Claimed by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders)

Claimed by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders)

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by Melissa Foster

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The Ryders are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.
CLAIMED BY LOVE is a USA Today Bestseller!
"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every


The Ryders are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.
CLAIMED BY LOVE is a USA Today Bestseller!
"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" ?New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak
"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely
Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he's not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor...until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host?the daughter of the owner of most of the island.
Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke's powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who's used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together?
MORE RYDERS coming soon!
Seized by Love (Blue) - Now Available!
Chased by Love (Trish) - Releasing Aug 2016
Swept Into Love (Gage)
Rescued by Love (Jake)

The RYDERS are the newest addition to the Love in Bloom series. Characters from each series appear in future books. Each book may be read as a standalone novel, or as part of the series. Visit Melissa's website for a series guides and checklists.

Read the complete LOVE IN BLOOM series:

Sisters in Love
Sisters in Bloom
Sisters in White
Lovers at Heart (Treat & Max)
Destined for Love (Rex & Jade)
Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley)
Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy)
Bursting with Love (Savannah & Jack)
Hearts at Play (Hugh & Bree)

Taken by Love (Luke)
Fated for Love (Wes)
Romancing My Love (Pierce)
Flirting with Love (Ross)
Dreaming of Love (Emily)
Crashing into Love (Jake)
Promise My Love (Rex & Jade's Wedding Novella)
Game of Love (Dex)
Stroke of Love (Sage)
Flames of Love (Siena)
Slope of Love (Rush)
Read, Write, Love (Kurt)

Seaside Dreams (Bella)
Seaside Hearts (Jenna)
Seaside Sunsets (Jamie)
Seaside Secrets (Amy)
Seaside Nights (Sky)
Seaside Embrace (Hunter)
Seaside Lovers (Grayson)
Seaside Whispers (Matt)

THE BRADENS (at Peaceful Harbor)
Healed by Love (Nate)
Surrender My Love (Cole)
River of Love (Sam)
Crushing on Love (Shannon)
Whisper of Love (Tempest)
Thrill of Love (Ty)
"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner

"Melissa Foster is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Fated For Love was amazing. It kind of reminds me of Jill Shalvis' books and they are my benchmark for contemporary romance awesomeness." --Books Like Breathing (on Fated for Love)

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance--perfect beach reads--with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Melissa enjoys chatting with readers and book clubs. Send her an email invitation to your next event!

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New York Times Bestselling Author - Brenda Novak
"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!"

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance--perfect beach reads--with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. Melissa enjoys chatting with readers and book clubs. Send her an email invitation to your next event!

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Claimed by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders, Book Two): Duke Ryder 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
TheUltimateFanBlog 7 months ago
I continue to enjoy the world of Melissa Foster. She has created such an enticing web of people and continues to build on each character. Each story has its own flair in that it doesn’t repeat what you’ve already read in the previous stories. You become familiar with the families, seeing how they fit in each other’s lives and ultimately how their new found love is integrated. Claimed By Love is Duke and Gabriella’s story. In the opening, we get an individual perspective on how they feel about the pending purchase of the island. Gabriella’s family owns and lives on the island, so we get the “personal” side. Duke comes in as the perspective investor so his viewpoint is based on “how can we improve?”. You may wonder why I put this in my review, but it’s one of the first things that stood out to me. I thought it was interesting because of what each had at stake if things went south. As far as the characters, I thought Gabriella was definitely a strong-willed and family oriented person. She was also someone you could rely on and is a good friend. I thought Duke was also a strong-willed person, ambitious, and when he loves, he loves hard. They both had an intense, passionate side. They were perfect for each other. As with all of Ms. Foster’s books, I thoroughly enjoyed Duke and Gabriella’s story. It always feels like I’m catching up with old friends.
wifetoalineman02 8 months ago
I never wanted to eat Hershey's Kisses this bad again Claimed By Love by Ms. Melissa Foster is another amazing series from The Ryders' brothers. This book is another fun, hot and hopelessly romantic story between Duke and Gabriella that I cannot put my Nook down. I have read so many books of Ms. Foster but her story always put a smile on my face. It is always different though the characters are related with the other books. You will never get dull reading her writings. You will always get bothered (the best kind) when you read her books. I never wanted to eat Hershey's Kisses so badly again. No wonder I love munching those tiny chocolates and I get the feeling of Gabriella and Addy every time they eat this chocolates. It melted not just in your mouth. Duke is another heroine that makes you head fall in-love big time. This guy is not only tall, handsome, successful but carrying his heart on his sleeve. No girl cannot resist his charm and Gabriella is one of them. These two are insatiable. Their intimate scenes are so special that feels like you are in the story. I LOVED it. Disclosure: I received an e-book in exchange of my honest review.
AngelaMc1 8 months ago
Sometimes I read books by the same author and I get bored. Melissa Foster keeps her books steamy and I definitely do not get bored with her series. This was another well written hot book that I enjoyed a lot. The story line is a really good one. Duke wants to buy an island to build a resort and Gabriella is his tour guide. From the moment Duke meets her he is smitten. Does Duke win her over? Their journey brings in some Greek culture and I thought that made the read interesting. I was not disappointed with this book at all!
missfee81 8 months ago
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own. The Ryders are back and Claimed by Love follows Duke Ryder and Gabriella Liakos set in the beautiful surroundings of Elpitha Island. The island sounds amazing and is a mix of Greek and Southern US heritage. I fell in love with the island and Gabriella so it was any wonder that Duke did as well. He is on the island as a potential investor due to Gabrialla’s grandfather putting the island up for sale – the tourism is suffering and most of the younger generations have moved to the main land. Gabriella is back on the island to facilitate the sale on behalf of he grandfathers wishes and be Duke’s tour guide – she has taken a break form her high flying job as divorce lawyer. This is a slower paced story form Melissa with no drama and I think with the island setting this is the perfect story and perfect way to tell it. The intense chemistry between them from the outset and the struggle to keep business and pleasure apart and throw in a beautiful island is a recipe for a great love story. For all this is book 2 in the Ryders and part of the Love in Bloom series this can easily be read as a stand alone = as will all Melissa’s book. 5 Stars
skybluepink 8 months ago
I’ve been a fan of Melissa Foster’s for awhile now. Everytime I get my hands on one of her books i know that I don't want to do anything else until I’ve finished with the book. This book was no exception. Gabriella’s family lives on an island. Her grandfather wants to sell it and she doesn’t want to see that happen. Duke is one of investors that comes to the island to see take a look around and size it up. Gabriella’s grandfather arranges for her to give Duke a tour of the island. Duke sizes up more than just the island, or was that part of the plan? You can never tell when love will start to bloom. It can start from the similiest of meetings. Fireworks start from day 1 for Gabriella and Duke. I really enjoy Melissa’s forms of romance. They are hot (like 3 alarm hot) but yet you can totally see it happening in real life as well. I highly recommend this book and the rest in the series. I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this book are 100% my own.
Majorly_Delicious 8 months ago
Claimed by Love in the highly anticipated second installment in Melissa Foster's Love in Bloom: Ryder Family series. Gabriella Liakos is a tough family law attorney from New York. When she receives a phone call from her grandfather asking for her help to save her family's island from investors she rushed home. Duke Ryder is a real estate investor who, along with his partner Pierce Braden, is looking at opening a new resort on Gabriella's family island. Gabriella's family has charged her with showing the good-looking Duke around the island in hopes that she will be able to scare him away from investing and building on the island. Duke however has other plans. He is instantly attracted to the beautiful Gabriella and the more time he spends with her the more he wants to get to know her and make he his. The pull and tug dynamics of this relationship makes this book such a great read. These two are deeply attracted to each other both physically and emotionally but neither are willing to sway on their view points for the island. Only time will tell if these two will be able to work together in to turning the island into the vision they both have and if this vision will include a HEA for them. I received an eARC of the book compliments of the publisher for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
Aiesa1 8 months ago
I do like this couple. The island home Gabriella has grown up with seem to be getting lost in today’s world. Duke can see potential and progress on the horizon for this quaint tourist destination. Tourist season never lasts long enough for the island to survive much longer. As we follow Duke and his ambition to create something lasting here, the bells and whistles sound admist his encounters with Gabriella. The question is whether the two can come to the conclusion that the island needs this, just as they need each other. Melissa Foster has created another beloved couple for us to adore. Her writing leaves us where we are, as it should be, a part of their story.
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang 8 months ago
With every book I read by Melissa Foster she becomes more and more a favorite of mine. In this book we meet Duke and Gabriella. This is another hot and steamy romance that had me coming up for air constantly. Even though this is the second book in the series, it is a great stand alone book and can be read separately. But trust me you are going to want to read all of Melissa Foster’s books. In this book Melissa Foster gives us great insight into the fictional Island of Elpitha. The author has such a way with words that when reading any of her books you can really picture the scene and characters. This is definitely another great read, I can’t wait for the next book.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom 9 months ago
I really liked how the focus of this particular romance novel was on investing first, love second. Recently my personal focus has been on the financial aspect of my life. Let's face it, I'm not getting any younger and providing for my kids future has taken a center stage. I really liked the fact that Duke started off with a clear financial plan and didn't let anything change his goal of making a profit. Of course, meeting Gabriella throws a wrench in those plans, but making the deal is never far from his mind. Foster intricately weaves a growing love story between Gabriella, Duke, and Elpitha island that you can't put down. This is the first time I've witnessed a love triangle of this nature and totally love the new dynamic that this provided.
IrishDaisy 9 months ago
This is another great read by one of my most favourite authors - Melissa Foster who definitely knows her stuff when it comes to steamy romance novels. We meet Gabriella and Duke in this latest instalment of The Ryders Series. Duke is a sexy, sweet strong family man and Gabriella is no different especially when it comes to family and their Island of Elpitha which is in bad need of some investment. Gabriella is in no way supportive of the Island being sold, it is her home where she finds peace and tranquil that gives her a break from her New York lawyers office. But her grandfather has asked for her help and she can not refuse. The author gives us great insight into the fictional Island of Elpitha and when reading you can picture the scene. Without going into too much detail if your a fan of Melissa Foster you need to read this!! Their is chemistry between these two character and you can see a strong family bond on both sides, we also get a little peak at past Braden's which is always a plus when reading Ms Foster's books
JessicaCali 9 months ago
I don’t think Melissa Foster is capable of writing a bad book! All of her books are 100% addictive and oh so good! I love the plot line in this book & learning a little about some of the Greek Culture, since this book is set on Elpitha Island, a small island owned and inhabited by an extended family of Greeks. Gabriella’s Grandfather asked her to come home & meet with an investor who is looking at purchasing the island for a result. The investor is Duke Ryder, one of the oh so handsome Ryder clan! They meet at the Ferry and BAM! Instant attraction! As with all of Melissa’s books, there is a HUGE feeling of family, because all of the families in her books are super close! This book, such as with all of her books, are great as a part of a series, however they CAN be read as a stand alone also! Book received as a part of Beck Valley Book Tours in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are 100% my own,
BookMomto6 9 months ago
While I am, and always will be, a mountain girl. Islands call my name in a different way. Elpitha is no exception. I want to spend time there, walking all over, exploring. I’m also in love with Gabriella. I am routinely drawn to strong female characters. Gabriella is not only strong, but also smart and brave. She is floundering in her career. It is not what she wants, or has ever wanted. I enjoyed reading about the struggle that was internal to her part of the story. Yes, she was struggling with doing what was best for her family and the island but her personal struggle was almost of more interest to me. Foster has once again taken the writing of a romance novel and given the reader so much more. There is the pull of big family ties, the internal struggle Gabriella faces, and the love story that evolves. Claimed by Love will make a great read anywhere, anytime but I can definitely see it as one of my summer beach reads.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This book was too darn cheesy. Duke and gabriella kept saying the same thinkbeach chapter. Not worth 4.99.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Looking to invest money in improving an island, whose majority of land is owned by a loving family. Sparks fly between investor and family negotiator. The plot takes the two of them down a loving road. Can two different ideas merge? Time to read the book!
ReneeEntress 9 months ago
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, secrets, sadness, pain, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Seized By Love (Love In Bloom; The Ryders, #1) This is Gabriella and Duke’s story. Gabriella will do anything to protect her home and her one love, Elpitha Island. Duke wants the Island so he can turn it into an exclusive resort. When he meets Gabriella the daughter of the family that owns most of the island sparks fly. Gabriella wants Duke but not in place of losing the Island. Duke who at first only wanted the Island knows now he also wants Gabriella. Can he get her to understand he wants it all? Can he convince her that he is not just after the Island he is after forever with her? Can Gabriella trust Duke wants her or really is he only after the Island and she is standing in the way of that? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book and this author.
LynchburgMama 9 months ago
You know the old saying, "Opposites attract"? Melissa captures this phrase so perfectly with Duke and Gabriella! Gabriella is deep-rooted in her family and their history while Duke is more about innovation and future movement. It's like oil and water - however, the instant attraction catches Gabriella off guard because she wants to save the island without destroying what is most precious to her. Duke challenges her (in more ways than one!) with his abilities to embrace changes in the world. Quickly, the pair becomes more like a match to a flame. They may have differences in their wants initially, but soon, they can't resist the fact that they want the exact same things in life. Their connection is strong and deep-rooted in their families. I think that makes this a power couple that, together, can do anything! For someone who resists change so much, Gabriella makes a lot of changes throughout the book and the ending left me hopeful in the fact that love still conquers all! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
LynnB888 10 months ago
Filled with instant attraction, battling from two different sides of a coin, fun loving families, and HOT sex! I felt this one was slightly slower to get started than some of Melissa's others books, but once they decided to act on their attraction and become the center of the story line, it really got interesting! Duke Ryder is a successful real estate investor, and visits Elpitha Island to look the property over in anticipation of making the head of the Liakos family an offer to develop a resort there. Gabriella Liakos is an attorney in New York City, but her heart is on Elpitha Island where her family is and where she grew up. She returns to the island at her grandfather's request to give Duke a tour and answer his questions about the property. She hopes she can dissuade him from buying it, because she doesn't want her quiet island ruined by development. When she and Duke have an instant attraction to each other that they decide not to try to fight, will there be able to be a happy ending for either of them?
CharlotteLynnsReviews 10 months ago
Panty melting smile…. How can you not love a book that uses that to describe the hunky, sexy, and wonderful main character? I couldn’t pass up on reading Duke’s story when that is how Gabriella describes him. Who am I kidding? I couldn’t pass up reading Claimed by Love because it is written by the amazing Melissa Foster and is part of the Love in Bloom series. In true Love in Bloom style, Duke and Gabriella have a true and real love. Their attraction is instantaneous but they have to work for it. It would have been easy to just fall in to bed and hope for the best but Duke is just too good of a guy for a quick lay with Gabriella. Gabriella is also a wonderful character. She calls out Duke on his intentions with the island, she hold tight to her beliefs and wants, and make Duke work to win her over for good. Together these two are absolutely on fire. I also loved that other Love in Bloom characters make appearances in Claimed by Love. Pierce Braden (sigh), Emily, and of course those wonderful Ryder siblings all made appearances. This book can be read as part of the series, which I recommend, or it can be read as a standalone. **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
lifeasleels 10 months ago
Oh oh oh how I loved Claimed by Love! First and foremost – where can I find an island just like Elpitha? Seriously. I want to live there. I loved everything about this book and that Gabriella’s grandfather had so much faith in not only her, but in Duke as well. I wondered (and still do wonder) if her grandfather had checked Duke out prior to Duke arriving to the island. It would certainly explain some things! As usual, this was a hot, steamy romance from Melissa and one that I would love nothing more than to have a follow up with to see what happened after. Trust me when I say, Claimed by Love will put a silly smile on your face and a dreamy look in your eyes!
SherryMH 10 months ago
I could spend months in Melissa Foster's fictional worlds, but I have to say that Duke's world ranks up there at the top of my favorite's list. A great setting on Elpitha Island and a decent match up with Gabriella. I think my heart was invested in this one even before the end of the tour around the island. Will this man risk everything he had planned for one feisty woman? As with other Melissa Foster books within the Love in Bloom series, family is a mainstay and is always at the forefront of her storytelling. Gabriella's family takes the cake with their ability to make you feel like an outsider, or one of the family, depending on how they view the outsider. An intimate setting with two strong characters makes for an emotional read with a great love story. Duke is another strong, willing, able man from the mind of Melissa Foster! Great writing, interesting twists and not much angst make me glad I picked up Claimed by Love. Witty banter, heart-pulling emotion, and the love of family surround Duke and Gabriella in this sweet and sexy romance novel.
dewer421 10 months ago
Gabriella's family has owned most of Elpitha Island for generations, and their enormous extended family is a unique combination of Southern and Greek. However, their island is slowly falling apart. With a lack of tourism income, houses are falling apart and families are sending their youth off the island to college and to have a better life. Gabriella is a family law lawyer, and her grandfather has asked her to come back to Elpitha to show around an investor who is coming to purchase part of the island to develop it. Since Gabriella loves the island and doesn't want to see it turned into a huge casino complex, she's ready to fight the development at all costs. When Duke Ryder shows up, he is definitely not what she was expecting. However, no matter how interested they are in each other, the potential development will always be between them. Can they find love and agree about the future of the island? Or will they let a few square miles of land come between the love of a lifetime? I loved this story, the romance (and the steamy scenes), but I missed seeing many of my favorite characters from the other Love in Bloom books. Since this story was set on an island and so devoted to Gabriella and Duke we didn't hear many updates about previous characters in Mrs. Foster's books. This book is part of a series but can definitely be read as a stand alone book. *I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
BFF_K_BFF_Book_Blog 10 months ago
You have to be ok with Insta-Love....Just a warning about this story line. When Duke and Gabriella meet one another there is an instant chemistry and attraction that overwhelms them both. Their trip from strangers to soul mates is so quick it will leave you spinning. If you're ok with Insta-Love, this is a really wonderful, romantic, heart-felt story. Gabriella grew up on the fictional island of Elpitha. Though she spends her days as a successful family attorney in NYC, her heart longs for to be on the island surrounded by family and friends. Duke comes to the island to consider the possibility of investing in the property and turning it into a bright and shiny playground for people with time and money to spend. But, when he meets Gabriella, his thoughts are only about saving the island and preserving her visions of both what it is and what it can be. There is tension in the story, a push and pull of Gabriella and Duke learning one another and learning how to trust one another. (Though that's not really surprising considering the short time they've known each other.) There is no denying the spark that ignites between the two and their roller coaster relationship is steamy and sweet, just be sure to hold on for the quick and wild ride! If you can accept and embrace an Insta-Love story with a sweet and determined heroine and a protective, caring, committed alpha hero, then this is definitely a one-click. Claimed by Love is a solid romance that takes the reader on a fun little ride. An advance copy was received in exchange for an honest review. BFF Book Blog uses an additional set of icon ratings. This book received additional ratings for: character development, happily ever after, hero, heroine, romance, steamy, sweet and tension.
MikiHope 10 months ago
Love at first glance--Duke took one look at Gabriella who was doing her darndest to get him to leave Elpitha Island, and that is all it took--one glance. Gabriella wasn't making much headway getting him to leave the island--and he was really good looking. But she had to save her family's island home at all costs--and if that meant trying to get this investor to leave--- Duke ---well he would do anything to get and keep Gabriella for all time--and boy does he ever--it gets really steamy. Will Gabriella be able to learn to really trust after handling all the divorce cases she's been involved in in her law practice? Will Duke be able to finally convince her that he is for real and never says anything that he doesn't mean?
LadyStephM 10 months ago
Arriving on Elpitha Island with plans to purchase and overhaul it to bring in a healthy profit, Duke Ryder needs to meet with the island owner's granddaughter and lawyer, Gabriella Liakos, to talk numbers and seal the deal. Gabriella Liakos loves Elpitha Island, which is steeped in family history and love, and the last thing she wants is to see her island turned into a tourist trap, despite the financial help they need. She plans to run Duke from any interest in purchasing the family island, but she has misread who Duke is and what he stands for. Spending time with Gabriella on the island and getting to know its history and residents has woven a spell over Duke. Winning over Garbriella and getting her to trust him is all that is on Duke's mind, but both parties need to keep their professional distance in order for both parties to make clear decisions. They say don't mix business with pleasure, but both Melissa Foster makes you question whether pleasure always has a place when the right person is involved.
bhillson83 10 months ago
Whenever I have the opportunity to read one of Melissa Foster's books, I jump on the opportunity as I know that it is going to be a fantastic read. Foster did not disappoint in her latest release Claimed by Love which is the second novel in the Love in Bloom: The Ryders series. Readers are introduced to sexy and charming Duke Ryder who is a real estate investor coming to the charming Elpitha Island where he meets the sweet but savvy Gabriella Liakos. The connection between the two is immediate and despite the looming business transaction between the two, they cannot stay away from one another. Foster does what she always does and creates two characters with whom her readers can easily connect with. Fosters ability with words continues to draw me in as a reader and a fan. The way she can write a scene is beyond amazing, especially with the ability to raise the stake in the romance genre. "Everything that happened before now brought me to this exact moment, and it's the best moment ever." This statement shows Foster's ability to create the setting and dialogue between Duke and Gabriella. The heat and passion between the two will not leave you disappointed, especially with the brilliance of Foster's writing style. I definitely recommend Claimed By Love as a must read and addition to your To-Be-Read Shelf. Melissa Foster is a brilliant writer, who constantly creates masterpieces that will draw her readers in and never disappoints.