Book Review: What a Lord Wants

What a Lord Wants
Capturing the Carlisles Book 5
by Anna Harrington
Genre: Historical Romance
THE ART OF SEDUCTION
Dominick Mercer, Marquess of Ellsworth, leads a double life. In public, he’s
one of the most respected peers in England. But in private, he’s
notorious Italian painter Domenico Vincenzo, a man known as well for
his scandalous lifestyle as his visionary paintings. He’s
determined to paint a masterpiece and put his real name on it, thus
freeing him from this dual existence that’s becoming difficult to
maintain. The problem? His model is the most unusual woman he’s
ever met and the only one fit for his masterpiece. And she’s
keeping secrets of her own…
Eve Winslow is determined to live life to its fullest by bouncing from
one madcap escapade to another. So when a misunderstanding brings her
to Vincenzo’s studio, she simply cannot refuse the adventure of
being his model, or his rakish charms. Soon Eve’s adventure turns
into scandal, and the only person who can save her is the same man
who causes her downfall—a man who refuses to put anything before
his art, including love.
Top pick! Sensual and arousing. Harrington spins her tale with care as
she gives her memorable characters a lively plot and depth of emotion
that captivates her fans, who can’t wait for the next chapter.”
RT Book Reviews on When the Scoundrel Sins
“The characters are fabulously crafted and gloriously complicated…the
author balances the dark with a light, witty humor and a sexual
tension that adds sizzle to every scene…How I Married a Marquess is
intense, satisfying, and cleverly unpredictable. Consider me a
freshly minted fan of Harrington’s style of happy ever after.”
USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog on How I Married a Marquess
“Harrington creates fast-paced, lively romances with unconventional characters
and plot. For her second novel, she adds heated sensuality and a
gothic twist. There is little doubt that she is fast becoming a fan
favorite.”—
RT Book Reviews on Along Came a Rogue
**easily read as a standalone!!**
My Review

Oh, this is another book I could not put down. I loved the story so much and I still have a lot to discover in the series.

We have two amazing main characters, with a story that will leave you wanting more and more. Dominick has a passion. He finds his own peace of mind in painting and it’s all he ever wants to do. Still, in a time when society sees an improper action in very small things, he has to keep his passion a secret. But is his painting proper? Hmm…  I’ll let you tell me once you read the story.

Anyhow, Eve lives her life to the fullest, as the blurb says. When she ends up being his model, she is determined to go ahead with the deal, since she is not one to back away from a challenge. She is his spark, the perfect model for what he wants to transmit with his work. They go together so well.

Now, there is a link with the previous books in the series, however this did not affect my enjoyment, but only wanted me to find out more about the other characters.  Both Eve and Dominick leave close to a scandal, both have their true selves to hide. I loved how easy they come together and see their relationship evolve.

All in all, this is a great book, with amazing characters. I cannot wait to get my hands on the other books in the series! Anna Harrington is an awesome writer and her style grips the reader’s attention. Loved it, 5 stars!

I love good stories that end in happily ever afters, and if they’ve
made me cry along the way, even better. That’s why I love to write
romances and to share those special moments. Dashing heroes,
indepedent heroines, and romantic settings in a some English country
estate or elegant townhouse, perhaps a masquerade…all the things I
love about historical romances, all the things I hope you’ll enjoy
when you read mine.
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Book Review: Kiss from a Rose

Kiss From a Rose
by Bella Fontaine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
Secrets that were meant to be hidden jump out of the closet in this hot,
sexy, enemies to lovers romance. From USA Today Bestselling Author
Khardine Gray writing as Bella Fontaine…
There are two things in this world that I’m certain of:
1.Money doesn’t grow on trees.
2.Caine Donoghue is the devil. He’s the kind of guy who’s sexy, knows it,
and uses his charm to fool you. It doesn’t help that he’s an
Ex-Navy man with all that hard muscle and a body built like a god.
He’s the devil.
It sounds harsh, but it’s true. I should know because I practically
grew up with him. I had to endure many summers of his evil. So
I
should know.
However, the day came when the man decided to go and shock me.
It only took a fifteen-year absence in each other’s lives, but…one
major act of kindness that saved the person I loved most dissolved
the barrier I placed up to keep him out.
I never saw it coming.
Me, trapped in the charm he oozed. Me, trapped in the temptation that
lured me to him just from his sinful sexy smile. Me, getting lost in
a man I thought was my worse nightmare.
Caine Donoghue sucked me into a sizzling hot, whirlwind romance that was so
scorching it would make hell feel like the artic.
He unlocked something inside me.
But…us being together unlocked something else.
We unlocked secrets from the past that should have stayed hidden.
Secrets that tangle the past with the present, and will affect the
future.
Secrets that could destroy us.
It’s only a matter of time.
Then it won’t matter what I think …
If you like hot, steamy, romance with gorgeous, drool-worthy ex-military
men that will make you melt, you will like this book. Scroll up and
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Bella Fontaine is the multicultural and interracial romance pen name of USA
Today Bestselling bestselling author Khardine Gray.
The name is to honor the strong, super talented, and courageous women in
her family who inspired her to write and do what she loves most.
As with her other books expect hot, steamy, contemporary romance and
romantic suspense. Expect drool-worthy heroes and sassy heroines.
People falling in love and the wild, sexy fun they have on their journey.
 
My Review

Oh, this is such an intense story! There are many elements to enjoy and enough hot scenes to make you blush. There is also the thriller element that makes it even more interesting.

Anya has always had a secret crush on the boy who made her childhood a nightmare. So when need comes and the said boy, now a full grown man, is her knight in shining armor, things are bound to intensify to maximum levels. Especially if our hero has always fancied her as well. When Anya’s aunt, the woman who raised Caine, falls ill, she is more than willing to care for her and her small business. Cane offers to cover their money issues and also help around, while Halle is in the hospital, recovering. Little did they expect to face loan sharks and schemes to obtain by any means necessary, Halle’s business.

 For me, the story was a bit predictable and it left me with unanswered questions. The reason why Cane was so awful to Anya in their childhood is still beyond me and as well how a mature woman was deceived in such a way by a loan shark is a little too much. I do have some small issues with the writing – some expressions were repetitive and childish for a man in the army, in his early thirties, for example. Also, I am not a big fan of the cover.

But setting this aside, I did enjoy the romance and how both characters were afraid to commit. Their relationship starts with the knowledge that it could end at any moment, but soon both will realize they have difficulties staying away. I loved how Cane took things into his own hands and did everything to protect the two women in his life. He is by far my favorite of the two.

All in all, I did enjoy my time with the story, regardless of my negative comments. I’s a story worth uncovering, with a good thriller element.  3.5 stars. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below J Happy reading!

 

 
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Book Review: My Favorite Cowboy

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Title: My Favorite Cowboy (Heart of Texas #3)

Author: Donna Grant

Published: February 26th 2019 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Source: Received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Format: ecopy (via NetGalley)

Blurb:

Audrey Martinez is a veterinarian who has devoted her whole life to the care and protection of horses―even if doing so leaves her little time for meeting a man. Who would have thought that a strange case of criminal horseplay would lead her to falling deeply, wildly in love? If only the man who makes her heart race faster than a wild mustang would let his guard down, that is. . .

Caleb Harper is no ordinary cowboy. Sure, he wears his hat, boots, and jeans like a second skin, and displays an easygoing charm that comes from years of working on the ranch. But with his military background, and Army buddies at his side, he is tried-and-true Texas tough. Audrey knows she can trust a man like Caleb to help her save horses. But can Caleb trust himself to resist his attraction to Audrey―or will the sparks of their desire end up getting them burned?

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My Review

 

Happy Release Day!!!

Another nice cowboy story from Donna Grant, one that makes me want to read more of the next books in the series. I liked it but I do have some comments here and there.

After reading “Cowboy, Cross My Heart”, I couldn’t wait to read Caleb’s story. Even from Book 2 he shows some issues which are better explained in “My Favorite Cowboy”. He and Audrey Martinez have to find out why the horses on a friend’s ranch. She is a well-known veterinarian, with a reputation built on hard work and dedication. She loves horses and is willing to do all in her power and more to find out what or who is harming them. Caleb’s interest is piqued by her physique at first, but he cannot stop admiring her passion and commitment.

All is good and well. The mystery is well built and integrated. But here is where my issues come. I loved the romance, but the willingness to commit comes too quick and while I was expecting this after reading book 2, I have to mention it did bother me a little. All the family and friends get involved in this, which is great. There is a great support system in Caleb’s family and everyone is welcoming anyone with open arms. However, there were moments when it seemed too much.

Overall, I cannot say I did not like the book. There are just some items that were not necessarily to my taste. The action kept e reading and reading, just to find out what was going on and it was an interesting reveal in the end. I’ll go with 3.5 stars and looking forward to the next books in the series. Enjoy!

I do invite you to check out the previous books in the series. Even if book 3 can be read as a standalone, the previous two give you an idea about the atmosphere and how the family and friends come together for one another.

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Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

In addition to her novels, Donna has written over forty short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.

She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from RT Book Reviews.

Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.

Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her three cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore with her children. Or buying makeup. And shoes.

You an find her at http://www.DonnaGrant.com

as well as her website devoted entirely to the Dragon Kings and all series that encompass the Dark World at http://www.MotherOfDragonsBooks.com.

Book Review: Song of Sacrifice

Song of Sacrifice
Janell Rhiannon
(Homeric Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: December 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical

The heart of the Trojan War belongs to the women.

Mothers and daughters; wives and war prizes, whisper to us across time…

…remember our songs alongside the mighty men of myth.

As the Age of Heroes wanes, the gods gamble more fiercely with mortals’ lives than they ever have before. Women must rely on their inner strength and cunning to survive the wars men wage for gold and glory.

Clytemnestra of Mycenae struggles for control of her life after Agamemnon ruthlessly rips it apart. Leda of Sparta survives a brutal assault by Zeus, shouldering a terrible secret in silence. Penelope raises Ithaka’s sole heir alone, praying for Odysseus’ swift return. Thetis, the sea nymph, despairs of her son’s destiny and resorts to forbidden magic to save him. Hecuba of Troy mourns the loss of her second son to a dark prophesy. And Shavash of Pedasus prepares her daughter to marry the greatest warrior who ever lived.

In a world where love leads to war and duty leads to destruction, the iron hearts of heroines will conquer all.

Sing, Muse, sing their song of sacrifice…

Replaces Song of Princes as the first book in the Homeric Chronicles.

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My Review

I am going to spoil the end of this review by mentioning, from the first line, that this is a 5 stars book. Also, I do what to mention that I am very much in love with Greek mythology and especially with this particular story, with Troy and all it represented.

My first real book was one describing Troy and its destiny. I was too little to understand even the meaning of some of the words. Only after finishing the story, I started reading more about the Greek mythology and I loved it so so much. I fell in love with reading with these stories.

Now, back to “Song of Sacrifice”. This book was absolutely amazing. It’s a tribute to this land of gods. It does so much justice to the legends and it brings out the most beautiful elements in it. I have devoured it and could not stop reading. Actually, I don’t understand why it had to end. I know the legend, I would never have imagined it put in a book in this way. And it twists the myth in all angles so that we have an even better picture of how it all went out.

It’s like being there. Honestly, it’s like finding out more things about the characters I’ve grown up with. But my connection with the story is not only due to my childhood experience. Janell Rhiannon has such a captivating way of using words. It’s like a spell, she put a spell on me. And the cover fits so well.

Everything fits here. The poem in the beginning (yes, it has a poem, I’m sorry I’m spoiling a little) it’s like a gateway to this amazing world. Then all the strong women, mothers, queens, goddesses… oh, how many interesting elements. I liked it, ok.

Guys, please read it, please read the legend first and then read “Song of Sacrifice”. This book is beautiful, interesting, has politics and political games, love affairs and many turns. To some, it may come to no surprise what happens, but how we get there is one interesting journey. I am so happy to have read the book and even happier to know that book 2 will be out in March!!!! Excuse me while I try to preorder it! (how do I get a hardback for this series…. ?)

 

Author Bio:

In graduate school, Janell focused on the ancient history of Greece and Rome. Hooked by the “sword and sandal” world, she studied everything she could about mythology and Alexander the Great.

The Homeric Chronicles series is dedicated to merging dozens of Greek myths, including Homer’s epics, with plays, history, and archaeology. Her intent is to raise the heroines’ voices equally alongside the heroes, opening up a traditionally male focused genre to a female audience.

She lives in CA and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She has a pack of two big dogs and two cats.

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Book Review: Happiness Is All We Want

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Title: Happiness Is All We Want

Author: Ashutosh Mishra

Published: February 28th 2017 by Bloomsbury India

Source: Received from the author, via Booktasters

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Today, we are leading our lives in mindless pursuit, unable even to articulate what we are pursuing. We are unhappy even after achieving what we desire. Happiness is all we want! suggests that the source of peace and happiness is within us, if we know the secret. The book’s objective is to help us unlock that secret and attain a high level of overall well-being in order to lead a happy and fulfilling life and be the healthiest we can be, mentally and physically. A wide variety of tools and techniques are explained in simple language. Many real life experiences of the author as well as other people are interspersed through the book.

Demystifying the spiritual aspect of wellbeing, this book integrates it with your life objectives. You can immensely improve not only the peace and happiness in your life but your beauty and appearance as well.

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My Review

 

I am not a big fan of self-help books. My first attempt at this genre was with a book so popular a few years ago! It was everywhere, in mass-media, on TV, literary everywhere. I read it and I ended up being so disappointed and even offended (what is the author doing? Manipulating?). So I stopped, until I started this blog and was lucky to discover one author from whose book I’ve learned a lot.

Now, reviewing my third one, I am so happy I have not given up because „Happiness Is All We Want” by  Ashutosh Mishra is extremely useful. It is a good book if you need something to pick you up and give you some direction, it has great advices, great examples and has the proper „voice” to give you an impulse.

The book is divided into three parts that are meant to cover all aspects of wellbeing: mental, physical and spiritual. All these parts are accompanied by stories and tips on how to accomplish happiness on these levels and also how to stick with the plan. For me, all these were very useful, especially because I am starting new things and I need to keep my spirits up. So I could not have come at a better moment!

Whether you are facing challenging times or a life altering decision, Ashutosh Mishra’s book is great to read. But even if this is not the case, „Happiness Is All We Want” is a great experience and will shed light on many items. There is always something to improve in our lives and in ourselves and this book is perfect for that as well. I do hope you will give it a try. Because of some formatting issues, I will go with 4 stars, but from a content point of view, I am all in! Enjoy 🙂

Book Review: Fading to Black

Fading to Black
V.H. Luis
(Uninhibited #2)
Publication date: November 20th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

We’re flawed. Both full of scars and tormented by the shadows of our past. But in each other’s arms we find solace, we find perfection.

Adam Black. Gorgeous, demanding, a sinful dream that once was my reality.

I was his… until I walked away.

For months I’ve managed to curb my Adam addiction. I’ve focused my energy on my painting career. I’ve found success. Still there is a dangerous urge within me I can’t resist, one that tempts me to be reckless. My life isn’t complete.

Something is missing… he’s missing.

I left him, but fate again has made us collide. And this time I won’t turn away—I won’t be the only one revealing the scars of my past.

I was his… am his… and this time he’ll be completely mine.

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My Review

Ok, I cannot start talking about the second book before only pointing out some key facts about the first one in the series (yes, this time I was smart enough to read Book 1 first, and then 2 – it surprised me too!). “Waking to Black” is definitely a trip to take. This story will give you the time of day and not only because of the plot and many things happening in there, but because all the frustration, anger, sympathy and many other feelings you may feel for these characters.

Eve and Adam are one though couple. They are both messed up in more ways than one and they are both in desperate need of a soul to lean on. None of them is willing to face it though and both think they need something different. From a psychological point of view, they are a great case study.

I loved how the romance was built in Book 1. Well, romance may not be such an accurate term, but ok. He was a jerk most of the time and I could not stand him and she was full of contradictions. I found it interesting, since it goes well with this idea that the two characters need to find a form of stability, but at some point, I was thinking “enough already! “.

So “Waking to Black” was great and it left me waiting for the follow up. It was a book I could not keep down and nothing could have kept me from starting the next one in the series!

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And here we are now discussing the actual book that is the focus of the current blog tour. “Fading to Black” uncovers new angles of the characters. If the first book was more focused on the personality of our characters, at least in my opinion, in this second part we have a little action on the side.

We have a new Adam and an Eve with a strong career. They are both tortured by their falling apart, but this time Adam feels like more willing to do what is needed. He has had a wake-up call and this is so visible. He backs her up, he’s all in. Eve is the same hot and cold as book 1, but with her lessons learned, she is more mature now.

No complains about this one. I liked it so so much and devoured it just as I did “Waking to Black”. I do admit I would have liked to hear also what he has to say, taking that the story is told from Eve’s POV. But this didn’t diminish my enjoyment. I liked the action, it was a very nice surprise and there were some elements I didn’t see coming.

All in all, “Fading to Black” was fantastic and I cannot wait to see what the next one has in stall. There is a new couple that may have something to say in the next books. V.H. Luis is an amazing writer and I am excited to have discovered her and her books J Check this out, it will become one of your favorites as well!

 

 

Author Bio:

V.H. Luis is the author of the Black Series, an erotic romance trilogy that follows the love affair of Evelyn Snowe and Adam Black. Her debut book WAKING to Black, was released May 2, 2018, and the subsequent sequels FADING to Black, and SURRENDERING to Black, will follow shortly thereafter.

I’m a born and bred Miami Girl–and proud of it! I would wear shorts and flip-flops everyday of the week if I could. Growing up in Miami, surrounded by my parent’s heritage has made me proud of my Cuban ancestry. Cafecito and a guava pastry for breakfast? Yes, please! Salsa music while I tidy the house? Of course.

If I’m not busy scribbling notes about a story, I’m painting, listening to music, or spending time with the love of my life–my son. If I decide to travel, I bring the whole family (in-laws included), or at least I try to, because life is too short not to spend it with family; one of the many lessons my father taught me.

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Book Review: Moonlight Scandals

Set in the heart of New Orleans MOONLIGHT SINS, the first book in the all-new de Vincent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, invites readers to enter the world the de Vincent family.

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she had her heart and confidence shattered by her manipulative ex-husband. For the first time in her life, she’s making major changes– new job, new town and a new opportunity to forget the past. But starting over in the Louisiana bayou isn’t exactly what she thought it would be…

Lucien de Vincent – the wildest, most unpredictable brother – is having a bad week. His father has been found dead in the most suspicious circumstances. His older brother is bribing the police to avoid a scandal. And the more he spends time with, Julia the new nurse taking care of his troubled sister, the more he can’t imagine being without her. Lucien may be the unrepentant bachelor of the family but there’s something about Julia that makes him want to lay himself bare. But family secrets are starting to emerge. And the past could not only bring down a dynasty but destroy Julia in the process.

Julia knows better than to get wrapped up in Lucian. He’s from a world she can’t relate to. Plus, he’s her employer. But his wicked touch and sensual promises are too much to deny. What starts with a kiss ends with so much more.

About the Book

Moonlight Scandals
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series
de Vincent Series #3

Genre
Adult
Contemporary Romance

Publisher
Avon Books

Publication Date
January 29, 2019

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My Review

 

Not liking Jennifer L. Armentrout would be the lie of a lifetime! I read the Lux series back when I was just discovering the immense sea of what we all know as Goodreads (I had no clue books can be reviewed on Amazon at the time, hell, I had no clue how to post reviews on Goodreads either). So I owe her books so much! (speaking of “Lux” – I need to reread that, I have no reviews posted for them) Now having the opportunity to read and review a book by this major author that changed me as a reader, being part of a blog tour promoting her book is such an honor!

“Moonlight Scandals” made me feel so much – pain, admiration, amusement, angst, confusion and many other emotions. I am as in love with the writing and with the characters as I would have expected. But it hurts me so bad to admit there were parts I did not like that much – plot related. Let me try and detail a little bit of something.

Our lady main character Rosie has had her life turned upside down in a blink. She has lost her husband to depression and is still dealing with his death, still unwilling to let go. At some point she meets Devlin – one of the most wanted, rich guys out there, soon to be married. Their attraction is instant, but their connection is not. He fights her on every opportunity, but she fights back. They are right there, at the same level. A romance filled with ghosts that teaches us to embrace the past and pain and take a leap of faith.

I loved so much the banter these two had. Their exchanges were so natural and full of amusement. It was a delight to read. I also loved Rosie’s determination to uncover ghosts haunting houses or places. She wears this “job” with pride, even though if you guys hear someone talking about haunted houses, you would think that person has some screws missing in the brain area. Devlin’s devotion for his family and his privacy is extreme. His protectiveness reaches the maximum levels, in a twisted way, but I liked it.

But (why do I have to mention a “but” ?!) I find the plot to be predictable to a level and some of the complications in the end seemed a little too much. I cannot detail on that because of spoilers, still it’s more than enough with that. I had an issue with Rosie not knowing what exactly triggered her husband’s suicide, but by the end of the story I understood we may never be able to fully grasp what happened in a situation like that. And one more item I need to comment is Devlin – he is presented as such a dangerous fellow, with a dark personality (the Devil, as they call him). But from his lines, he is not at all like that. He does not feel that dangerous – I wanted his lines to feel a little frightening sometimes.

With all these items, I am still in love with Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing, with her books and characters. I have a little catching up to do with this series and I will get to that for sure. Until my next review, enjoy this amazing story by an incredible author J Happy Reading!

My Rating: 3.5 stars (rounded – 4 stars)

 

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT is the #1 international and #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 40 books, including the Wait for You, Lux series, the Dark Elements series, and Til Death. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion, Harlequin Teen and writes steamy and fun New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. Jennifer is also the founder of Apollycon, a yearly reader event that brings in over 1400 readers and authors together each year. She currently lives in West Virginia with her husband and two dogs, Loki and Diesel.

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