orgasmic magic with Alex is just that: one night. But Alex starts to call. And text. And email and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts. Suddenly, he’s too difficult to ignore, and nearly impossible not to like.


The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

 
 REVIEW  
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At first Alex’s shyness, gentlemanly ways towards intimacy was cute but that changed rather quickly for me. Asking to kiss a woman for the first time —- sweet. Asking to afterwards is weird. The “May I” or “Is this ok” was borderline annoying. However that wasn’t close to annoying as the overuse of the word beaver. 
 
HH kept referring to a vagina as beaver (Canadian slang term). Again the joke was funny at first but after several dozen times later, I was so over it and pretty much over this book. 
 
Examples of “beaver references…..
 
1.) “had more than one round of fill-the-beaver-hole in a night”
2.) “How’s your beaver?” (post sex text) 
3.) “I’m glad your beaver made a full recovery.” (another text) 
4.) My beaver is so excited she’s gnawing at my underwear.
5.) During a waxing section, she refers to the hair as “beaver pelts”.
6.) beaver image throughout the book.
 
There are many more instances like these but I think you get my drift. Yes, I’m rolling my eyes AND shaking my damn head!!!! 
 
Other parts of this tale irked me as well….. HH worn out use of MC (monster cock). I get it already. The man is hung like a horse. Move on already!!! 
 
With a sexy cover and book summary, I thought this book was going to be golden. Unfortunately, it didn’t make a lasting impression. I definitely won’t be reading it again. 
 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score:(because of the cover art) 

 

 
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Review of “Extreme Love” – Abby Niles

Used to the average Joe, Caitlyn Moore is overwhelmed when the supremely masculine Dante Jones walks into her life and expresses an interest in her. At first she pushes him away, refusing to encourage the attention of a cage fighter. Then she learns Dante has a love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation. What better way to fine-tune her non-existent flirting skills than with a male who won’t stick around? But Dante has no intention of being a practice dummy; he’s out for all or nothing. Now Caitlyn must accept Dante—violent career and all—or let him go.

Dante “Inferno” Jones has one goal: win the Welterweight Championship. At a time when focus is crucial, the last thing he needs is a distraction. Yet Caitlyn Moore becomes a challenge he can’t resist. When the light-hearted pursuit shifts to a battle to win her heart, his focus is shot. Faced with losing the biggest match of his career, Dante must decide if his extreme life also has room for Extreme Love.

 
 Review 
 
Hallelujah, finally we have a heroine who isn’t a size 5 or less. I’m not knocking thin women, I am one, but I like the fact Cait was a size 12. Abby was right when she stated a rounder body doesn’t always necessarily mean you aren’t fit. Like Cait, I’ve seen “bigger” people work out harder and longer than “thin” folks. Heart and determination go a long way and Cait had both. So did Dante. 
 
The underlying message should be heard and respected. 
 
Bravo, chickie pie!!!
 
Now lets discuss Dante…. that man is finger lickin’ good. It makes me want to tune into the UFC right now. Which, I think I will. 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤

 

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Author Showcase – Phoenix Johnson

 

April 28th saw the release of Alphas on the Prowl, a box set containing 11 shifter romance stories from best-selling authors, and published through Exessica. Other authors include my foxy friend Gina Kincade, Tasha Black, Amy Lee Burgess, Lashell Collins, Bethany Shaw, Anne Nicholas, Jami Brumfield, Sarah Makela, Anna Lowe, and Catherine Vale. I’m so excited to be involved with such esteemed authors. Now, can you handle Alphas on the Prowl? 

If you think you can, check it out on Amazon now!

 
 

 Synopsis of Collection 

Alpha shifters are on the prowl, and they’re used to getting what they want. But there’s more to claiming a destined mate than raw power, and they’ll have to prove themselves worthy – in more ways than one.

Alphas on the Prowl is page after page of passion and pleasure in this box set featuring eleven tantalizing shapeshifter tales from NY Times and USA Today best selling authors.

Quite a few weeks ago, I got an invitation to participate in a shifter romance box set. I was so excited to get into this one, and especially to be with so many excellent authors. When we got the covers (flat and 3D), I almost squealed. I’ll admit it. Things like seeing our covers for the first time, getting glowing reviews and hearing from readers never gets old. Speaking for myself, and a few close author friends, we all can’t get over the excitement when a new cover comes in, or when we get a great review. Getting the chance to be involved in such a fantastic project is just as exciting. Enough gushing, though, time for details.


 
 

As she allowed him to ravish her with his fingers, she moaned. “Don’t let me have all the fun. Let me return the favor.”

Derek just chuckled, the vibrations from his throat passing through his mouth into her body and almost sending her over the edge. He must have realized how close she was to climaxing as he slowly kissed his way up her abdomen toward her breasts, following with his hands on their own trail up her body.

“No way, baby. This night – this first time – is all for you. And I’m going to make it an experience you’ll never forget.” He started massaging her breasts, alternating nipples between his fingers and mouth, never leaving either unattended. He nibbled and licked, tweaked and squeezed, the sensations driving her crazy but allowing her body to ease back from the edge. It was clear he wasn’t interested in rushing her orgasm, oblivious to her body language begging for release.

Krissy allowed her mind to drift into a fog of pleasure, only focusing on Derek’s hands and mouth as he paid divine attention to her body in ways she’d never experienced. No part of her body was neglected. She felt his hands cup her cheeks as his lips gently pressed against hers before moving to her nose. When he gently kissed each of her closed eyelids, she found the sensation surprisingly erotic. His kisses softly traced where her eyelids met from the inside corner out on each eye, his breath cooling skin that was moist from his tongue.

Derek then kissed his way to her right ear and her hands flew to his shoulders, keeping him there. His gentle lips played with her earlobe and his breath in her ear – on her neck – sent shivers down her spine, and yet another moan found its own sound as it passed her plump lips.

“You really know how to tease a girl, you know that?” Her voice was husky, lust-filled, and she was rewarded with another deep chuckle from him.


 
 
Check out these other hot tales by the uber talented Phoenix Johnson!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Phoenix Johnson is an Australian author who has always had the passion for the written word. She had her nose in at least one book ever since she could read and would even scrutinize the back of the cereal box every morning at breakfast. It was only natural she take up writing.

Phoenix had her first novella published in Januray 2013 as well as multiple works in progress, and her favourite writing genres are the same as her reading genres; erotica, romance, paranormal, thriller and a combination of these.

In early 2015, her books were nominated for the first annual Easy Chair Bookstore awards. Books 1 and 2 of Wolf Smitten both made the Top 5 in the Paranormal category, and Wolf Smitten as a whole made the Top 5 in the Series category, with winners to be announced June 1 2015. Phoenix is incredibly honoured to make 2 different category finalists, and to have 3 chances to win.

She currently lives in a small rural town west of Ipswich, Queensland, with her partner, their daughter, cats named Flash and Sirius, and their red cattle dog x named Rusty, and soon to have a spotted python joining the slowly growing menagerie.

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Review of “Long, Tall Texans – Volume III: Ethan and Connal” – Diana Palmer

 

ETHAN “Long, Tall Texans #5” (originally published January 1990 in Silhouette Romance #694 and reissued numerous times)
 
Arabella Craig was eighteen when Ethan Hardeman first opened her eyes to passion…and then turned around and married another woman. Four years later, tragedy brings Ethan, still just as tall and handsome, but newly divorced and bitter, back into her life. He runs his family’s cattle empire with an iron hand, yet he refuses to loosen his grip on the reins holding back his heart. But Arabella is determined not to let this Long, Tall Texan escape her again!
 
 
CONNAL “Long, Tall Texans #6” (originally published August 1990 in Silhouette Romance #741 and reissued numerous times)
 
For years, Penelope Mathews worshipped the elusive C. C. Tremayne from afar. Until one night, when, trying to protect the mysterious loner from landing in jail after drinking a little too much, Pepi seeks refuge in a wedding chapel—and winds up emerging as Mrs. Connal Cade Tremayne! When C.C. realizes what happened, he’s outraged and plans to end their “arrangement” immediately. Yet the more time he spends with Pepi, the more he realizes he doesn’t want their marriage to end….
 
 
 
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I’ve read a few of Palmer’s books and until now I haven’t posted any reviews on them. 
 
Why? 
 
The answer is simple. I kept giving her another try to show me something different. That how she portrayed her characters wouldn’t be a recurring theme. Unfortunately, it is and I decided not to hold my tongue any longer. 
 
Diana, I have no idea why you feel the need to have the “heroes” in your stories ridicule, belittle, and speak so harshly to their supposed love of their lives. 
 
Why do the men have to call them fat, ugly, plain, etc because they can’t come to terms they actually love the “heroine”. 
 
The women all (for the stories I’ve read) have pronounced body issues and low self esteem and the men they love throw it in their faces. Then when they suddenly realize they might lose their woman, they confess they were scared, truly love them, and BAM, all is forgiven. 
 
I don’t bloody think so. 
 
If a man called me plain, ugly, fat, yelled at me, told me to leave them alone, I would not fall at their feet when they suddenly have a change of heart. No self respecting woman (or man) would. 
 
I’m sorry to say I regret reading your stories. The money I spent on them. 
 
The only bright spot of the stories (that I’ve read) are the covers. 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
 
Score: This is a first for me but I am giving this story ZERO HEARTS.
Due to this, I’m not supplying the purchase links. 
 

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Review of the “Worth the Fight series” – Michele Mannon

Logan Rettino never imagined she’d fall so far. Dropped by her ex on national TV, she’s gone from prima ballerina to ring card girl, reduced to revving up the crowds before MMA bouts. However distasteful she finds her new job, it pays well…and she needs the money if she’s ever going to rebuild her life. Promised a huge bonus if she can convince a brooding, gifted welterweight to keep fighting, she’ll do whatever it takes to earn his trust.

Keane O’Shea is unbeatable in the octagon. A former marine, he fights with a ruthlessness no gym jockey can match. He knows his brutal strength is too much for the delicate ex-ballerina, regardless of how fascinating he finds Logan’s tight dancer’s body. But one private performance and he’s drawn to her in a way he can’t—or won’t—resist.

As Logan discovers the heartbreaking truth that lies beneath this handsome warrior’s rage, she’ll need to forfeit everything she thought mattered for the one thing that matters the most: saving Keane from himself.

 
 
 
 
 
Late-night shock jock Sophie Morelle has been fired, dumped by her network after an embarrassing incident cost them big bucks. But she knows just how to get back on her feet—by filming a raw, gritty documentary about MMA fighters, starring the hottest welterweight around. The only problem? He’s the one responsible for ruining her life.

MMA-champion-turned-model Caden Kelly is hell-bent on reestablishing himself as the best fighter in the country. He’d been on a roll, too, until that loudmouth reporter hit him in the head with a camera on national TV. The headaches he’s suffered since are nothing compared to the one he gets when she shows up, seeking an exclusive. That Sophie’s gorgeous is undeniable…but she’s also the most infuriating woman he’s ever met.

Stepping into the ring with Caden Kelly is not for the faint of heart, but Sophie’s never been the delicate type. This champion may have finally met his match—both in and out of the bedroom.

 
 
 
 

Bracken Kelly is a lot of things. A ball buster. A hardass. An undercover narcotics detective who’s gotten in too deep with a biker crew and landed himself in big trouble with Internal Affairs. Posing as a trainer to clear his name and uncover the methamphetamine being run out of Reno’s toughest fight club is the easy part—Bracken’s been fighting for half his life. Convincing a female featherweight with a smart mouth and a hotter body to let him train her? That complicates things.

Huntley Wittaker left a lot behind when she moved to Reno—her family business, her overprotective brothers, her psychopathic ex-boyfriend and her Southern Belle persona. In Nevada, she can be whatever she wants to be. And what Huntley wants to be is a fighter, even if her punch stinks. All she needs is the right trainer. The domineering brute of a biker who answers her ad isn’t it, but he’s all she’s got.

Bracken has a job to do and this time, he plans on succeeding, even if that means lying his way to getting sweaty with Huntley outside of the ring. But as he and Huntley grow closer and lies turn into truths, they’ll be faced with a different kind of fight—one neither of them is prepared for and one that threatens to tear them apart forever.

 
 
 
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I was highly impressed with the MMA terminology Michele used before the start of each chapter. It showed the dedication behind the story/series and the love she has for the sport.
 
For those not familiar with MMA, it will shed some light on the sport. For those who are fans of the octagon (like myself), it was an added bonus feature to an already stellar read. 
 
Now, let’s meet the cast and crew of the octagon. Shall we……
 
If you are looking for a man or woman with great stamina, then look no further. With their cardio regime, power and agility are a must in the ring and out of the ring….. well, my kinky ones, it’s a very titillating quality in a bed partner too. 
 
Suddenly, the energizer bunny slogan is buzzing around my head. You know the one —-> Keeps Going, Going, Going and ………. *wicked grin* 
 
In Knock Out and Tap Out, two fighters (men) weren’t looking for love. Ghosts (demons) from their past made them steer clear of anything resembling a commitment. However, you all know they get their HEA. Yeah, no brainer there. However, the road to HEA was an intriguing tale. 


Knock Out: For the most part, O’Shea was an ass. Of course, his behavior was explained and I could sympathize with him but still, Logan took quite an emotional beating. He might have the bigger muscles, but for the most part, I found her the stronger character. O’Shea did redeem himself in a major, romantic way at the end of the story. I only wish he did it sooner. I was actually tired of watching her chase/beg/plead for him. 
 
My only other complaint about Knock Out was the juvenile phrases. Example: Logan saying “Splitting leotards” –  “Twist my tutu” – “Leaping leotards”. I’m not much of a curser but even I was thinking, Fucking curse already.


Tap Out: We’ve all heard reports of drug use in correlation with any sport. So, the plot was not off the mark at all. For that, I give this story an A. What made this story get an A++ rating was the chemistry, the playfulness, between Caden and Sophie. I absolutely adored their video messages to each other. Romance at its finest moment.

Complaint: I felt Sophie’s past issues weren’t resolved. MM brought up Hank Cawfield multiple times but her demons were pushed aside to make room for Caden’s. For me, the brush off was noted and not appreciated. 


Out for the Count: Yes, MM focused her attention on a female fighter. This pleases me to no end. 🙂 While the men of the octagon are badass, this tale reinforces the knowledge women are a force to reckon with as well. Trainer, undercover cop, DEA agents, rogue cop, gangs…. This story is a thrill ride from beginning to end. Loved it! 

And way to kick some major ass, Huntley! Oh yeah, Bracken wasn’t so bad either. *winks* 

Complaint: Again, we find another woman throwing themself at a man. Why? It’ not needed. 

For this repeated offense, my score went from a 5 to a 4. 

 

 Overall Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 
 
 

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Review of “The Shadows” – J.R. Ward (WARNING – SPOILERS INCLUDED)

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward..

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice..

 

Review (Spoilers Included) 
 
Let me stress again that if you HAVEN’T READ the latest BDB book yet then DO NOT READ ON.
 
Okay, Ward definitely dropped some major revelations upon us. I didn’t see iAm’s true status coming. It was way out of left field. To Ward, I say, “Way to go chickie pie.” I do love me some surprises. Also, I am so glad he finally got him some lovin and found his mate/wife/shellan. Whatever title you want to bestow upon her. 
 
Now for the bitchin’ part of this review…….
 
WHAT THE HELL, WARD! You have the fans watch Selena and Trez love unfold, never truly acted upon, and then when they do consummate their love, get engaged, she perishes. Yeah, her final days were sweet/romantic. Trez treated her like a queen so why did you allow her to “be free”? After Trez’s shadows delayed the disease from taking her/turning her into stone, I thought for sure we would see a cure. He would be her cure. Man, I felt ripped off. 
 
When he met her in the Fade, I knew he wasn’t going to stay. Not after that gut-wrenching goodbye they shared. Again, I kept waiting for someone/something to step in and give them their HEA. 
 
Maybe in the next book, something truly spectacular will occur. The way Rhage was acting, maybe something involving him. *shrugging* 
 
For the most part, like 90%, I liked this book. However, I can’t believe the build-up to Trez and Selena big epic romance was over in a few short days. 
 
Bummed. 
 
Not pleased at all and I’m sure the other fans will be ranting and raving about this for a long time. 
 
But as they say, “There is no such thing as bad press.”
 
Yup, this is going to be a best seller. No doubt about it. And I know, like most of you, you will be eagerly awaiting the next BDB book. 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤1/2
 
 
  
For the reading order of the BDB series, click HERE

 

 
 

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