Kris Kennedy: Claiming Her

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He een thus committing treason When he arrives at the castle Katarina opens the gates for him mistaking Aodh for Bertrand Let the battle of wills beginAodh knowing the Londons Georgian houses ueen well setsp his own schemes to keep the castle one of them being to marry Katarina Katarina however well aware of how Introductory Demonstration Processes Handbook uickly theeen s favour can turn finds herself between a rock and a hard place If she marries Aodh she will commit treason If she doesn t marry him she will lose her home and may still face charges of treason Ms Kennedy s writing really shines here It s fantastic the way she sets The Blissmaker up the scenes between Katarina and Aodh cleverly done compelling and beautifully put into words One scene in particular had me grinning from one ear to another He bent to the floor beside him lifted something and tossed it onto the table It was a lightweight sword belt blades attached Her blades Other weapons followed behind hitting the table with muted thuds the long clumsy dagger the short fierce knife the sleek keen edged misericorde Her wheel lock pistol The newer snaphances Five of them Why he d found everything Hownsettling They stared at the deadly cache together in silence a moment Then she cleared her throat Ireland is a dangerous land He gave a low laugh Aye Katarina With you in it These two are actually fantastic The first 30% of the book covers the first day and it had me a little worried I had read another book can t remember which any set Packet Tracer Network Simulator up in the same way and it was too much page time for the author to pickp the story and move it forward Not here The major themes throughout the book are loyalty and betrayal and the choices one has to make Now Ms Kennedy could have gone the easy route and made loyalty and betrayal a clear black and white statement But we re in the Elizabethan Era the ever shifting alliances a dangerous ground to move on and it s Katarina who has the hardest time of it Whilst Aodh knows exactly where his loyalties lie in general as well as in his personal life Katarina is the one who comes to nderstand that loyalty may just as well mean betrayal while betrayal may just as well mean loyalty One only has to choose if it were p to Aodh He tries to push her he does push her but Katarina is no pushover She has a mind of her own a pretty one at that and this is where I seriously cheered for this woman as hot as Aodh may be she doesn t let him manipulate her into something she s nsure of You go girlThere s attraction right from the start But let me assure you whatever fierce attractionlust Katarina may feel for Aodh she doesn t lose her senses because of it She acknowledges it but knows it will have dire conseuences should she give in to it She is feisty and intelligent well aware of how much is at stake not only for herself but for those within the castle who are loyal to her Her bitter past not making her bitter but in her own words she d hammered herself anew She was akin to steel now Tempered capable of great harm And I loved her for it Aodh on the other hand eually traumatised by the past is a hard driven and single minded man who nonetheless inspires loyalty even in time from those who have been conuered He can be heavy handed ite literally but hey given the times he lives in I would have been taken aback if he had been a softer man This makes him almost sound like a jerk He isn t Not at all He ickly realises that he has found his match in Katarina although admitting it is another matter He s a wonderful hero who doesn t belittle Katarina doesn t disrespect her but he has to come to terms with the fact that Katarina needs to be convinced not controlled or pushed It s a lovely character development If Katarina has to learn the murky lines between loyalty and betrayal then Aodh has to learn the fine differences of a partnership That s another point I loved about this book without her support he won t be able to win the support of the other tribes His fate is just as much in her hands as hers is in hisKatarina and Aodh share a sensuality and chemistry that felt natural and the moment they finally come together is about their growing emotions for each other rather than the obligatory sex scenes that needs to be there Let me ote Kyraraker here who described it beautifully in one of her status Couch World updates The book has the deep emotional aspect of wonderful historical romance books but a lot of it comes out during sensual scenes which like I said there is a lot They don t have a heavy erotic feel they re emotional and less fixated on the act but they re also pretty descriptive Did you ever watch the movie 300 The sex scene between Gerald Butler and Lena Headly is the best comparison I can make deeply emotional but also spine tingling erotic The sex is truly a natural development of their relationship mirroring their growing emotions bonding them beyond the physical act It s not love for lust s sake that we sadly see so often in romances but love slowly building its way through the time spent together the growing respect thenderstanding for each other A spoiler warning for the sensitive readers view spoilerThere s a spanking scene which is meant as a punishment that well how to put this I wasn t Jackie O uncomfortable with but yeah had me scratch my head a little Nah to be honest my little pervy side peaked out here I was okay with it But by the time it happened I already believed in Katarina and Aodh s feelings for each other That definitely helped hide spoiler It has been so god damned long since I got to read an amaze balls medieval historical romance I simply did not want Claiming Her to end New readers do ignore the bodice ripper esue title for Kris Kennedy writes stuff miles and miles superior Katarina holds Rardove Castle in the remote wilds of Ireland in honour ofeen Elizabeth of England who executed her parents for treason but spared Katarina Undereuipped and Playing by the Rules (Portwood Brothers, understaffed Katarina nevertheless manages to eke out a living Rardove s isolation keeping its enemies none too wiser But that is all about to change The mercurialeen hears rumours of Katarina planning treason and promptly dispatches her interrogator Betrand of Bridge to Rardove to bring her to justice or if innocent to marry Katarina Which leads it to be an opportunity of a lifetime for Aodh Mac Con A son of Rardove by blood Aodh s family were also slaughtered by the Vibronic Processes in Inorganic Chemistry ueen Now after 16 years as her trusted counselor and champion Aodh grows tired of her inconstant reassurances to his birthright When he arrives at Rardove Katarina allows him inside mistaking him for Betrand Having staged a bloodless coup Aodh installs himself as the new Master of Rardove a title Katarina has no intention of reliuishing without a fight At the outset Claiming Her is a story of two people at cross purposes forced to live together Kris Kennedy could have taken the easy way out and made this into a staunch loyalist vs roguish rebel plot Mind you this is an era where politics was a minefield of opportunistic power players and a seemingly fickleeen made life or death decisions for her subjects While Aodh may have his priorities sorted out Katarina is mortally afraid of being judged as a traitor by the Elephant Memories ueen and subjected to her father s fate I appreciated that we gota layered narrative on what drives Aodh and Katarina to the choices they wish to stand by Another aspect I just have to suee over is the sense of atmosphere that the author delivers I was transported to Rardove in all its glory with its sudden chilling gusts of drafty wind and the way it made the embers in the fireplace pop and crackle Or the way information and knowledge were treated like pure precious pearls Aodh spreading across by the candle light an intricate hand painted map of the world and Katarina s sense of wonder andnadulterated joy at seeing the world at her fingertipsXXX Her blades Other weapons followed behind hitting the table with muted thuds the long clumsy dagger the short fierce knife the sleek keen edged misericorde Her wheel lock pistol The newer snaphances Five of them Why he d found everything How Descent into Chaos unsettling They stared at the deadly cache together in silence a moment Then she cleared her throat Ireland is a dangerous land He gave a low laugh Aye Katarina With you in it XXXWhich getss to the spine tingling chemistry that Aodh and Katarina discover Undoubtedly the intense attraction between the leads is the driving force behind the story however I wouldn t term it as insta lust It was of a meeting of two people who were meant to be and the conflict is played out beautifully XXX You said you were mine Katy When I was in you as deep as a man can be you looked in my eyes and said you were mineShe peered at him You are not the sole possessor of me AodhHe forced himself to breathe slowly What does that meanI too possess me She was the most infuriating woman aliveAnd so you do But you said you were mine I thought that meantShe straightened a little I am not responsible for your thoughts I am indeed yours inin that way That does not mean I am not also my own And I am not marrying you XXXI totally love that while the lust is an important part of their relationship the leads can acknowledge it and it doesn t come in the way of their sticking p for oneself and having differing opinions Having been the chateleine of Rardove her entire life Katarina is sed to having a The Icarus Girl unilateral command of her domain The author has made her incredibly period appropriate she does not strap on a broadsword and run into battle however her very important trade alliances with the neighbours and grasp of the terrain makes her invaluable and important in her own right More so for Aodh who again is a very period appropriate hero He finds Katarina s skills and knowledge attractive and even invites her into his trusted council meetings At the same time he wants to remain the solenchallenged master of Rardove and hates it when Katarina disagrees with him in public XXX What I am telling you Katy is your path is laid and it is my path Our path And battle is coming whether you wish it or no So. Ight He’s lived a lifetime of battles on land and sea crushing the opposition wherever he goesBut he’s about the meet his match in one beautiful woman who vows never to surrender to this dark haired avenging warriorColdly confident and absolutely certain he’ll succeed he’s blindsided byKatarina’s steely will Aroused by her fiery spirit Stunned to find the dormant fires of his

If you look through my shelves you ll notice I barely read historical romances but since this one was highly rated by a couple of friends I trust I decided to make the jump and boy am I glad that I did This was one engaging novel featuring a spitfire heroine and eually great hero The heroine has been holding a castle in Ireland in the name of the een of England It is important to her to be loyal to the een especially since disloyalty got her father killed The hero on the other hand is a swash buckler who wants to claim the castle since it belongs to his ancestors The heroine mistaking him for someone else opens her doors and finds herself captured yet pulled towards the hero All in all a fun book with good secondary characters Favorite ote He was magnificent What a terrible terrible thing Any moment now he was going to do something wild and barbaricWhat a fun book A rebel Irish hero with the sides of his head shaved and tattoos covering his body And a heroine loyal to the English throne who has kept her Irish castle from invaders for yearsuntil the hero tricks her Let me set it pAfter her father was beheaded and her mother died of a broken heart the Marie Antoinette ueen of England took pity on Katarina and let her reside and control the English stronghold castle Rardove in Ireland She has held this castle with very few but very loyal men and is happy to be in a part of Ireland where no one really bothers her But when theeen decides she needs to marry Katarina accepts her fate as she has true devotion to the The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics ueen When her betrothed arrives she welcomes him but soon realizes the man and the army standing in front of her is not her betrothed it is Aodh Mac Con the Hound Aodh claims this castle is his and belongs to Ireland and without much of a fight takes the castle as his own and he feels victorious He has been known as many things Councilor to theeen a warlord an Irish pirate but now he is home in his castle and basically tells the Programming in Objective C ueen to shove it except in a sixteenth century way What he is not expecting is Katarina She is gorgeous and while he stares at her she takes both of his knives and holds them to his throat Her fiery passion makes his loins burn but in a non cheesy way If I were a man sir she whispered back you would already be dead GoddammitIt was his dagger one of many strapped to his body In the m l e she d succeeded in getting it free In the distraction of staring into her eyes trying to ascertain if she were mad she d succeeded in lifting it to his throatA rush went through him hot and intense You are left handed he observed grimly When necessary A humming filled his stomach deep and low He d come for battle and that this slim audacious woman had given it to himndefended in a hopeless situation outmatched and overpowered bespoke great boldnessKatarina will have none of this rebel in her castle The problem is his men far outweigh hers and soon this sexy beast is luring her with his savage ways Aodh wants her badly but he is a moral savage Women are to be treated with respect and as long as Katarina does everything he says all is well Except she pretty much does nothing he says and chaos ensues When she pushes back he locks her Beyond Band of Brothers up there are many moments of them just conversing alone in a room which worked really well in this bookI love it when an author writes a villainous hero just right She allows him to stay a villain long enough to you want him to suffer a bit but then slowly turns him into a great romantic hero And Aodh does just that And while I loved him and he made me swoon Katarina steals the showI love that she recognizes her lusty feelings for Aodh but she still remains her own person You said you were mine Katy When I was in you deep as a man can be you looked in my eyes and said you were mineShe peered at him You are not the sole possessor of me AodhHe forced himself to breathe slowly What does that meanI too possess meAodh falls hard for Katarina but he also knows if she marries him they will have anited front against the The Water Of Life ueen However Katarina is loyal to theeen and terrified of committing treason as her father did While she is greatly attracted to Aodh Why must this Irish rebel be so precisely the manifestation of her secret desiresshe can t bear to commit treasonIt s not just Aodh s sexy looks or naughty behavior that gets her going It s the promise of adventure He has seen a lot of the world He has experienced things she can only dream of He stimulates her mind It is beautiful she whispered It is a map Of the world The softest intake of breath passed across her lips not The Year of Living Biblically uite surprise A little higher pitched a little silvery a little feminine nigh onto a gasp ofpleasureHis map had pleased herSavage satisfaction roared through him Standing in a great hall looking down at a map he felt blown back by a windAodh wants to give this all to her and his cock but she is a stubborn stubborn womanIn time they truly fall in love and I found it very well doneWe also get really fun supporting characters in best friends and fellow soldiers of Aodh Theeen s going to want your pretty head Aodh and a few other body parts as well Cormac eyed him appraisingly Your frightfully big bollocks to start with Dangle em right off the Tower if she gets a chance Aodh nodded Your insights are fascinating Recall to me why I bring you with me Smart dialogue and witty banter made me smile throughout the book As these two fall in love England comes marching to take the castle back It adds some adventure and conflict into the bookDid I mention this book is alsowicked So hard she whispered Aye Hard That s how I like it A little pant broke from her as she tried it herself moved her fist p him a fine hard stroke then looked p at him Is that proper she whispered tremblingHe smiled Not a tall lass Tis ite wicked He moved their hands again Wicked she echoed her lips parted in a pretty wet pant You like wicked Katy girl Passion heavy eyes lifted to his I like your wicked Then take me in your mouth You look good I want to feel you Super fun Love this author s voiceGrade B 25 StarsI know this is a well loved book among my friends but I really struggled to get into it I love Irish history and was excited to read an Irish HR but it did not satisfy my cravings in either sense Besides a few small details it felt like it was set in a Castle that could have been Scotland or Wales It DID NOT feel Irish to me There were moments I enjoyed and moments are what they stayed Every time I felt momentum gaining something derailed it One of those derailing features was the character of the een There were times where her thoughts were featured as a POV That really bothered me In general I prefer major historical figures featured in as small of a role as possible and I didn t feel the degree in which her perspective was shown was necessary nor did it feel genuineThe romance was only OK It was too push and pull for me too yes and no I thought the dialogue sort of fun but also basic Ultimately I would not have finished without having joined a buddy read It was disappointing and For the Love of All Thats Holy, Dont Buy a Boat When Venus is in Retrograde unsatisfying for me though it was likely due in large part to the too high expectations I had This book starts with a bangYou put yourself in our heroine place when a sixty knights appear at your door and you know that you re doomed to marry their leaderWhat would you doOpen the portcullis and welcome him noAnd then when you discover that he s not the one you re expecting what would you doAcuiesce no He s strong a mountain of man and you re a frail pampered ladyBut NO not here and not Katarina She just seems like a frail lady but if younderestimate her you ll end with your own dagger at your throat And not once but twiceAh folks what an adventure this book is I LOVED everything here Every 45 starsSo I found a new author thanks to Kyraraker whose backlist I ll go through now because Scary Stories 3 uite honestly Claiming Her was an absolute treat I was not prepared forFrom the first page till the very last Kris Kennedy has spun a story which istterly delightful on so many levels that had me messy The Penguin Atlas of Endangered Species unreliable and impatient reader that I am gripped from the very beginning Now that I ve finished it I wonder why this author isn t popular Monica McCarty who is so well loved could and should learn a thing or two about pacing and writing not to mention characterisation It may be impolite to make comparisons I may have read only this book by Ms Kennedy and granted Claiming Her covers a completely different time Era and conflict but both authorsse historical figures and events to tell their stories And let me tell you Ms Kennedy s characters didn t make me want to bang the book against the wall because one of the main characters or both acted stupidly beyond belief which happened with at least half of Ms McCarty s characters of her Highland Guard seriesNo I was with Lady Katarina of Rardove and Aodh Mac Con at all times getting to know them and love them But most importantly I The Bartender understood their motivations they weren t childishly stubborn and didn t let personal grudges turn to pettiness Both their fathers executed for treason for different reasons however both their mothers dead in the struggle of and for their husbands these two have been living their lives at the mercy of none other thaneen Elizabeth I herself And it is the Tono Bungay ueen snexpected fickle decision that throws Katarina and Aodh togetherHolding the castle of Rardove in the name of the Magical Sweet Mermaid ueen Katarina shows a tenacity that impresses even Elizabeth But when rumours spread that Katarina may be helping traitorous Catholic priests she will have to face theeen s wrath in the form of Bertrand of Bridge who will interrogate her and if she proves to be innocent wed her In any case Bertrand will be the new Lord of Rardove Now this Aodh cannot allow Having pirated and fought for Elizabeth for the past 16 years in the hope of getting his ancestral home back and having vaguely been promised Rardove Castle if he proves himself worthy he sets out to take the castle against the expressed wishes of USA TODAY bestselling author spins a tale of scorching passion rollicking adventure and fun banter in this battle of wills between a conuering hero and a strong willed heroine who has no intention of being conuered Irish warrior Aodh is coming home with an armyDefying the een of England he leads his men on an outrageous mission to recover the windswept Irish castle he sees as his birthr.

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Knowing that you stand fast And Jesus God his voice broke you do not let them lure you His hands gripped her elbows so hard his knuckles were almost white His face was taut his voice rasping the eyes staring into hers so filled with emotion it almost broke her heart He was afraid for her XXXview spoiler What is with the fact that everyone around is simply accepting of the fact that the new Lord and Lady of Rardove are allied but not married for nearly the entire book hide spoiler Rating 375Real ick review with a detailed one to comeGreat start with strong characters and writing The hero was wonderful and I liked the heroine as wellboth had depth and evolved But as I progressed further into the book it seemed to get bogged down with dialogue and at times seemed too wordy But all in all a well written and character driven historical read 45Sigh I am a sucker for a book of political intrigue and the like not just in romance but I am finding it especially fun in romance This book was set in the 1580s and it was so lovely and frankly exciting This was one of those best types of couples well matched lovely funny and let s not forget lusty The secondary characters in this were eually compelling and lively One of the things I really enjoy in characters is an element of loyalty and it was lovely to see how it played out here in a somewhat complicated yet wonderful way I guess I don t have much to say other than I really enjoyed this and look forward to rereading 35 StarsOverall Opinion This was an enjoyable read I read in reviews words like banter and hot and was sold I do think that the tension was hot and the banter was spot on so in terms of hr for me that makes this a winner I did however feel like it dragged a little at times It took me a few days to complete and for me that says something I did appreciate that there wasn t a ton of back history about the area or timeframe but it felt like just enough to get me set Elementary Treatise in Herbology up for this story I liked the author s voice so I do think I will try her works again in the future if any of you have recommendations I m all for itBrief Summary of the Storyline This is Katarina and Aodh s story Katarina has been the keeper of a castle in Ireland for theeen of England for many years The een had decided to send one of her counselors to investigate a claim that Katarina has been involved in treason and to either detain her or marry her and take control of the castle Katarina is shocked to find her castle overtaken by Aodh who the een had betrayed by not giving the castle to him instead of the other nobleman There is some fighting but eventually neither of them can deny the strong connection they feel towards one another but Katarina knows that by marrying Aodh she will be seen as a traitor by the een for sure There are some suspenseful moments some sexy times and some sweet momentsand they get a HEA endingPOV This alternated between focusing mainly on Katarina and Aohd in 3rd person narrativeOverall Pace of Story Okay It did feel slow at times and as it was on the longer side it kinda felt that way too 364 pages in my kindle appInstalove No Instalust YesH rating 4 stars Aodh I liked him He was sweet at times but also sexy and alphah rating 45 stars Katarina I really liked her She was a great combination of tough smart and sweetSadness level Low no tissues neededPushPull Yes view spoiler The h pushes away a good bit because she is afraid of committing treason The H is the main pursuer of the relationship hide spoiler 45 starsI waited years for this book and so I wanted to stretch it out and savor it I m happy to report it was very much worth the wait Katarina s parents were killed because of treasonous acts against the crown een Elizabeth grew fond of her however and seeing a little bit of herself in Katarina sent her to be chatelaine of Rardove a castle in the wilds of Ireland Aodh is originally a son of Ireland but after his father was killed in an All We Ever Wanted uprising he presented himself to theeen and has traveled the world in her service When Katarina s father s legacy brings about treason rumors against her the The Mavericks Ready-Made Family ueen decides to gift the castle and Katarina to one of her supporters Being passed over for what Aodh thought was promised him and what he considers his birthright he decides to take what was denied him Ireland is not for the weak and when Katarina and Aodh meet the spark and burn will be hot enough to be felt by a monarch Then soft and menacing he whispered by her ear You want to fight Katarina I don t know Kris Kennedy and she doesn t know me but her stories always make me feel like she writes them exclusively for me They are typically centered on Ireland or its people set in the middle ages and rich with history I found this one to be slightly different from her others in that it focused on the emotional aspects between our leads rather than the heavily intricate story plot and threads that makep the others This book is set a couple generations after her others specifically The Irish Warrior but still ties into their story It can definitely be read as a standalone but I loved how The Irish Warrior was almost a set p with its complex building of plot and relationships that created a storyline and characters interwoven in a way that was all leading p to this moment You said you were mine Katy When I was in you as deep as a man can be you looked in my eyes and said you were mineShe peered at him You are not the sole possessor of me AodhHe forced himself to breathe slowly What does that meanI too possess me She was the most infuriating woman aliveAnd so you do But you said you were mine I thought that meantShe straightened a little I am not responsible for your thoughts I am indeed yours inin that way Her face flushed a delicate color That does not mean I am not also my own And I am not marrying you I often bemoan missing the feeling of the time period in historicals Ms Kennedy nails it The visions of sets and scenes transport me to her time and place It goes beyond describing a gleaming sword or smelling of horse there is a scene where Aodh sets The Case of the Sin City Sister (A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery up a series of maps for Katarina to look at During this time where America is newly discovered and the world as a whole is a vastly mysterious place this scene helps the reader to feel middle ages Europe through Katarina s wonderment and curiosity about a world she can barely comprehend It also brings our leads together with Aodh providing knowledge to Katarina which she finds sexy This scene sets the time period and enhances our lead s chemistry in a natural flowing and feeling way it also was extremely hot Leaves he ordered History of Western Science uietly You are always clearing the room she complained as everyone left You keep saying and doing such room clearing things he replied drawing her toward the fire Along with bemoaning the feel of time period I too often find myself in complaint with the modern bent of character s views and actions Katarina is chatelaine of a castle andsed to commanding and leading but there are limits to her freedom which are addressed Her actions and attitude are strong smart and brave which any women any time and place can demonstrate but she also operates within the feeling of her time period and space She doesn t strap on a sword and demand to ride out into battle she spends years training the women of the castle to help defend the walls Aodh was the same amazing way of earning the title of hero without feeling anachronistic After witnessing Katarina s abilities and knowledge he listens to her invites her to his council to contribute but also doesn t like Katarina to contradict him in public He values Katarina s knowledge and abilities but also knows how he must be seen They have amazing push and pull moments of Aodh being impressed and turned on by Katarina s thoughts and actions and also being frustrated with them She sighed back I will try to be docile but I fear it will failI know the sentiment he admitted grimly As I mentioned earlier this story is very character driven with the focus being solidly on Katarina and Aodh s relationship If you want sizzling chemistry push and pull and desire spilling off the pages you ll get it in spades here What I loved was the inclusion of a lighter side to our characters that are living and going through a fairly dark time The two immediate The Bears Reluctant Wolf (Sweet Water, uotes showcased the humor and playfulness that existed between our leads that helped round out their relationship and made it feel real This is not what I would call erotic but there is an abundance of sensual scenes in this story I would also say though that it is the emotion between Katarina and Aodh that make the scenes hot and not the actual description of what is taking place As they said their vows they could hear the sounds of the army coming down over the hills outside Even with the focus being on our couple s relationship you still get the side addition of world politics and action Elizabeth I is a significant secondary character and she brings along the sense of danger for our couple All this helps to keep the story moving along as there is a definite time limit for our leads to debate their actions There could have been a few intimate scenes that might have been cut out to help the middle part move along as it sagged a tiny bit but I wouldn t want to be the one to have to make that decision Brilliantly historical emotional hot and engaging Claiming Her is one of the best books I ve read all year I thought Aodh was a little too lusty at times there was a spanking scene that felt slightly out of place and having read the author s other books I missed of her incredible complex storylines that seemed shunted here in favor of a emotional feel The epilogue left my heart feeling full and craving the next book One of Aodh s friends speaks this line Mayhap I will be the one to make it to the New World after all Aodh ayeAodh began to grin You will be This might not be a tease as to what is next but how I want it to be If you re craving aality middle ages historical Kris Kennedy needs to be your go Ce cold heart being stoked by this defiant slip of a womanTheir battles of will–and the bedroom–fuel a passion that leaves them both scorched and stunned forcing them to rethink every lesson ever learned about loyalty and loveBut time is running out and armies are marching Can Aodh win her heart in time Or will the fire that fuels her defiance destroy everything he’s ever fought fo.

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