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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #37

Happy Thursday, everyone!  Zeee here from I Heart Romance hosting this weeks' Throwback Thursday:  Historical Romance Edition, a feature started by Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. 

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Tin of Love Saves the World and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

My pick for this week is The Handmaiden's Necklace  by Kat Martin, published on January 1, 2006.

Five years ago Rafael, Duke of Sheffield, believed he was betrayed by the woman he loved and the pain haunts him still. When Rafe discovers that he was cruelly tricked, and that Danielle Duval was never unfaithful, he's desperate to win her back. But Dani is already on a steamer bound for America to marry another man. Impulsively, Rafe follows her and, trapping her in a compromising situation, quickly makes her his wife.

Promising her that with time he can prove his love and win her trust, Rafe presents her with a stunning necklace rumored to hold great power. As much as Dani wants to believe it can right the wrongs of the past, she fears there is one truth it cannot conceal, a truth that could cost her this second chance with Rafe, the only man she has ever loved ...

My Thoughts
Second chance love is perhaps one of my favorite romance tropes.  Handmaiden's Necklace really encapsulates this trope.  As my usual TBT book picks, I have read this book multiple times and it never gets old!  

Now, head over to Tin @ Love Saves the World and Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading for their pick of the week.

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. Enter your link below so we can visit your TBT: HR Edition post for the week! (Then go here to copy the Link code to your blogs.)

Don't forget to leave some love! mwaaaah*

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: Mini Reviews of Four Books by Grace Burrowes

Morgan and Archer: A Novella (Windham, #8.5)
Morgan and Archer, A Novella by Grace Burrowes
Publication date: November 2013
Series: Windham #8.5
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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~~Reviewed by Sharon~~
It is a short but sweet story. We first met Morgan in The Heir, she being the younger sister of Anna, Duchess of Westhaven. Morgan lost her hearing in an accident, but has regained partial hearing and she also can read lips. Archer is the cousin of Benjamin Hazlit, Earl of Hazleton, and an investigator trying to solve a plot against the Crown. Loved the interaction between Morgan and Archer and also how Morgan assisted Archer with solving the mystery. This is a novella so it moves along quickly, but I would recommend this book as well as the others in the Windham series.  

Andrew: Lord of Despair (Lonely Lords, #7)
Andrew: Lord of Dispair by Grace Burrowes
Publication date: December 3, 2013
Series: Lonely Lords #7
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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~~Reviewed by Sharon~~
Andrew has lived with guilt for years after a boating accident that cost him the life of his father and his brother Gareth's fiancée and feels that he is unworthy of anybody's love, including Astrid, his brother's sister-in-law. This story picks up a few years after Gareth's book where we saw Andrew leave England for a tour of the continent, leaving Astrid behind. Astrid loves Andrew, but when he leaves her and England, she knows she needs to move on with her life so she marries Herbert, Lord Amery, who ups and dies, leaving her in the family way. Andrew returns shortly after Herbert's death and although he is very much in love with Astrid, tells her that he can never marry her. Watching these two very lonely people go through the trials and tribulations of their past had me sobbing like a baby at times, but there was also the joy of seeing them work through their past guilt to get to their HEA. If you enjoy historical romances, then I highly recommend you adding Grace Burrowes to your list of authors.


Douglas: Lord of Heartache (Lonely Lords, #8)
Douglas: Lord of Heartache by Grace Burrowes
Publication date: January 7, 2014
Series: Lonely Lords #8
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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~~Reviewed by Sharon~~
Douglas, Viscount Amery, came into his title upon the death of his older brother and finds that the not only is his estate in financial difficulty, but he knew absolutely nothing about how to go about making them profitable. Guinevere Hollister, who oversees her cousin's estates in his absence has an illegitimate daughter, Rose, who is the granddaughter of the Duke of Moreland. She is happy, but lonely, with her life and just wants to be left alone. Douglas is thinking about purchasing a property of Gwen's cousin, so he persuades Gwen to travel with him to the property to see if she thinks it would be a profitable purchase and to teach him about land husbandry. Gwen is awkward and uncertain around Douglas, but he is so gentle with her that you just want to swoon. There are a few tense moments when the Duke of Moreland sets out to have Gwen marry his heir, but Douglas knows that he is the only man who could ever make Gwen happy and is just as determined to win her love for himself. Once again, Grace Burrowes has written a story that will stay with you long after the book has ended.


David: Lord of Honor (Lonely Lords, #9)
David: Lord of Honor by Grace Burrowes
Publication date: March 4, 2014
Series: Lonely Lords #9
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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~~Reviewed by Sharon~~
Grace Burrowes has once again written another magnificent Lonely Lords book.  David, Viscount Fairly, has inherited a high-class brothel, which he wants to be free from.  Letticia (Letty) Banks was a former mistress to David's late brother-in-law.  When David offers Letty the position of Madam at the brothel, she knows that it is not the life she wants, but must accept or be forced to find another protector, which she has no interest in doing.  Loved the interaction between David and Letty and the way they overcame the hurdles set in front of them to get to their very own HEA.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blog Tour: I Adored a Lord by Katharine Ashe with Excerpt & Giveaway

Release Date: July 29, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon
Hosted By: Tasty Book Tours

She’s intended for his brother. He’s destined for adventure. Then a dangerous mystery throws them together, and all they want is each other.
All that clever, passionate Ravenna Caulfield wants is to stay far away from high society’s mean girls.

All that handsome, heroic Lord Vitor Courtenay wants is to dash from dangerous adventure to adventure.

Now, snowbound in a castle with a bevy of the ton’s scheming maidens all competing for a prince’s hand in marriage, Ravenna’s worst nightmare has come true. Now, playing babysitter to a spoiled prince and his potential brides, Vitor is champing at the bit to be gone.
When a stolen kiss in a stable leads to a corpse in a suit of armor, a canine kidnapping, and any number of scandalous liaisons, Ravenna and Vitor find themselves wrapped in a mystery they’re perfectly paired to solve. But as for the mysteries of love and sex, Vitor’s not about to let Ravenna escape until he’s gotten what he desires…


Cover Reveal: To Tempt an Earl by Kristin Vayden

Title: To Tempt an Earl (Greenford Waters Legacy, #2)
Author: Kristin Vayden
Genre: Regency
Series: Greenford Waters Legacy

About the Book
Tempting an Earl is not for the faint of heart. 
Thank heavens Bethanny is anything but faint!
Now, honest, perhaps--too honest, but never faint!
After all, why flirt when you can tempt? And why the devil would a woman choose to swoon when she could be kissed?
Of course, she'd never try something so...honest, yes that was the word, honest on anyone but Lord Graham. 
He's the only one she wants. 
He alone has her heart. 
And, he hadn’t a clue.
So it was only polite that she tell him. 
Now, if only her blasted guardian, the Duke of Clairmont, would see Graham as more of a suitor than his old friend.
Because Graham is anything but old and most certainly not just a friend, not after that kiss, or that touch. 
Though, if she were to lay all her cards on the table--which any gently bred woman ought--he wasn't completely aware it was her mouth, her lips, or her touch. 
But that's beside the point now, isn't it?

About the Author:
Kristin's inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. With five children to chase, she is never at a loss for someone to kiss, something to cook or some mess to clean but she loves every moment of it! She loves to make soap, sauerkraut, sourdough bread and gluten free muffins. Life is full of blessings and she praises God for the blessed and abundant life He's given her.


I hope everyone enjoyed this cover reveal and look forward to the book's release!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent

Release Date: July 29, 2014
Genre: Historical Erotica Romance
Publisher: Loveswept


One night of fierce passion and unbound pleasure leaves two strangers craving much more in Lavinia Kent’s sumptuous novel of sensual discovery.

The time has come for the widow Louisa, Lady Brookingston, to move on, but she refuses to remarry at the cost of shaming her late husband’s memory. Their six years together were wedded bliss—even if a war injury prevented him from fulfilling his marital duties. Only one woman can help Louisa: Madame Rouge, the discreet proprietress of a club where London’s elite explore their wildest fantasies.

Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, has no intention of agreeing to deflower an anonymous virgin. But when Madame Rouge tempts him with the absolute power he’ll have over a woman who knows nothing of carnal delights, he’s intrigued. Control is the one thing he cannot resist—and control is what he loses during his night with the blindfolded beauty. He longs to take her further, to leave his mark upon her perfect behind, but the mystery woman refuses to see him again. Instead Geoffrey reluctantly agrees to take a wife, the widow of his dear friend, Lord Brookingston—fating them both to a wicked surprise.

Mastering the Marquess is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Author Bio

Lavinia Kent is a former two-term president of the Washington Romance Writers and a four-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominee. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family and an ever-changing menagerie of pets.


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ARC Review: Lady Windermere's Lover by Miranda Neville

Lady Windermere's Lover (The Wild Quartet, #3)
Lady Windermere's Lover by Miranda Neville 
Publication date: June 24, 2014
Series: The Wild Quartet #3
Publisher: Avon
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~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
Lady Windermere’s Loveris the third book in the Wild Quartet series by Miranda Neville. The hero and heroine, Lord and Lady Windermere (Damian and Cynthia), were strangers who suddenly found themselves married as partial settlement of a gambling debt.  Damien, who has little interest in being married to someone that he sees as plain and simple, immediately abandons his wife and goes into the foreign service.  When he returns a year later, he finds that Cynthia has become very pretty and more at ease with her position in society.  He begins to feel that perhaps they could have a future together, but he is plagued by rumors that she had taken a lover in his absence.

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I enjoyed her writing style.  The story line held my interest and the pacing was even. The heroine, especially, was very likeable and the hero’s reactions to various situations were very believable.  In one chapter, both Cynthia and Damian draw portraits of each other which gives them new insight into their relationship.  I felt this scenario was particularly well written and I hoped that the author would follow this up later in the book.  She did.  What she didn’t do, however, was follow-up on another issue that haunted the couple, especially Cynthia, throughout the book, and this was disappointing.

I’m giving Lady Windermere’s Lover four stars because I felt the ending was far too abrupt.  It cried out for an epilogue to wind everything up, especially the issue I mentioned above, but instead I felt like the readers were left hanging.  Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and I’m adding other books by Miranda Neville to my TBR list.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tempted By His Touch Historical Anthology (Only $0.99!) - Interview & Giveaway

Buried Under Romance is very pleased to celebrate the launch of Tempted By His Touch A Limited Edition Boxed Set of Dukes, Rogues, & Alpha Heroes!

Grand prize: iPad Mini (16GB) with surprise bonus print books [Open to US/CA] (at the bottom!)

About the Book: 
A boxed set with ten sizzling historical romances from ten bestselling historical romance authors. Fall in love with fabulous tales of intrigue, suspense, wit, and passion featuring dukes, rogues, alpha heroes…and the women who can’t resist them. JUST 99 CENTS from July 27 - Sept. 21---then it disappears FOREVER!

Scoundrel Ever After by Darcy Burke - Once upon a time there was a very bad boy who met a very nice girl....

Lady of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle - Educating a man in the art of love takes time. Lots of it.

Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson - Passion and secrets simmer against the glittering backdrop of 19th century musical celebrity.

To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield by Bronwen Evans - What's a lady to do when a notorious rake wins her estate in a game of cards?

Undone by Lila DiPasqua – One steamy, emotionally charged retelling of Rapunzel…Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning…

The Problem with Seduction by Emma Locke - Elizabeth Spencer needs a man. She doesn't need to like him—because while she needs a man, she doesn't particularly want one.

A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe - Daniel O'Reilly returns to win back Kate Morgan’s heart and prove he's innocent of murder.

Once Upon a Duke by Eva Devon - A widow looking to get seduced. A duke more than willing to oblige.

Great & Unfortunate Desires by Gina Danna - A marquis with a guilty past takes a bride in a world where love is fatal.

Dark Surrender By Erica Ridley - Trapped in darkness…. Their passion burns bright!

Buy Links:  Amazon
Q&A with Anthea Lawson

What’s your favorite historical romance? It’s hard to choose just one! But I’d have to say As You Desire by Connie Brockway, partially for the way she poke gentle fun at romance tropes, and for the exotic setting, wounded hero, and strong-minded heroine.

Oh, I'm a big fan of that book! What is the first romance novel you ever read? Probably something by Victoria Holt, smuggled off my best friend’s mom’s shelves when I was in middle school. And lots of… Barbara Cartland.

Would you want to live in the time you write about? What would you love? Hate? The Victorian era was full of energy and transition, but I wouldn’t want to live as a woman in that time.

Me too. It's a fascinating era but not so kind to privileges for women. So if given the choice between a duke, a rogue, or an alpha hero, which would you choose? Hm, I’d prefer all three wrapped into one.  ;)  That said, I’ve always had a thing for rogues…

What tempts you? (Chocolate, caviar, long walks on the beach…)  Chocolate. And also, chocolate.

Rapid fire round:
Designer purses or Target special? Target but it has to be a little funky
Heels or flip flops? Designer sandals
Rich or famous? Rich
American hottie or sexy Brit? Brit. Love that accent. [Yes, I'm with you on that!]
Where’s your happy place? Playing in the sea of words. And sleeping in with my handsome, roguish husband.  ;)

Hidden by the shadows, heedless of the applause surging behind them, he pulled her into his arms.

She went willingly, their joined music still echoing through her. His lips touching hers was simply the next movement—an inevitable extension of the intimacy they had experienced onstage. Clara set her hands on his shoulders and lifted herself onto her toes, pressing more deeply into the kiss. She could not help it, any more than she could help the music scribed in her soul. The feel of his arms around her was fierce and exhilarating, and she opened her mouth to his, taking his breath and giving hers in return.
About Darcy Burke:
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

About Bronwen Evans:
USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes.
Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon Readers’ Crown Best Historical 2012, and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. Her first self-published novella, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 201,2 and a finalist in the RomCon Readers’ Crown Best Historical 2013. Her first contemporary released December 2012, The Reluctant Wife, won the RomCon Readers’ Crown Best Category 2013.

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About Lila DiPasqua:
Lila DiPasqua is a multi-published, national bestselling author of historical romance with heat. Her novels are published by Penguin/Berkley, as well as having self-published works.
She is best known for her critically acclaimed Fiery Tales series. Her books have been featured on Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs.
She lives with her husband and three children in Canada and is a firm believer in the happily-ever-after.

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About Delilah Marvelle:
Delilah Marvelle is the winner of the Reviewer's Choice for Best Sensual Historical Romance of the Year and had Booklist name her historical romance 'Forever and a Day' one of the TOP 10 Romances of the year. When she isn't writing, she's digging through inappropriate research books that include anything in history having to do with courtesans, brothels, sexual contraptions that were never properly used and other fascinating forms of dirty history that didn't make it into college textbooks. She includes all of her research in her books to ensure countless hours of entertainment and continues to take pride in knowing more about dirty history than most people feel comfortable with.

About Erica Ridley:
Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she decided to be a writer when she grew up.
She is the author of three Gothic romances, Too Wicked to Kiss, Too Sinful to Deny and Dark Surrender, the vampire romance "Never Been Bitten" in the paranormal romance anthology Born To Bite, contemporary paranormal romances Charmed and Midwinter Magic, and the holiday fantasy romance Let It Snow.
When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

About Emma Locke:
Emma Locke is a writer and engineer living in the Pacific Northwest, where she loves hiking with her dog, hot yoga and riding out the annual 330 days of rain. Hiking and yoga give her time to plot, the lack of sun makes for perfect writing weather, and as for her day job, the dichotomy seems to work: her analytic side ensures her passionate, satisfying love stories don't mulch under her bed, and her author side forces her to keep writing more.

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About Gina Danna:
Gina has spent the better part of her life reading. History has been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, dreaming of writing one of her own. Years later, after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, writing academic research papers and writing for museum programs and events, she finally found the time to write her own stories of historical romantic fiction.
Now, under the supervision of her three dogs and three cats, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true break away is to spend time with her other life long dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.

About Erica Monroe:
Erica Monroe is a bestselling author of emotional, suspenseful romance. Though she has a Bachelor's degree in writing, she's been a secretary, a barista, and a retail assistant. Now Erica spends her days crafting lovable rogues and feisty heroines for her historical and new adult series. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina, and the Beau Monde Regency Romance chapter. When not writing, she is a chronic TV watcher, sci-fi junkie, lover of pit bulls, and shoe fashionista. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.

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About Eva Devon:
Author of sexy and laugh out loud funny Regencies, I'm also Maire Claremont, creator of dark and angsty Victorians!

About Anthea Lawson:
Anthea Lawson, called "a new star of Historical Romance" by Booklist, has won readers with her combination of spicy love scenes and elegant prose. Her first novel, PASSIONATE, was a Best First Book finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA awards.
Anthea also writes award-winning YA Urban Fantasy under the pen name Anthea Sharp.

Wednesday, July 30th
Chat with the authors and win prizes!

Also, be sure to like each author’s Facebook page so you’ll see the WEEKLY GIVEAWAYS they have going on while Tempted by His Touch is on sale. You don’t want to miss an exciting moment of this extravaganza!

 Grand prize: iPad Mini (16GB) with surprise bonus print books [Open to US/CA]
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Discussion: Alpha, Beta, Gamma: Who's Your Hero?

Anyone who's read more than one romance novel knows that heroes come in an endless array of varieties. Hot cops, rugged cowboys and soldiers from the ancient past to far future share shelf space with cultured aristocrats, suave billionaires, and brooding antiheroes, and that's only the introductory sampler pack. Sorting these gents can get tricky, but thankfully, we have a  pretty decent classification in place.

Alpha: Leaders of the pack, alpha males are in charge, and everybody knows it. Women want them, men want to be them. The alpha male favors action over words, is confident, maybe cocky, but never abusive or a jerk. He's well aware of his own appeal. He's used to getting what he wants, and when he gets the heroine of his choice in his sights, there's no stopping him until she feels the same way. If she leads him a merry chase, he's more than up to it, and she'll never doubt he's her man. Alphas are on the front lines of romance, and they (and we)  wouldn't have it any other way.

Beta: The beta male prefers brains over brawn. He's the nice guy, dependable, nurturing, but never wimpy or ineffective. He's solid, there for his heroine and patient enough to wait for her, no matter how long it takes. He probably doesn't think about  his own appearance much, as long as he doesn't scare small children and his heroine has no strong objections. The beta male is content to let the alphas take the first hit, and are always there to lend support however it's needed. Often found in friends to lovers stories, this guy may strike heroines and readers as nonthreatening, but don't be fooled, he's all man where and when it counts.

Gamma: The gamma male can be seen as the best of both worlds. Tough and tender by turns, this guy adapts to the needs of the moment. He may tote a weapon by day, and walk the floor with a sick baby by night. Whether the love of his life needs a strong defender or a listening ear, he's there for her, and expects the same treatment in return. He's a tricky one to pin down, strategic and clever, but able to charge into the fray when that's the most expedient thing to do. The lucky heroine who captures the gamma's heart will never be bored, always up for something new.

So, dear readers, which one of these fine fellows floats your reading boat? Introduce us to your favorite types and feel free to give examples. We can always use a few good fictional men to add to our TBR mountains.

Friday, July 25, 2014

ARC Review: For Her Spy Only by Robyn DeHart

For Her Spy Only (Masquerading Mistresses, #2)
For Her Spy Only by Robyn DeHart
Publication date: July 21, 2014
Series: Masquerading Mistresses #2 
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
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~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
Alistair Devlin, Marquess of Coventry, is a brilliant, if peculiar man who does not suffer fools. He feels he is above the base needs and emotions the rest of humanity falls prey to. He works for the Crown as a spy and code breaker. Under the hard crust he shows the world is a caring, loyal and vulnerable man.

They met when he rescued Winifred (Wilmington) and her maid during a terrible snow storm. They had a brief affair while the snow was blowing. Fast forward six years and he is looking for a map maker, Winifred’s dead husband, Sir Mirren. Winifred is a strong, loving and very practical woman. Alistair needs several maps to break a code and is surprised to see Winifred again.  Throughout their story Alistair discovers he does have those pesky feelings and emotions and they are for her. He has never had much contact with children but finds he is drawn to Winifred’s son Oliver. There is murder, danger, misunderstandings, and ultimately tender acceptance and love. 

It was interesting seeing Alistair discover his emotions and his need to have Winifred near him, she clams him and does not always feel the need to fill every moment with conversation. As he discovers his need for her his protective instincts kick in and ends uncomfortable encounters with Oliver’s guardian and Winifred, I cheered! The danger he inadvertently puts Winifred in is the catalyst to him taking the step to have her in his life forever. 

Ms DeHart always brings a richness to her characters, she uses humor and fast paced conversations to keep you interested and wanting more. The grace with which Ms DeHart handles both Alistair’s and Oliver’s quiet ways is brilliant. I am excited to see what happens with the other members of the Seven.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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