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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Update on My Reading Plans

Currently Reading:
 Charles Manson by David J KrajicekWhite Peak by Ronan Frost
Read: 
The Chalk Man by C.J. TudorThe Long Call (Two Rivers, #1) by Ann CleevesHellrider by J.G. FahertyMafia Spies The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangsters, JFK, and Castro by Thomas Maier


Next To read: 

The Tombs (Fargo Adventure, #4) by Clive Cussler

The Long Call

Title : The Long Call
Series:Two Rivers #1
Author: Ann Cleeves
Genre: mystery/ thriller
Pages:384
Pub date:  September 3rd 2019 
For the first time in 20 years, Ann Cleeves—international bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—embarks on a gripping new series.
In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.

An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.
 

My thoughts
Rating: 2
Would I recommend it? no
Will I be reading more of this series? no
Would I read anything else by this author ? maybe
The rating would have been higher but there was times the story was slow and boring and I didn't care about what was going on with the characters ,or what was even happening , for some reason it just wasn't holding my attention and it didn't keep me pulled into the story at all with that said I want to thank Netgalley and St. Martins for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion . 

My Reading Plans

Currently Reading:
Hellrider by J.G. Faherty 
Read: 
The Chalk Man by C.J. TudorThe Long Call (Two Rivers, #1) by Ann Cleeves


Next To read: 
Mafia Spies The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangsters, JFK, and Castro by Thomas Maier


Monday, April 29, 2019

The Body Keeper

Title: The Body Keeper
Series:   Detective Jude Fontaine  #3
Author: Anne Frasier: 
Genre: mystery/ thriller
Pages:300
Pub date:June 4th 2019

The Thriller Award–winning series continues as Detective Jude Fontaine finds a decades-old connection to missing children that will freeze her blood.

A boy’s frozen body is found trapped in the ice of a Minneapolis lake. The horrifying discovery leads Detective Jude Fontaine and her partner, Uriah Ashby, to more bodies in the ice, all of twelve-year-old boys missing for twenty years.

Then, in one of the worst blizzards the city has ever seen, a four-year-old is abandoned on Jude’s doorstep. The child can’t tell them where he’s from, who his parents are, or how he got there. He doesn’t even know his name.

But in his unspoken language, Jude reads something horrifying—a connection to the dead boys. Now a four-year-old with no name may be the only key to a twenty-year-old, very cold case.


My thoughts:
Rating: 5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more by this author? yes
I've read this author before and I loved her first book to this series, so as soon as I saw  that she had another book out for it I knew I had to request it, and I'm glad I did because it didn't let me down at all, it pulled me into  the story and keep me waiting to read more of it, and I loved seen how far the characters grew and how more they seemed to be more real then they did in the first book, with that said I want to say thank you for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

Painting: Watercolor Basics

Title : Painting Watercolor Basics
Author: Deb Watson

Whether you’re a master painter or an absolute beginner, watercolor is the perfect partner for your painting pleasure—and Watercolor Basics teaches you everything you need to know to get started in the medium.

From rendering light and shadow to creating realistic textures, discover how to bring dimension and depth to your paintings. Featuring the artwork of Deb Watson, this book includes a variety of easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects, including a landscapestill life, and portrait. With engaging, inspirational lessons and useful artist's tips, Watercolor Basics will help you master this beautiful and luminous medium.

Designed for beginners, the How to Draw & Paint series offers an easy-to-follow guide that introduces artists to basic tools and materials and includes simple step-by-step lessons for a variety of projects suitable for the aspiring artist. Watercolor Basics allows you to widen the scope of your artistic abilities, demonstrating how to begin with a basic sketch and then develop your painting step by step with special techniques that will bring your painting to life.


My thoughts
Rating: 5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I check out anything else from this author? yes
I'm so glad that I decided to pick this up because I've been wanting to try water colors in my adult coloring books and this made it seem so easy to do ,  that what I loved about it because it showed you step by step how to do it and this would be a perfect gift for anyone no matter the age , with that said I want to say think you to Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion

Drawing: Dragons

Title: Drawing Dragons
Author: Michael Dobrzycki
Let your imagination guide you as you learn to draw dragons, step by easy step.

Drawing: Dragons invites you into the fantastic world of artist Michael Dobrzycki and teaches you how to draw imaginative fire-breathing creaturesfrom start to finish. Featuring step-by-step lessons on drawing legendary dragons from around the world, as well as a wide variety of shading techniques in ink and graphite pencil, Drawing: Dragons covers everything you need to know to draw these fantastic beasts. 

Each dragon subject is introduced with a brief history of the creature and summary of its characteristics. "Did you know?" sections throughout offer fascinating dragon facts.

Some of the amazing dragons you'll learn to draw:Fire Dragon Hatchling Drake Hydra Lindworm Drachenstein Designed for beginners, the How to Draw & Paint series offers an easy-to-follow guide that introduces artists to basic tools and materials and includes simple step-by-step lessons for a variety of projects suitable for the aspiring artist. Drawing: Dragons allows artists to develop their drawing skills, demonstrating how to start with basic shapes and use pencil and ink techniques to create varied textures and characteristics, such as scales, feathers, wings, claws, and more.

My thoughts
Rating: 5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I check out anything else from this author? yes
I'm not much of a drawer in fact I can't draw at all but this was easy for me to fellow and that what I loved about it because it showed you step by step how to do it and it made it look easy , this would be a perfect gift for anyone no matter the age , with that said I want to say think you to Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange fotr my honest opinion.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Last Night

Title:Last Night 
series: The Searchers #2 
Author: Karen Ellis
NYPD detective Lex Cole tracks a missing Brooklyn teen whose bright future is endangered by the ghosts of his unknown father's past, in this highly anticipated sequel to A Map of the Dark.

One of the few black kids on his Brighton Beach block, Titus "Crisp" Crespo was raised by his white mother and his Russian grandparents. He has two legacies from his absent father, Mo: his weird name and his brown skin. Crisp has always been the odd kid out, but a fundamentally good kid, with a bright future.

But one impulsive decision triggers a horrible domino effect--an arrest, no reason not to accompany his richer, whiter friend Glynnie on a visit to her weed dealer, and a trip onto his father's old home turf where he'll face certain choices he's always strived to avoid.

As Detective Lex Cole tries to unravel the clues from Crisp's night out, they both find that what you don't know about your past can still come back to haunt you
My thoughts
Rating: 2
Would I recommend it?no
Will I read anything else by this author? no
It was slow and boring and that times I just wanted to DNF it, but I didn't I was hopping that it would get better but it didn't , the more I read the more I didn't care for the characters at all or what was happening , with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read it and review it exchange for my honest opinion . 

A Map Of The Dark


Title: A Map OF The Dark
series: The Searchers #1 
Author: Karen Ellis
Genre: Thriller
A girl, missing
A woman, searching
A killer, planning...

FBI Agent Elsa Myers finds missing people.
She knows how it feels to be lost...

Though her father lies dying in a hospital north of New York City, Elsa cannot refuse a call for help. A teenage girl has gone missing from Forest Hills, Queens, and during the critical first hours of the case, a series of false leads hides the fact that she did not go willingly.

With each passing hour, as the hunt for Ruby deepens into a search for a man who may have been killing for years, the case starts to get underneath Elsa's skin. Everything she has buried - her fraught relationship with her sister and niece, her self-destructive past, her mother's death - threatens to resurface, with devastating consequences.

In order to save the missing girl, she may have to lose herself...and return to the darkness she's been hiding from for years.

My thoughts
Rating: 2
Would I recommend it?no
Will I read anything else by this author? no
It was slow and boring and that times I just wanted to DNF it, but I didn't I was hopping that it would get better but it didn't , the more I read the more I didn't care for the characters at all or what was happening , with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read it and review it exchange for my honest opinion . 

Hometown Cowboy

Title: Hometown Cowboy
Series: Rocky Mountain Riders 1
Author: Sara Richardson
Genre: romance
NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH A COWBOY 
Jessa Mae Love is done with relationships. No matter how tempting he might be, she cannot--will not--fall for a man like Lance Cortez. The outrageously handsome cowboy is practically a living legend in Colorado, as famous for riding bulls as he is for breaking hearts. What would a big-time rodeo star like him see in a small-town veterinarian who wears glasses, rescues animals, and cries when watching rom-coms? Turns out, plenty.

Raising bulls, riding the circuit, and looking after his ailing father--Lance never stands still for long. Yet Jessa catches his attention, and the more she tries to resist him, the more he wants her. When she agrees to move to the ranch to keep an eye on Lance's dad, Jessa tells him they have to keep it professional: no flirting, no sweet talk, and definitely no kissing. But with Jessa now living under his roof, that's easier said than done .

My thoughts:
Rating: 4.5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more of the series?maybe
Would I read anything else by this author? yes
What a fun loving story to read and to start off a new to me series , which is one of the things I loved about ,how it gives you a back story to the family and the brothers and show that they would do anything for each other even keep a secret from their dad , I especially loved how the Jess and Lance trys to resist each other but the more they try the more Lance keeps felling for her. Love how it also has that family feel to yet but it doesn't take anything away from the story in fact it helps make it seem more real. With that said I want to thank Forever for letting me read it and review it as well as sending me a copy of it .

Decadent Dukes Society

Series: Decadent Dukes Society
Author:
Genre:historical  Romance
Book 1:
Characters : Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton & Clara Cheswick
book synopsis:
Three sinfully handsome dukes, three scores to settle, three hearts about to meet their matches. All in one thrilling new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter . . . 

NOTORIOUS NOBLEMAN SEEKS REVENGE
Name and title: Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton.
Affiliation: London’s elite Society of Decadent Dukes. 
Family history: Scandalous.
Personality traits: Dark and brooding, with a thirst for revenge. 
Ideal romantic partner: A woman of means, with beauty and brains, willing to live with reckless abandon. 
Desire: Clara Cheswick, gorgeous daughter of his family’s sworn enemy.

FAINT OF HEART NEED NOT APPLY
Clara may be the woman Adam wants, but there’s one problem: she’s far more interested in publishing her women’s journal than getting married—especially to a man said to be dead-set on vengeance. Though, with her nose for a story, Clara wonders if his desire for justice is sincere—along with his incredibly unnerving intention to be her husband. If her weak-kneed response to his kiss is any indication, falling for Adam clearly comes with a cost. But who knew courting danger could be such exhilarating fun?
My Thoughts:
Note : I had already download the 3rd book from Netgalley when I found out it was the last book , so I sent a message to the Kensington Books asking if there was a way I could get books 1 &2 and they sent my message on to her publisher ,who then gladly sent me books 1 &2 though Netgalley , Which I'm so glad she did because its been a while since I've had a historical  Romance series and author I actually liked and loved . 
Rating: 5 starts all the way 
Would I recommend it? yes so much so that my friend Frishawn went and download the 3rd book from Netgalley and then I told her they was also at the library so she could now read all the books like I was.
Will I be reading the rest of the series ? yes 
Will I read more by her? yes 
When it comes to historical romance I'm kind of picky about the story , the characters and the author, but as soon as I started to read this one I had no problem with getting lost in the story and felling in loving with some of the characters , at least some of them , out of all the characters the one I hated was the Grandmother and how she acted towards her grandkids, I also loved how the characters came to live, the secrets that came out and how it kept me guessing on wither or not if Adam's father was guilt like everyone thought he was . With that said I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for sending me this book and the second one , and letting me read it exchange for my honest opinion


Book 2
HE MAY BE A DEVIL

He's infamous, debaucherous, and known all over town for his complete disregard for scandal, and positively irresistible seductions. Gabriel St. James, Duke of Langford, is obscenely wealthy, jaw-droppingly handsome, and used to getting exactly what he wants. Until his attention is utterly captured by a woman who refuses to tell him her name, but can't help surrendering to his touch . . .

BUT SHE'S NO ANGEL EITHER . . .

Amanda Waverly is living two lives—one respectable existence as secretary to an upstanding lady, and one far more dangerous battle of wits—and willpower—with the devilish Duke. Langford may be the most tempting man she's ever met, but Amanda's got her hands full trying to escape the world of high-society crime into which she was born. And if he figures out who she really is, their sizzling passion will suddenly boil over into a much higher stakes affair . 
My thoughts
Rating: 5
I couldn't put this one down at all it was just as good as the first one and now I'm so looking forward to the the last book in the series, it had every thing the first one had and more this series just keeps getting better which each book . With that said I want to think Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.
Book 3
He is the last duke standing
 
. . . the sole remaining bachelor of the three self-proclaimed Decadent Dukes. Yet Davina MacCallum’s reasons for searching out the handsome Duke of Brentworth have nothing to do with marriage. Scottish lands were unfairly confiscated from her family by the Crown and given to his. A reasonable man with vast holdings can surely part with one trivial estate, especially when Davina intends to put it to good use. Brentworth, however, is as difficult to persuade as he is to resist.
 
The Duke of Brentworth’s discretion and steely control make him an enigma even to his best friends. Women especially find him inscrutable and unapproachable—but also compellingly magnetic. So when Davina MacCallum shows no signs of being even mildly impressed by him, he is intrigued. Until he learns that her mission in London involves claims against his estate. Soon the two of them are engaged in a contest that allows no compromise. When duty and desire collide, the best laid plans are about to take a scandalous turn—into the very heart of passion 

My thoughts
Rating: 5 stars
Wow what a great way to end a great series, I can't tell which of the books are my all time favorite so I'm saying they all are, the series kept getting better and better with each book and I loved seen how each of the characters find their perfect match , and how though out the series it made me laugh , the writing style reminds me of another author who I also love to read and now I can't wait to read more of this one's books with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Wow

April isn't even over yet and I've already read 30books which brings up my total for the year  107 books

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Falcon's Prey

Title : Falcon's Prey
Series: Blackthorne INC
Author: Terry Odell
Genre: romance
Heroes aren’t fearless. They just don’t let fear get in the way.
Her life is in danger…
Police officer Lexi Becker is being targeted. When her husband was murdered three years ago, Lexi moved to a small town to get away from the memories, to get away from the pain. But she can’t get away from the gut feeling that a drug lord, known only as The Falcon, was responsible for her husband’s death. As she quietly conducts her own investigation, it becomes clear to Lexi she could be The Falcon’s next victim. Afraid her local police department has been infiltrated by The Falcon, she turns to the only man she can trust for help: her former patrol partner.
But so is her heart.
When ex-cop Marv “Fish” Frisch is assigned bodyguard duty instead of a covert ops assignment, he fears he’s being punished for a failed training mission. The last assignment he expected was Lexi Becker. Now he’s forced to deal with the attraction he felt when they worked together. As they go into hiding, Fish can’t keep his feelings hidden from Lexi. It seems she feels the same, but danger is everywhere. Someone’s bugged her house. An illegal opioid network. People dying. And an even more sinister plan is being put into action…
When Lexi is torn between hiding or coming to the aid of an orphaned child, Lexi leaves Fish’s protection. Now she’s on her own, a prime target for The Falcon…unless she can outsmart him.
Will Lexi survive long enough to tell Fish how she feels?

My thoughts
rating: 4.5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more of this series? yes
Would I read more by this author? maybe
This is the first time I've ever read anything from this author and I do have to say that I actually liked it better then I thought I would , there was times I had a little trouble with the story because instead of using the main character's name , the author used his call sing /nick name though out the story , but other then at I liked right I read and I grew to like the characters ,with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it wxchange for my honest opinion .

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Body In The Wetlands

Title: The Body Into The Wetlands
Series: Jazzi Zanders mystery #2
Author : Judi Lynn
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pub date:April 23,2019
High summer in River Bluffs, Indiana, is always sweltering and sweet. But the heat is really on when a decidedly dead body turns up in the neighborhood. 

When established house flippers Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod donate a week’s worth of remodeling work to Jazzi’s sister Olivia, they’re expecting nothing more than back-breaking roofing work and cold beers at the end of each long, hot day. With Jazzi’s live-in boyfriend and partner Ansel on the team, it promises to be a quick break before starting their next big project—until Leo, an elderly neighbor of Olivia’s, unexpectedly goes missing . . .

When the friendly senior’s dog tugs Jazzi and the guys toward the wetlands beyond Olivia’s neighborhood, they stumble across a decomposing corpse—and a lot of questions. With Jazzi’s pal Detective Gaff along to investigate, Jazzi finds her hands full of a whole new mystery instead of the usual hammer and nails. And this time it will take some sophisticated sleuthing to track down the culprit of the deadly crime—before the killer turns on her next .

My thoughts
rating: 4.5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more of series? yes
 Will I read more by this author? maybe
Its a cute cozy mystery that is easy to read and get lost in to , the characters are very lovable and its easy to get lost in to the story , plus its different because the main character buys and flips houses which I've never read about someone doing that in a cozy mystery before now. With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting read and review it exchange for my honest  opinion

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Summer House



Title: The Summer House
Author: Jenny Hale
Genre: Romance
Pages;274
Some summers will stay with you forever... 

Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast. 

Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks. 

Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets... secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor. 

Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them? 

My thoughts
Note: I received this from Forever as a free review book exchange for my honest opinion
Rating: 2 
Would I recommend it? No
Will I read any more by her? maybe
I sorry to say that I did like it or even enjoy it at all , it was so boring that there was times I wanting to DNF it , but a part of me was hopping that it would get better but unfortunately it didn't at least for me, I can understand that some people might like it and that's fine but it wasn't keeping me pulled into the story at all , and I just didn't care about the characters or what they was doing. With that said I want to say thinks for forever for send it to me .

I'll Be Watching You

Title: I'll Be Watching You
Author: Courtney Evan Tate
Genre: Adult Thriller
Harlequin-MIRA ( U.S. and Canada
Pub Date:March 26 ,2019
Pages:

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Deadly Obession

Title: Deadly Obsession
Series: Steele OPS #1
Author: April Hunt
Pages;401
Genre: Romance
Someone is watching their every move.

After a lifetime spent in and out of hospitals, Zoey Wright is tired of playing it safe. She’s ready to take charge of her own life and get out of her comfort zone, starting with a new job as a CSI agent. But when her childhood crush Knox Steele gets pulled onto her case, Zoey needs to put her feelings for him aside or more women will die at the hands of the serial killer preying on her hometown. 

Former Army Ranger Knox Steele is back in Washington to help his brothers open an elite private security firm. He never expected to stumble onto a crime scene, or see his best friend’s little sister working it. Zoey is all grown up now, and the attraction between them is electric, despite his best efforts to resist it. But all that changes for Knox when he realizes the victims have one thing in common . . . and Zoey might be next.

My thoughts
Rating: 5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more of the series? yes
Would I read more by this author? yes
First of I want to say that I got it sent to me by Forever ( Grand Central Publishing) for free in exchange  for my honest opinion , second WOW what a great start to a series , its fun and had me laughing though out it , it has everything in it that I love in a romance, characters I fell in love with , CSI , murder, serial killers, makes me laugh , keeps me pulled in to the story so much so that I can't stop reading it and didn't  want to put it down ,and the story has tons of suspense , another thing I loved about the story was that Zoey wasn't going to let anything or anyone stop her from doing what she wanting ,it shows how strong she is and was. The Only problem is now I have to wait to fall of this year for the next book which I really want to read now. With that said I want to say think you Forever for send it to me and helping me find a new romance series that I love that I really want the next book now. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Secrets Never Die


Title: Secrets Never Die
Series: Morgan Dane #5
Author:Melinda Leigh
Genre:Adult Romance
Pages:326
When a retired sheriff’s deputy is shot to death in his home, his troubled teenage stepson, Evan, becomes the prime suspect. Even more incriminating, the boy disappeared from the scene of the crime.
Desperate to find her son, Evan’s mother begs PI Lance Kruger for help. She knows her son is innocent. Kruger and defense attorney Morgan Dane want to believe that too, but the evidence against the boy is damning. Just as the trail goes cold, another deputy vanishes. His shocking connection to Evan’s stepfather throws the investigation into chaos as Lance and Morgan fear the worst…that Evan is the killer’s new target.
With so many secrets to unravel, will Lance and Morgan find him before it’s too late

My thoughts 
Rating: 5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more of this series? yes
Would I read more by this author? yes
This is the first time I've read anything by this author and I have to say that I want to read more by her ,and more of this series, even though this is book 5 I had no trouble getting lost in the story or understanding what was going on, it just had me hooked from the start and I was along for the ride, the twist and turns kept me guessing as well and the secrets also kept me wanting to read , with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Mission:Impossible to Surrender

Title: Mission: Impossible to Surrender
Series: Impossible Mission #2
Author: Jacki Delecki
Genre: romance
Pages:287
SHE’S NOT A PARTY GIRL ANYMORE…
Sophie Dean has worked long and hard to shed the rock-n-roll bad girl reputation she earned at college. With her rebellious days behind her, Sophie now uses the prestige of the Dean family name and money to bankroll humanitarian aid. The only part of her past she can’t leave behind is the major crush she has on Finn Jenkins. When danger from an unknown quarter threatens Sophie’s latest undertaking and she needs protection, fate steps in and delivers a second chance with Finn.

HE'S FOUGHT HIS FEELINGS FOR TOO LONG…
When Finn returns home after two tours of duty as a Navy SEAL, it doesn’t take long to realize he still has feelings for Sophie, who is no longer the irresponsible young woman he walked away from all those years ago. An assignment to escort Sophie and an orphaned Pakistani boy to the Pacific Northwest should have been an easy mission—and it’s the perfect opportunity to get re-acquainted with Sophie and finally confess how he feels. But when someone threatens the orphan in their care, Sophie and Finn must set aside their feelings to save the child’s life…and their own.

TOGETHER, THEY’LL HAVE TO RISK IT ALL.

My thoughts
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more by this author? yes
Right from the story I liked this story and the characters , it had me wanting to read more of the story and learn more about the characters, I loved how Sophie and Finn acted towards one other because both of them have feels for each other but are afraid to admit it together other, love the twist and turns she has in it with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review in exchange for my honest opinion.