Tease by Melanie Harlow ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.5 Star Review & Excerpt!

Could Hutton French and I actually be right for each other, or is it all just one big tease?

TEASE, an all new sizzling friends to lovers, fake engagement small town romantic comedy from USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melanie Harlow, is now available!

I didn’t mean to say I was engaged to a hot billionaire–it just slipped out.

In my defense, I’d had a really bad haircut, a really strong drink, and I was trying to save face in front of the Mean Girl at my high school reunion.

Lucky for me, I happen to know a hot billionaire. Hutton French and I have been friends forever, and even though big social gatherings are not his thing, I called him from the coat closet and begged him for a favor–show up and play my fake fiancé for the night.

Except that word of our engagement spreads like wildfire. Our families are ecstatic. We’re front page news. My little food blog is launched into the stratosphere.

Of course, I offer to set the record straight right away, but Hutton wants to give it a little time–the phony engagement will keep his matrimony-mad mother and every matchmaking granny in town off his back.

He even suggests I move in with him to make the ruse more real.

And we don’t stop there.

We practice kissing. Undressing each other. Saying things–and doing things–we’d never dare if we weren’t pretending. Because it’s all for show, right? We’re just role-playing. Hutton doesn’t want a real relationship, and I don’t want to get hurt. But the more time we spend faking it, the more I start to wonder.

Could Hutton French and I actually be right for each other, or is it all just one big tease?

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Review

Steam 3
Storyline 4.5
Feels 0
Overall Rating 4.5
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Reviewed by Ladyballs

This was a cute quick read and made me laugh out loud more than once. Felicity and Hutton have been friends forever. Both nerds bonded and were inseparable but never took their friendship past friends. However, with both of them being super shy it didn’t mean they didn’t feel a certain way towards each other. Felicity is expanding her catering career and Hutton is a billionaire genius in cryptocurrency. Through trials and tribulations their friendship has remained.

While dealing with a “mean girl” from high school, Felicity tells a little white lie. She tells the mean girl that she is engaged to her best friend/billionaire Hutton. Getting Hutton to go along with this is another story. But when you tell one lie, you have to keep telling others to cover the first lie and before you know it turns into a web of lies. Felicity and Hutton take faking a fiancé to a whole new level and I loved every minute of it! My only one negative comment would be that it has leaked in the press that billionaire Hutton has some bedroom kinks but the book never really delved into it. I think it would have made for some super sexy scenes!

It was so much fun to see these once friends morph into lovers and watch how they both realize this could be the real deal. But as any good author does, it takes them a while to figure it out and admit it. This was a quick, fun, laugh out loud great beach read and highly recommend!

Keep reading for a look inside TEASE!

“Want something to drink? Whiskey or scotch?”

“No, thanks. Mostly I just want to take these heels off.”

“Leave them on.”

I was already bending down to unbuckle one ankle strap. I looked up and saw him standing there with his glass in his hand. “What?”

“Leave them on. And come over here.”

I straightened up and took one tiny step.

“On your hands and knees.”

My breath caught. I could feel his eyes on me. Instantly I understood what this was, and even though I was a little nervous, I wanted to play along. I wanted to please him this way.

The only problem was, I wasn’t entirely sure I could get to my knees in this tight dress. But I said a quick prayer and dropped to my knees on the carpet in one smooth motion. Thankfully, the dress material had some stretch, and the seams didn’t pop.

“Good girl,” he said quietly, igniting a firestorm in my blood that surprised me. “Now come here.”

My heart thrummed fast and loud as I lowered my palms to the floor and slowly closed the distance between us. I’d never done anything like this in my life—who am I right now?—but I liked the way it made me feel.

Tempting. Seductive. Alluring. I’d never thought of myself that way before, but here and now, in this tight little black dress with the red satin heels, crawling toward a gorgeous, powerful man in a suit in our Manhattan hotel suite? My billionaire fake fiancé? It was easy to imagine I wasn’t myself at all.

When I reached his feet, I sat back on my heels and looked up. Our eyes met. His lean, muscular silhouette looked imposing above me. Even that rebel lock of hair had been tamed into submission tonight.

He took another sip of his drink and set the glass on the table. Pulled the chair at the head of the table aside. Loosened the knot in his tie. “Are you okay?”

“Yes.”

“If there’s a point tonight where you are not, you should tell me.” He slipped the tie from his collar.

I swallowed hard. “Like a safe word?”

His mouth hooked up on one side. His hand freed the top button of his shirt. “You already have a safe word?”

“No,” I said quickly. “I’ve never needed one before.”

“You do now.” He undid a second button. “So what will it be?”

Of course, I couldn’t fucking think of anything, and I panicked.

“Roy Kent,” I blurted.

He cocked his head, his hand still on his shirt. “Who’s Roy Kent?”

“Never mind. I’ll think of another one.”

Do not say Oklahoma.

Do not say bumblebee.

I racked my brain for something else. “Romeo,” I said breathlessly. “That’s what I’ll say. Romeo.”

He set his tie on the table and offered me a hand.

Placing my palm in his, I rose to my feet. “Is anything going to hurt?” I asked, picturing whips, chains, ball gags, metal cuffs and clamps, shiny rubber gloves.

“I don’t need to inflict pain to feel in control, if that’s what you’re asking.”

“Okay. Should I—”

But that was all I got out because he spun me around and clamped a hand over my mouth, pressing his body tight against my back.

About Melanie Harlow

USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like Ted, Lasso, Schitt’s Creek, and Fleabag. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the BELLAMY CREEK series, the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, and the FRENCHED series. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Bittersweet Memories by Catharina Maura ~ Release Blitz w/ Exerpt

Bittersweet Memories, an all-new sensual and addictive forbidden billionaire standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Catharina Maura is available now!

When her boyfriend breaks her heart Alanna goes after his older brother in a quest for revenge.

It should have been simple, until she finds out he’s her new boss.

As they work together it soon becomes clear, Silas knows more about her than he should.

Including the past she’s forgotten and the memories that evade her…and some secrets are better left buried.

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Excerpt

“What happened tonight, Alanna?” he asks, turning back to me.

I shake my head. “Same old,” I whisper. “Dad has been working, and I don’t think he even realizes it’s my birthday today. I didn’t say anything, because I don’t want him to feel guilty, you know? Even if he does come home now, my night is ruined, so there was no point.”

He nods. “Come on, birthday girl. There’s somewhere I’ve been meaning to take you. I didn’t think I’d actually be able to do it on your birthday, but I guess it’s my lucky day.”

I frown, and Silas smirks at me as he puts a location into my navigation system. “Where are we going?”

He shakes his head. “You’ll see. It’s a surprise.”

I smile as I follow the directions, curious. I drive down one windy road after another, until Silas tells me to park on the side of a dirt road. “Where are we?”

“Let me show you.”

He gets out and walks around the car to open my door for me. Silas offers me his hand, and my heart races as I place mine in his. He entwines our fingers as he pulls me along, frowning when he realizes that my heels are sinking into the grassy grounds.

He bends down slightly, and before I realize what he’s doing, I’m lifted off the ground and into his arms. He holds me close, his eyes briefly running over my body. I could’ve sworn I saw a flash of desire in them, but then it’s gone, and he’s striding forward with me in his arms. “What are you doing?” I whisper. “You don’t need to carry me.”

He shakes his head. “It’s a bit of a walk.”

I tighten my grip on him, reveling in his proximity. I allow myself to drink him in shamelessly, taking in his long lashes, the stubble on his skin, his strong jaw. His body feels strong against mine, his grip tight. I’ve never been this close to a guy before. “This is a first for me,” I whisper.

Silas looks at me and blinks in confusion.

“It’s the first time a boy has carried me in his arms like this.”

Silas chuckles and tightens his grip on me, his eyes on mine. “I’m no boy, Alanna,” he says, his voice soft and sexy.

“Oh no,” I whisper. “Does this count as putting myself in a dangerous situation?”

Silas smirks, and my heart skips a beat. It’s a lazy, intimate smirk, and it’s all for me. “Damn right it does, baby. Don’t you ever find yourself in another man’s arms like this, late at night with no one else around. No one but me.”

“Just you, Silas,” I whisper.

He stops walking, his eyes on mine, and I wonder if he can see me blushing in the darkness. “We’re here,” he says, but he doesn’t put me down.

I’m so mesmerized by his beautiful emerald eyes that I struggle to tear my gaze away. When I eventually manage it, I find us standing underneath a beautiful pink blossom tree. “Wow,” I whisper. The air feels fresh, and the breeze carries a soft floral scent. This place feels magical. I glance around, my eyes settling on the stone cottage behind us.

“Silas,” I whisper. “Are we trespassing?”

He smiles as he puts me down and places his hands on my shoulders. “Yes, I suppose we are.” Silas has always kept his distance from me, but tonight feels different. “Happy birthday, Alanna,” he murmurs.

He lets go of me and reaches into his back pocket, taking out a pink envelope. He holds it in both hands, his gaze downcast. Silas inhales deeply, and when he looks up at me, my heart starts to race. I’ve never seen him look at me like that before. His eyes are filled with every feeling I try so hard to hide.

“Alanna, there isn’t much I can offer you other than my friendship… but I’ve learned the hard way that the most precious things in life truly are free. Maybe someday, I’ll be able to give you diamonds and expensive flowers, but for now, please accept this.”

He hands me the envelope, and I take it with trembling hands. My heart is racing as I open the envelope carefully, not wanting to tear it open. Silas shifts his weight from one leg to the other, seemingly just as nervous as I am.

I gasp when I slide a birthday card out of the envelope, a portrait of me on it… except the girl in the drawing looks nothing like me… she’s far more beautiful than I ever hope to be. “Did you draw this?” I ask, shocked.

Silas nods and looks away. I’ve never seen him look so vulnerable before. “It’s beautiful,” I whisper. I open the card, taking in the simple birthday message in his handwriting. Instead of his name, it’s signed with the ψ symbol. “I love it, Silas.” My voice trembles, and I hug the card to my chest.

“This… thank you. Thank you so much, Si. I don’t need expensive flowers or diamonds, Si. Nothing could ever beat this.”

About Catharina

Catharina Maura writes deliciously angsty romance that’ll give you all the feels. You’ll usually find her daydreaming about the characters that waltz through her thoughts, begging for a happily ever after.

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Hard and Fast by Mari Carr ~ Blog Tour w/ Excerpt

This billionaire playboy has finally met his match.

Hard and Fast, an all new steamy friends-to-lovers, billionaire boss romance from New York Times bestselling author Mari Carr, is out now!

Penny is tired of being seen as the gamer, the crazy cat lady, the mom-jeans-wearing, YouTube-bingeing, quirky IT girl. She’s barreling toward 29 and ready to make some changes . . . in her appearance and her nonexistent love life. But she’s smart enough to know she needs help—and who she needs it from. Her billionaire playboy boss, Gage Russo.

Bachelor Gage’s life is typically full of excitement, on the work front and in the bedroom. He’s never lacking for female company and he rarely sleeps alone. Regardless, lately, he can’t shake feeling bored. That is, until Penny challenges him to a friendly wager . . . one he promptly loses. Her prize? Lessons in seduction—from him.

Lines get blurred as Gage pushes harder . . . moves faster . . . teaching Penny things she’s only ever fantasized about. But the playboy with all the smooth moves makes one big mistake when he fails to tell his sexy student that the lessons are no longer fake, and what he wants from her is very, very real.

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“Come here,” he said in that deep, sexy voice.

“What?” She was already sitting next to him, so she wasn’t entirely sure—

Gage removed all free will when he reached out, pulling her toward him until her face was only an inch away from his. Sitting this close, she could see the flecks of green in his light brown eyes. And before she could stop herself, she reached up to brush back the lock of brown hair that fell over his forehead.

He blinked a couple of times, her affectionate, familiar action obviously catching him off-guard.

“We’re going to pick up where we left off.”

“Where we left off?” she asked stupidly, his close proximity causing a complete system failure as far as her brain was concerned.

“The lessons, Penny.”

Again, he said her first name. A million people in her life had called her Penny, but when Gage said it…she melted inside.

“The kissing lesson?” she whispered.

“Among other things.”

He closed the scant distance between them, true to his word.

Penny had spent the last nine days trying to convince herself that Gage’s kiss wasn’t as amazing as she remembered.

She was right.

Because that first mind-blowing kiss paled in comparison to this one.

She loved the roughness of his beard against her face. His fingers found their way to her hair, his hands closing around two fistfuls, using it to hold her close, to tilt her head to the left so he could kiss her more deeply. She recalled his comment about men liking long hair.

When Gage released her hair, he lowered his hands to her waist and lifted, never breaking the union of their lips as he pulled her over his lap. She straddled his thighs and draped her hands around his neck.

And that was when she felt it. Evidence of Gage’s attraction.

To her!

She pressed her pussy closer, the hard ridge of his erection right there beneath his pants.

He was hard. For her!

He’d come straight to her apartment from work, so while he’d taken off his suit jacket, he was still wearing his dress shirt, though he’d loosened his tie. She toyed with the knot.

Gage broke the kiss. “Take it off.”

She looked at him.

“My tie,” he added. “Take it off.”

She slid the silk knot free, then pulled it from the collar with one long, slow glide.

“Unbutton my shirt,” he commanded.

Penny was helpless to resist that sexy tone, and she’d spent a little too much—okay, a lot too much—time imagining him shirtless.

Okay, naked.

Completely naked.

She unbuttoned his shirt, her gaze locked on the progress of her fingers. She bit her lower lip nervously, then opened the shirt completely. Gage took over, untucking the shirt and shrugging it over his broad, muscular shoulders.

About Mari

Virginia native Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance novels. With over one million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research. She has over a hundred published works, including her popular Wild Irish and Compass books, along with the Trinity Masters series she writes with Lila Dubois.

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Strangers in My Bed by Jade West ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt

Lines always blur when people fall in love.

Strangers in My Bed, an all-new captivating dark standalone romance full of twists and turns from USA Today bestselling author Jade West, is available now!

It’s an amazing thing, being a wedding planner, when you’ve been dreaming of a big day of your own since being a little girl.

But it’s not so amazing when the love of your life leaves you for another woman.

My dreams have all deserted me, and I’m alone in a new town when I meet him. The stranger at the bar.

Anthony Bradstone is everything I ever wanted. A prince, right from the start. A shining star, successful and loving. Committed, brilliant, generous. Mr Perfect.

But the brightest stars have the darkest shadows, and Ant’s love comes with… conditions.

That’s how one stranger in my bed turns to several, and those several turn into a whole lot more.

I know that lines always blur when people fall in love. People’s depths get deeper, and their shadows get darker, and relationships can get a little… twisted sometimes.

So it’s just as well there’s someone out there who knows my prince well enough to help me untangle him.

They call Ant’s best friend the crusader for a reason.

I’m about to find out why it’s true.

Warning: This is a very dark romance. There are themes of coercion, conflicts of emotions, and difficult situations from the past.

Please proceed with caution.

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Review

Steam 5
Storyline 5
Feels 5
Overall Rating 5
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Reviewed by Joanna

HOLY COW! What did I just read? Wow…this story has taken me in a million different directions. I am hot and heavy one second and emotionally screaming the next. Super sexy and dirty to cheering for the good guy. The story starts off with some naughty things that happen between Ant and Cass. You really think that things are a certain way, but they turn out to be completely different. The story takes a complete 360 turn when Ant’s best friend Gerwyn enters the picture. Truths come out, feeling change, and HOLY COW I felt gutted one minute but happy the next. This story really makes you think about how things are seen and are they really what we think they are? I loved this story. It was a bit long but so well worth it. I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what was happening. But when something happened, I would need to take a break to recover. Really a well written and thought provoking story.

Excerpt

We’re on the motorway heading north when my nerves come back with a vengeance. I’m still flying high from the day we’ve had, but I’m terrified. I don’t know if I can be anywhere near as good as the girl on the video.

Probably not.

Scratch that.

Definitely not.

Ant turns the radio down when I start shifting in my seat.

“You ok, baby?”

I manage a smile. “Yeah.”

“Worried about tonight?” he reads me like a book.

“Just a bit,” I admit.

“Don’t be worried, sweetheart. I’ll be right there with you.” He reaches out and squeezes my hand.

I don’t want to tell him that him being there is one of the main reasons I’m so worried. If it was a case of getting it on with someone until they’d taken their fill and disappeared, it would be one thing, but knowing Ant will be directing me through the challenge of performing like a slut is a whole different game to play.

“Cass,” he says, jolting me back to him. “You don’t need to be worried about anything. I’ll be there to guide you. And you can call time out whenever you want. It’s your choice, princess.”

“You make it sound so easy,” I tell him, “I just…”

“Because it is easy, baby,” he squeezes my hand again. “Trust me. All you have to do is follow my lead, relax, and enjoy it. You can do that, right?”

“I’ll try.”

“Good girl.”

I only hope he’s still telling me I’m a good girl when it’s all over.

Ant takes the motorway exit at Gloucester and pulls into the car park of a sweet little restaurant. It’s cute and quaint, and I’d usually be exclaiming that he’d chosen well for dinner, but I’m just too edgy. He must feel my hand trembling as we make our way to the pub door, and he stops walking, turning to face me.

“I mean it, Cass. Call time out. If you can’t do this for me, then say it.”

I’m shaking my head as he speaks, and my expression must be as serious as his.

“I can do this, Ant.”

“But do you want to?”

“Yes!”

We stare at each other. The tension at an all-time high.

It’s him who breaks it.

“Sorry. I’m not convinced, princess, so let’s call it off. I’ll let our visitor know.”

He pulls his phone from his pocket and carries on walking, but I pull him back.

I’m so scared of disappointing him that my heart is thumping like crazy.

“I want it! I know you’ll make it amazing. You always do. You make everything amazing. This isn’t going to be any different, is it? You’ll make me love it, just like always. I know you will!”

He weighs me up, and I feel on trial. Fuck, I hope he believes me.

About Jade

Jade has increasingly little to say about herself as time goes on, other than the fact she is an author, but she’s plenty happy with this. Living in imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all she’s ever wanted.

Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and talking smut makes her smile.

She lives in the Herefordshire countryside with a couple of hounds and a guy who’s able to cope with her inherent weirdness.

She has a red living room, decorated with far more zebra print than most people could bear, and fights a constant battle with her addiction to Coca-Cola.

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Vengeance of a Mafia Queen by Siobhan Davis ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.5 Star Review & Excerpt!

They tried to take everything from me.
But where they failed, I will succeed.
Unless he becomes my weakness.

Vengeance of a Mafia Queen, an all -new dark enemies-to-lovers mafia romance full of suspense from USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Siobhan Davis, is available now!

Losing my innocence at thirteen, in the most brutal way, changed me. My kidnapper stole my childhood and tried to break me. The knowledge my father orchestrated the entire situation hardened my heart, and instead of grieving his death, I celebrated it.

One down. Many more to go.

My burning need for revenge has only grown over the years, keeping me focused on my goals and enabling my rise to power.

Made men are weak. A pretty face and the promise of a good time easily distracts them.

Now, I’m in charge.

Men bow before me.

Except for him—the brother of my abductor. Massimo fights me every step of the way, but I’m not about to let the explosive chemistry between us deter me from my chosen path. His family is my enemy. He is my enemy, even if he doesn’t know it yet.

I won’t stop until all those who wronged me are punished.

By the time they realize I’m coming, it will be too late.

They tried to take everything from me.

But where they failed, I will succeed.

Unless he becomes my weakness.

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Review

Feels 2
Storyline 4.5
Steam 5
Overall Rating 4.5
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Reviewed by Robin

Wow! This story was the mafia romance I didn’t know I needed! In a male dominated world, Catarina AKA Donna Conti was a strong, ruthless badass. I was impressed with her thirst for vengeance and one hundred percent on board with her sneaky ways. But then I met Massimo Greco and that playboy Mafia prince stole my heart. I loved their meet cute, reunion and the slow burn to trusting one another with their hidden secrets. Their tragic backstory brought the two together…like fate. Swoon!!!!! The book was entertaining, suspenseful and held a few unpredictable twists. AND we got reunited with the Big Boss Bennett Mazzone. Mmmmmmmmmmm. Can’t go wrong with some Bennett action. Definitely happy I read this one!

Excerpt

Lust blazes in his eyes. “I will wait for you to come to me.”

“You’ll be waiting,” I blurt, irritated when amusement skates across his face. I hate how he can obviously tell it’s a lie. He can see I’m floundering. That his want is not one-sided.

“I have a hand, and my blue balls can be patient.” A teasing smile spreads across his mouth, and I’m ensnared. Massimo is truly beautiful, and I only hope I’m strong enough to resist. I already suspect I’m not. “To a point,” he whispers against my ear, sending warm shivers coursing along my flesh. I squirm on his lap, failing to ignore the hard, thick length pulsing underneath me.

Massimo groans, and his eyes darken with undeniable desire. “You were put on this earth to test me. I’m sure of it.”

I can’t smother my smile in time.

“One kiss,” he says, his eyes dropping to my mouth as his tongue darts out and he wets his lips. “Would you deny your husband a kiss on his wedding night?”

“I have kissed you today.”

He shakes his head as his fingers sweep back and forth across my mouth, making it harder and harder to resist temptation. “I have kissed you. You have gone along with it because it was expected.”

He’s as delusional as me if he truly believes that. I drive my hands into his hair without even thinking about it. “Will everything be a negotiation between us?”

His brows climb to his hairline and a devilish grin widens his lush mouth. “Do we know any other way to be?”

“One kiss. Just one kiss.” The words feel like lies as I spout them.

“That is all I am asking.” He closes his eyes, moaning softly as my fingers explore the thick strands of his black hair. “That feels so incredibly good.”

I brush my mouth against his, and his eyes pop wide. His hands flatten against my back, pushing me in closer to his tempting body. I can indulge in one kiss. It is my wedding night after all, and my husband is one of the sexiest men alive. It’s not wrong to take this one thing for myself, right? “Just one kiss,” I remind him as our breaths comingle.

“Only one.”

Closing my eyes, I lower my mouth to his and descend into sheer bliss. He lets me control it, at first, and I’m surprised at the potent need driving me to take everything as I prod at the seam of his lips with my tongue. He opens instantly, letting my tongue plunge inside his mouth. I reposition myself on his lap, straddling his hips, so I can properly kiss him, and it’s that moment when all bets are off.

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About Siobhan

Siobhan Davis is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Top 10 bestselling romance author. Siobhan writes emotionally intense stories with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She has sold over 1.5 million books and her titles are translated into several languages.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She lives in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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