Book Review: The Mortal Falls (Undercover Elementals Book 1)

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Title: The Mortal Falls (Undercover Elementals Book 1)

Author: Anna Durand

Published: March 24th 2017 by Jacobsville Books

Source: free copy received from Book Unleashed, in exchange for an honest review

Format: ebook


A pragmatic human thrown into a world of magic…

Lindsey Porter fled from her traumatic past, determined to lay low, but now someone has framed her for murder. The quest for answers leads her into a parallel realm where magic reigns, and with a hostile sheriff and a shapeshifting assassin on her trail, she must place her life in the hands of a seductive, supernatural man who tempts her like no one else.

An immortal sylph enslaved by magic…

Nevan is trapped by a desperate bargain struck a century earlier, yet the beautiful, spirited Lindsey has enticed him to abandon his magically enforced duty. As forbidden passion flares between them, they’ll risk everything to uncover the truth and find what they both need the most—redemption.

When two worlds collide…

The fates of the elemental and mortal realms depend on the star-crossed lovers. As dark secrets from their pasts threaten to shatter the fragile trust between Lindsey and Nevan, a shocking revelation holds the power to deliver salvation or destruction.

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My Review:

„The Mortal Falls” was a great read for me. I liked the funny lines between the characters and I even liked how the tension was building until the great reveal. However, there are some items which were not to my liking. All arguments are detailed below.

So here we have Lindsey and Nevan’s story. An apparently quite normal mortal, who’s had an unhappy encounter with the supernatural and an immortal being. They meet while she trips on a dead body in the forest, a body that soon disappears. Being the sheriff’s number one suspect, Lindsay is adamant in finding out who did it and most importantly, why are they trying to frame her. In the meantime, her encounter with Nevan causes quite some trouble for him. His soul and actions are enslaved by Skeiron, because of a deal he had to make some time ago. As the blurb says, both their world will collide and they will have to rely on each other in order to solve their issues.

As I was mentioning, this was a really nice read for me. I spend some good time between the pages of this story. Both characters have personality and the way the author has adapted the language for Nevan (him being from another world) was very interesting as well. I even enjoyed the romance that gradually builds between them and how committed he was on not offending Lindsay in any way.

Now, there are some items that I did not like. I was not quite convinced about how Nevan got to work for Skeiron. It was not enough for me, can’t explain it more because of spoilers. Also, I did not like the magic system that much. I would have preferred a better introduction into Nevan’s world. Lindsay was just thrown into it and had to adapt on the way. And she did, quite easy I must say. I could also add that the action was a little dragged, but it kept me there so… I cannot list it as a bad thing.

All in all, even if there are some items that did not feel well to me, I kind of liked this book. It was not a difficult read, it made me relax for a while and remained me of why I like reading so much.Anna Durand is quite a lovely author and for sure I will try more books by her.  So 3.5 stars (let’s round this to 4) and hope you’ll enjoy it at least as much!

About the Authorannadurand

Anna Durand is a multi-award-winning author of sizzling romances, including the bestseller Dangerous in a Kilt, which earned a 2016 National Readers’ Choice Award for erotic romance. She loves writing about spunky heroines and hunky heroes, in settings as diverse as modern Chicago and the fairy realm. Making use of her master’s in library science, she owns a cataloging services company that caters to indie authors and publishers. In her free time, you’ll find her binge-listening to audiobooks, playing with puppies, or crafting jewelry. She’s also a member of Romance Writers of America and its Published Authors Network.

You can find her on her website or Twitter  – TheAnnaDurand

Book Review: Check My Heart

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Title: Check My Heart

Author: Christi Barth

Published: July 17th 2017

Source: ARC received from Tasty Book Tours, in exchange for a review

Format: e-copy


The death of his little brother turned Kurt Lundquist’s world upside down. He channeled his grief into skating his heart out–and ultimately leading his hockey team to win the championship. Now, all he wants to do is throw a party with the Cup in his brother’s honor. He’s got no clue where to start…until he runs into the gorgeous hospice nurse who took such great care of Jasper. She’s waaay off limits, but he’s desperate, and hires her to help him.

Lisette Broussard’s heart broke a little more every time a patient died. Losing the brave brother of a hockey star was the last straw. Learning a new specialty was supposed to change her life for the better, but it used up her savings. Then the slam dunk job with the New Orleans championship hockey team mysteriously disappears. So she jumps at Kurt’s offer of a job, no matter how temporary. No matter how…dangerous, given how much she’s always crushed on him. No matter how risky it is to fall for Kurt, since he’ll always associate her with the grief of losing his brother.

But the more time they spend together, the deeper they both fall. Kurt’s heart begins to thaw…and then heat. Lisette can’t resist him, and throws caution to the wind. She’ll take whatever time he gives her. Can they move beyond the pain of the past and focus on a future together?

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My Review:


„Check My Heart” by Christi Barth is a very intense story in which the main characters are brought together by the very thing that keeps them apart. It is a very quick read and for me it was perfect for a summer evening.

Kurt Lundquist is still mourning the loss of his brother, doing his best to accomplish his desires, even after his passing. He never imagined meeting Lisette Broussard again. She as well is followed by little Jasper’s death. This determines her to switch her career from hospice nurse. So both our main characters are looking for a new beginning, Kurt thinking of giving up hockey as well.

I loved the attraction between them, though I was not quite comfortable with the way things got back to normal after a hot moment. Their relationship starts with a lot of sexual tension. They still hold respect for Jasper’s death and to them, this is an obstacle that is hard to overcome, in their opinion. But this reason is exactly what brings them together, since Kurt hires Lisette to help him plan a party for Jasper’s team mates from his school’s hockey team, as was his wish.

The writing is very easy and the emotions are well expressed. The sadness, the intensity of their attraction, but as well the willingness to start over are well presented. The plot is not rushed at all and everything evolves at a normal pace.

Suffice to say that I quite enjoyed this book and the main characters. This is a clean romance, very suitable for a summer evening, while dreaming of your own “special someone” J I love Christi Barth’s writing and I do hope I’ll read more books by her. Till the next one, 4 stars go to “Check My Heart”

About the Authorchristy barth

USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series.

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world. For information on books, new releases and more, visit her Website.




Book Review: Broken Branches

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Title: Broken Branches

Author: M. Jonathan Lee

Published: July 27th 2017 by Hideaway Fall

Source: ARC received from the publisher

Format: paperback


‘Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.

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My Review:


I was so excited when asked to review this book, especially since I was contacted by Hideaway Fall and kindly gifted a paperback copy long before its release. So here I am, with my review.

Let me start by saying that Jonathan Lee’s story is not only addicting and gripping, but also extremely vivid (I will explain it later on) and so intense. I am not that much into horror and mystery but this.. was great!

Most part of the story we are seeing Ian struggling to understand if the curse that is said to have been following his family for generations is actually real. He has to face his past so he can build (or rebuild) his future. His despair, his messy mind and thoughts are his only allies it seems. Even his wife appears to have abandoned him in his obsessive search. I will not get too much into the story as I am afraid I will spoil some details, but I can (and must) comment on some other aspects.

The author has decided to alternate between two timelines. We see Ian’s childhood and Cobweb Cottage, his relationship with his brother and parents, but as well how he deals with his own family. Having an insight into our main character’s upbringing sheds some light into his mind and personality. We have a history of mental illness that is in the Perkins family for many generations, in some cases ignored, but later treated with the seriousness it deserves.

Throughout the book, we have this constant switch between what is real and imagination. Ian will doubt his own mind, he will create his own ties with the strange things that happen around the house. This battle, the main character’s fight to maintain his grip on reality is very well presented.

I left for the end of my review the thing I most liked: the writing, with all the descriptions, the attention to details. The author is creating such vivid images; I could see in my mind what he imagined when writing „Broken Branches”. It also helped that I myself have an old tree in front of my window J

There are many other items that I could insist upon (like how we get to see Rachel’s insight on her husband’s attitude in the end), but I will only mention again how much I enjoyed reading this book and how amazing the entire story was written.

I would like to thank Hideaway Fall for giving me the opportunity to be part of the release team for „Broken Branches” J

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Book Review: The Aura of the Crescent Moon

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Title: The Aura of the Crescent Moon

Author: Patricia Catacalos

Published: December 14th 2013 (first published January 23rd 2013)

Source: received from the author in exchange for a review

Format: e-copy


England 1854 – Charity appears as a mysterious, veiled woman insisting upon an interview with Hugh Morgan for the position of governess. Hugh was cuckolded by his deceased wife and no longer trusts women, doubting that ‘his’ child is truly his own and achingly withholds love from the little girl. But once the kind-hearted Charity lifts her disguise, she will teach Hugh to trust and love again.

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My Review:


This book is a lovely combination between romance and 19th century England, whit its customs and language, all possible throughout a fantastic writing. It also covers some important themes, such as family, reputation, unconditional love.

We have two main characters, each looking to start a new life: Charity, who’s running from her family, and Hugh Morgan, who’s trying to find room in his life and heart for a child that may or may not be his. Both characters meet when they need each other the most. The opening scene, when Charity requests an interview for the governess position is a good indication of their personalities and intelligence. There are two main themes on which I will insist upon in the following lines: family and pure love.

Hugh’s uncertainty if the child is actually his daughter has affected not only his relationship with her, but as well the innocent girl, who has been abused by her aunt. I appreciated how well the author has treated this subject, offering it the attention it deserves. The fear, the panic and sadness were very well expressed. Charity has to help the little child regain her confidence and Hugh to accept her and offer his parental affection and guidance.

We also have here the pure love element, the love that is beyond physical beauty, that grows in time and melts fears, that is based on respect and trust. I am an avid reader of romance books, so I really do appreciate seeing trust and respect coming forward.

The author has adapted the writing and the language to the 19th century English and has managed to draw attention to the customs from this period. The importance of reputation and as well the need for young women to marry a rich, titled man are just two of them.

All in all, I do believe this was an excellent read. I had so much fun and not a moment of boredom. The characters are complex and well developed and the plot has substance and meaning. Five stars and my big THANK YOU to Patricia Catacalos for gifting me a copy of this lovely book J


About the Authorpatricia


Patricia Catacalos holds a BA in Theatre from Seton Hill University and a MA in Theatre from the University of Denver. Years ago, when still single, she acted in and directed plays in the Philadelphia area but suffered the fate of many artists, struggling financially. So, she entered a career in sales but her creative spirit needed to express itself. So approximately eight years ago, she started writing historical romances. Many of the historical romances have a subgenre of mystery and/or the paranormal. She discovered that writing historical romances and ultimately, mystery/intrigue is her passion. Currently, she has written twenty novels and novellas.

She has been happily married for twenty-eight years to a loving and supportive man with a Greek heritage (which influenced a couple of her novels) and they live in southern New Jersey.

Book Review: Carson

She needs to move forward with her life, 
but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?
Bad Boys After Dark #3
Melissa Foster
Releasing July 11, 2017
World Literary Press


Second chances really do exist…

As the founder of a multimillion-dollar international security business, Carson Bad exposes secrets for a living. He knows better than to forge relationships built on them. But for years he did just that with his best friend, and secret lover, Tawny Bishop. She brought a sense of calm and understanding to his life–in and out of the bedroom. Until one fateful night when a knock at the door changed everything.

Tawny is no longer a naive college student. She’s a sought-after perfumer living in Paris. She has plenty of resources at her fingertips, and lots of lonely nights to think about the only man she’s ever loved–the one she ran away from all those years ago. She needs to move forward with her life, but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?

Maybe showing up in the middle of the night unannounced isn’t the best route to unraveling the past and figuring out her future, but Tawny has played it safe for ten long years, and it’s only made her long for the man she never should have walked away from. Now she’s back in Carson’s life, and he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only he knew what that mistake was…


My Review:

As always, Melissa Foster has her way with words! She adds something magical, that brings out the emotions, not only in her characters, but in us readers. I cannot get enough of her writing!

This is my first book from the series, but the book can be easily read as a standalone. There is no connection (or only minimal) to the other stories, so no need to read the first ones. However, if you are a fan of Melissa’s writing, just go right in J (like I will do, for sure!). So Carson and Tawny have this connection that was born years ago, when they started sharing Sunday nights. Immature and maybe unsure about each other’s feelings, they stop pursuing it. However, both know for sure that maybe the only real moments they had were when they were together, the only moments where comfort set in.  What would possibly have gone wrong to make them stop?

Reading Carson’s story, I have a lot of conflicting feelings. As I mentioned, the writing is beautiful so no need to insist on praising it. But the plot is too much centered on the hot scenes between the main characters and does not have this solid build. I would have expected a deeper conflict between the two, or inside their hearts. Also, most of the part (if not completely), Carson is to be blamed or he takes the fault. But in reality, I believe things could have been settled in a much simpler way.

Well, taking into account I did feel all these emotions and the abundance of feelings the main characters shared, especially for the remarkable way in which the book is put in words, I am going with a 4 stars (3.5 actually).


Melissa Foster is a New
York Times
 & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes
sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with
emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last
page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family
oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading
about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.



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Book Review: Freeze (Midnight Ice #2)



Locked up doesn’t mean locked in.


        Pandora Scott is in jail…again. Everyone she once loved betrayed her…again. And somfreeze_coverof the most powerful people in the world want her dead…yes, again. Sound familiar? But if there’s one thing Pandora is good at, it’s wriggling her way out of life or death situations, and this time is no different. Armed with her ability to disappear and aided by the mysterious Sam, Pandora’s got a plan. Escape the most secure prison in the world. Evade the most powerful trackers on the planet. Forget every word that Jax has ever told her. And figure out how to change one teeny tiny thing–fate. Easy, right? Well…doable, at least.

Freeze is the second book in the thrilling Midnight Ice series–the brand new spinoff to Midnight Fire, a bestselling paranormal romance with over 200,000 copies sold and over 5000 5-star reviews on Goodreads!


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My Review:

Ok, this was amazing! And I wish I could just leave my review at that, because there so many things to talk about when it comes to Book #2 of the “Midnight Ice” series. Let me start by mentioning that I gave “Frost” 4 stars, but “Freeze” cannot be less that a 5 stars book, at least in my opinion.

The story begins where Book 1 ended, with Pandora imprisoned by the very people that raised her and that she was trying to hide from. Most of the plot focuses on her attempts to escape and to find out the reason why she is a danger to everybody.

I love Pandora! The author has preserved her main attributes from “Frost” and added much more. I mean, if in other series we can feel a change in the main character’s personality, here we can really see Pandora evolve. She is the same confident woman, with her need to “asses” her surroundings before taking a definite action. But she has learned from her mistakes. She is not that willing to trust someone again, but at the same time understands the need to rely on others. While trying to escape, she will discover new abilities that come in handy – and that’s awesome!


From the romance perspective, we have a turn that I must admit I was expecting. “Frost” ended with a “What?! How? Why does it have to end like that?” from me! I could not wait to see what’s behind Sam and that is his connection to Pandora. It was worth the wait (though it was not that long for me)! Their relationship is explosive, Sam is patient and gives her time to accommodate with the world and the truths he will unravel. We do see as well the regret and the pain Jax goes through. Half way through the book I thought I knew who the good guys were, but there it goes, spinning me around again!

Some other things to mention: the addition of a new character – Naya (necromancer and goddess!!!) was a breath of fresh air. It adds a lot to the story! Oh, and the writing…. It was amazing as well. The feeling is there, the reader can feel the passion Kaitlyn has put in writing it!

Fabulous! This was a fabulous read, with amazing characters and an amazing turn in the story. Now I’m not sure I want to read the next book because I do not want it to end (but I will read it, because… I love it and I cannot NOT read it!). There are books you really like and books you miss when the story is over. This one falls on the latter category. Enjoy J

To the amazing author: THANK YOU! For giving me the opportunity to be part of this blog tour and for this great series J



If you haven’t started the series, FROST (Midnight Ice Book One) is currently on sale for $0.99 for a limited time!



 “A snarky, action-packed, and entertaining read!” – Betwixt the Pages

 “I am in love with Pandora, she is badass!” – E.A. Walsh

 “A story of teenage love, betrayal, double crossing and danger…” – Splashes Into Books

 Even the hottest love can turn a girl cold-blooded…

 Life’s tough for a vampire thief on the run–just ask Pandora Scott, she knows. Four years ago she ran away from home after everyone she loved betrayed her. But now her annoyingly grown up (and handsome) ex boyfriend is stalking her, begging her to return. A mysterious vamp with a particularly dangerous (and sexy) stare keeps popping unexpectedly into her life. The extremely powerful head vampire of New York is hunting her down because she may (or may not) have broken into his highly-secure, highly-secretive personal vault. And the fate she’s been trying to outrun? Well, it’s about to catch up. Because even a super-speedy vamp with the ability to disappear can’t escape her own destiny.

Fell free to check my review for Frost here


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And the third book, Fracture, just became available for pre-order!



**Special pre-order discount! Price will increase to $3.99 at on sale!** When you fall for the devil, you’re bound to get burned.

Pandora Scott’s world has blown up once again, but this time she’s learned her lesson–saving the world isn’t a job she can do solo. She needs friends. But when her strongest ally also happens to be the boy who shattered her heart, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Especially since the person she has to destroy might just be the love of her life. With her fate hanging in the balance, Pandora’s got to make a choice. Forgive? Forget? Fight? Or falter? But everything changes when she realizes that the people she thought were heroes might be villains, and the good guys aren’t always as trustworthy as they seem…

Fracture is the third book in the thrilling Midnight Ice series–the brand new spinoff to Midnight Fire, a bestselling paranormal romance with over 200,000 copies sold and over 5000 5-star reviews on Goodreads!


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Author Bio: freeze_author


Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at:

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Release Blast + Review: Digital Velocity

The deadliest weapons are the ones we never see.
McAllister Justice #1
Reily Garrett
Releasing July 10, 2017
The deadliest weapons are the ones we never see.
Keyboard prodigy, Lexi Donovan has risen from teenage orphan
of the streets to complete independence with little help along the way. When a
pervert threatens her friend, she sends an anonymous message to police, leading
to a firefight that leaves a cop wounded.
Detective Ethan McAllister’s well-ordered life turned upside
down the day an obscure text message led to a sexual predator’s identity and
arrest. Since then, Callouston PD’s finest can’t trace the elusive hacker. The
latest tip leads him to a brutal mutilation and a riddle  indicating the identity of the next murder
The dark net houses a playground for the morally depleted
and criminally insane. When Lexi discovers the killer’s digital betting arena,
she finds herself centered in a cyber stalker’s crosshairs, a psychopath
bearing equal talent.
Street life strengthened Lexi while toughening her
protective shell, but nothing could shield her from the shrewd detective
forging a path to her heart.
 is a fast-paced
romantic suspense thriller that sophisticatedly weaves drama, excitement,
grit, raw emotions and mystery. Garrett takes her readers on a journey
where suspense and romance are taken up several notches as she unfolds and
reveals the identity of a murderer that is on the loose. With her vivid prose,
Garrett entices readers to see the bond that is brewing between Detective
Ethan McAllister and his unlikely informant.
” – RT
Book Reviews

My Review:

I am no stranger to Reily Garrett and I have mentioned this in so many of my other reviews. I was lucky to be first approached by this amazing author to review some of her other titles and now I am even luckier to be part of a blog tour promoting her new series. As other books by her, “Digital Velocity” is a great combination between passion and mystery. She has a way of building our suspense and keeping us fully emerged in her story!

So in book 1 of “McAllister Justice” Series, we meet detective Ethan McAllister and Lexi Donovan. While he has a prolific career and has managed it all on his own, Lexi has had to deal with street life and now all she wants is to live in the shadows. Their interaction starts anonymously, when Lexi starts sending him tips of criminal activity. But when her info results in Ethan getting shot and Lexi’s protector dead, things kind of get turned upside down. She will have to learn to trust other people, and Ethan will have to face feelings he was never ready for.

As I was mentioning, what I mostly like about Reily’s writing is this way of building the story around the action and the characters at the same time. I mean the mystery or the plot related action evolves in the same manner as the romance between the main characters. They just move hand in hand. As the action becomes more intense, the characters become more engrossed in each other. You don’t go all the way into finding out who the killer is only to be reminded in the end that “hey, there was something going on between these two”.

One other aspect that I noticed specifically tied to “Digital Velocity” is that the mystery surrounding Lexi is kept during most part of the narration. We get to understand what Ethan feels about her, in all the ways he seems attracted to her, but we don’t have such insight on Lexi. She is a mystery as well, one that will unfold gradually as well.

Suffice to say that I liked the story very much. There is no news in that. I said it so many times, I am a fan of Reily Garrett and I cannot get enough of her books! I am so excited to read what else is in store of the McAllisters! In the meantime, have fun reading “Digital Velocity” J

Reily is a
West Coast girl transplanted to the opposite shore. When she’s not working with
her dogs, you can find her curled up with a book or writing her next story.
Past employment as an ICU nurse, private investigator, and work in the military
police has given her countless experiences in a host of different environments
to add a real world feel to her fiction.
Over time,
and several careers, many incidents have flavored the plots of her stories.
Man’s cruelty and ingenuity for torment and torture is boundless, not contained
by an infinite imagination. Witnessing the after-effects of a teenager mugged
at knifepoint for a pair of tennis shoes, or an elderly woman stabbed
repeatedly with a screwdriver for no apparent reason, left an indelible
impression that will forever haunt her subconscious. In counterpoint, she has
observed a woman stop her vehicle in severe, snowy weather to offer her own
winter coat to a stranger, a teenager wearing a threadbare hoodie. Life’s
diversities are endless.
Though her
kids are her life, writing is Reily’s life after. The one enjoyed after the
kids are in bed or after they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the
time she kicks back with laptop and lapdog to give her imagination free rein.


In reading,
take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and
bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions of them over a coffee
with your best friend (even if he’s four-legged). Life is short. Cherish your


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