Ravenous #Review: Beauty Of The Beast by Rachel L. Demeter

Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1)Title: Beauty Of The Beast

Series: Fairy Tale Retellings

Series Number: #1

Author: Rachel L. Demeter

Genre: New Adult, Historical Romance

Publisher: ?

Publication Date: March 15, 2017

Format: Ebook

Pages: 342

Rating: 5

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.

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Blurb From Goodreads:

Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.

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Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales reimagined with a dark and realistic twist.

Disclaimer: This is an edgy, historical romance retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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My Review:

Well, as soon as I realized this was a Beauty and the Beast retelling I had to read it and I’m so glad I did. There isn’t really any magic or fantasy, other than the roses being in bloom all the time, but it’s still a magical story. The “beast” is just a man, but being burned has left him looking like a monster. Adam has locked himself away from the world and would prefer to stay that way until one stormy night brings unwanted guests knocking on his door, Isabelle and her sick father. There are many similarities to the Disney movie and I loved that, especially the library, but there were enough differences that had me wondering what was going to happen next. Beautiful story!

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Author Bio:

RachelDemeter_portraitWelcome, lovely readers!  Me in a nutshell: I live in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, my goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of thirteen years. I hold a Screenwriting B.A. from Chapman University’s School of Film and Media Arts. Even though I’m primarily a novelist, film school deepened my love for crafting fiction tenfold; it taught me to concentrate on plotting, dynamic characters, and effective pacing, as well as the importance of visual storytelling. I wouldn’t trade my college education for anything in the world!

I enjoy writing darker, poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love. Writing is my life’s blood, my passion, my greatest obsession and pleasure. I’ve been imagining stories and characters ever since I was a wee child. Before I learned to physically read or write, my mom would jot them down for me. I hold a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, I ensure that every character is fully realized and given a soul!

My dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through my words. ♥

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Ravenous #Review: Fanning The Flames by Chris Cannon

Fanning The Flames (Going Down in Flames, #4)Title: Fanning The Flames

Series: Going Down In Flames

Series Number: #4

Author: Chris Cannon

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: March 6, 2017

Format: Ebook

Pages: 323

Rating: 5

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.

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Blurb From Goodreads:

Bryn McKenna has it all. Even though she’s a hybrid dragon, she’s finally fitting in the new shape-shifting dragon world that’s become her own. But her grandparent’s want to ruin everything by making Bryn’s nightmare of an arranged marriage to Jaxon Westgate a reality. It doesn’t help that Jaxon’s father is on a witch hunt for Rebel sympathizers and Bryn finds herself in his line of fire.

If she doesn’t say “I do,” she’ll lose everything. Good-bye flying. Good-bye best friends. Good-bye magic. But if she bends to her grandparents’ will and agrees to marry Jaxon she’ll lose the love of her life—her knight.

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My Review:

Warning!!! Make sure to clear your day and have tissues at the ready for this one won’t let you go even after you’ve finished the last page. I could not put this down, so much happens in what seems like a very short amount of time. I’m still trying to get over my book hangover. I think I like torturing myself, or maybe it’s the author, I’m not sure. Part of me wishes that I’d wait for a few more books to come out before continuing but I just can’t do it. This is such an awesome series!! I can’t believe some of what happened in this installment. There’s good news, bad news, happy news and sad news that I’m just having trouble getting over some of it. I haven’t picked up a book since I finished it yesterday. The thing with Valmont, and the other thing with Jaxon, then the family. I’m still just floored by what happened and I feel lost. Which means I really need the next book soon but I know that won’t be possible any time soon (sobs uncontrollably, not really but yea).

Favorite Quotes:

—“I can either pace, or I can rip someone’s head off. Which would you prefer?”                  “Can we choose whose head you rip off?” Valmont asked. “Because that might affect our preference.”

—He retrieved the manual and rolled it up like he planned to swat a fly. Ferrin was a pest. She doubted whacking him with a rolled-up manual would do any good, but it might be fun to watch.

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Award winning author Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shitzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies.

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#RavishingReview Real Duet Series (Audio Book) by Megan March

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Banner Regent is one of my new favorite characters. I am so in love with this woman that I wish I knew her in real life. We would be fantastic friends.

Logan Brantley and Banner Regent are two of so awesome together. I am so happy that I didn’t have to wait to listen to these stories back to back. I do believe I might have had a little fit. The way the two feed off one another makes me smile. I have not laughed, giggled, or been downright shocked by a book as I much as I have with this one. While listening to the first book, I had to make my love of the main female character known to the author. Absolutely fucking amazing!

**Oh, side note. Sebastian York could read me sports stats and I would be enthralled with that man.

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From USA Today best-selling author Meghan March comes a sexy new duet with a hero you won’t want to miss.

Fall for a woman over text messages? No way in hell.

Reality can never be as good at the fantasy, right?

Wrong. It’s better.

Banner Regent is smart, funny, and so far out of my league she might as well be royalty.

I’m a mechanic from Kentucky. She’s a New York City party girl.

We were never supposed to meet, but one text started something neither of us saw coming.

How do you seduce the woman who already has everything?

Show her what it’s like to be with a real good man.

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I’ve had my fair share of bad boys, but nothing prepared me for what it was like to be with a real good man.

Logan Brantley changed everything.

Somewhere along the way, what started as a fling became the best part of my life.

He makes me want all the things I’ve never had, like forever and happily ever after, but nothing worth having comes easily.

Everyone is betting on us to fail, but I’m ready to fight for this real good love.

Real Good Love is the conclusion of the Real Duet series.

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#RavenousReview The Wright Brother by K.A. Linde

 

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I’d dated his brother.

He didn’t remember and I wish I could forget.

I may have sworn off the Wright family a long time ago. But when I returned home, Jensen Wright crashed into my life with the confidence of a billionaire CEO and the sex appeal of a god. Even I couldn’t resist our charged chemistry, or the way he fit into my life like a missing puzzle piece.

Too bad he’d forgotten the one thing that could destroy us.

Because Jensen Wright doesn’t share. Not with anyone. And if his brother finds out, this could all go down in flames.

When it all was said and done, was he the Wright brother?

 

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KylaK.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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Ravenous #Review: Collide by Michelle Madow

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Author: Michelle Madow

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Publication Date: February 9, 2017

Format: Ebook

Pages: 310

Rating: 4.5

 

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Blurb From Goodreads:

I should have died when I was shot at the Halloween dance.

Instead I woke up—one week earlier, in a parallel universe where my mom’s fatal car accident six months ago never happened.

A world with my mom still in it was all I ever wanted. But in this timeline, everything is different—my grades, my friends, and even my boyfriend. I’m a stranger in my own body, and I don’t like who I’ve become.

But one thing is the same—that shooting will still happen at the end of the week.

I’m the only one who knows. Which means I’m the only one who can stop it.

But first I need to convince someone—anyone—that I’m telling the truth… and then get them to help me.

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My Review:

This was a very fast paced, exciting book. Although, I figured out who it was before it was revealed the rest of the story was very interesting. My only problem was the ending, for me there wasn’t any closure and that bothers me. I want to know what happened along with why it happened. Plus some of it didn’t make sense, but I don’t want to give anything away so you’ll have to read it to find out. The premise of the story was awesome, almost like Ground Hogs Day but instead of just repeating one day it was a parallel universe and it wasn’t a continuous repeat. I really liked the characters and was torn between the two guys, both being awesome book boyfriends. I would’ve loved to give this 5 stars but there were just too many questions that remained unanswered, but don’t let that deter you from reading it!

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Michelle MadowMichelle Madow writes fast-paced YA (young adult) fiction that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!

She grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, traveling, pizza, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

Visit her website, www.michellemadow.com, to get books of Michelle’s for FREE!

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#RavenousReview Dirty Wife Games by Clarissa Wild

Title: Dirty Wife Games
Series: Indecent #2
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Dark Romance (Standalone)
Release Date:  February 28, 2017


 

A scorned wife on the run, and a stalker who follows her every move… Match made in heaven?
After being forced to marry a tyrant, Hyun Song flees his home in a desperate attempt to save what’s left of her dignity … and her life.
Now on her own, she tries her best to move on with her simple life. But she quickly realizes she can’t escape her past … and that she’s not alone …
He watches her through her window.
Sends her indecent notes.
Stalks her everywhere she goes.
He wants her badly, and when she finally lets him in …
It’s time for the wife to play a dirty game.
 
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Hot dog. Hot Dog. Hot DIGGITY DOG, Ms. Wild. I cannot believe my eyes! There are words, but I can’t seem to form them. Wow! Whoa! Hot DAMN! Read it. You just have to. It will shock and surprise you. 
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From the moment I first saw my stalker, I was captivated.
The man with the black leather jacket and dark, spiky hair sits on a bench across the street from my house, staring down at a notebook.
Every night, he sits there at exactly ten p.m., looking off into the distance or writing his notes under the street light … or looking straight at me.
Like he is now.
Our eyes meet, and a sudden electrical current rushes through my veins.
I’m unable to look away from his piercing blue eyes, and I wonder … How long ago did he first see me?
I’ve only noticed him outside recently … watching over my house as if he’s guarding it. Guarding me.
I don’t know if I should be scared. If I should run or call the cops.
He’s never come close.
So is there any reason to act?
As long as he maintains his distance … an invisible line he doesn’t cross … I still feel safe. I can survive, knowing he is there, wherever I go.
I never know when or where I’m going to see him again.
I just know I will.
A hampered breath leaves my throat as he stares me down from across the street. His gaze feels like it penetrates through the closed windows. And for a brief second, I think I spot a hint of a smile.

“Where are you going?” she asks.
“Shower,” I grumble, annoyed with her indecisiveness.
My cock tents my pants, and I will it down, but it’s not happening. So I take them off, along with my boxer shorts, socks, and shoes. Then I pull off my shirt and throw it in the corner of the bathroom on the pile of clothes that was already there.
When I turn around to grab some shampoo, she’s still standing in the living room, blatantly staring at my naked body while blinking rapidly, her lips parting ever so slowly.
A smirk grows on my face. “Seen a ghost or something?”
Her face glows red, and she stutters, “I can’t believe you just took off your clothes while I’m still here.” She swallows, visibly confused. “Do you want me to go? I can go.”
I shrug. I don’t see the problem. “You can stay.” I give her a smile, and she tentatively smiles back, trying to hide the obvious stare. I guess my cock stole the show.
“Okay,” she murmurs as I turn around and turn on the shower, wondering if she’s staring at my ass. She probably is, judging from the squeaks in her voice. “I’ll go sit down over here…”
I don’t answer, as it wasn’t a question, and I don’t see the point in discussing something completely irrelevant. I’m a man of actions, not of words, and I prefer the written word regardless. I could write whole essays about how her beauty captivates me and about all the things I would do to her to make her mine.
But she already knows that.
She’s seen my notes.
Touched herself to my dirtiest fantasies.
And now, I’m touching myself to them too.
Under the shower, my cock has done anything to cool down.
All I can think of is claiming her for my own, and it only makes me stroke myself more. I don’t even care that she’s in the room beside me. I need the release, one way or another, and if she doesn’t want it, then I’ll have to take care of it myself.
So I imagine her showering with me as I jerk myself off, picturing her naked body. I hiss and bite my lip, completely immersing myself in my own fantasy. The fact she’s right next door only makes it that much more exciting. That much more forbidden.
But when I open my eyes for just a second, I spot her standing in the doorway, with her mouth wide open.


Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. Her novels include the Fierce Series, the Delirious Series, the Stalker Duology, Twenty-One (21), Ultimate Sin, Viktor, Bad Teacher, RUIN, and Wicked Bride Games. She is also a writer of various erotic romances. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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Ravenous #Review: Eternal Ecstasy by Setta Jay

Eternal Ecstasy (The Guardians of the Realms #10)Title: Eternal Ecstasy

Series: Guardians of the Realms

Series Number: #10

Author: Setta Jay

Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Setta Jay LLC

Publication Date: January 27, 2017

Format: Ebook

Pages: 288

Rating: 5

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.

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Blurb From Goodreads:

*This is the finale of the Guardians and the Realms series and is not meant to be read as a standalone title*

As the ruling God of Thule, Hroarr’s priority is the survival of his world. Gifted with the ancient ability of sjá, he has seen the birth and destruction of hundreds of worlds. This incredible power comes at an enormous cost, yet its toll seems to ease in the presence of a hauntingly seductive healer from Earth.

Sirena’s life is comprised of duty. Duty to her Guardian family, to healing those of her world and, most of all, the overwhelming duty to right the wrongs of her secret and vile bloodline. With everything on her plate a ruthless warlord God from another world is the last thing she needs, no matter what fate and her heated body demands.

Will a dark Destroyer of Worlds bring upon the end of Earth and Thule or will two strong-minded beings fight and discover their own eternal ecstasy?

Warning: Take one possessive, dirty talking Warrior God and one smart, no nonsense Healer; combine and shake things up for explosive results and scorching content meant for mature audiences!

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My Review:

Noooo!! It’s over!? This was such an awesome series! Even though each book was about a different character there was one main plot that continued, so you really have to read this one in order. And as usual, Ms. Jay delivers a steamy romance with enough suspense to keep you on your toes. This is definitely one series that will forever be on my TBR list no matter how many times I read it! And there’s good news, spin-off series!! I can’t wait to visit this world again and meet new characters while hopefully still getting to “see” some “old friends” from the original series. Now I just have to deal with the withdrawals until the new series comes out.

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Author Bio:

Setta JaySetta Jay is the author of the popular Guardians of the Realms Series. She’s garnered attention and rave reviews in the paranormal romance world for writing smart, slightly innocent heroines and intense alpha males. She loves creating stories that incorporate a strong plot accompanied by a heavy dose of heat.

An avid reader her entire life, her love of romance started at a far too early age with the bodice rippers she stole from her older sister. Along with reading, she loves animals, brunch dates, coffee that is really more French vanilla creamer, questionable reality television, English murder mysteries, and has dreams of traveling the world.

Born a California girl, she currently resides in Idaho with her incredibly supportive husband.

She loves to hear from readers so feel free to ask her questions on social media or send her an email, she will happily reply.

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Ravenous #Review: Heir Of Shadows by Kel Carpenter

Heir of Shadows (Daizlei Academy, #1)Title: Heir Of Shadows

Series: Daizlei Academy

Series Number: #1

Author: Kel Carpenter

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Publication Date: November 8, 2016

Format: Ebook

Pages: 258

Rating: 5

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.

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Blurb From Goodreads:

When 15-year-old Selena Foster is dragged to a boarding school for Supernaturals, she should be thrilled. Instead, she finds herself struggling with insanity and the pull of darkness, because, even among her own kind, she’s a prodigy. She and her sisters know better than anyone the cost that comes with great power, because while Alexandra can play with fire and Lily can heal anything, Selena is more deadly and destructive than the world is ready for.
When she makes a promise to her sisters in order to keep the madness at bay, she finds herself being led down a dangerous path where right and wrong are not always clear. To make matters worse, Lucas Hunter may be the only person alive who can unravel every terrible secret Selena’s keeping—and she can’t stay away.
When loyalties are tested and her sister is placed in mortal danger, Selena must find a way to stop the killing gene before it destroys everything she holds dear.

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Wow, where do I start? This was obviously the first book in the series, it mostly just dealt with the building of the world and getting to know the characters. I’m not complaining, it was hard to put down. Selena has secrets that are kept from everyone, even the reader. Which of course keeps me glued to the page hoping to find out. There isn’t much action until close to the end but it was one of those “oh crap, it’s over?”. And then there’s the crash when you realize the next book isn’t due until later this year, argh. I emailed the author as soon as I was done asking when the next book came out. Dang book hangover, I want more! I loved the characters, the sisters are loyal and the differences in their personalities was so realistic. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!

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Author Bio:

Born in Olympia, WA, Kel Carpenter has lived in over twenty-five houses and four different states, all inside the US. Kel started writing in high school where the origins for her original series, Heir of Shadows, began. It was then that writing changed her life. Fast forward, and Kel is now twenty-one and attending college in Atlanta GA, where she studies Chemistry and English.

She has many wonderful friends and her 2-year-old German Shepard, Harley (the self-professed love of her life). They spend their afternoons hunting Pokémon and unknown coffee shops along the streets of Atlanta—when she’s not at work or in class that is. If you want to learn more about Kel or her books, visit her on Twitter or Facebook.

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Ravenous #Review: Touched By A Dragon by Alisa Woods

Touched by a Dragon (Fallen Immortals #6)Title: Touched By A Dragon

Series: Fallen Immortals

Series Number: #6

Author: Alisa Woods

Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Sworn Secrets Publishing

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Format: Ebook

Pages: 268

Rating: 5

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.

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Blurb From Goodreads:

Falling in love was never in the cards for Leonidas. An angry witch made sure of that—if he loses his heart, he loses his life. But the treaty guaranteeing peace will die with him, unless he wins the True Love of a woman and she bears him a dragonling. When a fiery red-headed witch comes along with plans of her own, five hundred years of guarding his heart and opening his bed might not be enough to protect him. 

Because Love is Magic… and the fate of the mortal and immortal worlds depends on Rosalyn and Leonidas not only opening their hearts, but surviving a Love that’s True… 

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Oh my, that was good! Rosalyn rocks, she is no pushover and totally willing to do what needs to be done. This series is so good, but then really, how can you go wrong with dragons? And sexy dragons to boot. I’d love to go for a ride, in more ways than one. I am really looking forward to the next one and how Leksander is going to get the half angel Erelah to actually see him.

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question-mark-smallAlisa Woods lives in the Midwest with her husband and family, but her heart will always belong to the beaches and mountains where she grew up. She writes sexy paranormal romances about alpha men and the women who love them. She enjoys exploring the struggles we all have, where we resist–and succumb to–our most tempting vices as well as our greatest desires. She firmly believes that love triumphs over all. 

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