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Search and Rescue
by Lily Berlin Dodd

BOOK INFO
Released: May 14, 2019
Published by Self Published
Narrator: Ali Ahn
Length: 2 hours and 9 minutes
Format: Audiobook
 

“While this was only a short novella, I was very impressed with this debut by the author.”
~ Under the Covers

When I heard about this newest Audible Original I was really excited to try it.  This manuscript was the winner of the #SoundsHot contest held by Audible in partnership with Cosmopolitan last year.

In SEARCH AND RESCUE, our heroine Wren is a rock climber who went into Search and Rescue after her older sister died in a climbing accident.  The hero Clay is everything she hates.  He’s a daredevil who has made a name for himself climbing without equipment.

Whenever I read a short story that has to come to some happy ending in such a short amount of time I struggle with that insta love.  I was expecting that, but honestly it didn’t bother me much because it took some time for something to happen.  I still really enjoyed this couple and found that the way this story developed I was hooked into it and wanted to keep reading to see what would happen.  Another fun thing about this story is the setting.  Part of this is set in Morocco and it was nice to see how this was incorporated into the story.

While this was only a short novella, I was very impressed with this debut by the author.  I not only enjoyed the writing style a lot, but also found her characterization and conflict to be really well done.  Not only for a new author but also because short stories can be hard.  SEARCH AND RESCUE was interesting and kept me wanting to see what next obstacle they would face.  I am interested to see what would come next from this author.  If you’re looking for something short to lift your mood and entertain you, definitely pick this one up.

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Do you know what some of the most commonly asked questions are? Genre questions. Either asking us what genre a certain book or series is in, or what exactly is that genre. After spending so much time immersed in the world of romance, it has become second nature to instantly catergorise books into their respective genre, or sub-genre. Just a glance at the blurb, or even just the cover then I can tell you what genre it will be. Of course, not everything is black and white and not every book is so easy to label, but a majority are.

We have previously done a very concise guide about genres giving an overview of each, but we decided to take each genre and do a more general and indepth guide. In this, we will tell you the definition of the genre, what types of characters you may expect to see, popular troupes within a genre, some of our favourite authors and series within this genre. And anything else we can think of! By the end of the guide you should be able to tell what book is what and have a few recommendations to pick up.

The ninth chapter in this guide is *drum roll please*

Definition

A romantic suspense is a novel that combines romance as well as a suspense, mystery or thriller elements as a core component to the plot. While other genres may appear in the story as well, such as paranormal or urban fantasy elements, it is the suspense element that is the most important and occurs simultaneously with the blooming romance.

The Basics

Essential characteristics of a romantic suspense include:

  • A threat of danger or a mystery to be solved
  • A strong promise of romance or the development of a romance between at least one main couple
  • A conclusion or resolution to the threat and/or the mystery has been solved at the end of the novel
  • An alpha male hero

As mentioned earlier, not all romantic suspense novels are in a contemporary setting, however, the majority of the ones are. There are some series that combine urban fantasy or paranormal elements into them as well.

Tropes & Characters you may meet…

Elite Team of Operatives / Cops

Instinct and expertise are two things that many characters of this genre will posses. So you’ll find a lot of highly intelligent and highly efficient characters. Some may be part of an elite team of operatives like Julie Ann Walker’s BKI Inc. series and others may be cops, such as Eve Dallas in J.D. Robb’s In Death series. With their knowledge and skill, you’re bound to have a riveting read!

Private Security Team / Bodyguards

This trope and character type is a bit more specific because it doesn’t necessarily involve bigger institutions but rather more private, inclusive matters. An example of a private security team series is the Black Ops series by Cindy Gerard. For bodyguards, Lori Foster  and Cindy Gerard have series dedicated to this!

Navy SEALs / Ex-Military

One of the most popular tropes and character types are the SEALS or ex-military. Although some characters may not be active in service, it doesn’t mean that the actions stops. If you’re interested in some SEAL or ex-military action, check out Maya Banks’ KGI series or Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters.

Why UTC loves Romantic Suspense

Everyone needs a little action every now and then and when you’re in the mood for some pulse-pounding romance and suspense, there are an abundance of great reads to choose from in this genre. Unlike some other genres, the Romantic Suspense genre really focuses on the little details, creating a rich, potent experience for readers!

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The Vorge Crew #1-#4
by Laurann Dohner

BOOK INFO
Released: July 31st 2018
Series: The Vorge Crew #1
Format: eBook
 

“She knows exactly what I like; a sexy not-quite human hero, with alpha male tendencies and a heart like a marshmallow.”
~ Under the Covers

If Laurann Dohner is going to write it, then you’re dang sure I am going to read it. She knows exactly what I like; a sexy not-quite human hero, with alpha male tendencies and a heart like a marshmallow. I first read her New Species series, which till this day still remains one of my favourites, however, it may be knocked of the top spot with her new The Vorge Crew series. I loved it.

The Vorge Crew series tells the tale of the unique and motley crew aboard the ambassadorial space ship Vorge. Each crew member has their own troubled past, which we see revealed in their book as they fall prey to love, some more willingly than others.

Cathian
the Bossy Boss one
The Vorge Crew #1

3 stars 

We kick the series off with Cathian, Cathian Veller is the ship’s captain and he’s about to go into a mating frenzy. The only problem is, is that he’s far from home with no females to help him through his heat. Nara is in a bind. It’s either jail or the sex auction. She chooses the sex auction; at least there she has a chance to escape. However, she is offered a deal. Six days. She needs to be render her services for six days and then she’s free.

This book was originally a short story in an anthology, so it may sound familiar, but it was updated and expanded to be the start of this series. I haven’t read it in its original form, so I don’t know how much it has changed, it’s still fairly short at just over 100 pages, but in those pages it really packed the action in. This was a sexy start to the series and did a good job of introducing the world and the characters.

It wasn’t my favourite in the series, but it had me eagerly reaching for the next book.

Dovis
the Grumpy one
The Vorge Crew #2

3.5 stars 

Mari has spent her life as a slave, but she knows compared to other humans she has had it easy. She was raised on a space vessel doing repairs and is now an engineer. So, she is shocked when her master grants her freedom and gets her a job aboard another vessel – the Vorge – as an engineer. Where she will be paid for her work. Dovis isn’t happy about the human engineer on his ship, especially as she works hard enough to make everyone else look lazy. But, it is their mutual attraction that he really can’t stand, can the timid and sweet engineer tame the beast?

This book…so adorable! It was the sci fi version of beauty and beast, with the eager to please Mari taming Dovis our surly head of security. Although the story line offers nothing new, it was such a cute and sexy story that it had me falling in love with both Mari and Dovis.

Also…werewolf in space.

York
the Sweet one
The Vorge Crew #3

4 stars 

York has watched two of his crewmates fall in love and he wants that for himself. As a Parri his race need touch and physical affection, something that isn’t plentiful on ship. Which, is how he agrees to an arranged marriage with a fellow Parri female. Sara was sold out by Earth’s government when they sold her  into slavery. Until she was saved by another alien race. Only being saved from slavery hasn’t seemed to improved her circumstances. Now she is living in poverty on an alien planet and despised by all races. When she see’s the big blue male who was kind to her being abused and disparaged by his betrothed, she can’t help thinking that he deserves better. But what can she do? He’s getting married in the morning after all.

This book was my favourite in the series so far. Is it because I am bias and I have a love for big blue aliens with a heart of gold? Maybe. But I absolutely loved how cuddly and gentle York was. I also loved Sara, she took a massive leap of faith with York and after all she’s been through she deserved happiness.

This book probably won’t be for everyone, there wasn’t much conflict, they basically agree to marry and then very quickly fall in love. I’m not really a fan of insta-love…but I just loved these two together, sometimes you just want two lovely people to get what they deserve.

Raff
the Dangerous one
The Vorge Crew #4

3 stars 

The latest in the Vorge series is about Raff, half brother of Cathian. Raff’s mother was abandoned by his father on a desolate and dangerous planet when she was pregnant. When Cathian learned of Raff’s existence he immediately went to his brother bringing him abroad the Vorge. But, was too late to save Raff’s mother. Brought up in a brutal environment has made Raff lethal to his enemies and he intends to go back to kill the man responsible for the death of his mother. But somehow ends up saving a human slave instead. Lilly wanted adventure… she never expected to find quite so much. She’s currently a slave after her ship was captured and the crew killed by pirates. Now, she’s at the feet of a dangerous looking male who could either kill her or save her…

Raff has been a silent but intimidating presence on the Vorge. We’ve had hints about his past and how Cathian found him, now we see that up close in this book. This book had a faster pace than the others in the series, this was because there was also action; Raff and Lilly spent most of the book on the run. However, it wasn’t my favourite. I liked Raff and Lilly, however, I think their relationship went too fast, even for a Laurann Dohner book. I didn’t quite feel their connection like I have with previous couples.

It was still an enjoyable and sexy read, but it is probably my least favourite in the series.

If, like me, you like sci fi romance, then you definitely need to pick this series up. This isn’t the end, there is still a female member of the crew left single and I can’t wait to see what happens with her and there was also a bit of a plot twist at the end of Raff – don’t worry it doesn’t effect the HEA, it was a twist in the plot of the series. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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About Laurann Dohner

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

I'm a full time wife, mother, and author. I've been lucky enough to have spent over two decades with the love of my life and look forward to many, many more years with Mr. Laurann. I'm addicted to iced coffee, the occasional candy bar (or two), and trying to get at least five hours of sleep at night.

I love to write all kinds of stories. I think the best part about writing is the fact that real life is always uncertain, always tossing things at us that we have no control over, but when your write you can make sure there's always a happy ending. I love that about being an author. My favorite part is when I sit down at my computer desk, put on my headphones to listen to loud music to block out everything around me, so I can create worlds in front of me.

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Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston
BOOK INFO

Released: May 14th 2019
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 432

  

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

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Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston

BOOK INFO
Released: May 14th 2019
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

“RED, WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE was quite addictive.”
~ Under the Covers

I had seen this debut getting a lot of early attention and I wanted to see what the buzz was about so I gave it a try.  This is a new adult m/m royal romance between the Prince of England and the First Son of the USA.  That concept had me rushing to read it and I think Casey McQuiston delivered.

Alex, the First Son, is a fun loving character.  He has a tight knit group of friends and likes have a good time with them, giving the entertainment magazines plenty to talk about.  Which is why he’s never liked Prince Henry.  He finds him boring and they’ve always been at odds with each other.  Until one moment at a party goes wrong and they are forced to clear up public appearances by pretending to be friends and having a few organized “meetings”.

This is a classic gay-for-you trope.  Alex had no idea that he could be attracted to men until feelings start to develop for Henry.  I liked the way this book tackled that time in Alex’s life and the emotional struggle.  At the same time, it shows two very different support systems.  While Alex has it, Henry doesn’t.  I think that made for an interesting read, and it gave their relationship more depth.

My favorite thing about this book is just that it was fun.  While it certainly does have some heavier moments, Alex can make things feel quite fun and light hearted.  RED, WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE was quite addictive.

Keep in mind this book will have the feel and problems of a celebrity/royal romance and it has some politics in it as well.  I personally don’t think the politics on this book were too heavy.  But it you are looking for two adorable young men trying to navigate their sexuality, their feelings for each other, and their responsibility and image to not only their families but their country, then you’ll enjoy this book.  This is a solid debut novel, even though maybe at times you could tell it was the authors’ first book.  I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this author.

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The Unhoneymooners
by Christina Lauren

BOOK INFO
Released: May 14th 2019
Published by Gallery Books
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
 

“I think fans of Christina Lauren will still enjoy the writing as well as the laughs The Unhoneymooners gives its readers.”
~ Under the Covers

The Unhoneymooners is a romantic comedy filled with misconceptions and awkward moments between the hero, Ethan Thomas, and the heroine, Olive Torres. I found myself laughing in all the right places–however, Ethan’s behavior toward the end of the story left me wincing and wishing he had reacted differently during a pivotal moment.

Let’s back up a bit…

Olive’s twin sister, Ami, is getting married to Dane—who is also Ethan’s brother. Olive and Ethan barely tolerate one another, but have to interact during the wedding ceremony. Then, the entire wedding party (with the exception of Olive and Ethan) come down with food poisoning. The honeymoon trip to Maui is non-refundable AND non-transferable.

So…you can guess what happens next, right?

Ethan and Olive step in and take the trip to Maui, both thinking they can avoid one another and still have a great time in beautiful Hawaii.
HAH—Of course, things don’t work out like they’d planned. Ethan and Olive are forced to endure each other’s company, trapped in the lie of pretending to be married so they won’t be asked to leave the resort (Non-transferable, remember?). Throw in a sleazy ex-girlfriend and Olive’s new boss staying at the same hotel? That’s when it started to fall apart for me. Too coincidental.

Add in the fact that Dane, Ami’s new husband, is a total douche canoe. Loser. Asshole. Jerkwad. CHEATER.

And when Olive finds out Dane has been cheating on her sister—that’s when the shit gets real.

Ethan believes Olive has misread the entire situation. Even when Dane hits on Olive.

Umm…That’s a big, fat NO from me, Karen.

Overall, I don’t think The Unhoneymooners was a horrible read. In fact, it had some really epic moments along the way. I loved the family connection Olive had with her family. I loved the arguments between Olive and Ethan and how their relationship grew over time. I loved the fact that Olive grew as a person and owned her mistakes she’d made in the past. I just think the story fell short of MY expectations in regards to how a hero should react in the climax of the story.

However, I think fans of Christina Lauren will still enjoy the writing as well as the laughs The Unhoneymooners gives its readers. And I will definitely continue to read their books in the future, despite my lack of enthusiasm over Ethan as a romantic hero.

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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates and brain-twins, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, NYT/USA Today/#1 International bestselling authors of several Young Adult and Adult Fiction titles. Some of their books have kissing. Some of their books have A LOT of kissing.

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Welcome back to Under the Covers, Jaci. We are so excited about your new series, Brotherhood by Fire. HOT TO THE TOUCH is the first book and it’s about Jackson and Becks. Both of them have been through a lot in their lives and are survivors. What’s your favorite thing about each, and what do you think is their biggest weakness?

Thanks so much! I’m thrilled to be back to talk about my new series, Brotherhood by Fire.

I loved writing Jackson and Becks’ story. They have both been through a lot in their lives. Spending their formative years out on the streets wasn’t easy for either of them, but they both came through it with survival instincts and an appreciation for life that many people don’t have.

My favorite thing about Jackson is his love and protectiveness for his adoptive family. My favorite thing about Becks is her caring nature, her wish to give back to the homeless community where she came from, especially to the kids, so she can provide them some comfort.

Jackson’s biggest weakness is his inability to deal with his past. Becks’ biggest weakness is thinking she always has to do everything on her own.

I love stories about found families and in this case, the bond between the three boys started out in the streets and they managed to survive so much together. It’s strong and beautiful. How did this idea come to be and what’s your favorite thing about writing found families?

I think family is what you make of it, and it isn’t always about blood ties. You can truly make something beautiful from the people in your life who love and accept you for who you are, not where you came from. I’ve read some wonderful found family books, and I’ve seen multiple examples of it in my own life. I love the family I was born into. They’re amazing and I’m lucky to have them. And there also the people I love and consider family that I’ve known for years that I have close ties to. People who’ve known me better than anyone else. It’s easy to write about what you’ve personally experienced.

I’m extremely excited that you’ve gone the route of firefighters with this series because they are HOT (pun intended). Have you wanted to write about firefighters for a while? What kind of research did you have to do for this as opposed to your sports romances?

I have family and friends who are firefighters. I admire them greatly, as I admire all those who put their lives on the line to keep others safe.

I did a great deal of research on this series. I talked with firefighters who are on the job. They were wonderful in providing me detailed information on what it’s like out there, what kinds of calls they get and how to set up to work anything from a routine traffic accident to a major structure fire. There are also multiple places to find firefighting information on the Internet. I could spend hours watching YouTube videos lol.

I’m a very visual person so I have to ask. Do you have anyone in mind as inspiration for the three Donovan boys?

I don’t. I’m not the type of author who does visual boards for characters, using actors or models to create a certain type. The characters exist in my mind only, as I hope they will for my readers. That way when they’re reading, they can visualize what they think the Donovan guys look like.

I was doing some digging through Amazon and ran across a Christmas novella you have coming up in October. I can’t resist your holiday stories and they are among my favorites and must read any time you have one out. What can you tell us about THE MATCHMAKER’S MISTLETOE MISSION and is this going to be a series of some sort?

I’m so happy you brought this up! THE MATCHMAKER’S MISTLETOE MISSION is a prequel novella to my new Boots and Bouquets contemporary romance series. The series is about three sisters, and it’s set at an Oklahoma vineyard that also provides wedding services. I’m so excited about this series. Weddings and wine—who doesn’t love that combination?

If another couple from any of your books could go on a double date with Jackson and Becks, who do you think it would be that would hit it off best with them and what would that look like?

I definitely think Tyler and Jenna from Taking A Shot from my Play by Play series. Jackson and Tyler are both pretty laid back and would talk sports and firefighting, and Becks and Jenna have that same snarky type of attitude and fun sense of humor. I think they’d all hit it off right away and would become best friends.

What’s currently on your to-read pile that you’re most anticipating to get to?

I’ve just started an ARC of Jill Shalvis’ The Lemon Sisters and it’s fabulous. I know—lucky me! I also just finished reading an advance copy of Andie J. Christopher’s Not The Girl You Marry and it was A-mazing! I highly recommend it.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on the first single title in my Boots and Bouquets series that we discussed above. I’m having so much fun with it, and I can’t wait for my readers to dive into this new series. I hope they love it as much as I love writing it.

Thanks so much for sharing with us today!

Thanks for having me today! It’s always fun to chat with you.

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Hot to the Touch
by Jaci Burton
BOOK INFO
Released: May 7 2019
Series: Brotherhood by Fire #1
Published by Berkley
Pages: 304
 

Love burns white-hot in this first scorching romance in an all-new trilogy about a family of firefighters from the New York Times bestselling author of the Play-by-Play novels and the Hope series.

Firefighter Jackson Donovan doesn't look back--as a rule. So when his past comes roaring back to life in the form of not-so-damsel-in-distress Becks Benning, the last thing he wants to do is relive old times. No matter how tempting she makes it seem...

Now thanks to his two interfering brothers, Becks is living with them while she looks for a new place and tries to pick up the pieces of her tattoo business that went up in flames. Which means a grown up, smokin' hot Becks is in his house, sharing meals, and digging up old wounds. And despite his better judgement, the more time he spends with this smart, artistic, incredible woman the more he wants her in his bed--and his future.

Becks always had it bad for Jackson. Unfortunately for her, not much has changed--he's still honorable, hard-working, sexy as sin--and closed off. But there's more than one way to get to a man's heart and if Jackson doesn't want to recall old memories, she'll just have to help him make new ones. Because now that she's found Jackson again, she's not letting him go.

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Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.

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Wicked Saints
by Emily A. Duncan

BOOK INFO
Released: April 2nd 2019
Series: Something Dark and Holy #1
Published by Wednesday Books
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
 

“…expectations were high. Then I started to read it and that’s where it all went wrong.”
~ Under the Covers

Do you ever pick up a book really hoping you will like it? You’ve seen all the good reviews and all the beautiful pictures on social media declaring how brilliant it is. That’s how I felt about this book; expectations were high. Then I started to read it and that’s where it all went wrong.

I came really close to DNFing this book, instead I skim read about 60% of this book. Which, still took me far longer than I expected as I had completely lost interest in both the characters and the plot. For me, there were a few glaring issues with this book which prevented me from enjoying it:

The characters – especially the female protagonist

Nadya, was our heroine and the last cleric in her country. She is the only person able to channel the gods power and the only person in history with the ability to channel any of the gods power rather than just one she’s devoted to. She is also one of the three main characters in the book. I think? How can a character fade away in their own POV? For a character with so much potential and so much power she just ended up defaulting to the damsel in distress. She was an insipid hand wringer and completely forgettable. It was so disappointing, especially as half the book was told from her POV.

She was overshadowed by Malachiasz, the boy and the monster. However, Nadya wasn’t the only one, most the characters melted off the page when Malachiasz was on it; you know exactly where the author’s heart lies. However, for me his story line was overwrought. Emily A. Duncan got a mallet and hit you over the head with the boy vs monster battle going on with Malachiasz. It could have been an interesting aspect of the story, but I just got bored of Nadya’s repetitive and vapid commentary about it.

Now, let’s move on to the rest of the characters. They felt like a tick box exercise. Need a person of colour…yup add a brother sister team in the background but give the characters no bearing on the story. Need someone in the LGBT community…plonk in a lesbian best friend and let her take up page space but of course don’t let her effect the actual story. It was so strange. Maybe they will be vital in the next book, but the characters I’m referencing had very little characterisation and you could literally pluck them from the pages of this book and it wouldn’t make a difference.

The pacing and story

I dislike books where you slog through the first 90% as the author sets up the big confrontation and then, when you get to the last 10% where the action happens…it’s all a bit anti climatic. You expect a massive firework display, instead you get a sparkler and a soggy sandwich. Which is exactly what happened here. I already dislike books where nothing happens until the last 50 pages when suddenly all is revealed. A gradual build up of knowledge and action makes for a much better reading experience. It keeps the pace of the book steady rather than the battle through boredom I experienced with Wicked Saints.

Which brings me to the story itself. The blurb sounded really interesting. However, the book didn’t live up to it. I found the magic confusing, the story uninteresting and the climatic scene in the book fell flat.

So, this review turned into more of a rant. However, I know I am in the minority when it comes to this book, when you look there are plenty of people who read Wicked Saints and saw something fantastic. I am not one of those people. I thought it tried too hard to cater to what is currently popular and didn’t focus enough on creating good characters and a well paced and interesting story.

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