Claimed by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders)

Claimed by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders)

by Melissa Foster

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Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with The Ryders and the Love in Bloom series.

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, Reimagined (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 always family oriented. Melissa enjoys chatting with readers and book clubs. Send her an email invitation to your next event!

Foster's love stories are perfect steamy romance beach reads for fans of Susan Mallery, Linda Lael Miller, Brenda Novak, Debbie Macomber, Jill Shalvis, Maisy Yates, and other big-family, small-town romance fans. The characters are romantic and loyal, some are billionaires, others are blue collar, and you're always guaranteed a happily ever after.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157849719
Publisher: Melissa Foster
Publication date: 03/23/2016
Series: Love in Bloom: The Ryders Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 30,392
File size: 800 KB

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction 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–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name, Addison Cole.

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Claimed by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Mommysuz8 More than 1 year ago
I must start by saying Melissa writes amazing stories and this story did not disappoint. Another must read. Gabriella's family island is in trouble. Her grandfather asks her to take Duke, the new investor around the island. It was an instant attraction between Duke and Gabriella. The love Duke has for her is beautiful.  It doesn't hurt that Duke is hot in his undercrackers. He does everything he can to keep the island just the way Gabriella wants it. I love how Melissa's Braden books have strong family bonds. I read this book a while back. However, I just listened to the audio version narrated by BJ Harrison. I love his narrations of Melissa's books. He is a delight to listen to.
Terri_C More than 1 year ago
As I listened to this audiobook, I came to realize that there was very little conflict in it, even though it seems like the conflict should have been substantial. Duke is wanting to develop the island that Gabriella's family owns and lives on. She really doesn't want that to happen. Seems big, right? Not really, because Duke rolls over right away and tells her he won't do anything (in bed and as far as the island is concerned). Conflict pretty much over. This is the usual Melissa Foster book. All about attraction and then heading for the proposal. Her books are sweet, which B.J. Harrison's voice adds to, but they are also super hot. If not for the sex scenes, I would say her books are sweet, innocent romances...but then there IS the really hot sex. It's kind of a quandry. She also throws lots of family into her books, whether blood related or people who are just always there for each other. I have listened to many of her books and really enjoy them, especially when I'm not in the mood for anything heavy or complicated. It's a good light, but let the hormones flow read!
CassandraNZ More than 1 year ago
Sisters in Love is book #39 in the Love in Bloom series and is book #2 in the Ryders series but can be read as a standalone. Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island where she grew up and hopes to someday return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins and Gabriella will do anything to keep in from falling into the wrong hands. Duke Ryder is a real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. He’s not scared of purchasing a property where one family had 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. But as hot, rough and dirty as this man is, he is also sweet, caring and supportive. Both Duke and Gabriella are immediately drawn to each other but have conflicting agendas. Can they successfully separate business and pleasure? **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
JenPH More than 1 year ago
Claimed by Love is the second novel in The Ryders, a mini-series in the Love in Bloom universe by bestselling author Melissa Foster. Set on Elpitha Island, this is the story of real estate investor Duke Ryder and family law attorney Gabriella Liakos. Duke and his partners are interested in purchasing the Liakos-owned island, which isn't as profitable as it once was. Gabriella has been brought in by her grandfather to make sure Duke sees everything the Elpitha Island has to offer, but Gabriella isn't keen on selling the one place she's always considered home. Profitability is key in every business deal, but Duke finds himself distracted by his tour guide. He's never been one to cross the line between business and pleasure, but the more time he spends on the island and the more he learns about Gabriella, her family, and their heritage, the more Duke is enchanted. The mix of Greek culture and Southern charm are in full force, but a deal still needs to be made. Can Duke lay claim over Elpitha Island as well as the passionate woman who so loves it? This was a straight-up romance without any significant issues that either of the main character needs to overcome, whether as individuals or as a couple. There's that instant chemistry between Gabriella and Duke and there are definitely both sweet and steamy moments that make for a good read for any romance reader. They're both very close to their respective families and Duke can fully understand and appreciate why Gabriella isn't too thrilled over the idea of selling Elpitha Island. Other than the thing with the island, however, there isn't really any conflict that would have upped my overall enjoyment of the book. Don't get me wrong. The love story itself--Duke and Gabriella meeting and falling in love and realizing that they're each other's "the one"--made for a huge reason why I liked this second in the series. However, I personally think some conflict or a truly believable challenge to their relationship and a happily-ever-after would have been the extra something to make it better. Still, Claimed by Love was a worthwhile four-star read. ♥
TheUltimateFanBlog More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
This book was too darn cheesy. Duke and gabriella kept saying the same thinkbeach chapter. Not worth 4.99.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.