Racing to Love - Carter's Treasure

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From the outside, Molly West had everything, beauty, brains, and a career she’d retired from not once, but twice. Being in the limelight and in a sport that was male driven, she was often surrounded by men. She ignored first the boys, and as she got older, the men. Her cold shoulder and patented not a chance in hell look were usually enough to get her point across. Molly had no plans in changing what was a perfectly good system. That is until she walked into the pits.

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Overview

From the outside, Molly West had everything, beauty, brains, and a career she’d retired from not once, but twice. Being in the limelight and in a sport that was male driven, she was often surrounded by men. She ignored first the boys, and as she got older, the men. Her cold shoulder and patented not a chance in hell look were usually enough to get her point across. Molly had no plans in changing what was a perfectly good system. That is until she walked into the pits.

Carter Sterling had traveled the racing circuit since he was a boy. He’d heard all the old standbys, She’s out there somewhere, love comes along when you least expect it. Good things come to those that… Yeah, he’d heard them all. The last place he expected to meet the love of his life was on a pro track. All she did was smile, and he knew, looking into her sapphire blue eyes, Molly West was his. Forever.

If it was only that easy. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he had a gripping feeling in him. An overwhelming need to protect her—a girl he’d just met. Carter had learned a long time ago that gut feelings are almost never wrong. Molly now held his heart in her hands, but it was going to take a lot more than just love to protect her from the past she thought she’d buried a long time ago.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781938404085
  • Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 5/16/2012
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Gregory leads an incredibly active lifestyle in Kansas City with her husband and their three fantastic kids who keep them running in three very different directions. When she’s not rushing her oldest daughter to tumbling, her youngest daughter to music lessons, or sitting track-side watching her son practice motocross, she’s taking the few minutes in between to scribble the next pages in her Racing to Love series.
When asked, “When do you have time to write?” Amy Gregory giggles. “In bits and pieces,” she says.
Amy is known for her snarky, off the cuff sense of humor, which you’ll find shining through in the characters she’s created. Her debut novel, Racing to Love, Carter’s Treasure, is set for release June 7, 2012.
I’ve spent my whole life trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, and now I’ve finally found it. – Amy Gregory
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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    Molly understands the need to ride, but she hasn’t been in

    Molly understands the need to ride, but she hasn’t been interested in finding a man; in fact she has secrets to keep and a brother who helps her keep them. Molly’s first stop on her new tour puts her on a familiar track and face-to-face with something not on her radar, the right man. When Carter sees Molly for the first time he comes face-to-face with something not on his radar, love. Before Molly knows what’s hit her Carter has his hand in her hair and a firm grip on her heart. Before Carter knows what’s hit him Molly has him wound around her little finger and willing to do anything to take her pain away. Carter and Molly’s story is a whirlwind of firsts and Amy expertly introduces you to the other characters and their personalities without distracting you from the real reason you are turning the pages faster than the bikes racing around the track. Don’t look away because the end brings a surprise twist you aren’t expecting and a smile to your heart. With the turn of the last page I was awfully glad I would get a chance to read the next book in the Racing To Love series just to get a glimpse of Carter and Molly again. Amy Gregory and Racing To Love~ Carter’s Treasure gets the coveted red number one plate!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Wonderful characters, great story. I could not put it down!

    Wonderful characters, great story. I could not put it down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

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    A great read for sports fans! I wasn't exactly sure what type o

    A great read for sports fans!

    I wasn't exactly sure what type of racing this book referred to when I signed on for the blog tour. It was a pleasant surprise as I started reading and discovered that it was BMX. There aren't near enough books out there that explore some of the lesser known sports. So yeah, I must say if you like all kinds of sports then you won't be disappointed by this one at all!

    Molly West is a start in the sport. She's been on top of the Women's Motocross and can outrun the men as well. She's got spunk and determination. As a woman in a man's world she knows that she has to earn her way and Molly's had absolutely no problem doing that. I love that Molly stood up to the jerks that are always present. As for her and Carter...they made such a fantastic couple. Amy Gregory did a nice job showing the give and take of starting a relationship with careers that are so demanding in both safety and time. One of my favorite traits from Molly was that she didn't back down when her brother, Brody, tried to build a wedge between Carter and her. No matter what she stood true to what she wanted.

    Carter is the nice guy. At least until Molly is in trouble, then the alpha male shows up and doesn't leave. He was such an easy guy to fall for. From the beginning Carter knows that he's going to fall for Molly and makes sure to tell her as well. It's not very often that you find the guy being first out of the gate to confess his feelings. It was such a refreshing thing to see in romance. My favorite thing about Carter was that he was always thinking of Molly and what would work best for her.

    Overall I'd recommend this book. It was a fresh take on a sports story. But even if you aren't familiar with sports you're likely to enjoy reading Molly and Carter's story. I hope that we get the chance to read more about the secondary characters in the book!

    *Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

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    Molly West is a female in her 20's who has excelled in a sport d

    Molly West is a female in her 20's who has excelled in a sport dominated by males. She holds quite a few titles, and has come out of retirement for a 4-month contract as a motocross trick rider. Escorted and coached by her brother Brody and his girlfriend Erin, she thinks this is just another gig, that is until she looks into the eyes of Carter Sterling, and suddenly her world turns upside down. When Carter sees Molly, he knows there is something about her that is different, something that he desperately wants. There is only one thing standing in his way, Molly's brother Brody Noland. Brody has already warned all the guys at the track that Molly is off limits, but Carter's not about to let that stop him. He knows that Brody is a little "exaggerated" in his need to protect Molly, but what he doesn't yet know is that Molly has a painful and horrid past, and that despite her outer beauty, her past has left her deeply scarred inside. Sheltered for years by her family, Molly knows that there is something about Carter that she can trust, and in spite of her fears and reservations, she is ready to take a chance on love. Despite the obstacles, Carter and Molly are determined to be together, but then danger comes back into her life and she and Carter have to face something a lot more threatening than Brody ever thought about being.


    I really liked this book. It is a really sweet love story, with the added element of drama and mystery. Carter Sterling is perfect. I want a Carter for myself. He is super hot, dreamy, sexy, thoughtful, determined, caring and would do anything for Molly. I liked Molly to, and I felt bad for her and all she had to go through in her life. I enjoyed not only seeing the supportive family she had, but the way Carter loved her and was so patient with her. Brody was kind of a jerk, but I understood where he was coming from, even though he carried it too far. There are some really funny secondary characters that were all well written and fun to get to know. Molly and Carter's relationship is one of those love at first sight types with sparks flying and chemistry through the roof from the first glance. They have some emotional moments, and some very sexy and steamy ones also. The book was fast paced and I read it in one sitting. The racing theme was also fun and entertaining and that, combined with the suspense, drama, and some sexy romance, proved this book to be quite an enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    A GREAT SUMMER READ! I could not put this down! It's a love st

    A GREAT SUMMER READ! I could not put this down! It's a love story, with a hint of mystery--my kind of book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    Thoroughly enjoyable. My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Disclaime

    Thoroughly enjoyable.

    My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.


    Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review as part of the blog tour. I did not receive any compensation for writing this review nor was I obligated to write a good review. The tour host may have been compensated for her time, but I was not.


    My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I started this novel thoroughly intrigued by the premise of the novel and knew I had to read this one. I wasn't disappointed.


    Gregory's novel was brilliantly crafted and thoroughly enjoyable. I was hooked from the very first page until the very end. I loved the writing style and the characters. The prose was beautiful to say the least.


    Gregory has a book on her hands that left me captivated. The only thing I noticed about this book was how fast the romance developed. I know several readers who get insanely bugged by fast-developing romances.


    However, I am usually not bugged by fast-developing romances. So while it might have seemed slightly unrealistic for them to move so fast, the novel made up for that.


    She even addressed the fast-paced romance and developed circumstances to make it work. So honestly, I don't think that the fast-paced romance is a flaw. Instead, I think it was an intriguing choice on the author's part.


    A novel that was beautiful, compelling, and oh so addicting.


    In Summary: Gregory's romance novel Racing to Love is everything it should be: tantalizing, compelling, and oh so intriguing. This novel is definitely one that I loved reading about. From the moment I met Carter and Molly, I knew this was bound to be a great read. Gregory did not disappoint.


    Warnings: Definitely for adults. This romance contains multiple sexual references and scenes. While Gregory's descriptions aren't detailed or graphic, they are definitely more in line with an adult audience. It leaves less to the imagination than young adult novels do.


    Strong language in several instances. Not overbearing, but language is there.


    The Wrap-up: Definitely an intriguing read. I did not expect to like this one as much as I did. But Gregory is a masterful storyteller and drew me in from the get-go. Romance fans will love this one.


    Love,


    Danica Page

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    Tough Girl, Hot Guy, Love, Trust, Suspense, Sweet and Caring. Th

    Tough Girl, Hot Guy, Love, Trust, Suspense, Sweet and Caring. This has truly been one of the great reads for this summer.

    I warn you this book has an instant connection and follows more of the relationship between two people then giving you a blown out plot to keep on your toes. Although there are bits and pieces of action and suspense this is truly a book for those of a soft heart that are looking to go Awe more then they are looking to hold their breath for the outcome.

    Given that this was a very enjoyable read that had some great characters and motorcross (one of my favorite sports to watch). And it shows how you need to stand up for what you want rather then just obey everything you've always been told. You will never reach your dreams if you hide in the past shadows.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    It¿s love at first sight for Carter when he meets Molly who is a

    It’s love at first sight for Carter when he meets Molly who is a twice
    retired professional BMX biker. He too is a BMX biker, hanging out with
    his friends when he first meets Molly. Molly is a beautiful young woman,
    both inside and out. She has lived with a tragic childhood and is
    protected by her ‘big brother’ Brody and his girlfriend Erin as well as
    his parents who took care of her. As the story unfolds you find out
    that someone is targeting Molly, leaving her threatening letters. This
    is a fast paced romance and if you like Motocross and a bit of mystery
    then you will love this story!

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    I chose to read this book as I love a good romance. I love motor

    I chose to read this book as I love a good romance. I love motorcycles,
    as my husband and daughter are riders themselves. I loved the cover and
    thought the synopsis sounded great book. However, I was not as satisfied
    once I read the book. It was not a horrible book, but not the quality
    of writing I’m used to in a romance. Carter and Molly immediately fall
    in love with each other, but I was not convinced of this immediate
    attraction. I saw Carter’s advances as creepy and then when Molly
    finally accepts his advances I was okay, but still found it quirky. I
    didn’t feel any spark or heat from their being together. I was not fond
    of Carter’s pet name for Molly either. My favorite character was Erin,
    Brody’s girlfriend. I was able to connect with her and her wanting to be
    able to do good for both Brody and Molly. Brody and Erin were my
    favorite couple. I could feel the genuine love and care they had for
    each other, even when they were disagreeing with one another. I also
    enjoyed the suspense aspect of the book. It did add another dimension to
    the plot and enjoyment. It was a little lacking in areas, but overall it
    was a good story.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

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    Ms. Gregory pens "Racing to Love", filled with romance

    Ms. Gregory pens "Racing to Love", filled with romance,
    suspense, mystery and like able characters. I was actually surprised
    that I liked the book as much as I did! A great read for all who love a
    good sports story with extras. This review is based on a complimentary
    copy which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    Molly West has had such a traumatic childhood before she was ta


    Molly West has had such a traumatic childhood before she was taken in by James and Karen. There she blossomed under their care, alongside their overprotective son Brody. That change of pace is what made her life so much better, she finally had a family who cared a lot about her and would do anything in their power to ensure she's safe. The problem with James and Brody was, their idea of 'safe' usually involved not allowing guys to get close enough to her. Ever. Not that she hasn't been around guys at all, in her line of work as a talented young racer, she has met many guys. She wasn't bad looking either so she was used to unwanted attention, and sleazy guys hitting on her. However, the men in her family had taught her to ward off those advances, and frankly she was never interested in any guy so she didn't mind Brody and Jame's interferences. That is, until she met Carter Sterling. Carter Sterling had been searching for the right woman in order to settle, maybe start a family as well? So when he saw Molly and found himself falling hopelessly in love, he wasn't going to miss his chance with her, so he did all that's in his power to get close to her. But it's all threatened when Molly's past comes out to haunt her again.

    I guess, starting with the usual, the cover... it was alright, though the story holds much more appeal than the cover gives it credit for. The title was intriguing and fit well with the setting and plot of the story, so I liked that as well. This was such an adorable romantic comedy. I enjoyed the sibling banter between Brody and Molly. How she was all blasé with the guys she meets - except Dylan, who was typical to all the guys she chose to avoid. She was confident at times, yet insecure in others, showing a depth in her character and her background that I enjoyed. I also liked seeing it all from the opposite points of view, one time from Carter's , the other time from Molly's. So I guess It's not really plausible the way he'd act on his reaction so soon, like randomly playing with her hair when they only just met, and how she was alright with it even though she'd just been upset with Dylan a moment before, but it was still cute. How they reacted to eachother and whatnot.

    I really enjoyed this book! It was a quick and fun read.

    Rating: 4/5

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    Racing To Love is a fast-paced, romantic love story with a


    Racing To Love is a fast-paced, romantic love story with a touch of humour. I got hooked by the blurb from the start and the cover is very well-organized. I loved it! I'm really glad that I read this book...
    As a professional, award-winning motocross racer, Molly knows the consequences of her job. Always surrounded by boys and men, she has learned to give them the cold shoulder so they will leave her alone. But what if this time, she doesn't want to give the cold shoulder? what if she actually likes the guy?
    As a handsome motocross racer, Carter has girls running around him the whole time, but he has never cared about them. He needs someone who understands his job and its requirements, he has never found that someone, what if he finds all of this in a gorgeous racer he has just met?
    When Molly and Carter's lives collide, the sparks consume them both. Molly has been through hard times, and now she wants to let go. But Brody, Molly's brother is not ready to let go of the sister he has tried so much to protect, he doesn't want her to get hurt by a man who is just the same as the others. Carter and Molly might think that they can be together, but Molly's past will not leave them alone. And this time, someone from the past is out for blood.
    Will Molly escape her horrible past? Will Carter be able to win her over? And will real love overcome all the ups and downs? If you are in love, then you will definitely enjoy reading this intriguing, romantic debut novel...
    Well, this book doesn't actually look like a debut novel. It is very much more progressed and detailed than a debut. The pace is quick, it's a quick read. It looks like the author didn't want the description to take the focus away from the story. That's why the description is not very much, which leaves a good room to imagination.
    And the characters are all unique and perceptive. I loved Molly, and Carter. But I would have to say that my favorite characters will be Carter's two best friends, Jesse and Eli. They added a wonderful sense of humour to the book, they got me laughing so hard through the book! And they say that Amy Gregory has this sense of humor, so that it shines through her book from cover to cover.
    I gave this book 4 cupcakes, because romantic novels are always too predictable. You just know that they will be together at the end! But if you want to read an enjoyable, exhilarating book, then you should read Racing To Love...

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    This was a romance novel through and through. I enjoyed it thor

    This was a romance novel through and through. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Molly West was a damaged youth, taken in by James and Karen Norland who continued to work with her in the sport of motocross racing. She had been racing since she was four years old. After her biological mother died, Molly was left at the unmerciless hands of her father, Ray. He physically abused her until the day he actually could've killed her and was sent to prison for attempted murder. That's when she met the Norlands who took her in as one of their own. They were over protective parents to both her and her brother Brody; as they knew what she had gone through and the scars it left. The story was one filled with love for the broken girl and the frailties scarring her soul. Would she ever be able to let a man near her? Was there such a thing as a good man out there? You'll have to read the book to know if Carter Sterling is the one or not.

    Ok, the writing was clear and direct. I know more about motocross racing than I expected to now and Amy Gregory did an excellent job in developing her characters. Molly was not depicted as weak in any sense of the word....she was a strong athletic woman and could hold her own in a sport full of men. But she certainly had some baggage from her past. Along with her good looks and her famous career sport, she had attracted a stalker who sent a variety of assorted threatening letters. Molly had a lot to overcome; but she also had a lot of people who loved and cared for her. Her parents, her brother,his girlfriend and her new found friends Carter, Eli and Jesse. You could just love all of them, they were so well rounded. It was delightful sharing their world, even if it was a short ride! Some adult scenes were included, but all in the name of love!

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

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    Racing to Love - Carter's Treasure by Amy Gregory This is the a

    Racing to Love - Carter's Treasure by Amy Gregory

    This is the author’s debut novel Racing to Love, since I am a fan of romance novels I thought I would check Amy Gregory’s new book. The writing is good, the plot flows well, character descriptions were well written, and Racing To Love was one of those books I just couldn’t put down till I reached the end. The added suspense/mystery in this story held my interest and the budding romance just added to a fantastic story, I definitely would like to read more of Amy Gregory’s writing.

    We are introduced to Molly who is famous for her skills in Motor cross racing and trick riding. Molly brother and girlfriend travel with Molly to keep her safe in this man’s sport. Molly life as a young girl was horrific, badly abused by her father she has some major trust issues. Her adoptive family is pretty much the only people she trusts and they are there to keep her safe at all cost even if it’s a bit too much. At her next show we meet Carter who is instantly attracted to Molly and the feeling is mutual. Molly cannot believe how she feels and has no problem letting Carter in her life. The feelings between these two develop fast and you can imagine how it is for both of them. Now Molly has a new man in her life to keep her protected.

    Racing for Love not only has romance, the story has some added suspense as someone is trying to hurt Molly and you wonder who it could be. You meet a very protective family and you get to see Molly take back some of her life and stand up for herself.

    I really enjoyed Racing to Love and recommend it to anyone who loves young new love with a touch of suspense and mystery. Amy Gregory writing is great and I cannot wait to read more from her. I have rated Racing to Love 4 stars.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

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    This was an awesome start to a new series. It was a romance that

    This was an awesome start to a new series. It was a romance that had some mystery and action too.

    Molly West knows how to handle a motor bike. Guys not so much. She's had a rough life and guys make her nervous. That is until Carter Sterling enters the picture. From the beginning they are drawn to each other.

    Carter knows almost instantly that Molly is "THE ONE". He will do whatever he has to to prove himself to not only her but her overbearing brother as well.

    Things are looking good for Molly and Carter when things get scary. I don't want to give things away by saying what happens. There were many underlying issues in this story and that kept the story flowing and keeps you rooting for Molly to get a Happily Ever After.

    I really thought Carter was wonderful. He was so understanding and sweet.

    I especially liked the part with Molly and Erin in the hotel near the end of the book. It was too cute!

    I received a copy of Racing to Love in exchange for my honest review. I honestly couldn't put it down and I am eagerly awaiting the next book Jesse's Soul which will be out in January.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

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    I’m going to be honest here: I had a hard time even gettin

    I’m going to be honest here: I had a hard time even getting going with this story.

    First of all, even as it starts the two characters go against what the synopsis led me to expect of them, specifically Molly. For a woman abused in her youth, with trust issues and no time of day for men, it just didn’t feel natural to me when she immediately welcomed Carter’s physical advances. They were just little things, like laying his hand on her thigh, but it all felt as though it moved far, far too fast. I know it was supposed to be a whirlwind romance but the result of this is that I was not invested in the relationship between the two characters. I missed out on build up of feelings and consequently I wasn’t as interested in the outcome of their relationship as I would have preferred to be. I could have done with an additional 50 pages or so of Molly learning to be more open to the possibilities that Carter is offering her.

    Second, the book is written in the third person but in a POV that has access to the characters’ innermost thoughts rather than just observing actions. The POV jumps between characters from one paragraph to the next with nothing to show that such a jump has taken place. Towards the beginning of the book I found it hard to keep up with the seemingly random jumps.

    Once I’d actually got into the story, things started to improve for me. But as I eased into the style, I become more aware of the fact that there’s actually very little plot to it at all. Everything focuses on the relationship, but there’s never any doubt about the outcome there so you’re more reading to see their relationship than to watch them overcome the obstacles in their way. This said, there are an awful lot of romance books out there where you see this sort of thing. It’s just that I usually prefer mine with a more substantial plot around the romance itself.

    Admittedly there is an attempt at an external threat when Molly starts receiving threatening letters. Unfortunately, this isn’t really explored to the full potential that it presented. All things considered, it resolved far too quickly and easily; the perpetrator’s reasoning isn’t really gone into beyond scratching the surface enough to establish a reason; and other characters’ involvement – however unwilling – isn’t even touched on.

    This is balanced by Molly slowly learning to stand on her own two feet and make her own decisions outside of the supportive network that her adoptive family had set up for her when she came to them. She had to let go of the past in order to fully embrace her future. I vastly enjoyed this part of the story! Seeing her stand up to people who claim to have her best interests at heart (but are not listening to her when she tells them that this is what she wants) inspired a feel-good feeling that lasted throughout the rest of the novel.

    Carter was possibly a little too on the perfect side, but again this is something you see a lot so I’m willing to overlook it.

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